Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 9th 2014 Contents how to," he said.
Waiting for the bread van, he said,
was the day he realised he needed to
find another outlet to vent his frustra-
tion and anger before it turned violent,
or worse, deadly.
What makes you different?
Finding an avenue of release was the
same choice Shawn Madhoo said he
Madhoo, 21, a university student,
told the Guardian that the roads in
Cunupia, the highways, anywhere there
was asphalt, were the places he vented
his anger and frustration.
"Taking up that bike and pedalling
as hard and as fast as I could was the
way I used to take out my frustration
and anger after my brother died and
everything in the family just went bad.
I used to ride dangerous too, eh, I must
"But that road, any road, and them
wheels, used to make me calm. There
wasn t nothing I couldn t figure out
after riding and I used to tell myself
when I done, Everything going to work
out boy, hold strain. "
Cricketer Daren Ganga strongly
believes his family and the sense of
community were the support bases that
led him to his current path.
"And this is the thing about com-
munity, it shapes your life tremendously.
Having those role models who shape
you becomes critical. Even if there was
trouble, you had people to keep you in
line and even when things were tough
with food, you also had the community
helping each other out."
"And that is such a critical and pow-
erful thing, eh boy," Cournand agreed.
"Having a community of positive
people to contribute to self-develop-
ment is what is most tangible and most
useful. That connection to an elder,
who is senior, who can empathise and
relate. And it is a crossroads thing too,
eh, this thing called mentorship, because
you can either have a good or a bad
"But all people remember really is
the conversation, you know, because
that s the part of the community they
are looking for in mentorship. Guid-
Madhoo was again pensive for quite
some time when asked what he believes
makes him different from those who
are committing homicides.
"I don t know, nah, boy. Pick up and
go and do something: go plant the land,
go play some cricket, do something. I
don t know, but for me I just want my
education, and do what I have as my
dream, and I just decide that that is
what I want to do and what I doing
Alfred said he didn t know what
makes him innately different from any-
one else except that his parents played
a key role.
"I can only bring it down to my par-
ents involvement in my life and making
sure I understood the value of hard
"I don t want to have to be looking
over my shoulder, or be surrounded by
a group, who are like my bodyguards."
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Better be ready
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
As we brace for the unpredictability of the hurricane season,
it is important to be prepared. Here are some simple steps
to help protect your family from a storm or hurricane.
Ensure that your house
is properly prepared:
Ensure your roof is properly installed.
Ensure end gables are securely fas-
tened to the rest of the roof.
Ensure double entry doors are secured
at the top and bottom.
Ensure your garage door is properly
Ensure all windows are protected by
either boards or shutters. In a hurri-
cane, items can become projectiles and
cause damage and injury. Consider
screens for the windows.
Ensure the roof is fastened to the walls
with hurricane straps.
Ensure home is protected from poten-
Ensure the main electrical panel board
is located above the potential flood
Ensure all electrical outlets and
switches are located above the poten-
tial flood line.
Ensure the washer and dryer and
water heater unit are above the flood
Ensure all floor drains in the flood line
have a float plug the drain when need-
Ensure your sewer system has a back-
Have your local professionals review
the same to ensure all is in a state of
Put aside these items in the
event you need to evacuate:
Plastic sheeting and duct tape.
Foods (canned goods and non-perish-
able foods) that do not need cooking.
Enough for one day and three meals. A
non-electric can opener should also be
Drinking water in non-breakable con-
tainers (at least two quarts per person
Any special dietary food, if required.
Identification, cash, valuable papers,
insurance policies and photos in a
Battery-operated all-weather radio
with extra batteries.
Personal hygiene items such as soap,
deodorant, shampoo, toothbrush,
toothpaste, aspirin, antacid, diapers,
washcloths, feminine products, towels
Utensils such as disposable plates,
cups, forks, knives, spoons, napkins
Personal aids such as eyeglasses,
hearing aids (with extra batteries),
hand shavers, cream, prosthetic
Books, magazines, cards, toys and
Infant care items such as formula,
food, wipes and disposable diapers.
Flashlight and extra batteries.
First aid kit with prescription medica-
tions, betadine solution, gauze bandag-
es, adhesive tape, sterile pads, band
aids, triangular bandages, safety scis-
sors, non-prescription medication, sun
screen, insect repellent, non-latex
gloves, absorbent compress 5x9 dress-
ing, adhesive bandages (assorted
sizes), antiseptic wipes, antibiotic oint-
ment packets, etc.
Sleeping bags or blankets, sheets and
pillows, garbage bags, ties etc.
Change of clothing plus an extra pair
Easy carrying container (bag) for all
Are you ready for ahurricane?
T&T Red Cross Society
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"He just wanted to be success-
He s since been incarcerated
three times, Cournand said, and
his crimes escalated to the point
of violence which led to him being
an inmate at the Youth Training
"But when you come out of
those places, you can t reintegrate
the same way with society. You ve
changed and you don t understand
"But that road, any road,
and them wheels, used to
make me calm. There
wasn't nothing I couldn't
figure out after riding and I
used to tell myself when I
done, 'Everything going to
work out boy, hold strain.'"
SHAWN MADHOO, 21,
Waiting to pounce on the bread van
"...This is the thing about community, it shapes your life tremendously.
Having those role models who shape you becomes critical. Even if there was
trouble, you had people to keep you in line."
DAREN GANGA, CRICKETER
"My teenage years were
turbulent years for a couple
reasons and I used to duck school
with my best friend, was in
fights---even almost getting shot
and stabbed---and used to get
into trouble at other times."
JEAN-CLAUDE COURNAND, 24,
FOUNDER OF THE TWO CENTS
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