Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 28th 2013 Contents MINISTER MEETS MS MILLER
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Minister of Gender, Youth and Child
Development Clifton de Coteau, who
collapsed two days ago after a mild
stroke, remains warded at a private
nursing home in stable condition.
De Coteau has been warded at the
Surgi-Med Clinic on Penitence Street,
San Fernando, since Wednesday after
suffering a cerebellar bleed. A sign post-
ed on the door of the private hospital
suite yesterday read "No reporters
A source at the clinic said de Coteau
experienced bouts of dizziness after an
artery leading to the brain became
"He is showing fast improvement,
but he will be kept here for a while to
rest," the source said.
Asked whether the stroke had affect-
ed de Coteau s mobility or speech, the
source responded: "He will recuperate
once he gets physiotherapy. His con-
dition has improved and he is out of
Head of Surgi-Med Dr Anirudh
Mahabir yesterday said De Coteau s
health status could not be divulged and
patients medical records must be kept
Medical director of the San Fernando
General Hospital, Dr Anand Chatoor-
goon, said de Coteau was taken to the
hospital to have Magnetic Resonance
Imaging (MRI) done, but was not a
patient of the SFGH.
The T&T Guardian understands that
the MRI machine at Surgi-Med was
not working so de Coteau had to be
taken to the SFGH. De Coteau repre-
sents the constituency of
In a text message yesterday, Health
Minister Dr Fuad Khan also confirmed
that de Coteau had been hospitalised
and said he should be ready to return
to work in two or three weeks.
"His balance is affected and all other
systems are normal. He has a cerebellar
bleed," Khan said.
He said de Coteau was an excellent
representative who has been instru-
mental in lifting the people of T&T.
Leader of government business, Dr
Roodal Moonilal, said yesterday he had
been in touch with de Coteau.
"He is in good spirits. We wish him
a speedy recovery and I hope he is back
on his feet very soon and with us in
the trenches," Moonilal said.
The Congress of the People
(COP) will be contesting the
Tunapuna-Piarco Regional Cor-
poration as well as four others
in the October 21 local govern-
ment polls, COP chairman Car-
olyn Seepersad-Bachan has said.
The allotment for the poll was
finalised on Thursday night after
negotiations with the United
National Congress (UNC).
The coalition partners conclud-
ed protracted negotiations just
ahead of Monday s nomination
Some 136 corporation seats are
The COP, which initially sought
to contest all seats in half of the
14 corporations, has also agreed
to contest San Fernando, Arima,
Port-of-Spain and Diego Martin
as well as Tunapuna-Piarco, the
latter now held by the UNC.
The Tunapuna corporation was
the bone of contention in the
negotiations, with the COP seek-
ing to contest the majority of seats
there and the UNC seeking a 50-
COP leader Prakash Ramadhar
said while the process took long,
all sides came to an amicable set-
The UNC will contest Sangre
Grande as well as other corpora-
tions that party recently con-
trolled, including Siparia, Penal-
Debe, Couva, Princes Town,
Chaguanas and San Juan.
The National Joint Action
Committee (NJAC) will contest
Point Fortin, it is understood.
Since the COP will be fighting
the Tunapuna-Piarco corporation,
current corporation head Khadijah
Ameen said she was uncertain if
she would contest.
The PP will formally present
its candidates at a rally in San
Fernando on Monday night.
The Opposition People s
National Movement (PNM) will
announce its candidates at a rally
at Woodford Square, Port-of-
Spain, tomorrow from 1 pm. This
will be preceded tomorrow morn-
ing by a special meeting at Balisier
House where candidates will be
The PNM is seeking to defend
its minority shareholding in cor-
porations, which was reduced in
the 2010 local government elec-
tions---particularly the Port-of-
Spain corporation, which the
Partnership had targeted.
Independent Liberal Party (ILP)
chairman Robin Montano said
yesterday the party s 136 candi-
dates are in hand and will be pre-
sented when they launch their
campaign tomorrow in Chagua-
nas, near Medford Gas Station.
Asked if there are any surprises
among the slate, he said, "No."
ILP leader Jack Warner has tar-
geted the Tunapuna corporation,
led by Ameen, whom he defeated
in the July Chaguanas West by-
election, as well as Chaguanas
and other Partnership-held areas.
Highway Re-route Move-
ment activist Dr Wayne
Kublalsingh may possibly
spend the weekend in jail after
he was arrested for a second
time in as many days yesterday,
when he mounted another
protest to stop the Debe leg of
the San Fernando to Point
Fortin Highway from being
Up to late last evening, lawyers
were trying to secure bail for
Kublalsingh who is being
detained at the Siparia Police
Station. But police said it was
not likely he would get bail, since
he was arrested on the same
charges for which he was granted
bail on Wednesday.
Kublalsingh was granted
$10,000 own bail when he
appeared before a Siparia mag-
istrate on Wednesday on charges
of obstruction and resisting
Shortly after 2 pm yesterday,
however, Kublalsingh and other
activists broke a police barrier
at Mon Desir, where an inter-
change is to be built. They sur-
rounded the tractor hired by OAS
Construtora, which was prepar-
ing the soil for construction, and
sat on the ground to prevent the
operator from working.
There was then a stand off
among the protesters, OAS
workers and the police, who tried
to get Kublalsingh to move.
After a while police called for
backup and the activists were
removed from the site.
Among those being forcibly
removed was an unidentified
woman who cried as she told of
her struggles of own her home
which is to be demolished to
make way for the highway.
"Nobody give me nothing, and
for she (Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar) to come and
just take it away from me now,
that hard," she said.
She recalled that in 2005,
"Kamla and (Dr Roodal) Mooni-
lal hire five maxi-load of people
and gone with we to protest in
"Where is she (Persad-Bisses-
sar) today? Where is Moonilal
today?" she asked.
A defiant Kublalsingh refused
to move, maintaining, "The force
is not with the police. The force
is with the people and the people
will stop them."
Police then handcuffed him
and bodily lifted him from the
site to a waiting vehicle. He was
taken to the Fyzabad police sta-
tion and then transferred to the
Recovery in sight
for De Coteau
after collapsing from mild stroke
COP gets to fight 5 corporations
Defiant Kublalsingh arrested again
her visit to his
MORE ON DE COTEAU
De Coteau spent most of his career
in the education sector before entry
into politics in 2003.
He attended secondary school at St
Stephen's College in Princes Town and
continued to Mausica Teachers'
Training College, before rejoining his
alma mater on the teaching staff. He
also served at Barrackpore Senior
Comprehensive School. He then
became vice-principal of Princes Town
Senior Comprehensive and later a
He was the local government
representative for the electoral
district of Inverness/Princes Town
until 2010, when he was appointed
Junior Minister of Education. He later
became Minister of National Diversity
and Social Integration.
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