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Two drownings at Back Bay beach
Back Bay in Pleasant Prospect was the
scene of two drownings within three days
Dead are Oshea Charles, 8, of Government
House Road and Andreas Immesberger, 60,
a German national.
Last Friday, Charles went to the beach
with a group of relatives and friends when
he disappeared under the water. A male
relative tried to assist, but he too got into
difficulty and had to be rescued.
Charles was eventually pulled from the
water and CPR was performed. He was then
rushed to the Scarborough General Hospital,
but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Although described as a good swimmer
by his friends, Immesberger suffered a sim-
ilar fate on Monday around 2.30 pm. Toba-
go Today understands he parked his vehicle
and went for a swim. Eyewitnesses said he
seemed to be doing well, but a short while
later he was seen floating face down in the
Police said he was pulled from the water
by a German couple vacationing on the island.
Efforts were made to resuscitate him, but
they were unsuccessful. By the time emer-
gency services personnel arrived on the scene
he was pronounced dead. Immesberger was
the owner of Walita's Guest House.
In a Facebook post on Monday at 2.03
pm, Immesberger said, "Paradise well hot
these days so I take a salty dip Mt. Irvine
Back Bay I coming now."
Tobago Today understands that the Ger-
man couple, who have been in Tobago for
two weeks, assisted in both incidents.
Autopsies are scheduled to be performed
to determine the cause of death on both
Charles and Immesberger.
Old Grange police are continuing investi-
Undertakers remove the body of German national Andreas Immesberger from Back Bay Beach on Monday.
Some 15 teachers from secondary schools
across Tobago have collaborated to file a
constitutional motion against the Tobago
House of Assembly (THA).
The motion was filed by their attorneys,
Martin George and Company and a date for
the hearing is expected to be given by the
court this week.
The teachers, all of whom are on contract,
have alleged they have been treated differ-
ently in respect of their terms and conditions
of service, although they are still required
to perform the same functions and duties
as members of the Trinidad and Tobago
Teaching Service, as established by the Teach-
ing Service Commission and its associated
regulations under the Constitution of Trin-
idad and Tobago (Chapter 1:01).
The group says they have a legitimate
expectation and will be moving forward legal
with legal proceedings.
The have highlighted the differences of
treatment, as shown by the disparity in sal-
aries, allowances, treatment and benefits
between themselves and members of the
Teaching Service, a situation they see as
abuse by the THA which, under the provi-
sions of the Tobago House of Assembly Act
No.40 of 1996, has under its responsibility
for education in Tobago under its Fifth Sched-
In a release, their attorney Martin George
said the THA expanded the number of
schools, educational centres and students in
Tobago, but failed to increase the number
of teachers. He also highlighted inequality
of treatment and discrimination as grounds
for their legal challenge
"They have been working as second class
citizens in a modern day form of indentured
labour enforced on them by the Tobago House
of Assembly, even though they have the exact
entrance requirements, the exact training,
the same powers and liabilities and functions
as permanent teachers. Yet they are treated
with scorn, derision and contempt by the
Tobago House of Assembly, which pays them
at a lower rate, pays them late repeatedly,
has many of them working without written
contracts, pays some of them less than the
stated amounts on their written contracts
and discriminates against them in terms of
vacation leave, sick leave, casual leave and
by a lack of proper pension and gratuity
arrangements and even some of those who
are entitled to gratuity payments as per their
contracts. The THA routinely breaches its
contractual obligations and refuses to pay
them their gratuities or the full amounts of
same," George claimed.
The motion also highlighted the misman-
agement of files, where the THA failed to
make appointments and fill vacancies which
would have allowing them to be promoted
to permanent status for Teacher I, Teacher
II and Teacher III in secondary schools,
despite several pleas to former Chief Secre-
tary Orville London.
"They have publicly voiced their dissat-
isfaction and protest and have sought the
intervention of the media to highlight the
severe discrimination which they face on a
daily basis. The pervasiveness of the problem
can be easily highlighted by doing a head-
count at some schools, as this would show
in some cases that the contract teachers far
outnumber the "teachers" at some schools
In fact, many of the young university grad-
uates hired by the THA, ostensibly as "teach-
ers," only find out afterwards that they are
not at all in the same category as "teachers"
but remain boxed in and tied on a leash for
life, to exist at the whims and fancies of the
Tobago House of Assembly as "educators,"
CONTRACT TEACHERS SUE THA
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