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Martin George & Company > Newspaper Articles (Page 18)

Martin George: Forget about Tobago Carnival for 2022

Head of the Tobago Business Chamber, Martin George, strongly believes Government should forget about staging any kind of Carnival activity for 2022, especially for Tobago. “The time frame left for planning and putting on any semblance of a carnival 2022 is insufficient and therefore, safe zone or not, carnival 2022 should not be a major consideration for Trinidad and Tobago, but more so Tobago,” George argues. According to George, not enough thought has gone into the planning of any of the events being proposed at present. “It does not appear realistic or feasible to push ahead with this half-baked duck of an idea...

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Dealers lose bid for Heritage scrap, want PM to probe ‘flawed process’

The TT Scrap Iron Dealers Association (TTSIDA) is claiming the process to award contracts for the disposal of scrap iron and metals from 38 lots at Heritage Petroleum was flawed, after losing out on its bid. TTSIDA president Alan Ferguson wants the Prime Minister and Energy Minister Stuart Young to re-evaluate the procedure. Ferguson said this could cripple the industry, as the former Petrotrin, of which Heritage is a subsidiary, accounted for 75 per cent of the scrap it exported. Ferguson, who made a submission as a joint-venture arrangement with three dealers, said the submission was not even considered. He said Heritage told...

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Tobago Chamber: Carnival safe zone events not practical at this time

The Tobago Business Chamber is urging the Government to focus its energies on other pressing matters, instead of pushing ahead with its proposed “Taste of Carnival”. The safe zone Carnival events would allow certain Carnival activities for vaccinated persons only in safe zone arrangements deemed to pose the smallest potential COVID-19 risk. Chairman of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George questioned why Government would move ahead with these plans when T&T was experiencing record COVID-19 daily totals. Just yesterday, more than 1,000 new virus were reported – the highest number of infections recorded since the first case was detected in March 2020. George noted...

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Carnival safe zone events not a good idea now, says Tobago Business Chamber

Chairman of the Tobago Business Chamber, Martin George, is urging Government to refocus its energies from attempting to host Carnival events this year in Safe Zones, and to put the emphasis instead on the education sector, the economy and battling COVID-19. In an official statement released in social media, Martin George says Government should be guided by the “record numbers of COVID cases and the disinterest of bandleaders, promoters and performers, in such events”. “Given the push back from the persons who are most concerned with running Carnival events, they have indicated that there really is not enough time to really make...

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Tobago Business Chamber: Customer service must improve

The Tobago Business Chamber wants to see an improvement in the quality of customer service on the island. In a Whatsapp voice note on Wednesday, the chamber’s chairman, Martin George, said while the organisation welcomed the return of international flights to Tobago, the island must also enhance its customer service delivery to meet the needs of both tourists and locals. “We have to improve the quality of our service delivery, because we do not have a high level or standard or quality of service at so many of our hotels and guesthouses in Tobago. We need to improve that,” he said. “These are...

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Man sues State after multiple arrests for maintenance $$

A Tobago man is suing the State after he claimed he was wrongfully arrested and detained multiple times for allegedly being in arrears of maintenance payments. The Bagatelle father of one said the arrests took place after his son turned 18 and after all payments were deducted directly from his Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) salary. Curtis Carrington said he was also arrested once at his place of employment, causing significant embarrassment and trauma, Attorney Sarah Lawrence of Martin George and Company filed the claim on December 23 on behalf of Carrington. The letter pointed out that Carrington was arrested three times for...

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2021’s Unfolding Events: The End Of Gary Griffith’s Tenure As Police Commissioner

Power 102 Digital takes a look at the year that was 2021…From Trinidad and Tobago’s response to the covid 19 pandemic, the collapse and reconstitution of the Police Service Commission and the end of Gary Griffith’s tenure as COP… It’s the Power 102 Digital 2021, year in review. 2021 saw the end of Gary Griffith’s tenure as Commissioner of Police, having head the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service since August 18, 2018. And like much like many of his decisions taken over the past three years, received criticism, his departure from office was met with controversy. The Police Service Commission, served Mr Griffith with...

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‘Public Services for Only Vaccinated Customers’

THE new vaccination policy for State workplaces is a good one, but in order to be fair, persons accessing services there should also be vaccinated against Covid-19. This is the opinion of the President of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George who said that the chamber supported the initiative as well as the partial re-opening of the beaches. He encouraged public servants to get their vaccinations. “We ask that public servants get on board with this initiative and we ask that the Government also considers the question of the person who has to access these offices which are staffed by public servants. “One may...

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Tobago landowner goes to court over airport expansion project

A CROWN Point, Tobago homeowner has filed a constitutional motion in the High Court to stop the Arthur NR Robinson airport expansion project from acquiring his property without fair compensation. Attorneys for Woolwin Lovell, of Crompstain Trace, filed the motion in the High Court registry in Tobago on Tuesday. As an immediate measure, Lovell is seeking an order to stop or suspend any notice served on him and to restrain the State from taking any steps to take his property until his claim is heard and determined. He is also seeking a declaration that the decision of the State, through the National Infrastructural...

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Tobago chamber head welcomes Duke’s PSA resignation

Head of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George has welcomed the decision by THA Deputy Chief Secretary Watson Duke to resign from the Public Service Association (PSA). Duke’s resignation as president of the union takes effect from December 31, according to his letter addressed to the PSA’s conference of delegates on Monday. The move came after questions of legality and ethics of his holding the positions of PSA president and THA Deputy Chief Secretary were raised in the public domain. Contacted for comment, George said the Chamber was encouraged by the decision. “If it is that Mr Watson Duke has indeed chosen to serve...

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