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Silly. Stupid. Ridiculous. Asinine. That's
how attorney Jagdeo Singh, who heads
Fortis Chambers, described the Govern-
ment's position on citizens' failure to fill
out the valuation return form.
Fortis Chambers and Liberty Chambers,
headed by Anand Ramlogan, are seeking to
protect citizens' interest in the court.
He told residents of Bamboo No 2 that
on pure matter of law, if a form was not
addressed to them, they could not be pros-
ecuted for failing to submit property tax
"So it is a silly, stupid, ridiculous and
asinine thing for the minister to say that
he can prosecute somebody in the criminal
court for failing to fill out a form that is
not addressed to you."
Singh told them they should not fear that
police will "come in the middle of the night
and cart you off to some police station."
He did urge them, however, to exercise
restraint and be respectful of the law.
Singh and St Augustine MP Prakash
Ramadhar addressed close to 80 residents
yesterday at a property tax meeting at the
Bamboo Government Primary School.
Singh said: "Under the Valuations of Lands
Act, the Commissioner of Valuations is the
only person in Trinidad who could ask a
citizen to supply details about your prop-
erty for valuation purposes.
"However, there is a process to do that.
It is not simply by slipping a flyer in your
mail which is not addressed to you and
asking you to supply the information.
Meanwhile, Ramadhar said it was "a dou-
ble-headed attack" on the law. He said:
"There are those working on behalf of your
interest to protect us all from the property
tax. "I feel confident that we shall and we
at SGH on
Tobago celebrates the birth of
a baby boy on Mother's day.
Khadine Keller, Roxborough,
gave birth to her first baby at
General Hospital at 6:45 am.
Minister: No maternal
mortality in 17 months
Celebrating life and the fact that there
have been no incidents of maternal mortal-
ity recorded at the Mt Hope Women's Hos-
pital (MHWH) over the past 17 months,
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has
vowed to continue the fight to ensure this
Joyous after meeting Evanna Peters, who
delivered a 6.3 pound baby girl named Moana
at 12.01 am yesterday, Deyalsingh could not
help but smile as he congratulated the
20-year-old mother and second-time dad
Deyalsingh visited the MHWH and the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital yesterday to
meet with new mothers.
Cradling Moana as he chatted with the
parents who reside in Champs Fleurs, Deyals-
ingh expressed pleasure at the positive feed-
back from the couple who spoke of the care
and attention they had received from med-
ical officials at the hospital.
The young couple had no complaints
regarding the care from doctors, nurses and
midwives who guided them throughout the
Jokingly suggesting the baby's name could
be amended to include the female moniker
"Terri," Deyalsingh was flatly rejected in his
request to "borrow" the baby after he said
his wife had given him strict instructions to
return home with one.
Cruickshank, who already has a seven-
year-old son from a previous relationship,
wiped tears from his eyes as he held his
Asked to describe her experience at the
hospital, Peters said, "Everybody has a dif-
ferent experience and mine was lovely and I
thank the staff for that. I had a very painful
labour as I started getting pains on Friday. I
was admitted last night (Saturday) but every-
body was good to us. It was a great help and
It was a similar claim by three-time
mother Mellissia Celestine, 32, at the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital who praised the
staff there for the care and treatment.
Like Peters, Celestine was also the lone
person to have delivered babies at the
respective institutions up to 2 pm yesterday.
Holding Andel Ameer who was born at
1.20 am, Celestine dismissed claims that
the level of service and care at the Port-
of-Spain Maternity Department left a lot
to be desired.
She said: "The care I got was very good.
All that is just old talk. I would recommend
this place to anyone."
Already mom to two others aged 14 and
12, Celestine, of Barataria, said she would
not be returning to the maternity depart-
ment as, "I good, this number is the final
Vowing to make this latest addition her
"top priority" as with her other children,
Celestine said she had no complaints about
the clinic staff who had provided invaluable
advice and care during the pregnancy. Ham-
pers and other gifts were also presented to
the two mothers yesterday.
Deyalsingh said while no country in the
world could boast of having a zero mater-
nal mortality rate, he wanted to ensure that,
"No mother suffers because of a lack of
policy or procedure."
He added that while there may be the
occasional case which was inevitable or
uncontrollable, maternal mortality could
not continue to occur, "due to a lack of
resources in the hospitals, lack of person-
nel, lack of policy or lack of process."
OFFER HEALTHY CHOICES
Meanwhile, Deyalsingh was not pleased
to see how many soft-drinks and juices
were being offered for sale at the two pub-
lic health institutions he visited yesterday.
Examining vending machines at the
POSGH and the MHWH, Deyalsingh said
just as he was seeking to make schools a
healthy zone, so too should hospitals.
Pointing to the drinks machine in the
lobby of the MHWH, Deyalsingh said he
was not against sugary drinks.
However, he suggested, "Instead of hav-
ing over 20 varieties, let's trim it down and
give water a better space, natural fruit juic-
es a better space, and coconut water a
The machines were packed with many
of the popular soft-drink and juice brands
dominating the "eye level" shelves, with
water being stacked on the top and bottom
The minister advocated, "If we don't do
this, we will have to build a hospital in
every community." (Sunday Guardian)
Health Minister, Terrance Deyalsingh, left, holds
baby Andel Ameer Celestine yesterday while
Andel's mother ,Mellissia Celestine looks, on
during his visit to mothers at the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital yesterday
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