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THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
CLAIM C.V 2012 - 04681
SOOKDEO BHAGWANDASS Second Claimant
DS FABRICATION AND GENERAL CONTRACTORS LIMITED
No 20 Cedar Hill Road
TAKE NOTICE that by a Claim Form and Statement of Case filed on
the 15th day of November, 2012 an action was commenced against
you in the High Court of Justice, San Fernando by the Claimants,
Brian Bhagwandass and Sookdeo Bhagwandass both of #28 Dairy
Road, Windsor, California in which the Claimants claim as follows:-
(a)The sum of $182,500.00 being the sum due and owning for monies
lent and for the rental of office space and equipment;
(b)Interest thereon pursuant to the Supreme Court of Judicature
(Amendment) Act 2000;
AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that on the 7th day of March, 2013
the Honourable Mr Justice Seepersad directed that the Claimants
effect service of the Claim Form and Statement of Case on you by way
of advertisement once per week in a newspaper of general circulation
in Trinidad and Tobago for two consecutive weeks and that you be
allowed 28 days after the date of the publication of the last advertise-
ment in which to acknowledge service and enter an appearance.
If You Desire to defend this action, you must state this within Twenty
Eight days after the date of the publication of the advertisement, by an
Appearance to Claim Form (Form 3) available at the Registry of the
High Court which must be lodged at the Registry of the High Court
San Fernando. You may also obtain copies of the Claim Form and
Statement of Case and all related documents at the Court's Registry
or at the office of the Claimant's Attorney-at-Law of #21 Court Street,
AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE That In Default of an Appearance to
the Claim Form and Statement of Case, the court may proceed in your
absence and make any order it considers appropriate, including enter-
ing Judgement in Default of Appearance.
Dated this 29th day of April, 2013
& Deputy Marshall
Governments to date have talked about
the need to develop a sustainable econ-
omy, defined as maintaining an optimum
balance among social, economic and envi-
This is also defined by John Elkington s
Triple Bottom Line; profit, people and
In the energy-based plantation we have
ignored the externalities presented by the
environment and globally we are one of
the highest per-capita producers of carbon
emissions---one of our prime ministers is
on record as saying that we have chosen
economic development to the disregard of
the destruction of the environment.
The sustainability of our socio-economic
development is not an objective or strategy;
it is a policy or philosophical constraint
on how we choose our objectives and
strategies and hence our performance
We may wish to consider Porter and
Kramer s shared value policy in which eco-
nomic development has as its outputs prod-
ucts and services that are directly related
to engendering positive feedback to the
society to create more goods and services.
For example the development of the
Grameen Bank not only makes money for
its shareholders but provides an opportunity
for others to build businesses that would
never have been able to do so.
Point Lisas was to provide commodities
that could encourage the private sector
into downstream added-value businesses.
This was stymied by the business culture
of the onshore private sector.
The Government has to adopt the dual
instrument of foresighting.
The first is the development of the over-
arching structural and cultural environment
in which we will work, the policies and
philosophies that meet with the popula-
tion s aspirations; create the interacting
policies across the different local and global
domains particularly as regards science,
technology and innovation.
Hence foresighting here is being used to
develop policy---to create our national inno-
The second is to use foresighting as pol-
icy, as an instrument to choose activities,
implement budgetary, structural and cul-
tural changes and as an instrument in our
local domain for implementing knowledge
acquisition, its use and creation in our
In order to do this we have to identify
our deficiencies, eg in resources, funding,
business culture (low-risk private sector),
lack of institutions and their interaction
and linkages, undirected research and lack
of technological diffusion, etc.
A mistake that our governments have
been making in economic diversification
is embarking on short-term solutions for
problems they may have encountered.
The tourist industry in Tobago is col-
lapsing; hence we should pay Virgin Airlines
to bring in more tourists; we should refund
the UK tourist her carbon tax!
Our food bill is too high so we should
encourage our poorly equipped farmers
(technically and resource-less) to plant
We need to be innovative, so we run a
competition and award prizes for the best
invention in a country that is bereft of top
of the line science and technology.
However, diversifying an economy needs
long-term perspectives within our policy
guidelines as we identify our objectives
and strategies, modifying them as we go
These objectives should be in synch with
the local and global challenges that face
us.For example our problem of the food
import bill should be considered in the
context of creating a high-added-value
export agricultural industry.
This approach to socio-economic devel-
opment is really a systemic combination
of long-term perspective, national partic-
ipation and effective strategic management
formulation in the generation of our objec-
tives and strategies.
This also encourages the political actors
to move beyond their silos that are based
on immediate sector problems and short-
term concerns, so much so that solutions
to seemingly immediate problems could
be established by longer-term innovative
This is the
second in a four-
part series by
King on major
Economic development being
chosen over environment
Appeal Court judge Paula-Mae Weekes is advising
two feuding neighbours to avoid resorting to vio-
lence to solve their problems.
Weekes made the comment after overturning the
conviction of one of the neighbours for assaulting
the other by throwing a stone at him.
Weekes said: "Trifling matters could spin out of
control. This is how many murders end up before
the courts. It takes the bigger man to walk away."
In allowing the appeal of Paul Chotilal, of Rochard
Douglas Road, Penal, the Appeal Court ruled that
Senior Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle did not
properly consider all the evidence.
Chotilal was convicted of assault occasioning actual
bodily harm in February 2010 and was fined $500
and ordered to pay his neighbour Hoeman Dipchan
$3,000 in compensation.
The prosecution s case was that on May 3, 2008,
Dipchan was walking near Chotilal s house, when
he noticed Chotilal standing outside with a rock in
his hand. Dipchan claimed when he got nearer to
the house, Chotilal threw the rock, which hit him
on his left hand.
In the appeal, Chotilal s attorney Keith Scotland
submitted that Earle-Caddle s decision was unrea-
sonable. Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal, who appeared
for the State in the appeal, agreed.
"The prosecution concedes that the conviction of
the appellant may be considered unsafe, as the mag-
istrate factored many matters into her decision that
were not supported by the evidence and accordingly
did not give Chotilal a fair trial," Seetahal said.
The evidence refered to included Dipchan s tes-
timony, in which he claimed he had a cordial rela-
tionship with Chotilal, as well two seemingly con-
tradictory medical certificates which were issued to
Dipchan on the same day.
Judge: Don't use violence
to solve problems
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