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January 17, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago

Secondary schools head slams Govt

Source: Trinidad Guardian Vinode MamchanPublished: Wednesday, January 17, 2018President of the PowerGen Secondary Schools Cricket Council (SSCC) Surujdath Mahabir criticized the Government for not supporting women cricketers. In a fiery speech at the opening of the league yesterday at Fatima College grounds in Mucurapo, the former national player said: “Today, I want to thank…

PowerGen too strong for Munroe Road

Source: Trinidad Guardian Vinode MamchanPublished: Wednesday, January 17, 2018PowerGen cricket club stormed into the semifinals of the UNICOM UWI T20, when they defeated Munroe Road by 62 runs in their clash on Monday night at the UWI Spec in St Augustine. With the win, PowerGen will now meet Merry Boys in the first semifinals…

Walters, Guevara win gold at USA meets

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rachael Thomspon-KingPublished: Wednesday, January 17, 2018T&T’s Ruebin Walters of the University of Alabama (UAB) raced to gold in the men’s 60m hurdles at the UAB Blazer Invite at the Birmingham Crossplex Arena, Birmingham, Alabama in the United States on Friday. Walters, a senior student/athlete, clocked 7.76 seconds to ease to victory…

Volleyballers humbled in Florida

Source: Trinidad Guardian Nigel SimonPublished: Wednesday, January 17, 2018The local women’s pair of Pauline Regis (formerly Woodroffe) and Phylecia Armstrong put up a brave effort but were defeated in both their matches when the 23-team double-elimination DigtheBeach Volleyball Fall Series served off at Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida USA on Saturday. The tournament marked the…

Traumatic times for children

Source: Newsday On January 6, my nine-year-old son told me that because of all the criminal activities reported in the media, the only place he feels safe is at home. A feeling of helplessness enveloped me because I knew the burglar-proofed doors and windows, the deadbolts and alarm system, still did not… Link:

QRC fete says Cheers to 5!

Source: Newsday The Queen’s Royal College Old Boys’ Association (OBA), The QRC PTA and the management team of the college will host the fifth edition of Fete Royal on January 27 at the college compound, Maraval Road. The fete is the college’s biggest fundraiser and proceeds go towards supporting infrastructural, educational and… Link:

Kaiso Showcase opens Friday

Source: Newsday The south-based Kaiso Showkase opens its doors on Friday at Palm’s Club, San Fernando, with a cast of 25 artistes led by Ras Kommanda. The cast will include veterans such as Protector and also youthful talent among the entertainers as well as former semi-finalists and Dimanche Gras qualifiers. [caption id=”attachment_684355″… Link:

US-born Rampersad ready to represent TT

Source: Newsday The competing nations in the CONCACAF Under 20 Women’s Championship have arrived and will have their first official visits to the Ato Boldon Stadium today prior to tomorrow’s opening of matches in the tournament. There will be no practice sessions before TT faces Haiti at 6.30pm and Canada clashes with… Link:

TTOC president ‘Walking the Talk’ in support of athletes

Source: Newsday Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) president Brian Lewis, is preparing to “Walk the Talk” on Sunday in the TT International Marathon in support of the TeamTTO #10Gold24 Athlete Welfare and Preparation Fund. In a continued effort to raise financial support and awareness for the fund, Lewis will undertake the… Link:

Mayor: Give more to support downtown mas

Source: Trinidad Guardian GEISHA ALONZOPublished: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Port-of-Spain Mayor Joel Martinez yesterday called on business people to be more generous to help host downtown Carnival as each year the event has gotten “bigger and better.” Faced with tough economic times, Martinez said there would be certain cutbacks for 2018. He assured that…

Man guilty of fatally stabbing ill-mannered neighbour

Source: Trinidad Guardian Sascha WilsonPublished: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 A Rio Claro resident yesterday admitted he fatally stabbed his neighbour during an argument with his neighbour for not telling him goodnight. Ragoonath Juteram was charged with murdering Christopher Khan, 22, almost eight years ago, but the State accepted a guilty plea to the lesser…

Heavy rains hamperpublic viewing of body

Source: Trinidad Guardian Shaliza HassanaliPublished: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 After maintaining her composure for the last week, Maxine Richards, the daughter of former president George Maxwell Richards broke down in tears yesterday, as the hearse carrying her father’s body drove into the compound of the National Academy for the Performing Arts (Napa), Port-of-Spain. Maxine’s…

Carrington: He was man of the people

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018Former Secretary General of Caricom Sir Edwin Carrington was among those who paid tribute to former president George Maxwell Richards yesterday. Carrington described Richards as the people’s president because of his down-to-earth personality. Carrington shared his fond memories of Richards after viewing his body inside the auditorium…

Carnival assault costs man $12,000

Source: Trinidad Guardian Sascha WilsonPublished: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Men can be arrested for ‘thiefing a wine’ during Carnival but Govind Seepersad has to pay a woman $12,000 in compensation for groping a woman’s genitals during the festival a decade ago. Seepersad, 25, was expected to be sentenced yesterday in the San Fernando Second…

Fresh bail set for Machel, Kernal Roberts

Source: Newsday Bail was yesterday set for multiple road march winner Machel Montano, who, along with songwriter Kernal Roberts, is to face a retrial for allegedly assaulting patrons during a brawl at the Zen nightclub in 2007. Montano was not in court, or the country, in December, when appellate court judges Alice… Link:

Mother & son in court on gun charges

Source: Newsday A Claxton Bay mother and her son are scheduled to appear in the Couva magistrates court this afternoon charged with possession of a Glock pistol, a qunatity of ammunion and marijuana. The two were arrested at their Springvale, Claxton By home last night. Also charged with the same offence is… Link:

Health 16th January 2018

Source: Trinidad Guardian At HomePublished: Tuesday, January 16, 2018URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=157369#folio=34 Link: Health 16th January 2018

T&TOC salutes Patron George Maxwell Richards

Source: Trinidad Guardian Brian LewisPublished: Tuesday, January 16, 2018The Office of President of the Republic of T&T is the Patron of the T&T Olympic Committee and the T&T Commonwealth Games Association. As President of the Republic of T&T, Professor George Maxwell Richards and his incredible wife Dr Jean Ramjohn -Richards support for the TTOC…

Costa Rica, Nicaragua touch down today

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018Costa Rica and Nicaragua will complete the list of arriving teams into T&T for the upcoming CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship which kicks off at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva with a double-header involving the hosts on Thursday. With the United States and Haiti already here since…

‘Knight’ will put his rivals to the sword

Source: Trinidad Guardian Jeffrey RossPublished: Tuesday, January 16, 2018Corinthia Knight is surely a ‘penalty kick’ for the £25000 Fast- Track Qualifier Sprint over six furlongs of Kempton polytrack; Archie Watson’s charge faces four rivals, two trained by opportunist, Dean Ivory, and none has any chance, according to my time-handicap which has been devastating these…

Missing opportunities for love

Source: Newsday Sandrine Rattan writes a weekly column for the Newsday called With Women In Mind One of the most courageous decisions you’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul –Brigitte Nicole Re-opening that door to your heart is sometimes painful for many women… Link:

We Lime for charity

Source: Newsday DJs Black Coffee and Alkapone of Wack FM created that Carnival vibe for a festive jam session at the We Lime Posse’s annual food-inclusive cooler fete at the Game Time Sports Bar (GTSB) on Mucurapo Road in St James last Saturday night. They both mixed past and present music that… Link:

The baller and his book

Source: Newsday Book: Kibwe Trim: From Nerd to Pro A review by Lisa Allen-Agostini Kibwe Trim’s book From Nerd to Pro is a short, easy-to-read account of the career of a Trinidad-born professional basketball player. Aimed at teenaged readers, the book contains engaging accounts of Trim’s games and his travels—he played all… Link:

31st Milo Primary School Games March 6

Source: Newsday GEORGE BAPTISTE The 31st edition of the Milo Primary School Games will be contested at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on March 6. These games were inaugurated in 1987 with just 13 schools participating. Burt this has now swelled to 23 with the International School of Port of Spain joining Dunross,… Link:

Cowie: TT hockey team must stick to identity

Source: Newsday Assistant coach of the Trinidad and Tobago hockey team Darren Cowie, said TT must maintain their style of play when they compete at the 2018 Hockey Indoor World Cup in Germany, which takes place in Berlin from February 7 to 11. TT will play alongside Poland, Kazakhstan, Germany, Czech Republic… Link:

Body found wrapped in sheet at Mt Lambert

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a murder victim, whose body was found in Mt Lambert yesterday. According to reports, around 10.30 am residents of Mt Lambert Circular contacted police after they noticed the body of a man lying in a bushy area off the…

Maxine: Dedicate Carnival 2018 to former president

Source: Trinidad Guardian Stories by SHALIZA HASSANALIPublished: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 The family of former President George Maxwell Richards has one wish—for Carnival 2018 to be dedicated to him. Putting forward the proposal was Richards’ daughter, Maxine, as she spoke to the media in the lobby of the Parliament, Port-of-Spain, where her father’s body…

Severed leg, arm washes ashore

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018RALPH BANWARIE Police was called out to Matura last night after what appeared to be the severed leg of a man washed ashore. The discovery was made less than 24 hours after a villager found a human arm, cut off from the elbow, on the same beach.…

Health Ministry answers heart patient’s prayer

Source: Trinidad Guardian RADHICA DE SILVAPublished: Tuesday, January 16, 2018radhica.sookraj@guardian.co.tt Ailing mother Stephanie Mohammed yesterday celebrated with her husband after getting promising news that the Ministry of Health had granted approval for her to undergo a free medical study for a painful heart condition. Mohammed, 27, of Cunjal Road, Barrackpore, suffers from atrial fibrillation,…

‘We would not get another President like him’

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018Throngs of people, including school children turned out yesterday at Parliament to pay tribute to the country’s fourth President George Maxwell Richards, who they described as a statesman, exemplar, educator, down-to-earth and grassroots man. Representing the Carnival band Legacy, Carol St John said she would always remember…

Roget has ‘absolutely no respect’ for PM

Source: Newsday Saying he has absolutely no respect for Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, president general of the Oilfield Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) Ancel Roget this morning accused the ruling PNM administration of repeatedly failing the country. Referring to Cabinet members as a band of misfits, Roget told workers of state-owned Petrotrin… Link:

San Fernando shop owner killed

Source: Newsday A 22-year-old San Fernando man identified as Imani Blackett was killed shortly after lunchtime today at his shop, which he recently opened at the corner of St. Andrews and Forres Avenue in Cocoyea. Family members at the scene say they are baffled as to why he was killed since he… Link:

Moonilal: Max saved my marriage

Source: Newsday By Clint Chan Tack Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal today said former President Prof George Maxwell Richards gave him advice which has helped him to remain a happily married man. Moonilal made this comment to reporters after he viewed Richards’ body as it lay in state at Parliament in… Link:

CAL transports nearly a million across air bridge in 2017

Source: Newsday Caribbean Airlines transported 962,459 passengers across the TT air bridge for 2017, and offered 1,122,790 seats, the company said in a release Monday. The airline operated 14,878 flights and ran on-time (within 15 minutes) 73 percent of the time. The airline said it met and exceeded demand expectations during the… Link:


