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Approximately a score of parents from the Arbor
and Rosewood School, Maraval, gathered outside
the Diego Martin Regional Corporation s office to
demonstrate against it yesterday.
Since September last the school has not been able
to open because of an injunction the corporation
filed against it.
Last week the school obtained Town and Country
Planning approval. Now it is protesting the corporation
not granting approval for the school to operate.
Marsha Riley, president of the Parent Teacher
Association (PTA), said the corporation requested
that the school get approval under Section 170 (1)
of the Municipal Corporation Act in order for them
Riley said only the chairman of the corporation,
Daryl Smith, was able to grant permission for the
school to open. She claims this is unfair treatment
from the corporation as no other school is required
to have such approval.
"They have asked for an approval that no other
school has. We are told that the approval can come
only from Daryl Smith. We are not trying to bully
him. We are asking him for that approval," Riley said.
She said the school has received certificates from
Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA), Occupational
Safety and Health (OSH) certificate and Town and
"We have gotten everything we need. We want
the public to understand we are asking for trans-
parency for what is holding us back," Riley said.
There are two matters involving the school before
the courts. The school is still dealing with the injunc-
tion from the corporation and the school s authorities
are taking action against the corporation.
Riley said all the parents were asking for was for
the power for approval to be removed from Smith
and the school be treated fairly.
"We want the public to understand the real truth
behind the issues. We really just want fair play. Treat
us no better or no worse than any other school," she
When contacted yesterday for a comment, Smith
said he could not comment on the protest because
the matter was still before court.
However, he said he would be happy to be at the
school s ribbon-cutting ceremony as long as every-
thing was done with the proper procedures in place.
For moments under cross-
examination, former national
security minister Jack Warner
looked agitated as Senior
Counsel Hendrickson Seunath
questioned his business and
political ethics as the $1.2 mil-
lion lawsuit brought against
him by his former personal
assistant, Imamuddin Baksh,
At one point, Hendrickson,
representing Baksh, suggested
Warner helped supporters of his
political campaign while he was
minister of works but withdrew
"I was just about to say that
I took offence to the question,"
Baksh, managing director of
Graphix Advantage Ltd, is suing
Warner, the T&T Football Fed-
eration (TTFF) and the Local
Organising Committee (LOC)
for unpaid balances for signage
his company provided for the
2012 Fifa Under-17 Women s
Taking the witness stand
before Justice Frank Seepersad
at the San Fernando High Court,
Warner, then chairman of the
LOC, denied requesting signage
from Baksh for the competition.
Hendrickson tried to flatter
Warner, saying he brought
prominence to T&T football
during his time of special adviser
to the TTFF.
After establishing that Warner
and Baksh were once friends
and neighbours, Hendrickson
charged that Warner helped
Baksh to get business from the
LOC to provide banners and
However, Warner said he only
told Baksh where he could go to
apply for work and denied per-
sonally requesting work from
He added that although he
signed a cheque to Graphix
Advantage Ltd for $98,555, it
was on the advice of the LOC s
CEO, Nataki Kerr.
Earlier on, Baksh was grilled
by both Warner s attorney, Owen
Hinds Jr, and Keith Scotland
who represented the LOC.
Hinds argued that when
Baksh became Warner s assis-
tant, his intention was to seek
business for his company.
He claimed Warner never
approached Baksh for signage
in August 2010, pointing out
that both men never agreed on
the type, material, volume or
prices of signs.
Baksh maintained he and
Warner had an agreement for
the signs and it was made and
delivered to the LOC. The matter
was adjourned to March 30
when Seepersad is expected to
give a ruling.
Jack on stand in $1.2m lawsuit...
Still no okay from
school stays shut
Baksh claimed that in
August 2010, Warner, as then
chairman of the LOC,
requested signage with the
payment coming from the
He claimed that in
September 2010, he printed
banners and posters and
installed them at various
He said he was only paid
$98,555 with another
Despite a request for the
balance, he claimed Warner
told him that he had no more
money and that he (Baksh)
should write off the debt.
Section 170 (1) states: "No public building
within a municipality may be occupied as such
unless and until the engineer, by notice in writing
addressed to the owner, declares his approval of
the construction of the building and of its
adequacy and adaptability for the purpose for
which it is permitted to be used."
WHAT THE SECTION STATES
Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner leaves the High Court in San
Fernando. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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