TSTT’s Anjanie Ramesar-Soom

NEW DEVICES: TSTT’s Anjanie Ramesar-Soom, left, and criminologist Dr Wendell Wallace present two youngsters from the Lower Morvant Government Primary School with new tablet devices.

Communications solutions provider bmobile has taken a firm stance against bullying by partnering with Caribbean Colour Splash and Citibank to host the first-ever Primary Schools Anti-Bullying Conference.

At the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain, scores of school children from North and East Trinidad interacted through education and entertainment to help prevent, and implement solutions to counter the multiple forms of bullying (physical, verbal, social and cyber).

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Informative presentations from TSTT’s manager of corporate responsibility and community relations, Anjanie Ramesar-Soom; Caribbean Colour Splash project manager Albert Marshall; keynote speaker and behavioural specialist Dr Sean Annisette; alongside skits by Moulton Hall Methodist Primary, St Francois Girls’ College and San Juan South Secondary played significant roles in guiding pupils and teachers towards understanding the complexity of bullying with a safe and supportive learning community.


A LONG queue wraps around Spoonbill Terrace onto the neighbouring street in Maloney Gardens, D’Abadie, virtually every Friday and Saturday night. They remain eerily patient under an intoxicating cloud of barbecue smoke. No one complains, at least not visibly. They already know the meat on the grill is very much worth the wait.

There is a mixed mood of anxiety and excitement in the air over today’s much-anticipated start of the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (Carifesta) XIV says cultural officer and festival secretariat member Marlon De Bique.

ANY opportunity for local artists to interact with their regional peers should be openly embraced, says cultural activist Rubadiri Victor.