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Judge calls for accountability from judicial officers

Outspoken High Court Judge Frank Seepersad has welcomed calls for more transparency and accountability in the administration of justice.  Seepersad made the comments yesterday, after he was forced to postpone the trial of a case brought by a woman, who claims she was assaulted and falsely imprisoned by Defence Force personnel during the 2011 limited state of emergency, because of delays by attorneys in filing legal submissions. Justice Seepersad said: “Judicial officers must understand that we do not live in ivory towers and our judicial independence does not insulate us from accountability in relation to our performance. Our oath of office imposes...

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Lawyer: Vehicle mask exemption must be clarified

Throughout the pandemic, there were many incidents stemming from a difference in the interpretation of the Public Health Regulations. From private property debates to people charged with breaching the curfew while still in the confines of their premises. However, the latest amendment to exempt people from wearing masks in a vehicle occupied by family members can potentially create a similar discrepancy. Under regulations 5 (b) & (c), the exemption is given once it is occupied “members of the same family.” However, the family structure is very complex depending on a person’s circumstances. For instance, there are people who may have gotten married but did...

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Tobago hotelier worries about borderline vaccinations

Even as she welcomed the government’s decision to further ease the covid19 restrictions, Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association vice-president Carol-Ann Birchwood-James on Saturday said she was still very concerned about the country’s vaccination rate. In a statement in the House of Representatives on Friday, the Prime Minister announced an easing of restrictions in several sectors. Most notably, Rowley announced that all public servants are expected to return to work on Monday while public transportation will return to full capacity. Designated safe zones can now operate at 75 per cent capacity. He also announced that churches and other places of worship can return to...

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NCC head warns of legal action over Divas calypso tent

National Carnival Commission (NCC) chairman Winston “Gypsy” Peters does not appear to share the view of the attorney for the Divas calypso tent that a dispute over funding can be resolved amicably. Peters has said he is now going to take legal action and is having a letter drafted by his attorney, arguing that libellous comments were made about him and the NCC. Lawyer Martin George, acting on behalf of Divas, run by Rudolph Ottley, says preliminary discussions with his client on Monday were followed by a long telephone conversation with Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (TUCO) president Ainsley King. George wrote to Peters...

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Attorney: We’re trying to resolve NCC, Divas tent clash

Lawyer Martin George, acting on behalf of Rudolph Ottley. said he has received a call from National Carnival Commission (NCC) chairman Winston “Gypsy” Peters and they are trying to resolve the matter “amicably.” On Saturday, George, acting on behalf of Ottley, who runs the Divas Calypso Cabaret, wrote to Peters claiming discrimination after his tent was left out of the official listing of tents for the Taste of Carnival by the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (TUCO). The letter reportedly called on the commission to revise the list to include Divas and provide for the tent to receive an equal share of the...

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Tobago Business Chamber: Lifting beach time limits will boost business

The Tobago Business Chamber says the Government’s decision to remove the time restrictions for people to be at beaches and rivers will help to promote greater business activity as the island’s economy slowly reopens. Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh made the announcement on Saturday at the ministry’s virtual covid19 media briefing. He said the existing covid19 health protocols are still in effect, including no consumption of alcohol, gathering in groups over ten and loud music. In a WhatsApp voice note on Monday, the chamber’s president Martin George said the Tobago Business Chamber always supported "any initiative which fosters greater business activity and the reopening...

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All-female tent claims discrimination by Gypsy

ALLEGATIONS of nepotism, crony­ism, self-dealing and gender discrimination have been made against chairman of the National Carnival Commission (NCC) Win­ston “Gypsy” Peters after an all-­woman calypso tent was ex­cluded from participating in the “Taste of Carnival 2022” calypso events. A pre-action protocol letter was issued to Peters on Friday by attorney Martin George, demanding that Divas Calypso Cabaret International, which was founded in 2004 by Dr Rudolph Ottley, be part of the line-up or face legal action. Peters has been given until Tuesday to respond to the letter. In addition, George said his client will also be filing a complaint with the Equal...

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Gypsy gets pre-action letter for gender discrimination

A pre-action protocol letter has been sent to Chairman of the National Carnival Commission (NCC) Winston “Gypsy” Peters, calling on him to rescind the decision to exclude the Divas Calypso Cabaret International from all Taste of Carnival events. The letter, dated February 19, was issued by attorney Martin George on behalf of Dr Rudolph Ottley, who is the owner of the all-female tent which has been performing for the past 18 years. Citing gender discrimination, nepotism, cronyism and self-dealing by Peters as NCC chairman as the basis for the lawsuit, George is threatening High Court action and the filing of an injunction...

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