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Two months after cele-
brating its first anniversary,
popular Metro Night Club
is facing closure.
Club owner Rajesh Chhita
on Thursday was told by
Deputy Chief Magistrate
Mark Wellington that he
would have to surrender his
Wellington, who heads the
committee in the San Fer-
nando Magistrates Court,
ruled in favour of Hosein
Avenue, Gulf View, residents
who had complained about
the loud noise from the club.
Chhita s attorney Sherize
Khan argued that the resi-
dents did not object to the
dancehall licence, but to the
renewal of the special restau-
rant licence for the sister
company Dream Ultra
Lounge which is on the same
Wellington said the tribu-
nal was of the view that both
licences were inextricably
linked. "We are trying to
facilitate your client,"
He said the residents
problem was not with the
restaurant, but with the club.
"It is clear from the evi-
dence that the crux of the
matter, the bone of con-
tention, is the feting," he said,
adding that people s right to
quiet and privacy was being
"If you want to continue
the restaurant I tell you
frankly you have to surrender
the dancehall licence. You
can still have your restau-
Khan said Chhita did not
want to give up the dancehall
licence and was willing to
negotiate with the residents.
Both Wellington and the
residents attorney Ravi Raj-
coomar said they had already
passed the negotiating stage.
Chhita agreed to having
his licence suspended, but
the magistrate rejected that.
Noting that he did not
want it to appear as though
he were railroading Khan or
her client, he advised her to
consult with the two defence
attorneys Keith Scotland and
Subhas Panday who were in
The matter was adjourned
to next week Thursday.
Residents object to excessive noise
Deputy Chief Magistrate
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Gerard Pinard, industrial relations con-
sultant at the T&T Airline Pilots Association
(TTALPA), has expressed disappointment
over statements made about him in the Sen-
ate on Tuesday by PNM Senator Faris Al-
"Google is your friend, Senator Al-Rawi,
why not make use of it?" he asked.
Al-Rawi had raised concerns over Pinard s
encouraging to the pilots of state-owned
Caribbean Airlines to take industrial action
But Pinard took umbrage at what Al-Rawi
said, accusing him of being ill-informed.
It was "most unfortunate, to say the least"
that Al-Rawi didn t find out the facts leading
up to Tuesday s situation, he said. TTALPA
was "fully aware of the law as it relates to
industrial action by a recognised majority
union within an essential service industry,"
he said and the pilots situation was "reason
for concern on the part of any right-thinking
citizen who recognises the rights of workers
that are enshrined in our local legislation.
"His intemperate accusations against workers
who are seeking to pursue their legitimate
rights and aspirations in attempting to conclude
negotiations with their employer for a collective
agreement in respect of a three-year period
commencing September 1, 2010 and ending
on August 31, 2013, certainly do not bode well
for inspiring confidence that any Government
of which he is a part will be respectful of
workers rights and interests," Pinard said.
He also objected to Al-Rawi s making a link
between Pinard s representation of the pilots
and his membership of the Salaries Review
"It is regrettable that in so doing he also
reportedly chose to misrepresent certain of
the recommendations of the SRC, a matter
to which I will not respond except to point
out to the Senator that the 98th report of the
commission in its entirety can be found on
the Web site of the Parliament in which he
serves," he commented.
Pinard also said he had not been a member
of the SRC "for over 20 years, as reportedly
claimed by Senator Al-Rawi," but was in fact
appointed in 2009.
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