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Over the last ten years T&T s population has
grown by only seven per cent and there is an ageing
"population bulge" problem, Minister of Planning
and Sustainable Development Dr Bhoe Tewarie
"T&T has a population of 1.3 million and over the
last ten years, the population has grown by only
70,000," he said.
"This means there are a lot of people over the age
of 40. We've got a population bulge problem."
He said the youth population is smaller than ideal
to drive the country's development strategy.
Tewarie made the point during his address to par-
ticipants at a national consultation on the United
Nations' 2015 Development Agenda organised by the
UN and his ministry at Hilton Trinidad and Con-
ference Centre in Port-of-Spain yesterday.
He was speaking on the topic titled Managed
Migration which was identified as an area of discussion
at the consultation.
Questioned on managed migration by the media
The prosecution s case against a man accused
of murdering Michelle Coudray-Greaves, the
daughter of Gender Minister Marlene Coudray,
has hit a snag because a medical expert has
refused to hand over his forensic report because
he has not been paid.
As a result, the trial against murder accused Ivan
Taylor could not begin at the Montego Bay Resident
In a story carried by the Jamaican Gleaner last
week, reporter Christopher Thomas reported that
the high-profile case was called at the Montego
Bay court last Tuesday. However, clerk of the court
Natalie Malcolm told presiding magistrate Carolyn
Tai the orthodontist who analysed Coudray-
Greaves' dental records had refused to hand over
the forensic report because he had not been paid.
Thomas said Tai asked whether the Office of
the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had con-
tacted the orthodontist to get the forensic report,
but Malcom said no response had been forthcoming.
She said the orthodontist was not in the country
and had not been for some time, the Gleaner report-
ed. The court had requested the records on February
12.Thomas also reported that "the case was also
hampered by the absence of Taylor's lawyer, Sta-
cyann Young. Fellow attorney-at-law Lavern Walters
stood in on Young's behalf but Taylor said he came
to court twice but did not see his lawyer."
Taylor, who worked as an on-call driver for
Coudray-Greaves and is believed to be one of the
last people who saw her on June 1, 2012, has been
charged with her murder. Coudray-Greaves was
discovered dead on June 11, ten days after she went
afterwards, he said: "We don't want a
situation in which anybody who wants
to come (to T&T) can just come...Our
responsibility as a Government is to
manage the migration process."
He said there was need for a pur-
poseful migration policy which would
look at, among other things, entrepre-
neurship among migrants to T&T, and
migrants should not become a burden
to the State but contribute to devel-
Tewarie said the census suggested
migration to T&T was happening in a
haphazard fashion. Managed migration,
for example, is when nurses are brought
from St Vincent or doctors from Cuba
by the Health Ministry, he said.
There has been an influx of migrants
from Guyana, China and Nigeria but
the minister said it did not matter what
country they came from.
"What matters is what contribution
they make," he said.
The well-attended consultation was
titled, The Future We Want-2015 Devel-
opment Agenda/Small Island Devel-
oping States (SIDS) Consultation.
Tewarie said the UN group in T&T
recently approached his ministry to ask
it to partner with the group to host the
"This was so we can lend our voice
to the global debate on the post-2015
development agenda and for the prepa-
ration of the national report on SIDS.
Tewarie, second from
right, chats with
students from, left,
Danielle Hector and
Shanella Hazzard at
T&T shows 7% population
growth in last ten years
Other areas identified for
discussion at the consultation
• poverty eradication and gender
• food security
Tewarie said since T&T signed the
UN Declaration in 2000, successive
governments had been diligently
pursuing the UN's Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs). The
MDGs include poverty reduction,
education, gender and
environmental sustainability and
T&T is well poised to achieve most
of the targets by 2015, he said.
Proper healthcare remains a
serious concern, however, especially
maternal and child mortality.
The minister said T&T, in 2012,
ranked 67th out of 186 countries on
the Human Development Index and
was classed as a country with high
The Caribbean Human
Development Report 2012 also said
T&T was one of three countries
that experienced rapid human
development between 2005 and
Remove those batteries from items in your lug-
CAL passengers have been advised to do so after
Thursday's incident in which CAL's flight 483 was
held over for searches at Miami International Airport
because of suspicious "ticking" coming from a
piece of luggage being loaded onto the plane.
CAL chairman Rabindra Moonan, who confirmed
the incident on Thursday night, said he had no
further information save that the flight did arrive
in T&T that night and that operations were back
CAL communications officer Clint Williams said
the 483 flight arrived around midnight on Thursday
after the incident and had only made one stop at
Jamaica to change crews after the delay in Miami
for the searches. Williams said the ticking in the
luggage had been noticed when the plane was being
loaded around 3.05 pm on Thursday. He said fol-
lowing intense sweeps by US aviation and airport
authorities, no explosive device was found.
"However, the ticking turned out to belong to
a tuning device for musical instruments," Williams
"But these things, like a device being inadvertently
turned on, can happen, so passengers should con-
sider removing batteries from electronic devices
when packing to prevent these types of situation
from arising," he added. (GA)
in Coudray case
out of luggage
CAL to passengers:
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