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THA scraps Jazz Festival – Tourism stakeholders weigh potential revenue loss

BY: ELIZABETH GONZALES The highly anticipated annual Tobago Jazz Experience will not be making a return in 2024, as the Tobago House of Assembly has decided to scrap it due to its “unsustainability”. However, the THA says it will support any jazz-related activities planned for April 2024. The announcement was made yesterday by the Tobago Festivals Commission Limited, a year after Chief Secretary Farley Augustine raised concerns over the event’s future. At that time, Augustine revealed the THA executive’s intention to consider a new approach, wherein private promoters would take on a larger role and become major investors in hosting the festival. In its first...

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Need for own environmental agency – Tobago Chamber head: Spill exposes risks to island’s economy

The oil spill disaster that occurred off the Canoe Bay coast of Tobago has exposed the island’s fragility and vulnerability. This according to head of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George. Speaking with the Sunday Express yesterday, he called for Tobago to have its own environmental management agency. George said: “What this exposes is Tobago’s fragility and vulnerability as a small island within the global complex, and you look at it and you recognise that there is clearly a need for Tobago to have its own environmental management agency. “This is not to take anything away from the current (Environmental Management Authority) which manages...

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Exploring the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) (Amendment) Act, 2011 and the Future of Criminal Proceedings

BY: NIKEIYA HENVILLE NIKEIYA HENVILLE Attorney-at-Law Martin Anthony George & Company The criminal justice system in Trinidad and Tobago grapples with persistent delays, which raise concerns about the timely delivery of justice.  This has created a landscape where the dispensation of justice is frequently perceived as elusive and in many cases manifestly unfair and it gives true meaning to the maxim – “Justice delayed is Justice denied”.  The Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) (Amendment) Act, 2011, (hereinafter referred to as “the AJIPAA”), proclaimed on the 12th December 2023 by Her Excellency Christine Carla Kangaloo, marks a pivotal moment in criminal justice reform, ushering in...

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Probate backlog causing distress

People waiting for the distribution of assets–to inherit the properties, money or investments of deceased loved ones–face agonising hold-ups as there is an approximate delay of six years in processing probate matters at the Judiciary of T&T. Information obtained from the Judiciary by Guardian Media in a Freedom of Information request revealed that as of October 2023, there were 14,915 pending probate matters. Between August 1, 2020, to July 31, 2023, 7,690 probate matters were completed. With 7,690 probate matters completed in the 1,095 days between August 1, 2020, and July 31, 2023, it works out to around seven probate matters being...

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Process to source new vessel ongoing : Sinanan over replacing ‘Cabo Star’

MINISTER of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan says the process to source a vessel to replace the Cabo Star is still ongoing. This follows concerns raised about the progress of commissioning of a cargo vessel by Martin George, president of the Tobago Business Chamber, during a telephone interview with the Express yesterday. “The minister promised when last we spoke to him (last year), he is going to commission the construction of a new cargo vessel. We have not heard anything further. We would like to use the forum to call upon him to give us the details of when that vessel is...

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Breach of Confidence and The Right to Privacy – The Progression of The Law and Modern Society

BY: AARON CHUNISINGH AARON CHUNISINGH Attorney-at-Law Martin Anthony George & Company Introduction In the year 2024, technology has undeniably become a part of our everyday lives. Now, more than ever, information is easily shareable by the touch of a screen or the click of a button. Unfortunately, this ease of sharing information extends to that which may be classified as confidential or private information. In cases where confidential or private information is shared without the consent of the party who entrusted said information to the person sharing it, what then does the law prescribe? In Trinidad and Tobago, there is no comprehensive legislation that governs the...

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Examining Legal Protections: The Immunities Afforded to the Caribbean Examination Council in Educational Pursuits

BY:NIKEIYA HENVILLE Nikeiya Henville Attorney-at-Law Martin Anthony George & Company The Caribbean Examinations Council (hereinafter referred to as “CXC”) is a regional examining body which provides examinations for secondary and post-secondary candidates in Caribbean countries. Established in 1972 under the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council, CXC plays a significant role in shaping the academic landscape in the Caribbean. CXC notably offers a wide range of subjects in academic, technical, and vocational areas for candidates of varying ages, abilities, and interests, and comprises sixteen (16) Participating Countries namely; Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat,...

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Guardians of Justice – Exploring the Immunities Safeguarding the Caribbean Court of Justice and the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission

BY: NIKEIYA HENVILE Nikeiya Henvile Attorney-at-Law Martin Anthony George & Company “The development of the principle of the rule of law is credited to the Greek philosopher Aristotle whose view was that “it is more proper that law should govern...

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Jittery THA looking to reintroduce COVID protocols

With a sharp rise in the number of people presenting classic symptoms, Tobago's administrators are very jittery over the threat of a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus. So much so that the Division of Education, Research and Technology (DERTech) has put principals of all schools on the island on notice to prepare to return to certain protocols which were in place during and just after the pandemic. But THA Chief Secretary Farley Augustine isn't leaving the precautions there. He confirmed on Wednesday that the assembly will move to reintroduce covid19 protocols at all of its offices, sub-offices and buildings across the eight divisions...

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Boundless Faith in their Destiny: Legal Realities in Trinidad and Tobago’s Refugee Landscape

Josiah Cyrus Attorney-at-Law Martin Anthony George & Company BY: JOSIAH CYRUS In the intricate mosaic of global humanitarian efforts, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) emerges as a pivotal force, tirelessly advocating for the rights and well-being of displaced individuals worldwide. As the nation of Trinidad and Tobago grapples with the complexities of migration and asylum-seeking within its borders, a closer examination of the UNHCR becomes not only pertinent but essential. In recent years, Trinidad and Tobago has found itself at the epicentre of a complex and unfolding humanitarian challenge, chief amongst which, has been the Venezuelan migration crisis. Fuelled by socio-political unrest...

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