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Plan your evacuation warnings issued An island afloat Hundreds marooned as floods cover large parts of Trinidad Heavy rains andfloods forecaste to continue

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Trinidad is no an island afloat, with many districts from North to South covered in flood

Landlocked hilly areas 

waters, and several isolated and cut off as rivers overflowed top and overflow banks.

Citizens  are calling for relief supplies and relief and evacuation and communication plans to kick in, and for call centres that may take reports of persons in crisis and danger and in need. 
Meanwhile warnings have been issued to all to have an evacuation plan and disaster elements in place as the situation is likely to get worst.
It is like watching a disaster unfold in slow motion and evokes images of the recent devastating floods in Texas, USA  and Kerala, India as the rains began mid-week and with the island already saturated, floods warnings on high alert for the next few days 
It is the worst and most extensive floods I have seen in more than three decades of covering the national landscapes and appeals for sustaianble actions and promotion of environmental friendly practices from households to planners: see articles and columns re Environment Friendly this page.
  Following three days of heavy rainfall, and more forecasted, with anticipation that the flood waters will continue to rise and crisis. Persons can post their photos and brief descriptive notes of their situation in the comments section of this blog or its social media links where it appears (while anger and frustration levels may be high, please confine posts to alerts and updates to your situations). 

In some instances water rose to roofs, while for others the rooftops were the only sanctuary as the waters climbed. 
Though north to south I have reports from friends and others who are watching in despair as the flood waters claim vehicles and property. 
 And although the sun has come out this morning, the waters are expected to continue to rise, and would be agravated with high tides. 
Family on roof in East Trinidad above flood waters
Aerial and local images from photographer Kenrick Ramjit and friends and relatives show all parts of the country extensively under water.
Several of the major highways and roadways accross the country are impassable in parts. Two way traffic is being facilitated in the North bound lane of the Uriah Butler Highway as parts ofthe south bound lane in the Munroe Road district is inundated. The east, is cut off, with most of Sangre Grande under water, the waters making the Valencia stretch impassable. The coastal district of Mayaro district. Other images show the airport district of St Helena and Kelly Village to the north was inundated and areas around the Caroni River basin was under water.
In th north, major roadways from the North west, Diego Martin, Maraval, Santa Cruz, though the East West Corridor from Laventille through San Juan, Tunapuna, to Tumpuna/Arima were also covered. Similar reports from central and south Trinidad and persons are advised to stay indoors, close to home or check the accessibility of routes before venturing out.  
While the rains, high winds and choppy waters are forecasted by the Met Office to continue with red level flood warnings. Landslide warnings are also in effect.
Friday (November 19) saw nearly 75 mm of rain precipitation at the data collecting station at Piarco, Trinidad and 45m at Crown Point, Tobago. Similar weather is forecasted for tomorrow, Sunday November 21 and Monday Nov 22 2018 in into the week.
Many families across Trinidad are already marooned and stranded, some have climbed to their rooftops to escape flood waters which are reaching up to several feet into their homes, bedrooms and living rooms making these inhabitable. Many people are appealing to the emergency response and systems to move into high gear to treat with persons trapped by the waters and otherwise made victims of the high winds and torrential rains creating this national emergency.
Accordingto the Met Office, “Currently river levels have exceeded threshold levels and some have already over-spilled their banks. Additional rainfall is expected hence river levels will remain at an elevated level over the next several days Riverine flooding occurs when water levels in a river over-tops its banks and spills onto surrounding areas. This type of flooding is more widespread and usually lasts for several days.”
Cars inundated in Kelly Village Caroni.
Photo: Phulmatie Bachoo
It advised that houseolds make preparations “to protect life, livelihood and property especially those residing along the Caroni River Basin. Be on the alert for rising river levels and possible over-spill. Do not take unnecessary risks. There is a very high potential for major damage to property and infrastructure and for mulitple lives to be lost. It is advised to stay indoors until the all clear is given by government officials.”
From reports, the floods continue to rise after days of heavy showers from a weather system known as the Inter-Topical convergence Zone (ITCZ), which generates thunderstorms and rains with aligned flooding in susceptible areas.  
The National Meteorological Office forecast for Saturday November 20 has a red level flood warning and orange level adverse water alert. It states:  Cloudy to overcast with periods of showers or rain over broad areas, some heavy and thundery in few areas. GUSTY WINDS, STREET/FLASH FLOODING IS LIKELY IN AREAS OF HEAVY SHOWERS/THUNDERSTORMS! Remarks: Adverse Weather Alert In Effect: Orange Level! Riverine Flood Alert In Effect: Red Level! 
For Sunday and Monday (Nov 21-22), the Met Office forecasts “Cloudy to overcast with periods of showers or rain over broad areas, some heavy and thundery in few areas .”
From  the southern end of the island, the MP for Mayaro, noted:
Mayaro is totally cut off at this time: Naparima Mayaro Road, the Mafeking Area, Poole Valley – Guayaguayare Roa , Plum Mitan, Sangre Chiquito were impassable; Cedar Grove was totally cut off,; waters were rising n Biche/Navet area and there was no acces to Sangre Grande from the north-south access road from Manzanilla. For assistance PLEASE CALL 800-4MRC

Tis school ceiling in Princes Town
was an early victim of torrential rains

The Chairman of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, Gowrie Roopnarine  has advised the public to “avoid using the Sisters Road, Hardbargain area, as  the water is over three feet high. He claims it is the worst flooding since 2010. “I cannot enter into the side roads, it is impassable at the moment, as soon as the water subsidies I will be meeting with the villagers to see how I can assist.”

Demokrissy appeals: Pls reach out to someone victim of floods.. this video reflects inundation of large parts of the island. .its weekend and your day off yes but appealing to State agencies and emergency relief systems to get into full action mode help fellow citizens in distress
Sharing some aerial and local images from photographer/videographer Kenrick Ramjit.

Aerial videos can be seen through these links:



Background:
Met Office Red Alert Riverine flood warning for Trinidad 
On Thursday Nov 18 the Met Office issued an orange level weather alert and red level riverine warning of dangers that may arising from an active ITCZ system that will continue to produce periods of rain/showers and thunderstorm activity which can lead to flash or riverine flooding as well as landslides/landslips in areas so prone. Gusty winds can be experienced in the vicinity of heavy downpours.
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Her Excellency President of  T&T
 Her Excellecny Paula Mae Weeks
present the National Medal for the
 Development of Women,Gold
( Journalism/Development
 of Women) to Dt Kris Rampersad
Today would have been my Pa’s 104th birthday. He
passed on just after I began my first degree at the university. He might have been proud to see me receive the Medal for the Development of Women, gold, for Journalism and Development of Women through a career he delivered me onto; or my graduation with a bachelors, first class honours; or doctorate, and the acclaim as the first sitting journalist/editor to have done so, along with all else that is listed in my CV as accomplishments or accolades.
Or he may have simply reiterated as he often did, ‘commonsense comes before booksense’ and ‘help who you can, when you can,’ without any great show of emotion.    
Pa, who had brought me to Port of Spain for my first job interview, not only gave me the window on the bus on our four-hour journey there, but also provided the first window to the world outside the village in having me accompany him to sell the produce we grew at the San Fernando market. The amiable, affable, people, character and experiences of the market from when I was just over five years old, would mark on me what I believed to e the national character, and feed the first columns of the Discover Trinidad and Tobago series, that blossommed into the television series Cross Country and more recently, my third book, LiTTscapes – Landscapes of Ficton series which spotlights ‘MarketScapes” as one of the defining arenas of nationabuilding.
Pa remained seated in
the lobby of the Guardian, as I am whisked away. I
left him looking as if it was he who was to be interviewed, in his
characteristic guarabara shirt jack, holding his mark of style – his dark brown
Homburg felt hat, slightly indented at the top; its one and a half inch ribbon
running along its circumference near the brim; its inside lined with Satin that
felt cool on the head as I would find out when I sneaked try-ons. Pa wore it as
any stately leader might, though he may not have known that it was the style of
hat which the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, often wore, made
famous by British King Edward VII, the son of Queen Victoria.
Nor would he have known, sitting there casually, that he was
handing me over to a new world, a new life, nor that it would earn him a one-paragraph
acknowledgement of his passing in the upper editorial pages five years later, Journalist Loses Dad.

