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THA to appeal
The Tobago House of Assembly, (THA) says it
will appeal Justice Nadia Kangaloo s ruling on the
National Reforestation and Watershed Rehabili-
tation on the island.
The ruling was made last week Wednesday in
favour of the Ministry of the Environment and
The THA said its rights were infringed by the
ministry, which terminated the services of com-
munity groups on the island---contracted to carry
out the reforestation in areas like Argyle, Speyside
and Belle Garden under the Division of Agriculture.
The THA said the move was done in favour of the
ministry s officials.
Chief secretary Orville London said on Friday
there were at least four or five areas where the judge
erred in law.
Senior THA legal counsel Alvin Pascall said the
assembly wanted to clarify the powers of the Cabinet
in relation to the Assembly as stated in the Fifth
Schedule of the THA Act No. 40 of 1996. He added
that THA attorneys have concluded that there were
substantial errors in the judgement. Pascal said an
Appeal Court ruling would be more acceptable
because it would include the consensus of three
judges, as opposed to one in the High Court.
London said: "Even from a common sense per-
spective, and even from a perspective of setting up
the Tobago House of Assembly, one cannot accept
that (granting veto power to the Ministry over the
THA) was the intention of the draftsmen or the
intent of the lawmakers at that point in time.
According to London, the ruling highlights the
need to bring satisfactory closure to the issue of
Tobago s self-government once and for all.
Tobago, he stated, would always be susceptible
to the machinations of the Central Government if
the law and the constitution were not organised to
protect the island.
Ag Pres extends
Acting President Raziah Ahmed yesterday
called on the country to join together to wish the
Muslim community a successful sojourn during
the month of Ramadan.
In a brief statement, Ahmed said T&T was for-
tunate to have in its communities the benefit of
many religions and many cultures, that had weaved
over the several decades, a rich tapestry of cama-
raderie and togetherness.
She said yesterday marked a very auspicious
occasion for Muslim brothers and sisters who would
be seeking out the crescent moon in the western
The sighting of the moon marks the start of the
Holy Month of Ramadan---the month of fasting.
Ahmed said the muslim fast was a personal quest
to achieve nearness to God, Allah.
She said: "It spans an entire month and is marked
by abstinence from food in the daylight, special
congregational prayer at night, and the sharing of
meals when the sun sets.
"During this month, individuals strive for mercy,
forgiveness and freedom from the fire of Hell.
"Blessed as we are in this plural society, let us
join together to wish the Muslim community a
successful sojourn. May we as a nation benefit
from the love, forgiveness and fellowship that
abounds during this holy period."
Central to host
A senior government official is expected to
address past and present workers from the agri-
cultural sector at the first official Labour Day cel-
ebration in Central Trinidad on Friday.
Other government officials are expected to attend
the event which is being organised by the All Trinidad
General Workers Trade Union (ATGWTU).
As to why the union decided to stay away from
Labour Day celebrations in Fyzabad for the first
time, ATGWTU president general Nirvan Maharaj
said, "The ATGWTU decided to celebrate Labour
Day in Central Trinidad to highlight to the national
community that those who laboured in the plantation
fields and those involved, at present, in all aspects
of the agricultural sector, including livestock rearing
and fishing, are also working-class people who labour
and make a vital contribution
to the society.
"There is a perception
that only energy and fac-
tory employees and public ser-
vants are workers."
Maharaj said it was former sugar workers who set
the pace for the industrial strikes of 1937.
"In 1934, 15,000 sugar workers downed tools
demanding better working conditions and wages."
He said former trade union leader, Adrian Cola
Rienzi, would be honoured at the celebrations.
"Little mention is made of the fact that Rienzi
formed both the Oilfields Workers Trade Union and
the All Trinidad Sugar and General Workers Trade
Union. He was president general of both unions."
Maharaj said the union did not believe Labour
Day should only be about "bashing and ranting"
and the day s activities in Central would include a
march, meeting and cultural programme.
The Labour Day march will begin at 10 am at the
Brechin Castle roundabout, a former sugar estate
site, and continue through Couva, ending at the
union s headquarters at Rienzi Complex.
Two days after being
knocked down by a Public
Transport Service Corporation
(PTSC) bus, Erin labourer Ancil
John remained warded in a critical
condition at the San Fernando
Police said bus driver Christopher
Boxie reported he was driving along
SS Erin Road, Erin, around 11.58 am
Monday when he saw a cyclist riding
in the opposite direction near Ramdass
Boxie, of Palmyra Village, San Fernando,
said when he realised John was heading
towards the bus, he steered off the road
to avoid a collision but still came into
contact with him.
John, 31, of Pepper Village was
thrown off the bicycle and later
taken to the Siparia District Health
Facility by the Emergency Health
He was later transferred to the San Fernando
Hospital where he is being treated in the Intensive
Care Unit. ---Kevon Felmine
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