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"They basically told the workers here that they
are not going to allow them to move the tractors
to go onto the lands and that is their position."
Asked how they planned to stop the work,
Kublalsingh said: "It is up to the people but I believe
they have threatened to form a human chain in
front of the tractors and we will see how they
Kublalsingh repeated his call to the Government
to abide by the Armstrong report.
Moonilal warned that the HRM could be risking
contempt charges with their current activities
because the matter is before the courts.
On Friday, Justice James Aboud, presiding at the
Hall of Justice, deferred hearing of applications
made by the HRM to have the disputed leg stopped
to October 18 to allow the organisation and the
State more time to submit documents to the court.
A related lawsuit over the construction of the
$7 billion project is scheduled to be heard before
the same judge on October 28. The HRM is seeking
a conservatory order stopping construction of the
controversial section of the highway. The group is
also seeking to amend its substantive case to tender
fresh evidence, including a report from a technical
committee which examined the highway project.
Speaking during a walkabout in his constituency
to assess urgent infrastructural work, Moonilal said
the court refused to order a halt to the work, so
the HRM's protests at the work site are illegal.
He said the court refused an interim order for
injunctive relief meaning it refused to stop the con-
"I am hoping that Mr Kublalsingh and others
will obey the decision of the court," he said.
"There is a substantive matter in the court involv-
ing that. That matter continues to be heard, but
they need to have respect for the court because if
he tries to stop the highway now when the court
has ruled, I think he will be in contempt on court.
"Proceedings could be brought against him for
contempt of an order of the court so he has to be
very careful about that."
Moonilal said so far, 100,000 people have used
and benefited from the highway and it would be
unfair for other communities in the south-west
region in Trinidad to be left out.
"The Golconda to Debe leg of the highway has
opened and 100,000 people or so have passed on
that road, benefited from it and they have seen the
value of it and we just intend to continue," he said.
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In a surprise move, the Move-
ment for Social Justice (MSJ) yes-
terday revealed 12 of its candi-
dates for the October 21 local
Political leader David Abdulah
said, as he stood to address the
audience at the Assembly of Cit-
izens Empowered at Bishop Anstey
High School, East Auditorium,
Trincity, that he was unaware of
the surprise move and it had been
organised by other executive mem-
bers of the party.
He said, however, that there
would be more candidates for the
Saying that it was not really a
campaign rally but an assembly of
citizens, Abdulah said he had no
idea that it was going to occur.
He said: "I think it was impor-
tant for all of us to see who our
candidates are and we have more.
Some of whom we are going to be
screening this afternoon and final-
ising for another seat in the San
Juan Regional Corporation. And
there are others we are talking
with over the next few days... cer-
tainly by Monday 30 we plan to
have another ten candidates or
so."Candidates were revealed for
specific areas in seven of the 14
municipalities---Point Fortin, Diego
Martin, Tunapuna/Piarco, Siparia,
Chaguanas, Arima and Princes
The party's executive member
and moderator for the event, Akins
Vidale, said the party wanted to
have at least one blue area in the
election and called three candidates
for the corporation.
Several citizens attended the
MSJ initiative led by the Con-
cerned Citizens Coalition which
held a discussion on the issue of
governance and political change
Among them were Highway Re-
route Movement leader Dr Wayne
Kublalsingh and Coalition Advo-
cating for the Inclusion of Sexual
Orientation's (Caiso) Colin Robin-
son. The party's youth represen-
tative Ife Smith, lecturer at the
Institute for Gender and Devel-
opment Studies, Dr Gabrielle
Hosein, Sunity Maharaj, director
at the Lloyd Best Institute of the
West Indies and Abdulah led a
panel discussion on the issue.
Several concerns were raised
during the discussions among
them the state of education
and healthcare in the country,
the preparation necessary for
change and the status quo,
gender and equality.
The Re-route Movement invited
the members to its vigil outside
of the Office of the Prime Minister,
St Clair, next week Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday, from 10 am
Residents, as well as Abdulah,
raised the issue of the proposed
sporting complex to be constructed
by the Government at a field in
Tacarigua, near to the Eddie Hart
grounds. The residents said they
were opposed to the loss of the
green space in the area and that
many residents were not consulted
on the matter.
Abdulah also said in an effort
at creating true change, he pro-
posed continuation of the assem-
bly after the election. He said a
charter will be drafted between
the concerned citizens coalition
MSJ reveals local
A dog playfully chases after a soldier during a battle
demonstration at the T&T Defence Force Reserves 50th
Anniversary and Ceremonial Farewell to Colonel Lyle Alexander
in Chaguaramas yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
DOG OF WAR
Minister of the Environment
and Water Resources Ganga
Singh said wildlife farming will
play a major role in boosting
the local wildlife population
during the two-year morato-
rium on hunting.
He expressed confidence
about the initiative during a tour
of the Brigand Hill Animal
Rehabilitation Centre in Man-
zanilla, yesterday morning.
Singh was invited by the T&T
Zoological Society (TTZS) to tour
the 300-acre rehabilitation facil-
ity where he got a closer look
at local wildlife species, including
agouti, deer, monkeys, macaws
and wild hogs. The centre is cur-
rently being used by the T&T
Zoological Society to examine
models for commercial wildlife
"As part of the moratorium,
we intend to engage in com-
mercial wildlife farming," he said.
"This will be looked after by
the Zoological Society and fund-
ed by the Green Fund. The cen-
tre here at Brigand Hill clearly
demonstrates that it is possible
to develop wildlife farming. It
also shows the affinity between
man and wild animals.
"This is one of the reasons
why we have engaged in this
moratorium; to give these ani-
mals a chance to replicate in
their natural environment so
that they will be present for gen-
erations to come."
Singh said his ministry is tak-
ing a serious approach to the
enforcement of the two-year
moratorium on hunting and
emphasised the importance of
"In the coming weeks, we will
show the nation our latest
approach to enforcement in the
protection of wildlife," he said.
Ganga looks at wildlife farming
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