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Tobago s Indian community came in
for high praise from Dr Denise Tsoi-
a-Fatt-Angus, the secretary for the
Division of Community Development
and Culture of the Tobago House of
She was delivering the feature address
at the fifth annual Indian Arrival Day
celebration of the Bon Accord Hindu
Organisation (Bacho) at Store Bay Local
Road, on Friday night.
Tsoi-a-Fatt-Angus said the arrival of
East Indians in this country "not only
introduced a new labour force to assist
with the economic development of
Trinidad, but ushered in a new people
with a new culture."
She said in spite of the challenges we
face as a growing nation, we must agree
that the East Indian community has
significantly contributed to the unique
creation that is T&T today.
Tsoi-a-Fatt-Angus said Bacho had
played an important role in educating
the wider Tobago community about
"On a more local perspective, we
thank you for friendship, your contri-
butions in the further development of
Tobago and appreciate the opportunity
to learn about your festivals, the culture,
especially the culinary delights and fash-
"Today, all of us must be willing to
understand and appreciate our similar-
ities in the journey as a people and yet
embrace our differences in culture if we
are to effectively contribute to a dem-
ocratic society with a unified vision for
Tobago and by extension T&T.
"Therefore, as we celebrate Indian
Arrival Day, let us also commit to using
it as a catalyst to promote cross-cultural
understanding and appreciation of our
multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-
religious society, so that we continue
to build one Tobago and by extension,
one country that our children s children
will always be proud to call home."
Savitri Bobb-Maharaj, head of Bacho,
said she was only too happy to play a
role in dispelling any myths and mis-
information about the Indian commu-
She said, "We have Divali, Phagwa,
Karthick celebrations in Tobago, and
the people of Tobago can now see first
hand what these celebrations are about
and can also participate."
The hundreds who attended were
treated to performances by Chaos the
Band, Reshma Ramlal, Shamira
Mohammed and Vikash Sahadeo.
High praise for
Indians in Tobago
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The report that Prof Brendan Bain submitted in a con-
stitutional challenge that led to his being sacked by the
University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, has made
its way into the public domain.
On May 20, UWI announced that Bain had lost the
confidence and support of a significant sector of the gay
community, which the Caribbean HIV/Aids Regional Train-
ing programme is expected to reach.
UWI stated that Bain lost that trust after he gave expert
testimony in a constitutional challenge brought by Caleb
Orozco, a gay Belizean, against that country s criminal
code in September 2010.
The 14-page report was prepared and signed on August
7, 2012, by Bain, who described himself as one of the pio-
neers in clinical infectious disease practice and a leading
medical authority on the HIV epidemic in the Caribbean.
Bain wrote that the relative risk of contracting HIV was
significantly higher among men who have sex with men
(MSM) in Belize than in the general population.
"This is also true in several other countries for which
data are available, including countries that have repealed
the law that criminalises anal sex and countries where the
law still applies," the report explained.
Bain stated that some public health practitioners and
agencies have hypothesised that decriminalising the practice
of anal intercourse among consenting adults would lead
to a reduction in the incidence rate of HIV infections
among MSM. However, "to date the published data have
not substantiated this hypothesis."
He said behaviours that are helpful to individuals and
to the community are to be encouraged, while on the other
hand, there are instances in which private behaviour results
in considerable public cost due to illness, with accompanying
loss of productivity and social disruption and the prospect
of premature death.
The report also clearly showed that HIV should not be
the only consideration in relation to the matter at hand.
"Available data from several parts of the world indicate
that the relative risk of acquiring and spreading other sex-
ually transmitted infections (STIs) and cancers is unac-
ceptably high among MSM when compared with other
men and women."
Bain stated that the adverse physical and physiological
consequences of STIs (including HIV) in MSM create sig-
nificant and avoidable financial costs to individuals, house-
holds and governments.
"These important considerations must be included when
considering whether to give public approval to risky behav-
iours such as are often practiced by MSM."
Prof Bain's report
• Appointed in 2000 by the UWI
vice chancellor as the focal point for
HIV/Aids in a regional project, aimed
at strengthening the institutional
response to HIV/Aids and sexually
• Recognised in 2006 by the
Medical Association of Jamaica "for
distinguished service to medicine."
• Honoured by the National Aids Committee in 2007 for
demonstrating visionary leadership in improving the
quality of life for people living with or affected by HIV and
again in 2009 for outstanding leadership in response to
HIV and Aids in the academic sector.
• Obtained his undergraduate degrees and post-
graduate training in internal medicine from UWI; studied
and conducted research in infectious diseases at St
George's Hospital Medical School with the aid of a
Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship; holds a diploma in
medical education from the University of Dundee,
Scotland; and a Master's degree in Public Health summa
cum laude from Boston University.
• An elected fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of
Edinburgh, he has published more than 30 papers in peer-
reviewed medical journals and is co-author of the book
Education and HIV/Aids in the Caribbean, published by
The funeral service for the late Justice
Guy Hannays will be held tomorrow at
the St Theresa s RC Church, Sixth
Avenue, Malick, Barataria, at 10 am.
After the service, Hannays will be cre-
mated at the Crematorium, Long Circular
Road, St James, at 1 pm. No flowers by
Hannays was appointed to the High
Court bench in October 2013. He died on
May 25 at the St Joseph Recreation Ground
while playing cricket for the T&T Lawyers
Cricket Team. He was 59 years old.
Hannays leaves to mourn his wife Joanne
and daughter Christine. He was the son
of the late Justice Jessel and Constance
Hannays, brother of Susan Hannays-Abra-
ham, grandson of the late Sir Courtenay
Hannays, QC, and Lady Victoria Hannays,
son-in-law of Ena Joseph and the late
Collins Joseph, nephew of David, Gervase,
Gabriella, Lynette, Dyllis, Valerie and Betty
Mc Rae of Toronto, Canada, and relative
of many others.
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