Three of the four transgender women

Want ruling overturned: Three of the four transgender women from Guyana, who are challenging their country’s cross-dressing laws, leave the Caribbean Court of Justice, Port of Spain, yesterday. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

THE Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will have the final say in an appeal filed by four transgender women, from Guyana, who are challenging one of the country’s “archaic” laws which makes it an offence for men or women to cross-dress in public for any “­improper purpose”.

Five judges of the country’s final court of appeal in Port of Spain yesterday presided over the matter, which lasted just over four hours, before reserving their decision for a date that is yet to be set.

The four—Quincy McEwan, Seon Clarke, Joseph Fraser and Seyon Persaud—are seeking to have the court overturn a previous ruling of Guyana’s Court of Appeal which dismissed their appeal in which they were arguing that Section 153 (1) (XLVII) of the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act was unconstitutional.


Five months later, no system is in place by which people can pay the penalty of $1,000 for failing to wear a face mask in public.

Between September 6, 2020, and January 22, 2021, police issued more than 4,000 tickets to people for failing to wear face masks, but up to last Friday, no system had been put in place to facilitate payments.

Wearing face masks in public became mandatory by law in ­August 2020.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith yesterday admitted that at present, people are unable to pay these fines.

In December 2007, a Claxton Bay couple welcomed their firstborn child—a little girl they named Hannah Bhagwandeen.

The newborn baby was given a clean bill of health and allowed to go home.

But six weeks later, Baby Hannah, as she would soon be known, was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare liver disease which affects one in every 20,000 babies.

Before her first birthday, Baby Hannah underwent a Kasai operation, followed by a liver transplant.

Last week, the Sunday Express chronicled the anguish patients face trying to access State medical care at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope.

It’s almost no different at the country’s largest public hospital, administered by the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA).

The Sunday Express visited the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department at the SWRHA on Wednesday and observed more patients waiting on a doctor.

They say this has become routine.

In the last year, 43-year-old Tracy Davidson-Celestine has fought two elections (a leadership election and now the Tobago House of Assembly election) and she assisted with a third (the general election), and she has been on the winning side thus far.

Elections come and elections go, and promises are not always delivered.

But Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election independent candidate for Scarborough/Calder Hall, Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus is not a woman of promises.

She says she is a woman of service.

“In my heart I am a servant of the people,” Tsoiafatt-Angus said in an interview with the Sunday Express.

Former minister in the People’s Partnership government, Clifton De Coteau, has died.