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Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Ministry of Science and Technology
The 2014 World Cup will feature a paralyzed Brazilian teen using a mind-controlled exoskeleton to stand up and
kick the first ball of the event. Professor Nicolelis, a leading neuroscientist behind this frontier technology, will
be the feature speaker at this year's CYSF.
CYSF will take place from August 3rd -- 10th, 2014 and will be an exciting week of:
Get a taste of university life, be part of the growing CYSF network and explore the many possibilities
for your future in science and technology.
Contact: Linda Caldon 642-6112, ext. 226
- Engaging presentations and discussions on cutting-edge topics
like tissue engineering (artificial hearts), forensic science,
atmospheric science and green building
- Socialising with Scientists
- Strategic foresighting workshop on
sustainable resource management
- Design & Cutthroat Challenges
- Science Seekers Survival Challenge
- Field trips to over a dozen institutions in science based fields
- Forum Olympics
- Fun nights and more!
Lower six science students from the region will meet Professor Miguel Nicolelis,
neuroscientist behind the much anticipated opening ceremony kick-off.
Prof. Miguel Nicolelis
Courtesy Walk Again Project
Teams (5 students) must be
nominated by s chool principals .
TTD$900 (or USD$160)
Deadline for registration is
June 23, 2014.
In this series, the T&T Guardian
takes a look at homicide statistics
for the country and the areas where
FABIAN PIERRE asks: why are
they so different?
In the first part, people who
started out in poverty, in deprived
areas, speak about their lives and
why they turned out so different-
Shawn Madhoo, a 21-year-old
university student, was thinking
about the question he d just been
"Cricket was all we knew."
The T&T Guardian showed him
the police statistics for homicides
for 2012, 2013 and early figures for
2014, and more specifically that the
majority were committed in urban
Madoo grew up one street down
from Jerningham Junction in Cunu-
pia. The once famous site for sugar
cane would come to service his
father s agriculture and animal hus-
bandry, he said, but it also saw the
roads come alive with cricket.
"My father was a big cricket man,
almost at the professional leagues,
and my oldest brother was a hero
to us when we were growing up.
Every evening my other brother and
my sister and I looked forward to
him coming home on an afternoon
to play cricket in the road."
Madoo said sport in general was
the only outlet he thought about
when he was frustrated or angry.
Did he ever think about turning
to crime following a tragedy that
saw the family s fortunes dwindle
to near nothing?
"I never thought about it. Every-
one I grew up with---even up to now,
it s a community and sport was one
of the things that took precedence."
Thirty-five years ago, in a village
in Barrackpore slightly south-east
of the village Shawn Madhoo grew
up in, Daren Ganga was born. Ganga,
a former Test batsman and T&T
captain, smiled and eventually
chuckled in recognition of Madhoo s
story. While he and Madhoo don t
know each other, their stories are
"My life was shaped by the com-
munity, and though I might not have
been on the village senior team, I
would still sit on the sidelines watch-
ing the game."
The founder of the Daren Ganga
Foundation, he said that as with
Madhoo, there were other factors
important to the shaping of his mind
"While cricket was a big thing for
me growing up, education was
"Then there was agriculture. Wak-
ing up on a morning and having to
bring water to water the crops, I
mean, it was something else that I
had to do that was a constructive
part of discipline in my life growing
Sheldon Alfred, 29, grew up in
Morvant, one of the areas considered
a hotbed of violent crime.
"I grew up with people that were
to eventually become involved in
crime. You hear about what is done,
who might have been involved in
"But I never saw that life as some-
thing I wanted to be involved in and
neither did my parents want that
"I always saw the easy way out
as leading to the hard life," he said.
Alfred now heads the IT depart-
ment of a large medical corporation
but has chosen so far to remain in
Jean-Claude Cournand and
The Two Cents Movement
His voice was raspy, having come
Crossroads to progress
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