Bp Renegades has retained its lead in the National Panorama competition topping the Semi-Final round three points ahead of pan rival Desperadoes with an aggregate of 279 points. The defending champion, playing a Duvone Stewart arrangement of Batson/George/Galt/Hilsmeier/Henry collaboration of “Hookin Meh” vocalised by Farmer Nappy, performed at position fourin the Large Band category. Also maintaining its lead in the Medium Band category was Pan Elders. The Southern based steel orchestra wowed the adjudication panel with its rendition of Owen Reyes Johnson’s “The Will”. They amassed 275 points. Ten bands in the Medium and an equal number in the Large Band category will compete in the Grand Finals at Carnival City, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, on Saturday, March 2 from 6 pm. Tickets are on sale at the advertised outlets and online. The results are as follows: Medium Conventional Bands 1.Pan Elders The Will 275 2. Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille The Phung-uh Nung Sweet 273 3.Katzenjammers Stranger 272 4.NGC Couva Joylanders Fire In The Area 271 5.Curepe Scherzando Yuh Lookin For Horn 270 6.Pamberi Gyal Owner 267 7.NGC Steel Xplosion Sing In the Party 262 8.Melodians Hookin Meh 260 9.NLCB Valley Harps Music (Dingolay) 258 10. Sangre Grande Cordettes Professor Say 253 11. St. Margaret’s Super Stars Hookin Meh 252 12. SArima Angel Harps Iron Love 251 12. San City Steel Symphony Madness 251 14. Power Stars Iron Love 249 Large Conventional Bands 1.bptt Renegades Hookin Meh 279 2.DesperadoesIron Love 276 3.Shell Invaders Hookin Meh 271 3.HADCO Phase II Pan Groove Party Start 271 3 Caribbean Airlines Skiffle So Long 271 6. Massy Trinidad All Stars So Long 268 7. Nutrien Silver Stars Rag Storm 266 7. First Citizen Supernovas Hookin Meh 266 9. Republic Bank Exodus Rag Storm 265 10. T&TEC Tropical Angel Harps Rag Storm 264 11 NLCB Buccooneers Madness 263 12. NLCB Fonclaire Heart of Love 261 13. Birdsong Hookin Meh 259 14. MHTL Starlift Alive And Well 256

Parents and guardians are being urged to remain vigilant during Carnival festivities and avoid exposing children under their care to dangerous situations. This, as the Children’s Authority stressed that child protection is everyone’s responsibility and urged the public to report any incidents of abuse to the Police at 999 or to our 24-hour hotline at 996 or 800-2014. The Children’s Authority on Monday issued these tips to help parents and guardians keep children safe during the Carnival season: 1. Dress children appropriately and not expose them to unwarranted attention from predators 2. Do not leave children in the care of strangers 3. Do not serve or allow children to sell alcoholic beverages 4. Older children should not be given the responsibility of supervising younger ones 5. Ensure children are supervised at all times by a trusted adult. However, remember child abusers can be a family member or a friend, so notice the interactions between children and adults around them 6. Provide children with identification cards bearing their name, name of parent/guardian, address and telephone number (this should be placed on their person, e.g. Pocket or pinned under their shirt) 7. If a child will be attending camp, parents and guardians should get familiar with the camp supervisors and request the itinerary of events. Drop in at the camp site to check on your children 8. Monitor children at all times when at the beach or by the river. Never allow a child to go into the water alone 9. Take a digital picture of your child that in the event he/she gets lost you can show a current picture


Accused of murder: Hollison Glasgow Jr. Photo provided by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

A Barataria man is due in court on Monday for the murder of a 27-year-old man. Hollison Glasgow Jr., a 22-year-old store attendant, from Malick, Barataria is expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate today, charged for the murder of 27-year-old Anthony Michael Mitchell, which occurred on January 26, 2019. Charges were laid against Glasgow Jr on February 16, following advice from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard. Police responded to a report of a wounding at a house at Green Acres, Pelican Extension, Morvant on January 26, 2019, at 1:40 am, where they found Mitchell suffering from several stab wounds. The wounded man was taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries later that day. Glasgow Jr was arrested at his workplace on February 10 after investigations by officers attached to the Homicide Bureau of Investigations (HBI) Region 1. Investigations were supervised by ASP Suzette Martin, while Cpl. Romeo, both of the HBI Region 1, laid the charge.

