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The Confederation of North, Central
America and Caribbean Association
Football (Concacaf) is denying media
reports that it gave its former president
Jack Warner permission to sue Sir David
Simmons, adding it fully endorsed and
supported the report Simmons produced
Simmons chaired Concacaf's ethics
committee, which reported that the former
national security minister had been fraud-
ulent in his management of Concacaf
and the ownership of the Centre of Excel-
lence, Macoya, during his tenureship in
the regional body for football.
Simmons, retired United States District
Court Judge Ricardo Urbina and ex-Price-
waterhouseCoopers partner and auditor
Ernesto Hempe released a report in April,
leading Warner to resign as a government
minister, chairman of the United National
Congress and Chaguanas West MP in
the wake of the public criticism which
In a statement issued yesterday, Con-
cacaf maintained it had had no discussions
with Warner. "...Concacaf had no dis-
cussions with Mr Warner regarding, nor
does it consent to the undertaking of, any
legal action against Sir David Simmons,
any other member of the integrity com-
mittee, any member or executive of Con-
cacaf or any member of the football com-
munity," the statement said.
Justice Sebastian Ventour has
resigned from the National Constitu-
tional Reform Commission with imme-
Legal Affairs Minister Prakash Ramad-
har said in a press release yesterday that
he had accepted the resignation.
Ventour's participation in the com-
mission attracted controversy last month
when he was made a member of the
Former judge Anthony Lucky argued
that Ventour should step down, saying
the post on the constitutional reform
commission was equivalent to being a
paid adviser to the Legal Affairs Minister.
The Law Association and former Chief
Justice Michael de la Bastide disagreed,
however, saying they saw no conflict of
interest in Ventour's holding both posi-
Ventour, a retired High Court judge,
took part in all 17 of the constitution
reform commission's public consultations
to date and chaired some of them. The
sessions were held in both Trinidad and
Ramadhar said in the release that Ven-
tour "contributed significantly to the
deliberations of the commission at its
private meetings as well."
He said in his resignation letter "Ven-
tour expressed his strong support for
this important initiative being undertaken
by the Government to reform our coun-
try's republican Constitution."
Ramadhar thanked Ventour for his
"contribution to the cause of nation-
building and democracy that the con-
stitutional reform exercise represents
and offered his best wishes "for con-
tinued success to Justice Ventour in his
new position of service to the nation as
a member of the Integrity Commission."
KALIFA SARAH CLYNE
One of this country s leading
photographers, Jeffrey Chock, died
on Thursday evening at his home
Chock, 70, who had been sick
for some time, was best known for
his documentation of Carnival and
His childhood friend Barbara
Jenkins, who grew up with him in
Belmont, yesterday described him
as a man consumed by his craft.
"His life was his work. He didn't
just take pictures, he used to say
he made pictures," Jenkins said.
"He got not just the subject, or
composition and lighting, but every
picture he took was a narrative and
told a story."
In 2006, Chock published a
book, Trinidad Carnival: Photo-
graphs by Jeffrey Chock. Many of
his photographs can be found with
a quick search on the Internet.
"He probably had the most com-
prehensive collection of Carnival
and theatre (images)," Jenkins said.
Mas icon Peter Minshall knew
Chock from the early 1960s, when
they both boarded a boat to England
with fellow artist Jackie Hinkson.
"It was a long time ago. It was
a French liner, the Antilles. And we
all came back, Chock to the Carnival
with his camera, as much as myself
to the mas," Minshall recalled yes-
Minshall said Chock had an
astute mind and eye and knew what
"He knew what he was looking
for and invariably, he found it.
"We are all the richer for the
treasures he showed us. An era
passes with Jeffrey Chock."
Chock's colleague, Mark Lyn-
dersay, said, "He was a photogra-
pher's photographer. His work was
uncompromising, visually sophis-
ticated, dramatically composed and
unrelentingly sensitive to the
nuances of light and shadow. He
consistently ennobled his subjects
with a passion for capturing their
essence, something that's far too
easy to say and almost impossible
to do convincingly."
Lyndersay said as a photographer,
Chock was a creator to envy.
"His silky black-and-white prints
were gorgeous artifacts, his sense
of motion in the many dance pho-
tographs he did was impeccable
and his portraiture was quirky and
"More than anything, Jeffrey
Chock was a journalist of the first
calibre. He was not a photographer
of spot news or action events, but
he was a documentarian of life, his
concern for the nuances of the
world around him captured and
filed, one still at a time, to create
a body of work that constitutes a
unique and very special view of
these islands that's worthy of lasting
Chock was passionate about T&T
"He was a very rooted Trinida-
dian. He travelled all over the world
but he was always grounded in this
country," said Chock's friend Dr
Kim Johnson, a steelband histori-
an.Johnson met Chock in the 1990s
when they worked together on a
book about the Renegades steel-
"He was not just a photographer.
He had a deep knowledge of T&T
history and culture and cultural
things generally. His conversations
would go all over the place and be
very enlightening. His interests and
knowledge were global.
"But he was always committed
to T&T culture, particularly Car-
No funeral arrangements have
been made as yet.
Justice Ventour quits NCRC
Concacaf backs Simmons report
Talented documentarian dies at 70
in for Chock
Jeffrey Chock captured these Paramin Blue Devils in Port-of-Spain.
The cover of Chock's book, Trinidad Carnival
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