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George: Do more to develop Tobago’s private sector

Chairman of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George believes that not enough has been done to support the development of a strong private sector. George made the comment as he weighed in on recent issues raised on the Tobago House of Assembly campaign trail as it relates to employment opportunities for Tobagonians. He said: “We have seen over the years, the deliberate destruction of the private sector, the dismantling of all the processes and procedures which would support a viable and sustainable private sector in order to ensure that there is the continuing dependency upon the Tobago House of Assembly.” According to George,...

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PM tables debate on new PSC

A new Police Service Commission (PSC) is expected to be cemented next week. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley who is scheduled to return from Scotland on Saturday, will pilot a debate next Wednesday in Parliament to approve the new five-member Commission. This was confirmed to Guardian Media yesterday by Leader of Government in the House of Representatives Camille Robinson-Regis. The Prime Minister, Robinson- Regis and a Trinidad and Tobago team are in Scotland for the United Nations’ climate change conference. The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) last week indicated Rowley returns on Saturday. Prior to leaving Robinson-Regis had told Guardian Media that all...

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Police commission crisis remains unsettled as PM jets off to Scotland

Former chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC) Prof Ramesh Deosaran has described as an “unhappy coincidence,” the fact that the Prime Minister, Leader of Government Business and other key ministers are out of the country whilst the appointment of a substantive commission remains unresolved. Dr Rowley, Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis, Energy Minister Stuart Young and Foreign Affairs and Caricom Minister Dr Amery Browne left the country on Saturday to attend the World Leaders Summit at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP 26, in Glasgow, Scotland. The conference begins on Sunday and is expected to end on November 12. A statement from...

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Attorneys urge: Revise law to select CoP

ATTORNEYS Dave Persad and Martin George are calling for a new process to appoint an acting Commissioner of Police (CoP). They were reacting on Thursday to High Court judge Justice Nadia Kangaloo voiding the appointments of both Gary Griffith and Mc Donald Jacob to the post. Law Association president Sophia Chote SC said she could not comment as she was abroad, while Griffith’s attorney Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj told Newsday he first needed to read the judgement and that his client had already commented in a Facebook video. Persad, in August, had alleged that Griffith’s appointment as acting CoP had been “illegal, null and...

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Mom hasn’t seen babies in weeks, threatens lawsuit against Children’s Authority 

Attorney Martin George has sent a pre-action protocol letter to the Children’s Authority, demanding the return of two infant children to their mother. George said his client, a single mother, has not seen her children or had any meaningful contact with them since they were taken from her by the Authority on September 20. The woman will not be identified to protect the identities of her children. Yesterday George said the allegations made against his client of ill-treatment and abuse of the children were false. George said the reports were made by his client’s mother and grandmother, who have since both recanted and...

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Tobago safe zones not all ready

The lifting of restrictions on restaurants, cinemas, casinos, gyms, and bars on Monday, allowing them to reopen as safe zones for vaccinated customers only, proved challenging for many of these businesses in Tobago, which remained closed. According to the Ministry of Health, in a safe zone all staff members must be vaccinated. Customers are also expected to show their vaccination card to enter a safe zone and have one form of ID in their possession while on the compound of a safe zone. Workers who can’t be vaccinated because they are pregnant, recently recovered from the virus or have any other medical...

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Tobago Business Chamber: Be transparent in $50 million investment for hoteliers

The Tobago Business Chamber is urging the Government to be transparent in executing its $50 million bailout plan to assist struggling hoteliers and tourism-related businesses on the island. Finance Minister Colm Imbert announced the initiative on Monday during the budget presentation in the House of Representatives. He said it will be implemented to provide much-needed working capital for those in the sector, who have been severely affected by the pandemic. Imbert said the programme, titled Tobago Hotel and Tourism Support, will be managed by the Tobago House of assembly and Evolving Tecknologies and Enterprise Development Ltd (EtecK). Both entities will screen applications...

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Faris under fire from public, pressure in the PNM

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi is under fire from several quarters after the collapse of the Police Service Commission (PSC) left behind a tangled mess. The AG is also under heavy public scrutiny for a seemingly failed selection process for an acting Commissioner of Police and CoP, and the ongoing legal matters involving Gary Griffith, the PSC, former attorney general Anand Ramlogan and the Government. Questions have also been asked about the Legal Notice 183 (2021) which was compared to the infamous Section 34 under the People's Partnership government and seemed to be specifically drafted with one person in mind. Controversy surrounding...

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Tobago Chamber expects ‘sweeteners’ for THA elections

President of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George says with the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election due soon, he expects ‘sweeteners’ for Tobago in the upcoming budget presentation. In an interview on CNC3’s The Morning Brew with host Jason Williams yesterday, George said although there was no clear winner in the THA election in January, with a six-six deadlock, he believes there was a clear loser. “I think it is obvious that we are going to see from the Central Government is an attempt to boost their fortunes in the upcoming THA elections and along with that would come the added...

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Tobago Business Chamber: Budget may contain ‘sweeteners’ for Tobago

Tobago Business Chamber president Martin George believes Monday’s budget presentation will contain “sweeteners” for the island, given the upcoming THA election. “I think we will see from central Government an attempt to boost their fortunes in the upcoming THA election and, of course, along with that, would come added sweeteners which would seek to entice the population in that regard. I think they will definitely try to add some things to entice and woo the voters,” he said. George said the budget must contain sustainable strategies to push Tobago’s development. “He who controls the means of production is the one who will ultimately...

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