Source: Newsday RYAN HAMILTON-DAVIS A Cumana Village, Toco fisherman is the nation’s 30th murder victim. David Callendar was shot and killed by an associate during an argument which started over a boat light. His killer is now in police custody assisting with investigations. “He was killed for stupidness,” said his father today… Link:

Max’s procession causes downtown traffic gridlock

Source: Newsday From as early as 5 am yesterday drivers in downtown Port of Spain sat waiting for traffic to subside as the body of former President George Maxwell Richards was taken by a military procession down Frederick Street, Broadway and onto Wrightson Road before being taken to the National Academy for… Link:

Optimizing Gilbert Park

Source: Trinidad Guardian Anand RampersadPublished: Monday, January 15, 2018The time is appropriate for revamping and re-branding Gilbert Park, California into a dynamic modern sporting and multi-purpose venue. Athletes will not only be the main beneficiaries; if operated using a business model, revenue generated can be used for its maintenance and further development. There are…

McCarthy, Blugh burn ASNL nets

Source: Trinidad Guardian Nigel SimonPublished: Monday, January 15, 2018Fire Service’s Jameela Mc Carthy and University of T&T’s Aquila Blugh were both efficient with their shooting to lead their respective clubs to victories in the Premier Division of the 28th edition of the Courts All Sectors Netball League. The slimly-built towering figure of Mc Carthy,…

Keith Rey Davis funeral tomorrow

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, January 15, 2018Former Power 102FM Sports sports editor and commentator and former Guardian Media sports reporter Keith Rey Davis will be buried tomorrow following a funeral service at the Trinity Cathedral, Abrercomby Street, Port-of-Spain, at 10 am. Davis, 67, succumbed to cancer on Monday and leaves to mourn his…

Merryboys clip UWI by 14 runs

Source: Trinidad Guardian Vinode MamchanPublished: Monday, January 15, 2018The University of the West Indies (UWI), host of the UNICOM UWI T20 tournament, was sent packing in the opening round of after it lost to Merryboys by 14 runs despite a gallant attempt in a very competitive match. Merryboys batted first and scored 209 for…

Bunji, Shenseea team up to help children’s hospital

Source: Newsday Bunji Garlin and dancehall sensation Shenseea were among several artistes who participated in the recent staging of the philanthropic Shaggy and Friends Benefit Concert in Kingston, Jamaica. The artistes who are both Campari Caribbean’s brand influencers performed in aid of the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Jamaica. Speaking of his… Link:

St Anthony’s mas registration closes Saturday

Source: Newsday ANGELA PIDDUCK St Anthony’s College will once again be the promoters of the first junior Carnival parade at the college’s spacious grounds, Morne Coco Road, Westmoorings, on January 28. The parade ground is an environmentally-friendly setting for masqueraders who are able to assemble in cool surroundings either in large tents,… Link:

UWI fall short against Merry Boys

Source: Newsday Merry Boys held off a gutsy challenge from hosts UWI to record a 15-run win and progress to the semi-final round of the UWI-UNICOM National T20 Tournament. In their first round duel on Saturday evening at the Sir Frank Worrell Ground, UWI, St Augustine campus, Merry Boys posted a massive… Link:

Charles shows the sound of a people

Source: Newsday LISA ALLEN-AGOSTINI “We’re here because we love real Carnival,” said Etienne Charles at the opening of his panel discussion and screening of two music videos of pieces from his jazz suite Carnival: The Sound of a People. Charles, a jazz trumpeter, composer and arranger, is assistant professor of jazz studies… Link:

Massive Gosein in Chutney Soca finals

Source: Trinidad Guardian Sascha WilsonPublished: Monday, January 15, 2018 Chutney soca artistes Nermal “Massive” Gosein and Kenneth Supersad, whose songs have generated great controversy in recent weeks, have made it into the finals of the NLCB Play Whe Chutney Soca Monarch competition. Gosein’s Rowlee Mudda Count has been heavily critized and there have been…

New facility for homeless in San Fernando

Source: Trinidad Guardian Sascha WilsonPublished: Monday, January 15, 2018 With the official opening of the long awaited San Fernando Centre for Displaced Persons in San Fernando yesterday, homeless people in the southern city now have a place to go for meals, hair cuts and clothes. Soon cots will be provided for those who need…

Ex-prisoner shot several times

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, January 15, 2018Nicholas Gajadhar, 27, who survived being shot multiples times six years ago, is once more fighting for his life after being shot multiple times. Gajadhar, who was released from prison less than two weeks ago, was shot several times in the head, chest and stomach during an…

Open casket for Richards

Source: Trinidad Guardian GEISHA ALONZOPublished: Monday, January 15, 2018 There will be an open casket during public viewings of President George Maxwell Richards and at his State funeral on Wednesday at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA). National Security Minister Edmund Dillon, who gave details of the arrangements for the lying in…

Bar owner fatally shot during robbery

Source: Trinidad Guardian RALPH BANWARIEPublished: Monday, January 15, 2018 Sangre Grande recorded its first murder for the year on Saturday night when bar owner Ashram Persad was shot during a robbery at his business place. The 49-year-old father of three died at the Sangre Grande Hospital shortly after he was attacked by two gunmen,…

SB Sunday 14th January, 2018

Source: Trinidad Guardian BGPublished: Sunday, January 14, 2018URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=157341#folio=54 Link: SB Sunday 14th January, 2018

XX Sunday 14th January, 2018

Source: Trinidad Guardian WOWPublished: Sunday, January 14, 2018URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=157341#folio=22 Link: XX Sunday 14th January, 2018

Message of love from ace panman

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, January 14, 2018Pan ambassador and studio musician Jason “Peanuts” Isaac, who played the pan for Sparrow’s (Slinger Francisco) Pan Badjohns song, is now home for Carnival 2018 after running from the bitter New York cold. Isaac, also called “Jabber,” is pushing a message of love through music words and…

Making positive changes

Source: Trinidad Guardian Janice Learmond CriquiPublished: Sunday, January 14, 2018Deepak Chopra is an American author, public speaker, alternative medicine advocate and a prominent figure in the New Age movement. Through his books and videos, he has become one of the best-known and wealthiest figures in alternative medicine. Deepak Chopra reveals “the forgotten miracle”—the body’s…

Valentino still fiery

Source: Trinidad Guardian …no compromise from veteran calypsonianCharles Kong SooPublished: Sunday, January 14, 2018For this Carnival season, Anthony Phillip, better known in the Calypso arena as Brother Valentino, is lighting up Kaiso House (at what used to be the Globe Cinema on St Vincent Street) with his vintage classics such as Life Is A…

Hailey does it all

Source: Newsday Some parents have trouble finding at least one activity in which their child may be interested. But between hula hoop performances, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, hiking and Scrabble, eight year-old Hailey Ali never stops going. “I can’t really sit still too long,” she told Newsday Kids during a visit to her… Link:

A Play park for Sea Lots

Source: Newsday The children in Sea Lots, Port of Spain, have a newly installed play park to call their own, thanks to the members of the Sea Lots Open Bible Church. Shevon Toppin and Emmanuel Charles play on the jungle gym at the Sea Lots Open Bible Church… Link: A Play park for

Island stories with island perspectives

Source: Newsday So Many Islands is a new anthology of compelling poems, short stories, and essays from writers of Commonwealth islands. It is a compilation of some of hundreds of submissions from the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean. The book’s editor, Nicholas Laughlin explained that the idea… Link:

Local actors ready for the world

Source: Newsday Next month Tobago-born actor Winston Duke will be featured in the highly anticipated Marvel film Black Panther. Last week a video was released featuring a group of local actors who have decided to take international exposure into their own hands. In the video Trinbago Actors To the World, 14 actors… Link:

Caribbean Colour Splash 5K Run today

Source: Newsday The Colour Splash Committee will be hosting its 5th Annual “Caribbean Colour Splash 5K Run/Walk” today, beginning at Skinner Park, San Fernando. Gates open at 1:30 pm and the run starts at 4 pm. The 5K paint run/walk encourages professional and novice runners to come together and enjoy the sport.… Link:

6 companies tendered for ferry in November

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rhondor DowlatPublished: Sunday, January 14, 2018 Six companies submitted tenders in November 2017 for the acquisition of an inter-island ferry to service the route between Trinidad and Tobago. Tender submissions were received from: • Get Away Cruises Limited • Ocean Star Shipping Limited • Bridgemans Services Group LP • &empmargin;Paragon Protection…

NY City, T&T go different directions in crime fight

Source: Trinidad Guardian Joel JulienPublished: Sunday, January 14, 2018 New York City is the largest city in the United States and boasts a population of 8.5 million. This means that Trinidad and Tobago with its population of 1.3 million is more than six times smaller than New York City when it comes to population…

Milly happy after being granted asylum

Source: Trinidad Guardian Joel JulienPublished: Sunday, January 14, 2018Victimised for sexual orientation Deyone “Milly” Guiseppi fled this country five years ago after being bullied, harassed and victimised for her sexual orientation and sought asylum in a European country. Guiseppi has since been granted asylum and is happy. “I am in an environment where it…

Enough Iz Enough…Women, men come forward

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, January 14, 2018A social media conversation triggered by the brutal murder in December of Samantha Isaacs, who was shot to death and her body dumped on a road in Carenage, has given rise to a local movement against gender-based violence. The first public manifestations of Enough Iz Enough were…

Two killed in robberies at Arima, Manzanilla

Source: Newsday Two people have been killed following robberies in Arima and Manzanilla this evening. According to reports, a security guard was shot at a fast food chain at the newly built O’Meara Plaza on O’Meara Road, Arima. The next victim suffered gunshot wounds after bandits struck Doggie Bar in Manzanilla. Both… Link:

The Saints celebrate you

Source: Newsday The Organising Committee of Fete With The Saints (FWTS) is promising another high-quality event as they say thanks to patrons for their support over the past 15 years. Celebrate You is the theme of the fund-raising event being produced by the St Mary’s College Past Students’ Union. Organisers boast of… Link:

Trini-born curator dies in NY

Source: Newsday Trinidadian-born Kynaston McShine, a pioneering curator of vanguard art, died recently in New York at 82. McShine organised numerous notable shows for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Jewish Museum in New York. In an obituary, ARTNEWS (www.artnews.com) reported that for more than 50 years, McShine devoted himself… Link:

McKnight, Blake and Harper open 2018 Track season

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018Sparkle McKnight began 2018 with bronze at the Arkansas Invitational yesterday. Competing in the 400m Dash, McKnight ran in the fifth race, placing third. Dominique Blake finished first in 53.25 seconds while Daina Harper was .13 seconds slower. McKnight stopped the clock at 54.49. It was enough…

Digi Burn begins on Monday

Source: Newsday The annual Digi Burn Carnival fitness session begins on Monday at the Paddock, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain. #WepumpinwithDigicel runs from 5 to 6 pm and fitness enthusiasts will get the chance to burn calories, tone some muscles and sweat with the instructors from Alfonso Sport and Fitness. Participants… Link:

Jones solid in SV Darmstadt friendly draw

Source: Trinidad Guardian Nigel SimonPublished: Saturday, January 13, 2018T&T senior men’s football team utility player, Joevin Jones made his second appearance in as many matches for SV Darmstadt when he played the second-half of a 0-0 winter-break friendly draw with 3rd Bundesliga Division’s Wurzburger Kickers. On Tuesday, Jones had a first-half run-out in a…

