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Judge urges parents’ bodies to focus on the children

A High Court judge has admonished stakeholders in the education sector to put aside personal interests and focus their efforts on helping the nation’s children overcome the challenges they currently face. Justice Carol Gobin made the suggestion after dismissing an application brought by the president of the Concerned Parents Association, Clarence Mendoza, and 13 others challenging the election results of the National Parent Teachers Association (NPTA) election results in April. On Tuesday, Gobin dismissed the application because of “grave non-disclosure” since Mendoza and the others failed to indicate that the NPTA’s election was held after a consent order had been agreed to...

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Judge tells NCPTA members put aside differences in the interest of children

A High Court has encouraged members of the National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (NCPTA) to put aside their personal differences in the interest of the children the organisation ultimately represents.  Justice Carol Gobin made the call on Tuesday during a status hearing of a lawsuit between the NCPTA and its former acting president Clarence Mendoza.   During the hearing, Gobin advised Mendoza to withdraw his application challenging the organisation’s executive election which was held in late April.  Gobin pointed out that the elections had been previously put on hold due to the litigation between the parties and took place after they agreed to a consent order...

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Deosaran urges main parties to stop politicizing crime

Former Police Service Commission (PSC) chairman and criminologist Professor Ramesh Deosaran yesterday called on the Government to cool down their mutual hostilities with the Opposition if they want to bring an end to the country’s unprecedented levels of murders, crime and violence sweeping the land. His comments came on the heels of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s announcement at Saturday’s press conference that violence has become the number one issue affecting the population of T&T and has reached a level where it may need to be declared a public health emergency. Between Friday night and Saturday evening, the country recorded nine murders...

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Daly, George question PM’s comments on AG

PROMINENT attorneys Martin Daly, SC, and Martin George have both questioned statements by the Prime Minister on Attorney General Reginald Armour, SC, recusing himself in the Piarco Airport corruption case. Addressing a news conference at Piarco International Airport on Saturday, Dr Rowley said the issue of disqualification of Armour in that matter never arose since Armour had recused himself. On May 2, a US judge automatically disqualified Armour and the law firm Sequor Law from the case on the grounds of an apparent conflict of interest as Armour was both chief prosecutor and a former defence attorney. Rowley said the matter being debated...

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Ex-Tobago chamber head: ‘This is an ambitious budget’

FORMER chairman of the Tobago Chamber of Industry & Commerce, Demi John Cruickshank, has described the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) budget presentation for fiscal 2022-2023 as “ambitious.” On Thursday, the assembly through Chief Secretary Farley Augustine requested an allocation of $3.97 billion from central government to manage the island’s affairs for the next fiscal year. This sum is reflective of 6.9 per cent of the national budget which Augustine anticipated to be $57.4 billion. The 6.9 per cent slice of the national budget pie is the maximum amount set for Tobago's annual budget as recommended by the Dispute Resolution Committee. The minimum...

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Attorneys cite political interference, wrong timing
AG wants CCJ as T&T’s final court…

Lack of political maturity and this is not the right time were the sentiments expressed yesterday by two attorneys on whether Trinidad and Tobago should depart from the Privy Council and make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) this country’s ­final court of appeal. T&T should approach this with caution, says attorney Martin George. It is not that this country should never accept the CCJ as its final appellate court, but George said in his opinion, the time is not right. This is because, the attorney said, we are still in a scenario where members of the public may believe “there is still...

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Tobago sanitation worker gets back job

A sanitation worker from Tobago got back his job at the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) after a High Court judge ordered his reinstatement. On Thursday, Justice Margaret Mohammed ordered the TRHA to reinstate Malaku Kent, of Scarborough, in his former position of sanitation and maintenance worker, starting next Tuesday. She also ordered the authority to pay the costs of his judicial review claim. Kent, of Gardenside Street, joined the TRHA in 2012. He went on vacation in 2019, but was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine on January 18. He was remanded in prison for four months and pleaded guilty on...

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George: Make Tobago a safe zone against criminal activities

The Tobago Business Chamber has expressed its concern over the rising levels of crime and criminality that the country has been witnessing. However according to its’ Chairman Martin George, while the chamber understands the constraints the police service may have to operate under, they’re calling on the authorities to make an extra effort: “We call upon the Commissioner of Police to at least make a start by creating a completely safe zone in Tobago” He said this should be done by ensuring that the borders of Tobago are “secured, safe and free from the importation of illegal guns and drugs.” He said...

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Wrongfully arrested 3 times for non-payment of maintenance Court awards $$

THE High Court has entered judgment in favour of a Tobago man who was arrested on three occasions for the non-payment of child maintenance. The arrests were made even though the court order that mandated him to make such payments had expired when his son turned the age of 18 in 2017. On two of the occasions, he was arrested under a different court order and placed in a cell at Scarborough Police Station although he informed the officers that he was no longer required to pay maintenance, since his son was now an adult. During a virtual hearing yesterday, Justice Carol Gobin...

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State to pay man wrongly arrested 3 times for child support

A Tobago man who was arrested on three occasions for non-payment of child maintenance has won his case against the State, which failed to defend his lawsuit for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and breach of his rights. At a virtual hearing on Friday, Justice Carol Gobin entered judgment in favour of Curtis Carrington, an operator at the Scarborough Hospital. She referred an assessment for damages to a High Court Master. Police arrested Carrington three times on alleged outstanding maintenance orders when there were none against him. Carrington is the father of one child, who turned 21 in March. The periods for which it...

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