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A national scholarship winner
who did not return to T&T after
completing his studies in medi-
cine to give back service has been
ordered to repay over $3 million
to the Government.
High Court Judge Nadia Kan-
galoo made the order against Dr
Ryan Wellington yesterday after
he failed to attend the start of the
civil trial brought by the Office of
the Attorney General.
Although Wellington, who
resides overseas, was represented
by an attorney who requested an
adjournment, Kangaloo denied the
application and ruled that Welling-
ton had sufficient notice of the
case and entered judgment against
In a press release issued yester-
day, the Education Ministry stated
that the outcome would serve as
a strong reminder to other schol-
arship winners who chose to
breach their agreements with the
During a press conference at the
Ministry of Education, St Clair,
yesterday, Education Minister
Anthony Garcia described Welling-
ton as an "errant former student"
who failed to meet his legal obli-
He revealed that the matter had
been brought before the court
through the Office of the Attorney
General and that there was a sec-
ond matter still before the court
as the State sought to "recover"
monies spent on scholarship
awardees who had failed to satisfy
the terms and conditions of the
Garcia warned that Cabinet had
taken a very "serious view" of such
"The Government invests con-
siderable sums of taxpayers money
in order to provide scholars with
the opportunity to fulfill their high-
er education dreams and as such,
they ought to provide the oblig-
atory service or repay the monies
loaned to them should they be
unable to provide such service,"
the ministry release stated.
According to the Education
Ministry, which recently took con-
trol of the administration of schol-
arships from the Ministry of Public
Administration, Wellington signed
an agreement after being awarded
an open scholarship in 2003 to
obtain a Bachelor of Medicine,
Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at the
Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin,
For the five years of his studies
the Government paid Wellington s
tuition fees and he was given text-
book and personal maintenance
Under the agreement, Welling-
ton and other scholars are required
to repay the Government if they
fail to work in T&T for the period
of their foreign studies.
Kangaloo ordered that Welling-
ton repay the $1,734,994.30
expended by the Government on
his studies in addition to
$1,328,764.64 in interest calculated
at the rate of 7.75 per cent from
the date of his graduation.
The judge also ordered him to
pay legal costs incurred by the
State in the sum of $194,227.98.
She granted a stay or execution
of her decision until April 15 in the
event Wellington challenges her
In January, Education Minister
Anthony Garcia announced that
Government was considering cut-
ting the number of scholarships
awarded annually by 15 per cent
to about 400 annually.
The Government was represent-
ed by Lesley Ann Lucky-Samaroo,
Nadine Nabie, Cherisse Nixon and
Lucky-Samaroo informed the
court a substantial portion of Gov-
ernment scholarship funds has
been expended on medical stu-
dents and the State had suffered
loss and damage due to non-com-
pliance by scholars.
The T&T Guardian understands
the State is currently negotiating
with other scholarship winners
who have agreed to reimburse the
The unidentified body of a man with
puncture wounds to his chest washed
ashore along the Manzanilla beach
around noon yesterday.
Officers from the Homicide Bureau
as well as the Eastern Division respond-
ed and up until late yesterday were
awaiting the arrival of the District Med-
ical Officer (DMO) before the body
could be removed.
Police are seeking assistance of the
public in identifying the body of the
man who was wearing only a jersey.
Senior Superintendent John Trim of
the Eastern Division confirmed that a
resident of the area discovered the body
of the East Indian man, who they ini-
tially believed was a drowning victim.
However, because of the puncture
wounds, they are treating it as a homi-
cide pending forensic examination,
He said the man, who is of medium
built, brown complexion, approximately
five feet, eight inches tall and appears
to be between 40-50 years old did not
appear to have been in the water for
long as there was no sign of deterio-
"At this moment we have no clue
who he is or where he is from. The
body could have come from any loca-
tion and the tide brought it in at Man-
He appealed to the public who may
have information on the identity of the
man or any one who may have a miss-
ing relative matching the description
to contact the police.
