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Man claims he was shot by police for breaching Stay-at-Home orders

A man from Charlotteville, Tobago, who was allegedly shot by a police officer for allegedly breaching ongoing Stay-at-Home regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has threatened to sue the State. Attorneys representing Zauvghan Benjamin, of Belle Aire Road, Charlotteville, made the threat in a pre-action protocol letter sent to National Security Minister Stuart Young on Thursday. In the letter, attorney Janelle Ramsaroop claimed that on April 6, Benjamin was standing in his relative’s yard at J.D Elder Drive in Charlotteville when he noticed a police vehicle driving on the road. Ramsaroop admitted that Benjamin ran upon seeing the officers but claimed that he...

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Tobagonians: Alleged TRHA wastage part of squandermania culture

Several prominent Tobagonians- two politicians and two business owners, have strongly condemned the Tobago Regional Health Authority’s (TRHA) alleged wastage of over $100 million taxpayers funds. A Guardian Media article on September 9, showed the purchase of a $34 million MRI bore too small to fit the average-sized Tobagonian and the supply and installation of a $70 million Catheterisation Laboratory for heart patients, which was never used. Its lack of operation forced the island’s heart patients to travel to the Eric Williams Medical Science Complex in Trinidad for treatment. The spend occurred during the People’s National Movement’s Orville London-led era. Under the Tobago...

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Tobago Chamber: Make Tobago VAT-free zone

With Budget Day set for October 5, the Tobago Business Chamber is proposing several ways in which the Government can stimulate Tobago’s economy. One such proposal is to make Tobago a VAT-free zone. In a WhatsApp voice note on the Chamber’s budget proposal, chairman Martin George said changing the island’s VAT-status is not a new proposal as the Chamber “floated” the idea before. “We are requesting that Tobago be made a totally VAT-free zone. It is not impossible. You have places like Panama, where they have within the country a declared duty-free zone. We think that will also help to stimulate greater investment...

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Tobago Chamber head: ‘We want more flights’

The Tobago Business Chamber is urging the Government to increase the number of flights between the two islands. At a news conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, on September 12, the Prime Minister announced the covid19 restrictions that were in place from August 17-September 13 will continue for another month, as there had been no significant let-up in new infections. He said restrictions on beaches, churches, gyms and in-house dining at restaurants will remain until October 11. Airline travel between the two islands has also been restricted, with CAL operating one flight per day. But in a WhatsApp voice note, the Tobago Chamber’s...

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Health Secretary: Scarborough cath lab ‘not in operation’

“It’s not an easy task but we’re very committed to treating with operationalising the cath lab.” THA Health Secretary Tracy Davidson-Celestine made this admission in answer to a question about the status of the catheterisation laboratory at the Scarborough General Hospital. She spoke during Tuesday’s virtual Division of Health media briefing. The question was asked in the wake of a recent newspaper report that the $70 million cardiac lab for heart patients in Tobago has not been in use for five years. Davidson-Celestine said: “The cath lab is not in operation currently and we’re working very hard to ensure that we can utilise that...

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Legal minds split on public, private property debate

Two Tobago lawyers share opposing views on the trending discussion on the legality of police officers entering private property to enforce Public Health (2019) Novel Coronavirus Regulations. The heated public conversation is taking place as the police stand accused of classism after it warned partygoers at a Bayshore Towers but took stiffer action against others at a St James party. Under COVID-19 regulations, groups of more than five are banned. Weighing in on the topic, Senior Counsel Christo Gift said the regulations are toothless and require a constitutional amendment to give them power. Speaking with Guardian Media, Gift said:” You can’t just have an...

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Maxi drivers take THA, PTSC to court

Maxi operators in Tobago have taken legal action against the Public Transport Service Corporation and the Division of Education Innovation and Energy for what they have described as unreasonable and unfair employment contracts. But officials of the Tobago House of Assembly and PTSC seem to have opposing positions on the matter. The group totalling thirty-one owners is being collectively represented by Attorney Janelle Ramsaroop of Martin A George and Company who said many of the owners have been engaged for more than twenty years, and during that period there has been no issue until the PTSC stepped in. “The new contract now seeks...

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George: TRHA ‘a renegade totally out of control’

Tobago Business Chamber chairman Martin George is calling for all the Regional Health Authorities to be under one umbrella managed by the Ministry of Health. George was responding to a recent Guardian report about a $70 million Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory for heart patients in Tobago, which has not been utilised for five years. Patients who have to undergo heart procedures are sent to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Trinidad for treatment. Minority Councillor Dr Faith BYisrael weighed in as well, condemning the "continued mismanagement" of the island's health care system. Describing it as a "culture of squandermania" in the Tobago Regional Health...

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