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The Water and Sewerage
Authority says customers
in parts of northeast
Trinidad, served by the
Hollis Reservoir, will have
a disruption in their sup-
ply tomorrow between 8
A statement from the
authority said yesterday the
disruption was necessary
in order to facilitate two
Quare Road, Valencia.
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There should be two Directors of
Public Prosecutions (DPP), instead
of one, to ensure accountability and
The suggestion was put forward by
San Fernando attorney Kevin Ratiram
at the Constitutional Reform Con-
sultation at Paria Suites Hotel, La
Romaine, on Wednesday night.
Another issue was gay rights, which
saw activist Kenty Mitchell appealing
for "protection by the Constitution
of the land."
Noting that the DPP had the sole
power whether to charge someone,
what offences to charge them with
and whether to discontinue prosecu-
tion, Ratiram said:
"The power of the DPP is over-
whelming. There needs to be a check
and balance on this power.
"I am advocating the appointment
of two DPPs. In cases of serious
crimes, charges should only be laid
and prosecutions discontinued where
both DPPs concur."
Ratiram said that would reduce
the possibility of the arbitrary exercise
of prosecutorial powers by a single
He also said there was no official
channel by which the DPP could be
held accountable for matters lingering
for unreasonably long periods.
He added: "I find it unacceptable
that a file should remain on the DPP's
desk year upon year and when ques-
tions are raised as to the status of the
matter, the response is simple the
matter is still under investigation.'"
Agreeing that the Attorney General
should continue to have no role in
the prosecution of criminal charges,
he argued that the AG should be given
the power to inquire from the DPP
the status of any investigation.
Mitchell, who said he had been liv-
ing with a man for 16 years, said he
twice sued the State after he was
arrested "for just being myself, openly
gay" and won. However, he continued
to be victimised, he added.
He said: "I am living in this country
all my life and still we can't get gay
rights. I am openly gay still. I am in
a relationship for 16 years with one
person and still I can't get gay rights.
"I don't know if I have to do like
my family and jump on a plane to go
to England to get gay rights, because
its seems like we are not getting it
here. Something is wrong."
Mitchell said he ran a taxi service.
He said: "They (police) stop locking
me up now, They start giving me tick-
ets for nothing...
"It is victimisation. All I want is
equal rights that the police or the
magistrate in San Fernando do not
victimise me. People will watch me
funny. What I do behind closed doors
is my business."
Several people, including represen-
tatives from religious bodies, spoke
for or against gay rights.
One person expressed concern
about harsh action against people in
other countries where there was gay
rights legislation who were against it
for religious reasons.
"People have lost their jobs in the
UK and Canada, where sexual orien-
tation is included in the legislation,
if you refuse on the ground of religion
to marry or provide accommodation
"People are being sued and forced
to go out of business there. There has
to be a balance," the speaker added.
Sandra Ramlakhan, of the Consor-
tium of Disability Organisations, advo-
cated for the word "disability" to be
expressly stated in the preamble of
"If disability is not stated, it is
always excluded. A fine example is
the Millennium Development Goals,
where none of the goals stated dis-
"As a result very few countries in
the world have actually achieved their
millennium goals," she said.
She also asked for the phrase, "per-
sons with disabilities"
instead of "differently-abled"
Ramlakhan, who uses a wheelchair,
was also not convinced that the Gov-
ernment or the Opposition were
enthusiastic about having people with
disabilities in Parliament.
She said the President selected two
disabled Independent Senators but
the Government and Opposition
members were yet to reciprocate.
"That is in poor taste," she said.
The meeting, attended by Legal
Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar,
was chaired by Errol Fabien.
Constitution Reform Consultation...
Call for 2
Cocorite Road from Broadway
to Henri Road
O'Meara Road from Priority
Bus Route to Nu Tones Boulevard
Town of Arima from Priority
Bus Route to Broadway
Arima Old Road from King
Street to Cleaver Road, including
Lynton Gardens and Cleaver
Malabar Phase II
Pine Haven Development
La Resource North
Bon Air Gardens
Bon Air West
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Water cut in northeast tomorrow
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