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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, June 16, 2014
Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Ministry of Science and Technology
The first ball of the 2014 World Cup was kicked by a paraplegic with the aid of a mind-controlled robotic
exoskeleton. Professor Nicolelis, the 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 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 with Professor Miguel Nicolelis,
the leading neuroscientist behind the incredible kickoff at World Cup Brazil.
Prof. Miguel Nicolelis
Sponsored by The United States Embassy
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.
My name is Jill Cezair and the
late Percy Cezair, the Sunday
Guardian columnist was my
Three years ago, April, my dad
died. Unexpectedly. We found out
he had cancer and, within three
months...But, talk about a strong
man, he worked a full day, every day,
right up to the time he died. That s
I m the youngest of four chil-
dren. We moved to Canada when
I was about 14 and the family is
still there. I moved back to
Trinidad in my 30s. My mum is
90 and doing as good as ever. My
father used to go back-and-forth.
My mom would not get on a plane
for nothing! She hasn t seen Trinidad
Je parle Francais. Fluently. My
mother loved the idea of French
Canada, loved the language and that s
where she wanted to go. Let s say she
can understand French much more
than she can speak it now!
I ve been divorced longer now
than I was married. I did not
grow up ever cursing. And then
my ex-husband caused me to
curse. I literally learned to curse from
Although I went to school with
nuns in Trinidad, and everything
had to be done a certain way, I
fit into the Montreal school sys-
tem. You were allowed to be yourself.
And I actually flourished.
When I go back to Montreal,
as I land in the airport, it feels
like I ve not left. It s the same
way I feel when I come to
Trinidad. I m right back at home,
just home is a different place. But I
am a Trini to the bone.
For change to take place, we
have to see it coming from the
top. We can t expect the young ones
to do something positive when they
don t have positive examples.
I used to have a bookstore and
[recently very publicly murdered
attorney] Dana Seetahal was one
of my customers. She wasn t a
woman who knew how to keep
her mouth shut, a very, very
strong woman. Up to now, we can t
hear a thing about her murder. You
have no reports after six weeks?
I m a single woman and have
learned to be very self-sufficient.
I don t feel fearful to get into my car
and do what I have to do. Maybe I
should, I don t know.
Everybody in Trinidad is a
Hindu at Divali. And a Christian
at Christmas. That s what I love
about this country.
In one family in Trinidad, you
look at pictures, same mother
and same father -- but all the chil-
dren are different colours. Yo u
don t question this is the family but
everybody looks different. I love that
I can be in an airport anywhere
in the world and, behind me, hear
an accent and I know that person
is a Trini. And, when I turn around,
they could look like anyone on the
planet! You meet Rastamen named
Chin. I hope that never changes.
I m very proud of my father
and his accomplishments. He was
mayor of Arima. His mother was
the first female alderman in all
of Trinidad and Tobago. There s
a history of politics in my family
going far back. My father left the
PNM but never left politics. He wrote
his article in the papers for years and,
after he left the PNM, didn t favour
I m a trivia buff. I love to read
and, for some reason, stupid
things I might never need in life
stick in my brain. If I m watching
Jeopardy with a man, he ll always
ask, "How you know that answer?
And that answer?" I tell them: "Read
Driving in Trinidad, when I
reach home, I give thanks to God
for making it in one piece. I don t
know how more of us don t end
up dead on the roads.
Trinis are accepting, accom-
modating people. Maybe too
accepting and accommodating.
Trinidad and Tobago is Para-
dise and Hell. I go to Tobago and
sit on the beach and give thanks
to live in a democracy. But a nine-
year-old child is slaughtered and we
don t stand up and say, No! That, to
me, is the Hell.
Read a longer version of this
feature at www.BCRaw.com
TRINI TO D BONE
as told to BC Pires
My Father's Daughter
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