The campaign to end child marriages in Trinidad and Tobago isn’t geared towards Hindu marriages alone, it applies to the four marriage acts in T&T. So says Attorney at Law and Womantra Co-Director Khadijah Sinanan. She says in the past ten years over five hundred children have been married in this country with three of those marriages occurring in 2016.
Former National Security Minister has condemned Oropouche East MP Dr. Roodal Moonilal’s recent showing of two pictures in Parliament and labelled the action as “unfortunate, childish and immature”.
The two photographs were allegedly of a Parliamentarian’s children with firearms. Mr. Griffith says there’s a difference between possession of a firearm and familiarization. He says that the TTDF is sometimes charged with the security of public officers and that certain things need to be done to ensure that this is done successfully.
Apart from their physical differences men and women brains are wired (the way cells connect) differently. So says clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Yvette Taylor-Kanarick.
She says men brains are wired front to back whereas women brains are wired left to right. This causes a man act quickly and a woman to be more of a thinker.
Dr. Kanarick has partnered with the Freewoman Foundation which is a NGO designed to help women find workable and doable solutions to life’s issues.
The Caribbean Public Health Agency and the Tourism Development Company have collaborated on a health/tourism programme to respond to health, safety and environmental threats that are impacting tourism. The Inter-American Development Bank Regional Health Programme is a pilot programme that includes the partnership of Trinidad and Tobago and five other regional countries.
The theme of this year’s Calypso History Month is ‘Calypso: The Mother Music.’ Despite the availability of music from different modern mediums Contender says Calypso still has the same effect on persons as it did years ago. And the key to being a good Calypsonian? Black Sage says it reading and keeping up to date with current affairs.
The five Trinidad and Tobago nationals that have been detained in Venezuela are on the 14th day of their hunger strike. This according to spokesperson Umar Abdullah.
Mr. Abdullah said the detained men appeared before a judge four times before and are currently awaiting the ruling of the judge in the matter.
He says the men were initially charged with conspiracy to assassinate the Venezuelan President and to destabilize the government. The charges were however dropped and two new charges were filed: espionage and intent to commit a crime.
Imam Yasin Abu Bakr said when he first heard of the Muslims being detained in Venezuela he contacted a Venezuelan General who later told him that they would be released. Two days later only the women and children returned home.
“Madness and St. Anns” - those are the things that come to mind when mental health is mentioned says Dr. Yansie Rolston. But she says mental health actually exists on a spectrum from mental well-being/wellness to mental illness.
Dr. Rolston, a disability and mental health specialist, says there’s been a long standing stigma and prejudice attached to mental illness and that a lot of it has been borne out of superstition and religious beliefs.
An outreach programme has been launched in Laventille that targets the young black male. Pastor Clive Dottin says the programme has a lifespan of two years and will focus on health and family life in the area. Pastor Dottin called on citizens of T&T to accept where they are as a nation for failure to inform the young black male of his history.
The illicit trade (of tobacco) is not a victim-less crime because government loses millions of dollars of legitimate taxes which in turn affects the provision of schools and social support etc. That's the view of Sir Ronnie Flanagan, the Crime Stoppers Conference featured speaker.
Sir Flanagan says government ought to pass legislation that takes the illicit trade seriously; implement laws with serious punishments.
There appears to be a disconnect between the presentation of the budget and what the man on the street thinks it means to him. So says Hanif Benjamin, Executive Director at the Centre for Human Development. Speaking on the 2016/2017 budget Mr. Benjamin says the budget conversation seems to be “pegged on economics.”