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December 15, 2017

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Tobago Today Friday 15th December, 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian Tobago TodayPublished: Friday, December 15, 2017URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=156996#folio=84 Link: Tobago Today Friday 15th December, 2017

REC Friday 15th December, 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian MetroPublished: Friday, December 15, 2017URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=156996#folio=26 Link: REC Friday 15th December, 2017

Big show for the South land

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Friday, December 15, 2017“Fanfare, pomp and circumstance,” said the operatic tenor John Thomas in a recent press release. “It would be a grand night for singing,” he continued, “a visiting choir from the US, an unbeatable cast of top local artistes and the T&T Mass Choir with a live band…

Roots Fever scorches Under the Trees next month

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Friday, December 15, 2017Roots Fever, the event to usher in The Normandie’s 2018 Under The Trees Carnival Programme on Sunday, January 13, will be another celebration of the music and the man Pelham Goddard. Celebrating with Pelham and his band Roots on the occasion will be David Rudder, Moricia Cagan,…

Truckers curse Cabo Star

Source: Newsday KINNESHA GEORGE-HARRY Wednesday’s sailing aboard the MV Cabo Star cargo vessel from Scarborough to Port-of-Spain was delayed by seven hours due to a mechanical problem. The vessel was scheduled to depart the Port of Scarborough at 11 pm, however, it eventually departed at 6.02 am yesterday. One trucker recounted his… Link:

Shadow’s calypso journey on film

Source: Newsday GARY CARDINEZ Last Thursday, the King From Hell made an appearance in what could well be the new home of the Studio Film Club at Sages Trapus Bar at 19 Sackville Street, Port of Spain. The King from Hell film highlights some of calypsonian Shadow’s calypso journey. Banyan’s Christopher Laird… Link:

It’s Hair

Source: Newsday Hair is an ongoing topic, locally, regionally and internationally. Whether it is the subject of documentaries or articles, hair texture, particularly for darker-skinned people, is either a source of pride or shame. Recently, the second-runner up in the 2017 Miss Universe competition, Jamaica’s Davina Bennett, created a stir with her… Link:

A Christmas comedy with a lesson

Source: Newsday ANA-LISSA JACK The Phoenix Performance Company set out to get students into the Christmas spirit with its comedic and educational play titled, A Clowny Christmas. Phoenix began a school tour on Monday to teach young children important values in a manner they will enjoy. “This company came into being in… Link:

Ex-United player urges youths to play like Yorke

Source: Newsday Former Manchester United footballer Brian McClair said former national captain and Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke is a player youngsters from this country should try to emulate. McClair said Yorke, who hails from Tobago, played the game with the right spirit and attitude. McClair represented Manchester United between 1987 and… Link:

Woman found dead on beach

Source: Trinidad Guardian RALPH BANWARIEPublished: Friday, December 15, 2017 Fishermen yesterday found the body of a Piarco woman at Patience Bay, Galera Road, Toco. Police said around 6.30 am, fishermen were on their way to go fishing when they found the body of Maxine Lewis, 21, on the shoreline in only a bra. A…

Little Soriah shot in head, autopsy says

Source: Trinidad Guardian Jensen La VendePublished: Friday, December 15, 2017 Little Soriah Martin died of a single gunshot wound to the head, her autopsy confirmed yesterday. Police said afterwards that they suspect the child was hit after the bullet that struck her uncle Gregory Harracksingh in the arm, ricocheted and struck her as she…

UTT to cut student intake for 2018/19

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Friday, December 15, 2017There will be no new intake of students at the University of T&T (UTT) in the new academic year 2018/2019 in three of its major programmes. The academic programmes were identified as: Biomedical Engineering, Environmental Science and Management, Bioscience and Agriculture and Health Sciences. The announcement was…

Speed limit up to 100 kmph today

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rhondor DowlatPublished: Friday, December 15, 2017 The speed limit on all major highways throughout T&T has been increased to 100 kilometres per hour and will take effect today. However, this only means motorists will face the full brunt of the law if they exceed this new limit, as police officers will…

Law body urges CJ to speak up on allegations

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rhondor DowlatPublished: Friday, December 15, 2017 The Law Association yesterday called on Chief Justice Ivor Archie to speak up on allegations questioning his conduct in office now in the public domain, saying it was shocked at his deafening silence. In a release last evening, the council said it was increasingly alarmed…

Digicel invests US$3.5M in communities

Source: Newsday The Digicel Foundation (DF) has invested some US$3.5 million in 108 projects across TT which impacted the lives of thousands. In the last 12 months, 23 new projects in communities under the headings Epic, Honey Seco and SIDC (Seafood Industry Development Company), and nine new projects in special needs were… Link:

Mas sales moving

Source: Newsday It appears, when it comes to mas, nothing can stop players from taking to the streets for the parade of the bands. This year, Road March winner MX Prime and the Ultimate Rejects sang, “Recession doh bother we, promote a fete and you go see, how we go party to… Link:

The big deal about biodiversity

Source: Newsday JO-ANNE NINA SEWLAL This year’s Bioblitz in Icacos shed light on TT’s biodiversity. It yielded 750 species of birds, reptiles, insects, arachnids, freshwater and marine organisms, bacteria, fungi and plants in an area approximately 78km2 (a circle 10 km wide). These annual events have been successful in gathering data on… Link:

Soulful Christmas at the Bowl

Source: Newsday A Soulful Christmas will feature southerner Wendy Sheppard, operatic tenor John Thomas, LA Rose as well as Music Festival’s gospel champions male and female Justin Zephrine and Mahalia Pierre. The event on December 16 at Naparima Bowl, San Fernando will also feature the Trinidad… Link: Soulful Christmas at the Bowl

Simmy the Trini bounces back

Source: Newsday Comedian Simmy the Trini (Rhea-Simone Auguste) suffered a great loss last month when her mother passed away. She said: “The loss threw me down. She was part of my #NoFilterFamily series of posts, my best friend and her number one supporter. She was mom and dad to me. I had… Link:

BG Thursday 14th December, 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian BGPublished: Thursday, December 14, 2017URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=156979#folio=84 Link: BG Thursday 14th December, 2017

Dillon: Fewer illegal cell phones

Source: Newsday National Security Minister Edmund Dillon says there has been a reduction in the use of illegal cell phones in prisons. Dillon made this statement as he responded to questions from Opposition senators Wade Mark and Gerald Ramdeen in the Senate on Tuesday. He said this was the result of the… Link:

President urged to give procurement details

Source: Newsday Transparency advocates Reginald Dumas and Victor Hart have urged President Anthony Carmona to give details of how a procurement regulator is to be appointed as a key step to effect procurement reform. The duo said the large-scale waste and theft of public money is one of the country’s most serious… Link:

Mahabir: Let Central Bank set bank charges

Source: Newsday Just three little words added to legislation would empower the Central Bank to constrain the levels of all fees charged to clients by private banks, said Independent Senator Dhanayshar Mahabir. He implored the Lower House to amend the Central Bank Act by adding, “and other services”, to the existing list… Link:

Summer Leigh takes art prize

Source: Newsday Roxborough Anglican Primary school student Summer Leigh Holder walked away with the top prize at the 9th annual Bovell Cancer Diabetes Foundation islandwide schoolchildren’s poster competition. Holder was one of the winners at Tuesday’s prizegiving ceremony at the Works Conference Room in Shaw Park On the theme “Creativity and Generosity”,… Link:

‘Grease’ on rape, kidnapping charges

Source: Newsday A 34-year-old man appeared in the Princes Town Magistrates’ court on Tuesday charged with ten offences including kidnapping, rape and robbery. The accused, Roderick Raphael Titus also called “Grease”, was denied bail by Magistrate Michelle Maharajh-Brown before whom he appeared on the charges. Titus has addresses at Fyzabad, Tabaquite, Princes… Link:

Making music history

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017In a never before attempted or accomplished musical feat, 14 cellists played the Christmas carol O Come O Come, Emmanuel at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (Napa), Port-of-Spain last Saturday evening. The task was executed when the T&T Youth Philharmonic staged Christmas Wonder of His…

Windermere Superstars

Source: Trinidad Guardian Radhica SookrajPublished: Thursday, December 14, 2017Each child got the opportunity to be a superstar as the Windermere Private School of Coconut Drive, San Fernando, staged a spectacular Christmas musical concert giving the traditional Navity a comical twist. The navity stars were all present – Mary, Joseph, the Three Wise men, shepherds,…

New computer lab to connect Kind Kids

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017Kids In Need of Direction (Kind) utilised its Digicel Foundation EPIC grant of $33,750 to equip its computer lab with seven desktop computers and a multimedia projector which will assist with its Computer Literacy Programme Kind Connect. Speaking at a media launch recently, Kind’s Community Outreach and…

Mom thanks T&T for help

Source: Trinidad Guardian Kevon FelminePublished: Thursday, December 14, 2017Haleema home after bone marrow transplantAfter fighting off death in India and battling through three days of surgery, the high pitch giggles of five-year-old Haleema Mohammed are once again warmed the hearts of her relatives. Haleema and her family returned to Trinidad on Tuesday night after…

Autopsy for little Soriah delayed to today

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017The autopsy on 23-month-old Soriah Martin, who was killed during a quarrel involving family members in Sangre Grande on Tuesday, will now take place today at the Forensic Science Centre, St James. Her autopsy was initially carded for yesterday but was postponed after none of her family…

Slain cop’s family offered counselling

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rhondor DowlatPublished: Thursday, December 14, 2017 The T&T Police Service is now offering professional counselling services to the daughters and wife of slain SRP Richard Babwah. Speaking to the T&T Guardian yesterday, Babwah’s wife, Akeba Sorzano, confirmed the service has reached out to her after reading the girls had been severely…

Prisoner escapes from Carrera Island

Source: Trinidad Guardian JENSEN LA VENDE Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 A Rio Claro man facing additional months to his nearly completed jail sentence reportedly jumped into the choppy waters off Carrera Island Prison yesterday afternoon and has not been seen since. Unil Phillip, 45, was sentenced to five years and three months in…

WASA $5bn in debt

Source: Trinidad Guardian Shaliza HassanaliPublished: Thursday, December 14, 2017 Cash-strapped Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is now saddled with a $5 billion debt. This was revealed yesterday by WASA chairman Romney Thomas during a Public Accounts Committee meeting chaired by Dr Bhoe Tewarie, which examined WASA’s audited financial statements for the period 2008 to…

Mastercard glitch affects credit card users across T&T

Source: Newsday Christmas shoppers swiping their MasterCard credit cards may be in for an unpleasant surprise when they check their balance. A glitch during a transaction between a local bank and MasterCard means that purchases from as far back as October may have been double-billed. The issue started yesterday and has affected… Link:

Man freed of friend's murder

Source: Newsday Dwayne Bramble was on Wednesday freed by a High Court judge of the murder of his friend in 2007. Bramble, of Achong Trace, Balthazar Street, Tunapuna, was charged with murdering Brandon Duke on May 25, 2007 at Upper Fairley Street, Tunapuna. Duke was a former Unemployment Relief Programme foreman. He… Link:

Couple arrested, stolen $220K hidden in washing machine

Source: Newsday Police arrested a 51-year-old crane operator and his wife who allegedly stole over $200,000 from Super Industrial Services (SIS) in Couva which they hid inside a washing machine at their Palmiste, Chaguanas home. Up to this afternoon, the couple were being interviewed by police officers and expected to be charged… Link:

