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Former PSC chair, member say need for clarity in selection of Commissioner

The former head of the Police Service Commission, Professor Ramesh Deosaran says the injunction to delay the appointment of a Police Commissioner by way of a High Court order can be useful in bringing clarity to the selection process. Deosaran was weighing in yesterday after Justice Nadia Kangaloo granted an interim injunction to former head of the Police Social and Welfare Association acting Senior Supt Anand Ramesar to block the Police Service Commission (PSC) from appointing a new Commissioner. Ramesar brought a legal challenge against the Commission for not including him in the interview process. Yesterday, Deosaran said there was widespread public confusion...

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Tobago Chamber welcomes PM’s proposed vaccine safe zones

The Tobago Business Chamber is in support of the announcement by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for the introduction of “safe zones”, which would allow vaccinated people to access bars, gyms, private member clubs and in-house dining at restaurants The measure is dependent on vaccination versus infection rates. President of the business chamber, Martin George, told Loop News the Chamber was heartened by the announcement, and wish it was introduced months ago. George said: “We at the Tobago Chamber support the idea of trying to create a safe zone in Tobago, trying to create a bubble in Tobago, where you have herd immunity...

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Tobago restaurateur: In-house dining won’t work without changing curfew

Tobago businessman Kirton Sorias believes the Government’s plan to resume in-house dining at restaurants at the end of the month will not be successful unless the curfew hours are adjusted. During a news conference last Friday at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Blenheim, Tobago, Dr Rowley announced that bars, gyms, casinos and in-house dining will reopen for fully vaccinated patrons and employees at the end of September provided there is a significant increase in vaccinations. As of Wednesday, the THA Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development reported that a total of 19,195 people in Tobago have been partially vaccinated and...

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Tobago Chamber: Adjust curfew to enjoy ‘safe zones’

Tobago Business Chamber president Martin George believes the Government's plan to offer perks for vaccinated people must be accompanied by an adjustment of the curfew hours. After a three-day Cabinet retreat in Tobago on Friday, the Prime Minister said the Government was looking into reopening "safe zones" at the end of September where vaccinated people can enjoy in-house dining, go to casinos, gyms and even bars. He said it was all conditional on a good vaccination uptake for September. In an interview with Newsday on Sunday, George said he supported the plan, but believes the emergency powers regulations must be changed to accommodate...

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Crown Point landowner sends legal letter to Nidco

A man from Tobago wants the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (Nidco) to pay him $3,341,700 in compensation for his parcel of land in Crown Point, which has been earmarked for acquisition for expansion of the ANR Robinson International Airport.  In a legal letter sent to Nidco Chairman Herbert George yesterday, Wolwin Lovell, through his attorney Martin George, claimed he was first served with a notice of acquisition by the Commissioner of State Lands in March 2019. In the letter, Lovell’s lawyer provided details of when Lovell purchased the land from his father for $200,000 in 1995. Lovell’s attorney claimed that after receiving the notice Nidco...

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Court extends injunction, NPTA remains in limbo

A HIGH COURT judge on Thursday extended an injunction previously granted in June to former NPTA president and St George PTA president Zena Ramathali and her team. At a virtual hearing, Justice Margaret Mohammed extended the injunction granted by her colleague Justice Kevin Ramcharan on June 10, in a claim filed by Ramathali and her team who alleged that a general council meeting was to be held by the NPTA, and was “illegally and fraudulently” called. Ramathali and her team are represented by attorney Martin George. The injunction restrains 14 members of the NPTA, led by Clarence Mendoza, from holding themselves out as...

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Injunction over control of NCPTA extended

A High Court Judge has extended an injunction over control of the National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (NCPTA).  Delivering a decision yesterday, Justice Margaret Mohammed continued the injunction, which was granted by her colleague High Court Judge Kevin Ramcharan on June 10.  Under the terms of the original injunction, purported NCPTA acting president Clarance Mendoza and his interim executive were restrained from exercising the authority of the organisation and barred from hosting a special virtual meeting of its General Council to elect a new executive.  Guardian Media understands that the dispute stems from a no-confidence motion passed by the General Council in October 2019 against...

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TTRNA to appeal Industrial Court ruling

The T&T Registered Nurses Association (TTRNA) intends to appeal its defeat in a trade dispute with the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) over its effort to recover $34,000 from a registered nurse who exceeded her annual leave entitlement.  Following the decision, late last month, the TTRNA retained attorney Martin George to advise it on appealing the Industrial Court decision. In the decision, the Essential Services Division (ESD) of the Industrial Court, comprising chairman Larry Achong and members Michelle Austin and Andrew Stroude, rejected the association’s trade dispute brought on behalf of Desiree Sealey.  According to evidence in the case, the dispute arose in January 2019, when the SWRHA...

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Race for top CoP post: One applicant seeks judicial review

A shortlist of candidates from the current list of seven applicants for the post of Police Commissioner is expected to be sent to President’s House ahead. This was clarified yesterday by an official as well as other sources. President Paula Mae-Weekes went on annual vacation last Saturday. She is out of the country , returning August 25. Senate President Christine Kangaloo is acting President. Meanwhile, a senior police officer who was among the 20-plus applicants for the CoP post is challenging his recent elimination by the Police Service Commission (PSC). Documents filed in court on Monday state he is seeking judicial review on PSC’s decision–...

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No CoP nominee sent to President as yet

As the Office of the President is yet to receive any correspondence from the Police Service Commission (PSC) about its nominee for the country's next Commissioner of Police (CoP), the PSC has made it clear that Gary Griffith remains the acting CoP. On Thursday, it was confirmed to the Guardian Media by an official at The Office of the President that no nominee has been sent yet to President Paula-Mae Weekes. Meanwhile, in a media release issued on Friday afternoon, the PSC advised the public that, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and...

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