Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 30th 2013 Contents A6
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt June 30, 2013
Even as Chief of Defence Staff Brig Gen
Ken Maharaj lauded the work of the
Defence Force in the role it has been play-
ing in turning around the lives of at-risk
youths through the Milat/Mypart pro-
gramme, the Military Led Youth Pro-
gramme of Apprenticeship and Reorien-
tation Training (Mypart), which was
conceived to help at-risk young men aged
15-20 years, has been removed from the
Ministry of National Security and could
mean the end of the involvement of the
At a Mylat/Mypart graduation ceremony
at Tetron Barracks yesterday Brig Maharaj
spoke of the creation of the programmes
in 2007, to treat with this country "so chal-
lenged by the ill-consequences of crime and
criminal behaviour, or by the actions of
those who are misguided, or youth at risk."
The programme, he said, was designed
to "restore some level of realignment or
recalibration, if you may, of both character
and competence," to its participants.
He said the military s involvement in the
programmes spoke to the organisation being
professional and modern and "a nurturer
of the patriotic spirit and a leader in building
However, the transfer of the Mypart pro-
gramme to the Ministry of Tertiary Edu-
cation may lead to the programme losing
that military input.
Sunday Guardian attempted to get a
response from Maj David Nagessar, who is
now the Mypart programme manager, as
to how the programme would be run in the
future. Maj Nagessar, almost dismissing
those concerns, said that he is in charge of
the programme and he is retired military
so he does not expect anything to change.
He told the Guardian that the programme
would now be run by retired members of
New programme director for the now
separated Milat (Military-Led Academic
Training) programme told the graduates
that they have been trained for the com-
plexities of today s missions, "knowing that
success will be measured not merely by
performance in the workplace, but also by
your understanding of the cultures and tra-
ditions and needs in the places where you
Team leader Christopher Borneo of Mypart, cohort leader Kerwin Roberts of Milat and team leader Stephon Voisin of Mypart embrace
each other for a group photo after receiving several awards between them during a graduation parade of the Milat Military Academy at
Teteron Barracks, Chaguaramas, yesterday. Borneo received the award for most disciplined cadet, Roberts for academics and Voisin for
best all-round cadet (Mypart). PHOTO: KEARRA GOPEE
Mypart to be removed from
National Security Ministry
A teenager was listed in critical condition up to
late yesterday after she leapt off the Claxton Bay
overpass and landed on the highway.
Up to press time the police had not released the
identity of the 18-year-old.
As to what would have caused her to take such
action, investigators said they did not know.
The incident caused a long line-up of traffic along
the Solomon Hochoy Highway.
Curious commuters even exited their vehicles to
see what was happening.
Police said the girl, who was standing near the
Claxton Bay exit, jumped sometime after 3 pm. She
landed on the northbound lane.
She was taken to the San Fernando General Hospital
where she was being treated late yesterday.
Investigations are continuing.
Gender, Youth and Child Development Minister
Marlene Coudray is calling for criminal charges
to be laid against the aunt of six-year-old Ronase
Osbourne who perished in a fire at her Port-of-
Spain, home on Friday.
Coudray, speaking to reporters at the opening of
the national parenting workshop for men in Mara-
bella yesterday, said the child s aunt Natalie Telesford
acted irresponsibly and a strong message needed
to be sent about leaving children unsupervised.
Telesford, according to media reports, went to a
nearby parlour to purchase food for breakfast on
Friday, leaving the sleeping child in the locked HDC
apartment at Duncan Street.
Telesford and another person tried to rescue the
child but were unsuccessful. Telesford suffered
smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital for
Coudray said, "An investigation should take place,
yes. But a message has to be telegraphed in terms
of people leaving children alone and young children
alone in a house for whatever reason. There shall
be no excuse for that, none."
She said children are unprotected when left alone
and could be subjected to abuse.
"And therfore we need to send a message. I don t
know what the consequences are, but certainly the
police will know whether there is a law under which
she could be charged and be called to account for
the way that child lost her life. It was irresponsible.
I don t care what the excuse is, nobody should leave
any child, and that is the message and the teaching
that should come out of this---nobody must leave
any child unattended in a house alone, nobody."
During her address at the Friendly Society Hall,
Coudray said she understood that HDC was being
blamed for the child s death because there was no
backdoor to the apartment. "When things happen
in society we don t look at our roles and respon-
sibilities as parents, but we look to blame the gov-
ernment. Now did the government tell the woman
to leave a child unprotected in a house alone and
go to the shop and go wherever."
She said Telesford could have asked a neighbour
to "throw an eye" on the child, wake up the child
or even make bake instead of going to buy bread.
Underscoring the importance of the father in the
family, Coudray said the ministry decided to shift
its focus from women to men.
The minister said the programme, which will be
rolled out in other communities, will include par-
enting education, training and support.
T&T is under threat of rising sea levels
which is why TT-born, US-based educa-
tion strategist Caroline Lewis is hoping
to engage government bodies and NGOs
to adopt new approaches to climate con-
Lewis, who is the founder and director
of the CLEO Institute in Florida, will
attempt to bridge the gap between science
and society when she delivers the feature
address at tomorrow s Climate Conference.
The conference begins at 10 am and will
take place at the Chamber of Industry and
Commerce s auditorium at Columbus Circle,
Topics to be discussed:
• The science of climate change
• The need for meaningful education and
• Current plans for building climate
resilience for our region
• The launch of the CLEO Project on
Climate in T&T
In a letter by Lewis, she said her visit to
T&T would give her a chance to provoke
a national conversation about climate
"I have to. It s the cause of my current
and consuming abdominal flame called
passion, and like any good Trini, I have to
share the passion. The science is now
screaming at us, and the consensus is over-
"By all accounts, we haven t even begun
to visualise the future we are creating for
our children. What we do right now mat-
ters," Lewis said.
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'T&T at risk from effects of climate change'
Teen critical after
jumping off overpass
excuse for leaving
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