Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 11th 2015 Contents GEISHA KOWLESSAR
While the dialogue
process between the
Movement (HRM) and
the Government has
totally failed, the HRM
has remained commit-
ted to finding a way for-
ward regarding the con-
troversial Debe to Mon
Desir portion of the
extension of the
Solomon Hochoy High-
way to Point Fortin.
Making the statement
yesterday was HRM s
member Terrence Bood-
hai during a press con-
ference at the D Abadie
home of the environ-
mentalist Dr Wayne
He said talks between
the HRM and the
Limited (Nidco) between
December 2014 and Jan-
uary 21 this year had
meetings have not suc-
ceeded in finding a way
forward either for the
HRM or the Govern-
ment. Each party has
rejected the proposals of
"Following the site
visit on January 24
members of the HRM
rejected the Govern-
ment s proposal to start
between the proposed
Mon Desir interchange
and Sawlal Trace.
"It is clear this work
will be ruinous to the
economic, social, finan-
cial life of the commu-
nities," Boodhai said.
He said it was also
regrettable that the
HRM s Optimum Con-
nectivity Proposal was
also dismissed by Nidco.
The HRM, he added,
also proposed a "political
solution to the matter
but that was also reject-
"We proposed that the
State complete the road-
way between Debe and
Penal and work towards
the completion of the
Point Fortin to San Fer-
nando highway between
now and the general
election in the face of the
current challenges to the
local financial economy
arising from a shortfall
in oil and natural gas
prices," Boodhai added.
Moisture from the
adamant he has been
going without food or
water for over 146 days.
On criticisms that
many doubted he was in
fact actually on a hunger
strike Kublalsingh said
he respected the views
of his detractors, adding
they had a right to
express their opinion.
"There is criticism and
I accept that criticism. I
myself am also sceptical
about my own body. I
have not been eating or
drinking anything since
I began the hunger strike.
"I have a guru and she
has introduced me to
some new techniques, for
instance like getting
moisture from the air but
I am still very weak,"
He said since the
entire process was bro-
ken down he warned the
authorities that whatever
happened to him would
be on their hands.
"We outlined several
solutions and they reject-
ed it all. So what happens
to Dr Wayne Kublalsingh
now they cannot say
they did not know. My
health continues to dete-
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Between the hours of 9am to 3pm.
Four former senior managers of
the Water and Sewerage Authority
(WASA) have won their lawsuit
against their past employer because
of an apparent administrative blun-
The managers --- Wayne Joseph,
Oswyn Edmund, Gerard Richardson
and Geoffrey Ventour --- were left
surprised after they scored the legal
victory even before their trial for
the unlawful termination of their
jobs began in the Port-of-Spain
High Court yesterday morning.
When the case was called before
Justice Frank Seepersad their lawyer
Gilbert Peterson, SC, indicated that
the authority had failed to file its
witness statements in defence of
the lawsuit, essentially leaving the
applicants claims against it uncon-
According to evidence presented
yesterday, all four were permanent
employees of the authority and were
promoted to senior ranks in 2002.
As part of their promotions, each
were offered contracts for their new
positions which included general
manager (operations) and human
resource manager, which were sub-
sequently renewed in 2006.
However, two months before the
three-year contracts were due to
expire in January 2009, the authority
sent Joseph, Richardson and Ventour
home on paid leave and indicated
that their services were no longer
Edmund claimed he was forced
to take early retirement, shortly
before his colleagues were informed
Since WASA failed to file its evi-
dence in which it was due to give
reasons for the decision to terminate
the managers, Seepersad must now
determine the amount of compen-
sation due to them.
Giving brief submissions yester-
day, Peterson claimed the four men
were confirmed in the senior posi-
tions held under the contracts by
virtue of an internal memo issued
by the company while they were
still employed there.
WASA s lawyer Russell Martineau
contested the claim as he said they
would have reverted back to the
lesser posts they held before being
Both lawyers are expected to make
submissions on the issue before
Seepersad makes a determination.
In an effort to mitigate the even-
tual damages, which will have to be
paid to the group, Martineau sought
to cross examine each of the men
on whether they managed to get
other jobs after their dismissal.
"I applied to over 20 places but
I was refused because of this case
with WASA," Wayne Joseph said.
Like Joseph his former colleagues
responses said they were able to
obtain jobs, albeit not on the same
level and with the same compen-
sation package as at WASA.
Martineau did get them to admit
they each kept the executive vehi-
cles, leased by the authority for
them, for between one and two years
after their contracts had expired.
Joseph claimed he later purchased
it from a bank.
Seepersad is expected to deliver
his ruling on the case on May 18.
WASA fails to file witness statements
After failure of dialogue with Govt...
HRM still looking
for way forward
Leader of the Highway Re-Route Movement Dr Wayne Kublalsingh at his home in D'Abadie yesterday. PHOTO:
Justice Frank Seepersad
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