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Tobago News.
« on: June 24, 2015, 02:01:06 AM »
Tobago’s Cove gets $24m overhaul.
By Sean Nero (Guardian).


Secretary of Finance and Enterprise Development in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Joel Jack announced an estimated $24 million plan to overhaul the operations at the Cove Eco-Industrial and Business Park in his presentation of the island’s Budget on Monday.

Jack said new strategic alliances, as well as a re-examination of how space on the facility is utilised, would certainly help the business park realise its mandate to be a new centre of commerce in the next fiscal year. He said he hoped new relationships established by officials at the facility would strengthen capacity building services to the island’s entrepreneurs and expand technological pursuits in innovation and information, communication and technology infrastructure.

“These, we are confident, will bring us closer to the realisation of some outcomes outlined in the island’s Comprehensive Economic Development Plan which speak to the island’s long term economic transformation,” he said.

“In staying true to the company’s raison d’etre of meaningful development of Tobago’s economic sectors while maintaining the Tobago brand, the Eco-Industrial Development Company of Tobago (E-IDCOT), will improve and increase tenanting at the Cove Industrial and Business Park, while enhancing the support infrastructure. The company will build on earlier gains to further increase Cove tenancy and ensure occupation of the two multi-purpose units (MPU). These MPUs will be occupied by small and micro agro-processing enterprise.”

The Finance Secretary added: “Agro-processing continues to be a high priority sector for stimulation by this administration. The larger available spaces have also been assigned to this sector to afford the intended local agro processors the ability to satisfy prerequisites for obtaining certification to export locally manufactured products to Europe and North America.

“Intensified construction activities at the Cove and direct marketing and promotion have increased application for tenancy and demand for additional factory spaces. To satisfy these requests another factory building will be constructed to house additional tenants increasing the factory stock to six in total by next year—an investment of $16 million.

“In addition to build space, there are approximately 60 lands lots now available. Existing lots will be resized to cater to tenants who may require smaller lots for their establishments.”

Jack said the park is open for business and E-IDCOT must ensure its tenants have access to infrastructure to ensure their businesses are competitive and as a direct result is making a $3 million investment to provide state-of-the-art communication access to all tenants to minimise technological barriers.

“This will be commissioned in August of this year. In December, a cell site will be erected by TSTT to serve the park. This follows the signing of a lease agreement earlier this year. A recycling and waste processing facility has also been approved for operation at the Cove. In addition, progress has been made with respect to the license to enable Decker Petroleum to operate a processing facility that utilise the condensate from the National Gas Company to produce bitumen and other by-product for export national and regionally,” Jack said.

“The executive council recently approved funds in the sum of $2 million to undertake a feasibility study for a port at the Cove. The funding has been allocated to identify an appropriate location, develop the request for proposal, select a suitable contractor to design and construct the facility and fund the preliminary work.”

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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2015, 04:31:53 AM »
Give Tobago back to Tobagonians
By Elizabeth Williams (Express).


INDEPENDENT candidate in the upcoming general election, Public Services Association president Watson Duke, yesterday visited Goodwood, Tobago, to hear from residents what some of their concerns are.

Duke spoke with residents of the area.

“There are many clogged drains, there are many unemployed persons, there are many places that used to be fertile soil, now growing nothing. People are desperate and are looking out for some kind of leadership. Clearly Hayden Spencer has provided none. Therefore Watson Duke has stepped into the picture,” Duke said of himself.

He then commented on Tobago East representative Vernella Alleyne-Toppin, who won the seat on a Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) ticket in 2010.

“Well she is out of the race. Clearly she is out of the race.” Duke said he is planning ahead with an eye on seats in the 2017 Tobago House of Assembly elections.

He said Tobago must be placed back into the hands of Tobago. Residents in the area told the Express of clogged drains and a lack of jobs.

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Public health worker Jerad Manswell called for proper representation.

“Our problem in Goodwood is that we are not getting proper representation from no minister at all. Tobago on the whole, we want a change in Tobago, we fed up,” Manswell said.

