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at HIV/Aids workshop:
Educate people to
Although emerging statistics point to the fact that the face of
HIV/Aids in T&T is young and female, senior officials believe
the only way to truly stem the spread of the virus was to continue
to educate people with the hope of transforming behaviour and
impacting cultural norms and traditions.
Delivering the feature address during yesterday's HIV/Aids Symposium,
hosted by the HIV Coordinating Unit of the Ministry of Social Develop-
ment and Family Services at the Port-of-Spain City Hall, the permanent
secretary, Joy Persad-Myers, urged employees present to
be bold in their stance against HIV/Aids.
Acknowledging that females between the ages of 18 to
45 years now dominated the workforce, Persad-Myers
said this represented 60 per cent of workers.
She said while women continued to work on the front
line at all ministries their personal, social and professional
lives were impacted by the spread of the virus as well as
other issues relating to HIV/Aids.
Persad-Myers said alarming statistics for T&T had
been highlighted in the 2016 Global Aids Response
Progress Report which claimed that 2014, most new
cases of HIV infections estimated to be around 64
per cent, had been concentrated among persons 15 to
49 years of age.
With females accounting for 60 per cent of all new
infections among adolescents aged 15 to 19, Persad-Myers
said just over 50 per cent had occurred among females
aged 20 to 24, in 2014.
Urging the workers present to empower themselves in
an attempt to transform the lives of the vulnerable women
they serve daily, Persad-Myers expressed disappointment that
while some women enjoyed equal opportunity and rights, there
were still cultural norms that continued to marginalise women.
She said many women still had no control over issues
relating to their body such as if and when they
wished to engage in sex and if they wanted to
Adding that when they attempted to exert
control over their bodies, the situation some-
times ended in violence - Persad-Myers said
women were also routinely targeted by persons
seeking to intimidate and harass them both on
social media and in real life.
In the face of persistent female poverty,
Persad-Myers said, poorer women were more
inhibited from accessing information about
contraception and HIV/Aids, but as she en-
couraged the workers to empower each other
and become the change they wished to see in
society, she reminded them that a conscious
effort needed to be made to condemn discrimi-
nation and stigmatisation against people living
Joy Persad-Myers, Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Social Development and Family Services
during yesterday's HIV/Aids symposium at City Hall,
Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
MAYARO MURDER TRIAL
No indication if
accused will testify
Whether double murder accused Anand Ba-
boolal will give evidence will be revealed next
Monday when the trial resumes in the San
Fernando High Court.
Baboolal, 43, went on trial before Justice Althea
Alexis-Windsor two weeks ago for the murders of
Ria Ramlochan, 26, and her son, Ishmael Tim-
othy Ragbir who were both stabbed to death
12 years ago.
Last week Thursday, State attorneys Shabaa-
na Shah and Chantal Hospedales closed the
case after calling its last and final witness,
Justice of the Peace Sankar Mahabir Singh.
During the course of the trial, the prose-
cution presented seven formal admissions,
admitted exhibits, including two knives, and
showed the jury photos of the crime scene.
The baby's decomposing body was fished out of
the Mafeking river in Mayaro on Saturday, August 13,
20o5 while his mother's decomposing body was found
in a latrine pit near their Solomon Street, Pierreville,
The State is alleging that Baboolal was in a common
law relationship with Ragbir and on Wednesday August
10, 2005 he stabbed her to death while her baby was
next to her on her bed.
The jury heard that Baboolal gave police a confession
statement admitting that he stabbed the mother by mis-
take during a struggle. Baboolal, however, in claiming that
the police fabricated the statement and forced him to sign it.
Baboolal, who could not read or write at the time, is claim-
ing that the police put a gun to his head and threatened to kill
him and his brother.
He is being representing by attorneys Rekha Ramjit and
Gene Ramjohn. WASA
The Water and Sewerage Author-
ity (WASA) is advising customers
in parts of Diego Martin who are ex-
periencing low pressures or at times
no water, that this is due to mechani-
cal problems currently affecting three
major wells at the Four Roads, River
Estate and Diamond Vale stations re-
In a statement yesterday, the authority
said emergency repairs to Four Roads Well
8 is expected to be completed Today. It said
due to the nature and extent of the reme-
dial works required, repairs to River Es-
tate Well #11 and Diamond Vale Well
16 are to be completed by April 7.
AFFECTED AREAS INCLUDE
Winnie Mohammed Road
North Post Road
St Lucien Road
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