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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A new Independent Senator has been appointed
to fill the vacancy left by the sudden resignation
of Subhas Ramkhelawan in the Senate.
President Anthony Carmona announced the
appointment of Reverend Joy Evelyn Abdul-Mohan
yesterday in a media statement.
Ramkhelawan, the former co-ordinator of the
Independent bench, announced his resignation on
Thursday, in the face of a criminal investigation into
the controversial First Citizens IPO (initial public
offering) share sale.
He also stepped down as chairman of the Trinidad
and Tobago Stock Exchange.
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said last week
the share issue was referred to the Director of Public
Prosecutions, the Commissioner of Police and the
Securities Exchange Commission for investigation.
Parliamentary sources said yesterday that Senator
Helen Drayton was expected to assume the role of
co-ordinator of the Independent benches.
On today s agenda, in the Senate, legislators are
also expected to debate Nurses and Midwives Reg-
istration Act, which will be presented by health Min-
ister Dr Fuad Khan.
The Environment and Water Resources Minister
Ganga Singh is expected to answer a question from
The stench of a
decomposing pigeon in
the ceiling of the Princes
Town Magistrate Court
forced the early closure
of the court yesterday.
Matters in the First
and Second Court came
to a premature end after
the stench became
unbearable for staff and
members of the public.
A release from the
Judiciary stated the
stench was caused by a
dead pigeon in the ceiling
on the second floor of
the court building.
"Recognising the dis-
comfort to our clientele,
court was closed early to
minimise the impact on
members of the public
and staff and allow for
retrieval of the carcass."
The release stated that
the public was notified
of the closure and reg-
istry operations ceased
"The magistrates dis-
pensed with matters for
the day while staff con-
tinued working to prepare
the necessary orders and
remand warrants. All
other staff were allowed
to leave by 1 p.m."
In an telephone inter-
view, Assembly of South-
ern Lawyers president
Imran Khan said he
received several com-
plaints from attorneys
about hazardous and
conditions at the Princes
"I am not surprised to
hear this. They have been
telling me that the con-
ditions are so cramped,
there are only two courts
and they do equal
amount of matters as in
San Fernando and
Siparia. I think the pigeon
thing is the tip of the ice-
berg. The condition on a
whole seems to be a fire
and health hazard and
there are safety issues."
He said the conditions
were very much the same
at the San Fernando and
Dead pigeon shuts
Opposition Senator Camille Robinson-Regis about
an investigation into allegations of bid-rigging, in
respect of Contract WTC 197/2011 issued by WASA,
in the sum of approximately $70 m dollars.
She also wants Singh to give the status of this
investigation, if indeed, one is on-going and to confirm
whether this allegation of bid-rigging, or any related
conduct, was reported to either the Auditor General,
the Integrity Commission or to the Police. The sitting
begins at 10 am.
Pastor appointed to
Reverend Joy Evelyn Abdul-Mohan, a clergy of
the Presbyterian Church, received her Liceniate in
Theology (L.Th) at St Andrew's Theological
College, T&T, in 1987. She was ordained as a
Minister of Words and Sacrament of the
Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago in
1989 and in 1993 received her Masters of Arts
Degree (MA) from Princeton Theological Seminary,
During her 25 years as a minister she served
many pastoral regions, held high positions in
several institutions including principal of St
Andrew's Theological College.
She was the first local woman to graduate from
the ministerial programme at St Andrew's
Theological College, and the first such trained
woman to be Ordained in the Presbyterian Church
in Trinidad and Tobago.
Abdul-Mohan is originally from Lothian Road,
Princes Town. She has two brothers, and is married
to Darryl Joseph Mohan, a project manager with a
Point Lisas company.
She was born on December 1, 1965.
ABOUT THE SENATOR
Reverend Joy Evelyn Abdul-Mohan
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