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Housing Minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal says no legitimate ten-
ant of the Housing Development
Corporation (HDC) will be evict-
ed under his watch.
Speaking at the keys distribu-
tion function at Oasis Greens
Housing settlement in Chaguanas
yesterday, Moonilal said certain
groups were trying to evoke fear
in the hearts of HDC clients who
possessed Rent-to-Own and
He also alleged that certain
groups were charging renters fees
for taking up HDC matters.
"Under Roodal Moonilal no one
will be evicted. We will evict
nobody and we will work with
you from being a renter to getting
a mortgage, so don t be conned
by anybody into paying any
money," Moonilal said.
Warning HDC tenants not to
be fooled, Moonilal said the police
would deal with this.
"We are hearing that certain
organisations are exploiting
renters. Do not collect money
from poor struggling renters. It
is against the law and we will
expose you for exploiting the poor,
low-income renters by taking
money from them in exchange for
seeking to represent them, "
He said Government had gone
to Cabinet to get lands vested in
the HDC so proper deeds could
"This means freedom because
no longer will people be impris-
oned in a rental arrangement.
They can use their property to
get a loan. Our detractors are
speaking out against us because
they don t want us to free you,"
He said HDC was owed $291
million in rent.
"We could have built another
800 low-income homes if people
pay their bills so I urge you to pay
your mortgage and work with us
so we can give you a title deed,"
Moonilal added. He said those
people who could not afford a
mortgage could go to the HDC
and speak to a representative.
He said a random draw would
be held in the next few months
and people who had been waiting
15 years and more would receive
Human rights activist Ramesh
Lawrence Maharaj says a healthy
democracy will not force national
security officers to face the courts in
their quest for basic rights.
He was speaking at a press confer-
ence hosted by the By Pass Posse, a
group of 38 Second Division fire officers
who took legal action after being passed
over for promotion.
The officers, through Maharaj, filed
a judicial review application against
the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and the
Public Service Commission which was
heard before Madame Justice Joan
"The Judge ordered that both the
CFO and the PSC have unreasonably
delayed the decision to promote the
claimants to the office of fire sub officer
and then other claimants to fire sub
station officer. Then she found the
continuing failure of the defendants to
promote the claimants as set out in
her judgement was unlawful," Maharaj
He said considerations for promo-
tions were ordered to be remitted.
The judge also ordered that the fire
officers were entitled to acting
allowances for the period in which they
acted in more senior posts than their
However, instead of granting the
benefits, the PSC decided to appeal
the matter on the basis that the judge
Saying there was "no legal basis or
factual basis for the Court of Appeal
to overturn the judgement," Maharaj
said it was disheartening and demo-
tivating for officers to have to fight for
their just dues.
He said litigation was traumatising
and expensive, adding that govern-
ments should utilise mediation in mat-
ters involving important sectors of
Spokesman for the group, Dave Sen-
non, said eight out of the 38 officers
had since retired without major ben-
When it comes to the NP300, the
updates are more evolutionary than
A more ridged high-strength frame
holds a coil spring multi-link rear
suspension and a double wishbone
front suspension. Power comes from
an improved 2.5-litre, in-line four-
cylinder, turbo-diesel engine.
The engine is more efficient and
powerful, helping the truck do more
with less fuel. A seven-speed auto-
matic and a six-speed manual trans-
mission are offered.
An electric, shift-on-the-fly four-
wheel-drive system is available and
is assisted by Nissan s Vehicle Dynam-
ic Control system, Hill Start Assist,
Hill Descent Control, and Active Brake
That last feature uses the brakes
to apply force to a spinning wheel in
low-traction situations on both the
front and rear axles. The mechanical
differential then sends power to the
These features all work together to
make the NP300 look like a solid con-
tender for Nissan in the upcoming
The NP300 comes with an updated
bed which is larger than the outgoing
model and capable of hauling more
Its looks are fairly impressive and
it shares the same design language
as other Nissan models like its V-
type front grille.
Out back, a chrome bumper and
sculpted rear end are nice additions.
The public can visit any of the
Massy Motors showrooms at Mor-
vant, Richmond Street, Port-of-Spain,
San Fernando and Tobago for
enquiries and to book a test drive.
Three police officers remain hospitalised after
the marked police jeep in which they were travelling
crashed into an electricity pole outside the Gulf
City Shopping complex, La Romaine.
Police said around 5.15 am, PC Singh was driving
the Rapid Response Unit police vehicle. Also in the
vehicle were PCs Mohammed and Vincent. Upon
reaching the mall s car park, Singh lost control of
the vehicle which crashed into the pavement and
then slammed into the pole.
The three officers were taken by ambulance to the
San Fernando General Hospital where they received
The front of the jeep was smashed. Sgt Alexander
of the San Fernando Police Station is continuing
Moonilal: No one
will be evicted
...But beware of fraudsters!
3 Cops hurt in La Romaine crash
Officers fighting for
basic rights 'bad for
New Nissan NP300 truck
promising ...and impressive
Nissan NP 300 Frontier
Minister of Housing Dr Roodal Moonilal and Transport Minister and Chaguanas MP Stephen Cadiz, partly
hidden, celebrate with new HDC home owners after the distribution of 100 homes at Oasis Greens, Egypt
Village, Chaguanas, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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