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While Persad-Bissessar was fiery in her speech,
fire officers were battling a bush fire just opposite
her residence that blanketed the area with billowing
white smoke and clouds of black ash.
Fire officials said the bush fire encompassed
about ten acres of uncultivated land in Phillipine.
The fire began at the bottom of the hill opposite
the PM s residence and, aided by the wind,
advanced upwards towards the road. Fire officers
from Mon Repos Fire Station took about 45 min-
utes to contain the fire.
The SS Erin Road was converted to one-lane
traffic and motorists were diverted onto Estate
Road because of the thick smoke.
The PM dismissed detractors of her Govern-
ment s performance, including political analysts
Dr Winford James and Reginald Dumas, both of
whom, in a Sunday Guardian article yesterday,
gave the Government a poor grade for its per-
formance as it enters its third year.
"If you talk to people who are here and else-
where, it is very clear that we have more than a
pass grade in terms of achievement, in terms of
projects completed and projects on the way," she
Jack Warner s decision to file nomination for
the Chaguanas West seat
Persad-Bissessar said thus far four people have
filed nominations to contest the Chaguanas West
However, she did not disclose the names of the
Jack Warner, former Chaguanas West MP and
former minister of national security, told reporters
that he intends to file his nomination for the seat
Persad-Bissessar said Warner is free to file nom-
inations just as any other member of the UNC.
"As far as I am aware Mr Warner remains a
member of the UNC. As any other member of
the party, he is entitled to file a nomination. The
party then has a process that it goes through for
screening and selection of the specific candidate
for that constituency," she said.
Persad-Bissessar assured that the local govern-
ment election will be held within its constitutionally
(See story on page 5.)
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Ex-chairman supports Howai's decision to fire board
for 17TH MAY, 2013
Former chairman of Caribbean Airlines
Ltd (CAL) Rabindra Moonan assures that
"all is well" at CAL since he left the nation-
al carrier in a good position and the coun-
try will see a turnaround soon in its oper-
Moonan said he agreed with Finance Min-
ister Larry Howai s decision to disband the
CAL board especially after a forensic audit
unearthed "irregularities" in two depart-
ments at the national carrier.
Speaking with reporters following a mobil-
isation meeting at Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar s private Phillipine resi-
dence, the former CAL chairman said, "I
am very happy with the state that I left the
board and I told them that I would have
been happy to serve on a board that had
been given a platform as I had left."
Last Friday Howai announced the dis-
missal of the CAL board, which was headed
by Moonan and consisted of vice-chairman
Mohan Jaikaran, Gizelle Russell, Venosh
Sagewan-Maraj and Avedanand Persad.
Jamaican businessman Denis Lalor was the
sole member retained on the board.
Director of the Strategic Management
Office of the Ministry of Finance and the
Economy, Philip Marshall, was named chair-
man of the new interim board.
He said the board was called into a meet-
ing on Thursday when Howai made the
decision to fire the board.
"I agreed with his decision to disband
the board because for whatever reason the
board started to attract too much attention
and it impacted on the operations of the
company. We needed to drop the temper-
ature a little bit," Moonan said.
The attention attracted, he said, "really
had little or no merit, things like upgrades
of tickets and so on."
Moonan lamented that the firing of the
board came at a time when operations at
the embattled national carrier were starting
to turn around.
"We had put out a transformation plan
and the first four months of the year the
plan started to take effect. This year we had
projected an initial loss of US$12 million
coming down from US$69 million last year,"
Moonan said from figures available to the
former board at their last meeting on
Wednesday, "the projection was that we
would have lost only $800,000 and that
was not taking into consideration the
changes that we had made to the cargo
department. We had suffered some losses
He suggested that the airline would have
broken even in 2013 since they reduced
credit card fraud in the last month by 57
per cent "because of the new control systems
that we had put in place."
Moonan responded to a Trinidad Express
story in which former CAL vice-chairman
Mohan Jaikaran claimed he was victimised.
He said in the last couple of months a
forensic audit was launched into certain
operations in the cargo department and the
credit card department.
He said it was discovered that for three
years there were no controls in the depart-
ments and revenue could not be accounted
"Obviously because of what was taking
place we had to take decisive action. It would
have caused certain management people to
be either suspended, or in fact dismissed,
and it created a level of disquiet among
management," he said.
CAL in good position for
look on as
firemen tackle a
bush fire off the
SS Erin Road
generated a lot
of smoke near
the residence of
Bush fire does
not stop meeting
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