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Caribbean Airlines Ltd is sad-
dled with a US$270,000 monthly
bill for breaking its lease on two
767 jets that are now flying for
The issue was brought to the fore
as company officials appeared before
yesterday's Joint Select Committee
meeting in Parliament.
"We are still incurring payments
on the 767s and that goes until
August 2017. The leases were due
to expire in 2017. We returned the
aircraft but given that we were re-
turning, we had to renegotiate with
lessors (a person who leases prop-
erty)," CAL chief executive officer
Captain Jagmohan Singh said, as
he noted US$135, 000 was due for
The 767s, which once served the
retired London route for CAL, are
now used by Air Canada.
The committee also heard that
CAL experiences some US$40,000
in credit card fraud per month.
This activity occurred on some of
the most popular routes, including
Port-of-Spain to New York, Guy-
ana to North America, Kingston to
New York and out of Caracas, where
fraudsters used other people's infor-
mation to make bookings on CAL's
However, Senior Manager Finan-
cial and Revenue Accounting, Adrian
Agarrat, said systems were being put
in place to deal with this, as it was of
serious concern to the industry. He
said in 2013 it was discovered there
was a US$20 million accounting
error which was since rectified by
Regarding the submission of doc-
uments, CAL was warned by Senator
David Small that it must comply with
the committee's request.
At the previous hearing, the com-
mittee requested a document which
was not publicly specified, but had
still not received it up to yesterday.
In giving an explanation, however,
CAL vice chairman Michael Quam-
ina expressed concern in submitting
the document, saying it was confi-
But Small said it was not up to the
management to determine what doc-
uments ought to submitted, saying
full compliance was expected by the
Quamina then assured that they
would submit the document within
On the request for documents re-
garding management of the tender
process and evaluation documents
for purchasing aircraft, Small said
this was also not done.
Tender and evaluation documents
for the 2011 purchase of five ATR
aircraft were still outstanding. The
ATRs belong to a $200 million fleet
from which regional aviation bod-
ies reported five engine fire warnings
from December 2015 to December
2016. However, the Civil Aviation
Authority of T&T does not publish
Colville Carrington, VP Mainte-
nance and Engineering, also assured
this would be done.
It was also revealed that accord-
ing to a recent survey conducted by
the company, some 66 per cent of
employees were dissatisfied with
management and in particular the
direction in which the company was
Ramesar wants nationwide search
Police Service Social and Welfare
Association general secretary, Insp
Anand Ramesar, yesterday ques-
tioned why the TT Police Service
(TTPS) had not mounted a nation-
wide search for missingWPC Nyasha
"We are not seeing that concerted
effort...that mobilisation of police of-
ficers so that we could have a profound
investigation into this matter. We want
some real intensified efforts into resolving
this issue," Ramesar said in a telephone
interview, as the search forJoseph entered
its fifth day today.
Ramesar said he had not heard from
the TTPS that a special investigator or a
task force had been assigned to Joseph's
case, nor hadthere been any word that the
Anti Kidnapping or Homicide units had
mounted an island-wide search.
"One of our officers is missing and
we are not hearing anything by strategy
and operations. We are not saying that
nothing is happening, but the way this
thing is going about, it is very nonchalant
in terms of the perception of the mem-
bership," he said.
"We are not getting that level of urgen-
cy and caring. Is just like another day in
policing. We are not feeling that sense of
human care coming from management...
we are not hearing it from the Minister of
National Security and the stakeholders."
In the previous five days, Ramesar
said his members had not heard from
"commanders in relation to this. We
need for you to come and address us...
our colleagues." In the TTPS, Ramesar
said when someone goes missing for a
specific time, "the investigation moves
from a missing person to a homicide. We
are in that realm."
He said the association was hoping and
praying for Joseph's safe return.
Joseph, who is attached to the Mor-
vant Police Station, was last seen by her
colleagues on Thursday. A 32-year-old
male friend of Joseph is assisting the po-
lice with investigations. Police have also
questioned two of her colleagues in the
case. Ramesar said the TTPS was viewing
Joseph's disappearance as another miss-
ing person case,but this was traumatising
"They(officers)are hoping and consol-
ing each other. A lot of people appear to be
still in a daze knowing this has happened
to their colleague. Their ability to focus
has been diminished," Ramesar said.
"We want to know what has happened.
This is a young person with a lot of poten-
tial for the Police Service, regardless what
are the circumstances. From a policing
perspective the matter has to be resolved."
Although Ramesar said he did not
know Joseph personally, he said her
colleagues described her as having an
energetic spirit. He said police officers
look out and care for one another because
they share the same risks due to the na-
ture of their jobs.
