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CHILDREN’S AUTHORITY IS SET TO SERVE

The Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is now operational and ready to deliver services to children and their families. This comes following proclamation of the legislation on Monday. Children's Authority Act, Chap. 46:10; Children's Community Residences, Foster Care and Nurseries Act, 2000; Children Act, 2012; and Adoption of Children Act, 2000 were proclaimed by President Anthony Carmona. Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development Clifton De Coteau stated that the proclamation meant that the Children's Authority can commence its operations to deal with children in need of care and protection through investigation, assessment and removal of "at risk" children from their homes. Stephanie...

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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE EOC..

The Equal Opportunity Act (EOA) clearly states that an employer or prospective employer shall not discriminate against a person in (a) determining who should be offered employment; (b) terms and conditions on which employment is offered; and (c) refusing or deliberately omitting to offer employment. The “grounds for discrimination”, or “protected status/characteristic” in TT are sex, race (biological traits), ethnicity (cultural practices), origin, religion, marital status and disability. Despite this, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) recently embarked on a recruitment drive – for male only applicants. Plastered all over their Facebook page are advertisements and information regarding this male only recruitment process. Imagine one of...

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NOTHING AWARDED YET

No contract had been awarded at National Petroleum Marketing Co Ltd, Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal said yesterday. Moonilal was responding to questions originally posed by Opposition MP Fitzgerald Hinds, but taken up by Opposition Senators Terrence Deyalsingh and Faris Al-Rawi at yesterday's sitting of the Senate at the Red House in Port of Spain. Though the initial question was on the use of police protection for the Prime Minister at unofficial residences including the Tunapuna home of Ralph and Maureen Gopaul, it quickly segued into the $40 million transport contract allegedly awarded to the same company. "The Prime Minister...

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LAWS AGAINST “HARASSMENT&STALKING

A GROUND-BREAKING new law that effectively bans the stalking and harassment of persons by such means as talking to them over the telephone, emailing them or even “sooting” them has now come into force. The 2005 Offences Against the Person (Amendment) (Harassment) Act, which makes it a criminal offence to harass a person, was proclaimed by legal notice number 113 on June 30, this year by President George Maxwell Richards. The notice was published this week. The Act amends the almost century-old Offences Against the Person Act by introducing a new offence of harassment at Section 30A alongside more traditional offences...

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WHAT IS HABEAS CORPUS?

A writ of habeas corpus directs a person, usually a prison warden, to produce the prisoner and justify the prisoner's detention. If the prisoner argues successfully that the incarceration is in violation of a constitutional right, the court may order the prisoner's release. Habeas corpus relief also may be used to obtain custody of a child or to gain the release of a detained person who is insane, is a drug addict, or has an infectious disease. Usually, however, it is a response to imprisonment by the criminal justice system. A writ of habeas corpus is authorized by statute in federal...

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RIGHTS, AND EXCEPTIONS A GUIDE TO THE CONSTITUTION OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Continuing today is a Guide to the constitution, aimed at helping especially young people to know their constitution and take an informed part in the debates. The Guide was written by Denis Solomon, retired UWI lecturer and former political activist, on behalf of the Trinidad and Tobago Humanist Association. Publication began in the Sunday Express, January 10 and continued last week. The Trinidad and Tobago Humanist Association (www.humanist.org.tt) is an organisation founded to promote the principle of rational and ethical thought and action, and devoted to meeting challenges on the basis of common humanity. For best results, keep a copy...

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YOUR RIGHT AS SET OUT BY THE CONSTITUTION

The Constitution is the supreme law. This means that all laws passed by Parliament must be in keeping with it. It sets out the basic structure of the State and how each arm of the State relates to the other arms. It also sets out some of the important powers of key office holders and bodies. The Constitution also, very importantly, sets out the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens. These are rights which all citizens are entitled to and which are protected. In our Constitution, sections 4 and 5 provide that these rights exist without discrimination by...

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ROLE, RESPONSIBILITY AND COMPOSITION OF THE POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION

The Police Service Commission was established on June 1, 1956 by the Trinidad and Tobago (Constitution) Amendment Order in Council 1956 (1956 No. 835). Provision for the Police Service Commission was made in Sections 66B—66G of a further amended constitution, on June 15,1959, to usher in Cabinet Government by an order in Council (1959 No.1044). On December 1, 1960 the first commissioners were appointed comprising Sir Werner Boos C.B.E (Chairman), Cyril Oswald Stroud, Prince Edward Ferdinand, Conrad Errol O’Brien, Wilfred Dennis Best. The Commission which was advisory to the Governor became an executive body in 1962 as a result of the independence of...

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PSC DELIVERS PROMOTION DECISIONS

A total of 145 Police Promotions Appeals have been determined by the Police Service Commission (PSC) by decisions handed down in two test cases. A statement from the PSC, the two tests cases - Promotional Appeal 9 of 2011 Prakash Mathura Sgt No.12711 vs Commissioner of Police and Promotional Appeal 45 of 2011 Sheldon Mayers PC No.13186 vs. Commissioner of Police — were decided on in the Appeals Tribunal Court by chairman Addison Khan and Appeals Tribunal Member Martin George in the presence of the chairman and other Members of the PSC. The parties in all 145 appeals have agreed to...

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THE DRUG TRADE & CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

The drug trade and criminal activity Thursday, February 27 2014 THE drug trade is a scourge that has been driving criminal activity in Trinidad and Tobago for several years now; it has infiltrated every stratum of society and almost every type of criminal activity. It is a significant aspect of international organised crime and is linked to the alarming murder rate (which stood at 73 persons after only 47 days of this year), torture, gang activity, money laundering, counterfeiting, human trafficking, illegal arms and ammunition, modern day slavery, sea piracy, assaults and robberies, to name but a few serious crimes. In the process...

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