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A bailey bridge will be constructed by the Ministry of Works at the 11km mark of the North Coast Road, where a landslide has compromised the road. The slippage threatens to cut off access to beaches and villages along the road.
Newsday was told work will begin by Saturday, and is expected to be completed by the end of the weekend.
The bridge is a stop-gap measure to a wider problem, which is the eroding of the road due to water running along the North Coast Road.
Newsday was told that while the bridge is being built to ensure that the road is not closed and to maintain the flow of traffic specialists are working assiduously to devise a permanent solution to the problem.
On Monday last, heavy rain led to a landslide at the 11 km mark of North Coast Road, between Maracas Beach and the lookout point. The landslide eroded part of the road and has limited passage in that area from two-way traffic to one-way traffic.
Ministry of Works engineers and experts have since been able to limit the flow of water into the landslide, stopping it from getting any worse, and are now working to make sure the road isn’t closed altogether.
Sinanan: Contingencies in place for Cabo Star dry docking
CONTINGENCY measures were put in place for the ten-day dry docking of the MV Cabo Star, says Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan.
He was responding to an urgent question in Senate today.
He reported the Trinidad and Tobago Inter-Island Transportation Company in a release stated from September 20 to 30 the Cabo Star would undergo planned annual maintenance programme at the Caribbean Dry Dock yard. He said for the ten days the vessel will be on dry dock the Port Authority has put in place the following contingency measures: additional sailing of MV Cabo Star was scheduled on Saturdays during the period August 26 to September 15; vehicles up to 7,000 kg would be accommodated on the T&T Spirit during this period of dry docking; and sailings of the T&T Spirit on September 19 and 26 were scheduled.
While police search for two people of interest in the investigation into the death of Gregory Alejandro Adam Singh, one of the nation’s premier theatrical producers, members of the drama and theatre community have begun crying out for justice.
The community has been calling for the arrest of the two men suspected to have a hand in his death, and even sent a message to the men, demanding that they turn themselves in.
“It has been 8 days since the murder of our friend ... and we still await an arrest of the two perpetrators,” said Abeo Jackson in a recent Facebook post.
“They are obviously being assisted by their family, friends and communities who must know where they are and are willfully harbouring them or feel their reputations may be harmed in some way if they come forward.”
The two men’s names were called and they were told that it was only a matter of time they were found, so they might as well approach the police themselves. Jackson also thanked people who shared his posts and highlighted Singh’s death, and encouraged them to continue petitioning the police for answers, saying the police must know they will not rest until Singh’s killers are brought to justice.
On September 12, 52-year-old Singh was found dead in the bedroom of his Mohan Avenue, Arouca home. While police did not reveal much in the way of details on how he was found, an autopsy confirmed that he died from manual strangulation.
Sources told Newsday that police are working on several theories in the investigation, including the theory that he and the two men may have been involved in rough play.
Newsday understands investigators have footage which was taken by a camera which was mounted in his room.
In addition to being submerged in water off the coast of Chaguaramas last Thursday, the owners of the Treasure Queen 2 are also submerged in debt. Acting General Manager Deowattie Dilraj-Batoosingh this morning said they have yet to repay costs owed to the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA).
Speaking with Newsday, Dilraj-Batoosingh said Treasure Queen Tours Ltd confirmed that while the company successfully paid off some of the money owed to the CDA, they have not rounded off the figure and remains in debt, after a September 2015 lawsuit ended with Justice Margaret Mohammed ruling in favour of the Authority for a total of $1,353,701.25.
Newsday was given information stating CEO of Treasure Queen Tours Ltd Captain Basil Joseph, suffered a heart attack earlier this year and has had some difficulties in keeping up with payments as a result of his health.
"He (Joseph) indicated to me that they (the company) has always been behind on the payments to the CDA and given his difficulties with his health we have been trying to be more accommodating and lenient as we can.
"They have been able to pay off some of the debt owed but I cannot say for certain how much remains to be paid off. While we try to be understanding to everyone's problems and difficulties, they also need to understand that we (the CDA) also need our dues as well."
She said attorneys have already been engaged as to how the CDA can move forward with collecting money from errant tenants.
The Treasure Queen has been operating in Chaguaramas as a tour boat since 2003. According to the judgment, the owners of Treasure Queen Tours Ltd believed it had acquired a 30-year lease, however this was dismissed by the court.
[caption id="attachment_729383" align="alignnone" width="720"] The pleasure cruise ship Treasure Queen II is seen almost submerged in the Gulf of Paria yesterday.[/caption]
IF your slipper is always sliding off your foot, beware you probably have diabetes. So said Prof Vijay Naraynsingh in a public lecture, “Diabetic Foot — A national disaster.”
