Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 12th 2015 Contents Axed beauty
queen will know
fate next week
On Monday, axed beauty queen Kimberly Farrah Singh
will know whether she will be reappointed to represent
T&T in the Miss World Competition in December.
This comes as a decision is expected to be made by
Senior Counsel Ernest Koylass on whether Singh or Miss
World franchise holder, Miss Oneness T&T, breached the
contract signed when Singh was originally selected to
compete in pageant on December 19 in China.
Koylass will act as an arbitrator between the two parties
after Singh filed legal proceedings against the company.
Attorneys Prakash Maharaj and Ron Mitchell will rep-
resent Singh for the arbitration.
The court agreed arbitration will take place at the Royal
Hotel, San Fernando, from 2.30 pm until 10 pm today.
After both parties make their case to him, Koylass will
make a decision on whether Singh should be reappointed
If for any reason either party does not abide by his
decision, then the matter will once again be taken to the
An injunction also filed on her behalf by attorney Ashraf
Hosein was called in the San Fernando High Court yes-
terday. The injunction seeks to stop Oneness from selecting
any other delegate to represent T&T in China.
That matter was adjourned to November 18 where
statements from other former beauty queens who were
dethroned by Oneness is expected to be entered into evi-
Man loses 3
A Freeport man had to undergo emergency surgery
on Divali night after a firecracker went off and injured
Arjune Maraj, 54,
was at his Chickland
Road home around 9
pm on Divali night
when he attempted to
set off fireworks from
According to a rela-
tive, the firecracker
exploded in his left
hand, ripping off three
of his fingers.
Maraj, a father of
four, was taken to the
San Fernando General
The relative, who
asked not to be named,
said Maraj was not
bursting scratch bombs.
"It was a triangular
firework that he bought
from one of those fire-
works tents. It was not
a scratch bomb," the
Maraj, a maxi-taxi
driver on the San Fer-
nando to Chaguanas
route, is warded in stable condition at hospital.
Farmers, fishing groups
on Mayaro boating accident:
The Tableland Pineapple Farmers Association (TPFA)
and the Felicity Charlieville Fishing Association (FCFA)
have extended condo-
lences to the families and
friends of fishermen
Larry Phillip and Wayne
Samaroo who drowned
on Monday when their
pirogue overturned after
stalling in the mouth of
Ortoire River. They were
returning from a fishing
Both associations said
they stood with the fishing
community, especially on
seaboard, in this time of
The association said:
"This experience is yet
another unfortunate and
painful reminder of the
challenges operators in the
agriculture and fisheries
industry continue to face.
eration for safety at sea,
safety on the field and
overall food safety practices
continue to prohibit pros-
perity and progress within
the local food production
The association said other than the nature of the job, safety
was compromised through unsustainable industry practices
in the form of chemical effluence in waterways and indiscriminate
disposal of post-harvest losses and carcasses, abandoned or lost
nets, vessels and other fishing apparatus.
It said the "accident or snakes, scorpions, machinery failure
and misuse add to the challenges, cost of acquiring appropriate
labour and as well serves as a disincentive to young and inex-
perienced persons who consider entering the industry."
In addition, it added, pollution from other sources and climate
change informed the appeal that more must be done towards risk
mitigation and understanding food security in our context.
"This understanding of food security and its related discourse
should consider protection of the men and women who dedicate
their lives to feed the nation and the people who depend on them.
"The economic fortunes of rural and coastal communities are
pegged, in the most part, to agriculture, fisheries and tourism.
"However, notwithstanding the choice of being a farmer or
fisher as a personal livelihood and career decision, the benefits
are not in tandem with corporate counterparts," it added.
The statement said farmers and fishers did not benefit from
medical insurance plans, assistance to their dependents in the
time of injury or death and other facilitating compensation
packages, adding that there is also serious room for improvement
in the provision of extension services.
"In the current scenario, ignorance being no excuse for the law,
life jackets and other implements of safety cannot be underes-
timated. Operators need the guidance, mentorship and oversight
to foster a culture change similar to the automobile industry and
seat belts," the statement said.
It added: "Industry development, albeit within the agriculture
and fisheries sector, is in need of critical evaluation and re-thinking
in the current paradigm and thrusts.
"We must build strong support for sustainable livelihoods in
the sector, ocean and land use and empower sustainability mech-
anisms to support farmers and fisher folk. These will demand
political commitments, actions and collaboration on land and
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