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Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020

THE aggressive marketing campaign being run by the Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association (THTA) to boost domestic tourism and generate economic activity on the island has not borne much fruit thus far. "We have not got much business for July I am afraid, probably between 15 and 20 per cent with only 15 per cent of the properties opened."

Govt gets US$700,000 for drug enforcement
A Ministry of National Security release said the increase in funding is indicative of the continued working relationship between the US and TT in the fight against criminality. The initiative is part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), a partnership between the US, member states of CARICOM and the Dominican Republic to advance security in the region.

CMO gets a roasting from Gary over 'no team sports'
"These comments continue to do nothing other than to confuse the life out of my police officers, as they are the individuals who have to enforce the law, and likewise parents, as they are left to wonder if their children playing sport is against the law." He said to clarify the issue as Commissioner of Police, the answer is no, and added that there is no law preventing any young person from participating in a sport.

Abu Bakr offers apology for 1990 coup attempt, explains uprising
Bakr is challenging a decision to pursue a criminal complaint against him after he refused to answer a summons to testify before the commission of enquiry into the 1990 attempted coup. In an affidavit, he not only apologises but also gives reasons for the uprising which claimed the lives of over 20 people and led to widespread looting in the nationís capital.

Ramnarine: Patriotic refinery deal too convenient
GOVERNMENTís decision to close the Petrotrin Refinery deal with Patriotic Energies and Technologies Company Ltd has been met with a mixture of favour and scepticism, coming on the eve of a general election. Former Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine said, "It is clear to me that the rush to finalise this arrangement is, of course, related to the pending election.

Furor over Kamla's blank/black man talk
Bacchanal has erupted on social media over Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar's reference to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley as "blank man". The People's National Movement (PNM) has accused Persad-Bissessar of race baiting claiming she said "black man".

Jack Warner to contest general election
The former government minister and football jefe will contest the Lopinot/Bon Air seat in the August 10 general election. Warner, 77, is expected to file his nomination papers on Friday morning under the Independent Liberal Party which he founded in 2013 after breaking away from the Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led People's Partnership.

High-powered rifles found in Petit Valley
Police said a team from the Western Division went to a forested area on Upper Cameron Road at around 6 pm.

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