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MONDAY 14TH JULY, 2014 TO FRIDAY 25TH JULY, 2014.
Celebrations in hon-
our of the former South
African President Nel-
son Mandela begins
across T&T today.
The week-long cele-
brations are aimed at
commemorating the life
and work of Mandela,
who died on December
5 last year at the age of
95 after prolonged illness.
Since the start of the
month pictorials of Man-
dela have been set up at
Piarco and ANR Robin-
son International air-
ports, City Gate Port-of-
Spain and other parts of
At 6.30 this evening a
concert entitled "Madiba:
Tribute to Mandela" will
take place at the National
Academy for the Per-
forming Arts. Screening
of documentaries cele-
brating Mandela s life
continues at the National
Library in Port-of-Spain
Tomorrow the Nation-
al Commission for
UNESCO will host a rally
entitled Celebrating Nel-
son Mandela: The Man-
dela Effect from 9am at
Skinner Park San Fer-
nando. There will also be
a panel discussion on
Wednesday from 6.30 to
8.30 pm at NAPA, Port-
On Friday there will be
celebrations from 10am
to 5pm at Brian Lara
Also on Friday there
will be another concert,
Through the Years", at
"A large number of families in T&T are in cri-
So said Senate President Timothy Hamel-Smith
as he delivered the feature address at the Rapidfire
Kidz Foundation annual gala dinner, held at Paria
Suites ballroom on Saturday night.
Commenting on the high level of school dropouts,
Hamel-Smith said students were finding school to
"Children are experiencing a disconnection with
what they are taught in school and what they expe-
rience. They no longer find school meaningful. We
need to transform our schools. How do we make
the curriculum meaningful?" Hamel-Smith asked.
He suggested that the school curriculum be remod-
elled to suit the interests of pupils.
"It is up to us to give kids the right tools so they
can become the best they can be," Hamel-Smith
said. He also said families must be strengthened and
parents must take a proactive role in providing for
"There has been a frightening upsurge in the num-
bers of deaths of our infants---abuse, violence, drugs
and carelessness. We need to go back to the most
fundamental building block of society---the family,"
Hamel-Smith said. He added, " Effective parenting
is necessary as it promotes physical, psychological
and spiritual well being of our children. Parents are
the childrens role models. When children feel loved
and respected in families, they have confidence to
make independent positions. Parents must have
expectations of their children consistent with their
Hamel-Smith said while government has an obli-
gation to provide greater protection for children,
government could not do it alone.
"I encourage you to pledge to make a difference
in a child s life no matter how small," Hamel-Smith
President Kevin Ratiram also urged citizens to
change their mindset and have empathy for the chil-
dren in crime hotspots.
"When we look at the young men engaged in drug
wars, what went wrong? We are quick to assume
that the children of Sealots , Morvant and Laventille
are criminals. We have to appreciate all children no
matter where they come from," Ratiram said.
Ratiram said since the Foundation was launched
two years ago, hundreds of children have benefitted.
Under the Eyes Right project, 1,000 children from
several primary schools across the country received
free vision testing and eye glasses.
Senate President on drop out rate:
One of two men charged with having sexual
intercourse with a minor asked for own bail on
Friday, as he complained that the girl told him
she was 17-years-old.
However, Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Welling-
ton promptly rejected the request of 21-year-old
Sheldon Walker who is facing three charges of raping
a 15-year-old girl.
Also appearing on a separate charge of raping a
12-year-old girl was 31-year-old Quinton Williams.
Both men were granted bail totally $125,000 and
warned to stay away from the victims when they
appeared before Wellington in the San Fernando
Walker, who did not have an attorney, is accused
of having sexual intercourse with the girl who had
attained the age of 14, but not yet 16 and who was
not his wife.
The rapes allegedly took place at the accused
Fyzabad home between June 16 and July 5; June 13
and June 16.
Police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said a trace
revealed that the accused had no previous convictions
or pending matters.
Pleading for bail, Walker said, "Your honour she
tell me she was 17 at the time."
Wellington said he was not concerned about that,
adding, "Sir, you want to spoil my day. Three charges
of sexual intercourse with a minor and you asking
for own bail."
Rape accused: Girl lied about age
Mandela celebrations begin today
A group of boys play a game of football in Leu Place, Laventille yesterday.
PHOTO:JENSEN LA VENDE
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