He displayed graphic photos of how the bones of a toe are destroyed and deformed by diabetes, so ruining the shape of the whole foot, leading slippers to slip off readily.
“You’ll be in hospital within a year with a diabetic infection,” Naraynsingh warned. “And you’re going blind.” Some 73 per cent of amputees had shown the Slipping Slipper Sign.
Naraynsingh spoke on Thursday at the Eric Williams Medical Science Complex at an event held by the Universities of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and Southern Caribbean (US.)
Diabetes often cannot be detected by feel, as the foot becomes anaesthetised due to the death of nerves (neuropathy). In some cases, one cannot see any damage to the foot as the skin looks perfect, even as internally the flesh has rotted away into puss and gangrene in what Naraynsingh dubbed “The Rotten Zaboca Syndrome.”
He implored people who notice something wrong with their feet not to try ineffective home remedies such as potions and aloes, but to seek medical care.
He showed photos of the feet of patients who lacked sensitivity. “These are rat bites. Rats had been eating his foot,” he said of one man. “This lady ‘cooked’ her foot, but she didn’t know. A diabetic should not wash in hot water.” Another patients foot contained 500 maggots, he told shocked guests. “This was a good thing as maggots feed on dead flesh and help clean the foot. There’s even something called Maggot Therapy.”
He later told Newsday, “We have doubled our amputation rate in the last 30 years. Twice as many people are losing feet now that 30 years ago. We are losing more than one limb per day, nearly 500 per year about the same as the country’s murder rate.”
Naraynsingh lamented the “extraordinarily high” cost of amputations. “It costs $200,000 per amputation. If you lose 500 limbs that is $100 million, just in amputations alone. Now that’s not counting what takes place in the private sector; that’s the public health service. So actually the diabetic foot is a lot more expensive than $100 million.”
Naraynsingh added that for every limb lost two amputation, four limbs are saved by surgery. Calculating some 2,500 surgeries per year in total (limbs saved and limbs lost) each costing $200,000, he said, “So the actual cost is about $500 million per year.” By far most surgeries are done in the public not private health sector, he said.
Naraynsingh also considered the cost of surgery to the patient’s family, that is the cost of having to have someone stay home to help the recovery. “So it really is a national disaster. It’s something that for some reason we haven’t really addressed.” He urged patients to seek early medical care, not use home remedies. Naraynsingh said successive administrations had not addressed diabetic foot as a national issue, despite the huge cost of $500 million per year in surgeries alone.
Diabetes UK lists risk factors for getting diabetes as an unbalanced diet, lack of activity, lack of sleep, stress, smoking and alcohol. Healthline said before diabetes is diagnosed, for a period blood-sugar levels are high but not high enough to be registered as diabetes. This is known as pre-diabetes. Patients should use this period to motivate themselves to lifestyle changes.
TT-BORN, New York-based producer, writer and actor Paul Pryce won two major awards for his original television series Serpent’s Mouth –from the Caribbean Tales Incubator Film Lab, The Big Pitch– at the recently concluded Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Pryce’s pitch for Serpent’s Mouth was voted Best Pitch by the judges and received the People’s Choice Award from an audience of media and industry professionals at the event.
The actor in Marvel’s Jessica Jones series is back home for the TT Film Festival. Of his accomplishment with Serpent’s Mouth, Pryce told Newsday, “It was a great honour to achieve that. It was a good experience just being in Canada with other Caribbean filmmakers, very special and just to win the awards was the cherry on top.”
He said coming out of the event, there is an opportunity to go forward and have a partnership with international telecommunications provider Flow.
The Film Lab allows Caribbean producers to pitch their television projects to industry insiders during the Breakfast at TIFF series, held on September 9.
Serpent’s Mouth, a television adaptation of Pryce’s 14-minute, proof-of-concept short film titled The Deliverer, received universal praise at its world premiere on September 15 at TIFF. The Serpent’s Mouth will premiere at the TTFF today at 6 pm and screen again on Monday at 8.30 pm at MovieTowne, Port of Spain.
Pryce expects to turn it into a feature film next year, and eventually a long form television series which will have the title The Serpent’s Mouth and not The Deliverer.
The Deliverer was written and produced by Pryce, who also appears in the leading role, and also features local actors Marvin Ishmael, Michael Cherrie, Leslie-Ann Lavine and Evelyn Caesar-Munroe with radio personality Sterling Henderson doing voice-over work.
