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Stakeholders divided on THA Amendment Bill

The latest developments towards resolving the 6-6 tie in the Tobago House of Assembly has brought mixed reactions from stakeholders. The THA Amendment Bill was passed in the Senate on Tuesday, allowing for the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) to increase the number of electoral districts in Tobago from 12 to 15. However, after meeting with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday, the 12 Assemblymen agreed to sit and discuss the way ahead, including the possibility of a power-sharing arrangement. Political analyst Dr Winford James raised concerns about the amendment bill, noting the movement from 12 to 15 districts does not guarantee...

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Woman files claim against attorney

A CUNUPIA woman has filed a claim in the High Court to get back $292,243.49 from a female Port of Spain attorney who handled the family’s Estate. The claim, filed by attorneys from the firm, Martin George and Co, comes up for hearing in April before Justice Joan Charles. The claim alleges the attorney consistently failed and/or refused to account for the money which was supposed to be distributed among the beneficiaries of an Estate of a man who died in 2011. The claim also seeks damages for conversion of the money the attorney received and alleges that since 2017, the woman...

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Court agrees with Health Ministry against nursing bodies

SIGNIFICANT portions of the judicial review claim of three nursing bodies against the Minister of Health have been struck out by the High Court judge hearing the matter. On Friday, Justice Devindra Rampersad gave his decision on evidential objections raised by the minister, striking out entire portions of the TT Registered Nurses Association (TTRNA), the Midwives Association (TTMA) and the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNATT)’s claim. He also struck out several lines of the claim which questioned the minister’s authority to appoint selected members to the Nursing Council on October 7, 2019, before any elected members were appointed. The nursing bodies argued that it...

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Doctor calls for resignation of Medical Board over handling of Sawh controversy

A call is being made for the resignation of the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago over its handling of a doctor caught berating and making racist remarks to a female employee several months ago. It comes from Dr Andre Alleyne, who on Thursday, staged a small demonstration outside the board’s office located at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. Dr Alleyne lamented the board’s shortcomings in taking disciplinary action against Dr Avinash Sawh. An audio recording of Dr Sawh’s rant with an employee had circulated on social media in November last year. He has since apologised. However, Dr Alleyne, one of the five...

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Doctor calls for Medical Board to resign over Sawh slurs

Dr Andre Alleyne is calling for the Medical Board to resign for “mishandling” the matter involving Dr Avinash Sawh. Sawh came under heavy public scrutiny after he was heard slinging racist and derogatory comments at one of his employees over a phone call last November. In the recording, when the employee threatened to have the police intervene, Sawh referred to policemen as “dunce n---ers” and Afro-Trinidadians as “monkeys.” Sawh later apologised to the woman and anyone else offended by his comments. The board said it had received five complaints from its members which spurred an investigation into the matter. Since then a letter the...

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Legal win for Tobago maxi drivers

With schools set to reopen on Monday, 31 Tobago maxi taxi drivers yesterday claimed a legal victory over the Tobago House of Assembly regarding the provision of transport for school children. This was confirmed by attorney Martin George, who represented drivers. George had filed a judicial review application against the THA on behalf of the 31 drivers. This was part of their bid to prevent the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) from inserting itself into their longstanding contractual arrangement with THA to provide transport for students. Justice Jacqueline Wilson granted leave for drivers to proceed to judicial review against the THA on the...

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Attorney MARTIN GEORGE calls for the resignations/revocations from persons who are no longer members of the THA

Attorney MARTIN GEORGE calls for the resignations from Office or the revocations of the appointments of the persons who are no longer Members of the Tobago House of Assembly but whom, by virtue of s.36 of the THA Act are legally entitled to continue in Office. Mr. George argues that notwithstanding the strict Legal position, that from a moral, ethical and common-sense position, these persons should no longer continue to hold those Secretary and Assistant Secretary positions or portfolios and they should do the honourable thing and resign, otherwise Mr. George has indicated that his next step would be to...

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Heated debate on Chief Secretary, Executive remaining in office

Heated debate continued yesterday on how the current Tobago House of Assembly (THA) impasse could be resolved. Panellists on Tobago’s indigenous television station, Channel 5, yesterday held strong opposing views on the decision of the current THA Executive to continue to function. Economist Dr Vanus James argued that based on his interpretation of the THA Act, Ancil Dennis should have stepped down from the position of Chief Secretary, saying his term ended when the house was dissolved in November 2020. Dr James said he believed the way forward would be Representative Democracy in the THA so that the people of Tobago could determine...

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