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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, August 20, 2013
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
In the Estate of Clement
Nelson Bernard Kernahan of
43 Murray Street, Woodbrook,
Port of Spain, Trinidad, Retired
NOTICE is hereby given that
creditors and other persons hav-
ing claims against, or an interest
in the Estate of the above named
deceased should give notice in
writing to Harold Pulwarty of
232 Beaucarro Road, Freeport,
Trinidad, the Legal Personal
Representative of the estate of
the above named deceased to
whom a Grant of Letters of
Administration was issued by the
High Court of Justice not later
than the 10th day of October,
2013 after which date the said
Harold Pulwarty intends to dis-
tribute the Estate of the
deceased among the parties
entitled thereto having regard
only to the claims of which notice
has been received by the said
Dated this 15th day of August, 2013.
Legal Personal Representative of
the estate of the above named
deceased to whom a Grant of
Letters of Administration was
issued by the High Court of
It was with delight I read yesterday
morning in the Jamaica Observer
that an international meeting con-
cluded last week in Montevideo,
Uruguay, had adopted a consensus on
sexual and reproductive rights for people
of Latin America and the Caribbean.
According to the UNECLAC Web site,
T&T was represented at the meeting by
Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Minister of
Planning and the Economy. T&T was
one of the 38 countries participating in
the meeting, officially titled the First
Session of the Regional Conference on
Population and Development in Latin
America and the Caribbean; the coun-
tries agreed on a document, the Monte-
video Consensus on Population and
The Observer article stated: "The third
priority area relates to universal access to
sexual and reproductive health services.
They agreed to promote policies to
ensure that people can exercise their sex-
ual rights and make decisions in a free
and responsible way, with respect for
their sexual orientation, without coercion,
discrimination or violence. Countries also
commit to reviewing legislation, stan-
dards and practices that restrict access to
reproductive health services and ensuring
that access to these is universal.
"Similarly, they agreed to ensure that
there are safe and high-quality abortion
services for women with unwanted
pregnancies, in cases where abortion is
legal, as well as calling on states to
advance towards amending laws and
public policies on abortion to protect
the lives and health of women and ado-
My heart sang to read these words.
I took a look at the source document
and was keenly interested in the word-
ing of some of the clauses. For example,
in the preamble, the consensus says,
"Recognising that, notwithstanding the
significant advances achieved in the
region in promoting, protecting and
guaranteeing human rights over the past
20 years, these advances have not
reached the entire population and that...
many people still live in extreme poverty
and face inequalities as a result of his-
torically entrenched patterns and new
forms of discrimination, and, as such,
are unable to exercise their rights fully."
It also states that it was drafted
"keeping in mind resolution 2012/1
adopted in April 2012 by the United
Nations Commission on Population and
Development at its 45th session and the
Bali Declaration adopted in December
2012 by the Global Youth Forum, in
which governments are urged to protect
the human rights of adolescents and
youth to enable them to take control of
their sexual and reproductive health and
decide freely and responsibly on such
matters, free from coercion, discrimina-
tion and violence and to provide them
with comprehensive education on sexu-
ality, human rights and gender equality."
The consensus also reaffirms "that the
promotion and protection of sexual
rights and reproductive rights are essen-
tial for the achievement of social justice
and the national, regional and global
commitments to the three pillars of sus-
tainable development: social, economic
Bearing these things in mind, I read
on with excitement. Could it be that our
government had finally assented to the
protection of the human rights of our
LGBT population? That it had finally
agreed flapping gums about sexual and
reproductive health education was not
going to positively affect youth? That it
would actually begin to implement in a
concerted and universal way age-appro-
priate sexual and reproductive health
education for young people?
I could hardly dare think that our
government, in the person of Dr
Tewarie, had agreed to the revision of
our confusing and archaic abortion laws,
in line with provision 42 of the consen-
sus. That provision, under the category
Universal Access to Sexual and Repro-
ductive Health Services, is prefaced by a
statement expressing concern "at the
high rates of maternal mortality, due
largely to difficulties in obtaining access
to proper sexual health and reproductive
health services or to unsafe abortions,
and aware that some experiences in the
region have demonstrated that the
penalisation of abortion leads to higher
rates of maternal mortality and morbidi-
ty and does not reduce the number of
abortions, and that this holds the region
back in its efforts to fulfil the Millenni-
um Development Goals."
Provision 42 agrees that states would
"ensure, in those cases where abortion
is legal or decriminalised under the rele-
vant national legislation, the availability
of safe, good-quality abortion services
for women with unwanted and unac-
cepted pregnancies, and urge states to
consider amending their laws, regula-
tions, strategies and public policies
relating to the voluntary termination of
pregnancy in order to protect the lives
and health of women and adolescent
girls, to improve their quality of life and
to reduce the number of abortions."
(Continues next week)
I am making an impassioned plea to Jehue and by
extension his coach, Dr Hypolite.
When you decide to come back home do so with-
out announcing the date and time.
Come home quietly. Let them plan whatever they
want, just slip in.
That is the measure to adopt in order to avoid
flag-waving and pan music and the airport wining
that will be waiting in hordes to greet you.
After getting through that first hurdle, comes the
second one, that is, the expected prizegiving.
They will want to give you ham, lamb and jam.
Of course you cannot refuse it but find excuses
not to go. You could be feeling under the weather, or
you could be going to a family gathering, anything,
but do not go.
Ask your mother ("Dip your neck, son"---bless her)
to represent you at all these functions designed
mainly to project first themselves and then you.
That way you will avoid the prospect of losing
your focus, which is most likely towards Olympic
I am begging you please, pretty please, stay clear
of the drama.
See where our recent successes are and learn.
Please help him, Dr Hypolite.
Our Prime Minister and Dr Rowley met and dis-
cussed the state of criminal activity in the country
and are scheduled to meet again in the near future.
The meetings between our leaders in efforts to
find solutions to the situations throughout the coun-
try are progressive, laudable, and long overdue.
Parliament will eventually make the final decisions
after much civil debate and sober deliberations in the
It is time to stop the blame game and continuous
political harangue at every opportunity.
I know that I speak for many Trinbagonians when I
say the results matter.
The fact that those results will be collaborative
augurs very well for the future.
WILL T&T TAKE ACTION
ON SEX ED, ABORTION?
LISA ALLEN AGOSTINI
It's Your Write
Please return home
Discussions between PM,
Rowley will benefit T&T
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