Joseph leads D/Force past Maloney Pacers

Source: Trinidad Guardian Nigel SimonPublished: Saturday, January 13, 2018Keyon Joseph scored a game-high 25 points, inclusive of one three pointers to lead Defence Force past Maloney Pacers 87-67 when the Barry Stewart Invitational ‘Big-Six’ Basketball Tournament hosted by the Civilian Conservations Corps (CCC) continued on Thursday night. In a clash of the top two…

Holy Man to set sail for Princess Suri

Source: Trinidad Guardian Kelvin NPublished: Saturday, January 13, 2018Trainer Shaffique Khan has a good hand in today’s feature event with his pair of Holy Man and Princess Suri and should be leading in the winner of the event. Holy Man, the Sian’s Gold Sprint runner-up returned to form on New Year’s Day and will…

Judge rules for table tennis duo; injunction granted

Source: Newsday A High Court judge has granted an interim injunction restraining the TT Table Tennis Association (TTTTA) from taking any further action pursuant to its decision to select players Aaron Wilson and Yuvraaj Dookram for the Commonwealth Games. The Games will be held in Gold Coast, Australia from April 4-15. The… Link:

McIntyre to run TT Marathon for 80th birthday

Source: Newsday Derrick McIntyre will celebrate his 80th birthday when he competes in the Trinidad and Tobago International Marathon on January 21. McIntyre, who turns 80 on February 9, will walk the TT Marathon with training partner Bhoopat Rampersad, starting from Freeport and making their way to the Queen’s Park Savannah in… Link:

Trinis detained at Iraqi camp

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018The Ministry of National Security is currently investigating a group of Trinidadians being held at a detention camp in Iraq. This was disclosed yesterday by National Security Minister Edmund Dillon in response to a question in Parliament by Naparima MP Rodney Charles. “The Government of T&T, through…

Cyber tools to be usedto prevent corruption

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018Rhondor Dowlat In a bid to tighten on transparency, accountability and value for money, the newly-installed Procurement Board chairman, Moonilal Lalchan intends to utilise the latest cryptocurrency technology which creates a permanent digital record and even virtual money, such as Bitcoin, to stamp out corruption. This, he…

Single fathers treated unfairly, JSC told

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018Mothers win in 74 per cent of the child custody cases in the local courts, Rhondall Feeles, president of the Single Fathers’ Association, told a Joint Select Committee (JSC) on Human Rights, Equality and Diversity yesterday. He said men are awarded custody only in 21 per cent…

Hunt for jobs incity police force

Source: Trinidad Guardian RADHICA DE SILVAPublished: Saturday, January 13, 2018Over 700 applicants lined up in the rain yesterday hoping to secure a job as a municipal police officer. Most of the applicants were women and the line stretched from Harris Promenade at the City Hall auditorium to Penitence Street. The screening started after 7…

Port workers protestsecret cameras at work

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018Incensed after finding hidden cameras in a workstation of the Point Lisas port, workers yesterday downed tools saying they will not function in an environment where there is an invasion of privacy. Video footage circulating on social media revealed the cameras hidden in the trunking leading to…

Soca monarch on

Source: Newsday   Patrons have no fear as the annual International Soca Monarch competition is on. Doubts hung as to whether the annual show would come off as Finance Minister Colm Imbert announced a cut, by one-third, in financial donations for all events. However, in a release sent to media this afternoon,… Link:


Source: Newsday RYAN HAMILTON-DAVIS A Whats App broadcast message encourgaing people to dial 112 for emergency assistance in dangerous situations has been deemed to be misleading by the police service. While the number would have worked in the past, yesterday the police disconnected that emergency line. Police public information officer Michael Jackman… Link:

CAL pulls Invaders $$ but manager tells fans: see you in Savannah

Source: Newsday YVONNE WEBB Weeks before National Panorama finals, Caribbean Airlines has pulled its sponsorship from the Invaders Steel Orchestra because of economic constraints the airline is facing. Confirmation came from Invaders manager Michael Dim Chong. He said word came via a formal letter the band received on Wednesday . Dim Chong… Link:

BG Thursday 11th January, 2018

Source: Trinidad Guardian BGPublished: Thursday, January 11, 2018URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=157319#folio=40 Link: BG Thursday 11th January, 2018

Tobago Today Friday 12th January, 2018

Source: Trinidad Guardian Tobago TodayPublished: Friday, January 12, 2018URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=157332#folio=56 Link: Tobago Today Friday 12th January, 2018

REC Friday 12th January, 2018

Source: Trinidad Guardian MetroPublished: Friday, January 12, 2018URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=157332#folio=28 Link: REC Friday 12th January, 2018

Cycling pedals to self sustainability

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Friday, January 12, 20182017 local sports reviewGuardian Media Sports Desk continues with its review of the year 2017, and today the sport of cycling holds centre stage as we show our appreciation to our sportsmen and sportswomen. If the T&T Cycling Federation, being led by Robert Farrier has its way,…

Supersad goes ahead with Raj at Chutney Monarch

Source: Trinidad Guardian Derek AchongPublished: Friday, January 12, 2018Chutney soca artiste and comedian Kenneth Supersad intends to perform his hit “De Raj Story” at tomorrow’s Chutney Soca Monarch semifinals despite a legal threat from the man, who claims that his viral domestic dispute allegedly inspired it. Speaking at a press conference in Port-of-Spain yesterday…

Couple held after foetus found at Bird Sanctuary

Source: Trinidad Guardian Jensen La VendePublished: Friday, January 12, 2018A young couple is assisting police with their investigations after a foetus was found near the Caroni Bird Sanctuary yesterday afternoon. According to police, the man and woman were reporting an unrelated incident to officers when the police made note of certain things the man…

Govt agrees to meet Opposition on legislation

Source: Trinidad Guardian Shaliza HassanaliPublished: Friday, January 12, 2018The Government yesterday agreed to meet with Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar on two critical pieces of legislation— the failed Anti-Gang Bill and the Anti-Terrorism Bill to fight the criminal elements who have been creating mayhem and havoc in the country. In a January 10 letter to Prime…

Kamla wants to revisit Anti-Gang Bill

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rosemarie SantPublished: Friday, January 12, 2018Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says Parliament should not wait until the end of September to revisit Anti-Gang legislation which failed to get the support of her party in December. In a letter to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday, she said: “If the Trinidad and Tobago…

Lawyer: Police service failed to institute threat assessment

Source: Trinidad Guardian Derek AchongPublished: Friday, January 12, 2018A lawyer for Dillian Johnson, the man at the centre of controversy involving embattled Chief Justice Ivor Archie, has claimed that he has received political asylum from the United Kingdom (UK). Attorney Thalia Francis-Brooks made the announcement during a press conference called by her at the…

Talking with men

Source: Newsday There have been 23 murders for 2018, so far, in TT. Three of the victims were women, with domestic issues arising out of some. While Sandrine Rattan’s organisation, International Women’s Resource Network (IWRN), is dedicated to aiding women, she believes that a seminal part of addressing the issues of domestic… Link:

Appreciating our forest and protected areas

Source: Newsday In parts of West Africa, forests are intimately linked with people, their ancestors and cultural heritage. Some consider forests as sacred spaces, providing meeting sites under “the big tree” to discuss important matters and make decisions. In India, the Ganges River is sacred to Hindus who perform rites there, in… Link:

Local referees get FIFA badges

Source: Newsday Seven local referees received their FIFA badges for 2018 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, yesterday. One of those officials who got a badge was Crystal Sobers, who will be the only TT official to participate at the FIFA Women’s Under-20 Championships in Trinidad, from January 18-28. At a… Link:

Shabazz: Under-20 team can bring TT together

Source: Newsday Coach of the Trinidad and Tobago national women’s Under-20 football team Jamaal Shabazz, says his team wants to bring the nation together when the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championships are held at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, from January 18-28. TT are aiming for a top three finish in… Link:

Four get bail in Saturday’s alleged kidnapping

Source: Newsday A Special Reserve Police (SRP) officer and three other men accused of abducting and falsely imprisoning a Diego Martin man and also robbing him of an iPhone mobile phone have each been granted bail in the sum of $250,000 by a Port of Spain Magistrate. The four – SRP Kevon… Link:

Parents of "caged child" could face charges

Source: Newsday A police investigation has been launched into a social media video depicting a nude child trapped inside a small cage on Tuesday, according to the police Child Protection Unit (CPU) yesterday. The 28-second-long video, which showed the child cursing a male relative while locked inside the cage, has been defended… Link:

Anand Ramlogan returns to court on misbehaviour charges

Source: Newsday Former attorney general Anand Ramlogan spent less than five minutes in the Port of Spain Magistrates Court on Thursday morning when he reappeared on two criminal charges of misbehaviour in public office and obstruction of justice. Ramlogan’s case was called before acting Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle Caddle, who was… Link:

Soldier charged with capital offence

Source: Newsday Kerros Martin, the soldier charged with killing his daughter and wounding her uncle during an argument last December, appeared before a Sangre Grande magistrate earlier today. He was charged with a capital offence, which meant the crime was punishable by the death penalty. He was not called upon to plead… Link:

Supersad to Raj: Song may save your marriage

Source: Newsday Despite being threatened with litigation, chutney soca artiste and comedian Kenneth Supersad today said he intended to perform his single De Raj Song at the Chutney Soca Monarch semi-finals on Saturday night at the Liv nightclub. Supersad also urged the real Raj to take heed of the song’s lyrics as… Link:

QPCC retains Men’s Open, Mixed Vets hockey titles

Source: Trinidad Guardian Nigel SimonPublished: Thursday, January 11, 2018Queen’s Park Cricket Club made a successful defence of their Men’s Open and Mixed Veterans titles when the 16th annual Ventures Hockey Club Invitational Indoor Hockey Tournament concluded at the Woodbrook Youth Facility, Hamilton-Holder Street, Woodbrook on Sunday night. In the men’s final, the Parkites got…

Captain the ship is sinking

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, January 11, 2018I had to take a first hand look at the Red Force playing against the Leeward Hurricanes at the Oval last weekend. I needed to see if I could understand what was wrong with the team as a unit. Outside of Imran Khan everyone else who batted…

Holy Man takes on Princess Suri

Source: Trinidad Guardian Kelvin NPublished: Thursday, January 11, 2018The Shaffique Khan trained Sian’s Gold Sprint runner-up Holy Man can returned to the winner’s enclosure after a prolonged absence. Holy Man which has returned to form with a good second behind Horse of The Year 2016-17, Thisonesforron, on New Year’s Day. The Aga Khan Stable…

Sport Ministry seminar to combat crisis

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, January 11, 2018The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs took a giant step in the fight against the crippling economic crisis being experienced, by making its first official move toward sports tourism. Minister of Sports Darryl Smith was on hand for a seminar for the National Governing Bodies (NGBs)…

Alves teams up with Road Trip TT

Source: Newsday Erphaan Alves is the new brand ambassador for Road Trip TT –the local adventure, outdoor and travel company. Alves described the collaboration as the “perfect synergy.” “In addition to being a soca artiste, I love to travel, explore and have new experiences and these elements embody the characteristics of the… Link:

Gateway takes flight tomorrow

Source: Newsday Gateway to the World 2018 (GTW2018) takes flight tomorrow at the South Terminal, Piarco International Airport, from 8 pm. In its second year the event will present an European experience where “passengers” will be invited to indulge in the culture and vivacity of Europe combined with elements of our local… Link:

South mas booming

Source: Newsday SEETA PERSAD Despite negative reports of the impact of the recession on Carnival, south mas-makers are on the ball, producing big bands for the San Fernando street parade. Bandleaders Aaron Kalicharan and Lionel Jagessar Jr are moving at a fast pace constructing costumes and working long hours to hit the… Link:

Soca music to rule pan semis

Source: Newsday GARY CARDINEZ Soca music is set to rock the annual Savannah Party, as five of the 16 steel orchestras in the Large Band category will go to the National Panorama semi-finals on January 28 playing songs by the Ultimate Rejects. Eight others will play soca songs by Patrice Roberts, Aaron… Link:

Bassarath to probe Bravo selection drama

Source: Newsday Azim Bassarath, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB), has described the poor communication between star batsman Darren Bravo, coach Kelvin Williams and the national selectors as “unfortunate”. Earlier this week, TT chairman of selectors Raphick Jumadeen said he was unaware that Bravo was keen on playing for… Link:

A Special Prosecutor essential in crime fight

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, January 11, 2018Trinidad is a small patronage based society—everyone knows a person in authority, or knows someone who knows a person in authority. Our institutions are weak. Given the extent to which we have descended into crime of all varieties being committed with impunity, our only hope is to…

Where are we at the start of 2018?

