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The National Institute of Higher
Education, Research, Science and
Technology (Niherst) will soon begin
construction of a $300 million project
which will be known as Science City
and will feature an outdoor park, a
wind tunnel, a lake, robotic animals,
boating activities and a solar power
Referring to the project as unique,
NIHERST chairman Prakash Persad
said the project would be done in three
Although the design has been com-
pleted, Persad said the implementation
phase would begin no later than next
Claiming that Science City "will be
the first of its kind in the region," Persad
said primary and secondary school stu-
dents were being targeted as the Min-
istry of Science and Technology seeks
to encourage and facilitate a greater
appreciation for sciences.
With construction set to begin next
year on the 54-acre parcel of land in
Couva, Persad explained the idea behind
the facility was aimed at promoting
science and technology as a field which
contributed to the research and inno-
vation needed to stimulate economic
Persad made the statements following
the installation of the Niherst board at
the Ministry of Science and Technology,
Level 19, Tower D, Port-of-Spain yes-
Eager to speak about the project,
Persad said: "We have sent students to
Nasa and will also feature a wind tunnel
where people will be able to experience
"It is really high-tech stuff you won t
see anywhere else but it will have an
It s been 26 days
since 28-year old
Oren McKenzie of
Gran Couva went
His mother, Stella
McKenzie, has been
counting the days and
said she and her hus-
band Ben McKenzie
have to use sleeping
McKenzie, a tech-
on June 14 after he went to Couva to buy items
for his son Kadan that Saturday afternoon. He is
separated from his wife.
He was last seen getting into a vehicle.
"People saw him in the grocery, and buying
fruits at a nearby stall. Between Isaac Junction
and the Gran Couva taxi stand nearby, he disap-
peared," said his mother. "Oren would never go
in a car he does not know, because he was robbed
in San Fernando three years ago."
Stella said Gran Couva police and others have
been investigating but she has been given no leads
"We are hearing rumours people are seeing him
all over Trinidad but no one is actually calling us
to say anything."
She is depending on God s help. "I am asking
people to pray for him."
Stella said her only child s disappearance remains
a mystery to her.
"I feel broken," she said, weeping.
She said his son Kadan keeps asking for his
daddy. "He saw someone resembling Oren in a
car recently and kept calling, Daddy, daddy ."
Stella said her and her husband s health had
deteriorated with worry and stress.
She pleaded, "If anybody has seen my son please
let us know. I just want my son back home."
impact on the students here."
He said the rationale for the funding of this project
was to assist in minimising government s expense to
build science labs in secondary schools, as students
at all levels of society would be encouraged to immerse
themselves in the field of science and technology.
The new board was charged by Minister Rupert
Griffith to "build a more diversified and knowledge-
intensive economy and to assist government in deliv-
ering on its promise to encourage recovery, create
jobs and promote sustainable development."
Praising the appointees for their experience in areas
of academia, business and community activism, Grif-
fith expressed confidence that Science City would
be a positive asset to T&T, as well as the region.
Acting permanent secretary Ingrid Seerattan referred
to the board s installation as timely, as she said the
ministry was in its final phase of developing a strategic
plan to ensure the achievement of organisational and
national goals and objectives.
Niherst president Maureen Manchouck reflected
on the organisation s past 30 years, during which
she highlighted its accomplishments.
Looking forward to the completion of the science
and technology policy document, Manchouck joined
with Persad as they called for greater co-operation
and harmonisation in the field.
Science and Technology Minister Rupert Griffith, centre, presents the letter of appointment to newly elected NIHERST Chairman
Professor Prakesh Persad as other members of the NIHerst Board looks on are Dr Annmarie Phillip-Hosein, left, President of NIHERST
Maureen Manchouck, Vashti Maharaj, (Deputy Chairman) Brian Juanette, Professor Stephen Gift, Andre Thompson, Denice Ramhan, Cecil
Caruth and Zorisha Mohnammed-Ali as they pose for a photo after receiving their letters of appointment yesterday during the installation
of Directors unto the NIHERST Board held yesterday at the Ministry of Science and Technology office, Tower D, Wrightson Road, Port-of-
Spain. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Persad was re-appointed as chairman, while
Brian Juanette was named deputy chairman.
Other members include Andre Thompson,
Denice Ramdhan, Cecil Caruth, Professor Stephan
Gift, Dr Annmarie Phillip-Hosein, Zorisha
Mohammed-Ali and Vashti Maharaj.
$300m science city
to be built in Couva
WHO'S ON THE BOARD
of missing son
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