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Tobago Chamber head: Lifting of mask-wearing mandate long overdue

Tobago Chamber of Commerce president Diane Hadad says the government’s decision to lift the mandate on the wearing of masks in public is long overdue. Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh announced the move at a covid19 news conference on July 5, saying it would take effect from July 17 (Sunday). It means people not wearing masks in public will no longer be liable to police action, including fixed-penalty fines. However, the Ministry of Health issued guidelines on Wednesday advising people to measure their risk when deciding to unmask in certain situations and places. Under the guidelines, masking will remain mandatory at public institutions. He also...

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Judge gives Maraval woman one month to demolish part of her home

A Maraval woman has been given a little over a month to comply with a court order compelling her to demolish a portion of her home which was found to encroach on a neighbour’s property or face seven days in prison. Delivering a decision earlier this week, High Court Judge Betsy-Ann Lambert-Peterson upheld an application to hold Donalyn Moore, of Moraldo Street, Maraval, in contempt of court for breaching the court order obtained by her neighbour Cassandra Sylvester-Henry. In the application, Sylvester-Henry’s lawyers, Martin George and Makesi Jerome, noted that former High Court Judge and current Appellate Judge James Aboud granted their...

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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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