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The Works Ministry will lead a
makeover of the Maracas Bay facilities
which will cost $32 million in the first
phase and would start in the next three
Planning Minister Bhoe Tewarie spoke
about the project at yesterday s post-
Cabinet news conference.
He said the overall project, which is
under a Tourism Ministry plan, would
cost $78 million.
He noted the total cost as well as the
first-phase cost were significantly less
than a similar plan by the PNM admin-
istration to refurbish the facilities, which
would have cost $260 million.
The first phase of the nine-package
plan, Tewarie said, included new huts
for vendors. He said those would be con-
structed first and vendors would move
into them so there would be no dis-
It also included diverting the North
Coast road so that parking and vendors
would not be on separate sides of the
road as they were now, he explained.
He said other facilities would include
an integrated sand retention facility, a
boardwalk, a waste-water treatment
plant, toilets and an administration build-
ing.He said the entire plan was integrated
into the North Coast sustainable devel-
opment which revolved around protecting
thousands of acres of rainforest.
Tewarie said consultants for the job
were Lee Young and Partners and local
input would be dominant.
He was uncertain of the completion
Legislation to prevent corruption
in procurement, which was unani-
mously passed by all sides in the
Senate on Thursday evening, will be
debated in the Lower House soon,
says Planning Minister Bhoe
The bill, piloted by Tewarie in the
Senate, took two days---Tuesday and
Wednesday---to undergo final com-
mittee-stage deliberations on its 69
It was approved by the Govern-
ment, Opposition PNM and Inde-
pendent sides around 6.45 pm on
Tewarie said yesterday it still had
to go to the Lower House and the
House Leader had said it would be
done at the next available date.
Parliament will be prorogued after
the current session next month, he
noted, assuring the bill will come into
law before that and will not lapse.
Tewarie said he expected the PNM
would support it in the Lower House
unless it wanted to be inconsistent
with the approval position it took on
the bill in the Upper House.
The much-touted bill, promised in
the PP manifesto, was designed to
outlaw bid-rigging and associated
issues relating to procurement in all
state agencies and includes whistle-
blower protection for people who
wished to report wrongdoing. It carries
stiff fines and other penalties for
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has
received the report on the death of Baby Simeon
Cottle and a ministerial team will peruse it this week-
end, Health Minister Fuad Khan said yesterday.
Simeon died on March 1 after his head was cut while
his mother, Quelly Ann Cottle, 37, was undergoing a
C-section at Mt Hope Hospital.
Dr Javed Chinnia was suspended pending the out-
come of an independent investigation. Cottle appealed
to Persad-Bissessar not to let her baby s death be in
An investigative team was appointed to probe the
death. Its members were Dr Melanie Clare Davies, Dr
Petronella Manning-Alleyne and retired Appeal Court
judge Mustapha Ibrahim.
Speaking at yesterday s post-Cabinet press confer-
ence, Khan said after the ministerial team examined
the report this weekend, it would be discussed at Mon-
day s Cabinet sub-committee meeting.
Also on child protection, Gender Minister Clifton
De Coteau said yesterday the Children s Authority and
affiliated aspects of the system to protect children
Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Juliana Johan-Boodram, second from left, congratulates
chairman of the Tourism Development Company (TDC) Umesh Rampersad after the unveiling of the
Meeting Planners Guide. Also in photo are Arveon Mills, left, sales manager, Convention Bureau of TDC,
and Yolande Selman, TDC's acting CEO. The event was held at MovieTowne, Invaders Bay, Port-of-Spain,
yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
should be ready by September.
He said the Attorney General s office was examining
legislation to ensure the rights of the child were observed
and other pieces of affiliated law.
Strengthening the Education Ministry s staff to deal
with child protection issues also was needed and the
district health visitor facility was also being reinforced,
Assessment centres were being constructed at Mt
Hope and two others at Ste Madeleine and central
Trinidad would be ready in November and December
respectively, he said.
De Coteau said Government was instituting 28 vaca-
tion camps at various schools in T&T for children aged
three to 11 (at Camp Footprints) and 12 to 17 (at Camp
He noted the theme of activities would be Our Fam-
ilies, Our Farms and said there would be stringent
monitoring of all participants and evaluation of all.
De Coteau said Government was doing all it could
to protect the children of T&T.
On another matter, Khan also said Cabinet yesterday
approved an increased subvention of $564,000 for
Heartbeat International to provide pacemakers and
defibrillators for heart patients and to deal with a 163-
case supply backlog. The subvention was previously
Cabinet also approved an increase from $25,000 to
$225,00 for the T&T Heart Foundation for promotional
education on heart disease issues.
Tewarie tells of
for Maracas Bay
Now Procurement Bill
goes to House soon
PM gets report on Baby Simeon's death
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