I am not related to any of the already famed Rampersads who were then in public life, I would have to tell those who enquired. Rampersad was in fact his first name, which was a practice adopted in Trinidad by some families, rather than passing on last names. Born in the year of the first World War, he carved his own
path, giving dignity to every undertaking, whether it was as a market vendor, as
cash crop gardener or in his valiant attempts at carpentry and making odd
things around the house, with the saw and jackplane he bought himself, having
worked, too, as a forester that gave him the head cold that will claim him. And
he kept us grounded with his insistence that ‘commonsense comes before
booksense’ and never let us
President of Trinidad and Tobago Her Excellency
Paula-Mae Weekes with Recipient of the 2018
 Medal for the Development of Women, Gold
 Dr Kris Rampersad.Office of the President Photo
By the time he watched me disappear up through the doors and
up the stairs from the Guardian
lobby, he had already set the foundation. It was the glimpse of Trinidad and
its people to which he exposed me in those days as a preteen that I accompanied
him to the San Fernando market, that shaped my impression of who and what we
are as a people. He passed to me his ease among men, women and children of any
age, class, colour, ethnicity and religion. Their returned respect and camaraderie
with him, gave him the stature of what I envisioned any leader to be.

In his shirt jack and Homburg, he was ‘the Sheriff’ as his
friends and the villagers called him. At home in his merino he was storyteller extraordinaire.
Night after night we would huddle on Ma’s bed listening as he unraveled
fantastic tales pulled from his boundless and prolific imagination as I good find
no written, no oral recounts of them.
If Ma shaped my spirit; Pa shaped my social being. The
dedication in my first book read, To Ma
and Pa: Ma for the gift of Spiritedness; Pa for the legacy of his imagination
.
 There are many resonances to that
influence.
Our journey had begun in the wee hours of what he called
‘foreday morning’, through the territories of his stickfighting, sugar cane
planting, market gardening and vending, and then some  (More in upcoming biography, LIFE! Holeheartedly.
Remembering him, I share two earlier excerpts that captures
part of Pa’s, and others like his, unrecognized contribution to our times:
Jus Call Me Cooligan: Bois and Bacchanal in Meh Blood https://goo.gl/yTrR9q
My Discoverie- Columbus lost and found https://goo.gl/ixGu7y



See also:

The Walk of Excellence: a life in 60 seconds to receive the National Award for the Development of Women: https://goo.gl/wk4pBx
What My Mother told me: https://goo.gl/CxBJrr

More related links below

If by Rudyyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream, and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think, and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And,  which is more, you’ll be a Man, my son!
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https://goo.gl/wk4pBx
What My Mother told me: https://goo.gl/CxBJrr
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think tanks
https://goo.gl/8cVB8g
The Funeral Scores. Sir Vidia Naipaul
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https://goo.gl/NQibgR
Year of LiTTributes to Laureattes  https://goo.gl/oW81Nm
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https://goo.gl/ua3rXm
My Collision with Stephen Hawkins: https://goo.gl/Fx47Ak
Reflections on the Death of Nobel
Laureate Sir Vidia Naipaul see link 
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Authors
Tete-aTete Dr Kris Rampersad and Sir VS Naipaul  
https://goo.gl/gU11Jv 
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Demokrissy: Wave a flag for a party
rag…Choosing the Emperor’s …

Oct 20, 2013 Choosing the Emperor’s New Troops. The dilemma
of choice. Voting is supposed to be an exercise in thoughtful, studied choice.
Local government is the foundation for good governance so even if one wants to
reform the … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Old Casked Rum:
The Emperor’s New Tools#1 – Demokrissy – Blogger

Apr 07, 2013 Old Casked Rum: The Emperor’s New Tools#1 –
Towards Constitutional Reform in T&T. So we’ve had the rounds of
consultations on Constitutional Reform? Are we any wiser? Do we have a sense of
direction that will drive …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Valuing Carnival
The Emperor’s New Tools#2

Apr 30, 2013 Valuing Carnival The Emperor’s New Tools#2….http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
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of Political Change – Dawn of T&T’s Arab Spring

Jul 30, 2013 Wherever these breezes have passed, they have
left in their wake wide ranging social and political changes: one the one hand
toppling long time leaders with rising decibels from previously suppressed
peoples demanding a …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Reform, Conform,
Perform or None of the Above cross …

Oct 25, 2013 Some 50 percent did not vote. The local
government elections results lends further proof of the discussion began in
Clash of Political Cultures: Cultural Diversity and Minority Politics in
Trinidad and Tobago in Through The …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Sounds of a party –
a political party

Oct 14, 2013 They are announcing some political meeting or
the other; and begging for my vote, and meh road still aint fix though I hear
all parts getting box drains and thing, so I vex. So peeps, you know I am a
sceptic so help me decide. 
http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy:
T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian

Jun 15, 2010 T&T Constitution the culprit | The
Trinidad Guardian · T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian.
Posted by Kris Rampersad at 8:20 AM · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare
to Facebook …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

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party … Towards culturally …

Apr 30, 2010 ‘How we vote is not how we party.’ At ‘all
inclusive’ fetes and other forums, we nod in inebriated wisdom to calypsonian
David Rudder’s elucidation of the paradoxical political vs. social realities of
Trinidad and Tobago. http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: DEADLOCK: Sign of
things to come

Oct 29, 2013 An indication that unless we devise innovative
ways to address representation of our diversity, we will find ourselves in
various forms of deadlock at the polls that throw us into a spiral of political
tug of war albeit with not just …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: The human face of
constitutional reform

Oct 16, 2013 Sheilah was clearly and sharply articulating
the deficiencies in governmesaw her: a tinymite elderly woman, gracefully
wrinkled, deeply over with concerns about political and institutional
stagnation but brimming over with … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy:
Trini politics is d best

Oct 21, 2013 Ain’t Trini politics d BEST! Nobody fighting
because they lose. All parties claiming victory, all voting citizens won!
That’s what make we Carnival d best street party in the world. Everyone are
winners because we all like …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age – Demokrissy

Jan 09, 2012 New Media, New Civil Society, and Politics in
a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. Posted by
Kris Rampersad …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: T&T politics:
A new direction? – Caribbean360
 Oct 01, 2010 http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Oct 20, 2013 Choosing the Emperor’s New Troops. The dilemma
of choice. Voting is supposed to be an exercise in thoughtful, studied choice.
Local government is the foundation for good governance so even if one wants to
reform the … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

 

Old Casked Rum:
The Emperor’s New Tools#1 – Demokrissy – Blogger

Apr 07, 2013 Old Casked Rum: The Emperor’s New Tools#1 –
Towards Constitutional Reform in T&T. So we’ve had the rounds of
consultations on Constitutional Reform? Are we any wiser? Do we have a sense of
direction that will drive …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Valuing Carnival
The Emperor’s New Tools#2

