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Arrears of $87 million owned by
UWI to the West Indies Group of Uni-
versity Teachers (WIGUT) will be
made in tranches by May 31 following
yesterday s accord on the issue, says
Science and Tertiary Education Min-
ister Fazal Karim yesterday.
Karim delivered a statement in Par-
liament on the resolution of the impasse
which had plagued UWI in recent days.
He was responding to an Opposition
Karim said an accord was reached
between UWI campus administration
and WIGUT following a meeting yes-
terday at 10.30 am at the campus prin-
cipal s office.
He said: "The arrears of $87 million
for revised terms and conditions over
the period August 1, 2011 and July 31,
2014 owed to academic, senior admin-
istrative and professional staff will be
made in tranches by May 31, 2015.
"With respect to the non-academic
staff, negotiations are currently under-
way with the campus administration
and their bargaining unit.
"The campus principal of the St
Augustine Campus had advised that
WIGUT will make an official release
on the matter."
Karim thanked all parties involved.
He was asked by the Opposition what
role Government s indebtedness played
in the campus impasse.
Karim said Government stood res-
olute to ensure all students could study
and had facilitated the financing with
sums to pay WIGUT.
He said he would supply further
information at another session.
The lecturers have been withholding
the semester one grades of the students
for more than three weeks.
This has caused many students to
have problems with registration and
for some regional students have not
been able to access their tuition funding
for semester two.
This prompted two protests from
students. On Monday a modest protest
was held, with a little more than a score
of students, around campus to demand
On Wednesday, students from UWI s
various halls or residents, most of whom
were regional students, had a protest,
locking the campus main gates and
blocking vehicles and people from
entering the school s compound.
A third demonstration happened on
the campus compound when WIGUT
members were joined by Oilfields
Workers Trade Union (OWTU) mem-
bers, who represents the Administrative,
Technical and Service (ATS) staff of
the campus. ---With reporting by
Police yesterday continued their
search for the person of interest
in the murders of Sharlene Charles
and Salma Chadee.
According to police, the man is
wanted for questioning in connec-
tion with the killing of his estranged
wife, Mahangoo-Charles, who was
shot multiple times on May 8, 2014.
The man, who goes by the alias
"Goat", is still on the run and has
been deemed as the Central Divi-
sion s most wanted man. It is
alleged following an argument on
Saturday night, the man shot
Chadee twice in the chest and
Azad Ali, the man who police
say can assist with their investiga-
tion, got into an accident on
December 1, at Kelly Village Caroni.
He broke both of his legs in the
accident and uses a wheelchair to
get around. His legs from just
beneath the knees to the toes are
in a cast.
Ali was taken to the Eric Williams
Sciences Complex (EWMSC) by
emergency health services without
any police escort.
According to the report, filed in
the police station diary, which was
obtained from Ian Alleyne, host of
Crime Watch, the report confirmed
police were able to identify Ali at
the scene of the accident and
allowed him to be taken to the
EWMSC without being escorted
The report said Ali was seen lying
on the island on the Western side
of the St Helena Bypass Road. A
black Rx8 was seen crashed on the
same side of the road.
He was first taken to the Arima
Health Facility and from there to
Other documents showed that
the suspect checked out of the
EWMSC on December 1, 2014
where he had been sent after the
Further, the documents indicate
that Ali was released from the hos-
pital against medical advice and
that "the patient and his relatives
stated that they prefer the patient
be seen at a private facility and not
at the hospital," the document stat-
ed.The medical documents also
stated that the patient and his rel-
atives were concerned that he may
have incurred a spinal injury and
they preferred that he be taken to
a private health facility, using the
family s transport.
The "Release Against Medical
Advice" EWMSC s document, was
signed by Ali at 12.35 pm, just under
one hour after Ali was taken from
the accident scene to the EWMSC.
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The Port-of-Spain City Corporation
and property developer Alfred Galy
have been given a little over two weeks
to come to a compromise over the
future of the Greyfriars Church of
Scotland, Frederick Street, Port-of-
The parties, who have been locked
in legal battle since Galy began dem-
olition work on the property in Novem-
ber last year, met at the Hall of Justice
yesterday for a status hearing of the
corporation s ongoing injunction pre-
venting work on the over 200-year-
Minutes after appearing before Justice
Judith Jones, the parties and their
respective legal teams exited the court
began impromptu discussions. Mem-
bers of the media present were not
allowed in court as the hearing was
held in chamber.
Despite their best efforts an agree-
ment could not have been struck imme-
diately, forcing the parties to seek an
extension from Jones.
The T&T understands that Galy is
requesting that the injunction be varied
to allow his company to use a portion
of the property where the church hall
previously stood before the demolition
The corporation is reportedly resisting
the move as it claims Galy is yet to
submit a plan for the removal of haz-
ardous asbestos found on the site.
Commenting briefly afterwards, the
corporation s lawyer Kerwin Garcia said
the parties had made significant head-
way in their discussions.
"We expect to be completed by the
next hearing," Garcia said.
The case has been adjourned to Feb-
ruary 11, when the parties are expected
to indicate the outcome to Jones.
The corporation is also being repre-
sented by Senior Counsel John Jeremie
and Kahaya Nanhu while Ronald Dowlat
and Anthony Manwah represent Galy
and his company, NABCO.
Labour Minister Errol McLeod
will act for Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar during her
absence from the country.
A release issued by the Office of
the Prime Minister confirmed Per-
sad-Bissessar leaves today for the
United States and Costa Rica.
She will be attending the
Caribbean Energy Security Stake-
holder (CESS) meeting hosted by
United States vice-president,
Joseph Biden, in Washington which
Other senior US government for-
eign policy officials, Caricom lead-
ers and Energy Minister Kevin
Ramnarine will also be attending
the meeting, which ends on Mon-
day. Among the issues to be dis-
• Cleaner more sustainable ener-
• Improved energy governance.
• Greater access to finance.
The release said T&T would use
the opportunity to promote the
Caribbean Energy Fund at the
That fund seeks to drive the
energy transformation agenda in
Following the summit, Persad-
Bissessar is scheduled to go to San
José, Costa Rica, to join Foreign
Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran
to attend the last two days of the
Summit Community of Latin
American and Caribbean States
(CELAC) which ends on January
29.The theme of the summit is
"Building Together" and is expected
to address issues, such as the fight
against poverty with an emphasis
on transparency, accountability and
the fight against corruption.
Also on the agenda is the future
of CELAC activities, the regional
integration of CELAC and its role
in the international community.
Peace at UWI after
$87m will be paid to lecturers by May 31
Parties get more time
to decide on Greyfriars
McLeod acts as PM
Police still butting
heads with 'Goat'
Man wanted for two murders still on run
Southern Division Task Force officers and the members of the Canine Unit leave a teak field surrounding the
old Caroni (1975) Ltd sugar factory, Reform Village, after another unsuccessful search for Azard Ali yesterday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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