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Businessman Gary Aboud, secretary of the Fishermen
and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) activist group, was arrested
yesterday whilst protesting against seismic surveys at the
Aboud was detained along with environmentalist Cathal
Healy-Singh and another fisherman for disturbing the peace,
after police asked Aboud to stop chanting through a bullhorn
because Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was said
to be close by at the Hyatt, hosting former New York City
police chief William Bratton.
Aboud and others proceeded, however, to sing the national
anthem through the bullhorn and the three were promptly
arrested and taken to CID, St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain.
During the protest, Aboud had rejected the Ministry of
Food Production s announcement of a committee to look
into seismic surveys as a "delay tactic," and said the activists
were preparing to take the Government and Petrotrin to
At the protest, the third of its kind, Aboud said his com-
munity of fisherfolk were prepared to take direct action to
stop Petrotrin s next seismic survey, due to begin on December
1 in the Soldado fields.
"We are not going to attend the committee and we are
not going to appoint anybody. We reject the committee,"
Aboud told the T&T Guardian.
This was a reference to the composition of the committee
proposed by Food Production Minister Devant Maharaj,
which will include two scientists appointed by the fishing
groups and 14 consultants from the energy sector, the Gov-
ernment and UWI.
Aboud felt this constituted an unbalanced working group.
"All of these are government appointees. We don t have
any say in who is being appointed," he said.
Instead, he wants the committee to comprise three people:
One scientist selected by the Government, one by the fishing
folk and a third selected after agreement between the two
"We want a committee to review the scientific data,"
Aboud told the crowd, "but stop the seismic bombing until
the data is properly analysed. The Government says no,
bomb out the sea and the committee will advise us at some
time in the future. That s no good. We want the seismic
bombing to stop."
Asked how he proposed to effect change for the fishing
community and fish stocks if he did not engage with the
committee, Aboud said: "How we are going to affect change
is we are going to take the Government to court.
"The Government is planning to give approvals on Decem-
ber 1. Petrotrin has boasted that they are going to start sur-
veying in the Soldado fields for six months.
"We are not going to allow the seismic bombing to con-
tinue. We are just warming up with this activity. We have
other things planned. We do not intend to allow the Gov-
ernment to destroy the fisheries."
Asked if he was prepared to take direct action to stop the
surveys, he said: "We are going to take many kinds of direct
When it was put to him that the energy sector brought
in billions of dollars in revenue compared to the thousands
from the fishing industry, Aboud said: "We are not threatening
the oil sector. They have done 59 seismic surveys and they
have done it all wrong. We ask them to start doing it right.
"The oil and gas that is in the ground is not going to be
lost. It will be there six months from now after the EIA is
"We are simply saying leave it in the ground until you
can act properly. The precautionary principle is embodied
by law in the Environmental Management Act and the Gov-
ernment are obligated to observe it."
Aboud said there were safer ways to do seismic surveys
that did not affect fish stocks.
"You do studies to determine where the fish migrate,
when and where they spawn, where the nurseries are and
you have to stay away from those areas. The Government
is not collecting data." (See Page A6)
Solicitor General Eleanor Donald-
son-Honeywell has resigned from the
post after three years on the job at the
Ministry of the Attorney General
Donaldson-Honeywell s resignation
was confirmed yesterday by Attorney
General Anand Ramlogan, who highly
commended her work.
Ramlogan said she resigned for per-
sonal reasons he could not disclose. He
referred queries on the reasons to Don-
aldson-Honeywell, saying it was a matter
Donaldson-Honeywell, however, could
not be reached for comment.
Asked about whether any pressure
had been brought on her from within
the ministry and about what could have
led to her sudden departure, Ramlogan
"Any attempt to make this into a
political issue by suggesting that the
Government applied pressure to the
solicitor general to resign, or to have her
removed from office, is simply false,
malicious and mischievous.
"The Government cannot apply pres-
sure to remove the solicitor general
because it is an independent office and
she is appointed to serve by the Judicial
and Legal Service Commission, chaired
by the Chief Justice."
Ramlogan, who said they got along
very well, added: "It is indeed a loss for
the State as Mrs Donaldson-Honeywell
was an excellent solicitor general and I
enjoyed working with her a lot.
"Her resignation, however, does not
come as a complete surprise, as the mat-
ter had been under discussion for some
time, as she had previously signalled her
desire to resign due to personal reasons.
"I had asked her to stay on then
because of certain critical matters and
because I felt I required her support and
He added: "She performed her duties
in a professional, competent and digni-
fied manner and I salute her efforts and
thank her for the yeoman service that
she has rendered. I wish her the very
best in her endeavours."
Ramlogan said a replacement would
be a matter for the Judicial and Legal
Donaldson-Honeywell took up the
position of Solicitor General in January
2010 after being appointed by the com-
mission and sanctioned by then Prime
Minister Patrick Manning.
Before that, the post had been vacant
since 2006. Donaldson-Honeywell s
predecessor was Lynette Stephenson
who served for ten years until 2006.
Donaldson-Honeywell is a former
magistrate of the magistracy of Jamaica
and was a member of the Fair Trading
In 2012, Donaldson-Honeywell,
daughter of former People s National
Movement (PNM) chairman John Don-
aldson, was proposed for the honour of
senior counsel (silk) by Ramlogan that
year and it was approved by Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Sources said yesterday that Donald-
son-Honeywell, who had relatives over-
seas, may be migrating.
Senior counsel Israel Khan also heaped
praises on her yesterday.
He said: "Mrs Donaldson-Honeywell
will be surely be missed. Both she and
her father were in my tutoring sessions
on criminal practice and evidence and
she was always an industrious person.
She has the necessary merit and ability
to hold high office as the Solicitor Gen-
"She has made a valuable contribution
as Solicitor General and was a very good
one. I wish her every success in whatever
However, several PNM officials yes-
terday expressed surprise that Donald-
son-Honeywell was quitting after only
three years on the job.
Noting the vacancy to come in the
Solicitor General s division, they also
pointed to criticisms of the Manning
administration by Ramlogan and others
now in government when the position
was vacant for four years.
Also contacted yesterday, Law Asso-
ciation president Seenath Jairam said he
was in meetings all day and did not know
Donaldson-Honeywell had resigned.
Solicitor General quits
AG: A big loss to State
ANSA McAL chairman and chief executive A Norman Sabga, centre, congratulates winners of the ANSA McAL's Christmas
Artwork Competition at the company's hospitality suite in the Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. The competition
was open to employees' children and relatives, who were asked to depict a "Trini Christmas" using art. The winner were,
from left, Danielle George (first place), Dunnecia Moore (second place), Jamila George (third place) and special prize
recipient Khaleel Britto. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
CHRISTMAS CARD WINNERS
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