Apr 30, 2013 Valuing Carnival The Emperor’s New Tools#2….http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
See Also:
Demokrissy: Winds
of Political Change – Dawn of T&T’s Arab Spring

Jul 30, 2013 Wherever these breezes have passed, they have
left in their wake wide ranging social and political changes: one the one hand
toppling long time leaders with rising decibels from previously suppressed
peoples demanding a …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Reform, Conform,
Perform or None of the Above cross …

Oct 25, 2013 Some 50 percent did not vote. The local
government elections results lends further proof of the discussion began in
Clash of Political Cultures: Cultural Diversity and Minority Politics in
Trinidad and Tobago in Through The …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Sounds of a party –
a political party

Oct 14, 2013 They are announcing some political meeting or
the other; and begging for my vote, and meh road still aint fix though I hear
all parts getting box drains and thing, so I vex. So peeps, you know I am a
sceptic so help me decide. 
http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy:
T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian

Jun 15, 2010 T&T Constitution the culprit | The
Trinidad Guardian · T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian.
Posted by Kris Rampersad at 8:20 AM · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare
to Facebook …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Related:
Demokrissy: To vote, just how we
party … Towards culturally …

Apr 30, 2010 ‘How we vote is not how we party.’ At ‘all
inclusive’ fetes and other forums, we nod in inebriated wisdom to calypsonian
David Rudder’s elucidation of the paradoxical political vs. social realities of
Trinidad and Tobago. http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: DEADLOCK: Sign of
things to come

Oct 29, 2013 An indication that unless we devise innovative
ways to address representation of our diversity, we will find ourselves in
various forms of deadlock at the polls that throw us into a spiral of political
tug of war albeit with not just …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: The human face of
constitutional reform

Oct 16, 2013 Sheilah was clearly and sharply articulating
the deficiencies in governmesaw her: a tinymite elderly woman, gracefully
wrinkled, deeply over with concerns about political and institutional
stagnation but brimming over with … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy:
Trini politics is d best

Oct 21, 2013 Ain’t Trini politics d BEST! Nobody fighting
because they lose. All parties claiming victory, all voting citizens won!
That’s what make we Carnival d best street party in the world. Everyone are
winners because we all like …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age – Demokrissy

Jan 09, 2012 New Media, New Civil Society, and Politics in
a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. Posted by
Kris Rampersad …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy: T&T politics:
A new direction? – Caribbean360
 Oct 01, 2010 http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Others: Demokrissy: Old Casked Rum:
The Emperor’s New Tools#1 …

Apr 07, 2013
Old Casked Rum: The
Emperor’s New Tools#1 – Towards Constitutional Reform in T&T. So we’ve had
the rounds of consultations on Constitutional Reform? Are we any wiser? Do we
have a sense of direction that will drive …

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy: Valuing Carnival
The Emperor’s New Tools#2

Apr 30, 2013
Valuing Carnival The
Emperor’s New Tools#2. 

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Wave a flag for a party
rag…Choosing the Emperor’s New …

Oct 20, 2013
Choosing the Emperor’s
New Troops. The dilemma of choice. Voting is supposed to be an … Old Casked
Rum: The Emperor’s New Tools#1 – Towards Constitutional Reform in T&T.
Posted by Kris Rampersad at 10:36 AM …

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Demokrissy: Carnivalising the
Constitution People Power …

Feb 26, 2014
This Demokrissy
series, The Emperor’s New Tools, continues and builds on the analysis of
evolution in our governance, begun in the introduction to my book, Through the
Political Glass Ceiling (2010): The Clash of Political …

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Envisioning
outside-the-island-box … – Demokrissy – Blogger

Feb 10, 2014
This Demokrissy
series, The Emperor’s New Tools, continues and builds on the analysis of
evolution in our governance, begun in the introduction to my book, Through the
Political Glass Ceiling (2010): The Clash of Political …

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy: Futuring the Post-2015
UNESCO Agenda

Apr 22, 2014
It is placing
increasing pressure for erasure of barriers of geography, age, ethnicity,
gender, cultures and other sectoral interests, and in utilising the tools
placed at our disposal to access our accumulate knowledge and technologies
towards eroding these superficial barriers. In this context, we believe that
the work of UNESCO remains significant and relevant and that UNESCO is indeed
the institution best positioned to consolidate the ….. The Emperor’s New
Tools …

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The Walk of Excellence: Women in Red with Sixty Seconds Worth of distance run at the National Awards

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‘Excellent!’ That is the first direct word to me in my first enncouter with the first woman President of Trinidad and
Tobago, Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes, ORTT.
It is the night of the National Awards on the occasion of
the 42nd Anniversary of our Republic status.
The citation is being read, ‘the MEDAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF
WOMEN (GOLD) is awarded For Outstanding Contribution to the Development of
Women’s Rights and Issues in Trinidad and Tobago…. She repeats, ‘the Medal For
Outstanding Contribution to Journalism/the Development of Women, and then adds my title Dr, then pronounces my full birth
name, Krishendaye Rampersad, which has been abbreviated for most of my career
as Kris Rampersad 
The announcers begin reading a brief of my life’s work. Good
luck with that, I think, trying to condense a life that has filled many ungiving minutes with its full sixty seconds of distance run into the sixty-odd seconds it would take to collect the medal, shake hands, collect scroll and walk across the stage of the National Performing Arts Centre.

I am not too worried about what selections would be made
from my CV. The announcers are Sharon Pitt and Errol Fabien, two of my most
respected colleagues in media and whom I have known through my career. Sharon, in fact was one of the first journalists I met when I entered the field as a
freelancer in San Fernando. She worked for radio. I was only at the South
office for about a month before I am called for a staff position at the
headquarters of the Guardian in Port of Spain. The south journalists, and Richard Lord,
in particular, say at almost every encounter that it’s the fastest promotion
they had ever witnessed. There’s more to that story, but at another time.
Sharon called me a few years ago. I had been out of the formal newsroom for almost a decade expanded my journalism to accomodate new media and internationa outreach development, advocacy and revising agenda setting instruments and institutions at all levels. She has followed my
career, she says, inviting me to speak at her daughter’s school. Out of the
formal newsroom, but not out of journalism, my focus was on institutional
strengthening, legislative reform, education, and awareness building. These were weaknesses
I had identified and experienced across fields and spheres in many angements through studies and otherwise with various societies, the path to our development and
our place in the world, at the insection where local meets global; this while continuing to write copiously, film scripts, books, research papers, commentaries and blogs, books, some publshed, still many to be released. 
“As one of the few women who have tried to make a living and
career from writing and as a role model for young women like her (daughter),” Sharon
says, explaining her request. I was touched. She was one of the few who had identified my work not just as journalism but in the broader sphere of ‘writer’. I would have loved to; indeed it
was no mean feat, trying to make ends meet, maintain one’s independence, and
function in a sphere that was nebulous to many. Navigating the incredulous
looks on bankers and other officials who would ask, ‘what is your real job,’
when I say ‘writer’ for instance, and then insist on tangible proof that that
is something people do for a living. But my travel schedule, international
engagements could not accommodate the date of the graduation as I would regrettably
be out of the country.

 Tonight, I am comforted in the confidence I had in the readers of the bio profiles, Sharon and Errol; their delivery on the fifty other awardees who preceded me, impeccable, aticulate and flawless. Yet, their voices fade out as I turn the bend to come face to face with Her
Excellency. She is stately, elegant, immaculate in red lace, the same shade as my red
chiffon, and the curtains drawn on each side of the stage at the National
Academy for the Performing Arts!