Two held after daylight robbery
In an unrelated incident, a combined
team of police officers from the Rapid
Response Unit, Criminal Investigations
Department Operations Unit, Task Force
and Highway Patrols nabbed two Gas-
parillo men shortly after they stole
$28,000 at Palmiste Park, yesterday.
The men, ages 24 and 30, reportedly
held up Rosanna Doriran, of Rousillac,
who operates a stall near Palmiste Park.
Around 10 am, Doriran was con-
ducting her business, when the two
men, one armed with a knife,
approached her and announced a hold-
up.They stole $28,000 she had in cash
and escaped. The money represented
weekend sales, police said.
A report was made and the combined
arms of the Police Service, led by Sgt
Ramroop and including PCs Ramper-
sad, Charles, Mohammed, Ramdass,
Khan, Moses, Goddard and WPC Plen-
They combed the bushy area and
found the men who were hiding in
They were arrested and the money
recovered. The knife believed to be used
in the robbery was also recovered.
They are expected to be taken before
several identification parades today in
relation to other robberies.
Prime Minister Dr Keith
Rowley believes the closure and
retrenchment of 644 workers
of ArcelorMittal may not be the
only company to go belly up
with the country s recession
and economic downturn.
"So let us not get carried away
with trying to think that this is
a one-off situation. Rest assured
that company (ArcelorMittal)
may not be the only one that is
thinking of handling its situation
like that," Rowley said, while
speaking on TV6 Morning Edi-
tion programme yesterday.
He said last week a plant was
closed down and 60 employees
faced the breadline because they
were having difficulty getting
gas since 2014. The PM did not
name the company.
Asked if the PNM Govern-
ment was prepared to deal with
a domino effect with other busi-
nesses shutting their doors and
terminating workers, Rowley
said: "At the end of the day busi-
nesses do not tell you what goes
on in their boardrooms."
On Friday, steel giant Arcelor-
Mittal informed its workers the
company would be closing its
operation in Trinidad and ter-
minated their employment with
The company claimed it was
operating while under a $1.3 bil-
Responding to the closure,
Rowley said he did not want to
speak much about the issue.
"That far-reaching announce-
ment...really, I am sure, was on
the cards before. The Govern-
ment and the people of Trinidad
and Tobago have to deal with
The PM said it did not look
good that one day after an
Industrial Court ruling in favour
of the workers, they were fired.
He also defended Minister of
Labour Jennifer Baptiste-Primus
for failing to meet with officials
of the company last Thursday
since it was clear certain devel-
opments were taking place.
"She (Baptiste-Primus) has to
be careful...not to have the Min-
ister of Labour replace their
(ArcelorMittal) legal require-
ments in meeting and treating
between the company and the
union. If that attempt was being
made she had to be careful not
to end up in that situation.
Remember, the company invited
the minister into the process as
part of the legal developments.
Let us not be too judgmental."
Rowley said the process was
"The calling of the minister
into a process like that...there
are legal implications...the min-
ister has to be guided by certain
Rowley said when the com-
pany decided to close its door
temporarily last December, they
heard that the decision was
based on proposed increases in
water and electricity rates by the
"Even before this happened,
certain kinds of conditions exist-
ed to allow that steel company
to continue in T&T. It s the
largest user of electricity." Rowley
said there were certain consid-
erations and discussions to take
place. "It s a whole complex
issue," he added.
The PM said he had to main-
tain the economy on an even
keel to ensure there was no job
loss and to preserve sustainabil-
ity.He said his Government was
picking up the pieces left behind
by the last administration.
"We expect there would be
persons who would not be
pleased and they would make
comments," he added.
Scholarship winner to repay
Body washes ashore
at Manzanilla beach
Permanent representative to the United Nations Pennelope Beckles-
Robinson and director of the Police Complaints Authority, David West, chat
outside Tower D, International Waterfront Complex, Wrightson Road,
yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
Aftermath of ArcelorMittal closure
More likely to shut doors in recession---PM
Doctor failed to honour $3m obligation
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