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The State's case against former Urban
Development Corporation of Trinidad and
Tobago (Udecott, Calder Hart is now set
for December 4 at 9.30 am.
This latest development comes just one
day after a Sunday Guardian story high-
lighted that the case against the former
board of Udecott had run cold for the past
The report stated that the last submis-
sions for the case were made before Justice
Andre des Vignes in March and that since
then, two subsequent case management
hearings --- July 17 and July 26 --- have both
been cancelled with no date set for the next
But yesterday, an e-mail was sent to both
parties lawyers informing them that the
matter in caption --- CV2012-01753 Urban
Development Corporation of T&T Ltd v
John Calder Hart, Krishna Bahadoosingh,
Ricardo O Brien and Neelanda Rampaul ---
had been fixed for hearing next Wednesday.
"This is for the delivery of a decision by
the Honourable Mr Justice Des Vignes,"
the e-mail said.
Last month, Justice Devindra Rampersad
cleared the way for a legal case to proceed
against e-TecK and eight directors, including
former chairman Ken Julien, University of
the West Indies Brian Copeland and former
Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam.
It also opened the door to several civil
lawsuits against malfunctioning state boards,
including his civil case against Hart and
the other former members of the Udecott
Former head of the public service Reginald Dumas
is calling on Government to deport citizens of the
Dominican Republic who may be living here ille-
He was speaking in the wake of the recent decision
by the Dominican Republic s highest court which
denies citizenship to people of Haitian descent born
in that country.
Dumas call was made on the eve of today s meeting
of the Caricom Bureau heads, chaired by Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, at the Diplomatic Centre,
St Ann s, at 10.30 am.
Other members of the bureau expected to attend
are President of Haiti Michel Martelly, Prime Minister
of St Vincent and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves
and Caricom Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque.
The meeting was scheduled for last week but post-
poned to today as several key members were unavail-
On September 23, the constitutional court of the
Dominican Republic ruled that Dequis Pierres, who
was born in the DR to Haitian parents, was not
entitled to Dominican citizenship on the ground that
she had been wrongly registered as Dominican at
The ruling further said its interpretation must be
applied retroactively, stripping her of Dominican
The court also instructed the Dominican authorities
to do an audit of birth records from June 21, 1929
to the present to identify similar cases and strip
people in similar circumstances of their Dominican
Asked to comment yesterday, Dumas said if there
were any Dominican Republic citizens living in T&T
illegally, they should be deported immediately.
He said T&T was deporting nationals of a Caricom
member nation and possibly allowing citizens from
a non-Caricom member state to live here illegally
and the application by the Dominican Republic for
membership in Caricom should be put on hold, pend-
ing clarification of the matter by that country s gov-
ernment or resolution of the matter.
He felt sanctions should be considered and imple-
mented in the future if the matter was not amicably
resolved in the shortest possible time.
Dumas said the Caricom Bureau should recommend
that the Dominican Republic should be suspended
from Cariforum --- a grouping of Caricom and the
He also suggested that Caricom could assist the
affected people in taking their issues to the Inter-
American Human Rights Commission or the United
Nations Human Rights Commission.
On the recent deportation of 13 Jamaicans from
T&T, Dumas said it was nothing new.
He said he wrote to Foreign Affairs Minister Winston
Dookeran in December last year suggesting that an
informal team of officials representing the Government
and the private sector should be set up to visit Jamaica
and other Caricom states for informal discussions
on matters relating to trade, Caribbean Airlines (CAL),
regional aviation and transportation and other issues.
Dumas said today s meeting of the bureau should
not only look at the Haiti/DR matter but issues of
trade, investment and other matters affecting Cari-
Hart's case set for December 4
Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation
(TPRC) chairman Edwin Gooding yesterday
said the corporation had no plans to stop
the controversial sport centre at Orange
Rather, he said, the corporation s decision
to issue a stop order notice was merely to
ensure that the proper procedure was being
followed before the project was started.
He added: "There s an agency to deal with
environmental issues. It s not about stopping
the project, it s about the processing of an
application. Sometimes people make all kinds
of insinuations. But it s nothing personal.
"The Green Space people have their con-
cerns but it s not a contentious issue."
Gooding made the comments when asked
if the TPRC could withhold approval for the
centre to be constructed by the state-owned
Sports Company of T&T (Sportt) because
of possible negative environmental and social
Residents of the area formed the "Our
Green Space Committee" in protest, saying
the project will have great negative social
and environmental impact.
They are worried the grassland will be
paved, aquifers destroyed and a gas line inter-
fered with. But their biggest fear is that they
will be shut out of the 39-acre savannah
they have been using freely for decades.
Gooding was unbending in his position
that the corporation s only concern was to
make sure the application by The Synthesis
Group, representing Sportt, was completed
so it could be processed for approval.
As for his promise during his recent inau-
guration that burgesses would be consulted
before the corporation made its decisions,
Gooding said the Certificate of Environmen-
tal Clearance (CEC) that Sportt was yet to
submit to the TPRC would take care of that.
"One of the documents we need from
Synthesis is a CEC. This means they will be
doing consultations. The granting of the CEC
will mean the impact will not be
unfavourable," he added.
Asked about the TPRC s earlier lack of
response to the Green Space Committee s
pleas for intervention, Gooding said the cor-
poration received a letter from members on
November 21 asking how it planned to
respond to the project.
He said the TPRC was in the process of
informing the committee that a stop order
notice had been issued to Sportt to halt con-
struction work until its application had been
He said the TPRC held a meeting with
Sportt yesterday but he was not present,
though CEO Beresford Ellies and the building
"The meeting would have been held to
clarify our requirement and the company
would have agreed to get the necessary doc-
uments," he said.
The Save Our Green Space Committee is
satisfied with the stop order as an interim
measure, member Vernon de Leon said yes-
Trusting it was not just some kind of ritual,
De Leon said according to information the
committee had received, the contractors
withdrew from fencing works in the main
field but continue to work on the construction
of a site office.
"The office is part of the multi-sporting
complex project and it appears they are still
flouting the law. All works should be com-
pletely halted," he said.
He said the TPRC still had not met with
the committee and continued to treat mem-
bers with contempt.
"We asked for a copy of the stop order
and were told to get it through the Freedom
of Information Act, which will take 28 days.
This is bewildering," he added.
De Leon said the committee was still pur-
suing its legal options on stopping the project
through the TPRC and the EMA.
He added: "We wait with bated breath to
see the outcome of all this."
Asked the cost of the project, De Leon
said Sport Minister Anil Roberts, before the
project was made public, said it would cost
$200 million but in an official statement later
reduced the figure to $190 million.
Members of Fuego Caribeno Parang Group perform a parang medley during their CD launch at Petrotrin Sports Club, Pointe-a-Pierre, on
Sunday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
No plans to stop sports centre
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