Cocktails and crystals

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017The Gallery of Level 2, Long Circular Mall, hosted the launch of the jewelry line, Atelier Swarovski, on December 7 at the store. Specially invited guests, including Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam and acclaimed photographer Calvin French, viewed the exquisitely crafted, crystal-couture jewelry as they mingled and enjoyed…

Tenors sing for a cause

Source: Trinidad Guardian Paula LindoPublished: Wednesday, December 13, 2017Tenor trio Q.E.D. (Quite Exquisitely Done) will be bringing their magical voices to the community as they perform their Christmas concert—One Night In December—at the Undercover Garden Centre in Santa Cruz on December 16. The trio is comprised of renowned singers Raymond Edwards, Nigel Floyd and…

The Asa Wright candle in the window

Source: Trinidad Guardian Wesley GibbingsPublished: Wednesday, December 13, 2017Should such a designation ever exist, the Asa Wright Nature Centre would surely rank among the Wonders of T&T. There are some who however believe that not enough support for this view exists among T&T policymaking circles. This year, the centre, named for Icelandic founder Asa…

Pan Rhythms by Gail Pantin

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017Artist Gail Pantin completed a successful solo exhibition of her work at Bayshore, Port-of-Spain, on December 9. Titled Pan Rhythms People 4, Pantin sought to capture life in T&T as she envisions it. An artist and teacher, Pantin is the daughter of Tobagonian Kevin Pantin while her…

Hood wants better from Police FC in 2018

Source: Newsday Richard Hood, Police FC coach, is expecting a better showing from his team in 2018, after a disappointing end to the 2017 football season. A 10-man Police outfit was beaten 3-1 by W Connection on Friday, in the final of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) FA Trophy competition,… Link:

Tots and Tumblers cop top awards in Colombia

Source: Newsday Tots & Tumblers Gymnastic Club athletes copped 1st place all around medals at the recently held Pan American Gymnastics Union (PAGU) Club Cup in Cali, Colombia. Tots & Tumblers’ gymnasts – Zara-Marie Glen, Sidney Charles, Amelia Ahwai, Karessa Kirton and Adriana Housty also came away with five gold medals on… Link:

Barrackpore Utd, Giants FC in SFA semi

Source: Newsday Barrackpore United and Giants FC will square off today in the second semi-final, of the Southern Football Association (SFA) Executive Cup competition. This game is scheduled to take place at Morne Diablo from 8 pm. The first game on the day will feature Pitchmen FC and Serial Strikers from 6… Link:

Costly boycott by referees

Source: Newsday The Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) wants a refund of almost $20,000 from matches boycotted by referees during the recently concluded Trinidad and Tobago Super League season. Referees failed to show up to officiate in three matches this season. In Tobago, referees failed to report for duty in the… Link:


Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017In light of the recent killing of Special Reserve Police Officer Richard Babwah, the Greater Tunapuna Chamber of Industry and Commerce is calling for increased police patrols in the region. Chamber president Nalini Maharaj made the call yesterday, saying there has been an increase in criminal activity…

Worker accused of $16m EPoS fraud

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rosemarie SantPublished: Wednesday, December 13, 2017A forensic audit at the East Port-of-Spain Company Limited (EPoS) has unearthed a scheme of unauthorised cheque payments to the value of approximately $16 million to a company affiliated with an EPoS employee over the period 2014 to 2017. A report was made to the Fraud…

Tobago prisoner recaptured

Source: Trinidad Guardian Casandra Thompson–ForbesPublished: Wednesday, December 13, 2017Samuel Maharaj, who escaped from the Scarborough Police Station between Sunday and Monday, was recaptured by police on Monday night. Police told the T&T Guardian that following an all-day search for the 25-year-old Maharaj on Monday, he was found hiding in some bushes near his Whim…

Govt intervened

Source: Trinidad Guardian Jensen La VendeRosemarie SantPublished: Wednesday, December 13, 2017PM denies interference in EFCLThe Government intervened in the Education Facilities Company Ltd (EFCL) but did not interfere, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said yesterday. Rowley’s comment came as he responded to claims by former EFCL chairman Arnold Piggott that there was interference from…

Spoiled Christmas

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rhondor DowlatPublished: Wednesday, December 13, 2017Babwah’s daughters traumatisedSlain SRP Richard Babwah’s daughters were very traumatised yesterday as they tried to come to terms with the sudden death of their father, who was killed by bandits during a robbery in Arouca on Monday night. Babwah had planned for four months to ensure…

Police investigating shooting by soldier

Source: Newsday Police have confirmed that a two-year-old child is dead after a shooting incident involving a soldier at Sangre Grande. It is alleged that the soldier, in full uniform, went to a house where his infant daughter and her mother lived. Reports are that an argument ensued during which the soldier… Link:

AG on SRP’s murder: It’s Kamla’s fault

Source: Newsday Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has denounced the murder of SRP constable Richard Babwah on Monday night and says the blame lies with Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Newsday spoke to Al-Rawi earlier today, who said he was deeply concerned over all incidents of crime and that the refusal of the Opposition… Link:

Disoriented driver crashes taxi on Broadway

Source: Newsday A man crashed his seven-seater taxi this morning on Broadway in Port of Spain after allegedly suffering a seizure. The vehicle was heading south on Broadway when on passing KFC, the driver suddenly veered left and hit a car on the next lane, then careened into drinks carts before ramming… Link:

Vicky back in PoS court

Source: Newsday Fraud accused Vicky Boodram on Tuesday returned to the Port of Spain Magistrates Court briefly before her case was adjourned to March 21. Boodram, who was brought late to court, at about 10.20 am, stood alongside her estranged husband, Ravi Arjoonsingh. Boodram is before the Port of Spain court on… Link:

Woman with baby and gun is a cop

Source: Newsday The woman depicted in three pictures on social media holding a baby in one hand and a gun in another, is a police officer. Police have confirmed the identity of the woman through a release sent to the media after the pictures began circulating on social media, and raising the… Link:

Health 12th December 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian At HomePublished: Tuesday, December 12, 2017URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=156923#folio=30 Link: Health 12th December 2017

Bring back the old time days

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017Holistic Christmas Jazz Atelier: Gifts of Music, Art & Cuisine…Years ago, the majority of holiday gift-giving in T&T consisted of creative originals—music, art, food and drink. In light of the current economic recession, Holistic Music School will continue this tradition and develop the creative, intellectual, social, spiritual,…

Music industry talk conference hits the spot

Source: Trinidad Guardian Paula LindoPublished: Tuesday, December 12, 2017Creativity abounded at the Caribbean Dance Music (CDM) Conference 2017 as producers, songwriters, artistes and audience members came together to produce a CDM track live. Another highlight of the conference was the launch of On Lock Records by partners CDMC organiser Karilee Fifi and Kitwana “Kit”…

Hydro Tech, La Forest take Guaya to League title

Source: Trinidad Guardian Army hammered 6-1, while UTT edge Santa Rosa 1-0Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017The community of Guayaguayare, known popularly as a fishing village in south-east Trinidad, has just broadened its scope as a feeder for national footballers, courtesy Hydro Tech Limited, the premier supplier of integrated solution services within the upstream oil…

Older women find solace in casinos

Source: Newsday Gambling is a fond pastime for many Trinis. In fact, it is so popular the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) recorded a $300 million profit for 2016/17, this September. However, as many arguments have been posited, there are negative social consequences to it as well. In last Sunday’s Newsday, Social… Link:

Keeping your emotions in check

Source: Newsday Sandrine Rattan writes a weekly column for the Newsday called With Women In Mind. Never strike out of anger if at all possible; this will give your enemy the advantage and strengthen his resolve and psyche – Soke Behzad Ahmadi Day after day I continue to witness incidents where individuals from… Link:

Pan in D Rosa steps up game

Source: Newsday GARY CARDINEZ A band of youths from San Fernando touched down in Arima and upset the music chart at the seventh edition of Pan in D Rosa. Playing in position three, San City Steel Orchestra went all out to capture the large crowd of pan music lovers on Lime Boulevard,… Link:

Shabazz to get U-20 contingent by Friday

Source: Newsday National Under-20 women’s head coach Jamaal Shabazz will enjoy a full complement of players from Friday as he continues this country’s build-up towards the 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva from January 18-28. Shabazz saw his team go under 2-0 to the TT senior… Link:


Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017Former Educational Facilities Company Ltd (EFCL) chairman Arnold Piggott has insisted he was not forced out from the organisation by the People’s National Movement (PNM) or by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley as publicly perceived, but rather left on his own volition. “I was not asked to…

Piggott claims PP, PNM interference at EFCL

Source: Trinidad Guardian GEISHA ALONZO Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Former Education Facilities Company Ltd (EFCL) chairman Arnold Piggott has described the organisation which he inherited as one in which collusion, bid-rigging, favouritism, nepotism and political interference were rampart. He also alleged interference from high-ranking officials in the current Cabinet and the Ministry of…

Tobago prisoner escapes custody

Source: Trinidad Guardian Casandra Thompson-ForbesPublished: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 A manhunt is in progress for a prisoner who escaped from a cell at the Scarborough Police Station over the weekend. The T&T Guardian understands that Samuel Maharaj, 25, of Mt. Zion, Whim, a repeat firearm and ammunition, robbery and house breaking offender was arrested…

Cop in gun pic under TTPS probe

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017Rhondor Dowlat The T&T Police Service is now investigating one of its own, after a photo surfaced on social media over the weekend of a woman holding what appears to be a gun near the head of a baby also in her arms. In a release yesterday,…

HDC unable to help Josephs further

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rhondor DowlatPublished: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 The Housing Development Corporation says it cannot do anything more for former national heavyweight boxer Wendel Joseph and his wheelchair-bound wife Erica. The HDC made the comment in a press release in response to the latest media reports which suggest the Josephs want to be…

BREAKING: Police officer shot dead

Source: Newsday A policeman has been shot dead at Railway Road, Arouca. He has been identified as Richard Babwah. While details are sketchy, reports are that Babwah was at a restaurant earlier today when two gunmen entered and announced a robbery. Babwah is said to have challenged the bandits and was shot… Link:

Boss to pay worker $.2 million for broken foot

Source: Newsday A Caroni contractor has been ordered to pay one of his former employees a little over $.2 million for a broken foot. Labourer David Wilson said he broke his right foot when he was forced to jump from his boss’s pickup at a jobsite on April 4, 2011, at Maracas,… Link:

Piggott on EFCL resignation: It was my choice

Source: Newsday Former chairman of the Education Facilities Company Ltd (EFCL) Arnold Piggott earlier today denied allegations by Senator Wade Mark that he was influenced by the People’s National Movement (PNM) to resign from his position. In his closing remarks at the Joint Select Committee on the efficiency of the EFCL in… Link:


Source: Newsday The man shot dead on Nelson Street on Sunday afternoon has been identified as 59-year-old HDC contractor Wayne Alleyne. Relatives who identified his body at the Forensic Science Centre in St James earlier today described him as a father figure not only to his children, but to the Nelson Street… Link:

SB Sunday 10th December, 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian BGPublished: Monday, December 11, 2017URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=156894#folio=73 Link: SB Sunday 10th December, 2017

