Industrial Court matters vs THA discontinued

Two matters brought against the THA over alleged OSHA violations at the new multimillion dollar Shaw Park Complex, Scarborough, have been discontinued.

The announcement was made by Secretary of Community Development and Culture, Councillor Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus, at Wednesday’s weekly post Executive Council media briefing.

The Secretary said the two matters were discontinued, likely because the complainants—the Public Services Association (PSA) and Sharon Phillip—recognised they had no jurisdiction.

The Division, meanwhile, is addressing other Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA ) concerns at the Division’s offices on Glen Road, and the work should be completed soon, Tsoiafatt-Angus said.

The Secretary also gave an update on the Tobago Heritage Festival, saying the event will return to its famous stomping ground – the Shaw Park Complex—for the first time in 12 years.

In all, 22 villages will host Festival events between July and November.

The action starts with the opening event entitled “Gala Production” on July 16 at the complex—now a multimillion dollar fully air-conditioned structure that seats 5,000 patrons. A day later, the 2016 Ms Tobago Heritage Personality Show will be held at the Cyd Gray Sporting Complex in Roxborough.

The famous Moriah Tobago Ole Time Wedding will be held on July 18 at the Moriah Community Centre and Recreation Ground.

The Festival then turns to Charlotteville on July 20, where the annual Natural Treasures and Trek will be held at the Charlotteville Recreation Ground, along with a stage performance. Other events include the SWUM Wake and Bongo at the Whim Hard Court (July 21); the Pembroke Salaka Feast and Stage Show at the Pembroke Heritage Park (July 23); Tobago Ole time Carnival at Plymouth (July 24); Black Rock Sea Festival and Wake Up Call (July 25); and Les Coteaux Folk Tales and Superstitions at the Tablepiece Recreation Ground on July 30.

The first phase of Heritage Month ends on August 1 at the Pigeon Point Heritage Park with the Emancipation Day Gala Concert.

Tsoiafatt- Angus said there will be various other heritage events in the other villages, running until November. The Executive Council approved a budget of $12 million for this year’s festival. Last year, the Festivals Committee spent $12.5 million of that year’s $13 million budget, Tsoiafatt-Angus noted.

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