TRHA appoints new Acting CEO

The Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) has announced the appointment of Michelle Edwards-Benjamin as Acting Chief Executive Officer, with immediate effect.

Edwards-Benjamin has worked with the TRHA since 1995, moving through the ranks of Nursing to hold the substantive position of Secondary Care Nurse Manager.

She holds a B.Sc. Management Studies from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT).

Le Hunte: Fewer blackouts for Tobago

The up­grade of the main pow­er plant in To­ba­go could see an end to fre­quent elec­tric­i­ty black­outs on the is­land, says Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Util­i­ties Robert Le Hunte.

The up­grade which cost $139.5 m is part of Trinidad and To­ba­go Elec­tric­i­ty Com­mis­sion man­date to pro­vide To­bag­o­ni­ans with a re­li­able, high-qual­i­ty elec­tric­i­ty sup­ply.

Le Hunte, speak­ing at the com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mo­ny on Mon­day, said the up­grade was com­plet­ed on time and de­liv­ered with­in bud­get.

Tobago man dies in a fire

One man is dead and three peo­ple home­less af­ter an ear­ly morn­ing fire at East­er Field Road, To­ba­go, in the ear­ly hours of Mon­day.

Dead is An­tho­ny Charles, 61, whom fam­i­ly say suf­fered from a men­tal dis­or­der.

Ac­cord­ing to the Di­vi­sion­al Fire Of­fi­cer, the Scar­bor­ough Fire Sta­tion re­ceived re­ports of a fire at 3.40 am. When fire­fight­ers got to the scene they were told three of four peo­ple had been ac­count­ed for.

When the fire­fight­ers doused the flames and searched the prop­er­ty they found Charles’ re­mains in one of the bed­rooms.

Cabinet meets in Tobago tomorrow

This week's regular Cabinet meeting with take place in Tobago on Friday.

A statement by the Office of the Prime Minister says the Cabinet will meet at the Magdalena Grand Hotel tomorrow.

It says details regarding the Post-Cabinet Media Conference will be sent in a subsequent notice

Several government ministers were due in Tobago this weekend as the PNM's National Convention is taking place in Tobago on Sunday.



Tobago police destroy 300 marijuana trees

Tobago Division police officers have destroyed almost 300 marijuana trees.

Police say officers went to the Canaan district during an anti-crime exercise on Friday and proceeded to a bushy area.

There they found 253 fully grown marijuana trees, which were destroyed.

No arrests were made and officers have not given a value for the illegal find.

Tobago's war veteran calls out parents on criminal activity

As the world marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Emanuel Legall, 92, World War 11 veteran, says parents are responsible for the current crime wave facing the nation.

Legall, still quite energetic and vocal on topical issues said: "Most of the parents are responsible for stupidness...16 and 17 years old should be going to school still learning something instead of being on the streets." 

Couple in shock as Tobago police kick in wrong door

An el­der­ly cou­ple of Ma­son Hall, To­ba­go, say they have been left trau­ma­tised fol­low­ing an ear­ly morn­ing or­deal with po­lice of­fi­cers of the To­ba­go Task Force.

Eu­ck­lyn Chap­man, 64, and her hus­band, Ce­cil, 69, of Cro­ton Lane, said peo­ple dressed as po­lice of­fi­cers showed up at their res­i­dence around 4 am yes­ter­day and re­quest­ed en­try, but when they protest­ed and asked for the search war­rant, the of­fi­cers broke down their front door val­ued $2,200 and gained ac­cess.

President heads to Tobago for 5 days

President Paula-Mae Weekes is heading to Tobago for five days near the end of January 2019 is has opened her office to meet citizens there and is accepting invitations for that period.

A statement from the Office of the President on Thursday said her decision to be stationed in Tobago for five days is "in keeping with her commitment to serve all of Trinidad and Tobago."

 Weekes, a former Appeal Court judge, who was elected to the nation's highest office, in March intends to periodically execute her duties from Tobago, the release said.