Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Assemblyman Marslyn Melville-Jack Secretary of
 Community Development Enterprise Development and Labor
 and Assemblyman Hayden Spencer Secretary
 of Food Production and Fisheries at Wednesday’s
post Executive Council media briefing (March 9, 2017).
The Division of Food Production and Fisheries will soon establish an Agricultural Revitalization Team, which will help drive the Division’s efforts to enhance food security on the island.

At Wednesday’s post Executive Council media briefing (March 9, 2017), Food Production and Fisheries Secretary Hayden Spencer announced that the Executive Council approved the initiative.

“[The team will] formulate an agricultural revitalization plan to position the agricultural sector in Tobago as a major driver for delivering sustained economic growth,” Spencer said. He added that the team will also guide public and private sector efforts to address “major development challenges facing the sector”.

The team will draw on a “network of partners, consultants and facilitate the best practices in areas” such as diversified production and the management of natural resources.

The Secretary said the agriculture revitalization team will promote a “culture of learning” in his Division, and place focus on “evidence-based programs”.

Spencer said an example of this culture of learning included the Youth Apprenticeship Program in Agriculture ((YAPA) at the Kendal Farm School, which trains young people in both crop and livestock production.

Source: THA

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Barjan Politicians Hails from Bethel Tobago

Shamfa Cudjoe Minister of Tourism and Delmon Baker, former
Minister of Tobago Development
Political Barjans: Bethel has long been known for being a depressed area and for being a crime hot spot in Tobago. Though surrounded somewhat by the coastal beauty of Mt. Irvine and the tranquility and serenity of Carnbee and SouSou lands, the aggression usually consistent within certain strata of society were seen displayed by persons who held and are currently holding high office.

Such was the case yesterday when current Member of Parliament and Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe and former Member of Parliament and Tobago Affairs Minister Dr. Delmon Baker were caught throwing repulsive comments at each other.

Perhaps Tobago is a mill that produces poor examples of politicians or political 'barjans', or perhaps the two were exhibiting repressed social influence, a bi-product of the socialization and influence of their village. Even if neither is not the case, (and we hope so) the truth remains that both former and current MPs via their ugly exchange on social media are indulging in dishonorable behavior.

Indeed it is a poor display of statesmanship when politicians aspire to conduct themselves and engage in a manner that is unbecoming and unseemly. What are the benefits accrued by such irresponsibility? Likes? Support from those you should be an example to? Or is it a ploy to raise the 'ant nest' of blind followers before the THA's election?

It is embarrassing enough for Tobago to be labeled as 'backward' but it is even worst when persons of such caliber, through childish behavior adds meaning to such a label. What is left for our youths to emulate?

We the Tobago Daily cannot support,justify or condoned such aggressive behavioral display,whether virtually or otherwise. It leaves much to be desired and certainly not fitting for persons who aspire to or hold high office.

What we demand is that our politicians (whether in government or not) act with high esteem, morality, integrity and goodwill. We demand that the actions our politicians be honest, fair and worthy of respect. We demand that you perform your duties not only as Ministers, but as examplers and as a role model to our youths.

Get your crooked act together, desist from such frivolous and unprofessional social indulgences. Turn your attention to more productive social media activities. There are members of your constituency and village who are suffering and need your assistance. Always keep in mind that to whom much is given, much is required.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Health Saga in Tobago

Dr. Maria Dillon-Remy 
The Director of Medicine on the Tobago Regional Health Authority Board, Dr Maria Dillon-Remy yesterday tendered her resignation from the board with immediate effect.

The T&T Guardian understands that Dillon-Remy cited personal reasons for her resignation. 

However, the decision comes on the heels of the announcement that three doctors had been suspended by the TRHA over their involvement in the c-section surgery and subsequent death of nursery school principal Rose Gordon 35, of Charlotteville. 

Dillon-Remy, a pediatrician, has been attached to the TRHA since 1997 and reportedly plans to return to her private practice.

Dillon-Remy was a part of a nine-member board which was given their instruments of appointment in March 2014. The life of the board was expected to last two years and was scheduled to be dissolved in March this year.

In November 2014, mere eight months after the board was constituted, the chairman, Trevor Craig, also resigned. 

At the time, Craig said the “dishonest” actions of the Secretary of Health and Social Services, Claudia Groome-Duke, prompted his resignation. 

His resignation came after a row over the payment of a $1,000 telephone allowance to the board members. 

Since then, deputy chair Lydia Peters has been acting as board chair.
With the loss of two board members, however, the TRHA board is now not properly constituted and can no longer function.

Efforts to contact Groome-Duke yesterday were unsuccessful as she did not answer her cellphone nor return messages.


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