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More caregivers needed for elderly

Community Development Minister Winston Peters says elder-care professionals are needed more than ever as the ageing population increases.

Speaking at the Geriatric Adolescent Partnership Programme (GAPP) Level II graduation ceremony at Naparima Bowl, San Fernando, on Wednesday, Peters said the 120 graduates were now advanced professionals in the field of elderly care.

Noting that October 1 was the United Nations-declared International Day of Older Persons, he said by the year 2050, it is expected that there will be more people over 60 than children in the world.

Noting that the UN defined a country as having an ageing population when ten per cent or more of its population was over 60, he said he fell into that bracket, since he celebrated his 62nd birthday a few days ago.

“According to the CentralStatistical Office, at present, the elderly population of T&T is 12 per cent,” he said.

“This means a significant portion of our population comprises the ageing.”

He said it was predicted that the percentage of people 60 years and over would be over 17 per cent in 2025 and that was expected to grow to 30 per cent in 2050.

“This means that your services will be needed more than ever as we move forward as a nation.

“You have a serious mission to face as you practise what you have learnt through Level II of GAPP.”

More caregivers needed for elderly
Published: 
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Minister: Ageing population increasing

Community Development Minister Winston Peters says elder-care professionals are needed more than ever as the ageing population increases.

Speaking at the Geriatric Adolescent Partnership Programme (GAPP) Level II graduation ceremony at Naparima Bowl, San Fernando, on Wednesday, Peters said the 120 graduates were now advanced professionals in the field of elderly care.

Noting that October 1 was the United Nations-declared International Day of Older Persons, he said by the year 2050, it is expected that there will be more people over 60 than children in the world.

Noting that the UN defined a country as having an ageing population when ten per cent or more of its population was over 60, he said he fell into that bracket, since he celebrated his 62nd birthday a few days ago.

“According to the CentralStatistical Office, at present, the elderly population of T&T is 12 per cent,” he said.

“This means a significant portion of our population comprises the ageing.”

He said it was predicted that the percentage of people 60 years and over would be over 17 per cent in 2025 and that was expected to grow to 30 per cent in 2050.

“This means that your services will be needed more than ever as we move forward as a nation.

“You have a serious mission to face as you practise what you have learnt through Level II of GAPP.”

Community Development minister Winston " Gypsy" Peters presents Kimberly Boodhu with her certificate during Wednesday's graduation ceremony for participants of the Geriatric Adolescent Partnership Programme (GAPP ) at Naparima Bowl San Fernando. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Pan inventor on the mend

Having spent a week in hospital, Anthony Williams was discharged on Wednesday and returned to his home at Nepaul Street, St James, on Thursday. 

The 83-year-old veteran pan inventor, composer, tuner, arranger and founder of the defunct Pan Am North Stars fell at his home on October 17 and was admitted to the St James Infirmary. He was subsequently transferred to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital for tests and was eventually given a clean bill of health by doctors.

Williams has been suffering from diabetes and hypertension.

Pan Trinbago Tuners Guild president Fitzroy “Popo” Henry said yesterday: “Tony has been having seizures. He fell and struck his head and was rushed to the infirmary. 

While at the hospital afterwards he was given the best of care and his doctors deemed him well enough to be discharged.”

Among a number of inventions and innovations, Williams is credited with inventing the spiderweb pan. (PRB)

Pan inventor on the mend
Published: 
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Having spent a week in hospital, Anthony Williams was discharged on Wednesday and returned to his home at Nepaul Street, St James, on Thursday. 

The 83-year-old veteran pan inventor, composer, tuner, arranger and founder of the defunct Pan Am North Stars fell at his home on October 17 and was admitted to the St James Infirmary. He was subsequently transferred to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital for tests and was eventually given a clean bill of health by doctors.

Williams has been suffering from diabetes and hypertension.

Pan Trinbago Tuners Guild president Fitzroy “Popo” Henry said yesterday: “Tony has been having seizures. He fell and struck his head and was rushed to the infirmary. 

While at the hospital afterwards he was given the best of care and his doctors deemed him well enough to be discharged.”

Among a number of inventions and innovations, Williams is credited with inventing the spiderweb pan. (PRB)

Anthony Williams
Jilted lover fined $20,000 for assault

A Point Fortin mason who beat his girlfriend on the face with a concrete block so that no other man would want her was put on a two-year bond on Wednesday and ordered to pay $20,000 in compensation.

Peter Dyer, 57, attacked his then girlfriend, Nikesha Elliot, while she was asleep on the couch in the living room of her Moruga home eight years ago.

