Court hearing delayed for former Haitian President Aristide

PORT-AU-PRINCE,  (Reuters) – Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide yesterday won a delay until next week in a court hearing to address accusations he exploited former street children for political gain.
Aristide, who did not appear in court, has not been charged with a crime and a judge will ultimately decide whether any charges should be filed. His lawyer successfully argued that the hearing should be delayed to next Wednesday because the court summons was served improperly.

Police used tear gas to avert a confrontation between pro- and anti-Aristide demonstrators outside the courthouse.

A complaint against Aristide was filed by a small group of people who said they were former street children rescued by Fanmi se Lavi, an organization Aristide created in the late 1980s to house and educate such children. They said they were physically abused and were used to raise donations to further Aristide’s political career. About a dozen people saying they were former street children protested outside the courthouse yesterday. “I was 6 when Aristide took me from my mother’s house,” said Sony Telusma, 32. “With the other children from Fanmi se Lavi, he was using me as a puppet, making us play in front of foreigners in order to raise money for his own political interest.”

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Shareholders plan sees Clico retaining six companies

(Trinidad Guardian) The United Shareholders Limited’s plan to deal with Clico’s residual debts to Government envisages that CL Financial retain control of six companies—including Angostura Holdings Limited, Colfire Ltd and Home Construction Ltd—and that there be a joint approach among shareholders and Government to steer Clico’s future.

Camille Robinson-Regis

T&T Cabinet agrees to pay cane farmers final TT$58m payment

(Trinidad Guardian) Cabinet has decided to pay cane farmers the final settlement of TT$57,965,675 of the compensation package promised back in 2007.

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T&T petrol dealers facing crisis – association head

(Trinidad Guardian) President of the Petroleum Dealers’ Association of T&T, Robindranath Naraynsingh, on Thursday said the country’s 170 gas stations were on the verge of collapse due to poor profitability margins from the sale of fuel.

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U.S., Cuba hold ‘substantive’ second round talks on claims

WASHINGTON/HAVANA July 29 (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba have concluded a “substantive” second round of talks on multibillion-dollar claims against one another in Washington and agreed to hold more regular meetings on the matter, a State Department Official said yesterday.

Pleased with victory: Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) Information Technology Officer, Kerwin Simmons, who claimed to have faced racial discrimination and victimisation at his work place, is all smiles following an Equal Opportunity Tribunal (EOT) judgment in his favour at the EOT’s office on Manic Street, Chaguanas on Thursday.

T&T Equal Opportunity tribunal rules: Employee of African descent discriminated against in favour of East Indian

(Trinidad Express) A Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) employee who had accused the State agency of racial discrimination was on Thursday awarded TT$186,000 plus interest in compensation by the Equal Opportunity Tribunal (EOT).

Robindranath Naraynsingh

T&T petrol dealers facing crisis – association head

(Trinidad Guardian) President of the Petroleum Dealers’ Association of T&T, Robindranath Naraynsingh, yesterday said the country’s 170 gas stations were on the verge of collapse due to poor profitability margins from the sale of fuel.

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