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Members of the Law
Society, a represent-
ative group represent-
ing law students at the
Faculty of Law at the
University of the West
Indies, St Augustine
campus, is calling for
"an amicable solu-
tion" of the dispute
and the Dean of the
In a statement, issued
on Saturday, the execu-
tive of the Law Society
stated, "It is with great
concern, that the execu-
tive of the Law Society at
the St Augustine campus of the
University of the West Indies takes
note of the recent events taking place
within its faculty. It is not uncommon that situ-
ations of dis-accord may occur as human beings
innately tend to differ at times. However, the law
society recognises that there are internal mecha-
nisms in place at the University that allow for any
conflict that may arise between members of staff
to be settled in a manner that is best suited for the
furtherance of education. Thus, the Law Society
expects that an amicable solution will be achieved
so as not to affect any student currently enrolled or
any soon to be enrolled. The Law Society remains
committed to working with its Faculty Dean and
all Faculty Lecturers in achieving excellence, in
the best interest of its students."
Lecturers at the Faculty of Law have written to
the UWI principal Prof Brian Copeland complain-
ing that the UWI failed to follow the mandatory
process of consultation before re-appointing Rose
Marie Belle-Antoine to the post for another term.
They have also raised several allegations against
Belle-Antoine about her managerial style and at
least one lecturer has officially complained to the
West Indies Group of University Teachers in ac-
cordance with the union's grievance procedure.
Copeland has admitted that there was no con-
sultation before the Dean's re-appointment and
Belle-Antoine has refuted to allegations made by
RADHICA DE SILVA
A group of homeless people of San Fernando have
secured a meeting with San Fernando Mayor Junia
Regrello yesterday to talk about the opening of
a soup kitchen at Kings Wharf, San Fernando.
The project was started by Regrello's predecessor
former Mayor and now Minister of Rural and Local
Government Kazim Hosein.
Even though $2.2 million of voluntary donations
were raised by Hosein since last year, the San Fer-
nando City Corporation committee for socially
displaced people, has failed to open the facility
for the 56 homeless people of San Fernando. This
Committee is a non-governmental organisation
which falls outside the purview of the Corporation
but is headed by chairman Terrence Beepath and
deputy Mayor Vidya Mungal-Bissessar.
In an interview yesterday, Regrello said he
planned to meet with the homeless delegation at
9 am tomorrow. Already the centre has been cleaned
and stocked with cots. The Rotary Club of San Fernando
has already donated stainless steel refrigerators, deep freezers,
stoves and utensils while the electrical wiring and roof of the centre have
On Friday, about a dozen socially displaced people went to the Red Cross
Society on Coffee Street to get clothing so they could be properly attired
to meet with the Mayor. However, staff at City Hall told them that they
had to make an appointment.
Many of them to began crying on hearing about the process. Evans Brereton
said, "When Kazim was here he used to walk outside on the street and talk
with us. He would give us shoes and ask us how we end up on the street.
He promised us that he will give us a proper place to stay and all we want
to know is when," Brereton said.
Vidya Ramlogan said she and other homeless people congregate on Harris
Promenade because this is where "the food train passes."
Every morning, people come with a van and give us a meal. If we stay
anywhere else we will not get food. At least we get one good meal for the
day. If they set up the soup kitchen we will get at least three meals and we
will have a place to bathe and brush our teeth," Ramlogan said.
Most of the homeless people go to San Fernando General Hospital to bathe
in the public showers. Others get drinking water from the irrigation hoses
outside the Teaching Hospital or from the fountain on Harris Promenade.
A few have also ventured onto the compound of the Southern Academy for
the Performing Arts (SAPA) to get water.
Hosein, in an interview said he had given a mandate to the committee to
open the centre as soon as possible. He said many businesspeople of San
Fernando who owned food outlets were willing to provide meals for the
homeless people at the centre.
Minister of Local Government Kazim Hosein, left, and San
Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello tour the Centre for
Socially Displaced People at Kings Wharf, San Fernando,
during a visit, last week. PHOTO: KRISTIAN D E SILVA
Dean of the Faculty
of Law, Professor
Rose-Marie Belle Antoine
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