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TRINIDAD - GULF OF PARIA to NORTH OF TOBAGO
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MVs HIGHLAND COURAGE, HIGHLAND VALOUR and
HAMMERHEAD with the semi-submersible drilling rig
OCEAN LEXINGTON in tow will be moving from
Chaguaramas anchorage at
061 - 42.45 W
around the North Coast of Trinidad to offshore North
Coast of Tobago - Cassra NW
in Block 22 at
060 - 46.85 W
during the period 20th to 22nd June, 2013.
The rig will be engaged in drilling operation for a period
of approximately 50 days thereafter.
A 500-meter berth is requested and caution is advised.
17th June, 2013.
Director of Maritime Services
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The way now seems clear for bringing the
T&T Chess Association back to life. After
some six weeks of constitutional uncertainty,
vice president Roderick Noel has taken the
initiative and summoned the annual general
meeting to be held at the Southern Chess
Club venue, San Fernando, on June 30, start-
ing at 2.30 pm.
In spite of all the doubts expressed, this
effort at reconstituting the national chess body
seems optimistic as it appears to have the full
support of the Association s membership.
Hopefully, also, the clubs would have had
enough time to ruminate over this sad affair
and appreciate the urgent need to get the
national chess agenda back on track.
Noel and Hayden Lee were the only exec-
utive members left standing after the mass
exodus from the management committee
The way ahead then became cloudy as the
MC could not muster a three-man quorum
to call an AGM and the tribunal could not act
without the written request of at least four
It is welcome then that Noel has mustered
the courage to make such a move on his own,
hoping ending the "stalemate."
As Noel sees it, the most important step to
full recovery would be the election of a new
management committee. In this respect, DR
expects that member clubs would learn from
the sad experience of the previous MC which
comprised largely of virtual outsiders, more
loyal to ex-president Russell Smith than to
the cause of the sport.
Without hesitation they quit the Association
along with Smith when FM Mario Merritt
threatened court action over Smith s decision
to suddenly change the Olympiad selection
criteria. As a developing sport, chess needs
more committed administrators, persons with
a deep appreciation for the game, a working
knowledge of its rules and a willingness to
make sacrifices for its progress.
The lesson, then, for association members
should be clear, they must assess each can-
didate for office carefully, knowing that the
future of the sport may depend on their choice.
The advice recently given by Knights pres-
ident Louis Wiltshire should also serve as a
useful guide; administrators must seek "solu-
tions that work" in a spirit devoid of confusion
Chess is celebrated as a mind game which
helps in the search for logical solutions to
problems. But it is certainly no confirmation
of this repute when experienced officials engage
in unseemly disputes with leading players to
the point of shutting down the national organ-
isation, leaving the sport floundering in a con-
stitutional no-man s-land.
As far as the Tribunal s responsibility is
concerned, chairman Carlyle Singh says he
has finally received requests from five member
clubs calling for the AGM, more than adequate
constitutionally for the purpose. In the interest
of moving ahead, however, he and his com-
mittee are prepared to endorse the action taken
by vice president Noel and, in the circum-
stances, he can see no serious objection to
holding the AGM as proposed.
To facilitate the effort, Noel informs DR
that he will try to obtain some of the required
documents in time for presentation at the
AGM. These include financial statements and
audited balance sheet and the trustees report
on utilisation and status of the association s
But what about the president s report? After
the "proposed" AGM was cancelled for being
unconstitutional, Smith insisted on reading
what he offered as his report.
A large part of this document, however, was
devoted to personal attacks on DR and FM
Ryan Harper which, of course, were sadly out
of place. Smith promised to provide DR with
a copy, but he never did, perhaps for obvious
reasons. If Noel succeeds in getting a copy of
the president s "report," it would be interesting
to see what vice president would do with it.
Whew! The most disruptive episode in
T&TCA s history is about to close. Will the
vital lessons it contains be learned? Will this
developing sport now get the kind of com-
mitted and visionary administration it
deserves? Let us all hope so.
T&TCA's vice-president Roderick Noel...a good move.
Move to end T&TCA stalemate
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