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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, March 15, 2014
While the People s National Movement
chastised Government over Super Industrial
Services Ltd s being awarded the $1 b contract
to build the Beetham Waste Water Treatment
Plant, Movement for Social Justice leader
David Abdulah said it had no "moral author-
ity" to do so.
At a press conference at his party s St Joseph
Village, San Fernando headquarters on Thurs-
day, Abdulah said Opposition leader Dr Keith
Rowley and his party failed to support the
process for proper procurement legislation
that a parliamentary joint select committee
On Monday, Rowley wrote to President
Anthony Carmona on the billion-dollar water
recycling plant contract awarded to a consor-
tium led by SIS.
Abdulah said the People s National Move-
ment (PNM) should have supported a position
that could have stopped Government from
continuing in its bobol.
"Dr Rowley and the Opposition, for all the
noise they are making about the wastewater
treatment plant, quite frankly have no moral
authority to speak, because in the Joint Select
Committee of Parliament, the PNM refused
to support proper public procurement legis-
"In fact if you go to the records, they absent-
ed themselves from the committee and they
also did not vote in support or sign even the
minimal report of that Joint Select Commit-
As well as criticising the PNM, Abdulah
also hit out at his former colleagues in the
People s Partnership, saying they were allowing
corruption to continue.
As the MSJ gets ready for the 2015 general
election, he said they were the only party
committed to a proper process of public
procurement. He said the PP was not com-
mitted as it had delayed passing the leg-
islation for the past two years.
"The Government failed to do so because
they are not interested in public procurement.
They are talking about it, but while they are
talking about it, while the legislation is not
brought to Parliament, people are getting fat
off the public s purse. So corruption is ongoing
because there is no public procurement leg-
"Now in the newspapers, we are seeing
reports about public procurement arrangements
for the wastewater treatment plant and pipeline
facility from the Beetham to Point Lisas.
"There are questions being raised as well
about the state of Lake Asphalt and whether
or not deals were made and signed off on
when the Prime Minister was in China with
respect to the Pitch Lake, which is one of our
national treasures and a very important national
asset," Abdulah said.
Abdulah also announced that he would be
defending his post at the party s March 23
A 55-year-old retired police officer who
was re-absorbed into the service as a Spe-
cial Reserve Police officer was granted
$400,000 bail on Thursday when he
appeared in court on two charges of inde-
cent sexual assault against his colleagues.
Collin St Rose, of San Raphael, Arima,
appeared before Senior Magistrate Indrani
Cedeno charged with the two offences
which occurred on December 13, 2012 and
February 10 this year.
St Rose, who had 17 years service as a
policeman, was charged with indecent sex-
ual assault against two of his female col-
It is alleged that while on patrol along
the Priority Bus Route (PBR) on December
13, 2012, and again with another officer on
February 10 while patrolling along St
Michael Road, Tacarigua, St Rose assaulted
The officers reported the incidents to
the Professional Standards Bureau and Sgt
Charles Hoskins of the Arouca CID was
mandated to investigate the claims.
After consultation with the Director of
Public Prosecutions, Hoskins was advised
to charge the officer. He is to re-appear in
court on April 10.
Former Independent Senator
Corinne Baptiste-Mc Knight was
cremated after a funeral service
at Allen s and Sons Chapel and
Crematorium in Arima on
Only her family and close
friends attended the one-hour
Baptiste-Mc Knight, 73, was
appointed a senator in 2007 and
served until August last year,
when her appointment was not
renewed by President Anthony
Carmona. She died on March 7
after a battle with cancer.
She was a graduate of the Uni-
versity of the West Indies,
Jamaica and the London School
of Economics and Political Stud-
ies.Baptiste-Mc Knight joined the
foreign service in 1963 and was
subsequently appointed ambas-
sador to the United States, per-
manent representative to the
Organisation of American States
(OAS) and ambassador to Mexico.
A memorial service is expected
announced. Members of the pub-
lic and specially invited guests
are expected to attend.
Four journalism students from the Col-
lege of Science, Technology and Applied
Arts of T&T (Costaatt) have been selected
to travel to Scotland to attend a conference
The conference, sponsored by the British
High Commission, aims to give the students
practical knowledge in the areas of news
writing, social media usage and other
aspects of the media.
The four students, along with other jour-
nalism students from around the world,
will have the opportunity to participate in
various workshops and visit BBC Scotland
and other media houses. Seasoned BBC
and CNN correspondents such as Chris-
tiane Amanpour are expected to lecture.
Natasha Twum, 19, one of the selected
students, said she was excited for the trip.
"I am looking forward to learning new
things and meeting new people." she said.
She said the conference would be a sup-
plement to what she has already been learn-
ing at Costaatt and was grateful for the
Renee Ravello, 18, a first-year student,
also expressed her excitement at being cho-
sen to attend. She said she was hoping to
learn more about journalism and hearing
what the experts had to say.
The conference will be held in Glasgow,
Scotland, between April 13 and 16.
for cop on two
Baptiste-Mc Knight cremated
Corinne Baptiste-Mc Knight
Speaker of the House Wade Mark right, chat with students of the Siparia West Secondary School after his presentation of The Budget Cycle at
the Parliamentary Outreach Programme on Thursday at the school. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Abdulah knocks Rowley
on double standards
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