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‘Public Services for Only Vaccinated Customers’

THE new vaccination policy for State workplaces is a good one, but in order to be fair, persons accessing services there should also be vaccinated against Covid-19. This is the opinion of the President of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George who said that the chamber supported the initiative as well as the partial re-opening of the beaches. He encouraged public servants to get their vaccinations. “We ask that public servants get on board with this initiative and we ask that the Government also considers the question of the person who has to access these offices which are staffed by public servants. “One may...

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Tobago landowner goes to court over airport expansion project

A CROWN Point, Tobago homeowner has filed a constitutional motion in the High Court to stop the Arthur NR Robinson airport expansion project from acquiring his property without fair compensation. Attorneys for Woolwin Lovell, of Crompstain Trace, filed the motion in the High Court registry in Tobago on Tuesday. As an immediate measure, Lovell is seeking an order to stop or suspend any notice served on him and to restrain the State from taking any steps to take his property until his claim is heard and determined. He is also seeking a declaration that the decision of the State, through the National Infrastructural...

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Tobago chamber head welcomes Duke’s PSA resignation

Head of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George has welcomed the decision by THA Deputy Chief Secretary Watson Duke to resign from the Public Service Association (PSA). Duke’s resignation as president of the union takes effect from December 31, according to his letter addressed to the PSA’s conference of delegates on Monday. The move came after questions of legality and ethics of his holding the positions of PSA president and THA Deputy Chief Secretary were raised in the public domain. Contacted for comment, George said the Chamber was encouraged by the decision. “If it is that Mr Watson Duke has indeed chosen to serve...

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Tobago hopes for economic boost

THE business community in Tobago is hoping that economic activity on the island will be boosted following the landslide victory of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) at the THA election on Monday night. Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce chair Diane Hadad told the Express yesterday that the people have spoken and the newly elected party will have an opportunity to jump-start Tobago over the next four years. “The chamber’s position is to give the PDP a chance to present its ideas to the people of Tobago as the party members would have said on the platform while campaigning how they intended...

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Tobago chambers congratulate PDP on THA win

THE TOBAGO BUSINESS CHAMBER and the Tobago chapter of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Business and Commerce have both sent heartfelt congratulations to the PDP on its win against the Tobago PNM in the THA elections. Both chambers expressed their desire to work with the new administration. “We are clear on our desire to work along with this incoming administration to ensure that the elements of the Tobago private sector are brought back to life so that we could have a vibrant business sector in Tobago,” said Martin George, chairman and founding director of the Tobago Business Chamber. Diane Hadad, chairman of...

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Tobago Chamber Hopes PDP Victory will Revive Business

WITH the Progressive Democratic Patriots PDP about to take the mantle at the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), the Tobago Business Chamber is hoping that the business sector will be able to be revived on the island. Chamber’s President Martin George, issued a congratulatory message to the party that was able to topple the People’s National Movement (PNM) in the THA election on Monday in an almost clean sweep. George said, “We are clear in our desire to work along with the incoming administration to ensure that the elements of the Tobago private sector are resuscitated, brought back to life so that...

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Judge raises concerns over attorney conflict in land sales

A HIGH COURT judge has ordered a Port of Spain law firm and one of its attorneys to bear all the costs associated with getting a valuation done on a piece of land in central Trinidad. When the valuation is completed, the firm and the attorney will also have to pay any difference between what policewoman paid for the land and its value in its current state. Justice Frank Seepersad made the order on Monday, in a claim by Nerisa Garrette against Scotiabank, attorney Tiffany Oliver, the firm Fitzwilliam Stone Furness-Smith and Morgan, and Dickey Seepersad, the vendor for the land in...

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Tobago Chamber on vaccine rate: We can’t fiddle while Rome burns

The Tobago Business Chamber says it will support the Government if it wishes to implement mandatory covid19 vaccinations in Trinidad and Tobago. In a WhatsApp voice note on Friday, the chamber’s chairman Martin George alluded to the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Thursday night in which Dr Rowley spoke about the country’s dire situation with respect to the high rate of new covid19 infection and increasing deaths from the virus. With a significant percentage of the population still unvaccinated, Rowley said if the high infection rate persists the country’s health care system could collapse. George said, “The Tobago Business Chamber notes...

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Chambers: SoE end may not save businesses

AS OF MIDNIGHT on Wednesday night, the six-month long state of emergency (SoE) was discontinued by government two weeks before it was set to expire. While the move is a welcome one, on Thursday, some business chambers said there was still some concern over the turnout of customers and the rate of business for the Christmas season, especially with infections on the rise. TT Chamber of Commerce chairman Gabriel Faria, in recalling the chamber’s earlier call to remove the SoE or reduce the hours of the curfew, said the removal of the SoE would give businesses more time to operate. “The key...

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Tobago Chamber: Government paying lip service to private sector

Tobago Business Chamber chairman Martin George has accused the Government of paying lip service in its efforts to develop Tobago's private sector. George said if the Government was serious, it would repeal the Foreign Investment Act, immediately reopen beaches on the island, and remove VAT from all goods and services there. His comments come three days after the Prime Minister gave the commitment that the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), once controlled by the PNM, will continue to shoulder the burden of providing employment, until the private sector is robust enough to take over. Dr Rowley said the expansion of the island's...

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