Her voice is a concise balance of effusion, commendation and
warmth. She is handed my medal by Secretary to the President Gregory Serrette, who had walked me through the process a few days earlier. But the experience was altogether novel. 
As she leans forward to hang it on the pin, the Order of Trinidad and Tobago, the country’s highest award, with which Her Excellency was presented by the Chief Justice last month, dangles around her neck. It had replaced the Trinity Cross a decade ago on recommendation for equity in consideration of the country’s. Change comes from challenges to the status quo!  
“Excellent,” Her Excellency says to me. 
Excellent is a word that has resonated through my career.
With some of my classmates with whom I formed an editorial committee, I had
resurrected my high school magazine that had gone defunct for a decade,
rebranded it, and gave it a new lease on life to chronicle the students the
rites of passage of students of St Stephen’s College. Dedicated to Excellence,
we called it. My school friend Kamla who would not follow us into A-Levels
would do a profile article on me for the Junior Express. The headline was Dedicated to Excellence.
Warned of the unfriendly state of the economy to new graduands, even before graduation I wrote applications to as many as I
could; I had forgotten to whom. When Ma handed me the small envelope that came
weeks later by snail mail with the logo of the red and white angel on the right
hand corner that appears on the daily newspapers, I felt it would be another that reads, ‘Sorry, we have no
vacancies at the moment. We would keep your application on file…’.
I was thrilled to see that it was an invitation to an
interview, in Port of Spain, signed by the then editor in chief, Lenn Chong
Sing. My father took a market day off to bring me to Port of Spain (Francis
Joseph has a legendary colourful version of that!) Pa waited in the Guardian
lobby as I am escorted up the stairs and past the desks with people half
hidden.
Clutching my O’ and A’ Level Certificates, references, and a
copy of my school magazine in an envelope, I am whisked into an office and is
greeted by a kindly matronly woman. Mrs Sombrano, she introduces herself, asks
if I would like something to drink which I declined. Soon she opened an
adjourning door and ushered me into what we would come to know as ‘the cold
room’. It is cold. Behind the desk is a Chinese man, head down, reading
something it seems. Bent, his head looks something like Pa’s.
I realise he is reading my application letter, scanning it
with his pen. You have any sample writings? You brought this school magazine? I
hand Dedicated
to Excellence
to him. He flips the pages. Inscrutable.
“Okay, can you start at the South office, as a freelancer,”
he says. “We will see how that goes, until something opens up on staff.”
My first interview, my first writing job!
Mrs Sombrano comes in to escort me out. It is only after I
would realise that Mr Chong Sing had brought me into journalism without making
eye contact. His shyness, I would learn, would never inhibit the dreaded
memos to the newsroom, from ‘the cold room’ for after a month in the ‘South’ –
the vast land mass of so dubbed by the north – covering all spheres from the
courts, local government, schools, I am summoned to the North, much to the displeasure of the South office’s manager, Mr Phillip, and editors, Goerge Alleyne and Mikey Mahabir. Journalism was in danger of losing me as  it was clear that I would have to redirect energies as my first paycheck of $120.00 for more than a month of traversing and covering the entire south, through floods (it was hurricane season); covering schools (it was graduatin season), farmers, local government councils, sports, and the first formal interview with Giselle La Ronde, just crowned in the national contest and about to go off to become Miss World.
Carl Jacobs, the then editor, would receive and introduce me the staff, then deliver me to the hands of John Babb. Sharon Pitt, Richard
Lord, Phoolo Danny and other journalists in various media houses with whom I
was developing fast friendships in South would next hear from me from Port of
Spain. it really all happened in a blink, and the beginning of events that swept me up like those Shakespearean  tides in the affairs of men and women.
The transition from rural to urban life would bring its own insights. I would learn that while friendships were seamless in the
south; in the north, it would be overshadowed and demarcated somewhat by
institutional affiliation in the competitive sphere of breaking news and
journalism. Its demarcations, I believe, I managed to avoid, maintaining my
friendships, with Kamla, Pitt and building others. North-South dichotomies and
the implications on development would become one of my areas of scrutiny,
through into international relationships and development as well.
Under the guidance of our news editor, John Babb, I covered every sphere of
news that the seasoned reporters were too busy to give attention – community
centres and organisations, health, education, city council, the scarvengers and
vagrants. In fact, I was so familiar with the city’s destitutes, that inside
the newsroom, I was referred to as ‘the vagrant reporter’ as I knew many of
them and their stories of misfortune, alienation from family and friends,
mental illness, or just sheer rejection of the society. I began, too, to write
the news behind  the news as well,
profiles, columns, on every theme, topic, beat, the piles of clippings that spill
out of my home office and into every room, that my family and friends often
threaten to throw out, is testimony to the range. Two of the earliest columns
were Discover Trinidad and Tobago and
Teenlife. At that year’s media
awards, the chief judge, retired Chief Justice Sir Isaaac Hyatali, would make mention of a young
reporter who was breathing fresh air into our understanding of Trinidad and
Tobago. I had not submitted any of my writings as the submission deadline was months before I even entered journalism. By the time of the next awards, Therese Mills, the Sunday Guardian
Editor whose office, if not shoes, I would one day occupy, asked me for some of
my articles to submit to the upcoming media awards. I complied and forgot about
it.
I realised that one from the Discover Trinidad and Tobago series, ‘War of the Sexes Now Goes to
the Calypso Stage,’ was being named the winner of a BWIA Media Award for Excellence
in Journalism
 in the category for
social and economic commentary in which Therese herself was a nominee, when
Hazel Ward Redman, ‘Aunty Hazel’, sitting in front of me at the media awards
ceremony, jumped off her seat, turned around, beaming at me, applauding and
shouting, “Bravo, Bravo!” Stil la teenager, I felt as if I was on her teen talent show as such was her mode of commending the performances of nervous youngsters. 
When I transitioned to AVM television shortly thereafter to
script the Cross Country series, which Dale Kolasingh, charmed by my Discover
series, wanted to replicate for television, and lured me on the notion of
expanding my media skills, much to Mr Chong Sing’s displeasure, I would learn. AVM
was indeed an incubator and many in the audio-visual sector today has had some
early exposure there. Cross Country became the first local programme ever to
hold the number one spot on local prime time television. Dale confessed one day
when we were celebrating some media awards for Excellence, won for Cross
Country and our current affairs investigations, that Lenn Chong Sing, the
editor in chief, had ‘called and cussed’ him for poaching on his staff when I
resigned from the Guardian. I could never reconcile his cheeky recount with the
Chong Sing I knew, the man who had never made eye contact with me. Though, in
the not too distant future, Lenn Chong Singh, then retired from the Guardian
and taken on as a consultant to recruit new staff for the television station in
formation -TV6 – would seek his revenge and attempt to recruit me for the
station. Still never making eye contact, after he had called and we agreed to
meet where I was attending a workshop at UWI. As tempting as it was to get into the action in the formation of the new television station, brought about by government policy for opening up the airwaves with issue of sevral TV licences, I politely declined. I had just began university that I had delayed for not one, as initially intended, but four years to explore print and elevision ournalism. I needed flexible time that starting up a television station would not have
allowed then. When I completed myfirst degree at UWI, John Babb and Therese Mills would ask me to join them in a new daily newspaper in the making, to be launched as a ‘good news’ paper, Newsday, which just celebrated its 25th year. I would have its first cover story, 5000 Lives Saved, win a Media Award for Excellence in Heath Reporting from the Pan American Health Organisation, and help it carve its space in the national landscape in coverage of a range of beats, culture, health, education, trade unions, politics… as well as profiles of many in the society, individuals and institutions, and initiate and populate its satirical column, Between the Lines, one of many subsequent satirical columns, that have occuied the editorial columns since, including commentaries on issuses of the Parliament of the day, I Beg To Move; In Gabilan, The Week That Was, The C Monologues, and others.    
Those were my earliest years in media in what I regard as not a career, but a vocation, propelled by forces I sometimes over which I have felt I have had little real control, and impulses larger than life.  The dimensions of I have little would have many
compartments, as a freelancer, investigative reporter, columnist, editor,
scriptwriter,  From the newsrooms of the Trinidad Guardian to AVM Television to founding of Newsday, to editorship  director, producer, publisher, advocate, educator, trainer, agenda setter, and policymaker. To embrace new media as another form for communication and dissemination of information, start a blog in the embryonic days of blogging in T&T, that has won a readership of international think tanks and was named a winner in a policy blogging initiative for new media of the BBC and Communications Initiative. But even so, media as it is generally defined, remained only a form an medium of expression that is part of a larger cultural milieu of expressions in the written and spoken word, but also through art, music, dance, signs and symbols; forms that are natural to the human impulse to connect and communicate and share life experiences and interpretations with each other.  A vocation, it is, that covers many spheres and disciplines and gender equity and women’s issues
being one dimension of trying to encourage a level playing field and create
opportunities and carve paths for development for equity and inclusion in our
social, cultural, economic and political interactions. Journalism and media to me have been only tools, companion tools to other forms of communication articulated through various cultural expressions. The skills and understanding of media, communication, the use of
information, their forms and functions and inner and outer mechanics, social
and political contexts are only the frames towards moving our world closer to  those goals now being called Sustainable
Development. Most, conditioned in silos cannot see the links and I have often felt the disconnect and sometimes a tug of war and even command to choose one. To me, in all their variable dimensions, they are
seamless and indivisible. It was never about filling the unforgivng minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run; it was about how could I stretch and stretch some more the unforgiving minute to accomodate all the runs that must be made. So much to do and so little time to do it in, my friends would often hear me say. Little did I know how little. 
“Excellent! Congratulations! Well done! Well deserved! Long
Overdue!” Her Excellency is emphasizing the sylable of each word as she pins on the medal.
It is her first word to me, ‘Excellent’, that resonates against
the applause coming from the auditorium hall as I turn to shake hands and
receive congratulations from first the Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley; then
the Chief Justice, Ivor Archie and to greet Mrs Archie, then to collect the
scroll and box in which would rest the Medal for the Development of Women,
Gold, for Journalism/ and Development of Women.
The word continues to echo independently
in the thousands of commendations and congratulations and hearty well-wishes
and thumbs up and likes, and hearts, and emotive emojis, that have since floated to me through public and private social media and calls and interactions tell me of the spheres that my work has
reached and touched: my family, relatives, siblings, nephews and nieces; villagers;
my early and later teachers, the educators and cultural and gender advocates
who were also awarded and guests that night who have followed my work; and to media
colleagues – many trapped in uncertainty of the current media climate; women
and men in many spheres. 
That it means so much to so many, has enhanced its value to me. Thank You!

