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Martin George & Company > Newspaper Articles (Page 23)

Crown Point landowner sends legal letter to Nidco

A man from Tobago wants the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (Nidco) to pay him $3,341,700 in compensation for his parcel of land in Crown Point, which has been earmarked for acquisition for expansion of the ANR Robinson International Airport.  In a legal letter sent to Nidco Chairman Herbert George yesterday, Wolwin Lovell, through his attorney Martin George, claimed he was first served with a notice of acquisition by the Commissioner of State Lands in March 2019. In the letter, Lovell’s lawyer provided details of when Lovell purchased the land from his father for $200,000 in 1995. Lovell’s attorney claimed that after receiving the notice Nidco...

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Court extends injunction, NPTA remains in limbo

A HIGH COURT judge on Thursday extended an injunction previously granted in June to former NPTA president and St George PTA president Zena Ramathali and her team. At a virtual hearing, Justice Margaret Mohammed extended the injunction granted by her colleague Justice Kevin Ramcharan on June 10, in a claim filed by Ramathali and her team who alleged that a general council meeting was to be held by the NPTA, and was “illegally and fraudulently” called. Ramathali and her team are represented by attorney Martin George. The injunction restrains 14 members of the NPTA, led by Clarence Mendoza, from holding themselves out as...

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Injunction over control of NCPTA extended

A High Court Judge has extended an injunction over control of the National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (NCPTA).  Delivering a decision yesterday, Justice Margaret Mohammed continued the injunction, which was granted by her colleague High Court Judge Kevin Ramcharan on June 10.  Under the terms of the original injunction, purported NCPTA acting president Clarance Mendoza and his interim executive were restrained from exercising the authority of the organisation and barred from hosting a special virtual meeting of its General Council to elect a new executive.  Guardian Media understands that the dispute stems from a no-confidence motion passed by the General Council in October 2019 against...

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TTRNA to appeal Industrial Court ruling

The T&T Registered Nurses Association (TTRNA) intends to appeal its defeat in a trade dispute with the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) over its effort to recover $34,000 from a registered nurse who exceeded her annual leave entitlement.  Following the decision, late last month, the TTRNA retained attorney Martin George to advise it on appealing the Industrial Court decision. In the decision, the Essential Services Division (ESD) of the Industrial Court, comprising chairman Larry Achong and members Michelle Austin and Andrew Stroude, rejected the association’s trade dispute brought on behalf of Desiree Sealey.  According to evidence in the case, the dispute arose in January 2019, when the SWRHA...

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Race for top CoP post: One applicant seeks judicial review

A shortlist of candidates from the current list of seven applicants for the post of Police Commissioner is expected to be sent to President’s House ahead. This was clarified yesterday by an official as well as other sources. President Paula Mae-Weekes went on annual vacation last Saturday. She is out of the country , returning August 25. Senate President Christine Kangaloo is acting President. Meanwhile, a senior police officer who was among the 20-plus applicants for the CoP post is challenging his recent elimination by the Police Service Commission (PSC). Documents filed in court on Monday state he is seeking judicial review on PSC’s decision–...

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No CoP nominee sent to President as yet

As the Office of the President is yet to receive any correspondence from the Police Service Commission (PSC) about its nominee for the country's next Commissioner of Police (CoP), the PSC has made it clear that Gary Griffith remains the acting CoP. On Thursday, it was confirmed to the Guardian Media by an official at The Office of the President that no nominee has been sent yet to President Paula-Mae Weekes. Meanwhile, in a media release issued on Friday afternoon, the PSC advised the public that, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and...

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Crown Point resident claims: I was never paid for my land

Crown Point resident Wolwin Lovell maintains that he has never received payment for a parcel of land he owns and occupies at Block D of the ANR Robinson International Airport Expansion Project. And, in spite of statements made by both the MP for Tobago West Shamfa Cudjoe and Minister of Finance Colm Imbert, who accused residents of “double dipping” for Government compensation, Lovell said he has all the legal documents to support his claim. Armed with a file of documents, Lovell contacted Guardian Media to “clear the air” although he was not identified by name. He said he stepped forward because he...

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Griffith now acting as Police Commissioner

Gary Griffith is now acting as Commissioner of Police (CoP), as his three-year term has come to an end. He will act in the role until the next CoP is appointed. Guardian Media has been told that the Police Service Commission (PSC) has already completed interviews and assessments. “So, basically, right now, it’s literally for it to go to Parliament, so currently, Griffith is on a ‘short work’ for a few days as acting,” a TTPS source told Guardian Media. Griffith yesterday confirmed he was acting in the position as of yesterday but declined to comment further. Contacted yesterday, former Police Service Commission member Martin...

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Slow sales in Scarborough

Retailers in Scarborough are reporting a slow restart to business, and vendors say they don’t expect activity to pick up overnight. From as early as 8am on Tuesday, the second day since the easing of the lockdown restriction on the sector, a steady flow of pedestrian traffic was observed, but few customers were seen purchasing items. An employee at a variety store, who wished to stay anonymous. said she wasn’t surprised by the slow start. “So far, people are coming in but not really buying much. But they are coming in, because it’s the first time the store has been opened in so...

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Former landscaper sues Monteil for $300,000

Former CL Financial executive and former People’s National Movement (PNM) treasurer Andre Monteil is being sued by his former landscaper for $300,000 in unpaid maintenance fees for his two properties in Tobago. In his court filings, obtained by Guardian Media, lawyers representing Zimroy Williams are claiming that he was forced to file the lawsuit after Monteil repeatedly broke promises to clear the debt, which stems from work done at his properties in Buccoo and Lowlands between late 2017 and 2019.  According to the documents, Williams claims that in January 2017 he entered into an oral agreement with Monteil to maintain the properties for $20,000...

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