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"Let sport be your weapon."
This was the message Local Gov-
ernment Minister Dr Surujrattan Ram-
bachan and Simone Pantor, president
of the Exile Rugby Club, issued to young
people on Saturday as they formally
commissioned the Exile Rugby Sporting
Facility at Charles Street South, Gas-
Rambachan, addressing members of
the rugby club, said too many young
people "are picking up guns and are
picking up knives."
"For some reason there is a level of
anger and frustration within the youths
of this country and we want to ensure
that we guide people away from those
behaviours and ensure that they pick
up lifestyles and activities that are
healthy," Rambachan said.
Sport, he said, is an alternative to the
negative pursuits that many young peo-
ple are engaging in today.
He said sport gives young people a
chance to develop positive values,
including self-discipline and respect,
and they should be encouraged to par-
ticipate in all such activities.
He commended Pantor and her fam-
ily for their work with youths in Gas-
parillo and encouraging them to play
the sport of rugby.
Rambachan said nine of the 70 mem-
bers of the Exile Rugby Club were on
the national team.
He called on Sport Minister Anil
Roberts to support projects such as Exile
Rugby Club as tools to combat youth
Pantor expressed her gratitude to
National Self-Help Commission chair-
man Surujdeo Mangaroo, who assisted
the club in constructing the sporting
facility. He said he was pleased to be
part of the club s effort.
Mangaroo commended the club for
its theme, "Mentoring youths." He said
such efforts need to be replicated
"Not a day passes by when we do
not hear about someone young being
shot or murdered," he said.
"I ask everyone here today and I
appeal to parents, grandparents, neigh-
bours, aunts and uncles to encourage
the youths to pick up a cricket bat, a
football or a basketball instead of a gun
or a knife."
Mangaroo said the Government can-
not solve crime on its own and citizens
need to do their part.
"If we groom them and train them
as young, responsible citizens who can
assert themselves, then they will not
be drawn into a gang lifestyle of crime,"
Rambachan outlined a number of
projects being pursued in his constituen-
cy, including the illumination of recre-
ation grounds and construction of pavil-
ions which, he said, will encourage
young people to pursue sporting activ-
He told Pantor that the facility was
her club s national award for their efforts
to enhance the lives of youths in her
Rambachan said their efforts send a
message to T&T that there are in this
country those who are concerned about
how their children develop and are pre-
pared to sacrifice and invest, not just
money, but their time, love and concern
in the development of their children.
A Marabella man, who stole
from a man he claimed was
owing him, has been sent to
jail for 12 months.
Ian Dover, of West Bayshore,
Marabella, admitted he was
wrong and apologised for the
act before he was sentenced.
He appeared before Deputy
Chief Magistrate Mark Welling-
ton in the San Fernando First
Court on Friday.
Police prosecutor Cleyon
Seedan read the facts.
The court heard that Glen-
ford Holder discovered his
house broken into around 2.30
pm on August 21. His back
door was open and on checking
he discovered a Black and
Decker saw, a jigsaw and a dual
sim cellular phone, together
valued at $1,250, missing.
PC Williams eventually con-
ducted inquiries, which led him
to Dover s house on Wednes-
When the officer informed
Dover of the investigation, he
handed over the items to the
On Friday, Dover told the
magistrate, "This man owing
me money and I wasn t seeing
However, the magistrate told
him if the man was owing him
money then he had the "right
to action in court."
The court also heard that
Dover had previous convictions.
"Given your record, sir, 12
months hard labour," the mag-
Tabaquite MP Suruj Rambachan unveils a plaque at the commissioning of the Exile Rugby Sporting Facility at Charles
Street South, Gasparillo, on Saturday. From left are president of the Exile Rugby Club Simone Pantor, chairman of the
National Commission for Self Help Surujdeo Mangaroo and Exile Rugby Club coach Ronald Silverthorne.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA Rambachan to youths lured by crime:
Let sport be
Man gets 12 months
for stealing tools
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