XX Sunday 10th December, 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian WOWPublished: Monday, December 11, 2017URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=156894#folio=32 Link: XX Sunday 10th December, 2017

Charles-Fevrier praises his players intelligent play

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, December 11, 2017W Connection head coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier expressed delight at his team’s triumph in Friday night’s TTFA FA Trophy Final to cap off the 2017 season at the Home of Football, Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Police FC. “The objective was to…

Kumar Rampat the doctor of cricket

Source: Trinidad Guardian Vinode MamchanPublished: Monday, December 11, 2017“Come on man get that bat coming down straight!” A familiar sound that pierces the silence of the night, if you are in the vicinity of the K Rampat Cricket Academy in California, Central Trinidad. It’s the voice of Kumar Rampat, the Cricket West Indies (CWI)…

Skills training for San Juan students

Source: Newsday ANGELA PIDDUCK It’s five o’clock on a Thursday afternoon and I am on my way to the Marriott Hotel on the Foreshore to have dinner with 25 teenaged students of the San Juan North Secondary School who had completed the first section of a youth development programme in skills building… Link:

2 Trinis among Queen’s Young Leaders

Source: Newsday Two Trinidadians have been selected for the Queen’s Young Leader award, which recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives. Among the regional winners are Jean-Claude Cournand, founder of the spoken word… Link:

Naparima Boys is drama champs

Source: Newsday Naparima Boys’ College of San Fernando is the Caribbean’s Drama Festival champions. The team won ten of out 14 categories at the competition in Antigua and Barbuda. This is the first year the school has offered drama as a subject at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (Cape) level. The team… Link:

Attin-Johnson impressed with 3v3 event

Source: Newsday Veteran Trinidad and Tobago women football team midfielder/striker Maylee Attin-Johnson was impressed with the 2017 edition of the AJI (Attin-Johnson Initiative) 3v3 Kids Soccer Tournament, which was held on Saturday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium Training Field, Mucurapo. In the respective finals, Marabella Family Crisis Centre won the Boys Under-14,… Link:

Vieira, Derry named TT Hockey MVPs

Source: Newsday Jordan Vieira and Petal Derry were named as the Most Valuable Players, in the respective men’s and women’s departments, as the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board (TTHB) held its annual award ceremony yesterday. The function was staged at The Atrium, Guardian Holdings Building, Westmoorings. Vieira, a member of the Fatima… Link:

Reverend:Denial of human rights alarming

Source: Trinidad Guardian RADHICA DE SILVAPublished: Monday, December 11, 2017radhicasookraj@gmail.com Former Independent Senator and Presbyterian Minister Reverend Daniel Teelucksingh says T&T’s denial of basic human rights is alarming. His comments came as the world celebrated the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948,…

Surgical Sunday cuts 50 patients from waiting list

Source: Trinidad Guardian Camille ClarkePublished: Monday, December 11, 2017Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh is hoping to address a backlog of some 250 patients who are on a waiting list to have surgery for hernias on Surgical Sundays. So far 31 members of the public who needed surgery for hernias have benefited from the programme and…

MSJ: Govt, Opposition fail T&T

Source: Trinidad Guardian RADHICA DE SILVAPublished: Monday, December 11, 2017radhica.sookraj@guardian.co.tt With the defeat of the Anti-Gang legislation in Parliament last Wednesday, political leader of the Movement for Social Justice David Abdulah says both the Government and the Opposition have failed the people of T&T. Speaking at a press conference in San Fernando yesterday, Abdulah…

Palestinian released after detentionat Piarco

Source: Trinidad Guardian Gail AlexanderPublished: Monday, December 11, 2017A member of a Palestinian delegation en route from St Vincent to Panama was detained at Piarco on Saturday night, and his passport seized. But he was allowed to leave early yesterday morning. Eight other members of the Palestinian delegation— whose passage through T&T had also…

Housing Minister vows to stop criminals

Source: Trinidad Guardian RADHICA DE SILVAPublished: Monday, December 11, 2017radhica.sookraj@guardian.co.tt Housing Minister Randall Mitchell is calling on all Housing Development Corporation tenants to continue to report illegal activities in their communities. This as criminals continue to terrorise bonafide HDC tenants in areas such as Clifton Towers, Orchid Gardens, Pleasantville and at Tarodale in Ste…

Trini Cooking Quick And Easy

Source: Trinidad Guardian Hazel Ross-PerotPublished: Sunday, December 10, 2017Polly Indar makes…Preparing a meal for family or friends can be a daunting challenge and author Polly Indar has come to the rescue of hesitant cooks with her latest cookbook Short Order Cooking Recipes, Quick and Easy Trini Dishes. Having edited and authored two best selling…

Saving money on vehicle maintenance

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017Beyond PaydayIt seems like there are more cars than roads in T&T at present. Having a vehicle allows us to move around comfortably and can even provide a measure of safety for ourselves and family. While providing a great level of utility, taking care of our car…

Changing the face of Vitiligo

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017Expert tips from make-up artist Ephraim HunteJankee Pandohie was 42 years old when she discovered white spots appearing on her fingers. Concerned, she consulted numerous skin specialists to diagnose the problem. The diagnosis: Vitiligo—a condition in which the cells responsible for pigmentation of the skin die or…

Changing mindsets in dealing with gangs

Source: Trinidad Guardian Helen DraytonPublished: Sunday, December 10, 2017Laventille is an experience. Laventille is not a depressed community, but it is necessary to change the mindset of some people,” said the Hon Fitzgerald Hinds, Parliamentary Representative for Laventille West and Minister in the Office of the Attorney General. He spoke at the Esimaje Foundation…

Half-baked explanations

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017After lengthy press conferences, statements, interviews and press releases last week, the bottom line is that the political leaders of this country have failed to deliver. The protections and measures intended in the Anti-Gang legislation cannot be applied and those who protect us will have to rely…

Ameniki Omotola: Creating a Mogul Legacy

Source: Newsday JAMES DUPRAJ Chief “Everything” Officer at Trinidad Mogulista (trinidadmogulista.com), Ameniki Omotola, says her life’s current resting point has been an accumulation of all the challenges, obstacles, and learnt skills she has taken on during the course of her life. Looking back, she says now she understands the age-old adage “everything… Link:

TTFA AGM adjourned for second time

Source: Newsday For the second time in the space of a month, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) was forced to adjourn its Annual General Meeting (AGM), at the National Cycling Centre, Couva. According to sources, yesterday’s meeting, which was attended by 15 out of its 49 members, was cancelled due… Link:

Jean: Title was worth the sacrifice

Source: Newsday Earl Jean, assistant coach of W Connection, acknowledged that the team’s capture of the 2017 Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) FA Trophy was “worth the sacrifice”. W Connection clinched their fifth TTFA FA Trophy on Friday, after defeating Police FC 3-1 in the final at the Ato Boldon Stadium… Link:

W Connection capture fifth FA Trophy

Source: Newsday Captain Hughtun Hector scored twice to lead W Connection to their fifth Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) FA Trophy on Friday, courtesy of a 3-1 win over Police FC in the final, at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. Hector got his name on the scoresheet in the 45th… Link:

NLCB suggets Sunday betting

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017Rhondor Dowlat Debra Wanser The National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) has objected to the proposed ten per cent tax on winnings as they are bound to lose an estimated $163 million on its net returns. The NLCB instead has recommended several initiatives that are expected to rake…


Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017AKASH SAMAROO akash.samaroo@cnc3.co.tt There are currently 76 parents on an approved waiting list in T&T hoping to adopt a child. But they have been waiting for several years. According to the Children’s Authority, the main problem is, of the 76 parents, most if not all want to…

Christmas lights in Barrackpore

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017Businessman Sam Arjoon decorated his home located on St Croix Road, Lengua, Barrackpore, with over 100,000 christmas lights. This has become an attraction during the Christmas season for residents in and around the area. News Link: Christmas lights in Barrackpore

Human milk bank coming soon

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, December 9, 2017RADHICA DE SILVA radhica.sookraj@guardian.co.tt Desperate to save the fragile premature babies languishing at the nation’s hospitals, newly appointed director of Women’s Health Dr Adesh Sirjusingh is planning to set up a human milk bank in T&T, the first of its kind in the English speaking Caribbean. Sirjusingh,…

70-year-old arrested for illegal gambling

Source: Newsday Since the start of an anti-gambling initiative last month by South Western Division police, aimed at bar owners and operators, the State has collected an estimated $170,000 in taxes. In the latest exercise on Thursday between midnight and 8 pm, police arrested ten people, including a 70-year-old woman who owns… Link:

InterCol Nostalgia: Forgotten teams of the past

Source: Trinidad Guardian Gyasi MerriquePublished: Saturday, December 9, 2017Another season of Secondary Schools Football has come and gone, once again parading to the football enthusiasts out there with another glut of unbelievably talented and promising future stars. However, the 2017 season will perhaps be remembered for the mischief, malpractices and malfeasance of some school…

Spoke Fuh Yuh Wheel for winning debut

Source: Trinidad Guardian Kelvin NPublished: Saturday, December 9, 2017Champion trainer Glenn Mendez has been having a great season and he will attempt to continue his winning streak today in the feature Maxsonic Elite Trophy over 1,100 metres on the main track at Santa Rosa Park, Arima. Mendez will be introducing an American-bred two-year-old named…

Demurrell, Scipio help Wiley open with win

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rachael Thomspon-KingPublished: Saturday, December 9, 2017T&T’s Ashton Demurrell and Patrick Scipio helped their Wiley College basketball team open the Red River Athletic Conference with a win at Alumni Gymnasium in Texas, USA. The Wiley College men, who shot 28 for 63 from the field, made a run in the second half…

Women’s cricket stunned

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, December 9, 2017TTCWA head, Anisa Mohammed weighs in…“We are disappointed and we are hurt”. The words of T&T Women’s Cricket Association president Jocelyn Francois-Opadeyi reacting to the news that T&T did not bid for matches for next November’s ICC Women’s World Cup which is coming to the West Indies.…

Making TT artistes export-ready

Source: Newsday As plans to grow and develop TT’s creative sector materialise, MusicTT through its parent company, CreativeTT will be hosting its first showcase for local artistes. The showcase is scheduled to take place today at Tzar, Ariapita Avenue from 4 pm to 10 pm. MusicTT’s general manager Jeanelle Frontin said on… Link:

Christmas with the Saints 2

Source: Newsday The students of St Mary’s College will stage their production of Christmas with the Saints 2 at the school’s Centenary Hall on December 16. The event, organised by form six students is also open to public to enjoy a night of music and performances. The concert is expected to highlight… Link:

Maylee’s 3v3 kicks off today

Source: Newsday Hundreds of young footballers would assemble at the Hasely Crawford Stadium Training Field, Mucurapo today, all eager to net goals and showcase their skills at the AJI (Attin-Johnson Initiative) 3v3 Kids Soccer Tournament. Kick-off time is 9.30 am. The Attin-Johnson Initiative (AJI) founder, former Trinidad and Tobago Women’s team captain… Link:

Int’l rep seeks to improve TT table tennis

Source: Newsday Latin America Development Officer for the International Table Tennis Federation Ramon Ortega Montes, is currently in Trinidad for a six-day training course in an effort to help Trinidad and Tobago compete on the world stage. Speaking to the media at the National Racquet Centre in Tacarigua on Thursday, Montes said… Link:

