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Revisit that peninsula plan

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Chaguaramas peninsula has been earmarked for development into a leisure and entertainment zone and already some facilities are in place in keeping with that plan.

The Chaguaramas Boardwalk, tainted as it now is by that violent episode on Sunday evening, is just one of the developments that are part of that ongoing plan which is also expected to include a Disney-style theme park.

But the fatal incident, taken with other tragic events recorded in that area over the years, serves as stark reminders of the safety and security concerns that can arise on that peninsula where there is only one road in and out.

Seven years ago, what was supposed to be a fun event, quickly turned into a nightmare. The Red Bull Flugtag at Williams Bay in Carenage drew thousands to the area, resulting in hours of gridlock traffic and a drowning when an overcrowded pirogue transporting people to the event overturned.

The Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) shouldn’t need any other reminders of the need for proper security and safety protocols for that entire area, as well as evacuation plans and well equipped law enforcement, security and rescue personnel who can be quickly deployed in response to incidents.

If this is not yet the case, its implementation should be given the highest priority

An example to follow

For teachers and parents hoping to achieve SEA success, it might be worth following the example of the teaching staff at the Gandhi Memorial Vedic School.

This school is in the spotlight, not only for producing this year’s top SEA student, Saiesh Rampersad, as well as second placed Jada Ramnath, but having the distinction of getting 95 per cent of candidates placed in their first choice schools. These accomplishments are not due to luck and chance but through an academic programme that works. Not a single Gandhi Memorial student scored below 30 per cent.

Success is by no means a novel experience for pupils and staff at the school. They are consistently top performers in the SEA exam and produced another top scoring student back in 2010 when Ajesh Rameshwarsingh placed first in the exam.

Hats off to principal Keshmani Dhaniram-Gosine, her staff, and their high-achieving pupils.

A remarkable rescue

The best news, welcomed with jubilation around the world, was the successful completion of the rescue of 12 Thai youth soccer players and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave. It was no mean feat, so full credit must be given to the Navy SEAL divers, cave experts, and all the supporting personnel who worked together to pull off this remarkable rescue.


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