[caption id="attachment_729318" align="alignnone" width="768"] Actor Paul Pryce, back home after copping two awards at the Toronto International Film Festival, talks about his films and projects at Newsday’s office, 17-19 Pembroke Street, Port of Spain.[/caption]
The film is about a fisherman who is on a hunger strike protesting a corrupt government that’s threatening to destroy his village to make way for an industrial complex of some kind, and the villagers have walked away from him and he is about to lose his land. But after rescuing a drug runner off the coast of Venezuela, the drug runner brokers a deal with the fisherman to traffic cocaine from Venezuela to Trinidad to raise bribe money to pay off the government to save the village.
The trailer for the short film is riveting. Pryce insists the plot is based on true stories, real events and real people, adding that it was ten years in the making.
“Initially it started off as an investigation on Dole Chadee and his life and times and his history in Trinidad. And then that brought me in contact with a lot of different people, and then when the whole re-route movement was happening with Wayne Kublalsingh, and his hunger strike against the government, that also had me re-imagining this story, in terms of these two very different men from very different philosophies; one a very noble humble man with protesting power and this other guy who is actually a hero in his own right but at a very opposite end of things, these two men coming together to fight the common enemy which is a corrupt government force.”
Lisa Wickham is the film’s co-producer, with Jessica Munroe as the associate producer and Ron Morales, who came to Trinidad from the US, to direct the pilot. Morales is expected back in TT to join Pryce in pitching the film again to other producers at TTFF’s Caribbean Film Mart this weekend at the LOFTT Gallery, Rosalino Street, Woodbrook.
This is Pryce’s third film, the first, was a thriller named Come Out Come Out shot by Morales last year and premiered at the Cannes Festival in France. The other, Between Us, is a romance drama which was shot both in NY and South Korea with a South Korean film team. Pryce said that film has also been doing the festival circuits.
“So this is like my third film and it’s been great because the script has been making the rounds at a lot of film competitions, our film labs have been getting incredible responses also. It was a finalist at Sundance in 2017. Last year we did the principal photography but all the edits and post production were completed this year.”
Pryce said when he leaves next week, he heads to Montreal, Canada, for another festival where The Deliverer will be screened. It would premiere in Quebec and Pryce will also be on a panel there talking about his experience and filmmaking in the Caribbean region. Then in November, he may go to Los Angeles where The Deliverer is going to have its US premiere at a festival called ARPA. “I’m thinking about it,” he says.
ARPA Film Festival is one of the oldest international film festivals for independent cinema hosted annually in Los Angeles.
Pryce, who has been in the film business for 12 years, said his immediate goal is to make The Deliverer into a feature film, with shooting starting in 2019, and with a laugh, said his long-term goal is to conquer the world.
However, he said seriously, “I would love to have a studio in the region, or partner with other filmmakers to create our own studio here that will really generate and crank out high-level Caribbean content. So my long-term plan is to be based here and have studios here, have post productions here and just really be churning out television and film content locally like you have in India, North America, Canada and Africa. I feel like we could totally be doing that too.
“It would be so great to turn on your television and see everything shot in Trinidad or Jamaica or wherever in the Caribbean and it’s all like your stories, your people, your accent, your language, it’s not all American stuff.
With a background in business and marketing, Pryce spent four years obtaining his undergraduate degree.
He said his parents, Ken Pryce (deceased criminologist) and Nicole Taylor (French lecturer) were professors at UWI so he had no choice in the matter but was fine with it because he loved school.
After finishing high school, Pryce got into modelling and fashion very much by accident as he put it. “While at UWI, what I would do is travel to Europe or to the US to model and do that whole fashion thing during breaks, but come back and do school. And through that modelling experience I got exposed to acting and that world.”
Pryce fans will no doubt recall when as a former model he came to international attention on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1999 when he won the title of Oprah’s Sexiest Caribbean Man in a competition judged by Winfrey herself along with other celebrities. But he has since moved on to much bigger things.
After leaving UWI, he worked for a daily newspaper but soon left for an advertising agency as an account executive while still modelling a little before deciding to pursue acting. He wanted more. He wanted to see the world and wanted to be more creative so he gravitated towards the arts. At that time too, he also had a marketing company, Scarlett Project, that did events and parties, as well as produce plays and programmes for young people.
