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Article 44 – Death Penalty

By:      Martin Anthony George             Attorney-at-Law             Martin Anthony George & Co.             Attorneys-at-Law Definition of Death Penalty According to : http://www.duhaime.org , the death penalty; Also known as capital punishment, is the most severe form of corporal punishment as it is requires law enforcement officers to kill (to cause the death of, to end the life) of the convicted offender. Forms of the death penalty include lethal injection, hanging from the neck, gassing, firing squad and has included use of the guillotine. Death Penalty and Sovereignty Despite talk of sovereignty in discussions on the death penalty, the London-based privy council is still Trinidad and Tobago's...

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By:      Darrell Bartholomew             Attorney-at-Law             Martin Anthony George & Co.             Attorneys-at-Law Retirement age is the age at which a person normally stops working, and is typically tied to the age at which they become eligible to receive a pension and/or retirement benefits. Where a mandatory retirement age is set, such as in Trinidad and Tobago, it is usually seen as an accomplishment to be celebrated when an employee reaches such an age.     CURRENT LAW The Pensions Act Chapter 23:52 sets out the mandatory retirement age for public officers appointed by the Service Commission. Section 14 of the Act states: “14. The Service Commission...

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Tobago hoteliers, chamber: Carnival a resounding success

TOBAGO Hotel and Tourism Association vice-president Carol-Ann Birchwood-James has described the island’s inaugural carnival as a resounding success. Although the figures are still being tabulated, she said a preliminary report from the association’s members on Friday showed the accommodation sector had an 85 per cent occupancy rate. That figure, she said, was expected to climb to about 90 per cent for the carnival weekend. “Once people come and you have it safe and there are no big incidents, and you have hotels at 85 per cent and climbing, it must be a success. It is not a success if people ain’t come and...

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MAGCO celebrates its 30th Anniversary.

It has been a long journey spanning thirty (30) years, countless sleepless nights, trials, tribulations, obstacles and frustrations, but it has also been one of happiness, joy, triumph and success. Setting about trying to carve a niche and to make a mark in the local landscape of Law Firms is not an easy task as there are many major players and Titans around. Setting out to do so as a young boy from Tobago, without that network of support, encouragement or Mentorship is doubly daunting – but one thing was always clear – the desire to be an Employer and...

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Trinidad and Tobago’s relationship after 60 years

Official and private events have been planned to celebrate TT's 60 years of independence. Central Government has organised celebratory events, while the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) has its own activities planned to mark the occasion. Politically, economically, structurally and socially, there have been many changes since TT raised its own flag on August 31, 1962. And still, there are many in Tobago who wish to see even greater changes on all fronts, arguing that Tobago's true potential can only be achieved if its fate is in the hands of Tobagonians. Some take umbrage at the name Trinidad and Tobago, preferring to say Tobago...

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Nunez-Tesheira awarded $18m in medical negligence case

FORMER Government Minister Karen Nunez-Tesheira will receive more than $18 million in compensation from Gulf View Medical Centre and one of its doctors. This after the Privy Council upheld the ruling of a High Court judge and the local Appeal Court. The judgement was delivered today. The local courts had found that the doctor and medical centre were liable, by way of negligence, for the death of Nunez-Tesheira’s husband. In 2017, the Appeal Court had dismissed the appeals filed by Gulf View and Dr Crisen Jendra Roopchand in which they were seeking to have the court overturn the ruling of Vasheist Kokaram which was...

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It was an epic celebration with about 300 guests who included Members of the Judiciary, the Legal Profession, including Senior Counsel Russell Martineau, members of the Medical fraternity, including Dr. Tiffany Hoyte, Dr. Nalini Kokaram, Dr. Sherene Kalloo, Government Ministers including Honourable Minister Donna Cox, Senators including Dr. Varma Deyalsingh, former Government Ministers such as Vasant Bharath, and many other VIP Guests along with my staff my friends my Family and many other well wishers and we all had a blast along with several businesspersons and Captains of Industry such as Angostura CEO Ian Forbes, former president of the JCC,...

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Tobago gets set to host inaugural carnival

TOBAGO is set to create history this week, hosting its first-ever Carnival, titled Ritual, Revelry, Release, from October 28-30. And as the journey to the long-awaited event enters its final leg, hundreds of visitors are expected on the island to participate in the festivities. Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association vice-president Carol-Ann Birchwood-James estimates that the occupancy rate in the accommodation sector is about 95 per cent among its membership. But she expects to get a clearer picture by Tuesday. Birchwood-James said two weeks ago four of the big hotels, two guesthouses and one villa were not fully booked. “But I would say at this...

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