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Tobago landscaper sues ex-CIB boss for $.3m

A Tobago landscaper is suing former Clico Investment Bank (CIB) chairman Andre Monteil for $.3 million for landscaping services. Zimroy Williams, of Mt Thomas, Golden Lane, filed a claim on Wednesday in the Tobago High Court registry against Monteil for $300,000. The documents said the money was due and owing for landscaping services Williams did for Monteil in 2018 and 2019. The lawsuit contends Monteil, the owner of two properties at Buccoo and Tobago Plantations in Lowlands, hired the landscaper to provide garden maintenance and landscaping services on a monthly basis at $20,000 a month. It was allegedly an oral agreement between the two,...

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Sanitation worker takes Tobago House of Assembly to court over promotion

A sanitation worker from Tobago has received the court’s permission to challenge the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) for failing to promote him. Mervin Winchester, of Louis D'Or, is asking for compensation for “financial losses” he suffered because of the alleged failure by the THA to promote him. Justice Kevin Ramcharan granted Winchester leave to pursue his claim against the THA. In his lawsuit, filed in the Tobago High Court, Winchester complained he had been consistently overlooked for promotion for several years. He said three of his juniors were all promoted ahead of him and in 2016, the THA allegedly acknowledged an error in...

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Tobago Chamber: Bring on vaccine mandate law

THE Tobago Business Chamber has called on the Government to enact mandatory covid19 vaccine laws to allow certain sectors to reopen. Chamber president Martin George, in a video on Friday, backed the Prime Minister's cautious approach to reopening and prioritising lives over livelihoods, but urged the government "to be more proactive, creative and innovative in finding ways to get us quickly out of this economic crisis." George said the country is paying a heavy price for the lockdown measures to curb the spread of the virus. He noted recent statements from the Supermarket Association of TT president Rajiv Diptee about rising food prices...

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As Tobago hotel closes, George says clear vaccination policy needed

As Tobago’s economy continues to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Martin George, Chairman of the Tobago Business Chamber, believes that Government should look to vaccination as the key to recovery. In fact, he’s of the view a stronger approach, one rooted in legislation, is necessary to help the economy rebound and return to Tobago to some semblance of normalcy. George was commenting on the temporary closure of award-winning Tobago resort Coco Reef Resort and Spa, which today announced that it couldn’t continue to operate amidst continued uncertainty. Owner John Jefferis said the resort’s reopening will be announced in due course, when...

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Tobago Chamber backs PM’s cautious approach to reopening

The Tobago Business Chamber is appealing to all Tobagonians to ignore mauvais langue and get vaccinated now. This comes on the heels of last Saturday’s news conference at the Scarborough Library, where the Prime Minister dismissed calls by business stakeholders to open Tobago’s economy fully, saying that would result in an increase in covid19 infections on the island. He said the calls to open beaches, bars and restaurants would have a negative effect, warning that the country must bite the bullet and not make premature decisions that would prove costly in the long run. Responding to questions via WhatsApp message on Tuesday,...

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Most Tobago hotels to remain closed in August

CLOSE to 75 per cent of the hotels, guest houses and villas in Tobago are expected to remain closed for the usually bumper August vacation. Tourism interests on the island say the the closure of most of the accommodations in Tobago is due to the existing state of emergency and curfew restrictions, which are still in force to slow down the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus. Restrictions on the country’s domestic air and sea bridge also continue. So said Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association vice-president Carol-Ann Birchwood-James who noted that many potential visitors to Tobago from Trinidad have said that the...

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PCA recommends criminal proceedings against Tobago SRP

THE POLICE Complaints Authority (PCA) has recommended disciplinary and criminal proceedings be invoked against a special reserve police officer involved in a shooting incident in Charlotteville, Tobago, last year. On Thursday, the PCA wrote to attorney Martin George, who represents Charlotteville resident Zauvaughn Benjamin, who made the initial complaint, informing him of the authority’s recommendations. Last year, attorney Janelle Ramsaroop, of Martin George and Co, wrote a letter of complaint to then Minister of National Security Stuart Young questioning if the ministry, or the police, had a “shoot on sight” policy for anyone allegedly caught breaching covid19 stay-at-home regulations. Benjamin, of Belle Aire...

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Experts concerned about COVID cases and future of tourism in Tobago

Former Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan says while there should be some concern, the COVID-19 statistics for Tobago is not anything to be worried about. This comes after the island recorded 52 positive cases in just 24 hours last week, the highest since the start of the pandemic. There had also been some worry about a cluster of COVID-19 cases at various departments of the Scarborough General Hospital. According to Dr Khan, while the island has a record of high incidences of obesity and comorbidities, “Tobago still has a low mortality rate and residents are resilient.” He said the focus should be placed...

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Tobago’s business chamber head wants flights returned to full capacity

Chairman of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George is calling upon Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and by extension, the Government to return all flights between Trinidad and Tobago to full capacity and to take steps to rectify the situation as soon as possible. In keeping with the government’s new COVID regulations, Caribbean Airlines was mandated to reduce the number of domestic air bridge flights between Trinidad and Tobago to three from April 30. "The Tobago Business Chamber wishes to express its strongest disappointment and disapproval with the continued scenario and imbroglio of only three flights operating per day between Trinidad and...

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Lawyer faces jail for failing to pay money to client

A senior attorney is facing the prospect of potentially being jailed for contempt of court after she failed to abide by a court order to repay a little over $200,000 to a former client.  On Tuesday, lawyers representing Charlene Roberts filed a contempt of court application against attorney Dawn Seecharan-Nancoo.  According to the court filings, obtained by Guardian Media, in November 2016, Roberts retained Seecharan-Nancoo to obtain a grant of probate in relation to the estate of a deceased relative.  Seecharan-Nancoo allegedly instructed Roberts to pay her legal fees and place the estate’s $292,243.49 in an escrow account to be managed by her...

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