“Producing was something I was always doing at some level. I had a theatre company that was also producing theatre here when I went on to graduate school in Connecticut. While at Yale, I would come back in the summers and do Caribbean plays in Trinidad. And at Yale, while pursuing my Masters in Fine Arts and Acting (MFA), I brought Peter Minshall to Yale to do a talk to students which was great and he was a big hit, as always. So, I’ve always had this kind of working (with) local arts and being involved in as much as I can, but also knowing that unfortunately, I needed to be abroad to kind of have access to being able to go to a school like Yale and have those relationships and those connections.
Pryce, who graduated from Yale in 2013, was also in class with Tobagonian Winston Duke of Black Panther fame. He expressed the wish to have the Panther star at some time involved in his films.
Pryce vows to be a part of getting local filmmaking to stand on its own. He said, “It is part of coming back and making content that is here. I’m going to UTT and to UWI on Thursday (yesterday) and Friday to show the film and talk to the young filmmakers and actors there, and I have been talking to UTT about doing a resident artiste so I can come back and teach, because I do a fair amount of teaching acting in the US as well. So I would love to come back and teach but I need that support as well, with an institution whereby I can arrange to be here for a month or so, to do what has to be done.”
DAVID MICHAEL RUDDER will give his debut performance at the new Kaiso Blues Cafe on Wrightson Road, Port of Spain tonight at … aftershocks of the Soul. Rudder will be backed by Wayne Bruno and Friends.
He will be joined by special guest artiste Roger George out of Miami, Florida, and patrons just might get to hear George’s first live performance of his recently released 2019 Soca song Don’t Stop. The groovy number which has George showing off his vocal prowess is on the Lowkey Riddim and was produced by Jesse John of Optimus ProductionsTT.
The live performances start at 9 pm
Blow Mano Blow
A new 2019 Carnival Monday T-Shirt band will be launched tonight at Club Fuzion Cascadia Hotel in St Ann’s.
The organising committee consisting of members of soca band Brass to the World is promising fun, nostalgia and excitement from 6 pm. The band has decided to honour legendary musician Michael “Mano” Marcellin with its debut presentation hence the name Blow Mano Blow.
Soca at Napa
Soca on the Steps of Napa, Frederick Street, Port of Spain will feature performances by Erphaan Alves, Nadia Batson, Chutney Soca Monarch Neval Chatelal, Orlando Octave, Moricia Cagan and Richard Ramoutar and Vanessa.
This event is part of National Patriotism Month and is being facilitated by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts tomorrow from 6 pm-7.30 pm
The Big 5 is on tomorrow at the Paddock at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain and will vibrate with the sound of pan as Massy Trinidad All Stars, BP Renegades, Republic Bank Exodus, Hadco Phase II Pan Groove and Desperadoes perform for their fans from 6 pm. This one is in tribute to Pat Bishop.
Pork and parang
The Mt St Benedict Crew presents Pork and Parang tomorrow at La Joya Complex, St Joseph. Live parang music will be supplied by the Lara Brothers with DJ’s Sensational Sammy and Kabuki. Action starts 9 and ends at 3.30 am.
Pan and kaiso
There will be a Cultural Callaloo at Inviolable Restaurant and Bar on Drayton Street, San Fernando on Sunday. Artistes in the callaloo are four-times Calypso monarch Cro Cro, extempo champion Abebele and the incomparable Ken “Professor” Philmore.
The National Carnival Commission (NCC) will launch Carnival 2019 on Sunday. A parade will begin at Memorial Park and proceed into the Queen’s Park Savannah where there will be music by steel orchestras and brass bands as well as calypsonians.
The Invaders J’Ouvert on Republic Day will see Woodbrook bands playing music while being pushed on racks through the streets by masqueraders. Other bands are MHTL Starlift, Hadco Phase II, Nutrien Silver Stars, Brimblers and Angostura Newtown Playboys. St James Tripolians, Sapophonics and Massy All Stars will keep the action pumping in the panyard at 147 Tragarete Road, Port of Spain while the parade takes place.
Republic Day brunch
Pannist Noel La Pierre will host a Republic Day brunch at Kaiso Blues Cafe on Wrightson Road on Monday from 11 am and will feature vocalist Angie Didier, saxophonist Jamie Ghany and Noel La Pierre.
THE TT Rugby Football Union (TTRFU) has turned to World Rugby, the global governing body for the sport, to challenge a decision by Rugby Americas North (RAN) to disqualify TT’s men’s national team from this year’s RAN Championship. The team won two of their matches, first against Bermuda (27-24), then against USA South (34-33) and … Continue reading TTRFU to appeal RAN decision
THE PROPOSED pre-tournament camp will be essential for the national women football team, as they turn their attention towards the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will run from October 4-17 in the United States.