Dyer, the father of five, appeared before Justice Devan Rampersad in the San Fernando First Criminal Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to wounding Elliot with intent to do her grievous bodily harm.

State attorney Angelica Teelucksingh said around midnight on July 5, 2006 Elliot was asleep when she felt someone choking her. 

When she opened her eyes she saw Dyer, whom she had known since childhood as they lived on the same street.

Teelucksingh said Elliot tried to alert her father, who lived next door.

Dyer then grabbed Elliot by the shoulder and dragged her out of the house.

Teelucksingh said Dyer then picked up a concrete block and hit Elliot on the face more than five times, telling her: “I want to tell you when I done with you, no man must want you. You playing hard to dead.”

Elliot’s son came out of the house and began screaming and Dyer ran off when he saw Elliot’s father. 

Elliot, who was bleeding from the mouth, was treated at the Princes Town Health Facility and San Fernando General Hospital for injuries to her head, eye and mouth. She also had a broken tooth. 

When Dyer was arrested by PC Hamilton he said: “Boss, me eh beat that woman, that woman fall.”

Attorney Carine Jailal asked for a bond, saying Dyer had accepted responsibility, never had any other matters in court, was an outstanding citizen, had spent 13 months in prison awaiting trial and was seeking forgiveness.

She told the judge Dyer and the woman had been in a relationship and the assault was triggered by a dispute.

Saying it was an unpleasant attack on a defenceless person, the judge said such offences were prevalent in society. 

He said he took a number of things into consideration, including Dyer’s age, his guilty plea, that he had offered compensation, and was remorseful and that he was unlikely to offend again.

However, he warned Dyer that if he broke the $20,000 bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour he would be brought back for sentencing. He ordered him to pay $1,700 of the compensation immediately and the rest within 12 months.

Jilted lover fined $20,000 for assault
Published: 
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Woman beaten with concrete block

A Point Fortin mason who beat his girlfriend on the face with a concrete block so that no other man would want her was put on a two-year bond on Wednesday and ordered to pay $20,000 in compensation.

Peter Dyer, 57, attacked his then girlfriend, Nikesha Elliot, while she was asleep on the couch in the living room of her Moruga home eight years ago.

Dyer, the father of five, appeared before Justice Devan Rampersad in the San Fernando First Criminal Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to wounding Elliot with intent to do her grievous bodily harm.

State attorney Angelica Teelucksingh said around midnight on July 5, 2006 Elliot was asleep when she felt someone choking her. 

When she opened her eyes she saw Dyer, whom she had known since childhood as they lived on the same street.

Teelucksingh said Elliot tried to alert her father, who lived next door.

Dyer then grabbed Elliot by the shoulder and dragged her out of the house.

Teelucksingh said Dyer then picked up a concrete block and hit Elliot on the face more than five times, telling her: “I want to tell you when I done with you, no man must want you. You playing hard to dead.”

Elliot’s son came out of the house and began screaming and Dyer ran off when he saw Elliot’s father. 

Elliot, who was bleeding from the mouth, was treated at the Princes Town Health Facility and San Fernando General Hospital for injuries to her head, eye and mouth. She also had a broken tooth. 

When Dyer was arrested by PC Hamilton he said: “Boss, me eh beat that woman, that woman fall.”

Attorney Carine Jailal asked for a bond, saying Dyer had accepted responsibility, never had any other matters in court, was an outstanding citizen, had spent 13 months in prison awaiting trial and was seeking forgiveness.

She told the judge Dyer and the woman had been in a relationship and the assault was triggered by a dispute.

Saying it was an unpleasant attack on a defenceless person, the judge said such offences were prevalent in society. 

He said he took a number of things into consideration, including Dyer’s age, his guilty plea, that he had offered compensation, and was remorseful and that he was unlikely to offend again.

However, he warned Dyer that if he broke the $20,000 bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour he would be brought back for sentencing. He ordered him to pay $1,700 of the compensation immediately and the rest within 12 months.

Truck driver gets 29 years for raping minor 10 times

A Point Fortin truck driver who raped an American teenager ten times in a year has been sentenced to a total of 29 years in prison.

Justice Hayden St Clair-Douglas sentenced the man, who was found guilty in the San Fernando High Court in July, on Wednesday.

The judge sentenced him to 19 years and six months on the first three rape charges.

And on the other rape charges he was sentenced to nine years and six months.

The sentences were ordered to run concurrently, so he would only serve 19 years and six months in prison.

The girl was first raped in 2006 when she was 13 years old.

