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Daly Bread: Breaking useless moulds and transforming Carnival

I congratulate the Minister of Tourism, Randall Mitchell MP, for his reported admission that Carnival has failed as a tourism product. In 2015, I had already described “the acceleration of the decline of Carnival into a minority sport”. Only last week I complained again that our rich and varied musical …

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Tribute to Professor Ken Philmore: the steelpan pioneer T&T never fully embraced

“Professor Ken Philmore should have been one of our immortal monarchs and champions… Without assistance, without adulation, without even our cursory attention, Professor went about spreading the gospel of our sound and our instrument. “He would continue to push the international profile of pan further appearing with giants: Tito Puente, …

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No school on Friday 12 Oct; gov’t approves time off for teachers convention

The Ministry of Education confirmed that all schools—at primary, secondary and ECCE level—will be closed on Friday 12 October 2018. This is to facilitate the 2018 National Convention of Teachers, which will be held from 9am to 3pm on that day. Harrilal Seecharan, chief education officer of the Ministry of …

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Daly Bread: We came again; the Big 5 and the future of steelpan

The second edition of the Big 5 concert, comprising prime bands in prime time, took place on the eve of Republic Day. This column is about what such an event demonstrates regarding leadership, management, positive development and self esteem. The event was promoted as We Comin’ Again. The Big 5 …

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Police hold “Snake”; Beetham resident charged for assaulting Hinds during “Operation Strike Back”

Beetham Gardens resident Richard “Snake” Marcelle, who shot to prominence last month after kicking flood water on to Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds, was charged today for “assault by beating and use of obscene language” against the Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General. The Police Communications Department confirmed …

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MOWT: Light vehicles can use PBR between Mt Hope and POS

The Ministry of Works and Transport wishes to advise the general public of the partial opening of the Priority Bus Route (PBR) to light vehicles ONLY between the intersections of Abattoir Road, Port of Spain and the Mount Hope intersection, until further notice. This has become necessary due to roadworks …

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