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Outgoing MP Paula Gopee-Scoon
said while she was pleased that a con-
tract was awarded for the construc-
tion of the Point Fortin Hospital, the
timing was only an election ploy
ahead of this year s general election.
Noting an advertisement in the daily
newspapers that construction of the
100-bed facility was started along the
Southern Main Road, Gopee-Scoon
said it would be up to the People s
National Movement to oversee the
construction as she predicted an elec-
tion loss for the People s Partnership.
She added: "I am aware that a con-
tract has been awarded so I want to
have faith it will commence but it is
very obvious that the Government will
be put out of office shortly by the
"Therefore, it would be up to the
PNM to really oversee the building of
the hospital and ensure that it is com-
pleted on time and within budget.
"It is an election gimmick but I am
also aware that a contract was signed.
I would like to think that a contract
"As you know, I was in constant
lobbying with the Minister of Health
but there was talk of the user brief
being redone. We know that it is an
election ploy... I am aware that there
is a contract starting in April or so."
For decades under the PNM, there
were calls by the Point Fortin com-
munity to replace the existing Point
Fortin Area Hospital in Mahaica which
was built during the Shell/Texaco era
and handed over to the State.
Gopee-Scoon said it did not matter
which government built the hospital
as State funds would be used.
She said when the People s Part-
nership took office in 2010, they met
the project on the drawing board and
should have completed it already.
Having passed the site yesterday
morning, Point Fortin mayor Clyde
Paul said there had been no mobili-
sation of workers on the site and the
only new infrastructure was a barrier.
He added that there were active wells
on the site.
"What you saw on the newspapers
is just what happened: Some men put-
ting up a barrier and they said it was
for some sod-turning.
"I haven t seen any work started
there. During the consultation, the
engineer was talking about having to
make a decision on whether the site
could accommodate the hospital as
there were still active wells there," Paul
The Association of Caribbean Media Workers
(ACM) has condemned what it describes as unlawful
and defamatory social media attacks on women
journalists in T&T.
In a release yesterday, ACM said it believed a well-
resourced, concerted attempt was being made to
intimidate and to smear the characters of some jour-
nalists in the face of their investigative and analytical
"In one instance, which recurred today, a video
withdrawn by YouTube in 2013, on account of vio-
lations of its guidelines on privacy and the portrayal
of minors, was circulated, via social media channels,
in a clear attempt to defame investigative journalist,
Asha Javeed, of the Trinidad Express.
"In several countries, slurs of a sexual nature against
women journalists, in particular, are among a variety
of well-documented strategies designed to produce
a chilling effect on the practice of journalism."
ACM called on the local media industry, govern-
ment, law enforcement, civil society organisations,
bar associations and citizens to take action to both
discourage this disturbing trend and to ensure that
offenders are duly punished.
"We have also been advised that in the run-up to
the election due later this year, there has been an
increase in social media attacks, some of them legally
actionable, against targeted journalists. We encourage
media professionals to exercise their legal options
when deemed necessary."
The ACM said it lent its support to the resuscitation
of the Media Association of T&T (MATT) in part
because of the need to ensure there were rapid,
national level responses to such strategies.
The association said its international partners were
being appropriately advised of the developing situ-
MP on sod-turning for Point hospital:
It's an election ploy
Describing the delay of
the Point Fortin hospital
as an injustice again
residents, Paul wanted
to know why
Government chose to
build the children's
hospital in Couva first.
"The Point Fortin
Hospital was on the
drawing board long
before the Couva
"The Couva hospital is
almost ready to open
and they are now
looking to say that they
are going to start in
"That is an injustice and
if they really wanted to
build it they would have
built it already," he
POINT FORTIN HOSPITAL
The Point Fortin hospital is
expected to be funded through a
arrangement with the Austrian
government and built by VAMED
Engineering GmbH & CO KG.
Departments to be included are
general medicine, general surgery,
psychiatry, maternity, gynaecology,
burns, High Dependency, Accident
and Emergency, laboratory and a
It will be built on lands prepared
for Evolving Tecknologies and
Enterprise Development Co Ltd.
the launch of
Club Junior and
Orchestra at the
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