Winston Steve Moore is best described as a true patriot having served the country in several capacities. So that his death on Sunday February 21st 2016 at age 76 definitely marked the end of an era of an outstanding citizen.
Mr. Moore was a public servant having worked in management of the formation of the National Insurance Board. Following his long and dedicated service at the NIB he entered public life when he was appointed as Alderman in the San Fernando City Council in 1981.
He was also a strong activist in the People's National Movement where he exhibited selfless service to his community in San Fernando. He was also known as an eloquent speaker which he displayed when he chaired many public meetings for his party in the national campaign for both local government and general elections.
Mr Moore was one of the six opposition Senators when the PNM lost their first general elections in 1976. He served in the Upper House along with the current Prime Minister and Political Leader of the PNM Dr. Keith Rowley, the late Kenneth Valley, Gus Ramrakersignh, Robin Montano and Donna Powell.
For his his hard work at all levels he was later appointed Ambassador to Brazil where he served for two sessions between the period 1992 to 1995 and 2002 to 2007.
Mr. Moore was undoubtedly a vibrant community leader and mentored many young people in his community. The party that he faithfully served recognize his contribution and honoured him 2014 in commemoration of the 58th anniversary.
An avid reader and teacher a friend to many Mr. Moore's service and contribution will be etched in the annuals of the country among the outstanding citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.
His daughter Nicole in paying tribute to him said that he was a man who understood very clearly that being a patriot did not just mean singing the national anthem or waving the flag, but it meant looking at the country with a forensic eye, seeing its problems and talking about it. Simply put,he loved Trinidad and Tobago.
He was a father of four, grandfather of four and great grandfather of one.
On behalf of the People's National Movement I extend sincere condolences to the family.
People's National Movement
As we observe this Christmas season together as a Nation, may the life of Jesus Christ continue to inspire us all to express our love for one another.
Let the joy and happiness of Christmas cause us to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. One of the most famous teachings of Christ is to "love your neighbour as you love yourself" and therefore we are our brother's keeper.
In the spirit of Christmas we are thankful that there are so many people in our communities who take their time, resources and effort to selflessly host Children's Christmas parties and ensure every child has a gift. For all those who take the time to share the joy of Christmas with others we salute your actions.
Our many tasty local dishes and drinks which we over stock to ensure we have to share with others make us one of the happiest people in the world.
Be sure to be safe and responsible on the nation's roads at all times.
Our country is truly blessed and there is so much love in our way of life.
Merry Christmas from the People's National Movement.
Public Relations Officer
MESSAGE TO THE NATION BY DR THE HONOURABLE KEITH ROWLEY, MP PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
ON THE OCCASION OFCHRISTMAS 2015
On behalf of the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago, I extend warm Christmas greetings to our Christian Community and all those who share in the spirit of the Season.
Christmas is a very special time in Trinidad and Tobago. In our own unique way we have created signature music in the form of parang and parang soca to complement the festivities. Our Christmas cuisine of baked ham, pastelles, fruit cake, ginger beer, ponch de crème and sorrel delight the taste buds of locals and visitors alike.
But after the hustle and bustle of the preparations, Christmas day presents an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of the celebrations.
Whether we choose to go to church or remain at home to receive family and friends; we should take a moment to pause and remember that today we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who in the Christian tradition, is the ultimate symbol of unconditional love, forgiveness and hope.
As a vulnerable baby lying in a manger in very modest surroundings on that first Christmas day, the image of the Christ child begs us to remember our own children and the awesome responsibility we hold as parents, guardians and mentors to protect and nurture our young people.
Two weeks ago, when my wife and I hosted the Prime Minister’s Annual Christmas Party, I saw such joy, expectation and happiness reflected on the faces of those children that I was convinced that there is no rational excuse to abuse or harm a young, innocent child.
On this Christmas Day, I want all of us, individually and collectively as a Nation, to re-commit to safeguarding our children and improving the quality of life they may enjoy in our country.
Every day, with an open heart, we must continue to share the love that is so evident at Christmas…especially with our children.
For the sake of our families, our children, our communities and our blessed country; let us learn from the messages of the Christmas story.
We recall Mary’s obedience and courage in the face of possible humiliation; we recall Joseph’s anger then his acceptance and trust in the will of God; we recall the generosity of the inn keeper, the faith of the wise men and the enduring respect and reverence of the shepherds.
So too, in our own lives, we must demonstrate that we have the courage and faith to overcome life’s trials whether they are personal matters; work-related differences or are more national in scope.
By all indications, 2016 will be another challenging year in Trinidad and Tobago. Yet, it is in how we choose to surmount what may be difficult circumstances that will demonstrate the strength of our character as individuals and as a Nation.
Attention to duty and responsibility; respect for oneself and others and above all, trust in God and the determination to do what’s right, are the traits which I hope will come to define us as a people, and Nation, as we move forward into the New Year.
I have no fear of what is to come because I have confidence in myself as a leader, I have confidence in our Government and above all, I have faith in the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
Together we have an incredible spirit of resourcefulness that will lead us positively through any rough waters we may be called upon to navigate.
Today we celebrate the birth of Christ Child. Let us take this opportunity to open ourselves to the hope and joyous expectation which surrounds this miraculous event.
From my family to yours, I wish you all a very blessed, safe and happy Christmas and a productive, peaceful and prosperous New Year.
The People's National Movement accepted an invitation from The Communist Party of China to attend its 1st Meeting of Political Parties Forum China - CELAC.
General Secretary Ashton Ford and Public Relations Officer Ronald Huggins are representing the PNM in Beijing China. The Forum is hosting Political Parties from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Ashton Ford will make a presentation on Political Parties in the 21st century at the Forum. The delegation will also participate in panel discussions on Development Paths, Poverty Reduction and China and Caribbean States Cooperation.
This event is of historical significance to the People's National Movement as Dr Eric Williams made his first visit to China as head of state 40 years ago. This was the beginning of Diplomatic Relations between Trinidad and Tobago and China.
China is hosting over 27 countries with Delegations from ruling Political Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean.
The CELAC forum will focus on collaboration among developing nations to overcome common challenges and work together on the basis of mutual benefit and mutual respect towards economic and social growth and development.
The delegation is in China at a time when Beijing has issued its first Smog Red Alert. The Forum started on Tuesday and will end on Friday.
Photo shows General Secretary, Ashton Ford addressing the forum entitled Political Parties in the 21st Century. Next to him Public Relations Officer Ronald Huggins