Police urge Tobago businesses to “be vigilant”

Tobago police say they are intensifying efforts to discourage criminal activity in Tobago.

They are urging small business owners to be extra vigilant after a spate of armed robberies in various communities across the island this month.

The latest incident occurred yesterday at Plymouth, when two men held up Island Shopperz Supermarket at gunpoint.

According to police reports, the men entered the supermarket at around 3:30 pm and demanded that the proprietor, Shawn Warner, empty the cash register. They then escaped on foot with approximately $2,000.

Men held for questioning in Coco Reef Resort robbery

At least two men are in police custody following a $15,000 robbery at the Coco Reef Resort and Spa, Crown Point, on Monday morning.

According to ACP Tobago Division Vernon Roberts, two men entered the resort's front office at approximately 2:37 am, armed with cutlasses.

He said the men, who wore hoodies and dark-coloured clothing, escaped on foot with the cash.

“We are at this time questioning persons of interest for that robbery and we are also reviewing CCTV footage from the scene," Roberts told Guardian Media.

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 records second road death for year

Tobago has recorded the second road fatality for 2020.

Dead is 34-year-old Roderick Anthony 34 of Buccoo, Tobago.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 2am just before the Buccoo traffic lights.

Guardian Media understands that Anthony was a passenger in a silver Honda Civic vehicle driven by Keith Forde.

Change to ferry sailing time

Today’s sailing of the T&T Spirit from Tobago will be delayed by one hour.

According to a release issued by the management team for the Trinidad and Tobago Inter-Island Ferry Service (TTIT), the originally scheduled 4:00 pm departure from Tobago will instead be at 5:00 pm.

The TTIT apologises for any inconvenience caused to the public.

The ferry service management team also says there will be an additional sailing of the Cabo Star this weekend.

Central Bank extended hours for $100 notes exchange

The Central Bank says it will be open to the public again this weekend—from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.—on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 December, to facilitate the transfer of cotton based $100 bills for the new polymer notes.

In an official statement, the Bank reminds the public it will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day… but will be open again on Friday 27 December, between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

One dead following Tobago supermarket robbery

One Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) employee, who moonlighted as a security officer with MI4 Security Services, was shot dead early on Friday morning at Pennysavers Supermarket, Carnbee, Tobago.

ACP Tobago Vernon Roberts has confirmed that at approximately 1:20 am on Friday, Mark Nurse was shot dead by two masked men.

His fellow female officer, who also was shot, was taken to the Scarborough Hospital.

Mark Nurse was part of the security detail removing the supermarket's sales for the day.

His death brings Tobago's 2019 murder toll to 9.


Duke: People frustrated with local politics

Political leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots, Watson Duke, says the local government election results show the level of frustration by the population.

Watson Duke says he is expecting similar results in next year's General Election.

He says young people in particular are growing fed up of local politics and are finding ways to have their voices heard.

According to the PDP leader, young people will not suffer their voice to be silenced by anyone. That is why there are so many youth-led protests happening around the world.

Duke: Time for Tobago to be independent from Trinidad

Newly re-elected political leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP), Watson Duke, is making another call for Tobagonians to seriously embrace the idea of independence from Trinidad.

He maintains that Tobagonians must stop believing that they cannot survive without Trinidad, and that they actually would be better off if they are no longer tied to Trinidad.

Watson Duke retains post as leader of PDP

Watson Duke, leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP), retained his position as the political leader of the party at the party's first- ever internal executive elections help at the Belle Garden Multi-Purpose Facility on Sunday, November 24.

No one else contested the post.

Duke founded the PDP in 2016 to fight the Tobago House of Assembly's January 2017 elections.

His party won two of the twelve electoral districts, breaking the monopoly held by the People's National Movement in the 2013 THA election.