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, January 11, 2018The economic record of T&T since 2008 does not make good reading. The economy grew rapidly at a compound rate of growth of 15 per cent per annum from 1999 to 2008 on the strength of the export of LNG and the rising prices associated therewith. Since…


Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, January 11, 2018On January 9th last year, the oil workers’ union, the OWTU, was holding the country to ransom with a planned all out strike at Petrotrin. The Government caved in almost as soon as the strike started. With clockwork accuracy, the OWTU is back on the same path…

Stock up on water as Desal Plant shuts down

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, January 11, 2018There will be a planned shutdown of Desalination Plant at Point Lisas to facilitate maintenance works from January 15 to 20 and the Desalination Company of T&T (Desalcott) will be implementing measures to mitigate a shortfall on the water supply. Desalcott said the shutdown will affect the…

Raj moves to stop Supersad from performing

Source: Trinidad Guardian Sascha WilsonPublished: Thursday, January 11, 2018As Chutney Soca Monarch nearsChutney singer Kenneth Supersad can land himself in legal problems if he performs his popular hit De Raj Story at the Chutney Soca Monarch semifinals at Liv Nightclub in San Fernando on Saturday. The attorney representing the man known as Raj, which is…

Double murder in Pleasantville

Source: Newsday A 26-year-old gardener from Pleasantville and a 30-year-old grass cutter from nearby Golconda Settlement were killed in a hail of bullets shortly before mid-day today in the area known as the “Coconuts” in Pleasantville. Relatives at the scene could shed no light on why the men were killed. Councillor for… Link:

Kamla tells PM: "Man up"

Source: Newsday Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar today condemned Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for continuing to blame the United National Congress (UNC) for crime in the country. Persad-Bissessar was responding to statements made by Rowley against the UNC, as he condemned the murders of 14-year-old Joshua Andrews and taxi driver Devon Hernandez… Link:

Cricket mourns former patron Max Richards

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2018The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) has joined the rest of the national community in mourning the passing of former president of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago George Maxwell Richards. By virtue of holding the highest office in the land, Professor Richards was the patron…

Brathwaite, Roach remain in top 20

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2018LONDON—West Indies’ two highest-ranked players, Kraigg Brathwaite and Kemar Roach, lost ground but remained in the top 20 of the International Cricket Council’s player rankings released yesterday. Opener Brathwaite dropped one place to 18th in the batting rankings while seamer Roach also slipped one spot to 20th…

Stand up and be counted

Source: Trinidad Guardian Andre BaptisePublished: Wednesday, January 10, 2018Within the last ten (10) days, there were two national award ceremonies, starting with the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) on December 29 and followed with the National Association for Athletic Administrations (NAAA) awards on January 6. While, it has to be stated, that both…

Look Loy confused by Pro League suggestions

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2018Keith Look Loy, the T&T Super eague president has said he is confused by suggestions by St Ann’s Rangers owner and manager Richard Fakoory, that T&T Pro League clubs can run its own competition as the super league. His comment comes in the wake of concerns of…

Lifetime Achievement Award for SuperBlue

Source: Newsday For over 30 years the name SuperBlue (Austin Lyons) has been making a name for himself in the music industry. His songs, Ethel, Barbara, Soca Baptist and Flag Party, among others, have helped to cement his name in soca’s hall of fame. Fifteen years ago Randy Glasgow Productions (RGP) hosted… Link:

Memories of Max live on

Source: Newsday Former president of Trinidad and Tobago Professor George Maxwell Richards was as genuine as they come. “I think he was an open book. What you saw that was him,” his daughter Maxine Richards told Newsday. Richards died at the Westshore Medical Centre on January 8. Prof… Link: Memories of Max live

Songshine hosts Poetry Slam auditions

Source: Newsday The Songshine Open Mic series will host auditions on January 14 for this year’s First Citizens National Poetry Slam, from 6 to 10 pm, at Trevor’s Edge, St John Road, St Augustine. Auditions will also take place at One Mic in San Fernando on January 18, and in Tobago today.… Link:

State funeral to be held

Source: Newsday Former President of the Republic Prof George Maxwell Richards will receive a State funeral. This was disclosed yesterday by Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Stuart Young. Richards, 86, died on Monday night. Young said Government offered Richards’ family a State funeral and his family accepted. He… Link:

TTNGL slips $0.19

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2018Overall Market activity resulted from trading in 8 securities of which 1 advanced, 3 declined and 4 traded firm. Trading activity on the First Tier Market registered a volume of 55,206 shares crossing the floor of the Exchange valued at $1,238,864.41. TTNGL was the volume leader with…

Lawyers against new criminal policy

Source: Trinidad Guardian Derek AchongPublished: Wednesday, January 10, 2018The new judicial policy introducing sanctions for accused persons who fail to disclose their defences at the start of their criminal cases is being met with stiff criticism from defence attorneys. Head of the Criminal Bar Association Pamela Elder, SC, expressed her opposition of the provision…

Samsung lays out future path at CES in Las Vegas

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2018At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Samsung Electronics outlined its vision and strategy for intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) experiences. According to a media release yesterday, at Samsung’s Monday media conference, the technology giant demonstrated its ability to make “seamlessly connected consumer experiences”…

Sangre Grande Business Chamber to meet with RBC officials

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2018Members of the Sangre Grande Chamber of Commerce are scheduled to meet with RBC Royal Bank T&T managing director Darryl White and other bank officials tomorrow at 9 am to discuss the closure of the bank’s Sangre Grande branch and its impact on businesses in the area.…

ECA commends former president for service

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2018The Employers Consultative Association of T&T (ECA) has expressed its sadness at the passing of former President of the Republic, Professor George Maxwell Richards. “Indeed, Professor Richards bequeaths to posterity a legacy of illustrious service and significant accomplishments of which his family, friends and loved ones can…

Trou Macaque locked down

Source: Newsday NALINEE SEELAL Close to 150 police and soldiers locked down several areas at Trou Macaque, Laventille to search for illegal arms and ammunition in the aftermath of the murders of the school boy Joshua Andrews and PH taxi driver Devon Hernandez. Around 4 am the joint team of officers lead… Link:

Police investigating "Caged child" video

Source: Newsday Officers of the Child Protection Unit are currently examining video footage of a nude child trapped inside a small cage and being video taped by a male relative. The 28-second long video which surfaced on social media yesterday afternoon showed the child cursing the relatives as he recorded him. Officers… Link:

Health 9th January 2018

Source: Trinidad Guardian At HomePublished: Tuesday, January 9, 2018URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=157283#folio=38 Link: Health 9th January 2018

Espinoza, Renales badminton top players

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, January 9, 2018Alistair Espinoza and Jada Renales were on Sunday voted the T&T Badminton Association’s Players of the Year at the 2017 Prize-giving Ceremony at the National Cycling Centre (NCC) in Balmain, Couva. In the two major tournaments held annually—the Solo Championships and the TTBA Nationals for 2017, Espinoza…

WI brush aside PNG in warm-up

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, January 9, 2018LINCOLN—West Indies warmed up for the defence of their ICC Under-19 World Cup title by brushing aside minnows Papua New Guinea by eight wickets, in their first official warm-up match yesterday. The reigning World champions restricted Papua New Guinea to 105 all out in the 42nd over…

Change, adapt or get out of the way

Source: Trinidad Guardian Brian LewisPublished: Tuesday, January 9, 2018At times I don’t think people appreciate how tough T&T can be. This is a place where people tear you down simply because you may not be like them. That may be based on the colour of your skin or your address. There is so much…

‘United’ set for victory

Source: Trinidad Guardian Jeffrey RossPublished: Tuesday, January 9, 2018Lady Lintera is back in a Selling Stakes over six furlongs today on Southwell fibresand, Leyburn- based trainer, Ann Duffield, has failed to achieve ‘winning brackets’ with this Lilbourne Lad filly, despite ten attempts, and so a decision to ‘get rid’ has obviously been made. Defeat…

Social inclusion is a must

Source: Newsday Sandrine Rattan writes a weekly column for the Newsday.  “Diversity and inclusion are always something industries should strive for.” (Halima Aden) The year 2017 is out and 2018 is in, A new year brings new things, new ideas, new concepts and even new beginnings. For years there have been numerous… Link:

Rain or shine, Panorama goes on

Source: Newsday GARY CARDINEZ The preliminary round of the judging of the 2018 Panorama for Single Pan bands got off to a late start in the Eastern Region on Sunday afternoon in unpredictable weather. Players and supporters of Trinidad East Side Symphony came out in brilliant sunshine but were faced with a… Link:

Iwer heats up Zèle fete

Source: Newsday Zèle Cooler Fete at Mendez Drive, Diego Martin on Sunday evening proved to be a fun time for patrons. The contents of coolers of varying sizes, the sweet soca sounds by… Link: Iwer heats up Zèle fete

Thomas lauds FMT’s staff after TT badminton awards

Source: Newsday NICKOLAI MADRAY FMT Sports Club took away the lion’s share of awards, to be named Club of the Year as the Trinidad and Tobago Badminton Association (TTBA) held its annual awards ceremony at the National Cycling Centre, Couva, on Sunday. FMT’s Renaldo Sinanan and T’shelle Barnes won the Male and… Link:

Hockey men supported for 2018 World Cup

Source: Newsday Trinidad and Tobago’s senior hockey men have received a welcome boost to their FIH Indoor World Cup preparation with an injection of funds from the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs. At a presentation ceremony on Friday, Minister of Sport Darryl Smith handed TT$1,000,000 to Douglas Camacho, president of the… Link:

Massive Gosine among semifinalists for Chutney Soca Monarch

Source: Trinidad Guardian GEISHA ALONZOPublished: Tuesday, January 9, 2018Nirmal Gosine, better known as Massive Gosine, with his controversial song, is among the 34 semifinalists selected for 2018 NLCB Chutney Soca Monarch semifinal round on Saturday at the LIV Nightlife, Gulf View, La Romaine. His name was announced yesterday by Southex chief executive officer George…

