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The Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment has recently embarked on a project to renew the workspaces of employees at its Shaw Park headquarters and district offices.

The initiative is geared towards improving the standards of operational safety and health (OSH) of its employees and boosting morale and productivity levels.

The renewal project will also optimise space and institute... Read more

The queen conch is a large, herbivorous marine gastropod or snail, which can be found throughout the waters of the wider Caribbean region and Florida. This particular species of conch is differentiated by its large, whorl-shaped shell, spiny shell apex and bright pink interior at the shell’s lip.

Deemed by far the region’s most important snail, the queen conch has... Read more

On September 24, 2017, Trinidad and Tobago marked its forty-first anniversary as a Republic. As is customary, the occasion has been marked by the conferral of national honours.

The Down Syndrome Family Network (DSFN), an organisation which advocates for the social inclusion and human rights of persons with disabilities, takes this opportunity to commend all the awardees in their various... Read more

With the national budget in the air, conversations across Trinidad and Tobago have largely shifted back to economic diversification. The Minister of Finance is set to deliver the budget on Monday, and it will of course be subject to the usual speculation, and positive, as well as negative feedback on its contents. From a Tobago perspective, development is probably the... Read more

Although the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) is not as mired in controversy as it was at this time last year, the signs of an ailing management continue.

For instance, air conditioning units which were in dire need of repair were only restored after months of having to leave doors open so the place would stay cool and a pensioner... Read more

In part three we discussed saving and spending. Today we will continue to operationalise the plan by discussing ‘giving’ and tying it all together.

As Tobagonians, we are well known worldwide for our amazing hospitality. Visitors to our beautiful island are usually amazed at our “lifestyle of giving.”

We share whatever we have with family, friends, neighbors and strangers. It... Read more

Last week, we looked at some of the things you need to do before a meeting to ensure that the time is used wisely. This week, we’re looking at how to make best use of the time spent during the meeting.

Start and end on time. If people have allotted a certain time for a meeting, make sure you stick... Read more

Many parents can recount public embarrassing moments during their children’s childhood that caused them no end of shame. What did they do about such situations? Did they discipline their child or simply took action to ‘save face’ allowing the child to get away scot free leading to subsequent repeat performances on the part of the child during the ensuing years?... Read more

Customer surveys are a great way to find out what people really think, which is why large companies around the world regularly carry out surveys. Some even employ other companies to perform them, as this means the results are fair and unbiased. This week, we’re looking at some of the things that such surveys reveal about customer service.

In a... Read more

Following is the final excerpt from a speech given by noted Tobago criminologist

Dr Wendell Wallace at an Anti-Bullying Conference, 10th May 2017 at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Port of Spain. Several secondary school children from Tobago attended the event.


Look for these... Read more

Following is a speech by Secretary of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment Kwesi Des Vignes on the occassion of World Environment Day

My fellow Tobagonians, as we celebrate World Environment Day this year, we do so against the backdrop of increasingly challenging times in our global community. As the global superpowers haggle over the Paris Agreement and its implications... Read more

Today, I intend to share with you information on the Identification and Prevention of Bullying. My aim is to get you to understand the root of bullying by improving your knowledge so that we can all seek to prevent incidents of bullying.

With that said, issues such as who is a bully, why do children bully others, warning signs... Read more

Last Saturday morning I had a very disturbing experience at the port of Port of Spain. I arrived for the sailing to Tobago but was told it was cancelled. I was horrified as I had a confirmed sailing for that day to return on Sunday.

Not only was there no information coming from the port’s office but the nonchalant attitude... Read more

I want to take the chance to say thanks to the workers of CAL Tobago’s office for the manner in which they handled my complaint about my Club Caribbean card.

I was quite upset for being ignored by the customer service representative although I mentioned that I was in possession of the card.

I went to the office and a... Read more

I am shocked at the present impasse involving the interisland sea transportation system.

I am old and cannot remember the last time this situation has occurred in Tobago. I am more upset because I feel that we were fooled as we were promised that things will get better if we put the same political party in Tobago and Trinidad.

I... Read more

Let’s face facts, the youth-related problems plaguing the society does not have a one-size-fits-all solution. On every hand, blame is being passed along for the high levels of indiscipline and deviancy, teenage pregnancies, drug and alcohol use, high drop-out rate and poor academic performance. The old adage ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ was the proverbial baby that... Read more

My maiden name is Hatt. My father, David Hatt is an only child. The questions started coming when I was in my 20s. I questioned Dad about family - his family. Don’t you have any cousins? How many brothers and sisters did your father have? Where are they?

I would check the telephone directory and see about five (5) Hatt... Read more


A good work ethic like the act of charity begins at home.

Alan is a perfect example of this concept. He is a Tobagonian living and working in the USA. For his entire school life he was regular and punctual. When he completed secondary school he did computer programming. Later he got the opportunity to study computer... Read more

Imagine this: Everyday you walk one flight of stairs to your work cafeteria, to buy lunch or snacks. You automatically expect to get a styrofoam container with your lunch and expect a plastic bag. You have your lunch and dump the bag and styrofoam container 30 minutes later. Those items are carted off to the landfill site where it will... Read more

My family visited Tobago for the long weekend and had to wait for hours at the port to return home. The toilets at the Scarborough port were terrible and we were sick.

Many times we went to the desk to ask for information but were told nothing. At one point a family started to use obscene words after they were... Read more