Next: Behind the Red Curtain of the National Awards Ceremony
and the Medal for Development of Women
Career Highlights Journalism and Development of Women, Dr Kris Rampersad
Dr Kris Rampersad work has spanned the arenas of Education; Literature, the Arts and Culture; Media Communications and Information; and Gender Equity, Empowerment and Advancement for access to opportunities from grassroots to high level agenda setting international arenas. This has enhanced the impact and ability to envision and advocate for meaningful gender and culture-sensitive approaches to sustainable development in ways that bridge and span gaps between and among fields and disciplines from agriculture, culture, industry, education, governance and ICTs for all ages and across gender divides.
She functions as an Independent educator, researcher, author, advocate, activist, advisor, mentor, facilitator and consultant.
?feature=player_embeddedHighlights of Media/Journalism Career: Spans print, television, education and advocacy across spheres of conventional and new media prnt and production 1988-2018.
v  Blog Demokrissy is a widely read by international think tanks, including the UN community. It won the BBC/UNESCO Communication Initiative policy development blogging for new media
v  Coordinated international media for Summit of the Americas and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings
v  First sitting journalist to complete doctorate. Inspired many journalist to pursue higher education.
v  Articles and columns have occupied and guided public opinion from editorial pages for some 30 years
v  Doctorate on process of literary development and influences of journalism on award winning writings considered seminal and ground breaking in its depth and scope that spans 100 years of socio-cultural-political evolution of Trinidad and Tobago. Published as Finding A Place
v  Wrote first book on the first female Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Through the Political Glass Ceiling,  released on the eve of election of 2010 with prophetic insights into premiership of Kamla Persad Bissessar.
v  Third book  LiTTscapes – Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago represents almost everything written in fiction from Sir Walter Raleigh 1595 to the turn of the 21st century was commemorative publication of 50th Jubilee Anniversary of Independence;
Presented ground breaking research at first World Summit on Information Society in Tunisia on engendering ICT policy. Has helped develop media, information and communication policy as integrated into achievmeents of Millennium Development goals and Sustainable Development Goals at global levels of agenda setting and policy making of the UN Commonwealth and OAS agencies.
Pioneered research on  gender sensitive policy making in areas of Freedom of Information, Access to Information, and other spheres for hemispheric, commonwealth and UN bodies   
v  Served as Editor of Sunday Guardian and presided over the transition from broadsheet to tabloid.
v  Founding journalist of Newsday – wrote first lead story, ‘5000 Lives Saved, dubbed ‘the good news reporter’
v  Youngest journalist to win BWIA media award for excellence in journalism. Won in social and economic commentary category for gender bender article, War of the Sexes Goes to the Calypso Stage from Discover Trinidad and Tobago series

v  Won Pan American Health Organisation Award for Excellence in Health Reporting
v  Top student of diploma course in international journalism , Rajasthan Patrika Award from Indian Institute of Mass Communication (Scholarship).  
v  Research and Writer of programmes of Cross Country for AVM Television (as well as AVM Special Report, Survival (food programme) Booktalk among others. Cross Country became rated as the number one local programme that held prime time television spot for its duration and won several BWIA Media Awards.
v  Awarded Nuffield Foundation Fellowship to Wolfson College, Cambridge
v  Awarded fellowship by Foreign Press Centre of Japan
v  Commonwealth Professional Fellow
Highlights of Gender Actions
For almost three decades Dr Kris Rampersad has been devoted to leveling the playing field for women and girls in pursuit of:
•Gender equality in the work place
• The elimination of all forms of discrimination against women by the promotion of gender equity.
• Legislative and cultural reform to ensure gender equity.
• Institutional mechanisms for the advancements of women.
• Economic empowerment by: overcoming marginalization, oppressive social norms access and rights to resources;
• Incentive and awards based initiatives encouraging women to fulfill their potential and
• Education- based programs, initiatives or personal action that offer and afford women broader choices & enhanced opportunities
Highlights of Gender Actions & Achievements