Three schools remain closed

Source: Trinidad Guardian RADHICA DE SILVAPublished: Tuesday, January 9, 2018radhica.sookraj@guardian.co.tt The new academic term started yesterday but not without hiccups for three schools in South, Central and North Trinidad. While the majority of T&T’s 483 primary and 141 secondary schools reopened, classes were affected at the Princes Town East Secondary School, Carapichaima East Secondary…

Zika category added to Red Cross mas

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, January 9, 2018A Zika category will be introduced in this year’s Red Cross Children’s Carnival. This initiative of the International Red Cross is aimed at raising awareness of the mosquito-borne disease, lifting the profile of the T&T Red Cross as a major player in community work and attracting more…

Ministry working on solutions—Minister

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, January 9, 2018The Government may not be able to spend as lavishly as before, but junior Education Minister Dr Lovell Francis says there is no truth in his ministry not being able to pay for items such as security and cleaning. Included in a discussion between the National Parents…

Taxi driver charged with murder of Arisa

Source: Trinidad Guardian RADHICA DE SILVAPublished: Tuesday, January 9, 2018radhica.sookraj@guardian.co.tt Taxi driver Joseph Bryan Bennett has been charged with the murder of his former common-law wife Arisa Vana David, less than a week after she was killed in front of her two children at her Chaguanas home. The 36-year-old accused of Chase Village, Chaguanas,…

Max Richards dies

Source: Newsday Former President of the Republic, Professor George Maxwell Richards, has died. News of Richards’ passing was posted on the Facebook page of his daughter Maxine tonight. The post read, “Rest in peace Daddy . I still can’t believe you are gone. ” Reports said Richards was taken to West Shore… Link:

Mayhem in Laventille as schoolchild shot dead

Source: Newsday A shooting in Trou Macaque, Morvant, has reportedly left a driver and three schoolchildren injured. The Newsday has been able to confirm at least two people have died and two others taken to hospital. The shooting took place shortly after 3 pm. According to reports, gunmen shot at a taxi… Link:

Mechanic charged with retired cop's murder

Source: Newsday Police have charged a Longdenville mechanic with one of the first murders committed this year. The charges were made by by WPC Kareema Francois of the Homicide Bureau Region 3 on advice from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Joan Honore-Paul. According to a release from the police , Nankool Ramcharan,… Link:

Whiteland man charged with murder

Source: Newsday A 37-year-old Whiteland man appeared before a Siparia magistrate yesterday charged with the murder of his neighbour Daveanand Ramsingh last April. A release from the police said Rishi Gopie was charged with murder on Sunday by PC Kevon Nelson after receiving advice from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Joan Honore-Paul.… Link:

Shot teen brain dead

Source: Newsday Contrary to earlier reports, 18-year-old shooting victim, Keyshawn Isaiah Joseph is not dead, but was deemed “brain dead” by doctors at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex this morning. Joseph was shot and fatally wounded near his Carmona Lane, Santa Cruz home on Saturday and underwent emergency surgery yesterday.The post… Link:

Military grade weapons seized in St Joseph

Source: Newsday An anonymous tip led officers of the Northern Division Task Force to a cache of high-powered assault rifles in the Maracas, St Joseph area yesterday. According to sources, the weapons are believed to have originated from South America and may have arrived in the country as recently as last Friday.… Link:

Emerging Fissures in WI T20 Cricket

Source: Trinidad Guardian Anand RampersadPublished: Monday, January 8, 2018The West Indies recently concluded disastrous and humiliating tour of New Zealand reconfirmed its weakening Test and ODI status and even more alarmingly highlighted emerging fissures and cracks in its T20 performance. After losing 3-0 in both the test and one-day series, the WI were unable…

Ron rules 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, January 8, 2018Local sports reviewThere has been a waning in the interest of horse racing over the past five years and it has been reflected at the betting windows. To make matters worst local horse racing stands on the cusp of an uncertain future. Over the last 24 months,…

This could all go Skewiff

Source: Trinidad Guardian Jeffrey RossPublished: Monday, January 8, 2018Haraz and Cliffs of Capri, both rejects from formidable trainers, could well complete a successful double for in-form Jamie Ossborne on Wolverhampton tapeta today. Obviously the one-time shrewd and extremely proficient National Hunt jockey gets his card marked, regarding purchases at sales, and ‘Ozzy’ must view…

Under-20 Women’s team staff boosted

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, January 8, 2018The National Under-20 Women’s team is getting additional support from members of the T&T Senior Men’s team technical staff as it get ready for the upcoming CONCACAF Under 20 Women’s Championship which kicks off on January 18th with a double header at the Ato Boldon Stadium in…

House burnt down days after murder

Source: Newsday Gunmen set fire to a house in Claxton Bay early Saturday morning, two days after 23-year-old Jeremiah ‘G5’ Stephen was shot dead inside the bedroom of the building owned by his girlfriend. Neither the girlfriend, Asha George, nor her two children were at home at the time of the fire… Link:

Sapphire Miriam Foundation gets financial boost

Source: Newsday The Sapphire Miriam Foundation was the recipient of the Digicel Foundation’s Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities (EPIC) programme grant. EPIC is a US$5,000 grant which encourages private public sector partnership to transform indoor and outdoor community spaces. In expressing her heartfelt gratitude to the Foundation, Simone Claxton, founder of the Sapphire… Link:

Theobald reflects on successful 2017 season

Source: Newsday Former Trinidad and Tobago football team captain Densill Theobald has expressed his delight after playing a key role in North East Stars triumphant campaign in the 2017 TT Pro League season. In a recent interview, the 35-year-old midfielder, who was a member of the TT team who participated in the… Link:

All schools ready for today’s opening—Garcia

Source: Trinidad Guardian Anna-Lisa PaulPublished: Monday, January 8, 2018As the second term of the academic school year gets underway today, Education Minister Anthony Garcia is hoping it will be an engaging one for students, teachers and parents. Speaking ahead of schools opening today, Garcia assured, “We are looking forward to the reopening of all…

MSJ pleased with Pres-elect

Source: Trinidad Guardian Kevon FelminePublished: Monday, January 8, 2018kevon.felmine@guardian.co.tt Pleased with Government’s nominee for president, the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) is hoping that Justice Paula-Mae Weekes restores the public’s confidence in the Office of the President and the Judiciary by appointing a new Chief Justice. In the party’s first media conference of 2018,…

Woman nude in video post in depression—cops

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, January 8, 2018While social media users continue to ridicule and share a video of a woman seen dancing nude in public, police said she has been diagnosed with depression. Officers said it was not the first time that the woman exposed herself in public. It was only last Tuesday…

Business leaders applaud Weekes as President

Source: Trinidad Guardian Raphael John-LallPublished: Monday, January 8, 2018President of the Point Lisas Business Chamber Ramchand Rajbal Maraj is confident that if Justice Paula-Mae Weekes assumes the position at the next Head of State, she will make an effective President. On Friday, the Government announced that Weekes is their official nominee for position of…

Ministerial team tours T&T’s penal facilities

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, January 8, 2018The Government is moving ahead with its efforts to ensure this country’s detention and correctional facilities attain an international rating. To this end, a team led by National Security Minister Edmund Dillon conducted a tour of several of T&T’s prisons last Friday as they sought to get…

Princess William rings in 104

Source: Newsday Princess William marked her 104th birthday on December 29 surrounded by family including a visiting nephew working with the United Nations in Somalia. Her daughter Jacqueline Richardson said the celebration included a grandson who is a retired sergeant major in the US army and visiting from North Carolina and another… Link:

Joker’s tunes of choice

Source: Newsday Songs by soca stars, calypsonians, and celebrated producers are among the selections of single pan bands for today’s Panorama preliminary judging in panyards in Pan Trinbago’s eastern division. Hits by Road March winners Austin “Superblue” Lyons, Machel Montano, The Ultimate Rejects to calypso veterans Leroy “Black Stalin” Calliste, McCartha “Calypso… Link:

SB Sunday 7th January, 2018

Source: Trinidad Guardian BGPublished: Sunday, January 7, 2018URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=157241#folio=54 Link: SB Sunday 7th January, 2018

XX Sunday 7th January, 2018

Source: Trinidad Guardian WOWPublished: Sunday, January 7, 2018URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=157241#folio=22 Link: XX Sunday 7th January, 2018

Geriatric care for your dog

Source: Trinidad Guardian Kristel-Marie RamnathPublished: Sunday, January 7, 2018PART 1 The Christmas season often results in the addition of a new family member! But care for your older pets is just as important as fussing over a puppy. You, your dog and your veterinarian become a team from the moment you take your new…

Self defence and safety tips for Carnival

Source: Trinidad Guardian Charles Kong SooPublished: Sunday, January 7, 2018For the Christmas season, crime was a major concern for businessmen and ordinary citizens alike. Women especially fell prey to robberies, carjackings and home invasions and unfortunately, the attacks have not abated, violent domestic abuse cases are on the rise. As the country enters the…


Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, January 7, 2018During an individual’s working years, the idea of “putting something aside” for life in retirement is often a primary consideration for many. Most times, the primary vehicle for survival beyond one’s career is a pension. Simply defined, a pension plan is a fund into which a sum…

‘Mr Mischief’ is back

Source: Newsday YVONNE WEBB Having supportive parents can go a long way in shaping a child’s future. Jeromy Rodriguez can testify to this. At age 16, the soca artiste who also championed the Anti-Bullying Association after one of his sisters became a victim, is well on his way to achieving his heart’s… Link:

East Zone Screens U17 Cricketers

Source: Newsday East Zone of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board will stage screening sessions for their Under-17 players in preparation for the 2018 inter zone competitions. The sessions will commence on Tuesday and continue on Thursday at Hardial Park from 4 pm to 6 pm. Youngsters within the boundaries of the… Link:

Enough is enough!

