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The police report on the death of
the 14-year-old boy who committed
suicide at a Children's Authority "safe
house" will be sent to Prime Minis-
ter Dr Keith Rowley shortly, says
Minister in the Office of the Prime
Minister Stuart Young.
Young made in the comment in the
Senate while replying to Opposition
queries on the boy's death.
The 14-year-old committed suicide
by hanging on June 14 while in the
care of a Children's Authority "safe
house" at Valsayn.
Young said Government was deep-
ly saddened by the boy's death. He
said the police service is doing an
official probe of the matter.
The Children's Authority is also
investigating the matter to see if "any
of their protocols have been compro-
mised." Both reports will be sent to
the PM and the Minister in the PM's
office, he said.
Young could not say if other children
at the facility had received counselling
following the boy's death.
Opposition Senator Gerald Ramdeen
raised the issue of boy's death as mat-
ter of urgent national importance for
Senate debate. He said the Children's
Authority had failed to handle its
function and protect children under
However, Senate president Christine
Kangaloo said she wasn't satisfied the
matter qualified for debate.
On other Opposition queries, Health
Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said the
malfunctioning CT scanner at the San
Fernando General Hospital was
obtained in May 2010.
But he said it was left in its origi-
nal packaging - collecting condensate,
becoming defective and losing its war-
ranty - until it was installed in 2012
by the previous Southern Regional
Health Authority (SWRHA).
The scanner has been down for
several months leading to serious
inconvenience of several patients who
need scans urgently, including cancer
Boy commits suicide at
children's 'safe house'
Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM)
leader Ancel Roget has called for a
radical overhaul of the Government,
starting with the immediate firing of
five Government ministers.
Roget, who seemed undaunted by
the tropical storm threat, overcast skies
and rainy conditions on Monday, also
announced that a Labour Day celebra-
tion will be held in streets of Port-of-
Spain in August.
The unions were resolved to follow
through with the Labour Day celebra-
tions in Fyzabad, which marked the
80th anniversary of the oilfield riots.
Thousands of workers dressed in their
respective union polos marched to the
beat of rhythm bands and tambu bam-
boo chanting traditional solidarity
It was also the first time in many
years the three union umbrellas, JTUM,
the National Trade Union Centre
(NATUC) and the Federation of Inde-
pendent Trade Unions and Non-gov-
ernmental Organisations (FITUN) were
united for the celebrations. Public Ser-
vice Association president Watson Duke
also attended the event.
Expressing his disappointment with
the Government's performance, Roget
said a radical overhaul of the Govern-
ment was not only necessary, but crit-
"In this overhaul the defective parts
must be removed, and new parts must
be installed for the proper functioning
of the engine of Government. The
country deserves it and must accept
no less," said the Oilfields Workers'
Trade Union president general.
In this regard, he called for the
removal of Finance Minister Colm
Imbert, National Security Minister
Edmund Dillon, Public Utilities Min-
ister Fitzgerald Hinds, Tourism Minis-
ter Shamfa Cudjoe and Works and
Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan.
He also criticised Sinanan for his
handling of the sea bridge issue to
Tobago. Since April 21, after the depar-
ture of the MV Super Fast Galicia,
transport of goods and passengers to
Tobago has been plagued by obstacles.
The Port Authority is seeking to replace
the Trinity Transporter barge and the
cargo vessel the Atlantic Provider, both
of which have been deemed unsuitable
for the job. The two fast ferries have
also been experiencing significant
mechanical problems, leaving passen-
gers stranded on many occasions.
Roget said the labour movement will
also be embarking on a massive mobli-
sation drive throughout the country,
which will see them heading to Toba-
go on June 30.
Roget turns heat on five ministers
OWTU's president general, Ancel Roget, addresses union members during annual May Day celebrations
at Harris Promenade, San Fernando on Monday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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