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Kamimaha Persad and her father Kimraj Persad enjoy entertainment at
yesterday's Republic Extravaganza at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port-of-Spain.
There were some moments of
anxiety at San Fernando Hill on
Friday night, as the Visitor s Cen-
tre, where President Anthony
Carmona was presiding over the
launch of bicentenary celebra-
tions of the birth of Michel Jean
Cazabon (1813-2013), was plunged
At one point, the President was
taken into a private room by his secu-
rity detail. After a while, guests at
the function, including Ambassador
of the Argentine Republic Marcelo
Salviolo, Archbishop Nicola Girasoli,
the Apostolic Nuncio, Reynold Coop-
er, permanent secretary, Office of
Prime Minister, San Fernando mayor
Dr Navi Muradali, TSTT chairman
Everald Snaggs and CAL chairman
Phillip Marshall, were asked to go to
the upper floor, an open area, which
was illuminated by the moonlight
and streets lights around the building.
A reporter covering the assignment
called the Trinidad and Tobago Elec-
tricity Commission (T&TEC), when
the generator failed to kick in.
T&TEC crew responded immedi-
ately and within an hour power was
restored and the function resumed.
T&TEC said it was an internal prob-
lem as power supply on the rest of
the Hill was not affected.
The facility is managed by the
Forestry Division which falls under
the portfolio of Environment and
Water Resources Minister Ganga
Singh. Calls to Singh s cellphone went
unanswered. Contacted for comment,
Conservator of Forests Johnny Seep-
ersad said it was the first time he was
hearing about the incident. He con-
firmed that the term of office for the
San Fernando Hill Management
Committee expired in March and no
new committee had been appointed
since. However, he said there were
people employed to undertake the
day-to-day operations of the building.
Seepersad said he would investigate
what caused the outage and the rea-
son why the generator failed to kick
in. The ceremony marking the birth
of the 19th century artist, who was
born just a few miles from the San
Fernando Hill, went ahead with no
further disruptions. President Car-
mona, patron of the bicentenary cel-
ebrations, described Cazabon as a
phenomenal artist whose work will
soon match the buying power of
renowned artists Raphael and Michael
Angelo. He noted that the artist is
often regarded as the conscience of
society. "He often has his fingers on
the pulse beat of the people of the
country," the President said. "In many
ways, the artist is a veritable water-
mark on the dollar bill of society s
values. He is not necessarily a man
or woman who engages in dollars and
cents," he added, referring to the fact
that in spite of his genius, Cazabon
died a pauper.
"He engages in the esoteric, he
engages in the sublime and he lays
before us, a standard of conduct, a
value standard he feels we should live
by. He is one who ensures that history,
our history, the history of a particular
country remains permanent. Michel
Jean Cazabon was and is such an
artist," the President said. The launch
is one of a series of events in a year-
long celebration of the artist who was
born in Corinth, South Trinidad, 200
years ago. A Cazabon bicentenary
logo and commemorative plaque were
unveiled on Friday.
Two women from Princes
Town have launched a new
political party, Standards,
Recreation and Social
(SEERs) to contest the Octo-
ber 21 local government elec-
SEERs political leader is
Wilma Moore-Luces, a social
worker. Her running mate is
Cherryl Joseph, a social worker
and minister of religion.
The party is based at 125 Sixth
Company Circular, New Grant,
and was registered with the Elec-
tions and Boundaries Commis-
sion last December.
SEERs symbol is a purple
heart on an open hand, placed
on the cover of a book.
The book represents knowl-
edge, the palm, a helping hand
and the heart compassion and
understanding. The party s
colour is blue and its slogan: "We
are able." So far the party has
three candidates, but they are
hoping that by Nomination Day
on September 30, that number
will increase. Moore-Luces, 56,
who has a bachelor s degree in
strategic leadership and man-
agement, said over the past 25
years she has been an agent of
change, lifting the standards of
culture, behaviour and morale
of those who felt ostracised, not
only in her community of Princes
Town, but across the country.
Moore-Luces said she has
come to the understanding that
only political power can make a
significant difference, hence her
transformation from social work-
er to politician.
A mother and grandmother,
Moore-Luces admitted she and
her team lack political savvy, but
she is willing to try.
"I have a proven track record
community, I believe I could put
the structures in place to con-
tribute to the national develop-
ment of my country."
She will be contesting the
Hindustan/St Mary s electoral
district in the local elections.
Joseph, a mother of three and
adopted mother of four, said in
her 57 years the only politics she
had engaged in was exercising
her franchise to vote.
She said she never dreamt of
getting involved in active politics
"but after watching the situation
in our nation, I was really moved
Joseph said the gruesome
decapitation of a man in Port-
of-Spain a few weeks ago gave
her the motivation to go forward.
"That could have been a
member of my family, so now I
am more purposeful, determined
to do whatever we in SEERs can
do as a team to make a difference
and bring about new hope."
Joseph, who preaches at
Believers Training Centre in
Princes Town, said politics is
part of her religious calling.
"I cannot separate the two. I
am part of this nation and I
believe our ideas and suggestions
can be used to bring about
change in this nation."
Joseph, who is originally from
Carenage, will be contesting the
Chaguaramas/Pt Cumana Care-
nage seat. "I was born, raised
and schooled in Carenage. I
moved to Princes Town when
my husband died, ten years ago,
but my heart is in Carenage."
She said she understands the
area and already has the support
of her family, who still live there,
as well as the community.
Chairman of the Bicentenary Committee Albert Sydney, centre, and
artist Glenn Roopchand, right, present President Anthony Carmona
with a painting at the official launch of the bicentenary celebration of
the birth of Michel Jean Cazabon on San Fernando Hill.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Power outage on San Fernando Hill...
New party for local govt polls
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