Source: Trinidad Guardian Joel JulienPublished: Sunday, January 7, 2018  Enough is enough. So says non-governmental organisation Is There Not A Cause (ITNAC) as it called on the public to wear black this week to show its discontent with the level of domestic violence taking place in the country leading to the death of our…

Six winners in Grand Bazaar Christmas promo

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, January 7, 2018CHARLES KONG SOO The City of Grand Bazaar, part of the ANSA McAL Group of Companies, yesterday announced six lucky winners for its Unwrap an Amazing Christmas Promotion. The promotion, which started in November, aims to reward customers for choosing Grand Bazaar as their preferred place for…

Cops baffled as murdered woman’s cousin killed in Freeport

Source: Trinidad Guardian Kevon FelminePublished: Sunday, January 7, 2018When Brandon Joseph Khan’s family left home to pay final respects to their murdered cousin, Arisa David, they could have never imagined mourning his death the following day. It was the second murder that baffled police yesterday after the mutilated body of a woman was also…

After-work Carnival lime

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, January 7, 2018 Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre hosted the launch of their weekly Carnival after-work parties, ‘We Fetting Fridays’, on January 5. The event was hosted on the hotel’s terrace, which overlooks the city of Port-of-Spain. Partygoers enjoyed an evening filled with fine cuisine, cocktails and soca music.…

NLCB to spend $4M on Carnival

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, January 7, 2018Rhondor Dowlat The National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) is expected to spend $4 million towards the sponsorship of Carnival events and activities this year–a 50 per cent cut from last year’s figure. There is, however, a $50,000 cap per request, including selected schools for their respective carnival…

Master of Electronic Dance Music

Source: Newsday JAMES DUPRAJ Music producer, DJ, and radio announcer, Alex D Xecutioner, born Leston Saunders, always had a love for music, from his earliest childhood memories. Like many youth in TT who have used and continue to use music as a viable pathway of expression and empowerment, Saunders always cherished his… Link:

Bravo at Chutney Brass

Source: Newsday Cricketing star Dwayne Bravo and a few of his “Bollywood friends” will make a special appearance at this year’s Chutney Brass Festival. A release by the event’s promoters Randy Glasgow Productions (RGP) said Bravo along with friends and a camera crew will be there. The annual event is scheduled to… Link:

Lawrence gets ready for Corbin clash

Source: Newsday Trinidad and Tobago’s Sheldon Lawrence, the WBC FecarBox Light Heavyweight champion, will put his championship belt on the line on January 20 when he comes up against Guyana’s Shawn Corbin in Georgetown, Guyana. Lawrence, 30, who hails from Siparia, will be contesting the most formidable opponent he has ever faced… Link:

A man of impeccable integrity

Source: Newsday Former cricket umpire Clyde Cumberbatch was remembered for his integrity, fearlessness and mentorship role he provided for a number of umpires at his funeral service at All Saints Anglican Church on Marli Street in Port of Spain, yesterday. The 81-year-old Cumberbatch died last Saturday. The cricket official stood in 12… Link:

Smith mum on botched Women’s World T20 bid

Source: Newsday Sports Minister Darryl Smith yesterday refused to comment on whether Dinanath Ramnarine, Chairman of the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SporTT), should have recused himself from the bid process for the 2018 Women’s T20 World Cup. Ramnarine, a former West Indies cricketer, is currently embroiled in a legal battle… Link:

Courts ASNL jumps-off Maloney today

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, January 6, 2018This year staging of the 28th edition of the Courts All Sectors Netball League (ASNL) opening ceremony will for the first time be held at the Maloney Indoor Arena, Maloney Boulevard, Maloney, from 3pm this afternoon. This is because the League’s traditional home, the Eastern Regional Indoor…

Petro Jazz, Shak Attack taste victory

Source: Trinidad Guardian Nigel SimonPublished: Saturday, January 6, 2018Petro Jazz and Shak Attack smarting from defeats on Wednesday night, picked up their first win in two matches when the Big-Six stage of the Barry Stewart Invitational Basketball Tournament continued at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo on Thursday night. In the night’s opener, forward Ako…

All looks so ‘Promising’ for Craving

Source: Trinidad Guardian Jeffrey RossPublished: Saturday, January 6, 2018Craving for success at the fifth atttempt in an eleven-runner Novice Median Auction Stakes over a mile of Lingfield polytrack today; if Newmarket-based trainer, Simon Crisford, is finding it difficult to win with a useful juvenile there are usually two good reasons. Either said charge isn’t…

Leewards express gratitude to CWI

Source: Trinidad Guardian Vinode MamchanPublished: Saturday, January 6, 2018The Leewards Islands Development Company is today praising the efforts of CWI’s Joset Jacobs for her timely intervention that saved the eight-round match of the of the CWI Digicel PCL tournament, between the T&T Red Force and the Leewards Hurricanes. The visitors threatened to walk away…

Friend: Arisa was fed up of abuse

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rhondor DowlatPublished: Saturday, January 6, 2018Emotions ran high yesterday during the funeral of murder victim, Arisa Vana David, 25, who was found strangled on Tuesday. David was said to be “too forgiving” – a trait that “perhaps would have led to her demise.” Close friends and family were seen so overwhelmed…

Prisoner recaptured after escaping from PoS jail

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, January 6, 2018A prisoner who wanted a fresh start to 2018 was arrested wobbling his way to freedom after damaging his feet during an early morning escape from the Port of Spain State Prison yesterday. According to a media release issued by the Prisons Service, Chester Williams, who was…

NCRHA employee shot dead

Source: Trinidad Guardian Jensen La VendePublished: Saturday, January 6, 2018A 24-year-old father of one, who could not bring himself to write his Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Math exam on Thursday because of his mother who suffered a stroke one day before, was shot dead Thursday afternoon. According to Kylon Alexander’s girlfriend, Natalia Dalrymple, Alexander,…

Young: Next President should not be a mouthpiece

Source: Trinidad Guardian Shaliza HassanaliPublished: Saturday, January 6, 2018Madame Justice Paula-Mae Weekes is likely to become the country’s first female President. Weekes was named yesterday as the Government’s presidential nominee at a press conference by Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young, following a brief meeting with Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar at…

Sando eyes bumper Carnival celebrations

Source: Trinidad Guardian Kevon FelminePublished: Saturday, January 6, 2018Although T&T’s slowed economy has resulted in a decrease in allocations for Carnival, stakeholders in San Fernando see this as a major boost for the City’s celebrations. The theory is that masqueraders and spectators will cut back on spending on costly costumes and accommodation for the…

Massive hits Singh over Chutney “PR stunt"

Source: Newsday Controversial artiste Nermal “Massive” Gosein yesterday condemned the saga of the withdrawal and reinstatement of funding for the Chutney Soca Monarch (CSM) contest as a “deceitful PR stunt” pulled by the Government, with CSM promoter George Singh.The post Massive hits Singh over Chutney “PR stunt” appeared first on Trinidad and… Link:

Pundit welcomes Weekes, but…

Source: Newsday The proposed nomination of Justice Paula Mae Weekes was yesterday welcomed by Pundit Satyanand Maharaj, head of the Satya Anand Ashram, temple of Peace and Bliss, but he noted that TT has never had a Hindu head of state.The post Pundit welcomes Weekes, but… appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago… Link:

Reliving the glory days of Calypso Spektakula

Source: Newsday During the 1980’s into the 1990’s upper Henry Street, Port of Spain came alive during the Carnival season from opening night of the Calypso Spektakula calypso tent at the Spektakula Forum. People, from the regular working man to the wealthiest personality flocked to the venue’s doors to catch the premiere… Link:

Tin Man thanks customers

Source: Newsday There were no pastelles and ham, no turkey and ponche a creme. Instead, patrons of Tin Man’s Barbershop, Brierley Street, Sangre Grande, were treated to what many may consider an unlikely Christmas dish – curry and buss-up shot – during its third customer appreciation day, last Thursday. The meal, prepared… Link:

Fort George open again

Source: Newsday LISA ALLEN-AGOSTINI The Fort George Historical Site in St James re-opened to the public on January 3 after being officially closed for some weeks because there was no water available. On December 24, tour operator Stephen Broadbridge complained on his Facebook page, “It is a month Fort George Historical Site… Link:

Pan Trinbago gets $3m less

Source: Trinidad Guardian Shaliza HassanaliPublished: Friday, January 5, 2018Despite receiving $3 million less for this year’s Carnival, Pan Trinbago intends to slash its ticket prices and offer to patrons an all-inclusive section providing meals and drinks for the Panorama semi-finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah. In 2017, the pan body received $23.5 million in funding…

Soca Monarch in jeopardy—Scoon

Source: Trinidad Guardian Kevon FelminePublished: Friday, January 5, 2018The promoter of the International Soca Monarch (ISM) said yesterday the Carnival Friday landmark event could be cancelled if the organisation does not get enough funding. Chairman of Caribbean Prestige Peter Scoon said he was still in negotiation with its main sponsors, the main one being…

National footballer hurt in Claxton Bay shooting

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rhondor DowlatPublished: Friday, January 5, 2018T&T under-17 football defender Kya Edwards was wounded while attempting to escape after a gunman opened fire just a few metres away from where she stood at Springvale, Couva, yesterday. Edwards, 15, was at her uncle’s house at Timbu East when a gunman walked up to…

Police seek helpto id two bodies

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Friday, January 5, 2018Police officers are asking members of the public to help them identify two bodies which were found in separate incidents this week. In the most recent case, at about 4 pm on Wednesday, officers went to the Caura Royal Road where they found the decomposed body of…

Suruj: Fix funding woes in Judiciary

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rosemarie SantPublished: Friday, January 5, 2018Chief Justice Ivor Archie is being blamed for the situation in which the courts now find themselves asking jurors to bring their lunches because caterers are no longer accepting vouchers. A meal for a juror usually costs between $40 to $60, but on Wednesday Justice Carla…

Self imposed curfew as businessmen fear crime

Source: Newsday Penal/Debe Chamber president Rampersad Sieuraj says escalating crime has frightened some businessmen so much that there is now a self-imposed curfew implemented by some within the business community. “Crime continues to impact the business community and it is no longer possible to journey in the Penal Debe area probably after… Link:

ACIL takes over Berger Paints Ltd

Source: Newsday Berger Paints Trinidad Limited (Berger) has informed shareholders of a successful take-over bid by ANSA Coatings International Limited (ACIL). In a notice to shareholders published in the newspapers, Berger said that, “subject to verification of validity of acceptances received”, it has been advised by ACIL that Berger shareholders deposited approximately… Link:

Chutney Soca Monarch show cancelled

Source: Newsday The Chutney Soca Monarch competition has been cancelled because of a cut in State sponsorship, the show’s promoter George Singh announced this morning at a press conference. Singh, the head of Southex Events Management Company said that allocations by the State for the competition was cut by as much as… Link:

Next generation to benefit as TT bids to become Recycling hub

Source: Newsday The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is seeking to build a recycling culture that would lead the country to become a Caribbean hub for recyclables, to the benefit of the next generation. This is the view of Dale Cozier, senior project manager of iCARE (Community, Awareness, Recycle, Everyday). He spoke about… Link:

BG Thursday 4th January, 2018

Source: Trinidad Guardian BGPublished: Thursday, January 4, 2018URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=157223#folio=50 Link: BG Thursday 4th January, 2018

XX Sunday 31st December, 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian WOWPublished: Thursday, January 4, 2018URL: http://digital.guardian.co.tt/?iid=157171#folio=24 Link: XX Sunday 31st December, 2017


Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, January 4, 2018HOBSON-GARCIA, STEPHEN “Hopsing” passed away peacefully on Thursday 28th December, 2017. Son of Desmond (deceased) and Vilma. Husband of Alisha. Father of Zane. Grampy of Z’ev and Zachary. Father-in-law of Melissa. Brother of Brian, Kirk,Brent, Shelly Ann and Patricia.Brother-in-law to Mohammed and Duarte families. Relative to Hobson-Garcia,…


Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, January 4, 2018ROUSE; COURTNEY, age 69 of 20 Layan Hill, Belmont passed away peacefully on 2nd January, 2018. Husband of Claudia Augustine. Father of Sherwin, Goldwin, Khadine, Kavelle, Kasha, Marvin and Krystal. Father-in-law of Anoy, Randell, Christian and Umar. Grandfather of Jernece, Annalyce, Amara, Ava-Marie, Dominic and Ayliese. Brother…


Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Thursday, January 4, 2018DE FREITAS, EDWIN ELÉUTERIO “LYNTHIA” passed away peacefully on Saturday 30th December,2017. Son of the late Joseph and Filomena De Freitas. Husband of the late Jean Angela. Father of Gail, Arnella, Roger, Gina, Blane, Roslyn and Judith. Father-in-law of Richard Rooks, Stephen Gomez,Christine De Freitas (Perkins),Stephen Borde,…