Her mother sent her to Trinidad in January 2006 to stay at a female relative’s home in Point Fortin. The prisoner was in a relationship with the relative.

The girl, who was among seven prosecution witnesses who testified, has since returned to the US.

The State’s case, led by state attorney Angelica Teelucksingh, was that the attacks took place between June 2006 and April 2007 in the house and in a shed in Point Fortin. 

The girl testified that she was threatened by the man that if she said anything he would put her out of the house. The girl testified that her attacker gave her money which she used to buy school supplies and food.

After the last sexual assault the girl was sent to live with another relative in Port-of-Spain.

Three months later when her grandmother came on vacation from the United States she found out what had happened and got the United States Embassy involved and a report was made to the police. 

The man was charged by PC Christopher Garraway, of the Point Fortin Police Station.

He denied raping the girl. He was represented by attorney Everard Davidson. 

Truck driver gets 29 years for raping minor 10 times
Published: 
Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Point Fortin truck driver who raped an American teenager ten times in a year has been sentenced to a total of 29 years in prison.

Justice Hayden St Clair-Douglas sentenced the man, who was found guilty in the San Fernando High Court in July, on Wednesday.

The judge sentenced him to 19 years and six months on the first three rape charges.

And on the other rape charges he was sentenced to nine years and six months.

The sentences were ordered to run concurrently, so he would only serve 19 years and six months in prison.

The girl was first raped in 2006 when she was 13 years old.

Her mother sent her to Trinidad in January 2006 to stay at a female relative’s home in Point Fortin. The prisoner was in a relationship with the relative.

The girl, who was among seven prosecution witnesses who testified, has since returned to the US.

The State’s case, led by state attorney Angelica Teelucksingh, was that the attacks took place between June 2006 and April 2007 in the house and in a shed in Point Fortin. 

The girl testified that she was threatened by the man that if she said anything he would put her out of the house. The girl testified that her attacker gave her money which she used to buy school supplies and food.

After the last sexual assault the girl was sent to live with another relative in Port-of-Spain.

Three months later when her grandmother came on vacation from the United States she found out what had happened and got the United States Embassy involved and a report was made to the police. 

The man was charged by PC Christopher Garraway, of the Point Fortin Police Station.

He denied raping the girl. He was represented by attorney Everard Davidson. 

Mystery fire claims car parts business

A foreign-used car parts dealership in San Fernando was destroyed by a fire on Thursday (Divali) night.

Karricharan Maharaj, the owner of K Maharaj and Sons Ltd, at Palmiste Branch Street, Duncan Village, San Fernando, speculated that the mishandling of fireworks could have caused the $8 million fire.

“I don’t know if it could have probably been someone playing with fireworks, I just don’t know,” said Maharaj in an interview with the T&T Guardian.

But officers of the Mon Repos Fire Station, who responded to the blaze, say while they are not ruling out that possibility, they are not certain what caused the fire as investigations are ongoing. 

Maharaj said it took him 13 years to build his business and was astonished to see it destroyed in such a short space of time. 

His son, Dean Maharaj, wife and eight-year-old daughter who lived on the compound were able to escape with minor injuries.

Fire investigators returned to the scene yesterday and interviewed several family members. 

Dean Maharaj said his family was asleep after celebrating Divali, when he heard an explosion. 

“I heard a noise around 2 am, something like it blew up and when I peeped out I saw the front of the building on fire. I woke up my wife and daughter and we just ran for our lives.”

He said the thick, black smoke made it difficult to see.

“We had to run out the back, but we couldn’t see anything. My wife fell a few times and I got a big cut under my foot.”

The family was treated at the San Fernando General Hospital and released. 

Maharaj said the building, containing the car parts and five vehicles, was completely destroyed. 

Acting assistant Divisional Fire Officer, Ansar Ali, said when they arrived on the scene the building was completely engulfed.

Neighbours evacuated


Residents of Duncan Village, San Fernando, were awakened when thick, black smoke filled the air early yesterday morning, forcing them to evacuate their homes and run out into the streets. The smoke was from the fire that destroyed K Maharaj and Sons foreign used car parts place. 

When the T&TGuardian visited the scene yesterday, one resident, recounted his experience.

“I heard a noise about half one, then the place just full up with smoke,” she said. “We had to leave the house and run, all my neighbours had to run too.”

The woman said worried residents rushed to rescue pets and other animals from the smoke, lining the street for hours, as fire fighters battled the blaze. 

“Everybody was standing on the next side of the road, there were sick people, people with their little children and even people with their animals.”

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