Tobago hoteliers are struggling to keep their heads above water. The Tobago Chamber of Commerce says arrivals have fallen from a high of 80 thousand to a paltry 19 thousand last year.
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COP extends grand consensus talk to ILP
Yesterday’s Parliamentary climate of concensus didn’t appear confined to the Nurses and Midwives legislation supported unanimously by MPs, including PNMites and ILP leader Jack Warner. It also appeared to extend to goodwill on both sides about new Parliamentary Standing Orders. The climate, however, may be moving into other spheres also. COP leader Prakash Ramadhar yesterday, noting COP is restarting its grand consensus among groups as it did in 2009 prior to PP’s formation, confirmed this also extends to ILP.
COP chairman Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan on Thursday said a suggestion was made by a member at COP’s February 9 National Council to restart dialogue with all bodies “...but not any specific party” she said, adding no resolution was passed.
Ramadhar subsequently said yesterday on queries, “I’ve instructed we return to the grand consensus. Our campaign has begun and we’re preparing the next manifesto. For that we have to meet stakeholders including all political parties...we’re issuing an invitation to all and that will certainly include ILP. This is about T&T’s development, we want to hear everyone...they have a space as party.”