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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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Son-in-law loses battle over Benz

An estate constable has been ordered to deliver the $.7 million Mercedes Benz he had in his possession to the compound of his father-in-law’s company. While there, the car is however to remain in storage and only driven to be taken for servicing. Justice Ricky Rahim made the order last Friday for the C-350e vehicle in the matter involving Pipe and Welding Inspection Consultants Services Ltd against Kevin Bissoondath. In a pre-action protocol letter earlier this year, owner of the company Ranjan Seegobin Singh claimed the car was taken from his premises without permission. He stated that there was an arrangement for the car...

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Do you know your maternity rights?

Pregnancy can be a beautiful experience, but women may be concerned or uncertain about what benefits expectant working mothers are afforded under the Maternity Protection Act. Acting labour inspector II, of the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development’s Labour Inspectorate Unit, Mary Lyn Lewis-James told WMN the law provides protection for pregnant working women across the board. “It’s for all women in TT. Once you’re working, it doesn’t matter where you’re working. The Act covers you,” from the beginning to the end of pregnancy. The Act allows for pregnant women to take time off from work in order to get prenatal care....

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Tobago autonomy ‘gimmickry’

Chairman of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George is calling on Tobago to put aside its obsession with self-governance and focus first on its economic independence. In a video sent via WhatsApp on Monday, George said if Tobago gets financial independence, all others would fall into place. George said it is “unfortunate and regrettable” that there seems to be an imbroglio over the question of the Tobago autonomy bill. “The fact of the matter is that when one considers the scenario in Tobago, the more important aspects that persons should be focussing on is to try to ensure that there is economic and...

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Tobago association advises hoteliers to take Government ‘s grant terms

Chairman of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George says Tobago hoteliers should accept Government’s terms and conditions to access the $50 million COVID-19 hotels’ upgrade grant facility. In a statement on Saturday, the Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association (THTA) expressed disappointment over the distribution of the grant. The association said: “We reject the proposed grant distribution outright.” THTA said the grant gave hoteliers with less room more money and made the criteria for accessing the funds, burdensome. ‘This could be the end for many small and medium-sized businesses, most of whom were already suffering before the pandemic hit Trinidad and Tobago,” the hotel association...

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Tobago Chamber backs PM’s phased reopening

IN contrast to its Trinidad counterpart, the Tobago Business Chamber has endorsed the Prime Minister’s phased approach to lifting the stay-at-home orders in place to curb the spread of covid19. Speaking with Newsday on Thursday, Tobago Business Chamber chairman Martin George said the chamber recognises the Government’s reopening of the country “is something that could not have been done all at once” as the threat of covid19 still exists. “In very much the same way that we had a phased closing down, we have to have a phased reopening,” George said. CEO of the TT Chamber Gabriel Faria last week criticised he Government's...

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Tracy: Executive Council still functioning

Health Secretary Tracy Davidson-Celestine said the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Executive Council remains functioning in the absence of a sitting chief secretary. Davidson-Celestine was responding to attorney Martin George’s view that since the resignation of Kelvin Charles, the non-appointment of a new chief secretary has rendered the Executive Council dormant. In a WhatsApp voice note on Friday, George said the existing THA Act does not address the voluntary resignation of a sitting chief secretary. “At this point, there is no Executive Council of the THA in existence because under the THA Act, it specifically states that the Executive Council comprises the chief...

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