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Chairman of Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL)
Rabindra Moonan has been ordered to sub-
mit a report to the Ministry of Finance.
This comes on the heels of an exclusive
T&T Guardian newspaper report that the
airline s vice-chairman, Mohan Jaikaran,
requested complimentary airline tickets for
a Mother s Day concert scheduled for New
York City and Toronto this weekend, at a
cost of US $20,000 for 19 people. Jaikaran
is a co-promoter of the concert.
Speaking to reporters yesterday during the
opening session of the Caribbean Growth
Forum, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-
of-Spain, Minister in the Ministry of Finance
Vasant Bharath confirmed the matter was
engaging the attention of the Government.
"Both Howai (Minister of Finance, Larry)
and I have requested a full report from the
chairman of Caribbean Airlines on this matter.
Clearly there was a previous report also, of
a similar nature, which had not been sub-
stantiated but we are awaiting that report.
We hope to get it soon," Bharath said.
Asked whether there were parameters with-
in which the chairs of the national airline
operated, Bharath said: "Well ,of course, any-
thing is possible. One would hope there are
systems in place to ensure that there are
proper governance procedures.
"As I say, it would be premature to make
a statement on it until we get the report."
Bharath also confirmed that there was a
meeting between members of the manage-
ment and executive team concerning the way
forward for the airline but no decision has
yet been made.
He added: "Both Howai and I do have a
report from CAL. In fact, Caribbean Airlines
made a presentation to Howai and myself
yesterday morning. The deputy chairman
(Mohan Jaikaran) and CEO (acting CEO
Robert Corbie) had made a presentation in
terms of the way forward. We are considering
"We are engaging the services of an over-
seas consultant to assist with the restruc-
turing and making it more efficient and
"The presentation yesterday was just an
indication of the latest management
accounts and it was also a presentation
based on the fact that we reduced some of
the routes to Jamaica, the frequency of those
While he did not give details of the current
financial state of the airline, Bharath said:
"It could be better."
Keron Cummings, the father of the country's
first sextuplets, has one regret.
He wished he had listened to the advice of some
doctors and relatives and sent his wife overseas to
"If I could do it all over again I would have sent
my wife abroad," Cummings told T&T Guardian as
he broke his silence yesterday, expressing concern
over the aftercare given to his babies.
And while both Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan
and chairman of the North Central Regional Health
Authority (NCRHA) Dr Shehenaz Mohammed
claimed everything possible was done to prepare for
the babies arrival, hospital sources told the T&T
Guardian conflict surrounded the consent form for
the caesarean-section surgery.
While the consent form is normal procedure for
patients undergoing surgery, the T&T Guardian
learned that one was drafted specially to distance
the NCRHA from any potential medical-negligence
However, reliable sources said the consent form
was revised because of resistance from some doctors,
who described it as
A T&T Guardian
exclusive reported on
Tuesday that local
and overseas spe-
ed that expectant
mother Petra Lee-
Foon should be sent
overseas to ensure
received the treat-
ment they required.
raised after two of
the babies --- Kaelon Nasir and Paeton Christopher
Lee --- died from internal bleeding. The fifth-born
of the sextuplets, Persia Meleigh, continues to battle
While he is thankful to the medical team who
looked after his wife at the Mt Hope Women s Hos-
pital, Cummings is upset with Khan and Mohammed.
He took Khan to task for reportedly suggesting
close to $5 million worth of equipment was purchased
for his babies. He is also annoyed with Mohammed
for her comment that the survival rate among sex-
tuplets was four out of six.
"The hospital was short of equipment to begin
with. We were concerned about the aftercare," he
said. "The Minister of Health promised us that every-
thing would have been put in place.
"It is obvious that things were not put into place
as we expected."
"In any case," he pointed out, "even if $5 million
was spent, it was not only to facilitate our children.
That money was spent because the hospital was
lacking that equipment to begin with.
Bharath seeks report
on 'tickets for pals'
From Page A1
Told that information
obtained by the T&T Guardian
revealed that Corbie had not
approved the 19 complimentary
tickets, Moonan replied: "The
information you have probably
is different to the information
that was made available to me."
Performers carded for the
concert include Raymond &
Dil-E-Nadan, Ravi B & Karma,
and KI & 3Veni Band.
The concert is being held on
Saturday at the Double Tree by
Hilton Hotel near the Toronto
airport and on Sunday (Moth-
er s Day) at Jamaica Avenue,
Richmond Hill, New York.
Jaikaran is listed as a co-pro-
moter of the event.
Moonan dismissed the sug-
gestion there might be a conflict
of interest between Jaikaran s
employment as vice-chairman
at CAL and executive chairman
"I am not aware there is a
conflict of interest. My infor-
mation is that these particular
shows have been going on for
the longest while. He has been
receiving sponsorship from both
BWIA and CAL."
Asked if it was the norm for
BWIA or CAL (which replaced
BWIA in 2007) to give Jaikaran
19 complimentary tickets, Moo-
nan said: "No, I do not have
the exact amount but what I
am saying it is part of the nor-
mal sponsorship programme."
Moonan said last year CAL
also sponsored airline tickets
for the Olympic team.
"Last year we approved tick-
ets for the entire Olympic team
which is part of our normal
Moonan said CAL also spon-
sored airline tickets for two
reporters from radio station
I95.5 to attend a function in
London. He did not disclose
He said the airline had also
sponsored tickets for the Red
Cross Society and various
Jaikaran did not respond to
telephone calls or text messages
sent by the T&T Guardian yes-
CAL chairman: No conflict of interest
I should have
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