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            [post_content] => Next year January 12, the vice president of the Industrial Court, Ramchand Lutchmedial will be re-appearing in court after he was released on a TT$5,000 bail, after he pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to provide a sample of breath for a breathalyser test last Friday. On Monday, Ramchand stood represented by a team of lawyers, including his daughter Jayanti Lutchmedial, before Magistrate Bramanand Dubey at the Tunapuna Magistrates' Third Court.

Reports state that the police alleged that Ramachand was pulled over last Friday in Changuanas, in Central Trinidad during a routine police exercise, and when he was asked to provide a specimen of breath, he refused.

Yaseen Ali, one of the attorneys representing him, noted that Mr. Lutchmedial had a "well published" job in the fraternity as an Industrial Court Judge and had served as a long standing member of the bar as he has been practising for the past 36 years.Ali noted that owing to this, his client was never before involved in such matters to be commanded to appear before the court nor convictions, and he therefore asks that the judge be granted bail and be allowed to leave on his own cognisance.

To add to the situation, Ali added that the officers that were present on the scene on the Friday night confiscated Lutchmedial's driver's permit, an act which is regarded as a contrary to regulations. However, he did submit that it was returned to his client earlier that evening. The attorney also requested disclosure and a "speedy trial date".
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Trinidad Judge Faces Court For Failing To Submit Breath Sample

December 17, 2014
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Next year January 12, the vice president of the Industrial Court, Ramchand Lutchmedial will be re-appearing in court after he was released on a TT$5,000 bail, after he pleaded not ...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => On Wednesday, Guyana's Ambassador to Belgium and the European, Dr. P.I. Gomes was elected as the new Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping. The post was previously carried byAlhaji Muhammad Mumuni. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Gomes was selected for the post at the 100th Session of the Council of Ministers of the ACP. He will serve for a five year period starting in 2015.

Ambassador Gomes will take office in March 2015 in the fortieth year of the ACP. It was in Guyana, 39 years ago in 1975, that the ACP was birthed through the Georgetown Accord, the Ministry announced.

The Foreign Affairs Minister,Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, said, "the ACP is at a critical juncture and experience and wise leadership coupled with patience are critical if we are to overcome the challenges.Ambassador Gomes possesses these attributes and together with the support of all of us, I am confident he will not only keep the Georgetown Agreement alive but will make it thrive."

Three candidates were nominated for for the post, for the Caribbean region. The other nominees of the position includedJamaican Patricia R. Francis, the former Executive Director of the Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC) and Dr. Hamid Ghany, the former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad.

Appointment to the post of Secretary General generally follows a principle of rotation amongst the six ACP regions, including West Africa, East Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands.The ACP Group is the largest inter-governmental organisation of developing countries working under a partnership treaty with the European Union. 31.5 billion Euros has been committed for development corporation in 78 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific for the period 2014-2020.

Gomes is currently otherwise serving as representative to theWorld Trade Organization (WTO)andthe Food and Agriculture Organization FAO), Dean of ACP Ambassadors in Brussels, and Chair of the Sub-Committee on Sugar. He has previously served asChair of the Working Group on Future Perspectives of the ACP Group, andChair of the Committee of Ambassadors, a decision-making body of the ACP Group, in 2010-2011.

He has also worked for the United Nations as a senior adviser inHuman Resources Development at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Trinidadian Sir Edwain Carrington, a former CARICOM Secretary General, was the last Caribbean national to serve as ACP secretary general.
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ACP's Secretary General Post Awarded To Guyana's Dr. P.I. Gomes

December 13, 2014
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On Wednesday, Guyana's Ambassador to Belgium and the European, Dr. P.I. Gomes was elected as the new Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping. The post...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => It was confirmed by authorities that three people died after a fire broke out at Port Castries on the Ocean Cruises' Insignia cruise line. At a meeting that was held on Thursday at the St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) headquarters an attendee revealed that the three-crew members sustained severe burns. It was also announced that a 42-year-old man also developed mild respiratory depression caused by inhaling the smoke, and as such is now under observation at a hospital.Information such as the names and nationalities of the deceased were not disclosed as contact with their families is pending.

According to the assessors of the incident, the fire began in one of the ship's four engines. As a result all 600 passengers were evacuated. The cruise ship will however be docked in Port Castries until the engines and damaged equipments are repaired and replaced. Meanwhile, reservations are being made for the passengers to stay at various hotels until the repairs are made, while others have chartered aircrafts to be flown out to their destination.The cruise ship was journeying from Barbados and was on its way to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Fire response officials explained that at noon, they received a call that fire had broken out in the engine room of the cruise ship.SLASPA and the St. Lucia Fire Service said in a joint statement that both agencies said they are working with the local agent, the ship and local authorities.The incident was contained within Berth 5 at Port Castries, which has curtailed operations. All other facilities were reported to be in good condition and in full operation.
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Three Pronounced Dead Following Fire On Cruise Ship In St. Lucia

December 12, 2014
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It was confirmed by authorities that three people died after a fire broke out at Port Castries on the Ocean Cruises' Insignia cruise line. At a meeting that was held on Thursday at...Continue reading