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Courtney McNish, one of the directors
of the interim board of Caribbean Airlines
(CAL) whose appointment was withdrawn
shortly after he was appointed on Friday,
feels it was done in the best interest of
A statement issued yesterday said that
Finance Minister Larry Howai withdrew
McNish from the board.
According to Howai, "Immediately as
information about Mr McNish s previous
tenure at CAL came to light, I acted to
withdraw his name on Friday afternoon as
I have every intention of ensuring that the
board has the full confidence and faith of
all stakeholders and is focused on achieving
its very clear mandate."
Having worked as CAL s vice president
of human resource on a one-year contract
which ended in July of 2009, McNish
admitted that his former position with the
company could have "possibly" been a
conflict of interest.
"I have been receiving calls and e-mails
from people in the company...that may
not be necessarily a good way to start."
McNish said his name came up as a
director as Howai was "looking for pro-
fessionals with a certain amount of expert-
ise, given the performance of the last
McNish admitted that he spoke at
lengths with Howai yesterday. "The dis-
cussion was very amicable."
He said he had some initial concerns
when he was approached to serve.
He said the concerns were his knowledge
of the state of affairs of the airline, having
links within the company, and the fact that
people may be tempted to come to him
directly, which can hamper the board s
operations. "You know the politics of these
boards, it is a very challenging board."
Attorney: Background checks
on directors mandatory
Attorney Nyree Alfonso, giving a per-
spective on the matter, said background
checks on all directors are now mandato-
"The directors in the financial institutions
are treated differently. We have a higher
standard that we have to meet. We have
to pass a fit and proper test."
Alfonso said that traditionally being an
employee in a company and coming back
to serve had not been an issue.
"Twenty years ago I don t think anyone
would have given much thought in putting
a former employee to sit on a board. I think
we have become a little wiser."
Alfonso said one of the issues with CAL
will be restructuring its human resource.
"It may be that McNish is not a suitable
person, not from a corporate governance
overall view, but he had a unique position
where he would have formed a view on
people in the company."
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new CAL director "We are not closing any murder investigations,
that is why you will see that in a murder from 2012,
people are being arrested and charged in 2013 because
we are continuing all murders. Some might be what
we call cold cases, but we are continuing all inves-
Williams also said he was committed to the move
to allow off-duty officers to go home with their guns.
"As the leader of the organisation, I am committed
to facilitating the officers in arming them. I have
made it clear to all the officers that it is my thrust
and my intention, but it has to be done in a responsible
manner because the very said public is questioning
the issue of corruption and criminality within the
Delivering a tearful eulogy yesterday, Abraham s
sister Allison Abraham-Duncan described her broth-
er s killer as a monster, but kept faith that justice
would be served.
"For the few monsters that caused us this grief,
there have been hundreds of persons demonstrating
a magnitude of love and support to us. The encour-
agement and care that we have received from the
whole country has renewed our hope and belief in
humanity and in Trinidad and Tobago."
Officiating at the service, Monsignor Michael De
Verteuil told mourners that violence was never a part
of God s plan.
"For those who believe in God s love, death is not
the end, nor does it destroy the bonds forged in our
lives. God has given him eternal life: that is the life
of perfect happiness."
CoP Stephen Williams told reporters outside the
church that investigators were going the extra mile
to catch the gunman who shot Abraham on Tuesday
night at Milton Road, Couva.
Williams said, "The investigation is ongoing and
the officers are pursuing it feverishly.
"When one of yours is taken away in such violent
situations, it gives an extra impetus for the officers
to pursue their investigation, even beyond the normal
call of duty."
Snr Supt Peter Reyes said Abraham s diligence and
hard work had created many opportunities for him
to join the Homicide Bureau and Criminal Investigative
Department, but he loved being a traffic officer.
Among those who attended the funeral was Deputy
Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson, ACP
Donald Denoon, Snr Supt Cecil Santana and former
national security minister Jack Warner.
(See story on Page A7)
laid to rest
'Police going the extra
mile to arrest killer'
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McNish: It was done in the best interest of the airline
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