T&T cops probing sex charges against 2 MPs

(Trinidad Guardian) Police are investigating three Members of Parliament for sexual offences and assault and the investigations will be completed shortly, acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams said during yesterday’s weekly police press briefing. The parliamentarians are Dr Delmon Baker, MP for Tobago West, Chandresh Sharma, MP for Fyzabad, and Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh, MP for Caroni Central.

It is alleged that Baker indecently assaulted a man on two occasions; Sharma allegedly assaulted his former girlfriend Sascha Singh on March 12 at Grand Bazaar; Ramadharsingh is accused of receiving sexual favours for fast-tracking of a Housing Development Corporation house. Asked about that status of the investigations Williams said all were on-going and would be concluded soon.

Asked to specify what he meant by soon, Williams said he could not. He added that no special treatment was being afforded to the men or that there was any difficulty in interviewing them. He added: “A person is free to choose to submit to an interview. It is never an issue of difficulty to interview, you cannot force anyone to give an interview. “What the Police Service has to do is to make the appropriate effort to interview an individual and that satisfies the requirements of the law.

So the police will do their job, consistent with that and do what is necessary by way of their commitment and conclude their investigations even if some individuals are not interviewed.” He added that his officers have made efforts to interview the men but could not say what those efforts were.

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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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