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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.

HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT A CHILD MAY BE BULLYING OTHERS?

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

DR. N. CARRINGTON

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

I visited the Scarborough General Hospital with my wife and was shocked at the poor conditions Ii saw there. I was alarmed that the nurse did not change their gloves between patients. I saw a gentleman with sores being attended to before another gentleman and the nurse did not change her gloves!!!

When I asked her why she did not... Read more

Dear Madam,

I am extremely disturbed by the level of care given in the health sector in Tobago.

My husband got sick last Wednesday night and we called the ambulance and was told there was none. We called again an hour later and was told they had not returned. This was at 9 pm. We pleaded with the attendant to... Read more

We have heard these stories all too often.

A nine-year-old and her eleven-year-old brother are left in the care of a family friend whom they call ‘Uncle’. ‘Uncle’ separates the two by giving the brother chores outside. Uncle then takes the nine-year-old to the bedroom and asks her for permission to touch her private place. The moment is interrupted when... Read more

As our new Chief Secretary, Kelvin Charles sets the pace for Tobago’s productivity, we want to back his call for timeliness and purpose in delivery. This week we want to suggest as individuals we can make small steps for improvement by changing the way we do some everyday things, such as The Meeting!

Start and end on time. If people... Read more

Food security has been on the front burner of Tobago’s agenda for some time now.

It’s been a focus of the last few Tobago House of Assembly administrations, and in 2017, it matters even more. In fact, The Agriculture Division’s re-designation to the Division of Food Production and Fisheries has informed a renewed focus on those areas, supported by significant... Read more

It is with a growing sense of disgust and alarm,

That I observe the growing ‘governance of harm’.

It’s engulfing both our lands you know,

but especially our island Tobago.

Mr. Augustine of the PDP won his seat fairly,

while still the PNM-THA’s employee.

Is this a good reason why his salary

Was not paid for the month of February?... Read more

Psychologists are prescribing a healthy dose of vitamin NO to children with overindulgent parents. The social experts say vitamin NO is necessary to create well-rounded human beings.

Noted child psychologist, Dr John Rosemond, posited that some children are suffering the predictable ill-effects of overindulgence. He said the absence of vitamin NO is affecting their emotional and mental health.

Rosemond advises... Read more

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