Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 2nd 2013 Contents Almost two weeks after he was
involved in a fatal accident, gym
instructor Brandon Williams, 36, has
succumbed to his injuries.
He died on Saturday around 10 pm
at the Intensive Care Unit of the San
Fernando General Hospital.
Williams, of Caratal Road, Gasparillo,
had sustained severe head injuries and
was hooked up to life support.
The accident which also claimed the
life of Kyle Sooklalsingh, 26, took place
on November 18.
Williams was Sooklalsingh s gym
Police reports said that around 3.10
am, Sooklalsingh was driving on the
southbound lane of the Solomon
Hochoy Highway when he lost control
of his BMW Convertible after passing
the Corinth overpass. The car crashed
through the highway railing, went air-
borne, slammed into a tree, spinned
several times and then into a ditch.
Sooklalsingh who was given the car
for his 21st birthday died on impact.
Sooklalsingh s father owns Davane
Ste Madeleine Police investigated.
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Eleven-year-old Daniyelle Bennett, centre, with a group from the Caribbean Cross Training at the Sangre
Grande Market yesterday. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
Daniyelle Bennett is a girl with
a bike and a vision.
The 11-year-old triathlete is
already blazing a trail as national
activist in the fight against obesity.
Young Bennett already has her eyes
set on making a unique contribu-
tion to society.
It was her vision that brought
to life a new campaign aimed at
raising awareness about how
healthy lifestyle choices at a young
age can prevent obesity.
"I started to open my eyes and
look around...I wanted to do some-
thing," she told the Guardian yes-
For two years, she has been
meeting and engaging other
youngsters her age in open forums,
to promote the importance of exer-
cise and a balanced diet. So when
she saw some statistics that made
national headlines, listing T&T as
having the third highest obesity
rate in the world, she felt compelled
to step up and fight the negative
Thus was born, "Ride to pro-
Twenty cyclists from her
triathlon club Caribbean Cross
Training, accompanied by a police
escort and some supporters who
trailed along in cars, made their
way from St Mary s Children s
Home in Tacarigua, to the market
in Sande Grande yesterday morn-
The trek was further intensified
by heavy rains that greeted the
cyclists promptly when they
showed up to the meeting point
But Bennet was unphased, and
she enthusiastically spoke to an
audience of children from the St
Mary s Children s Home about
healthy eating and exercise.
Throughout the three-hour ride,
Bennett stopped to engage different
audiences in the fight against obe-
She is currently in the sixth
grade at the International School
of Port of Spain.
Her mother described her as
driven, citing her long lists of
achievements from triathlons to
getting a black belt in karate, to
singing and writing short stories
about Grand Riviere. When her
daughter approached her with the
idea for this event, her mother col-
laborated with the coaches from
Caribbean Cross Training to bring
this vision to life.
The club will continue the cam-
paign with a triathlon race on the
Girl, 11, leads ride in
fight against obesity
The North West Regional Health
Authority (NWRHA) hosted a "Day
of Enlightenment" concert and knowl-
edge fair for World Aids Day, at the
Hyatt Regency Waterfront, Port-of-
Spain, yesterday evening.
The global theme for World Aids Day
from 2011 to 2015 has been outlined
as, "Getting to zero: zero new HIV
infections, zero discrimination, zero
In launching the event, CEO of the
NWRHA, Judith Baliram, described the
initiative as an effort to sensitise and
educate the citizens of T&T about the
In her address, she said that through
the roving team and the Outreach team
of the NWRHA, they had tested 14,788
people in 2012, of which 415 showed
Baliram also took the opportunity to
remind the public that HIV testing and
counselling were offered at least once
a week at each health centre.
"We have expanded the number of
our fixed testing sites to include: George
Street, Petit Valley, St James and Suc-
cess Laventille," she added.
Various booths were set up to provide
members of the public with information
about prevention, testing and treatment.
Free testing for Sexually Transmitted
Diseases (STD) was also available in a
mobile HIV testing unit.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar who issued a statement yesterday
in observance of World Aids Day, also
displayed solidarity with the "Getting
to Zero" movement.
She called for an end to discrimi-
nation against people afflicted with the
virus emphasised the need to pull
together as a nation to stem the spread
of the disease.
"If we are to achieve success in this
endeavour, it is incumbent on all of
us---individuals, Government, the pri-
vate sector and civil society---to engage
in meaningful and effective collabora-
tion," she said.
"Persons must take responsibility for
their sexual behaviours and adopt pos-
itive, caring, and non-judgmental atti-
tudes towards those infected and affect-
ed by HIV/Aids." Zico Cozier
Marking World Aids Day...
NWRHA steps up
Accident victim dies
Police are investigating the death
of a three-year-old toddler in Sangre
Grande on Saturday.
Three-year-old Jabari Hernandez, of
Manuel Road, Cumuto, was taken to
the Sangre Grande Hospital. He was
pronounced dead on arrival around
Jabari s mother, Diana Hernandez,
24, told police the toddler was vomiting.
Investigators said the child was ward-
ed previous to his passing and believed
he died a natural death.
The autopsy will be done today at
the Forensic Sciences Centre at Fed-
eration Park, St James.
Grande cops probe toddler's death
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