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Minister in the Ministry of Finance
Rudranath Indarsingh has called on parents
to be very vigilant in relation to supervision
of children during the next two months of
the vacation period.
Speaking at yesterday s opening ceremony
of the Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (Stem) vacation camp, hosted
by the Civil Aviation Authority, Indarsingh
said parents needed to be more responsible
as "children would always be children.
"It is important as I commend parents,
I call upon parents nationally to be vigilant,
to be very responsible because this is what
we will call the vacation period, children
will always be children.
"They will choose to experiment, they
will choose to play, they will choose to find
things to occupy themselves and if they are
not properly supervised and not directed
then you will have problems and situations
that will occur from time-to-time which
will cause a sense of pain, a sense of trauma,
a sense of heartache to all."
Indarsingh said the economic environment
had changed because one working parent
was no longer the norm.
"Both parents are working and the dynam-
ics have changed when the extended family
is also engaged in doing their work and
responsibilities so I appeal also to those who
are in camps, those facilitators, those
throughout the length and breath of the
country to be very vigilant as we supervise
the young people and take care of this coun-
The Stem programme focuses on teaching
technology and engineering skills to
teenagers. Indarsingh said STEM knowledge
and skills were required by all young people
regardless whatever career path they might
"It plays an important role in the devel-
opment and knowledge of the skill set in
children and young adults and it has positive
socioeconomic impacts for the society."
He said there was an increasing demand
for a skilled stem workforce globally and
"As the demand for stem skilled workforce
increases, including the aviation industry, it
is important to spark interest and educational
development of our young people."
The programme, which began yesterday,
ends on August 1 and targets children
between the ages of six and 18 years.
Registration for the camp increased this
year from 500 to 600 children.
The Police Service Social and Welfare Associ-
ation has praised National Security Minister Gary
Griffith for "rebranding" the Police Service with
new uniforms, saying they would make it more
efficient and produce an organisation with a mod-
The police are expected to get the new uniforms
within the next three weeks, Griffith said in an
interview yesterday, when asked whether there was
a shortage of uniforms.
Saying he was unaware of this, he added: "But
I am not sure it makes sense to order a whole set
of uniforms and we are in the process of phasing
out the old ones.
"I am trying to have the new uniforms imple-
mented within the next three weeks."
Griffith said that signalled not only a physical
change but also a change in the mindset of the
police. He said he had several productive meetings
with members of the association, who agreed that
the old unforms should be outdated.
"This would be a brand-new look for the Police
Service in terms of design and outlook," Griffith
Echoing him, the association s secretary Insp
Michael Seales said the move was welcome and
long overdue, and the majority of the membership
was on board with the decision.
"We are very happy by this move and we thank
the minister for pushing this so it could be imple-
mented as soon as possible," Seales added.
On whether there was a shortage of uniforms
Seales said the association was not aware of this,
as no such complaints had reached the associa-
parents to be vigilant
Director general of Civil Aviation Ramesh Lutchmedial, left, president of Inspiring Education Systems Inc., facilitator of the System
Technology Engineering Mathematics (Stem) camp Lori Beth Bradner, Minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Economy Rudranath
Indarsingh, chairman of the Board of T&T Civil Avation Authority (TTCAA) Kimchand Rampaul and Dr Rolph Balgobin chat with some of
the children taking part in the camp at the TTCAA's administrative complex at Caroni North Bank Road, Piarco, after yesterday's opening
ceremony. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
The proposal for new uniforms was an initiative
of former police commissioner Dwayne Gibbs.
The uniforms --- navy blue shirt and navy blue
pants --- are similar to those worn by police in North
America and Europe. It is understood the uniforms
have already been purchased.
He has made service
Two pathologists will work side-by-
side to do an autopsy on Ray Kublalsingh
An autopsy was expected to be carried
out on Kublalsingh s body at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, yesterday, while
an independent one was scheduled for today
at Belgrove s Funeral Home and Cremato-
However, in a last-minute decision, his
family decided to have state and independ-
ent pathologists work together.
Kublalsingh s son, Dr Wayne Kublalsingh,
explained: "We decided that it will be more
efficient in terms of time if there was one
autopsy, instead of having to go back into
the body a second time.
"It would be more efficient to just do it
once and they will share opinions and share
ideas, then come to a conclusion. It will be
better if they put their heads together to
give a better analysis."
Asked why the family wanted an inde-
pendent pathologist, Kublalsingh said they
wanted to ensure that the actual reason for
his death was determined and it was always
best in critical situations to get a second
"We need to have verification and we
need to have as much scientific opinion on
the matter as possible. Both studies are
important," Kublalsingh said.
Ray Kublalsingh, 81, was found dead sev-
eral hundred metres away from his Claxton
Bay home on Friday, three days after he
went to search for cassava stems. His dis-
appearance led to a massive land and aerial
search by police, soldiers and villagers.
As relatives, friends and members of the
Highway Re-route Movement prepare to
say goodbye to him tomorrow, Kublalsingh
will have his final wish for Catholic priest
Fr Clyde Harvey to officiate over his funer-
al.The service is tentatively planned for 2
pm at the Susamachar Presbyterian Church,
San Fernando, depending on the findings
of the autopsy.
The younger Kublalsingh said: "It is very
special that Fr Harvey will be conducting
his sermon. He is Catholic but it s a Pres-
"The Rev Randy Sammah kindly con-
sented to having Fr Harvey conduct the
sermon because my father had requested
that Fr Harvey do his sermon. He (Ray
Kublalsingh) very much planned ahead. My
father always spoke to him about that."
One autopsy for Kublalsingh's dad
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