Another resident, Terry Lashley, said the necessary tools to work were lacking.

“I working Richmond playing field. We getting a lot of problem up there. We are not getting tools to work,” Lashley said.

Darrel Hercules is unemployed.

“I am 29 years old, well I live by my boys and them still watch my back. Now and again when Watson pass through he give me a little thing,” Hercules, alias ‘Fidel Castro', said.

The Express contacted People's National Movement (PNM) representative for Belle Garden/Goodwood, Hayden Spencer, on the residents' plight.

Spencer said the village of Goodwood has been fully represented with the implementation of projects and programmes.

“The THA cannot do everything at the same time. Some projects and programmes have been rolled out, however the workers of the various divisions need to ensure they work productively. It has been observed in many gangs where a number of persons are just standing and not working. An honest day's work, for an honest day's pay,” Spencer said.

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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2015, 06:00:34 AM »
THA official: Seaweed plaguing Tobago
By Casandra Thompson–Forbes


Secretary of the Division of Agriculture, Marine Affairs, Marketing and the Environment in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Godwyn Adams, says the natural occurrence of the sargassum seaweed is posing to be a challenge for his division.

Speaking at the post executive council news conference on Wednesday, Adams said the phenomenon of the seaweed which has been affecting most of the Caribbean islands was no different for Tobago. He said his division spearheaded a massive clean- up campaign, but the seaweed continues to return.

“The Division of Agriculture would have taken steps to challenge the cleaning up and the movement of the seaweeds, I am sure you would have observed that it keeps coming back. The last set of cleaning we would have effected we thought that was going to be the end of the line, but it keeps coming back and with tremendous deposits on the beaches,” he said.

The Atlantic side of Tobago has been mostly affected by the sargassum. However, Adams said a structured approach would be taken to deal with the situation to see how best all the stakeholders involved in the Tobago economy are less affected.

He said the tourism oriented areas and points frequented by fishermen would be given priority, as to return the aesthetics to the areas.

“We are going to challenge the beaches that are frequently used by bathers and those areas that the fisherfolk is affected. He said beaches affected would be cleaned on a needs basis and seaweed removed would be kept at storage centres in Louis D'or, Goldsborough and Courland so it can be cured for the purpose of producing fertilisers for plants.


Sargassum seaweed invades the picturesque tourism and fishing village of Speyside, home of the largest brain coral in the world and Little Tobago. Photo Casandra Thompson-Forbes

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Tobago gets billionaire visit
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2015, 02:34:46 PM »
Tobago gets billionaire visit
By Susan Mohammed (Express).


THE Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, is in Tobago on a visit.

The billionaire sheikh was expected to arrive on Thursday, and his luxury super yacht “Katara” is already docked at the Scarborough port.

Sheikh Al Thani visits Tobago annually and usually stays on his yacht, built at a cost of TT1.8 billion and the 14 largest in the world.

At 124 metres in length, is almost 30 metres longer than the fast ferries TT Express and TT Spirit.

Sheikh Al Thani is the eighth and current Emir of the State of Qatar, and the youngest reigning monarch among the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) countries.

The British-educated Sheikh Hamad bin Al Thani was named emir of Qatar, one of the richest countries in the world in June 2013 after his 61-year-old father, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, announced his abdication as leader of the gas-rich Gulf state.

He is said to be worth over $39 billion.

It is uncertain if the Sheikh will need to leave his floating palace for a guest room in any of the islands’ hotels, since the yacht would probably be more luxurious than anything Tobago has to offer.


Tobago: The super yacht Katara docked at Scarborough, Tobago. Photo: Allan V. Crane

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Re: Tobago gets billionaire visit
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Re: Tobago gets billionaire visit
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2015, 06:05:58 PM »
Never hear bout he visiting Tobago before.....nice....
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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2015, 07:07:41 AM »
He probably came to bring de remaining money for Jack from de Qatar 2022 world cup bid.

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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2015, 08:50:29 AM »
Never hear bout he visiting Tobago before.....nice....