Police are once again warning citizens to exercise caution when transferring money to strangers. This warning comes aftera recent reportin which a 48-year-old man was swindled of $10,000 in cash under the pretense that he would get a job at an oil company in Point Fortin. [related node_id='63e34320-77a9-4b4f-9f0d-31f0b7a6e3cb'] According to police reports, the victim, a heavy equipment operator from Palo Seco, told police that he first paid a sum of TT$6,000 via a Western Union money transfer at MS Food City Supermarket in Debe for a job vacancy application at “Heritage Oil Industries” in Point Fortin on December 10. That week, the man then made a further payment of $4,000. Both sums were paid to two men who assured they would aid with the process. However, when almost two months had passed, and no progress was made, the man made a report to the police. Checks were made on the said company regarding the job vacancies and it was discovered that no such job vacancy was in existence and that the two men who claimed they would aid with the process, were not employees of the company. PC James is continuing inquiries. Enquiries are continuing.


Parents and guardians are being urged to remain vigilant during Carnival festivities and avoid exposing children under their care to dangerous situations. This, as the Children’s Authority stressed that child protection is everyone’s responsibility and urged the public to report any incidents of abuse to the Police at 999 or to our 24-hour hotline at 996 or 800-2014. The Children’s Authority on Monday issued these tips to help parents and guardians keep children safe during the Carnival season: 1. Dress children appropriately and not expose them to unwarranted attention from predators 2. Do not leave children in the care of strangers 3. Do not serve or allow children to sell alcoholic beverages 4. Older children should not be given the responsibility of supervising younger ones 5. Ensure children are supervised at all times by a trusted adult. However, remember child abusers can be a family member or a friend, so notice the interactions between children and adults around them 6. Provide children with identification cards bearing their name, name of parent/guardian, address and telephone number (this should be placed on their person, e.g. Pocket or pinned under their shirt) 7. If a child will be attending camp, parents and guardians should get familiar with the camp supervisors and request the itinerary of events. Drop in at the camp site to check on your children 8. Monitor children at all times when at the beach or by the river. Never allow a child to go into the water alone 9. Take a digital picture of your child that in the event he/she gets lost you can show a current picture

Asafa Powell and his bride, Alyshia Miller.

Former 100-metre record holder and reigning sub-10 second kingpin, Jamaican Asafa Powell, and Canadian model, Alyshia Miller, are now man and wife. The two tied the knot in a private ceremony on Saturday in Montego Bay, St James in the presence of close friends and family members. The wedding followed their engagement last year February after Powell proposed, with the move being kept under wraps until Miller shared the hot news later in the year on social media. “Throwback to date night,” was how she captioned a photo on her Instagram account, using the hashtags “#MySpecialNight, #Engaged and #February”. Powell held the 100-metre world record between June 2005 and May 2008, with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds. He consistently broke the 10-second barrier in competition, with his personal best of 9.72 seconds ranking fourth on the all-time list of male 100-metre athletes. Up to September 1, 2016, Powell had broken the 10-second barrier for the 100-meetre event more times than anyone else – 97 times. He still holds the world record for the 100-yard dash, with a time of 9.09, set on May 27, 2010 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.


People holds a sign that reads in Spanish "Humanitarian Aid" during an event to swear in nurses, doctors, professionals and others, as the group that will help with the arrival and distribution of humanitarian aid in Venezuela, in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Conservative European lawmakers who were barred from entering Venezuela this weekend are urging the European Union's top diplomat to suspend contacts with Nicolas Maduro's government. Esteban Gonzalez Pons, the head of the European Popular Party parliamentary group, is also calling for European sanctions against Venezuela's foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, who had ordered that the lawmakers should be barred on the grounds that they were conspiring against the government. The five visitors were invited by the opposition-led congress led by Juan Guaido, whom the European Parliament and a majority of the EU's members recognise as Venezuela's interim leader. Speaking to reporters in Madrid on Monday after returning from Caracas, Gonzalez Pons said that the EU's foreign affairs commissioner, Federica Mogherini, should cancel the International Group of Contact that seeks talks in Venezuela. He also called for the bloc's members to oust Maduro's ambassadors, and he vowed to return to Venezuela on Saturday.

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