Politics

Tracy hopes to mend party but Charles feels 'viciously' attacked

Out­go­ing Po­lit­i­cal Leader of the To­ba­go Coun­cil of the PNM, Chief Sec­re­tary Kelvin Charles said, he was de­mo­nized dur­ing the cam­paign.

Los­ing in nine out of the 13 polling sta­tions through­out To­ba­go, Charles even­tu­al­ly lost to Tra­cy David­son-Ce­les­tine by 1,108 votes. He re­ceived 2,042 votes, while David­son-Ce­les­tine re­ceived 3150 votes. Speak­ing to re­porters af­ter his de­feat on Sun­day night he said, he was per­son­al­ly at­tacked.

A woman leads Tobago PNM now

This country’s Ambassador to Costa Rica, Tracey Davidson-Celestine, has become the first woman to lead the Tobago's PNM Council.

She beat Kevin Charles—who is also the Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA)—by a landslide at the polls. Davidson-Celestine took home  3,150 votes while Charles managed to poll 2,142 votes.

Tobago Business Chamber: New PNM Tobago leader brings dynamism

President of the Tobago Business Chamber, Martin George, has congratulated Tracy Davidson-Celestine on her victory, in Sunday’s run-off election for the post of Political Leader, of the People's National Movement's (PNM) Council in Tobago.

Martin George is calling for a continued working relationship between her and current Chief Secretary of Tobago House of Assembly, Kelvin Charles, whom Davidson-Celestine ousted in the leadership contest, yesterday.

Sedition charge against Watson Duke dismissed

The sedition charge against Public Services' Association (PSA) President, Watson Duke, has been dismissed.

Chief Magistrate Maria Busby-Earle-Caddle opted to discharge Duke as he reappeared before her in the Port-of-Spain Magistrate's Court, a short while ago.

State prosecutors had requested that Busby-Earle-Caddle adjourn the case, after a preliminary hearing of the State's appeal over Justice Frank Seepersad's judgement, in which he struck down aspects of the Sedition Act. The hearing is carded for February 3.

PNM gets first female Tobago Council leader

In an historic win, Tracy Davidson-Celestine became this country's first female to lead the People's National Movement's (PNM) Council in Tobago, in the Council's runoff election on January 26, 2020.

This, as the party celebrated its 64th anniversary on the same day.

Davidson-Celestine trounced the Council's political leader Kelvin Charles for a decisive win, with over 60 percent of the votes.

In her victory speech, Davidson-Celestine said she plans to resign as this country's ambassador to Costa Rica "as soon as possible".

PEP protests outside the Red House

On the first day of the reopening of Parliament at the Red House, members of the Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP) gathered outside the Red House to deliver a letter to the Prime Minister.

In the letter, the political party requested an enquiry into the activities of UDECOTT and an audit of the terms of the contracts awarded to the Corporation for the renovation of the President’s House, the President’s Cottage, the Red House and White Hall.

Dressed in orange the members started by singing the National Anthem.  They also conducted their walk gagged and silent.

3 against 1 in Tobago PNM Council leader race

It's official. Three teams will go up against Kelvin Charles, current political leader of the Tobago Council of the People's National Movement (PNM), in Sunday's runoff elections.

In a statement on Friday, Team Tracy 2020 said it is part of a group that includes Joel Jack and Dr. Denise Tsoaifatt-Angus—fighting to change the council's leadership.

"After consultation, and for this point onward Joel Jack, Dr Angus and I have decided we will work together in the best interests of the party," the Davidson-Celestine team said.

Maraj: Red House a symbol of democracy’s triumph in 1990

Political commentator, Ralph Maraj, believes that there should be something to commemorate the Red House’s invasion in 1990, now that it has been returned as the home of Parliament.

Mr Maraj is a former parliamentarian and government minister. He would have been in office in the late 1990s, when the Red House still functioned as Parliament’s home.

According to Mr Maraj, installing some sort of commemorative piece at the newly renovated Red House, would be a powerful symbol to the country, of the triumph of democracy over insurgency.

Parents at Couva West Secondary stage protest

Angry parents of students attending the defunct Couva West Secondary School are demanding that an immediate solution be found to house students.

Parents demonstrated outside the school at Baliser Street on Thursday, after a meeting with Education Minister Anthony Garcia flopped when the minister failed to show.

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