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Attorney: Law says THA head remains in place

ATTORNEY Martin George said Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis need not give up his job or perks of office after last Monday’s tied THA election, despite calls from the PDP for him to step down.The election ended in a six-six draw between the incumbent PNM and challengers the PDP. The PNM previously held ten seats. He said the THA Act says that even when the assembly stands dissolved, the members of the THA’s executive council, namely the Chief Secretary and his/her deputy, plus others, stay in their posts. George queried calls made for Dennis to stop using the chief...

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The way to end THA deadlock is to go back to the polls—experts

Both a constitutional lawyer and a political analyst agree that the only legal and workable solution to the current deadlock in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) is returning to the polls. Constitutional law attorney, Martin George, says with both the People’s National Movement (PNM) and the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) getting six seats, it means there is no majority in the Assembly and as such, it will be difficult to elect a Presiding Officer or Chief Secretary if the members vote along party lines. Speaking on CNC3's The Morning Brew, Mr George said power-sharing may not be a practical solution and...

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George: THA composition must change to 13 constituencies 

Constitutional attorney Martin George says the only way to ensure a deadlock of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) does not happen again is for parliamentarians to change the THA Act to include a 13th constituency. The People’s National Movement (PNM) and the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) both won six seats in the THA election on Monday, leaving the Assembly deadlocked. Speaking on CNC3’s The Morning Brew to host Natalee Legore, George, who is also the head of the Tobago Business Chamber, said the only possible solution to the current impasse is to head back to the polls. He said the assemblymen can be...

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Medical board withdraws letter of complaint against Dr Sawh

A medical doctor who was recorded making vile, racist and derogatory remarks last November, may walk away unscathed because proper process was not followed. Today, the medical board withdrew its letter of complaint issued to Dr Avinash Sawh. Instead, it issued a seven-page letter to his attorney, saying the five people who initially complained, have not followed through with the official process. Reporter Sharlene Rampersad tells us more. https://www.youtube.com/embed/IFXXfpTa8ZE ...

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Medical board not done with Dr Sawh yet

The Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago has not officially completed its probe into Dr Avinash Sawh despite withdrawing its letter dated November 15, 2020, that outlined five complaints against him. Attorney-at-law Ravesh Persad, who represents the council, said the decision to withdraw the letter was taken to allow the body to determine whether any of the persons who raised complaints were willing to complete and sign the official complaint forms. The move by the council followed several objections from Dr Sawhs lawyer, Martin George, who noted that it was improper to dispatch the letter to his client without the council first...

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Dr Sawh ‘race’ probe hits snag

THE investigation into allegations of racial slurs by San Fernando-based doctor Avinash Sawh is now at a standstill because of a procedural flaw. As a result, the Council of the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago has withdrawn its original letter to Sawh outlining five complaints about his behaviour and is now seeking to restart the complaints process, as the original complaints were not done on signed Medical Board complaint forms. The Board will decide at its regular monthly meeting next month if it will embark on a fresh probe. The Medical Board’s attorney, Rajiv Persad, however emphasised yesterday that the probe...

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Medical Board to decide on way forward with Dr Sawh

THE Medical Board has been advised to withdraw the original letter of complaint against Dr Avinash Sawh, who had been accused of making racist statements in telephone calls with a former employee, and make a new decision on whether it should embark upon an enquiry. The board, in a letter dated November 12, 2020, had cited five people who alleged that Sawh had “displayed blatant racism, used racial slurs, verbally abused an employee and showed strong evidence of discriminatory hiring practices.” But in a letter on Monday, the board wrote to Sawh’s attorney Martin George and agreed there was a procedural flaw...

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Medical Board withdraws letter to doctor accused of racism

A letter sent by the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago to Dr Avinash Sawh over racist comments he made in several audio recordings has been retracted. Attorney Martin George, representing Dr Sawh, told Loop News that the letter with five complaints listed against Dr Sawh had been withdrawn. ‘The Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago has to date sent correspondence indicating that they have taken the decision to withdraw their letter which had five complaints against our client.’ He said they had replied to the Board’s letter with a reply outlining several objections and highlighted several irregularities, basing the statements on the...

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Medical Board rethinks Sawh enquiry 

The Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago has withdrawn its letter to Dr Avinash Sawh and will make a fresh determination at its meeting next month whether Sawh should be the subject of an enquiry. In a letter from Allum Chambers, attorney Rajiv Persad, representing the Medical Board to attorney Martin George, who represents Sawh, Persad wrote, “The Council has accepted my advice and therefore we wish to advise that they have agreed at their Regular Monthly Meeting for January 2021 to formally withdraw the letter sent to your client dated 12th November 2020.” The letter he referenced was titled “Allegations against your...

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