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Red Cross ready to help
The T&T Red Cross Society (TTRCS) has
activated its humanitarian services to support
the ongoing response operations of the vari-
ous first responder state agencies yesterday.
However, donations of food, clothing and other
relief items are not being collected at this time.
"We have also advised our regional body, the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies (IFRC) Country Cluster Office
based here in Port-of-Spain as well as our regional
disaster mechanism based in Panama. These en-
tities are designed to support National Societies
with major disaster responses which would include
financial resources, relief items and technical per-
sonnel," the release stated.
Distribution of relief items including, tarpaulins,
cleaning supplies and bedding are being distrib-
uted via the Disaster Management Unit and their
teams in the field.
People wishing to make monetary contributions
to support the local Red Cross response to Tropical
Strom Bret can do so at any Branch of Republic
Bank Ltd. Disaster Relief Fund Account Number
#180 466 501 801
Lecturer in international relations at
the St Augustine Campus of the Universi-
ty of the West Indies, Dr Mark Kirton says
while Caricom is now divided over an OAS
motion on Venezuela, it should establish a
humanitarian initiative to help the people
He said that in an interview on Monday fol-
lowing an unsuccessful attempt by the OAS in
Mexico to pass a resolution on the way forward
for the South American nation.
Caricom adopted a united position against
the OAS resolution at a previous meeting but
on Monday there was a clear division among
Caricom member nations, despite a last-ditch
attempt by Prime Minister of St Vincent and the
Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves for the united
position to be maintained during Monday's OAS
47 General Assembly.
When the vote was taken, Caricom nations
Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica and St Lucia broke
ranks and voted in support of the OAS resolution.
Some OECS states, which are also Caricom
members voted against the resolution. Sources
say T&T abstained.
The OAS resolution on Venezuela required 23
votes to be approved but it only got 20.
Kirton said Monday's vote showed that Cari-
com member states had shifted somewhat with
Caricom countries abstaining or voting against
He said the vote clearly showed that Caricom
There is reported food and medicine short-
ages in Venezuela and the Opposition there has
been leading almost daily protests. More than
50 people have been killed during the protests.
Kirton insisted the situation in Venezuela was
He suggested that there should also be attempts
to negotiate a resolution of the crisis there.
Kirton said Caricom should set up a fact find-
ing mission to go the Caracas to get a clear and
informed position on the situation in Venezuela.
"We cannot fail the brothers and sisters in
Venezuela. People in Venezuela are hurting
and Caricom cannot sit idly by. We don't want
a military intervention, we want a humanitarian
engagement because the people are suffering,"
Judge rejects ICATT election lawsuit
A High Court judge has re-
jected a lawsuit from a coun-
cil member of the Institute of
Chartered Accountants of
T&T (ICATT) challenging
the organisation's handling
of its election, two years ago.
Delivering 33-page judgment
in the Port-of-Spain High Court
yesterday, Justice Ricky Rahim
dismissed the case brought by
former ICATT vice-president
Central to the case was an er-
ror made by ICATT's president
Pria Narinesingh in announcing
the results of the election held
during the organisation's An-
nual General Meeting (AGM)
on March 25, 2015.
Narinesingh had reportedly
announced that Saleem Moham-
med was one of the six members
who had successfully contest-
ed the election, before being
informed by a member of staff
that Anthony Pierre had gotten
more votes than Mohammed.
Narinesingh sought to correct
the error by informing the mem-
bers present and by swearing in
Pierre as a council member in-
stead of Mohammed.
In his judgement, Rahim said
that the court was only allowed
to invalidate the result if there
was evidence of a substantial
irregularity calculated to affect
"The court finds that Ma-
habir-Singh has failed to pro-
vide supporting evidence to
persuade it that the error in the
announcement of the results and
that actions taken by the ICATT
thereafter to remedy the error
was so substantially irregular
that it vitiated the results of the
elections," Rahim said.
He described the actions of
Narinesingh and the ICATT as
fair and reasonable as he noted
that it was done to accord with
the electoral will of its mem-
"This is so both as a matter of
common sense and as a matter
of law," Rahim said as he ordered
Mahabir-Singh to pay the ICATT
$14,000, which represents the
legal costs it incurred in defend-
ing the lawsuit.
In his claim, Mahabir-Singh
also alleged that Narinesingh
had tampered with the election
results, however his allegation
was rejected by Rahim.
"It was clear on the evidence
that Narinesingh did not have
any control over the election
save for the announcement of
same," Rahim said.
While the issue was not un-
der consideration, Rahim noted
that ICATT's corporate secretary
Tabia Holder had testified that
that the dispute between Ma-
habir-Singh and Narinesingh
was possibly due to the fact
that they were both contesting
the post of president.
Mohammed was on Ma-
habir-Singh's slate, while Pierre
was on Narinesingh's.
Under the organisation's
by-laws each year one third of
its council members (six) must
retire and be replaced by newly
The newly elected members
then vote together with the
remaining members to decide
who will sit as president for the
Mahabir-Singh was repre-
sented by Winston Seenath,
while Michael Quamina and Im-
ran Ali appeared for the ICATT.
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