Hail Caesar’s Army

Source: Newsday Jules Sobion started planning and producing parties when he was still a high schooler attending St Mary’s College as a good way to socialise—and meet girls at the neighbouring St Joseph’s Convent in Port of Spain. But his hobby became a passion, which led to the creation of Caesar’s Army—… Link:

An Aids-free TT

Source: Newsday It’s a success story that needs to be told, he said, and he credits six key policy interventions over the last 24 months for the breakthrough. In November 2015, the National Aids Coordinating Committee (NACC) was moved from the Ministry of Health to the Office of the Prime Minister, giving… Link:

El Luengo community centre gets upgrade

Source: Newsday The Maracas St. Joseph El Luengo Community Council’s dream of creating a learning environment conducive to educational strengthening for its youth is becoming a reality with a grant from the Digicel Foundation’s Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities (EPIC) which funds community initiatives. Mary Reyes, president of the… Link: El Luengo community centre

Bishops Fete moves to new venue

Source: Newsday ANGELA PIDDUCK This year the annual all-inclusive Bishop’s Fete will leave behind the traditional school grounds and move to a more spacious venue. On January 13 patrons of the 22nd edition of the fete, Cocktails, Denim and Diamonds, will party the night away at Estate 101, Upper Saddle Road in… Link:


Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, January 3, 2018LESTER PARKER,. Age 86, of 1-4 North Building 20, Maloney Gardens died on 21st December 2017. He will be lovingly remembered as the:Husband of: Josephine Parker Father Of: Carol, Elizabeth(USA), Nicholas Sr. Shawn,Wayne, Francisco (deceased)Grandfather Of: Kyanne,Kasara, Hannaleah (All of theUSA), Trinsha, Faithe, Natiski,Janecia, Nicholas Jr., Jeneil,Chelsea,…


Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, January 3, 2018TEELUCKSINGH: SHARON AN-GELA passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 21, 2017.Daughter of Arthur and Mavis Teelucksingh (deceased). Wife of Dennis Lynch. Mother of Luke,Mark, Roxanne and Alyson.Grandmother of Ethan, Nicholas,John and Bethany. Mother-in-Lawof Wendy, Christopher and Niguel Attong. Sister of Linda (deceased),Joan, Anne-Marie, Richard and Susan. Sister-in-Law…


Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, January 3, 2018LEE HEM, Susan née Anderson,originally from Maracas Estate, St Joseph, died after a brave battle with cancer on Friday, 22nd December, 2017 in Nelson, BC. She was the wife of Anthony, mother of Onami and Keiko, mother-in-law of Lukas, grandmother of Osias and Elias, sister of Erica,…


Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, January 3, 2018BOYCE: MARY AGNES NEEWINTER passed away peacefully on Saturday 23rd December 2017 at her home in Tunapuna. She was predeceased by her parents Louis Valentine Winter and Pauline Winter, her brothers Charlie and John, and her sisters Lucy Ramgolam, Imelda St. Louis and Jeanne Lewis. Wife of…

Planning ahead

Source: Newsday DR CLAUDETTE MITCHELL As 2018 begins some people may take time to do reflections – reviewing achievements, evaluating finances, failures, household budgeting, work ethics, academic performance, health and nutritional status, and much more. Establishing new goals for progress, development and advancement in the new year should be considered. By now… Link:

Soca in Moka sets pace for Carnival 2018

Source: Newsday GARY CARDINEZ The recession and the rain did not stop the first all inclusive fete for 2018, as hundreds of people, including Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, came out to Soka in Moka, held at Trinity College grounds, Maraval on New Year’s Day. The event was organised by the Soca… Link:

Hot soca picks for 2018

Source: Newsday The airwaves are busy with the newest and hottest soca for this year’s Carnival. Your favourite tune, of course, depends on your tastes. Newsday talked to some DJs and people in the street to find out what they think is leading the musical charge so far this year. Nirmal “DJ… Link:

‘Eat ah food’ killing football

Source: Newsday The “eat ah food” mentality is slowly killing local football, according to one official at a Pro League club. The backroom staff, who wished to remain anonymous, made the claim yesterday as he complained he has not been paid for the past six months. The official said the future of… Link:

Keep Moving Fitness Sundays come to a halt

Source: Newsday After nine years, the Keep Moving Family and Fitness Sunday programme is no more. Organiser and former national cyclist Michael Phillips confirmed the news yesterday but offered a glimmer of hope to the hundreds that come out weekly to train, compete or recreate on the cordoned off portion of the… Link:

Tobago Chamber seeks meeting with Rowley

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Wednesday, January 3, 2018The Tobago business community is warning Government and the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) not to repeat the mistakes of 2017 which virtually crippled the island’s economy of Tobago. The warning came as the Tobago Chamber asked for a meeting with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at…

Aboud: New laws can save fishermen’s lives

Source: Trinidad Guardian Camille ClarkePublished: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 President of Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) Gary Aboud wants the draft Fisheries Management Bill of 2011 to be made a law to help alert fishermen of potential dangers at sea. Aboud’s comments came after a rough seas bulletin was issued by the…

Litter wardens need to be more proactive

Source: Trinidad Guardian Camille ClarkePublished: Wednesday, January 3, 2018Litter wardens need to more visible and on the field to combat illegal dumping which contributed to devastating floods across the country, says Rural Development Minister Kazim Hosein. Hosein, who is acting as Minister of Works and Transport, has been touring several areas affected by prolonged…

Low tides, warm weatheraid flood clean-up drive

Source: Trinidad Guardian Kevon FelminePublished: Wednesday, January 3, 2018kevon.felmine@guardian.co.tt Yesterday’s low tides and warm weather were ripe for clean-up works in flood-ravaged communities but after three disasters in just six months, the fear of more devastation looms large. Like the onslaught of Tropical Storm Bret in June and the Divali floods of October, the…

Gardener in court wounding wife and son

Source: Trinidad Guardian Sascha WilsonPublished: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 A Barrackpore man who allegedly breached a protection order and stabbed his estranged wife and son was denied bail yesterday when he appeared before a Siparia magistrate yesterday. Harripersad Roopchand, 52, a gardener, was not asked to plead to the two charges of unlawful and…

Shiva Boys, Fyzabad and Look Loy highlight 2017 football season

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, January 2, 2018The excitement that engulfed the nation prior to the World Cup qualifiers at the beginning of the year, was forced to make way for the more exciting Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) and T&T Super League in the end. The controversial replacement of Stephen Hart with Belgian…

Let’s replace guns with medals!

Source: Trinidad Guardian Brian LewisPublished: Tuesday, January 2, 2018Let’s replace guns with medals! That is the challenge that Brian Lewis, president of the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) has thrown out to the local sporting community for 2018. Lewis issued the rallying cry during his speech at the TTOC’s 23rd Annual Awards Gala on December…

Ron delivers Sian’s Gold

Source: Trinidad Guardian Kelvin NPublished: Tuesday, January 2, 2018The Canadian bred seven-year-old brown horse Thisonesforron and champion trainer John O’Brien wrote their names into the annals of local racing history when the Great Friend Owned thoroughbred Thisonesforron ran out an impressive 1 3/4 lengths winner of the first Graded event for the Arima Race…

Marhue stands out at TTEA awards

Source: Trinidad Guardian Keith ClementPublished: Tuesday, January 2, 2018Assistant Sports Editor Former national standout Sandhya Moll, together with Isabella Powell, Gabriella Marhue, Annabella Hill, Scarlett Selby and Kimberly Harrylagan shared top honours when the T&T Equestrian Association (T&TEA) concluded its 2017 season with an award ceremony to honour all its athletes for their performances…

Former CWI director Hector passes

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, January 2, 2018St John’s, ANTIGUA – The Cricket West Indies (CWI) family regrets the passing of Auckland Hector. The 72-year old Kittitian passed away on Sunday. For almost 40 years, Hector served in administration and was as a Director of the parent body, now CWI; Leeward Islands Cricket Board…

Olatunji turns up soca’s tempo

Source: Newsday His dreadlocks and clothes are different, signalling there’s been a shift. Olatunji Yearwood, 2015’s Groovy Soca Monarch, whose Afroscoa beat reshaped the music’s sound and style, is doing it again. As Carnival 2018 hastily approaches, Olatunji has brought his unique freshness with this year’s Bodyline, inspired, he told Newsday, by… Link:

Public-private community partnership moves forward

Source: Newsday The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, through its Policy Unit, moved one step closer to implementing a Public-Private Community Partnership at its second breakfast meeting entitled, Working with the Corporate Sector towards a Collaborative Approach to Sustainable Community Development at the Jade Room, Hyatt Regency on December… Link:

Colthrust, St Fort overcome injuries to star in 2017

Source: Newsday Recently crowned Junior Sportsman of the Year Adell Colthrust and Junior Sportswoman of the Year Khalifa St Fort, said they are proud of their achievements in 2017 after enduring numerous injuries to reach the top of the podium. The sprinters won the top junior awards at the Annual TT Olympic… Link:

Suite calls for improved approach in football, track

Source: Newsday Former local football administrator Arthur Suite has called for an improved approach in both football and track and field locally. Suite, in a recent letter issued to the media, expressed his views on the state of football in the twin-island republic. “Presently, Trinidad and Tobago has a good structure but… Link:

John the ‘joker in the pack’

Source: Newsday Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 women football team central defender Natisha John may well be the “joker in the pack”, as she admits her passion for making jokes, especially among her team-mates. “When it comes to making jokes, I’m the one (to do) that,” said the 17-year-old John. A resident of… Link:

Night of misery for flood-hit families

Source: Trinidad Guardian Kevon FelminePublished: Tuesday, January 2, 2018kevon.felmine@guardian.co.tt While many citizens rang in 2018 with prayers, fireworks and family limes, the Bansgopauls spent their night in hammocks fighting off a scourge of mosquitoes brought on by four days of floods. Every New Year’s Day, the Woodland family would hunt, cook and invite friends…

Tobago truckers forced to sleep on ground

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rosemarie SantPublished: Monday, January 1, 2018The Vice-President of the Inter-Island Truckers Association Samuel Applewhite says the conditions for truck drivers using the inter-island cargo vessel the Cabo Star have been “degraded.” He now plans to compose a calypso to highlight his concerns about what is happening in the hope that those…

Four shot to death

Source: Trinidad Guardian Ex-cop chopped, killed after argumentRhondor DowlatPublished: Tuesday, January 2, 2018Over the past four years, the month of January was proven as the bloodiest month in each year, and this year seems to be following the same trend as four murders were committed in first nine hours of the new year. The…

Labour pains boil over into new year

Source: Trinidad Guardian Rosemarie SantPublished: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 A tense industrial relations climate resulted in some unprecedented action, with protests being staged outside the home of a Government Minister as well as inside the Parliament. The latter action resulted in two workers associated with the gaming industry being banned from the precincts of…

Two held for bank break-ins released

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Tuesday, January 2, 2018Two men suspected of being involved in a number recent bank burglaries have been released by police. The suspects who were arrested last week and spent a week in the custody were released last Friday because police had insufficient evidence to charge them with any offence. The…

Come for the lime…Discover the Music

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, January 1, 2018Production One Limited will stage the 16th edition of Jazz Artists on the Greens (JAOTG) on Saturday, March 17, at The Greens (Wasa Sports Grounds), Farm Road, St Joseph. Gates open from 3.30 pm and show time is 5 pm.} As a special offer Early Bird Special…

Indecent content has no place on the airwaves

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, January 1, 2018have noted with great interest the controversy brewing and boiling over the controversial song Rowlee Mother Count by Massive Gosine for Carnival Season 2018. Even removing the reference to the Prime Minister, it will be obvious to most people the attempt to use double entendre to introduce…

Where was TATT?