Bandit shot in bar robbery identified

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, December 9, 2017The bandit who was shot dead by an off-duty Coast Guard officer during a robbery of a bar in St Helena has been identified as Ken Raymond, 26, of Singh Trace, Champs Fleurs. Raymond was identified by relatives on Thursday and an autopsy done yesterday at the…

$61m Maracas Bay carpark completed

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rhondor DowlatPublished: Saturday, December 9, 2017 Phase One of the Maracas Beach Facility Improvement Project has been completed within budget, at a cost just over $61 million, despite challenges faced by the contractor – Coosal’s Construction Company Limited. The project includes a 350-vehicle carpark, five bus spaces and eight spaces for…

2 held in airport heist, loot recovered

Source: Trinidad Guardian Gail AlexanderRhondor DowlatPublished: Saturday, December 9, 2017Two people have been arrested in connection with Wednesday’s heist at the Piarco International Airport and $250,000 in cash, believed to be part of the stolen loot, has been recovered. The T&T Guardian understands that a party of officers from the Organised Crime Narcotics and…

Peardrax and Cydrax brands come home to T&T

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, December 9, 2017Caribbean Distribution Partners Ltd (CDPL), which was formed as a joint venture between Agostini’s Ltd and Goddard Enterprises Ltd, yesterday announced its global acquisition of four beverage brands including local favorites Peardrax and Cydrax. This is the first time these brands would be owned by a Caribbean…

Driver killed in Lopinot plunge

Source: Trinidad Guardian Jensen La VendePublished: Saturday, December 9, 2017 Two Lopinot villagers were yesterday hailed as heroes after they rescued mother and child who were trapped in a car which veered off a precipice on Thursday night. A Facebook post on Lopinot La Pastora Community singled out Kerron “Dan” Reid and another man…

Pundit’s mother-in-law charged with his murder

Source: Newsday The mother-in-law of the pundit who was killed during a home invasion last month has been charged with his murder. Also charged is a handyman who worked for the family of pundit, Sunil Ragbirsingh, who was shot dead at his Arouca home on November… Link: Pundit’s mother-in-law charged with his murder

Man charged with raping mentally challenged child

Source: Newsday A Belmont man has been granted bail for a charge of sexually penetrating a child that police described as mentally challenged. Elvis Sitney, aka ‘Cat’, 58, of Upper Belmont Valley Road, appeared before Port of Spain Magistrate Adia Mohammed earlier today for the offence which was said to have occurred… Link:

Candy’s shooter charged

Source: Newsday SHARLENE RAMPERSAD Claude Mike, the 64-year-old man accused of shooting two-year-old Candy Loubon was denied bail when he appeared before a Princes Town Magistrate this morning. Mike of Penal Rock Road, Moruga was charged of wounding Candy with intent cause grievous bodily harm on Saturday December 2, 2017. He was… Link:

REC Friday 8th December, 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian MetroPublished: Friday, December 8, 2017URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=156878#folio=26 Link: REC Friday 8th December, 2017

From dog to doctor… Superior battles on

Source: Newsday GARY CARDINEZ Six decades ago, when he began singing calypso, there were signs posted in various establishments debarring him from entering. The signs simply read, No Dogs and Calypsonians Allowed. That is where Andrew “Lord Superior” Marcano has come from. Today, he holds an honorary doctorate of letters (DLitt) from… Link:

100 smiles for Christmas

Source: Newsday YVONNE WEBB Gospel artiste Kezie Peters-Shah wants to make 100 children smile for Christmas 2017 and she is using her music to bring about this social change. Her desire is to see 100 children wake up on Christmas morning with big smiles on their faces when they see what Santa… Link:

Green Days for Caribbean

Source: Newsday Award-winning local drama Green Days by the River will be screened in five Caribbean countries from next month. Director Michael Mooledhar told Newsday the film would be shown in Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana and St Lucia from January 11, 2018. “We are very excited to have it play in the… Link:

ITF Director believes in Racquet Centre

Source: Newsday Executive director of Tennis Development at the International Tennis Federation, Luca Santilli, gave the National Racquet Centre in Tacarigua a top grade after viewing it for the first time yesterday. The Italian believes the Tacarigua-based centre can be a hub for tennis in the region. At a press conference yesterday,… Link:

Shaky bid for Women’s World Cup

Source: Newsday The West Indies will host the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 Championship with the regional team led by Jamaican Stafanie Taylor looking to defend their title. The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) is keen on bidding for a package to host group matches as well as the semi-final and… Link:

Deck the hall with Hyatt Regency this Christmas The hotel serves up traditional holiday elements with a twist Port-of-Spain

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Friday, December 8, 2017Christmas is almost here and Hyatt Regency Trinidad is giving the gift of holiday discounts, special festivities and more for your family, friends and coworkers. Get your group together and enjoy the hotel’s many offerings from Christmas brunch, lunch or dinner to The Biggest Little Christmas Party.…

MusicTT hosts meet and greet with international music execs

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Friday, December 8, 2017The T&T Music Company Limited (MusicTT) is hosting a Meet & Greet event leading up to its inaugural Music Showcase this evening at the Calypso Room (12th floor), Radisson Hotel, Port-of-Spain at 6 pm. At this event, 25 Trinbagonian singers, songwriters, duos and bands who will be…

Sokah, parang and steel heats up wet weekend

Source: Trinidad Guardian Peter Ray BloodPublished: Friday, December 8, 2017PulseWith a full moon approaching there was water everywhere but people drank sumptuously from the flood of entertainment taking place nationwide. On Saturday, Yorke Inc held yet another bumper happening at the Salybia Nature Resort & Spa, venue for its annual Wild Meat Soca Parang…

Gang alliances with politicians an evil monster — Deosaran

Source: Trinidad Guardian Shaliza HassanaliPublished: Friday, December 8, 2017Chairman of the Manpower Audit Committee into the T&T Police Service (TTPS), Prof Ramesh Deosaran, yesterday said the alliances between politicians, gang leaders and community leaders have been undermining the operations and morale of the TTPS. Deosaran said because of such relationships, the gang leaders feel so…

Guards hold key to case

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rhondor DowlatPublished: Friday, December 8, 2017Military link to $5.5m airport heistPreliminary investigations into Wednesday’s $5.5 million heist at the Piarco International Airport have revealed employees there may have had support from co-conspirators with military training, police said yesterday. Up to last evening, seven people initially detained for questioning in relation to…

Deokiesingh returns to work at Petrotrin

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rosemarie SantPublished: Friday, December 8, 2017 Vidya Deokiesingh, the Petrotrin employee named in an internal audit into the so-called fake oil scandal is back at work on the job after a two-month absence. Well placed sources at the State-oil company told the T&T Guardian that Deokiesingh has been transferred out of…

998 gang-related murders under 7 years

Source: Trinidad Guardian Shaliza HassanaliPublished: Friday, December 8, 2017There have been 998 gang-related murders from 2010 to July of 2017, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young says. He gave the figures as he delivered his contribution to the Anti Gang Bill in Parliament on Wednesday, after Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar,…

Bridgeman’s defends Cabo Star deal

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Friday, December 8, 2017Bridgeman’s Services Group is defending itself against statements made in Parliament by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley saying they could not “believe these statements are being made after all the work that has gone into determining the facts of the procurement process.” Bridgeman’s Vice President Andrew Purdey…

Children frolic at Military Museum in Chaguaramas

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, December 7, 2017Rain fell all day last Sunday but a handful of corporate folk turned on their heartlight to treat over 150 children to an enjoyable Christmas treat. The corporate citizens and their representatives were Bryden (Steven Welch); Hadco (Kimberly Fraser); Massy (Derek Mc Clean); Bermudez (Lisa Cumberbatch); Toppers…

Tita Parra says thanks to the life of her grandmother

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, December 7, 2017Admission is free this evening when Gracias A la Vida- Violeta Parra is staged at the Central Bank Auditorium from 7 pm. This event is being held in celebration of the centennial of the Chilean artiste Violeta Parra, one of the pioneers of the Chilean New Song-…

Alta Online is a signature initiative

Source: Trinidad Guardian Year in Review Part 4Published: Thursday, December 7, 2017Today Alta completes the Year in Review; excerpts from the annual report which was first presented to members of Alta at the annual general meeting in November. In the past weeks the column looked at growth in students and development of Alta tutors,…

Fashion charms Gasparee Island

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, December 7, 2017Christine Philip-Frederick showcased her Feathered Fashion Fantasy collection on Gasparee Island on Sunday evening. Feathered Fashion Fantasy is a collection of evening and cocktail wear created from recycled feathers, beads and appliqués from Carnival costumes collected by the line’s designer over the years. With a degree in…

Civilian Conservation Corps makes style

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, December 7, 2017Last Saturday, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) held its Hair, Make up and Nails styling competition at its headquarters on Mausica Road. Trainees participated in the various categories competitions where they applied their skills learnt during their six-month training to be assessed and compete. Participants from all regions…

Rowley: Sandals still a priority for Govt

Source: Newsday Sandals remains a priority for Government, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said on Monday. “That project is still with us and we will continue towards working to ensure that it is a reality. We signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Sandals group and I want to once more say… Link:

bmobile expands channel with two new stores in Debe and POS

Source: Newsday bmobile has licensed two new channel partners to operate full service stores that provide customers with its entire range of mobile and residential services. On November 24, Debe welcomed bmobile’s first ever full service store in the area under the management of businesswoman Bernadine Chin Moon. As a testimony to… Link:

Family farming withering

Source: Newsday Agriculture is one of the key diversifying industries in TT, yet the sector remains critically underdeveloped. It contributes less than 0.5 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs just about four per cent of the population. But creating a sustainable sector is fundamental to protecting the… Link:

Pan back in the dance

Source: Newsday With Carnival 2018 just over two months away, on February 12 and 13 –from the official start of the feteing season on January 1 to Carnival weekend– over 130 fetes have been listed for venues all over TT. Most noticeable is the rise in cooler fetes/cruises and the fall of… Link:

Rodman charged for manslaughter

Source: Newsday Jamaican cyclist Marloe Rodman has been charged with manslaughter after he was involved in a fatal accident on November 26 in St Catherine, Jamaica. Rodman, the reigning Beacon Cycling on the Avenue champion, is well known to racing in Trinidad and Tobago and currently rides for top local club, Team… Link:

Bandit killed in bar robbery

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, December 7, 2017An off-duty officer attached to the Coast Guard official foiled an attempted robbery at a bar at Madras Road, St Helena early yesterday after he shot and killed one of the bandits. According to police reports, around 1 am the armed bandit entered BJ’s Bar at along…

Parliament Business

Source: Trinidad Guardian Gail AlexanderPublished: Thursday, December 7, 2017Workplace sexual harassment laws coming Given what is happening around T&T locally, regionally and internationally, Prime Minister Keith Rowley expects legislation addressing sexual harassment in the workplace will be on Government’s legislative agenda. “I expect it can come sometime. When it does, I trust the Opposition…

EOC head calls for laws against sexual harassment

Source: Trinidad Guardian GEISHA ALONZOPublished: Thursday, December 7, 2017Even if a company has the best policy against sexual harassment in the workplace, if it is not supported by upper management, all attempts to safeguard employees will be in vain, chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) attorney Lynette Seebaran-Suite said yesterday. She called for…

