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Work is continuing on lands adja-
cent to the Divali Nagar site, Chagua-
nas, despite contractors being served
a notice of violation by the Environ-
mental Management Authority
Approximately 25 workers braved
sun and rain yesterday at the site,
even taking time to take a break under
In an interview at the site, one of
the workers said the EMA was taking
away work from the employees.
"The EMA can t do nothing. Is 50
men working here and this will only
continue. They taking away work from
man. That s the only thing they doing.
They can t stop this, more workers
will come," he said.
Another worker piped in: "Is all
Government has agreed to construct a $43.9
million Autism Support Centre to serve the
autistic population of T&T.
Minister of Gender Youth and Child Devel-
opment Clifton De Coteau announced this during
Thursday s post-cabinet press conference at the
Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair.
The decision to build the centre is based on
the contents of the report of an inter-ministerial
committee to oversee the establishment of an
autism support centre for T&T. The committee
comprised representatives from the Ministry of
Gender, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education,
Ministry of the People and Ministry of Planning.
There were also members from the ministries of
sport, national security and community devel-
"Cabinet has agreed in principle, subject to
the availability of funds, to the construction of
an autism support centre of T&T at an estimated
cost of $43,945,000 inclusive of design, con-
struction and project management fees," De
Coteau said. He said the committee had obtained
information on the autistic population and the
services provided to the groups in order to gauge
the services required, the size of the facility to
be constructed and key stakeholders in the coun-
try. Information from the Ministry of Education
and the Autism Society revealed that there were
an estimated 750 people diagnosed with autism
in T&T, with 99 per cent being children under
18.The figure does not take into account the adult
population affected by autism.
The centre will serve the entire autistic pop-
ulation providing assessment; speech and language
therapy; occupational and behavioural therapy;
sensory training; lifelong training for those unable
to be integrated into school; support for parents
and caregivers; and sensitisation training for sup-
port personnel. The Ministry of the People and
Social Development will be responsible for the
development and management of the centre.
Minister of the People Christine Newallo-
Hosein also announced that Cabinet had
given approval for the ratification of the UN
convention on people with Disabilities.
The UN adopted a draft resolution,
entitled the UN Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilites in 2006. Although
T&T signed the convention it had not ratified
it. Ratification of the convention means that
the State agrees to be bound by the articles
of the treaty.
It would impose several obligations on the
State, including adopting all appropriate
legislation, including revision of existing
legislation, administrative and other
The State would also be required to take
all measures to eliminate discrimination
against people with disabilities.
The national policy on persons with
disabilities focuses on the full inclusion of
people with disabilities living in T&T.
The policy objectives include ensuring the
equal enjoyment of all human rights by
people with disabilities, ensuring equality of
opportunities for people with disabilities and
creating a social, economic and political
environment favouring the integration of
children, youth and adults with disabilities.
The policy is also aimed at eliminating
discrimination against people with
EMA, developer in talks over
Chaguanas land development
The certificate of environmental clearance is a
piece of legalisation generated from the
Environmental Management Chapter 35:05.
The "rules" guides the assessment of small and
large-scale development which may have both
positive and negative environmental effects.
Chapter 35:05 covers the protection of natural
resources, pollution, hazard materials, substances,
air and noise pollution, water pollution, wastes,
hazardous substances and spills.
kind of things like banks and businesses coming
here. The only problem the EMA complain about
He later pointed to a water truck passing by
which filtered water on the ground.
"Is real years I working and I work on real devel-
opments on the port and other places," he said.
The developer was served a notice on Wednesday
for unauthorised works on two stretches of land
in Chaguanas and Oropouche.
On Wednesday, EMA officials conducted several
site visits to make sure there were no breaches in
regulations. However, a media release said a notice
of violation was served once an infraction against
the Environmental Management Authority (EMA)
Act, Chapter 35:05, was identified.
"The violator has since responded to the EMA s
notice and is willing to meet with the authority to
resolve this matter," the release added.
The EMA said: "Any development works requiring
approvals will be carefully scrutinised and violators
must come into compliance in accordance with
our environmental laws. "This matter will be thor-
oughly investigated and breaches to the EMA Act
will result in the appropriate course of action being
Officials at the EMA s communications depart-
ment said the matter was a "sensitive and legal
matter" and did not wish to disclose any other
information. Attempts to contact attorney Roopchan
Chadeesingh proved futile. Endeavour Holdings
Limited, owners of property at Price Plaza, said
they were not responsible for that parcel of land.
However, official at Endeavour Holdings Limited
said Naipaul s Extra Foods were the owners of the
property. Officials at Naipaul s Extra did not wish
to answer when asked if they were owners of the
property and claimed there were no one available
Work continues on land along Endeavour Road, Chaguanas, following an EMA order for work to cease. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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