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CHARLES KONG SOO
The late chairman of the Deportee Task
Force (DTF) and Vision On Mission (VOM)
chairman William Latchman will be hon-
oured by having the 50 acre 100-man
capacity rehabilitation centre in Wallerfield
named after him.
So said VOM's president Wayne Chance
"We're going to name the new state-of-
the-art reintegration facility in Wallerfield
the William Latchman Reintegration and
Rehabilitation Centre," Chance said.
"That is just one of the ways we will hon-
our him because we recognise that the con-
tributions of Mr Latchman have brought
VOM to where it is and he has given hope,
perspective and light to hundreds of thou-
sands of inmates and delinquents throughout
"Not only VOM, he helped established
Rainbow Mission, Partners Of America; he
was the key architect behind New Maximum
Radio in prisons, worked in Laventille, with
people like Mugabe, the UN, US Embassy---
he wore so many hats and touched so many
Latchman collapsed at the Cascadia Hotel,
St Ann's last Wednesday, minutes before
he was supposed to deliver a feature address
at a deportee stakeholder consultation. He
died at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
He reportedly suffered a heart attack.
Chance said his organisation received several calls
from the public and the Prisons Service who wanted
to play a role at Latchman's funeral because of the
impact and the lives he touched opening the doors
to reintegration of ex-prisoners and deportees.
He said the organisation knew that life continued
and must move forward on, but it would certainly
struggle in the context of moving on without his
Chance said Latchman would be remembered for
his yeoman service, commitment, dedication, love,
loyalty, patience, the way he would go out outside
of his own business and family to help people.
"He was a great man, father, brother, friend, uncle,
a person that anybody could walk up to and get
advice and support," he said.
"We will miss Mr Latchman forever."
The funeral service for Latchman will take place
at tomorrow at St Theresa's RC Church, Woodbrook.
Following the service, Latchman will be cremated
at the St James Crematorium, Long Circular Road.
Latchman was the son of the late John and Doreen,
husband of Choylin, father of David, Anisa and Adrian,
grandfather of two.
He was the brother of Ann (Telahun), Joan, Muriel
and Joyce (deceased), uncle of Donny and family to
the Choo Quans. For further enquiries, contact RM
de Souza Memorial Chapel Limited, 223-2007/637-
'Champion' of deportees honoured...
Rehab centre named after William Latchman
SAN JUAN---Experts are sounding a new alarm
about the effects of climate change for parts of the
Caribbean---the depletion of already strained drink-
ing water throughout much of the region.
Rising sea levels could contaminate supplies of
fresh water and changing climate patterns could
result in less rain to supply reservoirs in the coming
decades, scientists and officials warned at a conference
in St Lucia this week.
"Inaction is not an option," said Lystra Fletcher-
Paul, Caribbean land and water officer for the UN
Food and Agriculture Organisation. "The water
resources will not be available."
Some of the possible solutions include limits on
development, increased use of desalination plants
and better management of existing water supplies,
but all face challenges in a region where many gov-
ernments carry heavy debts and have few new sources
Many Caribbean nations rely exclusively on under-
ground water for their needs, a vulnerable source
that would be hit hard by climate change effects,
said Jason Johnson, vice president of the Caribbean
Water and Wastewater Association, a Trinidad-based
"That's the greatest concern," he said. "Those
weather patterns may change, and there may not
necessarily be the means for those water supplies to
be replenished at the pace that they have historically
Parts of the Caribbean have been experiencing an
unusually dry spell that emerged last year.
In August 2012, some islands reported extremely
dry weather, including Grenada and Anguilla. By July
of this year, those conditions had spread to Trinidad,
Antigua, St Vincent and Barbados, the Caribbean
Institute for Meteorology & Hydrology says.
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