Ruling reserved in house demolition case

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, December 7, 2017A 73-year-old pensioner from St Augustine, who sued the State after his home was demolished three years ago in the presence of police officers, will learn the outcome of his case next Friday. Justice David Harris reserved his decision after hearing submissions from attorneys representing the State…

Body of man found at dump

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, December 7, 2017An autopsy will be done to determine how a scavenger at the Forres Park Landfill, Claxton Bay died yesterday. There were conflicting reports from police and the Solid Waste Management Company Ltd (SWMCOL) as to how the man died. A release from SWMCOL yesterday stated that police…

First Citizens: stolen Piarco money meant for Tobago branch

Source: Newsday The Airports Authority of TT (AATT) says an investigation has been launched into a robbery earlier today at the cargo compound of Piarco International Airport (Piarco). “AATT wishes to confirm that there was an incident of armed robbery at one of the cargo facilities at (Piarco), on the Golden Grove… Link:

Roxanne Cudjoe on $100k bail

Source: Newsday A Siparia magistrate today granted $100,000 bail to Penal hairdresser Roxanne Cudjoe, 32, who allegedly harboured prisoner and multiple-fraud-accused Vicky Boodram. When the case came up for hearing before Magistrate Margaret Alert in the First Court, Cudjoe was absent. Court prosecutor Sheldon Ablacksingh informed the magistrate that a policewoman had… Link:

Armed men rob Piarco

Source: Newsday UPDATE, 3:12 pm: An abandoned black Toyota Hilux believed to be involved in the Piarco Airport robbery was found on Oropune Boulevard shortly before 3 p.m. #NewsdayAtTheScene on Oropune Boulevard where the vehicle believed to have been used in the Piarco Airport robbery was abandoned. #NewsdayTT pic.twitter.com/YGjMoISVIP — T&T Newsday… Link:

St Helena victim recovering

Source: Newsday Rosie Saunders, the 52-year-old woman who was attacked by a male relative on Tuesday morning, is said to be in a stable condition and recovering. In a conversation with relatives, Newsday was told that Saunders is conscious, but because of her injuries, she is experiencing extreme dizzy spells. She remains… Link:

Charlieville woman dead

Source: Newsday A Charlieville woman was shot dead in her home early this morning. According to reports, Alicia Mohammed, 47, was asleep at home at John Peter Road around 1am when three masked gunmen broke down her door and came in. Mohammed’s common-law husband Ishwar Mangalee, 41, was asleep next to her.… Link:

Planning the holiday menu

Source: Newsday DR CLAUDETTE MITCHELL You might agree that preparing for the holidays can be very exciting. Perhaps some people are making plans to travel and celebrate the holidays with family members and friends, while others are busy doing household chores, painting, planning the menus for home and parties. Some are even… Link:

What Kamla win means

Source: Newsday THE EDITOR: The country can exhale now. Kamla Persad-Bissessar has annihilated her opponents. Some, like Christine Newallo-Hosein and Chanda Bhaggan, rashly picked up the formidable gauntlet. Some, like Vasant Bharath, declined after vaunting of their eagerness to accept. Others, like Ganga Singh and Bhoe Tewarie, self-piloted to inconsequence, having sensed… Link:

Prof: Write TT’s medical history

Source: Newsday There are many unsung heroes in TT, institutions and people who would have given remarkable service to build the TT known today. In TT’s medical field there are many whose stories need to be told, Professor David Picou said to the group gathered at the Old Fire Station, corner Hart… Link:

Team TT Carifesta appointed

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, December 6, 2017Minister of Community Development, Culture and The Arts Nyan Gadsby-Dolly issued letters of appointment to Carifesta XIV Host Country Management Committee (HCMC) last Thursday. The ceremony took place at the Ministry’s Head Office, Nicholas Towers, Port-of-Spain. Carifesta XIV will be held from August 16 – 25, 2019…

Dial family opens ‘TT’s first family museum’

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, December 6, 2017The Dial family celebrated 159 years of being Trinidadian by opening what they’ve claimed to be “TT’s first family museum.” The event took place on Saturday, December 2, at Campus House, Eastern Main Road, St Augustine. Salickdip Dial, the man who put the whole thing together said…

MusicTT Showcase kicks off on Saturday

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, December 6, 2017Saturday, December 9 marks a pivotal moment for T&T’s music sector as the T&T Music Company Limited (MusicTT) kicks off its inaugural Music Showcase, an event featuring Trinbagonian singers, songwriters, duos and bands, all vying for a spot in MusicTT’s Artiste Portfolio Development Programme. The event takes…

Abuse of power is ruinous to people, systems, institutions

Source: Trinidad Guardian Caroline C RavelloPublished: Wednesday, December 6, 2017MENTAL HEALTH MATTERSThe misuse of power has long been an issue set aside by women and men perhaps on some unspoken code, which says to expose abuse of any nature is to end up with a bad reflection of oneself. Nonetheless, the current revelations of…

Marionettes’ Dream on stage

Source: Newsday The bp Marionettes continues its Christmas music tradition with I Dream a World at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s with performances by some 130 singers from the adult, youth, and children’s arms of the group. The festive concert will include spirituals, gospel, musical theatre, classical and popular local and international Christmas… Link:

Funding blow for TT boxers

Source: Newsday Trinidad and Tobago may have to miss the Caribbean Boxing Championships for the second consecutive year, as the national team is still short of funds for the tournament which takes place in St Lucia from December 13-16. The national boxers still require approximately $65,000 to attend the Boxing Championships. The… Link:

Health 5th December 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian At HomePublished: Tuesday, December 5, 2017URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=156809#folio=24 Link: Health 5th December 2017

Trini UWI student Kara John wins IMF Caribbean Essay Competition

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, December 5, 2017Little did Trinidadian university student Kara John know that she would be awarded an internship at the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) local office as her prize for winning the multilateral institution’s Caribbean essay competition. She was recently announced the winner by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde during…

Exposing Animae producers to the world

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, December 5, 2017One of the highlights of this year’s Animae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival was a pitch for local producers to collaborate on a UK TV series. Gecko is a TV series and feature film franchise created by Melwood Pictures based around the adventures of a calypsonian…

T&T Equestrian Association hosts special athletes

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, December 5, 2017Feelings of joy engulfed the children from the T&T Equestrian Association’s programmes’, as well as, the Princess Elizabeth Centre and the Cascade School for the Deaf, last Sunday, as they competed in and watched a variety of equestrian events at the San Antonio Stable in Gran Couva.…

Letter writing winners

Source: Newsday Pupils of TML Primary School, St Joseph and the ASJA Girls’ College, San Fernando are the winners of the TT Postal Corporation’s (TTPost) National Letter Writing Competition. The annual competition is designed to encourage literacy in young people and develop their composition skills. The contest also enlightens them on the… Link:

TTYP Christmas concert at Napa

Source: Newsday The TT Youth Philharmonic (TTYP) under the guidance of music director Kenneth Listhrop will return to the National Academy of the Performing Arts (Napa) to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with a concert titled Christmas: Wonder of His Glorious Majesty. Also on the cast are the children’s choir Voices… Link:

Tiptoeing on sexual harassment

Source: Newsday Sandrine Rattan writes a weekly column for the Newsday called With Women in Mind.  I am not your dog that you whistle for; I’m not a stray animal you call over, and I’m not, I never have been nor will I ever be your baby –Joy Jennings Over the last… Link:

I still cry for Shannon

Source: Newsday CAROL QUASH December 2016 marked one of the darkest months in the life of Sherry Ann Lopez. Her only daughter, Shannon Banfield went missing on December 5. Three days later, on December 8, the decomposing body of the 20-year-old bank employee was found under some boxes at IAM and Company… Link:

Granny Luces implores youths to respect elders

Source: Newsday Respect for your elders and trust in God was the message Granny Luces gave the young generation as the popular former long distance runner celebrated her 90th birthday at Roslyn Hall in Tunapuna, on Sunday. “Before they go to sleep in the night they must pray; when they get up… Link:

$8m Tourism Division wire fraud probe2 sent home, 2 to face PSC

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rosemarie SantPublished: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Two employees of the Tobago House of Assembly’s Tourism, Culture and Transportation Division have been ordered to stop reporting for duty while two others have been referred to the Public Service Commission (PSC) for disciplinary action. The decision comes on the heels of a Fraud…

Police motorcyclistinjured in crash

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, December 4, 2017KEVON FELMINE A police motorcyclist was seriously injured yesterday when he collided with a car along the South Trunk Road, La Romaine. Reports stated that around 5 pm, PC Jones of the Highway Patrol Unit, was heading towards San Fernando when his motorcycle collided with brown Mazda…

Suspect surrendersin Candy’s shooting

Source: Trinidad Guardian Kevon FelminePublished: Tuesday, December 5, 2017kevon.felmine@guardian.co.tt The 63-year-old man accused of shooting two-year-old Candy Loubon and her cousins Wendell Mike and Shane Lemo has surrendered to police. He was expected to be handed over to Moruga police yesterday where he will be questioned. Based on police’s investigation, the suspect may be…

16 killed in four days; toll now 460Cops disturbed

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rhondor DowlatPublished: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 With 16 people being killed in the last four days of this new and last month of 2017, senior police officers are now looking to push different strategies to “up their game.” The murder toll reached 460 yesterday with just 27 days remaining in the…

PM defends ferry sub-committee

Source: Trinidad Guardian Loyse VincentPublished: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has defended his decision to put the responsibility for selecting a ferry for the sea bridge in the hand of a Cabinet sub-committee. Rowley gave the responsibility to Ministers Colm Imbert, Stuart Young, Shamfa Cudjoe and Robert Le Hunte last…

Bishop Anstey win Intercol in style

Source: Newsday Ranae Ward netted a hat-trick while Brittney Williams added two as Bishop Anstey humiliated Pleasantville 6-0 today, at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, to claim the Coca-Cola National Girls Intercol title. Pleasantville entered the game as favourites, but they were second best from start to finish to a Bishop… Link:

Double murder in Morvant, 16 murders in 4 days

Source: Newsday Akeil Edwards, 21, and Shem Legall are the two latest victims of a killing spree which began since December 1. It is the fourth day of the month, and already 16 people have been killed. Police said at about 8.10 pm on Sunday, Morvant residents heard gunshots, but no one… Link:

UNC: PNM Senator must resign

Source: Newsday The United National Congress is calling for the immediate removal of PNM Senator Dr Lester Henry following his plea of guilty on his drunk driving charge. In a release today, the UNC said TT was a nation in crisis which has been exacerbated by the PNM leadership. Henry pleaded guilty… Link:

Host team Harvards lifts Rugby 7s title

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, December 4, 2017Harvards Rugby Club’s team retained its own self titled Rugby 7s tournament when it defeated Exiles convincingly in the men’s seniors final at CIC Grounds in St Clair, yesterday. The Harvards men played undefeated through the tournament, winning its three-team Group A ahead of Defence Force and…

Rangpur, Khulna into BPL play-offs

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, December 4, 2017Gayle, Brathwaite, Pooran fail to impress but…Rangpur Riders, led by Mohammad Mithun’s punchy 50 not out, rallied to beat Khulna Titans by 19 runs and seal their place in the play-offs. Despite the loss, Khulna were also through along with Dhaka Dynamites and Comilla Victorians with four…

