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"Doomsday for the Govern-
ment is here," warned Highway
Re-Route leader Dr Wayne
Kublalsingh who held a placard
demonstration in front Constru-
tora OAS camp at the construc-
tion site, Mon Desir intersection
Kublalsingh said the Government
has dismissed Dr James Armstrong s
report and has begun construction
of the Debe to Mon Desir leg of the
San Fernando to Point Fortin high-
way, which is being strongly
opposed by some residents.
Speaking at Delhi Road, Fyzabad,
where tractors were parked and
the land graded, Kublalsingh said
work commenced three days ago.
"They have absolutely dismissed
us, but they have made a mistake.
They have opened themselves up
to litigation which we will pursue
next week. They have opened
themselves up to the voice of T&T
and through diplomatic efforts the
voice of the PNM, the voice of
President for example, the voice
of eminent people in society for
example who attack them."
Kublalsingh said the people will
not allow tractors to work.
"The Government has made a
serious blunder here and this sig-
nals to us the end of them. This
signals doom time for the Gov-
ernment. This Government shall
be no more in a few months time."
Resident Rajoe Moonilal, 78, and
Mohan Baney, 64, said they gave
no one permission to grade down
their land on which there are sev-
eral fruit trees.
Moonilal said seven acres of her
land was graded down without her
permission and she received no
compensation. Baney, who is sickly,
is fearful because his boundary is
next to Moonilal s land. "The next
person they going to attack is me
and it have me disgusted. It have
me uneasy since yesterday."
He said last week he was
approached by representatives from
Nidco and OAS contractors who
told him he had to move. He said
that no valuation was done on his
two acres of land.
Tertiary Education Minister
Fazal Karim says there is expected
to be an increase in elderly abuse
as many countries are experienc-
ing rapidly ageing populations.
Karim, delivering the feature
address at the launch of the Davis
School of Geriatric Nursing in San-
gre Grande yesterday, urged poten-
tial caregivers to acquire the basic
principles, knowledge, skills and
attitudes required for geriatric care,
since the grey army was increas-
The school is the first to be
opened in the north eastern region.
He explained that Latin Amer-
ican and Caribbean countries have
been facing old and new challenges
in the field of health policy.
"The latter relates to changes in
demand that require new services
and treatments, while the former
have to do with the region s short-
comings in terms of equal access
to timely and quality health serv-
ices, lack of human and financial
resources and problems of artic-
ulation between the various levels
of the healthcare system and the
public and private sectors."
Data from the United Nations
proportion of older persons in the
world, Karim said, has grown from
eight per cent in 1950 to 12 per
cent in 2010.
This figure, Karim said, was
expected to reach 22 per cent by
Ten per cent of T&T s popula-
tion are over the age of 60 years,
While the elderly are subjected
to ill treatment, Karim said a 1999
survey which was commissioned
by the Ministry of Social Devel-
opment highlighted loneliness was
a major cause for concern.
He also cited abuse as an ongo-
ing problem worldwide.
"Around four to six per cent of
elderly people have experienced
some form of maltreatment at
home. Elder maltreatment can lead
to serious physical injuries and
long-term psychological conse-
quences. The incidence of abuse
towards older people is predicted
to increase as many countries are
experiencing rapidly ageing pop-
Congress of the People (COP)
Leader Prakash Ramadhar says the
party will know this weekend if they
can contest seven of the 14 regional
corporations in the October 21 local
Ramadhar said he had two meet-
ings---one on Monday and the other
on Thursday---with Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar to negotiate
how many corporations they will be
able to contest.
Ramadhar said "there was no final-
ity" following Thursday s meeting.
He said the COP had been calling
for these negotiations to be conducted
a long time ago, but for some reason
it did not go far.
The six of the seven regional corpo-
rations the COP wants to fight are
Arima, Tunapuna, Diego Martin, Port-
of-Spain, San Fernando, Princes Town.
Screening, Ramadhar said, begun "a
long time ago" with campaigning to
kick off shortly.
Ramadhar said he remained opti-
"Whatever the final negotiations
bring forth we will take guidance from
the party s membership as to how we
Asked if the COP was getting the
respect it deserves, Ramadhar said
nobody in this country gets respect.
He said we live in a disrespectful
Is he taking decisive action for the
COP and its supporters?
Ramadhar said he did not see himself
as a weak leader.
"They have no idea who I am. Weak-
ness in the eyes of many is when you
don t shout and behave like a badjohn.
To be seen as strong you have to be
scandalous and behave in a less than
dignified manner. Dignity is something
we need to see in leadership. This is
something we lack deeply."
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Row-
ley has been given the task of dealing
with the PNM senators who allowed
the Municipal Corporation s
Ammendment Act to be passed last
Wednesday, without any opposition.
Speaking to reporters at the party s
general council meeting at Balisier
House in Port-of-Spain yesterday,
chairman Franklin Khan admitted that
the PNM senators made a "lapse"
when they allowed the bill to be
passed in the Upper House.
Khan said during yesterday s meet-
ing a unanimous decision was taken
not to interrogate the senators but to
allow Rowley to deal with the issue.
Asked what sort of action Rowley
intended to take, Khan said, "Dr Rowley
didn t say if he was taking action. We
just said we will not proceed with any
interrogation of the senators and we
handed over that responsibility to Dr
Rowley as leader of the Opposition, who
in fact appointed those senators to deal
with that matter, so he can ajudicate as
he sees fit. He is considering what to
do, but we do admit it was a lapse."
Asked whether he agreed with Pres-
ident Anthony Carmona that Parlia-
ment should be convened on mornings
rather than afternoons, Khan said,
"The Parliament makes its own rule
and sets its own agenda. That is a
matter for the parliamentarians and
the House Committee to set their own
guidelines, whether they want to start
at 8 am or 10 am and whether they
or 10 pm. The activities of the Par-
liament is adjudicated solely by the
Parliament, the Speaker and members
of the House and in the case of the
Senate, the Senate president and
members of the Upper house."
He noted, however, that the bill
needed a simple majority to be
passed. Asked whether the PNM
intended to mount a campaign to
encourage public consultation about
the matter, Khan said, "We will deal
with those issues of proportional
representation when the constitu-
tional reform commission starts to
adjudicate and serious legislation
comes to Parliament to try to bring
in proportional representation as part
of the electoral process of the general
election. Government does not have
the majority to invoke proportional
representation (PR) at general elec-
He noted that the PNM is "vehe-
mently opposed to PR."
Doomsday for Govt
Karim: Expect rise in elderly abuse
Environmental activist and head of the Reroute Movement Dr Wayne Kublalsingh yesterday protest with
residents on Dhli road in Fyzabad to stop the bulldozing of agricultural lands for the Point Fortin highway.
PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
'COP will know which seats
to fight by this weekend'
Rowley to deal with
During a marathon 17-hour
sitting of the Senate, which
began last Tuesday and ended at
3.15 am on Wednesday, the
senators had vociferously
objected to the Municipal
Corporations (Amendment) Act
2013, the unprecedented
legislation which introduces a
system of proportional
representation for the selection
of aldermen. Present in the
chamber at the time were PNM
Senators Pennelope Beckles,
Terrence Deyalsingh, Shamfa
Cudjoe and Faris Al-Rawi. All
independent senators were
present, with the exception of
Ian Roach. However, when the
vote was taken, none of the
Opposition senators objected and
the bill was passed and
forwarded to President Carmona
for assent. Al Rawi later denied
that the senators were napping
when the bill was passed.
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