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Solomon's Holdings Ltd. urgently requires an Alterations Trainer / International
Brand Ambassador for its local and Regional men's clothing outlets.
Certi cation by International Brand names including, ARMANI, BOSS
and SARAR and authorisation to conduct training programmes on their
A minimum of 15 years experience in adjusting men's garments, as
speci ed by the design houses
Ability to communicate in English and Spanish
Applications must also be willing to travel, at regular intervals, to selected
countries in the Region
Persons who meet the above requirements are asked to forward their application
to the Manager:
Solomon's Holdings Ltd.
Unit 257, Level 1, e Falls of West Mall,
Applicants are also required to send a copy of their application to:
Chief Manpower O cer
Ministry of Labour, Small & Micro Enterprises
Cor. Duke & George Streets,
PORT OF SPAIN.
Deadline for submission of application: 02 June 2017
Unsuitable applications will not be acknowledged.
ALTERATIONS TRAINER /INTERNATIONAL BRAND AMBASSADOR
The decision taken by Chief Jus-
tice Ivor Archie to restart 53 mat-
ters left behind by former chief
magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar
is facing a legal challenge, as the
CJ is being told he acted outside of
the law and the Constitution.
The CJ has been given until 4 pm on
Monday to withdraw the decision, fail-
ing which attorney Gerald Ramdeen
says he will go to the High Court to
seek an order that the decision of the
body of stakeholders be quashed and
declared null void and of no effect.
Ramdeen wrote to Archie yesterday
on behalf of his client Akili Charles,
who is incarcerated at the Frederick
Street, Port-of-Spain prison charged
with a May 2010 murder. Charles, who
is represented in the matter by attorney
Wayne Sturge, has been in jail for five
and a half years.
Ramdeen said the matter was before
Ayers-Caesar, who was elevated to the
High court on April 12 before she was
forced to resign after an issue arose
over how the part-heard matters she
left behind in the magistracy would be
Ramdeen said on April 19 the Judi-
ciary issued a statement assuring that
her resignation "will in no way affect
the lower courts."He said on April 27
Ayers-Caesar tendered her resignation
and the Judiciary, in another statement,
indicated that they had agreed to "re-
store" her to the magisterial bench.
But on Thursday the Judiciary issued
a statement whereby "the public and
my client was informed that you, Chief
Justice, had convened a stakeholder
meeting" which comprised the DPP,
the Law Association, the acting chief
magistrate, senior magistrates and
the registrar of the Supreme Court to
determine the way forward for the 53
Ramdeen said at no time was his
client or his legal advisers invited to
the meeting to make representation or
given notice of the meeting and agenda.
The meeting, he said, reached con-
sensus that the matters would be re-
started de novo.
Ramdeen said section 15 of the Ju-
dicial and Legal Service Act defines
the persons who can exercise control
and supervision of judicial officers. He
noted the jurisdiction to determine the
manner in which "my client's matters
proceeds vests exclusively in the court
as conferred by the summary courts
act chapter 4:20."
He said for the body led by the CJ
to "arrogate unto itself the power to
determine the future conduct of my
client's judicial proceedings is un-
lawful, unconstitutional, in breach of
the rule of law and violates the funda-
mental tenets of the rule of law and the
protection of law to which my client
Court Registrar raps Anand
over property tax claims
The fixing of an appointment
for the Appeal Court to hear
Government's appeal of Justice
Frank Seepersad's judgement
on the property tax issue didn't
depart from established practice
and protocols concerning urgent
Registrar of the Supreme Court,
Jade Rodriguez, made this clear yes-
terday in a letter to attorney Anand
Ramlogan, SC, who is representing
former People's Partnership minis-
ter Devant Maharaj in the challenge
of Government's process regarding
the submission of valuation return
forms by the public in the property
Justice Seepersad last Friday
granted a temporary halt of imple-
mentation of the forms and Gov-
ernment had signalled its intent to
appeal on Monday (May 22). But the
Appeal Court put off the matter to
June 6 when it sat on the appeal issue
The Opposition had accused
Government of falsely claiming it
"had appealed" the judgement,
but Government had maintained it
had received confirmation its appeal
would have been heard on May 22.
Opposition leader Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar had then claimed
Court Registrar Rodriguez had ad-
vised United National Congress'
legal team that no appeal had been
filed and the Appeal Court had not
convened an emergency sitting for
May 22 for Government's appeal.
Persad-Bissessar threatened to take
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, who
had spoken on the issue in Parlia-
ment last Friday, to Parliament's
Privileges Committee for allegedly
misleading statements on the matter.
Rodriguez s letter yesterday not-
ed Maharaj's concerns on the matter
in a May 21 letter from Ramlogan.
She added that Maharaj's decision
to publicise Ramlogan's communi-
cation on the matter, without giving
her an opportunity to respond, "may
have led observers to assume" Ram-
logan intended "to impute collusion"
between the Judiciary and AG in the
filing of Appeal Court matters.
"... An imputation which I cate-
gorically reject," Rodriguez stated.
She said the situation also "be-
smirched" her reputation.
Rodriguez listed what transpired
• May 19: Rodriguez received a
call at 6.53 pm from Deborah Peake,
counsel for the Commissioner of
Valuations, who wished to "move"
the Appeal Court on an urgent matter
concerning Seepersad's judgement.
• Peake specified a notice of appeal
was being prepared, but in order to
be heard that night, she was willing
to address the court via oral appli-
• At 6.56 pm Rodriguez con-
sulted with the most senior Appeal
Court judge - Justice Mendonca -
who indicated insufficient reasons
were presented to have the court
that night. He instructed that if an
appeal notice was filed/forwarded,
the appeal would be listed for May
• Rodriguez communicated this
to Peak at 7.16 pm.
• On Saturday May 20, Rodriguez
was contacted at 9.36 am by Ramlo-
gan, who enquired if notice of appeal
on the matter was filed. She said it
• At 5.29 am that Saturday, Rodri-
guez received draft notice of appeal
via email from Zelica Haynes-Soo
Hon (Attorney General's office). She
communicated with Soo Hon and
Ramlogan's attorney (Ms Lutchme-
dial) confirming the Appeal Court's
date on Monday
• At 6.59 pm that day, Rodriguez
forwarded the notice of appeal to
Rodriguez asked Ramlogan to note
that it was settled practice in hearing
of urgent appeals for the appellant to
notify the respondent of the date and
time for hearing. She said it wasn't
the court's duty to notify the intend-
ed respondent of this.
She noted that on Monday (May
22) there were 10 matters listed for
the West court and only two for the
East Court. She said Mendonca in-
structed her on May 20 to list the
appeal for the East Court.
Port-of-Spain Mayor, Alderman Joel Martinez, strums a few chords as Simon Carimbocas look on during
the official opening ceremony of Simon's Musical Supplies store on Borde Street, Port-of-Spain, last
evening. PHOTO: DION ROACH
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