Tobago House of Assembly

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.

High Court rules in favour of Tobago contract teachers

Contract teachers throughout Tobago have won a constitutional motion which they had filed against the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) for their rights to all gratuity payments and all monies owing to them.

The THA has been ordered to immediately pay the teachers all outstanding payments, plus interest,

Tobago PNM Council candidate dumped

Handle Beckles, the former assemblyman who was convicted of defrauding an elderly couple of $300,000 earlier this year, has been dropped from the Tracy Davidson-Celestine slate.

Beckles, a pastor who is also a nurse, was contesting the post of Welfare Officer in the Peoples National Movement's internal elections, scheduled for 19 January 2020.

He won the Bethel/Mt Irvine seat on a PNM ticket in the January 2013 Tobago House of Assembly election and served as an assistant secretary in the Division of Infrastructure shortly after.

Former Clerk of THA gets second chance as Presiding Officer

Former Clerk of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Vanessa Cutting-Thomas, is the new Presiding Officer of the Assembly Legislature of the THA. She was sworn in on Thursday morning.  She replaces Dr. Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus, who served as Presiding Officer for the last two and half years.

Duke claps back at Penal/Debe Chamber

Watson Duke, Minority Leader of the Tobago House of Assembly, is taking President of the Penal/Debe Chamber of Commerce Rampersad Sieuraj to task over statements on the use of Tobago's budgetary allocation.

On Monday, at a press conference in Couva, Sieuraj reportedly suggested that the corporation and THA exchange their annual budgetary allocations for two years so the corporation's flooding issue can be fixed.

Tobago gets just over $2 billion in allocations annually, while the corporation gets less than $100 million.

THA's Presiding Officer resigns

Dr. Denise Tsoiatfatt-Angus resigned from her position as Presiding Officer of the Tobago House of Assembly on Thursday.

Her resignation letter to the Assembly’s Legislature Clerk was leaked on social media before her 1:30 pm official announcement to the media.

Sources say Tsoiatfatt-Angus is making way to contest the position of the political leader of the People's National Movement (PNM) Tobago Council internal elections.

Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles made a similar move in January 2016, when he resigned as the Assembly's presiding officer.

Caribbean Statistics Day observed in Tobago

The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) must develop a culture of statistics, as it's the only way the Assembly can improve its data collection and subsequently, the lives of Tobagonians.

This was stressed at the National Statistics Seminar held at the Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute Blenheim, Mt St George, Tobago on Tuesday, October 15.

Themed "Building Resilience of the Caribbean Community," the seminar sought to get THA officers—and the Tobago population—to understand the importance of statistics to the island's development.

'Tobago Beach Jazz' gets green light to be held inside Turtle Beach hotel

The 'Tobago Beach Jazz' event will be allowed to continue at the Rex Resort on Turtle Beach in Tobago.

This follows a meeting with all stakeholders today.

The agreement came after the promoter agreed to measures to ensure that the event does not affect the turtles nesting on the beach.

The event if not being hosted by the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and is not part of the Tobago Jazz Festival's schedule of events.

The following is a statement by the THA Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment.

THA: Galicia replacement is "top priority"

Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Kelvin Charles is assuring Tobagonians that everything possible will be done to ensure cargo transport to Tobago will not be adversely affected by the recall of the Super Fast Galicia vessel, a statement by the THA said.

It said Charles has spoken to Minister of Works and Transportation Rohan Sinanan on the issue, who has indicated that interim plans are being made to ship bulk cargo to the island once the vessel is removed from the route.

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