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One of the town houses at Adventure housing
project in Plymouth, Tobago. The houses will be
available early next year.
Naziam Ghany from
Cunupia wrote to the
Guardian Angel to
highlight his plight
with the National
Mr Ghany said, "I
contributed to the national insurance scheme
during my working career.
On becoming 60 years of age in 2008, I filed
my retirement claim at the San Fernando Serv-
Mr Ghany said his claim was still to be deter-
mined even after five years of waiting.
He said he had made over 690 contributions
but only received two small interim payments
"I have made numerous visits to the San
Fernando office. I even went to the head office
and all I am told is that they are investigat-
Solution: Mr Ghany s complaint was forward-
ed to NIB and was successfully processed. NIB
said Mr Ghany should receive his money by
the next benefit payment cycle.
The Division of Settlements and Labour in the
Tobago House of Assembly (THA) will soon be
offering a different type of home next year.
The split-level town houses will be available in
the first quarter of 2014.
During a tour of the Adventure housing project
(phase two) in Plymouth on Friday, members of the
media were given the opportunity to tour a model
home. Secretary for the Division of Settlements and
Labour Huey Cadette said the idea of a town house
was new to the Tobago market, but the undertaking
was necessary as land space was limited
The THA spent approximately $260 million for
220 units over a three-year period for phase two of
the Adventure housing project.
"The first batch of 62 will be completed and deliv-
ered in March, a further 16 will be coming later on
in May or June," Cadette said.
"What we will be doing in January is a random
draw that would allow us to essentially begin the
The town houses are outfitted with two bedrooms,
one and half bathrooms, a laundry room, patios,
kitchen, numerous built in cupboards and open con-
cept living and dining rooms.
The town houses currently holds a price tag of
$750,000 but will be subsidised by the THA.
THA town houses to
be ready by March
will get $$ by
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Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal is call-
ing on the newly formed Child Protec-
tion Task Force to investigate and con-
sider the process by which children are
transferred between the country s offi-
cial orphanages and industrial schools,
through acts of indiscipline.
On Thursday, Seetahal represented an
11-year-old girl, who lived at the St
Dominic s Children Home, in Belmont
and was transferred to the Women s
Prison at Golden Grove, Arouca, for
breaching the rules of the Belmont-
based orphanage. In a telephone inter-
view yesterday, Seetahal said that the
transfer was ordered by a magistrate
during a court appearance on December
5. She explained that under the Chil-
dren s Act, which governs the process,
children at the country s two official
orphanages-St Dominic s and Tacarigua-
based St Mary s Children s Home, who
are accused of indiscipline are sent to
the country s only two industrial schools
St Jude s School for Girls, also in Belmont
or to St Michael s Home for Boys in
The T&T Guardian understands that
some magistrates have begun sending
children to the adult prison because of
space constraints at both industrial
schools, with prison authorities being
forced to establish make-shift facilities,
so that the children would be isolated
from the rest of the prison population.
"I have been told that right now there
are at least seven such children that are
under 16, who are in the prison," Seetahal
Through a habeas corpus writ, filed
by Seetahal, on Thursday, the child was
taken out of the prison and brought
before Justice Joan Charles in the Port-
of-Spain High Court for a hearing.
While addressing the court, Seetahal
noted that the Children s Act does not
specify which rule at orphanages was
an "offence" which warranted transfer
to an industrial school and the act does
not provide that children to be taken to
adult prison instead of to industrial
After hearing submissions from See-
tahal and Deputy Solicitor General Neil
Byam, Charles ordered that the child be
placed in the custody of a family friend,
who the court deemed "fit" to take care
of her before her next hearing before the
magistrate in January. Attorneys Ria
Reyes and Cassandra Seetahal, also
appeared for the child.
In an interview yesterday, Seetahal
described the current situation as unten-
able while stating that all four official
institutions had been privately estab-
"No Government has ever built an
orphanage or industrial school for chil-
She questioned why 17-member Task
Force, did not include magistrates and
legal professionals who deal mostly with
juvenile cases, as they would be best
suited to identify the problems with the
existing children s legislation and the
procedures related to it.
The task force, which is headed by
Diana Mahabir-Wyatt, was established
on December 1, by Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar in response to several
murders of children including that six-
year-old Keyana Cumberbatch.
It has been mandated to complete and
review all provisions, regulations, leg-
islation, and public processes to protect
children, make recommendations on
specific risk areas which will require
state interventions and make suggestions
on early-warning systems that can be
structured to detect children who live
in risk situations.
girl sent to
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