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Tobago Chamber to Govt: ‘Please reopen beaches, bars’

Tobago business chamber chairman Martin George wants the Government to ease its covid19 restrictions for beaches, bars and food establishments in Monday’s budget presentation as a means of generating some much needed economic activity on the island. In an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus, beaches remain closed to the public while bars and restaurants are offering pick-up services only. The Prime Minister has said the Government will review these restrictions on October 11 if the rate of new covid19 infections decreases significantly. But in a Whatsapp voice note on Friday, George said with the borders still closed to the international...

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Hotels started getting financial relief

Head of the Tobago Business Chamber, Martin George, says some of the hotels on the island have started getting the financial relief stimulus packages being offered the state to cushion the effects of COVID-19. Speaking on Power 102’s Power Breakfast Show, he said that persons have applied for those relief packages and that there have been challenges with the administration of it as they took quite some time to get themselves initially organised. But he said he is pleased with the interaction the Tobago Tourism Agency is having with the various stakeholders on the sister isle. “In fairness to them they have been trying...

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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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