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The current situation faced by Tobago’s tourism stakeholders and the measures being put in place by the Tobago House of Assembly and the central government to revitalise Tobago’s tourism sector epitomises the idiom, ‘while the grass is growing the cow is starving’.

Secretary of the Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation, Nadine Stewart-Phillips’ February 15th announcement that the Executive Council... Read more

Tobago-born prime minister Dr Keith Christopher Rowley’s ferry ride to Tobago last Sunday struck responsive chords with his political party supporters and opponents. The former group applauded the act while it drew the chagrin of the latter.

But for whatever the trip was worth at least it gave the PM the opportunity to gain experience firsthand of some of... Read more

The existing crises with the air and sea bridges have reached fever pitch and everyone is feeling the pinch.

Although Chief Secretary Keith Charles should be given some credit for his May 17th address to Tobagonians as it’s the first time in the THA’s history a sitting Chief Secretary took the time to explain the Assembly’s actions to the... Read more

This year’s Tobago Jazz Festival, funded by the Tobago House of Assembly, will perhaps best be remembered for the interisland transportation chaos, on the air and sea bridges, preceding it.The interisland transportation woes, well documented by the media, may have triggered fear among would-be travellers resulting in fewer visitors travelling to Tobago for the festival. Although attendance figures at all... Read more

The interisland sea transportation chaos, specifically in relation to the Superfast Galicia, has certainly left an indelible mark on the minds of citizens of this country, especially Tobagonians. Wholesalers and retailers began to panic buy as the spectre of being without food and building materials loomed large before islanders.

The reality is that although information regarding the vessel’s departure to... Read more

As employees at the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) struggle for backpay, although their Trinidad colleagues received theirs, Public Services Association (PSA) president, Watson Duke’s remarks that Tobago employees are no less than their Trinidad counterparts and must be treated as such, are quite appropriate.

But while we empathise with the struggle we also note with concern that despite the... Read more

The passing of the motion, to phase out the use of Styrofoam and find alternative products for use in Tobago, augurs well for Tobago’s future. The support it received from the opposition – Minority leader, Watson Duke and his colleague Farley Augustine- perhaps signals the level of collaboration that will take place, from both sides of the benches, going forward.... Read more

The recent resignation of the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago’s (PATT) board and the announcement of a new one soon after is the latest debacle in a series of missteps by PATT.

For instance service on the interisland ferry over the last weekend was full of woes and many passengers swore they will never venture to use the service... Read more

We are heartened that newly installed Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles is engaging in conversations in an attempt to restore our pride and dignity.

Firstly, the motion he moved ,at the last Plenary Sitting, calling for a code of conduct to be drafted for and by Assemblymen, seeks to ensure that matters at the Plenary Sitting are conducted in a manner... Read more

The sporadic and rapid development taking place in Crown Point is a product of unplanned urban development.

The noise pollution of which so many residents and tourists speak is not confined to that area alone but is a general problem experienced by other communities within the country. It is also a symbol of the level of lawlessness we are currently... Read more

The Tobago House of Assembly January 23rd election is quite memorable for many reasons. Firstly the electioneering rhetoric showed the proverbial petticoat in our country’s social and cultural dress.

On full display was the relationship between Trinidadians and Tobagonians – the notion that the former group of citizens dared to visit to meddle in islanders’ business seemed to be on... Read more

The power of a single vote is best reflected in the Tobago House of Assembly's 2005 election results when Cynthia Alfred of the People’s National Movement (PNM) won the Bacolet/Mt St George electoral seat by two votes. She received 845 votes while Orville Jordan of the Democratic Action Congress (DAC) received 843 .

In the same year, the results in... Read more

Electioneering for the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election has begun in earnest. All political parties contesting the upcoming January 23rd election have rolled out their bags of election goodies. Of course, the anomaly is that regardless of what is offered some people will vote for many other reasons besides what is promised or proffered.

The reality is that regardless... Read more

Since violence seems to have permeated our society, it is therefore not strange it finally crept into our most cherished and sacred period - when we exercise our democratic right to choose our government.

Subliminally, violence has always been with us during election as the mudslinging and vitriolic verbal attacks are commonplace and often disguised as picong.

Sadly, this time... Read more

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s recent questions regarding why housewives cannot learn to knead bread and peel cassava can also apply to men learning the finer points of cooking and budgeting. His words, as well as the possibility of having to change our diets because of the dragnet on food item which now includes previously zero rated goods, may well... Read more

If one deliberately left out the geographical area and simply tell the many health care tales emanating from Tobago then it would be safe to assume that the stories are from a backward island where the level of education, economic standard of living, technological advancement and leadership skills are extremely low.

Certainly all those stories - lack of distilled water... Read more

For one thing, the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) is sending the right signals in some, although not all, areas about the changes necessary for financial adjustments in this changing economic time.

Given the present scenario of 45 per cent and 70 per cent decline in revenues from natural gas and oil respectively and the resultant 7 per cent cut... Read more

In 2016 when we tried coping with the recessionary period we had to adopt a new way of thinking but we didn’t. In the first place, there were fundamental questions which we needed to ask and answer honestly. We had to determine if the manner in which we were doing things had to change.

We had to ask if we... Read more

Hundreds came out to the third annual 'Chamber Can Cook' fundraiser hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, Tobago Chapter and for the first time sponsored by blink l bmobile.

For yet another year the Tobago business fraternity and the general public filled the grounds of the Tobago Nutrition Co-operative Society for a time of fun, food and entertainment.

"It's the... Read more

Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty is the theme for this year’s World Food Day celebrations.

Observed internationally on October 16, this year’s observances look at the link between ending hunger and food insecurity by enhancing social protection as the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Education, healthcare and financial support are all forms of... Read more

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