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Retired Maj Gen Ralph Brown says
that if the soldier patrols are not com-
missioned by the Chief of Defence
Staff, Kenrick Maharaj, then they are
He said until the matter of who
ordered the regiment patrols was sorted
out, the soldiers should return to base.
Brown described the situation as
"complex," as he does not believe that
the regiment would enter Laventille
without being ordered to do so. He
called on the Prime Minister, as head
of the National Security Council, to
"call a halt to the confusion" by calling
in Acting Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams, National Security
Minister Gary Griffith and the Chief
of Defence Staff on the matter.
In a letter to the media yesterday,
Brown said he was concerned that
Williams said police officers would
arrest and charge rogue soldiers.
"If the soldiers are in fact patrolling,
it would be interesting to know who
ordered the patrols? It follows that if
the commissioner did not request the
patrols and the Chief of Defence Staff
did not order them, then the patrols
are in fact illegal under the law and as
the commissioner has stated, they
should be arrested," he said.
Brown noted that the situation was
a "recipe for chaos and or confronta-
tion" between police and soldiers,
"something we have worked hard over
the years at arresting." See Page A7
Guardian Media Ltd s television
arm, CNC3, will broadcast for two
days---today and tomorrow---a speech
of girls education advocate Malala
Yousafzai, who stood up against Tal-
Guardian Media is the official media
partner for the visit of Yousafzai, who
is expected to arrive in Trinidad in the
At 9 am today and 8.05 am on Mon-
day, CNC3 will air a 19-minute speech
which Yousafzai delivered at the 2013
United Nations General Assembly.
In her address, Yousafzai spoke about
her advocacy for girls education, which
resulted in the Taliban attempting to
kill her by shooting her in the left side
of her head.
Yousafzai, 17, was nominated for a
Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, and again
Yousafzai is being brought to T&T
by the University of T&T, which falls
under the Ministry of Tertiary Educa-
tion and Skills Training headed by Fazal
On July 30, Yousafzai will be at the
Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, where she
will address children and young adults.
The following day, Yousafzai will
deliver the feature address at a gala
event at the National Academy for the
Performing Arts in Port-of-Spain.
GML the official media
partner for Malala's visit
The People s National Move-
ment (PNM) is expected to
appoint an international liaison
officer to the party s executive by
the end of the year.
The position will link PNM sup-
porters throughout the diaspora---
New York, Miami, Toronto---to the
party headquarters in Trinidad.
Party chairman Franklin Khan
announced the position at yester-
day s post-general council press
briefing at Balisier House, Wood-
He also denied that Rowley
made the trip to New York in order
to secure funding for the party in
the build-up to the elections.
"Well, obviously, he speaks to
business people and there are peo-
ple in the international diaspora
that may want to make contribu-
tions to the party and we welcome
that once it is clean money," he
Khan said the amended consti-
tution allowed for the new exec-
utive liaison position.
"That person will officially sit
ex-officio on the general council.
This is really to pull in the PNM
diaspora from all over the world,"
He said "functioning" party
groups already existed in New York,
Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Toronto
"There is even a request to open
one in Ghana," Khan said.
Khan said under the party s old
constitution there was no mech-
anism in place to co-ordinate the
international arm of the PNM.
"Once we put this position in
place, we will also have a Web-
based payment system scenario
for international members and the
diaspora to pay. We can charge
them, and I am saying this off the
cuff, we can charge them US$100
a year, and we can have thousands
of people in the international cities
paying and that is a tremendous
resource base," he said.
Despite speculation on social
media that Rowley s meetings were
poorly attended, Khan said one
meeting was "standing room only"
and had over 300 attendees in New
"It was a trip worth the while,"
Khan said, adding that Rowley was
also invited to London for a similar
PNM to appoint international liaison officer
The former president of the
defunct Hindu Credit Union (HCU),
Harry Harnarine, is lashing out at
"creoles and Christians," blaming
them for the demise of the credit
On Friday, the Prime Minister laid
the 378-page Anthony Colman report
into the HCU which referred Harnar-
ine to the Director of Public Prose-
cutions Roger Gaspard and Acting
Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams to launch criminal investi-
gations into 18 items identified in the
In a CNC3 news report yesterday,
Harnarine was quoted as saying the
"bitter hatred of creoles and Chris-
tians" was at the heart of the credit
giant s collapse.
Harnarine said the HCU stayed
true to the principles of Hinduism
and was ready to face the courts to
defend his choices and his actions
while at the helm of the credit union.
He described the allegations and
implications contained in the report
as "recycled goods" and was nothing
more that a multi-million dollar
"smoke screen" designed to hide the
truth. He said he will give his side of
the story in court.
The report into the collapse of HCU
found that former People s National
Movement (PNM) Labour minister,
Danny Montano s "political decisions"
played a role in the lack of controls
over the over-reaching credit union.
While detailing the 33 internal rea-
sons for HCU s demise, Colman also
noted Montano as factoring in the
single key external.
"The main external cause of HCU s
collapse was the defective supervisory
regime as operated by the CCD (Com-
missioner for Co-operative Develop-
ment)," the report noted.
The report did not find the then
director of the CCD culpable, however,
but found that the inability to properly
supervise stemmed from staff short-
ages and a lack of funding to operate
The report found that while the
CCD made applications for such
funding for an inquiry to Montano,
it was refused.
"That left him (CCD head) unable
to appoint an outside firm of account-
ants to conduct what was likely to
be an expensive investigation unless
he could obtain funding from the
MOL. That put the CCD in the posi-
tion where his independent judgment
could be obstructed by a political
decision to withhold money," the
The Colman report also noted that
such a decision by Montano "was in
effect substituting his own judgement
for that of the CCD by attaching
greater weight to avoiding the risk of
a run on HCU with the possible
impact on other credit unions than
to an inquiry directed to the protection
of the members of and depositors in
Several attempts to contact Mon-
tano were unsuccessful.
Harry lashes out at 'creoles,
Christians' for fall of HCU
PM must halt confusion
over soldier patrols
Reigning Power Soca Monarch Machel Montano performs for thousands during a street party titled
'Rotterdam Unlimited' at Rotterdam City Square, Netherlands, yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY XTATIK LIMITED
MACHEL IN NETHERLANDS
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