Carter helps USC to freestyle relay silver

Source: Trinidad Guardian Nigel SimonPublished: Monday, December 4, 2017T&T’s Dylan Carter swam the second-leg to help the University of Southern California to a silver medal in the men’s 400 yards freestyle relay final when the Texas Hall of Fame Swimming Invitational Time Finals concluded in Austin, Texas, on Saturday night. In addition to Carter,…

Santa Rosa sneaks into TTSL lead

Source: Trinidad Guardian Postponement puts Guaya secondPublished: Monday, December 4, 2017FC Santa Rosa crept into the lead in the inaugural edition of the T&T Super League yesterday with a 1-0 win over Police FC at the Arima Velodrome. However the Big Cannons’ new status as league leaders was only made possible as inclement weather…

The Cutlass for VOD in US, Canada

Source: Newsday Award-winning local thriller The Cutlass is being made available on video on demand (VOD) throughout the United States and Canada. Writer/producer Teneille Newallo said in a telephone interview the team is very excited and it is a big step for a local film to be on VOD. “It means it… Link:

Hutcheon for Carols by Candlelight

Source: Newsday Beloved local crooner Kelwyn Hutcheon will be performing at Fiesta Plaza next Saturday and for the popular Carols by Candlelight on Sunday. On December 9, at Fiesta Plaza MovieTowne at 8.30 pm Hutcheon will be accompanied by the Orville Roach Trio and special guest Rosezanna Winchester who will be performing… Link:

Chilean book chosen for Bocas 2018

Source: Newsday “Adults are strange animals: they kiss on the lips, they spend their lives working, and they never have time to play. I’d like to know what they have in their heads…” –excerpt from Tito by Marcelo Simonetti. This story is not dissimilar from coming of age stories such as C… Link:

Donated tablets help disabled children

Source: Newsday A partnership which began in 2005 continues to assist children with disabilities. The partnership between the Caribbean Kids and Families Therapy Organisation (CKFTO) and IGT (formerly GTECH), a gaming company, started through IGT’s After School Advantage Programme. The programme is a long-standing initiative providing NGOs with new computer equipment and… Link:

San Juan, Shiva Boys in Intercol decider

Source: Newsday San Juan North will be defending their Coca-Cola Boys National Intercol title today when they match up against Shiva Boys in the 2017 final at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva from 5 pm. This game will be the second of back-to-back matches at Couva, with Pleasantville opposing Bishop Anstey, from… Link:

Villagers angry

Source: Trinidad Guardian Shaliza HassanaliPublished: Monday, December 4, 2017 After three failed attempts by Kallco to build a proper retaining wall in Matelot, villagers are now calling on Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan to ensure the project is awarded to someone capable of doing the job. Standing firm on this decision was St…

Clifton Towers tenants want 24/7 security

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rhondor DowlatPublished: Monday, December 4, 2017Tenants at the Housing Development Corporation’s Clifton Towers in Port-of-Spain are calling for permanent security in and around the compound, saying they are now living in constant fear of bullying and reprisal attacks by gang members after the HDC evicted illegal tenants from the site. The…

Three more murders

Source: Trinidad Guardian Kevon FelminePublished: Monday, December 4, 2017kevon.felmine@guardian.co.tt A community lime among neighbours in Couva turned tragic yesterday when gunmen opened fire on the group, killing Dwayne Callender. Reports are that neighbours had gathered at the apartment buildings along June Street, Lisas Gardens, on Saturday night and were liming into yesterday morning when…

Bullet too close to spineDoctors put off

Source: Trinidad Guardian Kevon FelminePublished: Monday, December 4, 2017kevon.felmine@guardian.co.tt Doctors at the San Fernando General Hospital have opted to leave the metal pellets in the neck and leg of two-year-old Candy Loubon, who was among three people shot during a family dispute in Moruga on Saturday. As Candy lay peacefully on a bed at…

Carmona off toKenya for UN EnvironmentAssembly

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, December 4, 2017President Anthony Carmona has left for Nairobi, Kenya, where he is scheduled to deliver a keynote statement at the UN Environment Assembly between December 4-6. Carmona left Saturday on the trip, which is being funded by the United Nations Environment Programme. The Environment Assembly, the highest-level UN…

SB Sunday 3rd December, 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian BGPublished: Sunday, December 3, 2017URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=156772#folio=62 Link: SB Sunday 3rd December, 2017

XX Sunday 3rd December 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian WOWPublished: Sunday, December 3, 2017URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=156772#folio=22 Link: XX Sunday 3rd December 2017

Resisting the urge to splurge

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 3, 2017Beyond PaydayThe occasional splurge purchase is a reality of life. However, if done too often, splurging on items will destroy our financial resources. From time to time the need to indulge in some unplanned or extravagant desire arises. We may buy special gifts, treat ourselves to a…

Finding spiritual courage

Source: Trinidad Guardian Janice Learmond CriquiPublished: Sunday, December 3, 2017Global speaker Sandra Ford Walston, known as The Courage Expert, is a human potential consultant who studies courage. She wrote a great article entitled “Practising Spiritual Courage to Find Answers” which I would like to share. “Looking to retire? Or maybe find a new job?…

Gaia Couture

Source: Newsday To call Sasha Jattansingh’s appreciation of the environment a passion would be an understatement. Her entire professional career has been based on education, research and developing environmental policy. Now, she’s chosen a different medium to raise awareness for sustainability — by launching her hand-crafted jewellery line, Gaia Couture. “Gaia Couture’s… Link:

Patrice Millien

Source: Newsday JAMES DUPRAJ “The quote is, ‘Nothing is constant but change’. That’s what I’m learning more and more with life every day,” says Patrice Millien, the creative and technical mind behind creative agency A Millien Concepts. Described as a “hub of talent sprinkled with creativity, passion, and a love for design,… Link:

The Knight Trilogy

Source: Newsday SHARDA PATASAR It’s a brave new world and in it are brave people constantly challenging the status quo and declaring their individuality. The vortex of homogeneity constantly presents itself as a threat and avoiding it forces people into creative portals out of which emerges some interesting stories. Out of one… Link:

Animation, adventure stories score at Anime Caribe: The big 3

Source: Newsday Two curious Caribbean-trotting twins, an orphan turtle inventor who travels on a banana-shaped boat, and a daring girl who likes to do things herself were the top three animation projects for the Animae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival 2017 Great 8 Projects. Six of the projects were pitched on… Link:

The Art of Rediscovery

Source: Newsday Despite being a relatively recent addition to the growing art circuit, 33-year-old Jadon Matthews has already amassed an impressive reputation as a skilled artist, entrepreneur and is one of the many young creatives credited with this country’s art renaissance. However, what distinguishes Matthews from his peers are his unique eye… Link:

Strong child abuse trend in 2016-17

Source: Trinidad Guardian Gail AlexanderPublished: Sunday, December 3, 2017 The Childrens’ Authority of T&T received 5,522 reports of child abuse in 2016 requiring investigation and approximately 6,000 additional reports of abuse anticipated for this year, 2017. The situation was detailed in the authority’s 2016 report, laid in Parliament on Tuesday. The 2016 and projected…

Prisons want single-share database

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 3, 2017 Rhondor Dowlat Going beyond last week’s prison break, there needs to be the development of an integrated database comprising all arms of the criminal justice system—the Judiciary, the T&T Police Service (TTPS) and the T&T Prisons Service. This will enable tracking of offenders from the time…

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 3, 2017Investigations are continuing into the murder of Andre “Beenie” Prince of Arima. Prince was gunned down yesterday morning. According to a police report, at about 2.30 am Prince was at an area in Arima known as the Congo when he was approached by a masked gunman who…

Recollections of Vicky

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 3, 2017RUDOLPH BISSESSARSINGH father of author and historian Angelo Bissessarsingh I ponder the rocky road that Vicky has travelled in her lifetime and while many have deemed her as one of the most notorious fraudsters and have delivered judgement even before her court trials have begun, because of…

Gunman steals SUV from UWI student

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 3, 2017Rhondor Dowlat A vehicle that was stolen from the compound of the St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) on Thursday was recovered hours later by good samaritans in the Aranguez area. The vehicle, a grey Hyundai Tucson, bore a false number plate—PCW…

Lydians light the way with Christmas music

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, December 2, 2017This Christmas, the Lydians, comprising singers, steel ensemble, drummers, dancers and more, make a call to the nation to hold out a light this Christmas. Their annual concert – Hold Out Your Light – premieres on Thursday, December 14 and will encompass a full-length stage production. Billed…

‘Bluetiful’ news at last

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, December 2, 2017Known in the entertainment business as DJ Sox, Himrajh Oudit had a lot to be happy and thankful for recently. Not only did one of his two sons, Syam, make a grandfather for the first time, he was also celebrating the 40th anniversary of marriage to his…

Build the Temples art by Rubadiri ends tomorrow

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, December 2, 2017Artists talk today at Holder Studio in NewtownTomorrow will be the last day you have to see the 77 paintings of the exhibition Build the Temples for the Youths Dem to Enter by multi-media artist and cultural activist Rubadiri Victor. The exhibition was launched last Tuesday at…

Safer to travel by hot air balloon

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, December 2, 2017Despite pleadings from the Police Traffic Branch and Arrive Alive, speeding and driving drunk on the nation’s roads have now become the norm, all because drivers are getting off with a ticket and a measly fine. With the upcoming Christmas and Carnival seasons, road deaths and injuries…

Sage Path hosts charity concert

Source: Newsday There will be “insightful talks” and spiritually uplifting music by Solman and other artistes when the Sage Path holds its annual concert and fundraiser at the Little Carib Theatre, White and Robert Streets in Woodbrook. The theatre will be the main drop-off point for goods and charitable donations for the… Link:

Joyous Festival of Carols

Source: Newsday ANGELA PIDDUCK The beautiful sounds of Christmas filled the Lions Cultural Centre as the youngsters of eight primary schools sang and danced their hearts out at the 28th Annual Festival of Carols. The event was hosted by The Lions Club of Port of Spain Central in association with the Ministry… Link:

Boothman’s art in motion: The Spirit sings

Source: Newsday GARY CARDINEZ Inside of Sound The Spirit Sings is a classic example of how talent in Trinidad and Tobago is highly underrated. The event was a musical and visual journey into the art of Caribbean jazz pianist, composer, visual artist and University of Trinidad and Tobago’s (UTT) master artist in… Link:

Sport Company staff told to look for jobs

Source: Newsday Staff of the embattled Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SporTT) have been told in no uncertain terms by acting CEO Jason Williams they should pursue employment opportunities elsewhere as the company’s future is uncertain and restructuring exercises continue. Williams, in an email to employees yesterday, acknowledged rumours that SporTT… Link:

Pitt: Why not help us Yorke?