In April,Ramesar said the membership
will raise the TTPS' failure to properly
search for the WPC at a general council
"People complain about police officers
and their lack of effort and low perfor-
mance, but it does not remove from the
employer the responsibility to care for its
Calls to acting Commissioner of Po-
lice Stephen Williams' cellphone were
not answered yesterday.
Missing WPC's colleagues help
daughter celebrate fourth birthday
JENSEN LA VENDE
The daughter of missing po-
lice woman Nyasha Joseph is
unaware of the frantic and futile
search to locate her mother, who
many now fear is dead.
The child, who turned four yester-
day, is being well sheltered by rela-
tives, who have been keeping radios,
televisions and social media sites off
in the presence of the child and are
not purchasing the daily newspapers
for fear she may see her mother's
picture and begin asking questions.
The child, a close relative said yes-
terday, is accustomed to not seeing
her mother for days due to her job
and since the search began last Fri-
day the child has not yet asked for
"I hope she doesn't today (yester-
day), because today is her birthday
and when it get dark she might want
to know where is mummy," the rel-
The child was given a birthday
party at her school yesterday, just
as her mother had planned. Fellow
police officers assisted in dropping
off the cake and ice cream for the
celebration, which is expected to
continue this weekend.
Joseph was jubilantly counting
down the days to her child's fourth
birthday and nothing would have
stopped her from making it memo-
rable, the relative said, dispelling the
notion that she may have abandoned
her family and job.
The relative, who asked not to be
named, said the family is not cop-
ing well with the disappearance and
while they are hoping for the best,
they have been preparing for the
worst and at this point just want
some measure of closure.
"We hoping that she probably just
tied up somewhere and that we will
find her alive.
"They said they checked so much
waters and nothing surfacing, so we
are holding on and hoping that it is
not a case of murder.
"We hoping that is positive news
but then we prepare ourselves for the
worst the same way, if push come to
shove we want to see her, we want her
body, dead or alive. We just want to
get the body and get some closure,"
the relative said.
Guardian Media was told Joseph
was reported missing by her col-
leagues when she failed to show up
to work last Friday. Checks by police
revealed she was last seen in the com-
pany of a 39-year-old Sea Lots man
who is in police custody.
The two had broken up four
months ago but had a cordial rela-
tionship.Joseph had moved out of the
Production Drive, Sea Lots home she
shared with the man and moved back
to her Marie Road, Morvant home.
The officer, who has four months'
service and is still under the pro-
bationary period, had an on again
off again relationship with a po-
lice officer long before she joined
the service. He and another officer
were questioned and subsequently
released in relation to Joseph's dis-
Coast Guard and police officers
searched the mangroves off Sea Lots
yesterday, but while no sign of Joseph
was found they managed to seize two
crocus bags of marijuana worth and
estimated $500,000. The air, land
and sea search for the 22-year-old
officer is expected to continue today.
In a media release yesterday, act-
ing Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams assured Joseph's family
and the country that every effort
is being made to return the officer
safely to her loved ones, adding he
has joined the ongoing prayer vigil
for her return.
Sgt Ulric Benjamin, Joseph's
reporting officer, is quoted as de-
scribing the young officer as having
"WPC Joseph is a person of good
character, very professional and
willing to go the extra mile. She has
always been a willing participant on
exercises and even though she's only
been on board for several months, al-
ready has several cases in the court.
She's a budding officer who has
shown a lot of potential. WPC Joseph
views the job as a career and not just
a job. She also has the respect of her
colleagues," Benjamin said.
Snr Supt Radcliff Boxill, of the
Criminal Investigations Depart-
ment, is appealing to the public to
come forward and assist with the
Caribbean Airlines Limited Vice Chairman Michael Quamina, right, listens to
Chief Executive Officer, Capt Jagmohan Singh, during yesterday's Joint
Select Committee meeting. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
CAL paying for 767s it doesn't use
US$270,000 monthly bill TOBAGO AIRBRIDGE WOES
On the perennial problem of mem-
bers of the public having difficulty in
obtaining flights to and from Tobago
and enduring longs lines, Quamina
said the issue was the lack of a proper
booking system and not an equipment
"People are just booking flights
and just turning up when they want.
We're looking to bring an end to that,"
Quamina added. But Small was not
impressed, saying this must be ad-
dressed urgently. On the challenges
affecting the profitability of the airline,
Quamina said the load of the various
routes were quite impressive, but the
cost needed to be rationalised.
"I don't think that the airline has
yet narrowed in on an ability to prop-
erly allocate cost per route. Once we
get that it will return to profitability
and the airline is online to return to
profitability within the next 12 to 24
months," Quamina said.
The committee also noted that
some 28 per cent of CAL's pilots were
over 56 years and the official retire-
ment age was 60. But Quamina said a
proper manpower audit was expected
to be completed soon, which will de-
termine the proper allocation of staff
that was required. But he said pilots
can work up to 65 at CAL.
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