Highlights of such achievements in pursuit of implementation of the CEDAW recommendations  for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and promotion of gender equity include:
1.       Research, preparation of the pioneering comprehensive national report and spearheaded follow up action in the InterAmerican system to encourage State bodies to implement the CEDAW convention provisions and recommendations that informed the Summit of the Americas, Commonwealth and UN processes.
2.       Her work in awareness raising and building capacities to understand gender sensitive policy and legislation to strengthen the capacity of institutions in addressing gender inequalities as for reform to the child marriage act, gender sensitive budgeting and engendered political processes.
3.        She coordinated the outreach and advocacy for the Commonwealth Foundation’s campaign for gender equality for Commonwealth Women Affairs Ministers Meetings. This fed into the Commonwealth Head of Government Meetings to build acceptance of the Commonwealth Campaign on the slogan, ‘Where’s the Money for Gender Equality.’ It spotlighted and propelled the movement of gender equity beyond rhetoric to actioning developmental programmes.
4.       Her impact on gender equality in the workplace has been not just in pursuing the rights of colleagues in the workplace but for across-the-board equity in treatment, equity in promotions and remunerations; representation of women at higher levels of administration and decision making.
5.        She has been a strong advocate to removal of discriminatory practices and revisiting entrenched notions of gender roles within social systems and cultural practices through her work with traditional and grass roots communities across the Caribbean.
6.       She has herself blazed a trail for women in the media and has filled several senior level positions as well as being the first sitting editor to have completed a PhD while in the demanding and high-stressed environment of the newsroom, as well as in her actions in supporting women journalists.
7.       From the inception of her career as a journalist Dr Rampersad supported the global mandate for equality of women that came out of the Beijing Platform for Women, and has a substantial portfolio of articles, columns as Woman to Woman, interviews, investigations, that tell women’s personal stories of trials and triumphs, revealing discrepancies and imbalances from data, highlighting the plight of the underprivileged, unearthing inequalities in national life, in the homes and in the work place, and the campaign against domestic violence.
8.       She has also been actively involved in supporting and encouraging women’s development from community to international policy arenas.
9.       Her writings, from profiles of achievements to policy critiques have encouraging women in public , civic and entrepreneurial arenas, utilizing all her roles to this end.
10.   She has initiated and developed a number of awards for women.
i.                    As editor she partnered with the United Nations, corporate community, NGOs and others to spearhead the Woman of the Year Award. S
ii.                  She conceptualized and piloted to national and international acceptance the Commonwealth Caribbean ‘Women Agents of Change’ Award, which was the forerunner to introduction of the Medals for Women in Trinidad and Tobago.
iii.                She identified women to be recognized among others for the Trinidad and Tobago Publishers’ and Broadcasting Association Awards for Media Excellence.
11.   She created & produced television documentary as the series That is Woman that features leading women figures in national life to showcase women’s achievements and have them tell their stories in their own words, and researched and scripted many other stories of women for radio, television and print.
12.   For the most part of the last fifteen years she has been the spokesperson on women’s issues and gender parity, shaping and supporting the work of local and international Networks for gender equity and the advancement of Women of Trinidad and Tobago.
13.   As an educator, she also trained women in gender sensitive approaches to policy making, understanding and engaging with media.
14.   Among organisations that have benefitted from her input are UN Women/UNIFEM; UNESCO dedicated programme actions on its priority focus on women,  the Caribbean Institute for Women and the Commonwealth Women’s Organisation; CIVICUS – World Assembly for People’s Participation.
15.   She was researcher and lead spokesperson for gender equality for the OAS Active Democracy Network in the build up to and through the Fifth Summit of the Americas and presented pioneering research on gender sensitive approaches to changing development policy agenda in areas of Freedom of Expression, Access to Information .
16.   At national level, she articulated to build awareness as the Outreach and International

Relations Director of the Network of NGOs for Women and articulated the vision around the Put A Woman Campaign of the Network of NGOs for the Advancement of Women, which drew from the UN resolutions for gender parity in national decision making. It included the slogan, A Woman’s Place is in the House – Of Parliament, that saw the .drive for fulfilment of the quota of women in Parliament along with women in the positions of Speaker of the House and President of the Senate. The same campaign also supported the ascension into office of the First Female Prime Minister and first Female President of Trinidad and Tobago in one decade.

17.   She wrote the pioneering book, Through the Political Glass Ceiling, that along with mapping the journey of the First Female Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago through her speeches also includes revisionary research, study and analysis of the national politics of the day through gender and cultural sensitive lenses that has become a text for gender studies and analyses. This has become an important global text in appreciating the challenges of women in ascension public office.
18.   These contributions spilled over to her functions in other arenas. As the Co-Chair of the UNESCO Executive Board’s Public and External Relations Commission responsible for programme actions she drove and supported international actions and motions to strengthen UNESCO’s priority focus on women and gender equality as well as in championing rights of journalists and others and for injecting gender sensitive approaches to decision making in culture, education, information and other spheres.
19.    She was herself acknowledged and featured in Hazel Ward Redman’s celebratory series as CentreStage and Woman of Substance and has been featured in articles as Express Woman, ‘Helping Dreamers Dream’ and Newsday Woman’s Weekly as Changing the World With Ideas.
20.   She has mentored many at national and international levels
Pioneering Work
Dr Kris Rampersad’s work is pioneering in relation to her research and fearless and courageous and selfless advocacy and actions in the face of tremendous odds and challenges of a small island society. She has enhanced the image of Trinidad and Tobago and women both in the national arena and abroad as a  flagbearer of national development interests through all her endeavours as journalist, editor, advocate, educator, development specialist.
Through her work and in networking with others she has actively created and improved the availability and accessibility of spaces for women in the public sphere and has helped spotlight challenges and streamline the focus on perceptions of their roles and functions in the private/domestic spheres.
Her groundbreaking research offer new insight into national phenomenon within local and international contexts to enlighten approaches to agenda setting, policy and decision making encompassing research, production, advocacy, institutional capacity building and enhancement through to face to face and hands on leadership and youth development initiatives in education and awareness and skills building for women and girls.
Her life and work putting service before self, often at little or no remuneration and at the expense of her health and a life threatening medical condition, she has given up many personal and professional comforts and security in her efforts at creating opportunities and advancement of women
Through her passion, energy, devotion, and commitment to actions for meaningful change, she has inspired women and girls of all ages and across national to international spectrums as an inspiration to women educators, women leaders, women in the media and in the sphere of arts and culture.
Awards/Recognitions & Service

Education
St Julien Presbyterian School New Grant Princes Town – Primary School:
St Stephen’s College, Princes Town – Secondary School:
PhD in Literatures in English University of the West Indies
BA Literatures in English, sociology, politics,  University of the West Indies
Diploma in Mass Communication – Indian Institute of Mass Communication, India and its highest award  Rajasthan Patrika Award;
Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge UK (globalisation);
Commonwealth Professional Fellowship
Participated and benefitted from numerous courses, lectures, workshops in  multimedia, information technologies, leadership, management, computing, managing diversity, and conservation and safeguarding of cultural heritage.
Scholarships and Fellowships:
Wolfson (Journalism) College, University of Cambridge UK;
Foreign Press Centre of Japan (journalism fellowship);
Association of Commonwealth Universities, Professional Fellowship;
UWI Post Graduate Scholarship;
Awards & Commendations:
Ø  Trinidad and Tobago Luminary Award 2015/2016
Ø  Winner Development Policy Blogs on New Media (BBC Trust/UNESCO Communication Initiative); 2011
Ø  Award for Excellence in Health Reporting 1994 (World Health Organisation/Pan American Health Organisation)
Ø  Award for Excellence in Journalism (BWIA) 1987;
Ø  Moms for Literacy Award for Literary Achievement
Ø  International Who’s Who in Cultural Policy Research (ConnectCP)
Ø  Award for Contribution to Literature and Culture; (Global Organisation of Peoples of Indian Origin)
Ø  Rajasthan Patrika Most Outstanding Student Award (Indian Institute of Mass Communication)
Ø  British High Commission Award for English Literature
Ø  UWI Award Student Awards.
Organisation Affiliations – International/National
Ø  Founding Adviser, International Institute for Gastronomy, Culture, Arts & Tourism
Ø  Founding Member, U40 Coalition on Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions
Ø  Founding Member, Scientific Committee, International Culture University
 Served on numerous committees and boards, including  
Ø  UNESCO General Assembly, Chair Education Commission