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, January 1, 2018I had intended to stay clear of the Massive Gosein song controversy, until I saw the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) letter, to the Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA). TATT’s letter stated, inter alia, that the song “contains lyrics which may prove…

2018 can be the year of real change

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, January 1, 2018One can wish that in 2018 those who intend on pursuing a life of crime will get rid of their guns and turn to a life of peace. Additionally, one can hope that the Good Lord will create a series of fortunate events that would lead to…

Minister Smith disappoints Boldon

Source: Trinidad Guardian Andre BaptisePublished: Sunday, December 31, 2017Ato Boldon, a four-time Olympic medallist was pulling no punches on Saturday, during a radio interview when he stated that he has lost faith in the current Minister of Sports, Daryl Smith. “I had a meeting with the Minister of Sports Daryl Smith after the women…

Trump administration aims to trim rules on offshore drilling

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, January 1, 2018DALLAS — The Trump administration on Friday proposed to rewrite or kill rules on offshore oil and gas drilling that were imposed after the deadly 2010 rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The administration said the rules are an unnecessary burden on industry…

ECCO unable to pay royalties on schedule

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, January 1, 2018CASTRIES, St. Lucia, -The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) says it is unable at this time to make any payment of royalties to its members scheduled for the final quarter of this year. ‘Several reconciliation actions must be completed before any such distributions can…

Anticipation high as California rolls out retail pot sales

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Monday, January 1, 2018LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians may awake on New Year’s Day to a stronger-than-normal whiff of marijuana as America’s cannabis king lights up to celebrate the state’s first legal retail pot sales. The historic day comes more than two decades after California paved the way for legal…

Youth and religion: Giant waiting to be awakened

Source: Newsday Churches and religious spaces are usually packed as the New Year breaks. But, to the casual participant observer, the faces in those spaces are either very old or very young. There seems to be no in between, leading some to ask, “Where have the young people gone?” *Cynthia Ramnarine, 30,… Link:

Young musicians debut at JAOTG

Source: Newsday This year’s Jazz Artists on the Greens will mark the 16th edition of the event and will feature young, upcoming musicians – Adan Hagley and Jeanine Ruiz. Trinidadian pianist Hagley is a composer and arranger who is a Berklee College of Music graduate. Since… Link: Young musicians debut at JAOTG

‘Dada’ takes Alexander B Chapman Award

Source: Newsday Anthony “Dada” Wickham, coach of Trendsetter Hawks and 2017 recipient of the Alexander B Chapman, said he appreciates the recognition for his service as a football coach, as inspiring youngsters in East Port of Spain can sometimes prove challenging. Wickham, who has coached for 37 years, received the award at… Link:

TT hockey men get crucial Holland camp

Source: Newsday The Trinidad and Tobago hockey team will use a training camp in Holland as preparation for the 2018 Indoor Hockey World Cup, which will be held from February 7 to 11 in Berlin, Germany. Twelve teams will play at the World Cup with TT playing alongside Australia, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan,… Link:

TTEC lights Bennett Village Recreation Ground

Source: Newsday A 57-year-old dream of having the recreation ground in their area illuminated, was realised recently, when floodlights were turned on at the Bennett Village Recreation Ground in Santa Flora. Speaking at the illumination ceremony, president of the Bennett Village Council, Muriel Vialva, described the occasion as a dream come true… Link:

Barrackpore floods recede while Mayaro cut off

Source: Newsday Fears of a repeat of the Divali day floods were allayed for Barrackpore residents yesterday as the incessant rainfall, which began last Thursday, eased on Saturday night and allowed flood waters to gradually subside. However, Mayaro residents were reportedly cut off from the rest of the island as flood waters… Link:

Minister: Stay away from North Coast Road

Source: Newsday The Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, Kazim Hosein, is asking citizens to please refrain from using the North Coast Road as it would take several days to clear. On Friday, a massive landslide blocked off a section of the North Coast Road near the Maracas look-out. The road… Link:

Scratch bomb incident near Sea Lots

Source: Newsday Police officers and soldiers yesterday responded to an incident near Sea Lots, involving people throwing scratch bombs on the Beetham Highway. A video posted on social media showed police officers and TT Defence Force personnel alighting from a police vehicle at the traffic intersection near the Port of Spain Central… Link:

Man bent on killing family

Source: Newsday One year ago Shanti Roopchand, 45, was stabbed by a close male relative at her Barrackpore home. The mother of three who is also a stroke victim survived. A Protection Order was taken out against a 52-year-old man who was charged and warned by a magistrate to stay away Roopchand.… Link:

Faithful citizenship in 2018

Source: Newsday Guest column Today, the first day of 2018, we have an opportunity to review 2017 and to plan for this year. It was on December 28, 2016 that my father, Balgobin Ramdeen, passed away in hospital in London. My siblings and I were angry as we felt that he died… Link:

Vacationing on a budget

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 31, 2017Beyond PaydayDefine your prioritie If you’re not willing to accept anything but a top-shelf experience, you’re probably going to have to save up before you splurge. On the other hand, if your main priorities are to experience a different culture, learn more about history, or even just…

Business Personality of the Year: Wilfred Espinet

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 31, 2017His name popped up at the start of the year for his involvement and role in the acquisition of TCL—the company that he still chairs—by Mexican cement behemoth Cemex. He would later be appointed to the Petrotrin review committee that would be tasked with charting a course…


Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 31, 2017Moody’s downgrades T&T 2017 continued to be a tough year economically for T&T and the downgrade of the country by international ratings agency Moody’s in April was just another symptom of its economic misfortune. Moody’s downgraded T&T’s debt ratings (issuer and senior unsecured) to Ba1 from Baa3…

That’s a wrap on 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 31, 2017What a year for business 2017 has been! Today, in a special edition of Sunday Business, we take a trip down memory lane and review the top stories that shook up the local business landscape and, in some instances, sparked debate across the entire nation. The power…

Hello Donald: Top political stories of 2017

Source: Newsday The year 2017 was a busy one in the political arena. Here is a look back at some of the stories that made the political spotlight in 2017. Trump calls Rowley On February 19, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley received a telephone call from newly elected United States President Donald… Link:

Jereem: We all deserve it

Source: Newsday Members of the Trinidad and Tobago men’s 4×400-metre relay team Jereem Richards and Renny Quow were elated that the entire team received the Sportsman of the Year Award, when the 23rd Annual TT Olympic Committee Awards Ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain, on Friday… Link:

Shabazz: U-20 tourney a litmus test for TT

Source: Newsday The 2018 CONCACAF Under-20 Women Championships could be the kick that local football needs to change its fortunes in regional competition in terms of hosting rights and success on the field of play. This was the view expressed by Trinidad and Tobago women’s coach Jamaal Shabazz as he wrapped up… Link:

Hotels scale back on Old Year parties

Source: Newsday Old Year’s Night parties remain an active tradition here in TT, with several hotels hosting events that begin in 2017 and end in 2018. Among them are Soong’s Great Wall restaurant (Soong’s) in San Fernando, Hotel Normandie, St Ann’s and Mount Irvine Bay Resort, Scarborough. However other venues, such as… Link:

Customers forced to travel to Arima as RBC Grande closes

Source: Newsday RBC Sangre Grande was closed on Friday and will merge with the Arima branch effective January 2, 2018. In a letter to Sunday Newsday, Maura Cooseelal of Sangre Grande said she woke yesterday morning to the news, and was dismayed by the bank’s lack of consideration. “Don’t you think that… Link:

Shabazz optimistic ahead of Concacaf tournament

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 31, 2017The 2018 CONCACAF Under 20 Women championship could be the kick that local football needs to change its fortunes in regional competition in terms of hosting rights and success on the field of play. This was the view expressed by T&T Women’s head coach Jamaal Shabazz as…

T&T’s youths golden in 2017

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 31, 20172017 local sports reviewOur youth athletes performed admirably on the local, regional and international sport stages in their respective disciplines. In honour of their achievements Sports Reporter JONATHON MATOUK goes back into the record books to entertain you one last time as the year closes of what…

Williams ‘one bad over’ at fault: Brathwaite

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 31, 2017NELSON, NEW ZEALAND— Little mention was made of West Indies’ fragile batting as the Caribbean side sought reasons to explain their 47- run defeat to New Zealand in Friday’s opening Twenty20 International. Instead, the spotlight fell on the final over of the Black Caps innings when seamer…

TTOC crowns relay men

Source: Trinidad Guardian Ahye is top Sportswoman of The YearPublished: Sunday, December 31, 2017Sprinter Jereem Richards and the members of the T&T 4×400 metres relay team received the Sportsman of the Year award when the T&T Olympic Committee held its 23rd Annual Awards function at the Hyatt  Regency Hotel, Wrightson Road, Port-of- Spain on…

Avoid the North Coast Road today

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Sunday, December 31, 2017Beach-goers avoid the North Coast Road today, the Ministry of Works and Transport has warned. The North Coast Road in the vicinity of the Maracas lookout will be closed to all vehicular traffic until 9 am today, the ministry has stated. The road was closed around 4…

Ex-umpire Clyde Cumberbatch has died

Source: Newsday Former West Indies umpire Clyde Cumberbatch has died. Cumberbatch, 81, passed away early this morning after falling and hitting his head at his home in Petit Valley last night. He was taken to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries. Cumberbatch officiated in 12 Test matches involving the West Indies… Link:

Can compassion work?

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, December 30, 2017Is there any way to curb the violence that pervades our society at present? Our Prime Minister made a fairly positive speech to the nation but to my mind he was threatening the miscreants and it raises the question if this is the only way to deal…

When do we draw the line?

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, December 30, 2017I share my response to another comment which asked ‘Where is the line drawn?” I ask “When do we draw the line? There is such a thing even in the realm of poetic licence as good taste. “Massive” Gosein has struck several raw nerves…nerves more raw than…

Scholarship students left out in the cold

Source: Trinidad Guardian Published: Saturday, December 30, 2017As a winner of an Open Scholarship in 2014, I am honestly concerned about the level of disrespect towards national scholars and guarantors lately. Stipends are due to be paid quarterly in advance for the following three months. Payment is usually made at the beginning of March,…

Happy New Year!

Source: Trinidad Guardian Satnarayan MaharajPublished: Saturday, December 30, 2017At the end of every year, a mood of introspection takes over and the thoughts everyone usually battle with is, where has the time gone? “Oh! just yesterday was last New Year’s Day. I remember it so clearly.” The immediate year gone by feels like it…

The 2018 Calendar—Govt, Opp, CJ, tested

Source: Trinidad Guardian Gail AlexanderPublished: Saturday, December 30, 2017In 2016, Government quarters projected 2017 would have been the year of recovery. In hindsight, many quarters would have begged to beg to differ on that. Despite continuing economic ups and downs, some Government quarters on Wednesday were optimistic mid-term 2018 will be a year of…

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