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The Water and Sewerage
Authority (WASA) has been
dealt another blow in its ongo-
ing legal battle with the Port-
of-Spain City Corporation over
a 23-acre parcel of land at West-
The Court of Appeal yesterday
dismissed WASA's appeal over
the decision of a High Court
Judge in 2013 to award ownership
of the site to the corporation.
Appellate Judges Allan Men-
donca, Rajendra Narine and Gre-
gory Smith sat on the appeal
The land, sometimes referred
to as the Cocorite Farm, is located
on the Western Main Road,
Westmoorings, opposite The
Falls, West Mall.
The dispute arose in 2011 when
the authority resumed water pro-
duction at the site, which had
been discontinued in the 1980s,
while placing signs to re-establish
the property boundaries.
On September 14 that year,
the corporation's chief executive
officer advised WASA that it
should cease and desist all activ-
ities on the acreage since the
property was under the corpo-
WASA maintained its position
and the following day the cor-
poration moved onto the site and
tore down the signs. WASA
workers were allegedly threatened
with arrests for trespass, accord-
ing to the documents presented
in court. WASA however, claimed
it was the corporation which was
In her judgment delivered in
January 2013, Justice Carol Gobin
ruled WASA had failed to present
evidence to prove the land was
vested to it.
Gobin said the property was
in the continuous and undis-
turbed possession of the corpo-
ration since the 1980s and, as
such, WASA's activity on the
lands was illegal.
Shortly after Gobin's judgment,
former Port-of-Spain mayor
Louis Lee Sing announced that
the site would be transformed
into a green space which would
include benches, a children's
playground and a walking track.
Although the Appeal Court
had refused WASA an injunction
stopping development on the site
until the appeal was determined,
it has been left virtually
"Mayor of Port-of-Spain,
Alderman Raymond Tim Kee,
has expressed his satisfaction at
the successful outcome of this
matter," a press release from the
corporation said yesterday.
WASA was represented by
Senior Counsel Seenath Jairam,
attorneys Larry Lalla and Nyree
Alfonso, while John Jeremie, SC,
and Kerwyn Garcia represented
the city corporation
Ayanna Webster-Roy is the
new candidate selected to rep-
resent the People s National
Movement in Tobago East for
the this year s general election.
She replaces Wendell Berkley,
who was first selected by the
screening committee on March
8 but withdrew his candidacy on
Webster-Roy, 35, of Roxbor-
ough, is a community develop-
ment co-ordinator attached to
the Division of Community
Development and Culture in the
Tobago House of Assembly
PNM deputy leader Orville
London refused to confirm the
decision on Wednesday, only say-
ing they had a recommendation
which had to be ratified. However,
he said he respected Berkley's
decision to step aside.
He added: "The way in which
our screening operates is that the
screening committee would make
a decision and then that decision
is informed by the executive.
"Mr Berkley made a considered
decision to withdraw and I owe
it to him as a PNM-mite, as a
mature individual, I have to
accept the decision and I am not
going to second guess or question
him. "We are now in a situation
where we now have to find a can-
didate, we met at the Tobago
council headquarters and the rec-
ommendation was made to the
executive and was accepted.
"We are now expected to meet
and make a final decision before
that becomes public." But a
source close to the party revealed
that after much deliberation on
Tuesday, Webster-Roy was given
the nod by the executive.
Several people took to social
media to commend the party on
the decision to select another
nominee. Therapeutic counsellor
Nadine Stewart, who faced the
screening committee for the
Tobago East post, said in a Face-
book post: "Ayanna Webster-Roy,
you already know you have my
full hundred support."
In an interview with the T&T
Guardian yesterday, Webster-Roy
said if elected she planned to
work closely with the THA to
push the developmental agenda
on the island.
"In terms of my vision, I want
to see a Tobago East that is devel-
oped in the terms of light indus-
try, but green industry as well,
more cottage industries, as well
as a Tobago East that has better
"The assembly has done a lot
of work and they have made
inroads and I know if I get there
I would be able to advocate so
that we could get more allocations
in terms of funding for the
assembly and I would advocate
very strongly to ensure the devel-
opmental agenda goes forward,"
She said making the decision
to run for the Tobago East seat
was one of the hardest she had
to make but noted Tobago's des-
tiny was being crafted and she
wanted to have an input
"Autonomy for Tobago is very
important to me and I thought
it was important for me to get in
and make sure it happens. I have
children and I want to be able to
inform the kind of society my
children inherit, the kind of nation
they are allowed to grow in," she
Shamfa Cudjoe is the party's
candidate for the Tobago West
sex video is
four years old
PNM picks new Tobago East candidate
Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of
Assembly (THA) Orville London says the video
of two teenage students from a Scarborough
secondary school, which recently went viral on
social media, has been in existence for four
He said the video, which shows the pupils
engaging in sexual activity in a classroom, was
first brought to their attention in 2011 and has
since resurfaced several times on the internet.
Questioned about the issue at the THA's post-
Executive Council press conference on Wednesday,
London said the video was old and was dealt
with in the past by the school.
He added: "I can only give you the information
that was given to me by the Secretary of Edu-
cation, Youth Affairs and Sport. What he has
indicated to me is that the video to which the
article refers was first posted in 2011, then reposted
in 2013 and then reposted again in 2015.
"He (Huey Cadette) has indicated that his offi-
cers did the necessary investigation and they
have reported to him that none of these students
is at school as we speak, neither the female nor
the two males in question.
Based upon what he is telling me, an inves-
tigation was launched and things happened,"
He was referring to an article which appeared
in the T&T Guardian earlier this week, which
highlighted the outrage of parents over the video
after it went viral on Facebook. In the video, the
students are having sex in their school uniforms.
London on Wednesday said the circumstance
clearly signaled how lives could be rigged by the
way social media was utilised. He urged users,
especially those of school age, to be more respon-
"Here you have something that is four years
old becoming front page news and in effect, that
picture being played over and over again.
"And of course obviously I would expect that
some of them would have gone past this but the
images remain, so that I would just want to urge
people, not just young people, not to live out
their lives on social media. Remember they are
entitled to their own privacy.
"Once you share your privacy with anyone it
no longer belongs to you. In the present circum-
stances, you lose it almost everlastingly," he added.
Cops called in
In a release yesterday, THA Secretary of Edu-
cation, Youth Affairs and Sport Huey Cadette
said, "In 2013, the video of the incident began
re-circulating. Staff assisted by the Trinidad and
Tobago Police Service, identified the name and
address of the person responsible for recirculating
the video. Shortly thereafter, the video was
Students and their families were treated and
provided with support in keeping with the divi-
sion's established protocols, it said.
Cadette said sexual misconduct will not be
taken lightly and condemned the action taken
by the person who uploaded the video yet again.
"Any type of issues pertaining to sexual mis-
conduct in our schools will be treated seriously.
The division is at this time actively reviewing
student support interventions and educational
initiatives geared towards alleviating such risky
behaviour in our schools.
"The action of those circulating this video only
serves to reopen old wounds, derails healing
efforts and is therefore condemned."
WASA dealt another blow
Westmoorings land dispute...
Ayanna Webster-Roy, PNM's
candidate for Tobago East in
the upcoming general election.
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