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UWI continues discussion on Social Change
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST
INDIES, ST AUGUSTINE CAMPUS 3 rd
Biennial Department of Behavioural Sci-
ences Postgraduate Conference: An inter-
disciplinary conference for faculty and
students Wednesday & Thursday, March
22-23, 2017, Learning Resource Centre
(LRC), The University of the West Indies,
St Augustine CALL FOR PAPERS
The Importance of Interdisciplinary Social
Science research in the Caribbean: Allevi-
ating Inequalities/Integrating Approaches
Social Science research in the Caribbean
provides a deep understanding of the com-
plexities of the region.
While this research continues to be fun-
damental in resolving the development chal-
lenges we face in the Caribbean, research-
ers in the field need to establish new ways
of collaborating, measuring their impact and
continuously promoting collective advocacy.
The Department of Behavioural Scienc-
es (DOBS) at The University of the West
Indies (UWI.), St. Augustine Campus, is
pleased to invite faculty members and stu-
dents from campuses across the region and
international universities, governmental
ministries, private sector companies, stake-
holders and the general public, to join us in
an academic conference titled "The Impor-
tance of Social Sciences research in the
Caribbean: Alleviating Inequalities/Integrat-
The DOBS's conference 2017 endeavors
to provide new theorization, perspectives
and state-of-the art methodologies in
addressing of social issues across the
English-speaking Caribbean so as to promote
the reorientation of social sciences for devel-
opment and individual well-being.
Alongside the main spaces of presentation,
professional development and participation
for Postgraduate students, at this 3rd Bien-
nial Conference we are also inviting and
hoping to attract full-fledged academics to
also participate and present. Their addition
we believe will enhance the professional
conference experience for all.
The DOBS-2017 Postgraduate/Doctoral
Symposium 2 provides a forum for early
and late-stage PhD students as well as other
postgraduates to present their research and
get feedback and advice.
Proposals must designate the submission
category and include your name, Universi-
ty, whether you are a student or faculty
member, title of the presentation, and a
150-200 word abstract.
Student papers will be eligible for prizes
awarded by the DOBS. To be considered for
the prizes, students must submit their fin-
ished work by March 28, 2016.
Important dates Conference date: March
Call for papers deadline: (Extended) Feb-
ruary 06, 2017.
Call for papers decision: by February 18,
2017. For further information, or to submit
a proposal, please email: dbsconference@
sta.uwi.edu or contact Dr. Wendell C. Wal-
lace (Wendell.Wallace@sta.uwi.edu), Dr.
Christine Descartes (Christine.Descartes@
sta.uwi.edu) or Dr. Dylan Kerrigan (Dylan.
Kerrigan@sta.uwi.edu). The adult/faculty
registration fee is 175 TTD and the student
rate is 70 TTD. There is no registration fee
for students from all campuses at The Uni-
versity of the West Indies. Free parking will
be available at the Learning Resource Cen-
tre carpark for the duration of the Confer-
1. Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor John
Agard, The University of the West Indies,
2. Mr. Stephen Williams, Commissioner
of Police (Ag.) of the Trinidad and Tobago
Conference registration is available at
Tobago Bills being Processed in Parliament
Debate on two bills- the land title reg-
ularisation and the Tobago Autonomy Bill-
will take place soon.
This assurance from Chief Secretary-
Tobago House of Assembly, Kelvin Charles
at last week's Cabinet meeting held at the
Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort.
"It is working its way through the Cab-
inet and the Attorney General did indicate
there are a couple of issues that we need
to iron out to ensure that those matters are
discussed, and concerns arrived at so that
the bill can be sent to Parliament."
He said the process should be concluded
by the end of the month.
He said the THA and central government
have agreed to be in constant contact so
that concerns are addressed and the bills
taken to Parliament "by month's end"
In the case of the land title Bill, he said
all lands will have to be registered.
"We have a situation where land titles
have been problematic and what this piece
of legislation is going to do is to ensure that
there is the compulsory registration of land
titles in Tobago."
He added: "What is being said very force-
fully is that the bill is seeking to place in
the hands of the state land title registration."
He also spoke about the benefit of the
legislation to Tobagonians.
"The implication of that for persons in
Tobago is that the cost of a person going
through the process of registration to get
his or her title that cost will now be borne
by the state."
"Now that the state has responsibility for
compulsory deed title registration... the
issue of length of time is also going to be
to the benefit of persons in Tobago, as the
processing time will now be greatly reduced,"
the Chief Secretary added.
The regularisation of land titles in Toba-
go is a long-standing issue, which began in
2010, under the Peoples Partnership Gov-
The Agriculture Ministry led the ratio-
nalisation process. This was being done
through the enactment of the Land Adju-
dication Act No 14 of 2000; Land Tribunal
Act No 15 of 2000; the Registration to Title
of Land Act No 16 of 2000 and other rel-
Two New Vessels for
Central government is in search of a new
cargo vessel and custom-made ferry to
service the inter-island route.
Describing the two interisland ferries as
"aged" Chief Secretary of the Tobago House
of Assembly Kelvin Charles said the newly
appointed Port Authority of Trinidad and
Tobago board will move swiftly to address
the problems with sea travel in the shortest
A new board was appointed last Tuesday
following the resignation of the old board
led by Christine Sahadeo last Sunday night.
"It is a priority issue for the new board
of the Port Authority and that is why we
are taking the position that we are going to
try and procure one as quickly as possible
that is already out there that we can source.
At the same time, we will put in our order
to have one that is custom built," he said.
The Chief Secretary made the announce-
ment while speaking at a post-Cabinet media
briefing last week, at the Magdalena Grand
Beach and Golf Resort.
Transport officials were under constant
public pressure as both the T&T Spirit and
the T&T Express have been plagued by
technical difficulties since early 2016.
In February of last year, passengers were
forced to endure extended sailing times as
the T&T Express was operating on three
of its four engines. More recently images
of a heavy stream of black smoke emerging
from the T&T Spirit, on its was back to
Trinidad, were circulated via social media
suggesting that the vessel was suffering a
similar fate like the T&T Spirit.
According to passengers, the technical
Up to Friday afternoon, one passenger
expressed disgust with the prevailing situ-
"The boat left Trinidad at 4:00 pm but
when we on coming over the boat shut
down for about twenty minutes and we
were floating in a backwards motion. They
made an announcement saying that there
was a problem with the engine and they
fixed it. We never got to Tobago until about
Chief secretary Charles has promised
that passengers would soon get relief as a
vessel with the country's specific needs will
"The new fast ferry is to be custom built,
and this can take some two to three years.
It's going to take into consideration factors
such as intended use, population size and
demands and the water conditions of the
Charles also reported that Cabinet has
agreed to the acquisition of a cargo ferry to
replace the Superfast Galicia, which is cur-
rently on a month-by-month contract. The
vessel will be pulled from the route later
this year- May .
"I'm sure tenders are about to go out on
the acquisition of the cargo ferry to replace
The Superfast Galicia has been servicing
the inter-island route since 2014, at a cost
of $7.4 million USD annually. The ship,
which is originally from Gibraltar, is 13 years
old. It can transport up to 112 passengers,
along with 110 trailers and 60 cars.
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