Ø  UNESCO Executive Board, co-chair Programmes and External Relations Commission, member of Special Committee
Ø   Chair, National Museum and Art Gallery;
Ø  Chair, National Commission for UNESCO of Trinidad and Tobago 
Ø  Member Trinidad and Tobago Government Expert Panel on Arts and Culture Member, Trinidad and Tobago Registry of Cultural Workers Committee
Ø  Member, Trinidad and Tobago Heritage Tourism Committee
Ø  Founder,/Coordinator Awards for Agricultural Journalism
Ø   Founding member, Friends of Mr Biswas – St James House for Mr Biswas
Ø  Founder/Coordinator, Trinidad Theatre Workshop Fund for Literature, Drama, Film
Ø  Outreach & International Relations Director, Network of NGOs of Trinidad and Tobago for the Advancement of Women
Other Career Highlights
International Development Educator, Lecturer, Facilitator, Consultant: 21 years
MultiMediaMedia/Journalism: 30 years: editor, manager, investigative reporter, script and storyboard writer, producer/publisher in print, electronic and new media
Author: Finding A Place (Ian Randle Publishers, 2001); Through the Political Glass Ceiling; LiTTscapes – Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago
AudioVisual Producer/Director/Writer/Researcher:20 years
Academia – lecturing at tertiary level formal, non-formal and informal sectors, course design, development and evaluation – 22 years
Some 30 years’ experience in developing formal and informal education sectors as a researcher, writer, educator, outreach and communication specialist and analyst of culture, migration, rural and urban development, diversity, multiculturalism and related areas of cross sectoral sustainable development;
Holds a PhD in Literatures in English. Doctoral theses examined issues of globalization, migration processes of adaptation and society-formation drawing from global-local knowledge and experiences of media and literary development of a small island state.
Have written and published extensively on themes of identity, migration, adaptation, urbanisation, and rural development in contexts of youth, gender, trade, crime, ecology, education and other topics;
 Numerous peer reviewed articles and conference presentations, including three books that approach the issues of migration and social adaptations from various angles: journalism/information and communication (Finding a Place, Ian Randle Publications, 2002); gender appreciation (Through the Political Glass Ceiling – Race to Prime Ministership by Trinidad and Tobago’s First Female Kamla Persad Bissessar (2010) and popular culture (LiTTscapes – Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago (2012);
Educator/Train the Trainers & Capacity Building :

a: UNESCO: Training of Caribbean Stakeholders in diversity appreciation, activating Cultural Heritage and Creative Sectors: Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, Grenada, St Kitts/Nevis. UNESCO..
b. Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI). Training of Caribbean Agriculturalists in Outreach, Education and Development of Academic Journals and Publications:
c. National Institute of Higher Education Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST): Development of Outreach Initiatives for Science Popularisation:
d. Caribbean Institute of Women in Leadership: Develop Course Materials and Train Caribbean Women Leaders in Gender Sensitivity, Diversity Appreciation, Engagement & Outreach:  Guyana, Antigua, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada
e. The College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT):  Development and Delivery of Journalism and Literature Courses
f. Part Time Lecturer: Literatures in English; Foundational Courses; Literature and Caribbean Society: University of the West Indies.
g. External Supervisor, MSc Thesis Cultural Diversity Management: Institutional Reform
h. External Thesis Editor/Publication Adviser
i. Guest Lecturer: Literature, Culture, Media, Civic Empowerment for Sustainable Development, University of Catalona, Barcelona, Spain
Career Highlights: Education & Culture:
Educational Policy Development: Formal and Informal Education, Literature, Media Outreach, Lifelong Learning and Global Citizenship Education:
a. Capacity development for cultural and civil society communities across the Americas Successful trained stakeholders of all three Caribbean Small Island Developing States which achieved World Heritage status over the last five years (Antigua and Barbuda, 2016; Jamaica, 2015, Barbados, 2011 prior to this last inscription was in 1998).
b.       Pioneered several international level policies through UNESCO/other international agencies for relevant actions for integrated and transboundary approaches to positively impact the Sustainable Development Agenda and integrate culture in development, promote global citizenship, rationally explore issues of migration and adaptation.
c.        Devised models for multisectoral media and cultural outreach including one adopted from a model developed for the Caribbean for ACP-EU Seminar on Media and Agriculture, Brussels;
d. Development of the blue print of the action plan being used English speaking Caribbean countries for implementation of UNESCO Conventions; culling appreciation and development of incentive and award schemes; integrating developmental approaches across sectors and national boundaries and developing transboundary connections.
e.       More than 15 years’ hands on experience in development and implementing policy programmes and actions in the global to local cultural heritage and creative industries spheres in UN agencies, UNESCO, OAS, ACP-EU, Commonwealth and civil society glocal organisations;
f.       Keenly committed to working on realization of the sustainable development agenda, even beyond its stated goals to proactive engagement of culture-centred development for equity and fairness in all spheres and have participated in its development globally & locally;
g.         Lifelong experiences of NGO work and community level experience in cultural development and have both culled international policy and worked on implementing such areas as Creative Cities, World Heritage, Intangible Heritage, Diversity of Cultural Expressions, Creative Industries, Copyrights, Trade and Development;  Slave, Silk and Indentured Indian Immigrant Routes, Memory of the World, Rural and Urban cultural development, policy and legislative reform, civil society, youth and gender participation, empowerment and equity
Career Highlights: Journalism, Media, Information and Communication
j.         More than 30 years as a communicator and journalist and about a decade as producer and publisher in multimedia forms exploring comparative cross-cultural and issues;
k.          Extensive experience in research,  writing for multimedia forms and presentation of messages on  migration, diversity, inclusion for sustainable development, with intimate knowledge of most of international policy instruments in these regards and devising, developing, implementing and evaluating policies and strategies, advice and technical support, managing the process and content, transactions and operations in these areas and combined experiences in Management, having been a staff manager of a major media house before an independent career in cultural project management and policy development in the cultural and allied spheres of education and communications
l.     Extensive experience in networking and collaborations both internally and externally, across boundaries, sectors, stakeholder interests, institutions and agencies with considerable successes in devising and developing networks around cultural matters, working with the diplomatic community, embassies, intergovernmental agencies, regional and international organizations, the European Commission and the European Council, Organisation of American States, Commonwealth Secretariat and commonwealth Foundation, InterAmerican Institutions and other organisations of  the UN system, and Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Regions.
Find Dr Kris Rampersad on Social Media as:
KrisRampersad: LinkedIn/Instagram/YouTube/PInterest/
KrisRampersad1: Facebook; @krisramp – Twitter;
Blog Demokrissy – https://ift.tt/2pwwUvl

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Demokrissy: Wave a flag for a party
rag…Choosing the Emperor’s …

Oct 20, 2013 Choosing the Emperor’s New Troops. The dilemma
of choice. Voting is supposed to be an exercise in thoughtful, studied choice.
Local government is the foundation for good governance so even if one wants to
reform the … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Old Casked Rum:
The Emperor’s New Tools#1 – Demokrissy – Blogger

Apr 07, 2013 Old Casked Rum: The Emperor’s New Tools#1 –
Towards Constitutional Reform in T&T. So we’ve had the rounds of
consultations on Constitutional Reform? Are we any wiser? Do we have a sense of
direction that will drive …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Valuing Carnival
The Emperor’s New Tools#2

