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Race for top CoP post: One applicant seeks judicial review

A shortlist of candidates from the current list of seven applicants for the post of Police Commissioner is expected to be sent to President’s House ahead. This was clarified yesterday by an official as well as other sources. President Paula Mae-Weekes went on annual vacation last Saturday. She is out of the country , returning August 25. Senate President Christine Kangaloo is acting President. Meanwhile, a senior police officer who was among the 20-plus applicants for the CoP post is challenging his recent elimination by the Police Service Commission (PSC). Documents filed in court on Monday state he is seeking judicial review on PSC’s decision–...

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No CoP nominee sent to President as yet

As the Office of the President is yet to receive any correspondence from the Police Service Commission (PSC) about its nominee for the country's next Commissioner of Police (CoP), the PSC has made it clear that Gary Griffith remains the acting CoP. On Thursday, it was confirmed to the Guardian Media by an official at The Office of the President that no nominee has been sent yet to President Paula-Mae Weekes. Meanwhile, in a media release issued on Friday afternoon, the PSC advised the public that, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and...

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Crown Point resident claims: I was never paid for my land

Crown Point resident Wolwin Lovell maintains that he has never received payment for a parcel of land he owns and occupies at Block D of the ANR Robinson International Airport Expansion Project. And, in spite of statements made by both the MP for Tobago West Shamfa Cudjoe and Minister of Finance Colm Imbert, who accused residents of “double dipping” for Government compensation, Lovell said he has all the legal documents to support his claim. Armed with a file of documents, Lovell contacted Guardian Media to “clear the air” although he was not identified by name. He said he stepped forward because he...

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Griffith now acting as Police Commissioner

Gary Griffith is now acting as Commissioner of Police (CoP), as his three-year term has come to an end. He will act in the role until the next CoP is appointed. Guardian Media has been told that the Police Service Commission (PSC) has already completed interviews and assessments. “So, basically, right now, it’s literally for it to go to Parliament, so currently, Griffith is on a ‘short work’ for a few days as acting,” a TTPS source told Guardian Media. Griffith yesterday confirmed he was acting in the position as of yesterday but declined to comment further. Contacted yesterday, former Police Service Commission member Martin...

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Slow sales in Scarborough

Retailers in Scarborough are reporting a slow restart to business, and vendors say they don’t expect activity to pick up overnight. From as early as 8am on Tuesday, the second day since the easing of the lockdown restriction on the sector, a steady flow of pedestrian traffic was observed, but few customers were seen purchasing items. An employee at a variety store, who wished to stay anonymous. said she wasn’t surprised by the slow start. “So far, people are coming in but not really buying much. But they are coming in, because it’s the first time the store has been opened in so...

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Former landscaper sues Monteil for $300,000

Former CL Financial executive and former People’s National Movement (PNM) treasurer Andre Monteil is being sued by his former landscaper for $300,000 in unpaid maintenance fees for his two properties in Tobago. In his court filings, obtained by Guardian Media, lawyers representing Zimroy Williams are claiming that he was forced to file the lawsuit after Monteil repeatedly broke promises to clear the debt, which stems from work done at his properties in Buccoo and Lowlands between late 2017 and 2019.  According to the documents, Williams claims that in January 2017 he entered into an oral agreement with Monteil to maintain the properties for $20,000...

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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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