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Minister in the Ministry of the Peo-
ple and Social Development Vernella
Alleyne-Toppin says T&T is the third
best country in the world to be born
a woman, surpassed only by New
Zealand and Barbados.
She made these comments during
her address yesterday at a walk against
poverty held at the Queen s Park Savan-
nah, Port of Spain.
She did not cite the source for this
information, and the T&T Guardian
was unable to find any evidence sup-
porting the claim. According to the
Global Gender Gap Report 2013, T&T
ranks 36th in the world in gender equal-
ity. This is an improvement from the
position of 43rd last year, but it still
falls short of rankings from 2011 which
placed T&T in the 21st slot.
Approximately 300 students from
24 different secondary schools through-
out T&T gathered to take part in the
walk. The students were tasked with
producing posters and placards to raise
awareness of the issues surrounding
They walked around the savannah
displaying their works for the cause,
then piled into the Grand Stand to find
out who would win the competition
for the best poster.
Before her speech, Alleyne-Toppin
invited some of the students onto the
stage to teach her how to "gully creep"
and "frog back." She said she needed
to brush up on her dance skills, as she
had a party to attend with some less-
privileged friends of hers who would
need to "put dong a wuk" in order to
afford to go to the party.
The students were very enthusiastic
about this display, but some expressed
confusion as to how it tied in with the
The event was held in commemo-
ration of the International Day for the
Eradication of Poverty and the theme
Edward Quincy Muntslag will
have to wait another month
before evidence the United
States has against him in his
ongoing extradition proceed-
ings is presented to him.
Muntslag, 29, who is wanted
in the US for conspiring to traf-
fic cocaine into that country,
reappeared before Chief Mag-
istrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in
the Port-of-Spain Eighth Mag-
istrates Court yesterday.
Both Muntslag and his attor-
ney Keith Scotland questioned
the Central Authority s delay
in disclosing evidence that is
central in the case.
With the aid of a Dutch
translator, Muntslag explained
that since he appeared in court
on September 26, the details
and evidence of the charge he
is facing had not been disclosed
to him or his attorney.
Attorney Jagdeo Singh, who
is representing the US,
explained that the proceedings
had now begun and said "dis-
closure is an ongoing exercise."
"No one can go away with
the impression that we are tak-
ing advantage of your client,"
Singh said, addressing Scot-
land s concerns.
Singh explained that extra-
dition proceedings can take
some time because of delays
by the requesting state in send-
ing necessary documents. He
assured the court that the doc-
uments would be disclosed to
Muntslag before his next court
appearance on December 3.
Ayers-Caesar read out a
document filed by Attorney
General Anand Ramlogan on
Wednesday which gave her per-
mission to begin hearing the
According to the document,
Muntslag is charged with
knowingly conspiring with oth-
ers to traffic cocaine by impor-
tation and distribution. The
offence is alleged to have been
committed between December
2011 and August this year.
Muntslag is co-accused with
Dino Delano Bouterse, the son
of Suriname president Desi
Bouterse. Dino Bouterse is fac-
ing an additional charge for
possession of a light anti-tank
weapon. He was arrested in
Panama in August and has been
handed over to US authorities.
Muntslag was arrested by the
Organised Crime, Narcotics and
Firearms Bureau while shopping
at Trincity Mall on August 29,
shortly after he arrived in
On October 11, Ayers-Caesar
refused to give Muntslag bail,
saying there was no statutory
presumption in favour of bail
in extradition proceedings. She
again reminded Muntslag that
he was free to apply to a High
Court judge for bail.
The US is also being repre-
sented by Israel Khan, SC, and
Central Authority head Netram
was "Working together towards a world
without discrimination. Building on the
experience and knowledge of people in
In his feature address, Minister of
the People and Social Development Dr
Glenn Ramadharsingh said the poverty
rate, as recorded by the Central Sta-
tistical Office, had fallen from 24.7 per
cent to 14.4 per cent since the People s
Partnership took power.
He boasted of the programmes his
ministry has implemented to help pro-
vide people with tools to lift themselves
out of poverty.
The results, he said, were manifest
in the fact that 2,500 people had given
back their food cards to the ministry
to redistribute to others who might
have greater need of the assistance.
T&T third best country to
be born a woman---Vernella
Students take part in walk against poverty...
New members of the Siparia Regional Corporation pose for a group shot after their swearing-in ceremony at the Siparia
Market on Thursday evening. Front row, from left, are: Chanardaye Ramadharsingh---councillor for Otaheite/Vessigny;
Rajwantee Bullock---Avocat/San Francique North; Arlene Ramdeo---Erin; Patsy Ransome---PNM alderman; and Christine
Neptune---councillor for Palo Seco.Back row: Deryck Colin Bowrin---councillor Mon Desir; Ramesh Sewnal---Cedros; Shaun
Ronnie Ramroop---UNC alderman; Shankar Teelucksingh---UNC alderman; Leo Christiani Doodnath---councillor for Siparia
East/San Francique South; Maurice Alexander---Siparia West/Fyzabad; Gerald Debesette---Brighton/Vessigny; and Junior
Thompson---PNM alderman. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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