Apr 30, 2013 Valuing Carnival The Emperor’s New Tools#2….http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
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Demokrissy: Winds
of Political Change – Dawn of T&T’s Arab Spring

Jul 30, 2013 Wherever these breezes have passed, they have
left in their wake wide ranging social and political changes: one the one hand
toppling long time leaders with rising decibels from previously suppressed
peoples demanding a …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Reform, Conform,
Perform or None of the Above cross …

Oct 25, 2013 Some 50 percent did not vote. The local
government elections results lends further proof of the discussion began in
Clash of Political Cultures: Cultural Diversity and Minority Politics in
Trinidad and Tobago in Through The …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Sounds of a party –
a political party

Oct 14, 2013 They are announcing some political meeting or
the other; and begging for my vote, and meh road still aint fix though I hear
all parts getting box drains and thing, so I vex. So peeps, you know I am a
sceptic so help me decide. 
http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy:
T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian

Jun 15, 2010 T&T Constitution the culprit | The
Trinidad Guardian · T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian.
Posted by Kris Rampersad at 8:20 AM · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare
to Facebook …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

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Demokrissy: To vote, just how we
party … Towards culturally …

Apr 30, 2010 ‘How we vote is not how we party.’ At ‘all
inclusive’ fetes and other forums, we nod in inebriated wisdom to calypsonian
David Rudder’s elucidation of the paradoxical political vs. social realities of
Trinidad and Tobago. http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: DEADLOCK: Sign of
things to come

Oct 29, 2013 An indication that unless we devise innovative
ways to address representation of our diversity, we will find ourselves in
various forms of deadlock at the polls that throw us into a spiral of political
tug of war albeit with not just …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: The human face of
constitutional reform

Oct 16, 2013 Sheilah was clearly and sharply articulating
the deficiencies in governmesaw her: a tinymite elderly woman, gracefully
wrinkled, deeply over with concerns about political and institutional
stagnation but brimming over with … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy:
Trini politics is d best

Oct 21, 2013 Ain’t Trini politics d BEST! Nobody fighting
because they lose. All parties claiming victory, all voting citizens won!
That’s what make we Carnival d best street party in the world. Everyone are
winners because we all like …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age – Demokrissy

Jan 09, 2012 New Media, New Civil Society, and Politics in
a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. Posted by
Kris Rampersad …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: T&T politics:
A new direction? – Caribbean360
 Oct 01, 2010 http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Oct 20, 2013 Choosing the Emperor’s New Troops. The dilemma
of choice. Voting is supposed to be an exercise in thoughtful, studied choice.
Local government is the foundation for good governance so even if one wants to
reform the … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Old Casked Rum:
The Emperor’s New Tools#1 – Demokrissy – Blogger

Apr 07, 2013 Old Casked Rum: The Emperor’s New Tools#1 –
Towards Constitutional Reform in T&T. So we’ve had the rounds of
consultations on Constitutional Reform? Are we any wiser? Do we have a sense of
direction that will drive …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Valuing Carnival
The Emperor’s New Tools#2

Apr 30, 2013 Valuing Carnival The Emperor’s New Tools#2….http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
See Also:
Demokrissy: Winds
of Political Change – Dawn of T&T’s Arab Spring

Jul 30, 2013 Wherever these breezes have passed, they have
left in their wake wide ranging social and political changes: one the one hand
toppling long time leaders with rising decibels from previously suppressed
peoples demanding a …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Reform, Conform,
Perform or None of the Above cross …

Oct 25, 2013 Some 50 percent did not vote. The local
government elections results lends further proof of the discussion began in
Clash of Political Cultures: Cultural Diversity and Minority Politics in
Trinidad and Tobago in Through The …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: Sounds of a party –
a political party

Oct 14, 2013 They are announcing some political meeting or
the other; and begging for my vote, and meh road still aint fix though I hear
all parts getting box drains and thing, so I vex. So peeps, you know I am a
sceptic so help me decide. 
http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy:
T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian

Jun 15, 2010 T&T Constitution the culprit | The
Trinidad Guardian · T&T Constitution the culprit | The Trinidad Guardian.
Posted by Kris Rampersad at 8:20 AM · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare
to Facebook …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Related:
Demokrissy: To vote, just how we
party … Towards culturally …

Apr 30, 2010 ‘How we vote is not how we party.’ At ‘all
inclusive’ fetes and other forums, we nod in inebriated wisdom to calypsonian
David Rudder’s elucidation of the paradoxical political vs. social realities of
Trinidad and Tobago. http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: DEADLOCK: Sign of
things to come

Oct 29, 2013 An indication that unless we devise innovative
ways to address representation of our diversity, we will find ourselves in
various forms of deadlock at the polls that throw us into a spiral of political
tug of war albeit with not just …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy: The human face of
constitutional reform

Oct 16, 2013 Sheilah was clearly and sharply articulating
the deficiencies in governmesaw her: a tinymite elderly woman, gracefully
wrinkled, deeply over with concerns about political and institutional
stagnation but brimming over with … http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

Demokrissy:
Trini politics is d best

Oct 21, 2013 Ain’t Trini politics d BEST! Nobody fighting
because they lose. All parties claiming victory, all voting citizens won!
That’s what make we Carnival d best street party in the world. Everyone are
winners because we all like …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/

New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age – Demokrissy

Jan 09, 2012 New Media, New Civil Society, and Politics in
a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. New Media, New Civil Society,
and Politics in a New Age | The Communication Initiative Network. Posted by
Kris Rampersad …http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy: T&T politics:
A new direction? – Caribbean360
 Oct 01, 2010 http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Others: Demokrissy: Old Casked Rum:
The Emperor’s New Tools#1 …

Apr 07, 2013
Old Casked Rum: The Emperor’s
New Tools#1 – Towards Constitutional Reform in T&T. So we’ve had the rounds
of consultations on Constitutional Reform? Are we any wiser? Do we have a sense
of direction that will drive …

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy: Valuing Carnival
The Emperor’s New Tools#2

Apr 30, 2013
Valuing Carnival The
Emperor’s New Tools#2. 

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Wave a flag for a party
rag…Choosing the Emperor’s New …

Oct 20, 2013
Choosing the Emperor’s
New Troops. The dilemma of choice. Voting is supposed to be an … Old Casked
Rum: The Emperor’s New Tools#1 – Towards Constitutional Reform in T&T.
Posted by Kris Rampersad at 10:36 AM …

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy: Carnivalising the
Constitution People Power …

Feb 26, 2014
This Demokrissy
series, The Emperor’s New Tools, continues and builds on the analysis of
evolution in our governance, begun in the introduction to my book, Through the
Political Glass Ceiling (2010): The Clash of Political …

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Envisioning
outside-the-island-box … – Demokrissy – Blogger

Feb 10, 2014
This Demokrissy
series, The Emperor’s New Tools, continues and builds on the analysis of
evolution in our governance, begun in the introduction to my book, Through the
Political Glass Ceiling (2010): The Clash of Political …

http://kris-rampersad.blogspot.com/
Demokrissy: Futuring the Post-2015
UNESCO Agenda

Apr 22, 2014
It is placing
increasing pressure for erasure of barriers of geography, age, ethnicity,
gender, cultures and other sectoral interests, and in utilising the tools
placed at our disposal to access our accumulate knowledge and technologies
towards eroding these superficial barriers. In this context, we believe that
the work of UNESCO remains significant and relevant and that UNESCO is indeed
the institution best positioned to consolidate the ….. The Emperor’s New
Tools …

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