This according to Shawn Cooper, coach of the national women’s team, during a telephone interview yesterday.
On Monday, the TT Football Association (TTFA) announced that Cooper will take charge of the squad during the CONCACAF Championship, which will feature eight teams battling for three automatic places at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
On Tuesday, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Shamfa Cudjoe held separate meetings with members of the TTFA and the women’s team, at her St Clair office.
She announced that the Ministry will provide a sum of $430,000, the full amount requested via a TTFA proposal, for the costs of the camp, airfare, hotel accommodation, food and beverage, medical and baggage fees and other items.
“The camp is necessary because the majority of players are outside,” said Cooper. “We need to get the players on the team playing together and, whatever tactical work we have to do, we need the majority of the squad to be doing it.
“The camp is very integral in terms of the progress of the team.”
The TT squad are expected to leave for the US on Tuesday.
Cooper also serves as coach of Presentation San Fernando in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) and Queen’s Park in the TT Super League.
About his additional duties as TT women’s coach, Cooper said, “I just took over and I am trying to do the best that I could do at this point in time, with the cards being dealt.”
During the past week, defenders Lauryn Hutchinson and Arin King took to social media to plead for support for the team ahead of the CONCACAF Championship.
Asked how the players are coping since the Ministry’s decision to foot their bills for the US trip, Cooper replied, “You’ll have to get on to the players and speak with them because I have no idea what they are thinking.”
In Group A, TT will face Panama (October 4), Mexico (October 7) and hosts US (October 10) at the Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina.
Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba and Jamaica will feature in Group B.
Concerning the areas, within the team, that he thinks would require his urgent attention, Cooper said, “When we get to the camp, we will assess what we’ll have to deal with. It’s a tough task.
Gymnastics trial enters Day 2:Thema withdrawal was fair says TTGF trio
FORMER general secretary of the TT Gymnastics Federation (TTGF) Elicia Peters-Charles yesterday admitted to describing gymnast Thema Williams as “egotistical and self-centered” as she and other members of the executive discussed whether to pull her from a test event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Peters and two former executive members, former president David Marquez, and member Sarah Lambert testified at the trial of Williams’ multi-million- dollar claim against the federation.
Peter-Charles said although she used the descriptions of the gymnast, it was her personal opinion which would not have changed her colleagues’ votes.
In their testimony, the three insisted they acted fairly when they made the decision to withdraw Williams from a test event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Williams has sued the local body for $11.38 million compensation for what she says is the federation’s “harsh and oppressive” actions against her which shattered her dream of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic games in Brazil.
The trial of her claim is currently being heard by Justice Frank Seepersad in the Port of Spain High Court.
Williams, by virtue of her higher score at the World Championships in Glasgow, was given the nod over Marisa Dick to compete at the Olympic Test event – Aquece Final Gymnastics Qualifier – in April 2016.
She and her coach John Geddert were in Brazil preparing for the Olympic qualifier when the TTGF decided to replace her with alternate athlete Dick instead.
Williams claimed her coach, John Geddert, was informed by the federation that she was withdrawn because she was injured, a claim which she denies.
Alternate athlete Dick was flown in from Canada and eventually qualified to become the first person to represent TT in gymnastics at the Olympics.
On Monday, Williams denied being injured but admitted that she experienced “discomfort” in her left ankle. She said this was not unusual for elite athletes.
Marquez said yesterday, it was Geddert who raised the issue of her fitness to compete. He said in an e-mail, sent the day before the test event, Williams’ coach said she was suffering from discomfort in her ankle.
He said he only called Geddert after him and other executive members decided to replace Williams and that he was busy with the discussions on the issue to call the coach for more information on the athlete’s condition. The discussions by the executive took the form of phone calls.
Lambert was questioned about her analysis of Williams’ performance at a warm-up event after Geddert in his e-mail, described it as a “disaster.”
“I would say that that person was not ready as they could have been at that stage,” Lambert said.
Also testifying was massage therapist Nicole Fuentes who was questioned about Williams’ ankle issue.
She said the complaint made of discomfort was normal after lengthy travel. The federation is relying on Fuentes’ notes to justify pulling her from the test event.
“A flight could have that effect. I also had swollen feet from my flight.”
She also said she was upset at not being told by the executive of the decision to pull Williams.
“I was obviously upset. I ought to have known that some change was going to be made.”
Marquez returns to the witness box today when the trial continues.
Also expected to testify are former executive members Akil Wattley, Ricardo Lue Shue and his wife Donna Lue Shue.