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Economist: THA to buy X-ray machine for Scarborough port

X-ray machine for Scarborough port ECONOMIST Anslem Richards says the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) is looking to invest in an X-ray machine for the Scarborough Port, in an attempt to prevent the flow of illegal guns into the island. On Monday, Tobago recorded its seventh gun-related murder for the year so far with the killing of Denson Turner. Eyewitnesses said Turner was in a garage at a house in Les Coteaux shortly after 5pm when two men approached him and started shooting. He died on the spot. Earlier that day, gunmen also robbed a jewellery store at Port Mall, Scarborough. Richards said he has...

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‘Farley, you need to man up’

President of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George is calling on leaders of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) to “man up” and clear the air on the voice note, in which two people alleged to be THA officials are heard discussing the use of assembly funds to pay for partisan political activity. “We think that it is now incumbent upon the leaders of the THA to come out and clear the air and indicate what, if any position, they have in relation to these matters, as they do not appear to be going away or dying quickly and have taken...

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Tobago pair freed of sexual-offences charges over delay by DPP’s office, police

After almost a decade, a Tobago fireman and his former girlfriend were freed on Wednesday of seven sexual-offences charges owing to the protracted delay by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the police in prosecuting inquiry. In a ruling, senior magistrate Rajendra Rambachan upheld an application by lawyers for the two to have the matter discharged. Attorney Martin George argued it was unfair and unjust to continue the case because of the prosecution’s failure to progress it. Rambachan agreed. The couple were charged on November 6, 2014, with acts of grievous sexual assault against a then-schoolgirl and track star in...

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‘I’ve been called an independent too long’ – THA secretary on new party

THA Secretary of Food Security, Natural Resources, the Environment and Sustainable Development Nathisha Charles-Pantin says she is excited about next week’s launch of a new political party in Tobago, mainly because “I have been called an independent for too long.” Almost four months after declaring themselves independents, members of the Farley Augustine-led THA administration are set to launch a new party on April 4 at the Shaw Park Cultural Complex from 5-8pm, a post on Facebook said on Monday. The news came 12 days after THA Minority Leader Kelvon Morris urged Augustine to form a new party so that Tobagonians could go...

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Dismissed Coco Reef boss sues hotel

The former general manager of the Coco Reef Resort and Spa in Tobago has begun his wrongful dismissal lawsuit against the company that owns the hotel and its owner.  Eric Feniet took the witness stand at a courtroom at the Waterfront Judicial Centre in Port-of-Spain as the trial of his multi-million dollar lawsuit against Bella Forma Resorts Limited and its Bermuda-based owner John Jefferis commenced before Justice Frank Seepersad, on Monday Throughout his testimony, the Frenchman was repeatedly quizzed by the company’s lawyer Martin George over the unorthodox duties he claimed that he was asked to perform by Jefferis from when he...

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Attorney at Law Martin George: Nine independent senators should resign

ATTORNEY Martin George said on Tuesday the nine independent senators appointed by former president Paula-Mae Weekes should resign in order to allow her successor Christine Kangaloo to select a new group of independent senators, if she so desires. Former Senate president Christine Kangaloo was inaugurated as TT's seventh President on Monday. She was elected by the Electoral College by a vote of 48-22 on January 20. The college comprises all members of the House of Representatives and Senate, including the Speaker and the Senate President. For the time being, it appears the current nine independent senators will remain in place. There is no...

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The debate on whether the Caribbean Court of Justice should become the final court of appeal for this country continues. Attorney at Law Martin George is of the view that now is not the time to make such a move and believes public trust is an aspect that must be garnered first. Alicia Boucher has the details from Morning Edition. To view full story visit ...

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