Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 19th 2015 Contents he had a duty to design safe buildings
for the public.
After persistent questioning on what
he did after a 2007 report by Geotech
Associates Ltd indicated there was a
problem with the soil stability, which
could affect the designs, he said he
recommended that a further geotech-
nical report was required for the affect-
He said he was not aware the build-
ing designs were submitted for Town
and Country Planning s approval.
When the hearing resumes today at
9.30 am, John-Charles is expected to
Yesterday he said he wanted to hold
discussions with the witness but that
was denied after Elder said such action
was not permitted.
Ibrahim later supported
Elder. He told John-
Charles that the regula-
tions must be followed.
Kistow s re-examina-
tion is expected to last
about 30 minutes and the
next witness expected to
appear will be commu-
nity activist Lennox
Smith from the Laventille
for Laventillians organi-
"SILWC therefore plays an essential
role in this arrangement by holding the
hand of the ex-Caroni workers and
taking them step-by-step through the
process of their loan applications," he
He added after the applications have
been submitted and the process of the
buildings got underway, SILWC would
be engaged in making regular site visits
during the stages of construction to
monitor the progress of the houses.
He said the monitoring and evalu-
ation systems implemented by SILWC
would ensure that the building plans
approved by the Town and Country
Planning division were being adhered.
"Apart from expanding housing solu-
tions for these citizens of Trinidad and
Tobago, this facility in its broadest and
most holistic sense would serve as a
platform to generate employment and
economic activity for people in those
communities," he noted.
Moonilal said that through his min-
istry, along with the Bureau of Stan-
dards, a Cabinet note was being
finalised which would finalise the codes
for small buildings.
Those wishing the two per cent
mortgage loan should make their appli-
cations with the TTMF in accordance
with its existing lending policies. Pro-
cedures for the two per cent interest
would be based on the original cost of
the land which was on average $30,000,
it was noted.
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Approximately 5,800 former
workers of Caroni (1975) Ltd, who
are part of the Voluntary Sepa-
ration of Employment Pro-
gramme (VSEP), will now benefit
from a two per cent mortgage
loan being made available from
the T&T Mortgage and Finance
A memorandum of understand-
ing was signed between the TTMF
and the Sugar Industry Labour
Welfare Committee (SILWC) yes-
terday at the Ministry of Housing
and Urban Development at the
HDC Building, South Quay, Port-
"The alliance between the
TTMF and SILWC is but yet
another measure adopted by my
ministry to help the VSEP employ-
ees of Caroni (1975) Limited to
improve the quality of their lives
after the closure of the sugar
industry," said Roodal Moonilal,
He said a meeting at the TTMF
office in April 2014 revealed that
VSEP workers were having diffi-
culties to access finance to buy
land and construction of their
"Historically SILWC, an agency
of the Ministry of Housing and
Urban Development, has been suc-
cessful in providing land and soft
loans for housing to persons
engaged in the sugar industry.
SILWC has a virtual symbiotic
relationship with Caroni and
Caroni workers," he said.
To assist with information dis-
semination, the TTMF and SILWC
will launch a series of presentations
to inform to relevant beneficiaries.
Moonilal said SILWC would be
responsible for advising the persons
whose applications have been
Attorney Emerson John-
Charles yesterday told the com-
mission of enquiry into the Las
Alturas housing project at Lady
Young Road, Morvant, that he
would not challenge a ruling by
commission chairman Justice
Mustapha Ibrahim against a
request for commission member
Anthony Farrell to recuse himself
from the enquiry.
At the start of yesterday s hear-
ing at the Caribbean Court of Jus-
tice, Henry Street, Port-of-Spain,
John-Charles said while he did not
agree with Ibrahim s ruling he was
not going to seek "judicial review"
as previously indicated.
Ibrahim said he was thankful
for John-Charles "maturity." John-
Charles had argued that Farrell
should recuse himself on the basis
that he had displayed perceived
bias by the manner in which he
questioned civil designer Steve
Ibrahim in his ruling last week
said the request by John-Charles
was "without merit."
Kistow, a civil designer by pro-
fession and designer of the project,
was recalled to the witness box for
cross-examination by Pamela
Elder, senior counsel to the com-
mission at yesterday s hearing.
During his cross-examination,
Kistow said as a structural engineer
Those who do not share
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar s vision that all citi-
zens must be treated equally
would not stand a good chance
at being accepted by the United
National Congress screening
So said party chairman Khadi-
jah Ameen yesterday as she spoke
about the UNC s screening of
candidates for the general election
later this year.
"Mr Basdeo Panday (former
UNC leader), for instance, has
indicated he will be filing his
nomination papers. I don t know
how serious he is but he has
always publicly objected to the
Prime Minister s approach and
Ameen added that the UNC
would not be biased but would
interview every single nominee,
whether they looked suitable on
paper or not.
"But nominees must share the
vision of the Prime Minister. This
is critical. Nominees must know
that," she added.
Ameen said the UNC was
looking for a good strong team
who would not only represent
constituents but who would have
one national vision to serve all,
not just groups in particular geo-
The UNC would screen can-
didates for all 41 electoral seats
but will not contest all, she said.
The party will "negotiate" with
the Congress of the People (COP)
and other parties in the coalition
to come up with the best can-
didates, she said.
Ameen said several incumbent
MPs have filed their nomination
papers and some prominent pub-
Concerning the critical mar-
ginal seat of Tunapuna, held by
COP MP Winston Dookeran,
Ameen said attorney Larry Lalla
has filed his nomination papers
with the UNC.
As for whether Dookeran
would be returning as a candidate
for the general election, she said:
"The COP will have to answer
Ameen said nominations had
been extended and the party was
still open and when the UNC
was ready to close it will be
announced one week before.
So far, 200 people have col-
lected nomination forms and
none has been returned as yet,
When nominations were
closed screening would be done
expeditiously, she said.
Members of the UNC s screen-
ing committee have not convened
as yet, Ameen said, in response
to questions on who were the
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