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Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Orville London
presents Eleanor Henry with a 199-year lease for land on the Adelphi
Estate during a ceremony on Thursday at which three other people also
received similar leases. Eleanor has been living on the estate since 1965.
The 49-acre Adelphi Estate was purchased by the THA in 2008 for an
estimated $13 million. The 199-year lease is transferable to the children of
the recipients. The distribution took place at London's office at Calder Hall.
"Unacceptable." That s how
senior magistrate Debra Quintyne
described the conduct of the pros-
ecution as she discharged a man
charged with causing the death
of Manohar Sonnylal by danger-
"I am discharging you on this
matter. It seems that the State is
not ready to carry out this matter.
Their conduct is unacceptable,"
said the magistrate yesterday when
Timothy Deleon appeared before
her in the Princes Town court.
The case had been set for trial
yesterday but the police com-
plainant did not turn up and the
prosecutor did not have the file.
Deleon was accused of causing
Sonnylal s death after the car he
was driving struck the car in which
the victim and his brother Kesraj
The incident is alleged to have
taken place on Rochard Douglas
Road, Barrackpore, on September
26, 2010, while the brothers were
returning home after work.
Sonnylal died at the San Fer-
nando General Hospital shortly
after the accident.
Court prosecutor, acting Sgt Fiaz
Ali, said the file was still at the
office of the Director of Public
The magistrate said the prose-
cution was given several opportu-
nities to get the case off the ground.
Deleon had been attending court
In an unrelated matter, eight
men were also freed on a charge
of marijuana possession because
the police complainant was absent
and the prosecutor was not in pos-
session of the file. The 2011 matter
was also set for trial.
Court prosecutor, acting Sgt Ali,
contacted the complainant who
asked for a short adjournment
because he was on a police exercise.
However, defence attorney Dane
Halls strongly resisted that request.
The case was subsequently dis-
No files so...
Man freed of
causing road death
A magistrate yester-
day reminded two users
of marijuana that mar-
ijuana was still illegal
One of the men
claimed he used the drug
for medicinal purposes.
Kyle Mitchell, 23, an
father, of New Grant,
was held with 0.7
grammes of marijuana
at Hindustan Road on
He pleaded guilty
when he appeared before
Senior Magistrate Debra
Quintyne in the Princes
Asking for a repri-
mand and discharge or
a bond, his lawyer, Dane
Halls, said it was a small
amount and the accused
only recently began
smoking the drug.
law does not allow you
to be in possession of
marijuana, even the
"Despite what you see
in the media, on televi-
sion and Colorado---and
Reprimand for two
The Office of the Prime Minister
will not be relocated to Knowsley,
Queen s Park, as previously indi-
cated by Housing Minister Dr
Last June Moonilal said the current
office space for the OPM, St Clair
Avenue, St Clair, was cramped and
Knowsley, formerly used by the Min-
istry of Foreign Affairs and the Office
of the President, would be the new
permanent location for occupation
by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar and her staff.
But the launch of the Government s
new Rapid Response Police Unit took
place at Knowsley this week.
Contacted for comment yesterday,
Moonilal confirmed, via e-mail, that
the National Operations Centre
(NOC) would be housed at Knowsley
The NOC was initially called the
National Security Operations Centre
(NSOC). Legislation to implement it
fully is yet to be passed in Parlia-
Office of PM not going to Knowsley
Filling vacancies in the public
service and public enterprises,
applying human-resources best
practices across the public sector
and professional development
programmes of the Government
Human Resources Services Com-
pany Ltd (GHRS) were the main
issue at a joint-select committee
meeting in Parliament
Chairing the committee was
Independent Senator Dr Victor
Representing GHRS were its
CEO Franklin Ali; chairman Wayne
Munro; vice president of corporate
planning Geoffrey Lewis; vice-
president of human capital man-
agement Khair Murray and internal
auditor Allyson Alexander.
The GHRS is a unit of the Public
Administration Ministry, which
was represented by its permanent
secretary Gillian Macintyre and
deputy permanent secretary
The objectives of the GHRS
include providing services to recruit
nationals and non-nationals at
home and abroad to fill the critical
skills gap that exists and providing
technical assistance and support
services to the personnel depart-
ment of the service commissions.
The committee s vice-chairman,
Independent Senator David Small,
said while GHRS was striving to
improve its systems in terms of
procurement and management,
there must be the proper environ-
ment which would allow people
to perform to their optimum.
"It is a fundamental failing of
the system that people are thrust
into management positions but
have no management skills. They
don t know how to manage people
and understanding how to get the
best out of the people they have."
On filling vacancies, Small said
reports showed over the last three
years some 1,381 interviews had
That, he said, may not be a
measure of an organisation which
was making a significant contri-
bution to filling vacancies and
improving the public service.
In response, Macintyre said
GHRS was not responsible for fill-
ing all the vacancies in the public
"A ministry had to request such
services and they (GHRS) are only
focusing on contract employment,"
Ali said GHRS started with a
huge mandate but with "very
humble infrastructure and staffing,"
and between 2007 and 2012, the
highest number of staff on the
organisation was 18.
When the new executive was
appointed in late 2013 the need to
build capacity within the organ-
isation was immediately realised.
He said the GHRS base of oper-
ations, which he described as
cramped, at Saddle Road, Maraval,
was expected to move to Chagua-
they did not have
enough to supply, here
it is still illegal."
She reprimanded and
In the other matter,
Richard Prince, 28,
admitted the police
caught him smoking a
marijuana cigarette in
Princes Town on Thurs-
day. It weighed 1.2
His attorney Russell
Pina said the accused
was using it for medic-
inal reasons and
although marijuana is
illegal in T&T he was
being influenced by what
he saw happening in
Prince claimed he
smoked marijuana for
"However," the mag-
istrate said, "smoke can-
not help sinus. It makes
sinus worse. You need
to stop fooling yourself.
"There are no (mari-
juana) medicinal value
laws in Trinidad. It is
illegal and you could go
to prison up to five
She reminded him he
had two children, aged
seven and four years, to
He was also repri-
manded and discharged.
House committee hears
of filling jobs in public service
The NOC's responsibilities
Receiving, collating and
rigorously refining information
from state intelligence agencies,
regional and international partners
and other sources to produce
actionable and forensically sound
operational intelligence for the law
enforcement bodies and the
military with respect to
transitional and national security
Providing a total government
response to national security
threats and the system which
includes state of the arts GiS, GPS
and situational awareness
software and surveillance suites
Providing a facility where
ongoing national security
operations can be co-ordinated
and monitored with a research and
analytical unit to performance
manage national security
operations with a view to
improving collaboration and
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