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Re: Tobago gets billionaire visit
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2015, 12:24:34 PM »
first Indian (looking) to get good treatment in Bago. $$ talks!

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« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2015, 08:05:43 PM »
Tobago gets billionaire visit
By Susan Mohammed (Express).




Tobago: The super yacht Katara docked at Scarborough, Tobago. Photo: Allan V. Crane



Jeeez....da fellah makin the T&T money class look like dey scruntin

I suspect, like all de mega rich and super celebrities..de only reason dem fellahs does reach dong we side is to check ah outside woman
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Re: Tobago gets billionaire visit
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2015, 10:07:05 AM »
first Indian (looking) to get good treatment in Bago. $$ talks!
That's a very loaded statement bordering on trying to brand Tobago people as being racist against Indians.

I personally know of Afro-Trinis who received shabby treatment in Tobago simply because they were not viewed by the locals as having loads of money to spend.
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« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2015, 10:42:53 AM »
Racism perceptions / allegations against East Indians in Tobago is nothing new, and have existed since 1889.

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« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2015, 12:05:05 AM »
first Indian (looking) to get good treatment in Bago. $$ talks!

Wow, Dred, that is quite a statement to make about Tobago people.

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« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2015, 07:02:43 AM »
first Indian (looking) to get good treatment in Bago. $$ talks!

Hmm this visit to Tobago rubbed you a type of way eh

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« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2015, 04:01:17 PM »
first Indian (looking) to get good treatment in Bago. $$ talks!

Wow, Dred, that is quite a statement to make about Tobago people.

when you hear (it mentioned time and time again.. even here at times) and people in your company experience it first-hand, what is there left to say? Yes, a generalization, but like so many comments on this forum that goes without question. lets see if anyone can question MY experience.

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« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2015, 08:12:33 PM »
first Indian (looking) to get good treatment in Bago. $$ talks!

Wow, Dred, that is quite a statement to make about Tobago people.

when you hear (it mentioned time and time again.. even here at times) and people in your company experience it first-hand, what is there left to say? Yes, a generalization, but like so many comments on this forum that goes without question. lets see if anyone can question MY experience.

Your experience isn't everyone's experience. What you hear time and time again isn't what others hear time and time again. If that was the case I would NEVER encourage anyone to visit T&T. Just saying...if your generalization is totally factual and can be written in stone for EVERYONE, you have a valid point. Not discrediting your own personal experience though..
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Re: Tobago gets billionaire visit
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2015, 04:50:15 AM »
Glad that everyone is seeing how Jumbie thinks.
So far no one who is logical has supported his view of Tobago people aka "African" people.
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« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2015, 08:01:39 AM »
first Indian (looking) to get good treatment in Bago. $$ talks!

From the heart of my Tobagonian bottom, you're a firetrucking idiot!!......
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« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2015, 08:05:48 AM »
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Your experience isn't everyone's experience. What you hear time and time again isn't what others hear time and time again. If that was the case I would NEVER encourage anyone to visit T&T. Just saying...if your generalization is totally factual and can be written in stone for EVERYONE, you have a valid point. Not discrediting your own personal experience though..

Agree! and it's important that you did not discredit my experience and that of those in my group (btw it's not a one time experience). Forget 'tourism" for a second.. if we are to forge ahead as a people we need to address such issues with the same passion and seriousness as other race related ones.

I fly my flag very high and am very proud of my heritage, so it sickens me when I'm not afforded the same treatment not just in Tobago, but in areas of Trinidad as well.

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« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2015, 08:08:08 AM »
first Indian (looking) to get good treatment in Bago. $$ talks!

From the heart of my Tobagonian bottom, you're a firetrucking idiot!!......

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« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2015, 08:11:54 AM »
Glad that everyone is seeing how Jumbie thinks.
So far no one who is logical has supported his view of Tobago people aka "African" people.

and you said.. "I personally know of Afro-Trinis who received shabby treatment in Tobgo simply because they were not viewed by the locals as having loads of money to spend."

so you're saying the people of Tobago are?

my experience is MINES! spin how ever you want.

