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Women members of the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) yesterday joined the calls for an end to violence against their gender, and for the justice system to be more stringent against perpetrators of these kind of crimes.

In a joint statement yesterday, the women labour leaders of JTUM said they were dismayed and angered by the many deaths and disappearances of women in the country and it seemed that many violent people were allowed back into society to prey on women.

The leaders who signed the joint statement included president of the Trinidad and Tobago United Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) Antonia De Freitas, second vice-president of the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) Sati Gajadhar-Inniss, president of the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) Joanne Ogeer and Ermine De Bique, general secretary of the Contractors and General Workers’ Trade Union (CGWTU).

They said the kidnapping and murder of court clerk Andrea Bharatt and the increase in the number of murdered women have raised many issues.

“This tragedy also raises questions about our justice system—why is our justice system allowing people connected with so much violence to roam freely? Why are these people not coming to trial so that they can be cleared or convicted? As labour leaders, we believe deeply and passionately in justice,” they said in the statement.

Their message to Trinidad and Tobago, especially the country’s political leaders, was that society cannot withstand the injustice of violence against women.

“We also understand that the systems of justice must work quickly—justice delayed is justice denied. We also understand that a blow against one is a blow against all.”


The Green Fund announced yesterday that it is going to contribute $34 million to WASA’s Adopt a River Programme (AARP).

In a statement, the Green Fund executing unit said the programme was originally launched by WASA in 2012 with the aim of monitoring and addressing water pollution in rivers throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

Members of the public will get an opportunity to voice their views and suggestions on the enhancement of Ariapita Avenue in Woodbrook as the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) will be hosting a public consultation on the issue.

The consultation is scheduled for Monday at 7.30 p.m. and will be held virtually because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

SHAKEN by the April 7 explosion at its plant on the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery complex, NiQuan Energy has postponed raising US$175 million in new debt that is meant to refinance its existing US$120 million debt facility.

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Monday said it would virtually launch the Green Bond Transparency Platform (GBTP), an innovative digital tool that brings greater transparency to the Latin America and the Caribbean green bond market.