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THA Chief Secretary Charles saddened by drownings at Argyle Waterfall

THA Chief Secretary, Kelvin Charles, has expressed sadness at the drowning deaths of two teenagers at Argyle Falls yesterday.

In an official statement released last night, the THA Chief extends condolences to the friends and families of the youngsters, noting that he was deeply affected by the tragedy.

Mr Charles reportedly visited the families of 15-year-old Kharisha Thompson and 19-year-old Chrislon Walters, last night.

The full text of his statement, follows…

 

Calder Hall, Tobago,

Dangerous road in Charlotteville, Tobago

The head of the Charlotteville Village Council is lamenting that complaints over a dangerous bend along the area's road network continue to fall on deaf ears.

Arcturs Browne is now warning that conditions along Turpine Bend, which has led to many fatal accidents, are worsening and is fearful for the lives of motorists.

“About three weeks ago, a car ran off the road and crashed into a ladies house,” he told us. “We are asking the THA, are you going to wait until a big maxi-taxi or a PTSC bus runs off this road and crashes, and kills many people?”

THA boss clears air on Tobago’s SEA results

Chief Sec­re­tary of the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly (THA) Kelvin Charles has cleared the air on state­ments he made con­cern­ing To­ba­go’s 2019 Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA) re­sults.

On June 28, when the re­sults were re­leased, Charles said To­ba­go’s stu­dents’ per­for­mances were “his­toric” as three were among the na­tion’s top 200.

His state­ments were met with scep­ti­cism and per­sons cit­ed re­cent per­for­mances of stu­dents which placed them among the na­tion’s top 200.

Assemblymen spar in THA debate over island’s economy

Leader of the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly’s (THA) Mi­nor­i­ty Coun­cil Wat­son Duke is ac­cus­ing Fi­nance and the Econ­o­my Sec­re­tary Joel Jack of fal­si­fy­ing sta­tis­tics re­lat­ing to To­ba­go’s econ­o­my.

Duke was at the time mak­ing his con­tri­bu­tion to de­bate on the THA $4.72 bil­lion rev­enue and ex­pen­di­ture es­ti­mates for fis­cal 2020 dur­ing the 28th Ple­nary Sit­ting held in the As­sem­bly Cham­ber, Jern­ing­ham Street, Scar­bor­ough, on Thurs­day, June 27.

Duke gives budget a failing grade

The To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly’s (THA) Mi­nor­i­ty Coun­cil says the THA’s draft es­ti­mates for rev­enue and ex­pen­di­ture for fis­cal 2020 pre­sent­ed by Fi­nance and Econ­o­my Sec­re­tary Joel Jack yes­ter­day are “a colos­sal fail­ure.”

In an im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion just af­ter Jack pre­sent­ed the over two-hour long $4.72 bil­lion bud­get, Mi­nor­i­ty Leader Wat­son Duke gave the bud­get a fail­ing grade.

THA wants $4.7 billion for next fiscal year

The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) wants $4.72 billion to run Tobago's affairs for the financial year 2019/2020.

Of that sum, the THA is projected to collect $212.9 million in taxes and non-taxes in Tobago.

This from Finance and the Economy Secretary Joel Jack as he presented the draft estimates for revenue and expenditure at the THA's 27th Plenary Sitting held in the Assembly  Chamber, Jerningham Street, Scarborough on Monday, June 24.

Charles: Smooth transition for Tobago residents at new airport building

Chief sec­re­tary of the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly (THA) Kelvin Charles is as­sur­ing To­ba­go res­i­dents af­fect­ed by the con­struc­tion of a new ter­mi­nal build­ing and as­so­ci­at­ed works at the ANR Robin­son In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port that the THA will pro­vide sup­port to en­sure the smoothest pos­si­ble tran­si­tion.

THA team to promote tourism in Germany

To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly Chief Sec­re­tary Kelvin Charles and Sec­re­tary for Tourism, Cul­ture and Trans­porta­tion Na­dine Stew­art-Phillips left for Ger­many yes­ter­day to at­tend the In­ter­na­tionale Touris­mus-Borse (ITB) in Berlin, Ger­many.

Charles and Stew­art-Phillips will lead the team to the tourism con­fer­ence, along­side To­ba­go Tourism Agency CEO Louis Lewis and oth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Di­vi­sion of Tourism, Cul­ture and Trans­porta­tion and the To­ba­go Tourism Agency Ltd.

THA boss disappointed at Sandals loss

To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly (THA) Chief Sec­re­tary Kelvin Charles said he was tremen­dous­ly dis­ap­point­ed at the de­ci­sion by San­dals to with­draw plans for a ho­tel in To­ba­go.

In a state­ment is­sued on Tues­day af­ter­noon, Charles said: “This is a tremen­dous blow to our tourism thrust, which is one of the in­tend­ed dri­vers of the To­ba­go econ­o­my.”

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