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« Reply #22 on: October 17, 2015, 08:17:57 AM »
Glad that everyone is seeing how Jumbie thinks.
So far no one who is logical has supported his view of Tobago people aka "African" people.

and you said.. "I personally know of Afro-Trinis who received shabby treatment in Tobago simply because they were not viewed by the locals as having loads of money to spend."

so you're saying the people of Tobago are?

my experience is MINES! spin how ever you want.

What I was pointing out is that it has nothing to do with race my friend but I guess that clear point went above your biased head?
Tobago's economy is based on tourism so those who look like they have loads of money to spend regardless of race will automatically get more attention. Its the same in Barbados and most other tourist based economies in the Caribbean.
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« Reply #23 on: October 17, 2015, 08:26:07 AM »

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What I was pointing out is that it has nothing to do with race my friend but I guess that clear point went above your biased head?
Tobago's economy is based on tourism so those who looks like they have loads of money to spend will automatically get more attention. Its the same in Barbados and most other tourist based economic islands in the Caribbean.

Let's stick to $$ for a second. How does one (Tobago for example) know how much money I have? I assure you, it's has nothing to do with how I dress, what I drive or how I carry about myself. What does it leave? Hmm my biased head.. so easy for you to pretend to know.

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« Reply #24 on: October 17, 2015, 08:28:50 AM »

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What I was pointing out is that it has nothing to do with race my friend but I guess that clear point went above your biased head?
Tobago's economy is based on tourism so those who looks like they have loads of money to spend will automatically get more attention. Its the same in Barbados and most other tourist based economic islands in the Caribbean.

Let's stick to $$ for a second. How does one (Tobago for example) know how much money I have? I assure you, it's has nothing to do with how I dress, what I drive or how I carry about myself. What does it leave? Hmm my biased head.. so easy for you to pretend to know.

People are people.
The point I am making is that treatment in tourist based economies are not based on race but on how much money people look like they have to spend. I have experienced the same myself.
Your racial look at most things is clearly clouding your judgement.
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« Reply #25 on: October 17, 2015, 08:37:20 AM »
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People are people.
The point I am making is that treatment in tourist based economies are not based on race but on how much money people look like they have to spend. I have experienced the same myself.
Your racial look at most things is clearly clouding your judgement.

Please explain? (providing you can)

Edit: My family own a cocoa and coffee estate in Tobago so we're there very often (not a one time thing unfortunately).


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« Reply #26 on: October 17, 2015, 08:46:12 AM »
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People are people.
The point I am making is that treatment in tourist based economies are not based on race but on how much money people look like they have to spend. I have experienced the same myself.
Your racial look at most things is clearly clouding your judgement.

Please explain? (providing you can)

Edit: My family own a cocoa and coffee estate in Tobago so we're there very often (not a one time thing unfortunately).




I told you from the beginning that I personally know Afro-Trinis who got similar treatment like yourself in Tobago. If that does not make it clear that it has nothing to do with race then your are truly brainwashed in a racial thinking manner.

You seem to be extrapolating your one off experience to all folks in Tobago. There are racist people everywhere, I believe there are way more racist people in Trinidad than in Tobago based on population. Tobagonians are generally no more racist than Trinidadians are.

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« Reply #27 on: October 17, 2015, 08:51:44 AM »
I see you can't. No real surprise there.  :rotfl:

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« Reply #28 on: October 17, 2015, 08:54:29 AM »
It 's clear that this is a painful subject for some, but it's reality for others. I won't press it as it will result in further childish name calling and others branding me racist (which is the norm here). Rather than see this as  a problem which  needs addressing. We talk about "Tourism" and we can't even get it right with local tourism.. forget the foreign market at this point.

And I'm the brainwashed idiot.
 

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« Reply #29 on: October 17, 2015, 08:56:39 AM »
I see you can't. No real surprise there.  :rotfl:

I explained it by telling you that people is people and to stop extrapolating a one off experience to everyone.
Any intelligent person can work that out for themselves so its a pity I have to pull you up for exptrapolating.
That is exactly how racist people think.
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