Source: Newsday Jomo Pitt, the Secretary of Sports and Youth Affairs at the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), has called on legendary Trinidad and Tobago footballer Dwight Yorke to contribute to the state of sport in the sister isle. On Thursday, Yorke, in a statement issued to the media, expressed his displeasure… Link:

Ministry worker slain in storeroom

Source: Trinidad Guardian Jensen La VendePublished: Saturday, December 2, 2017 A Morvant man was shot dead at his home just after noon yesterday, leaving police confused as to a motive for his death. Police said Kevin Baptiste, 35, of Cipriani Avenue, Morvant, was at home with his brother when his two gunshots rang out…

Jeweller Tobago’s12th murder victim

Source: Trinidad Guardian Casandra Thompson-ForbesPublished: Saturday, December 2, 2017 Known jeweller Roshan Lutchman yesterday became Tobago’s 12th murder victim for 2017. He was found at his Cove Estate, Canoe Bay home around 2.30 pm. His body was found in a badly decomposed state in a ground floor bathroom. Police officials said his hands were…

Mental patient

Source: Trinidad Guardian Sascha WilsonPublished: Saturday, December 2, 2017 Two weeks after he ran away from the psychiatric ward of the San Fernando General Hospital, a Marabella man stabbed his childhood friend to death yesterday. Anderson Babwah, 24, and the suspect grew up like brothers, his mother Angela Regis said yesterday. Babwah was stabbed…

Wallace, Greene power UTT over UWI

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rachael Thomspon-KingPublished: Saturday, December 2, 2017Samantha Wallace’s power in attack for the University of T&T (UTT) and the sturdiness of her teammate Shaquanda Greene on defence, proved too much for the University of the West Indies (UWI) in the final round of matches in the Tertiary Sport Association of T&T (TSATT)…

Canadian citizen slain on eve of return home

Source: Trinidad Guardian Kevon FelminePublished: Saturday, December 2, 2017kevon.felmine@guardian.co.tt Instead of spending the last night of his trip liming with friends, Canadian citizen Vishnu Narine was shot dead and dumped at the side of the Usine, Ste Madeleine Pond. Weeping relatives declined to speak to the media yesterday, but police believed Narine, 57, was…

State has seized Vicky’s vehicle and property

Source: Newsday The State has seized a vehicle and property belonging to fraud accused and recently recaptured fugitive Vicky Boodram. Law enforcement officials informed Newsday the property was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act and it is believed that it was purchased using stolen money. Boodram, who is on 175 fraud… Link:

Central man shot dead by bandits

Source: Newsday Ashram Ramnath, 32, was shot and killed by two bandits during an attempted robbery at his home on Chandanagore Old Road, Chaguanas at about 3 am today. Police report say Ramnath put up a fight before he was shot in the chest. Couva North MP Ramona Ramdial, in a statement… Link:

Bishop Harvey collapses in Grenada; in good spirits

Source: Newsday Bishop of Grenada Clyde Harvey was hospitalised after he collapsed during mass in Grenada early on Thursday morning. A representative of the Catholic News said Harvey was officiating at a special mass at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in St George’s, Grenada, and giving the sign of peace when he… Link:

Dana accused freed of murder charge

Source: Newsday Jada Loutoo The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has discontinued the murder charge against one of the men charged with killing Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal. Stephan Cummings, one of 11 men charged with the former Independent Senator’s murder, appeared before senior magistrate Indrani Cedeno where the announcement was made this… Link:

Sadiq collapses in court

Source: Newsday Piarco 2 corruption accused Sadiq Baksh collapses while giving evidence in the airport inquiry at the Port of Spain Magistrates Court this morning. Presiding magistrate Ejenny Espinet stood down the case while medical assistance was summoned for Baksh. He was taken away by ambulance to the Port of Spain General… Link:

Tobago Today Friday 1st December, 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian Tobago TodayPublished: Friday, December 1, 2017URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=156761#folio=80 Link: Tobago Today Friday 1st December, 2017

REC Friday 1st December, 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian MetroPublished: Friday, December 1, 2017URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=156761#folio=26 Link: REC Friday 1st December, 2017

Art takes residence at Hillside

Source: Newsday Former Miss World contestant Daniella Walcott showed off her artistic side at an exhibition that highlighted the unveiling of her modernised painting of Hillside, home of British High Commissioner Tim Stew. The event marked the 75th anniversary of the building of the Hillside residence. The painting, done at Stew’s request,… Link:

Desert storm for junior Carnival

Source: Newsday For Carnival 2018, Junior Carnival band Spoilt Rotten Kids (SRK) will present its Desert Storm in the large band category at the various mas competitions. The portrayal will highlight deserts of the world including in the Middle East, American Indian, Africa… Link: Desert storm for junior Carnival

San Juan edge Signal Hill 1-0 in Intercol semis

Source: Newsday San Juan North will be seeking to retain their Coca- Cola National Intercol crown on Monday, when the final takes place at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. Yesterday, in the first semi-final at the Ato Boldon Stadium, San Juan North edged Signal Hill 1-0 in a largely forgettable affair.… Link:

Charles, Mitchell top Sangre Grande Educational 5K

Source: Newsday Kriston Charles and Aaliyah Mitchell were the top male and female finishers yesterday at the 1st annual 5K Run for Unity organised by the Sangre Grande Educational Institute. Charles blew away the field to finish over a minute ahead of his nearest rival. Otis Barker followed in second while Kibwe… Link:

Sports graduates honoured at UTT

Source: Newsday The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT)’s Academy of Sport hosted its annual awards ceremony last week at UTT’s Corinth Campus, San Fernando to celebrate the achievements of its 2017 cohorts. Graduating from the university’s sport programmes were 20 students of the Certificate in Sport Studies, 28 with the Bachelor… Link:

Gift of the Drum gives Christmas Joy

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Friday, December 1, 2017Like the three Wise Men of the Nativity, Drs Charles Brunner, Helmer Hilwig and Richard Anthony Pierre produced an excellent event at Queen’s Hall this week. Christmas Joy—the Gift of the Drum, another of Brian MacFarlane’s breathtaking Christmas productions, premiered last Sunday and is currently continuing until…

Big up for SuperBlue this Carnival

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Friday, December 1, 2017For over 30 years, the name SuperBlue has been respected, revered by fellow calypso and soca artistes and even as the winds of change continue to blow, Super is still the man. His songs, Ethel, Barbara, Lara, Soca Baptist, Flag Party and countless other hit soca tracks…

Vicky captured

Source: Newsday Vicky Boodram’s three day run to freedom came to an end tonight as police found the fraud accused hiding in a house in Penal. They tracked her to the house at Sunshine Drive, Lachoos Road, at about 6.40 pm, tracing calls she had been making on a Digicel cell phone.… Link:

Another ‘Daybreak’ awaits eager punters

Source: Trinidad Guardian Jeffrey RossPublished: Friday, December 1, 2017Daybreak is marginally ‘best-in’ for division one of a Novice Stakes over six furlongs of Lingfield polytrack today, according to BHA ratings and, most importantly, my time-handicap. Obviously an 88-days absence could be a concern for punters, who will also notice one of seven rivals is…

Vicky recaptured

Source: Trinidad Guardian KEVON FELMINE & JENSEN LAVENDEPublished: Friday, December 1, 2017Three days after alleged fraudster Vicky Boodram escaped from the Women’s Prison at Golden Grove, Arouca, she was recaptured in Penal last night. Officers from the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit, acting on intelligence, went to a house at Sunchine Drive off Lachoos…

Honours for UTT’s sports grads

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017The University of T&T’s Academy of Sport hosted its annual awards ceremony on Wednesday November 22, at UTT’s Corinth Campus, St Madelaine to celebrate the achievements of 2017 cohorts. Graduating from the University’s Sport Programmes were 20 students of the Certificate in Sport Studies, 28 with the…

Tobago stadium woes worry Yorke

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Friday, December 1, 2017Former T&T Soca Warriors World Cup captain Dwight Yorke has expressed shock over the response from Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Sports Secretary Jomo Pitt following his response to a question last Thursday about the short term plans to repair infrastructural problems at the Dwight Yorke Stadium…

PM appoints Govt team to find ferry

Source: Trinidad Guardian Gail AlexanderPublished: Friday, December 1, 2017 The hunt’s back on for a passenger ferry. The recent tender exercise for a new Tobago ferry has failed to produce one and a ministerial team mandated by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to find a vessel immediately is now hunting overseas. Minister in the…

Tobago response to delay in getting new ferry

Source: Newsday The latest delay in selecting a company to provide passenger and cargo transportation services on the sea bridge has been taken as a sign that “Tobago is being taken for a joke” by the powers that be in Trinidad. This damning assessment comes from President of the Inter-Island Truckers Association,… Link:

AG: Govt struggling to pay monthly public service salaries

Source: Newsday Government is struggling on a monthly basis to pay public service salaries, says Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi. “The reality of the economy of Trinidad and Tobago is such that we are barely able on most months to meet the public service salary equation.” He made the comment while delivering the… Link:

Grande bandits take $26,000

Source: Newsday Bandits made a hole in a wall in the Revenue District Office in Sangre Grande early yesterday, cut open a vault inside and escaped with $26,000. A manager at the revenue office at Damarie Hill, Guaico, Sangre Grande locked up around 4.30 pm on Wednesday, but on returning around 7.30… Link:

Deyalsingh: Private $$ for new ministry HQ

Source: Newsday Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh yesterday solicited private funds to build a new ministry headquarters at Queen’s Park East, Port of Spain, plus a new central block at the Port of Spain General Hospital. He was speaking at the post-Cabinet news briefing at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s. The former will… Link:

BG Thursday 30th November, 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian BGPublished: Thursday, November 30, 2017URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=156744#folio=72 Link: BG Thursday 30th November, 2017

Judy Mc Intyre

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017THE ANTHONY family r-quests the honour of your presence at a special ceremony as we celebrate the Life of Judy Mc Intyre nee Judy Anthony formerly of Diamond Vale, Diego Martin. A Funeral Mass for the late Judy Mc Intyre takes place at the St.John’s Roman Catholic…


Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017ROOSEVELT; CECIL AWONG passed away peacefully at his residence on Thursday 23rd November, 2017. He will be lovingly remembered as the husband of Mrs.Angela Awong, father of Susan,Ingrid and Judy Awong. Uncle of Michael Wilson, Joan, Mikey Hillsand many others. Brother-in-lawof Theodora Latroy and Lena Hills.Cousin of…


Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017BELTON-BAPTISTE, INGRID of Sheila Lamorell Drive, Rancho Quemado Development, Palo Seco formerly of Los Bajos Junction. Departed this life on Saturday 25th November,2017. She was the loving wife of: Peter Baptiste. Mother of:Georgia, Jason, Petal and Christene. Daughter of: Daisy Belton and the late George Belton. Sister…


Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017MOHAMMED: CARLTON of 2 Loshon Road, Petit Valley died peacefully at Vitas House Hospice on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Husband of Zorina Mohammed. Father of Khayam Keith and Patricia,Fareed Wayne and Selene,and Sean and Cherylann. Grandfather of Kevin Mohammed. Son of Sookoor Mohammed and Helen Rapier (both…

Manhunt continues for murder accused

Source: Newsday The manhunt continued last night for murder accused Hamilton Small who jumped a wall at the Arima Magistrates Courthouse on Monday and escaped. Newsday was told that dogs from the Police K9 Unit are being used as searches in the Carapo district continued. According to sources, after escaping police custody… Link:

Las Viviendas Project gets greeen light

Source: Newsday The Las Viviendas Housing Project, conceptualised by one of the country’s largest credit unions, the Eastern Credit Union (ECU) to be built on 16 acres of land acquired by the ECU in Valencia, has obtained the approval of the Commissioner for Co-Operative Development, Karyl Adams, the regulator for the co-operative… Link:

50 graduate from global business services and soft skills programme

Source: Newsday Graduates of the Trinidad and Tobago International Financial Centre’s (TTIFC) programme in business process outsourcing (BPO) are the future of the country’s thrust towards economic diversification, says TTIFC chairman Richard P Young. Speaking at the November 21 graduation ceremony, Young told the class of 50 he sees them as the… Link:

Baron Foods comes to TT

Source: Newsday CARLA BRIDGLAL Ronald Ramjattan has what he calls a knack for figuring out flavour. “I’m a chemist by profession and I realised over the years, when I went to a restaurant, I would come back home and experiment with the different sauces and my creations would be near identical,” The… Link:

BATT extends support to flood victims

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017KEVON FELMINE kevon.felmine@guardian.co.tt Even though it’s been over a month since widespread floods brought hardship to thousands of families, the effects are still being felt by many. This is the reason why residents of Avocat, Fyzabad were grateful for the Bankers Association’s (BATT) $400,000 donation to flood-affected…

Trade ministry chides NFM CEO on flour prices statement

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017The Ministry of Trade and Industry has reacted with disappointment to the pronouncements of the Kelvin Mahabir, Chief Executive Officer of the National Flour Mills Limited (NFM) in the November 29, 2017 Business Express on the possible increase in the prices of flour products by the Company.…

Ruling in mas’ lawsuit due before Carnival

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017Judgment in a lawsuit challenging the selection process for which Carnival bands representative should be on the board of the National Carnival Commission (NCC) is expected to be delivered one month before next year’s celebrations. High Court Judge Joan Charles set a date of January 10, after…

Model prisoner gets 30 years for murder

Source: Trinidad Guardian Derek AchongPublished: Thursday, November 30, 2017A 26-year-old man who admitted to killing a businessman and stealing his car over a decade ago has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Nicholas Khan received the sentence from High Court Judge Hayden St Clair-Douglas in the Port-of-Spain High Court on Tuesday, almost 11…

GHL inches $0.16 higher

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017Overall Market activity resulted from trading in 16 securities of which 5 advanced, 4 declined and 7 traded firm. Trading activity on the First Tier Market registered a volume of 50,441 shares crossing the floor of the Exchange valued at $552,095.15. Guardian Holdings was the volume leader…

Over 2,000 gangsters in TT, says AG

Source: Newsday The Organised Crime Intelligence Unit (OCIU) is keeping close tabs on approximately 2,459 suspected gang members nationwide whose names, whereabouts and alleged activities are known to the authorities, according to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi. He was addressing concerns about intelligence-gathering from the Opposition Leader during a press conference today. Al-Rawi… Link:

Intl Woman's Award for Kamla

Source: Newsday Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar will be presented with the 2017 Women of Distinction Award at the Celebrating Women International’s 2017 awards presentation and gala reception in Nassau, The Bahamas. The event takes place on Saturday at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort. According to a post on the UNC’s Facebook page,… Link:

Ex-con charged with prison officer's murder

Source: Newsday An ex-convict has appeared before a San Fernando magistrate charged with the murder of Prison Officer I Richard Sandy, who died on Sunday October 8, following a shooting incident the day before. According to a press release from the police, Quincy Noel, 34, of Caratal Road, Gasparillo, was also charged… Link:

Police held in Boodram hunt

Source: Newsday Two police constables are in custody as the hunt for prison escapee Vicky Boodram`continues. Boodram was collected from the Women’s Prison at Golden Grove on Monday night by two policemen on the pretext that she was being taken to “night court,” which does not exist. A former travel agent, Boodram… Link:

W Connection, Police FC set up FA final

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017W Connection and Police FC will clash in an all-T&T Pro League final of the 2017 T&T Football Association FA Trophy on December 17 after a comfortable semifinal over Tobago’s 1976 FC Phoenix, and Morvant Caledonia United, respectively, at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, on Sunday. Four-time winners…

Carter dives into action at Texas Invi

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017Each time Dylan Carter touches the water, he seems to be getting faster and today the T&T swimmer will aim to maintain his winning run when he dives back into action for the University of Southern California (USC) at the Texas Invitational. The four-day swim meet runs…

Going back to the Sports Com

Source: Trinidad Guardian Andre BaptisePublished: Wednesday, November 29, 2017The whole idea of a Sports Commission sounds good! The fact that we are still talking about the establishment of a Sporting Commission after 12 years though is very terrible. Additionally, the strong possibility that we may still be talking about a Sports Commission in 12…

Memorable performances at police variety concert

Source: Newsday The TT Police Service hosted its first variety concert, “It Takes a Village,” in Tobago, at the Shaw Park Cultural Complex on Saturday night to a packed house that include Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles, his wife Katherine, acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams and members of the TTPS Executive. Beginning… Link:

Ramdeen asks AG to probe roti police

Source: Trinidad Guardian GEISHA ALONZO Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Roti police. This is the phrase Opposition Senator Gerald Ramdeen used to describe four police officers who have allegedly been “assigned to run customers” from the High Way Roti Shop, after the owner of the establishment reportedly refused to supply free roti for a…

Baksh resignation too late to save PNM

Source: Trinidad Guardian Gail AlexanderPublished: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Allyson Baksh’s resignation from the Government’s Senate bench was an attempt for the Government to save face following the Petrotrin “fake oil” issue allegedly involving the company owned by Baksh’s family, United National Congress Senator Gerald Ramdeen has indicated. “Ms Baksh’s resignation was long in…

Lawyers on drug charges

Source: Newsday Two lawyers are expected to appear before a Mayaro magistrate today, jointly charged with drug trafficking. They were arrested on the Naparima/Mayaro Road Monday night at a police roadblock. Reports are that their vehicle was stopped and searched near the Mayaro Government Primary School and police found a quantity of… Link:

Cunupia woman abducted/sexually assaulted

Source: Newsday A 48-year-old Cunupia woman was abducted and sexually assaulted. Reports revealed that around 4.30 am on Monday the woman was standing on Madras Road, Cunupia awaiting transport when a man in a grey vehicle pulled up and forced her into it at knifepoint. The victim was taken to a savannah… Link:

$M fraud accused Vicky Boodram escapes

Source: Newsday Former travel agent Vicky Boodram has escaped from the Women’s Prison in Golden Grove, Arouca where she was incarcerated awaiting the outcome of several court cases where she is charged for fraud. A release from the Ministry of National Security this morning advised that Boodram is believed to be making… Link:

Allyson Baksh resigns

Source: Newsday Allyson Baksh has submitted her resignation from the portfolio of Government Senator. This news comes following a press release from the Office of the Prime Minister late tonight. Prime Minister, Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley accepted her resignation and thanked Ms. Baksh for her service and contribution to the Senate… Link:

Tobago’s ‘Best Kept Secret’ Finds New Life

Source: Newsday Even from a slight distance, standing at the bend in the road, one can feel it. Up an incline, nestled amidst colourful crotons and flanked by tall trees, the rustic wooden cottage has a welcoming energy emanating from it—an energy that pulls gently but consistently, promising total release from the… Link:

No funding for Plastikeep:

Source: Trinidad Guardian Shaliza HassanaliPublished: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 On Thursday, Plastikeep founder Rosanna Farmer will remove 70 public recycled bins from 26 sites spanning from Morvant to Chaguaramas due to lack of funding and a clear direction from the Green Fund. A few of the bins which were installed in the constituencies of…

Man killed, 3 hurt in drive-by

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, November 28, 2017JENSEN LA VENDE A 20-year-old former Fatima College student was murdered while on his way home from a birthday party at River Estate, Diego Martin, yesterday. Police said Abraham Simpson, of Gopaul Avenue, Diego Martin, died at the scene after gunmen shot at two cars, including Simpson’s…

AG: Executive staying out latest CJ furore

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rosemarie SantPublished: Tuesday, November 28, 2017Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi says the executive will not be getting involved in the latest issue involving Chief Justice Ivor Archie, although it prompted High Court judges to write to the CJ seeking a meeting to discuss allegations against him—a request which Archie has declined. “There…

Legal HDC tenants ‘targeted’ after police evictions:

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rhondor DowlatPublished: Tuesday, November 28, 2017On the heels of police moving in at the Housing Development Corporation’s (HDC) Clifton Towers to evict illegal occupants, legal tenants are now urging HDC officials to relocate them because of the trauma and undue stress their children and families are under. Three frustrated parents—a couple…

Ex-con appears in court for prison officer’s murder

Source: Trinidad Guardian Sascha WilsonPublished: Tuesday, November 28, 2017Ex-convict Quincy Noel yesterday appeared in court charged with the murder of prison officer Richard Sandy. Noel, 33, who was arrested by police at house in Claxton Bay last Tuesday, appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court on a total of four charges arising out of the…

CAL to introduce $50 change fee on domestic flights

Source: Newsday Effective December 12, Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) will apply a TT$50, one-way, Change Fee to flight/date changes made by passengers on domestic flights between Trinidad and Tobago. The Change Fee will apply to tickets purchased on and from December 12, 2017 while the sale of open tickets will be discontinued with… Link:

FC Santa Rosa grateful as referees end boycott

Source: Newsday NICKOLAI MADRAY Referees ended their boycott on Sunday, showing up at the Palo Seco Recreation Ground to officiate FC Santa Rosa’s resounding 5-2 win over Siparia Spurs in a rescheduled Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) fixture. In a contest that was surrounded by controversy and doubt with regards to… Link:

Soldier among three in court for murder

Source: Newsday A soldier is among three men who appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate on Monday charged with the November 12 murder of Saisnarine Ningwah in Aranjuez. Yasin Akil Rasheed-Gill, 25, a solider with the TT Defence Force, his cousin Kendell Gill, 22, Bhagloo Street and Augustus Patrick, 23, of… Link:

Teen killed in Diego Martin

Source: Newsday Relatives of Abraham Simpson, the 18-year-old man who died in a drive-by shooting early this morning, declined to comment on his death. Simpson was among four people shot this morning. Reports indicate Simpson was driving along with three other occupants in Blue Basin, Diego Martin, when the vehicle was intercepted… Link:

Trini wins prestigious UNEP award

Source: Newsday Trinidadian Dr Marissa Gowrie has been awarded a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Policy and Implementation Leadership award. Gowrie, deputy environmental manager/national ozone officer at the Planning and Development Ministry, was one of 15 recipients out of a total of 197 parties in the world to win. Gowrie, the only… Link:

EDAB board’s view not in sync with Govt’s policy

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rosemarie SantPublished: Sunday, November 26, 2017Questions raised publicly by chairman of the Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) Dr Terrence Farrell about the Government’s decision to build a $400 million highway to Manzanilla instead of upgrading the Tobago airport in preparation for the Sandals hotel seems to signal that Government is ignoring…

MSJ warns of more incidents like Beetham

Source: Trinidad Guardian Sascha WilsonPublished: Monday, November 27, 2017Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) leader David Abdulah is warning of many more incidents like last Thursday’s Beetham protest because of inequality and unfairness in soceity. Commenting on the Beetham Gardens violent protest last Thursday during a press conference at MSJ’s San Fernando headquarters yesterday Abdulah…

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