Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 22nd 2017 Contents A14 news
Friday, September 22, 2017
Caricom Secretariat, Georgetown,
Guyana---The Caribbean Community
(Caricom) has joined the international
community in mourning the tragic loss
of life wrought by the September 19
earthquake in Mexico City.
Caricom Secretary-General, Ambas-
sador Irwin LaRocque on Wednesday
despatched a message of condolence
to the government and people of Mex-
ico, expressing his anguish with the
widespread destruction and continuing
This tragedy was unfortunate, espe-
cially when Mexico was still recovering
from the earthquake of September 7,
"The Caribbean Community conveys
its heartfelt condolences to the families
of those who have lost lives and to the
families of the missing. The Community
also sympathises with those displaced
by the damage caused by the earth-
quake and hopes that critical infrastruc-
ture will be restored in swift time.
"Caricom joins the international com-
munity in expressing its solidarity with
the Government and People of Mexico
in this time of national distress and af-
irms its hope and con idence that the
resilient People of Mexico will recover
and rebuild in the shortest time," he
"Come forward and help," THA Chief
Secretary Kelvin Charles said yesterday
as he urged Tobagonians to give to their
Caribbean brothers and sisters.
"Many of our Caribbean neighbours
have been affected by the passage of
Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the
Turks and Caicos, the British Virgin Is-
lands have all been impacted," he said.
"Persons have lost their loved ones,
their homes, their livelihood, and in
some cases, all of their possessions. We
need to come forward and assist in pro-
viding some of the basic necessities as
the recovery efforts continue."
Charles said it was important that Car-
ibbean people came together "to deliver
some level of comfort to those who have
been adversely affected."
The THA is spearheading the collec-
tion of supplies at the TEMA Emergency
Operations Centre at Fair ield Complex
and the Tobago Disaster Relief Ware-
house at Signal Hill, next to the army
base. The THA has also been working
with the Of ice of Disaster Preparedness
in Trinidad and the Caribbean Disas-
ter Emergency Management Agency to
"We will also be sending TEMA of-
icers along with the national team to
assist with operations, and to assess the
damage and what further supplies are
needed," Charles said.
Trinidad-born gay activist Jason Jones, who has
iled a landmark legal challenge in the High Court
calling for buggery to be struck out of the T&T
Constitution, is appealing for support from LGBT
communities around the world as he expects a
group of Evangelical Christians to introduce evi-
dence in the case.
Writing on the online website Gay Star News,
Jones said it is possible to be jailed for life just for
having consensual gay sex in T&T and his legal
challenge, is one of only four such cases world-
"But because I am doing it completely inde-
pendently with no sponsorship or backing of any
organization, I need the world to pay attention to
the case," he said.
Adding that he was only able to mount the legal
challenge because of his privileges as "a light skin
color, upper middle class, educated at prestigious
colleges", Jones stated: "I feel literally hard-wired
for such an enormous task.
"With my father's Black Trinidadian heritage
and my Mother's white English East End London
background, I'm bi-racial. And hold dual citizen-
ship of Trinidad and Tobago and Great Britain---I
refer to myself as Tringlish."
He said he felt equally proud and equally
ashamed of both countries to which he owes his
heritage because the UK is so advanced in the pro-
tection of human rights and T&T is melting pot of
races and religions but there is racism in the UK
and homophobia in T&T.
"Because I fall within both minority groups,
I am left living in a no man's land, drifting
around mid-Atlantic. I watch both sides of
this great divide attack each other and
doing my best to address both issues."
He wrote: "Trinidad and Tobago's
LGBTI community needs all of us now. I
am calling on the global LGBTI commu-
nity to come together as one voice now
and stand with this ight."
Jones hosted the London launch of his
challenge for the human rights of LGBT
people in T&T yesterday.
Links Archive September 21st 2017 September 23rd 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page