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Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Minority Council members Watson Duke and Farley Augustine have condemned the $50.5 billion national budget.During a post-Budget news conference at the International Waterfront Complex immediately following its reading by Finance Minister Colm Imbert on Monday, Minority Leader Duke described the fiscal package as “primitive” and “punitive.”

Duke, who is also the Public Services Association (PSA)... Read more

Tobago Chamber of Commerce president Demi John Cruikshank is pleased Tobago received additional powers through some of the initiatives announced by Minister of Finance Colm Imbert in the 2018 Budget on Monday.

Speaking at a news conference mere minutes after the Budget, Cruikshank said he was also comforted with Tobago’s allocation.

The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) received $2.1936 billion,... Read more

Roxborough and environs residents are now questioning whether the $9 million ‘Hanging Down’ project in their community is really complete, as the roadway once again seems to be in danger of being undermined.

Secretary of Infrastructure and the Environment Kwesi Des Vignes deemed the project, which comprised construction of gabion baskets and 150 metres of rock armour revetment, complete and... Read more

Tobago West Member of Parliament and Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe says she is disappointed and disheartened at an alleged attempt by her political opponents to tarnish her reputation on social media.She was referring to an incident in which a sex video with her face super imposed on it was posted on social media pages allegedly linked to the Opposition. Taking... Read more

For the first time, the Ratha-yatra, or the Festival of Chariots, was celebrated in Tobago.

Hare Krishna devotees in cities around the world now celebrate this festival, which was originally celebrated in the Indian holy city of Jagannatha Puri.

Last Saturday, the event was staged along the Claude Noel Highway, ending at the Coliseum Mall, Crown Point, where members of... Read more

A 20-year-old unemployed man appeared in the Scarborough Magistrates’ Court last Friday, charged with the robbery of former Assemblyman and manager of Katzenjammers Steel Orchestra Beverly Ramsey-Moore.

Kylon Thompson, of Plymouth Road, Union, was arrested on September 16 and was later charged for robbery with aggravation and false imprisonment. The incident occurred at Moore’s Mt. Hay Road, Black Rock home... Read more

Former Tobago House of Assembly chief secretary Hochoy Charles declined the country’s second highest national award, the Chaconia Medal – Gold, in celebration of Trinidad and Tobago’s 41st anniversary as a Republic this year.

Charles was offered the award for outstanding public service on September 8, but asked for time to pray about it. He later told the Office of... Read more

Steps are being taken to prevent workplace discrimination against people with HIV/Aids after a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development and Tobago stakeholders last Friday.

Speaking during a ceremony at the Victor E Bruce Financial Complex, Scarborough, Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development Secretary, Dr Agatha Carrington, said: “It’s imperative... Read more

The HIV/Aids Secretariat, which was “abandoned” under the Orville London-led Tobago House of Assembly (THA) administration, will son be relaunched.

This was the promise from new Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles at the annual Republic Day Friends of Tobago Aids Society (FOTAS) Walk last Monday.

Addressing the gathering after the walk, which began at the Dwight Yorke Stadium and ended at... Read more

Manager of the Family First Foundation Merle Hercules says she has always followed the guidelines for operations, as stipulated by the Children’s Authority.

Her claims come even as the authority advised her to cease operations at the home after fire damaged the building they were occupying last Friday. The authority said they had been observing the operations of the home... Read more

Government and non-governmental organisations are teaming up to assist in disaster relief efforts in the Caribbean in the wake of the destruction caused by the passage of Hurricane Irma.

As T&T reaches out to those who suffered at the hands of Irma, the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is spearheading the Tobago House of Assembly's efforts.

The agency's director, Alan... Read more

Some of Tobago's healthcare practitioners are calling for an investigation into the rise of Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria cases on the island.

According to information reaching Tobago Today, males and females ranging in ages from 15-18 years are now in the highest affected group.

"What I am seeing is an increase in the number of infections in young people, but their... Read more

“If the CARICOM jetty ent work Tobago will be in trouble,” says Franklin Khan, Joint Select Committee member on Land and Infrastructure. He made the comment during the committee’s 11th Public Meeting held in Tobago on Tuesday.

During the hearing, which was conducted to look into the state of Tobago’s agricultural and fisheries industry, Khan, a geologist by profession, listed... Read more

Two men appeared in the Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday charged with the possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Okira Holder, 22 and Marlon Renwick, 24, both of Patience Hill, stood before Magistrate Jagroop to answer the charges.

The court heard that around 2 pm last Sunday, a party of Task Force officers... Read more

Former Tobago House of Assembly (THA) assemblyman Beverley Ramsey-Moore says prayers kept her calm during a recent armed robbery at her home.

According to police reports, a lone gunman stormed her family’s Mt. Hay Trace, Black Rock home around 9.30 am on Wednesday and held her hostage for over one hour until her husband Ian Moore came home.

Tobago Today... Read more

Inter-island Truckers and Traders Association president Horace Amede has called on Government to immediately scrap the Cabo Star’s contract, saying the vessel is creating even more strife for his members and Tobagonians.

He made the call at Wednesday’s Joint Select Committee (JSC) session chaired by Stephen Creese, where Tobago stakeholders adversely affected by the ongoing sea bridge fiasco finally got... Read more

Minister of Energy and Energy Industries Franklin Khan has heard that some 18 business owners are facing foreclosure due to the hardship they are now facing with transportation between the islands.

Khan heard their predicament during the Tobago leg of the Joint Select Committee’s inquiry into the Trinidad and Tobago Inter-island Ferry Service at the Victor E. Bruce Financial Complex... Read more

Although the Division of Education, Innovation and Energy have labelled this year’s Vacation School Repair Programme a “resounding success,” the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) is describing the work done on some institutions as “rushed” and in some cases “incomplete.”

In an exclusive interview with Tobago Today following Monday’s start of the new school year, project coordinator of... Read more

Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles deems Downtown Owners and Merchants Association president Gregory Aboud economic and political comments on Tobago as “ill-informed,” “careless” and “divisive.”

On Sunday 20th August, Aboud told CNC 3’s ‘Money Matters’ host Judy Kanhai that “the government is out of touch with people.”

Likening the governing of the country to that of captaining... Read more

The swim protest undertaken by Tobago House of Assembly Minority Leader Watson Duke on Monday has highlighted the viability and merit of the Government’s plan to strengthen ties with Toco, according to THA Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles.

Responding to questions on the issue during the post-Executive Council news conference on Wednesday, Charles said the Government’s idea to construct a new... Read more

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