The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) is calling on Naparima MP Rodney Charles to apologize for comments he made during Friday’s sitting of the House of Representatives. During the...

A 21-year-old woman was said to have been injured following a shooting incident this morning in Sea Lots. According to reports, there was said to have been a party along Pioneer Drive, Sea Lots. A confrontation occurred between two groups, which allegedly resulted in members from both sides pulling out firearms and shooting at one another. A 21-year-old woman from the area was said to have been injured in this exchange. She was rushed to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where she was treated for the injuries sustained to her right knee. She has since been discharged.

A 49-year-old man is dead following a shooting incident in Tacarigua this afternoon. The deceased has been identified as Ricardo Francis. Francis wassaid to have been in a store at the corner of Crown Street and the Eastern Main Road, Tacarigua,around 2 pm when armed men entered the store. There was said to be a confrontation, during which Francis was shot in the face. The assailants fled the scene. The police and emergency health services were notified, however, Francis succumbed to his injuries.

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Chis Leacock, best known to music fans as Jillionaire, has been appointed the Minister of Rum by Bacardi. The announcement was made on Thursdayat the annual Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition in Berlin,as Bacardi launched a limited edition rum made with in collaboration with Major Lazer, the DJ group to which Jillionaire belongs. Earlier this month, Bacardi went on a nationwide job search to recruit a Minister of Rum, someone who shares the brand's unique passion and spirit to help revolutionise the rum category. Working with Major Lazer on the Sound of Rum project, they were impressed with Jillionaire'sknowledge, expertise and genuine passion for the spirit, its roots and craftsmanship. "Jillionaire is a cultural influencer and a rum aficionado who will be completely immersed in everything we do from creative to drink strategies, culture moments and more. We share resources to ultimately help make a greater cultural impact," said Zara Mirza, Global Head of Creative Excellence at Bacardi. Jillionairesaid the role fits in well with his background growing up in Trinidad. "I'm truly passionate about rum, its craft and its Caribbean heritage. I grew up in Trinidad, where rum is a big part of the culture, and I worked in bars for many years learning how to master the perfect rum cocktail," said Jillionaire. "As Minister of Rum at Bacardi, I hope to further deepen Bacardi's connection to music and embed the Sound of Rum into broader culture." The Bacardi/Major Lazer collaboration has led to the debut of a new rum expression called the Major LazerLimited Edition Rum. Major Lazer took a trip to the Bacardi distillery in Puerto Rico, where they worked alongside Maestro de Ron Manny Oliver to develop a unique batch of rum. The Rum boasts a blend of light and heavy dark rums that have been tropically aged three-four years, expressing flavoursof the Caribbean. Filtered before and after aging and inspired by island vibes, the rum features tasting notes of tropical fruit, cedar, almonds and vanilla. The Limited Edition Rum willhit US retail shelves in mid-June for $19.99, as well as select markets internationally in September.

Take a seat, "Thor." Scattered plans among Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas to host women-only screenings of the upcoming "Wonder Woman" movie have produced both support and some grumbling about gender discrimination. Various locations have taken to social media in response, including the operators of the Brooklyn Theatre promising on Twitter to funnel proceeds from women-only screenings in early June to Planned Parenthood. And by women only, they mean staff, too. Some of the screenings were already selling out despite social media haters, many of whom are men, and several have been added. The offer of special screenings began recently in Austin, Texas, where Alamo has held specialty screenings in the past for military veterans and others. As for "Wonder Woman," the Alamo in Brooklyn posted a statement online saying what better way to celebrate the most iconic superheroine than with "an all-female screening?" "Apologies, gentlemen, but we're embracing our girl power and saying 'No Guys Allowed' for several special shows at the Alamo Downtown Brooklyn. And when we say 'Women (and people who identify as women)only,' we mean it. So lasso your geeky girlfriends together and grab your tickets to this celebration of one of the most enduring and inspiring characters ever created." The movie opens June 2 based on the DC Comics character. It was directed by Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

Facebook CEO and Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg delivers the commencement address at Harvard University commencement exercises, Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass., (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard with a message on fighting inequality and taking risks in the name of innovation. Zuckerberg, who, like the graduates, is a millennial, started Facebook in his Harvard dorm room in 2004. He dropped out the following year and returned Thursday to receive an honorary degree. Here are 10 excerpts from his commencement speech: 1. "Let's face it, you accomplished something I never could. If I get through this speech today, it'll be the first time I actually finish something here at Harvard." 2."My best memory from Harvard is meeting Priscilla. I had just launched this prank website Facemash, and the ad (administrative) board wanted to 'see me.' Everyone thought I was going to get kicked out. My parents drove up here to help me pack my stuff. My friends threw me a going-away party. Who does that? As luck would have it, Priscilla was at that party with her friends. And we met in line for the bathroom in the Pfoho Belltower (a dorm), and in what must seem like one of the all-time most romantic lines, I turned to her and said: 'I'm getting kicked out in three days, so we need to go on a date quickly.'" 3."Ideas don't come out fully formed. They only become clear as you work on them. You just have to get started. If I had to know everything about connecting people before I got started, I never would have built Facebook." 4."It's really good to be idealistic. But be prepared to be misunderstood. Anyone working on a big vision is going to get called crazy, even if you end up right." 5."There is something wrong with our system when I can leave here and make billions of dollars in 10 years while millions of students can't even afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business." 6."Every generation expands its definition of equality. Previous generations fought for the vote and civil rights. They had the New Deal and Great Society. And now it's time for our generation to define a new social contract." 7."We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas. We're all going to change jobs and roles many times, so we need affordable child care to get to work and health care that's not tied to one employer." 8."Millennials are already one of the most charitable generations in history. In just one year, more than three in four U.S. millennials donated to charity and more than seven in 10 raised money for another one. But it's not just about giving money. You can also give time. And I promise you, if you just take an hour or two a week - that's all it takes to give someone a hand and help them reach their potential." 9."Every generation expands the circle of people we consider 'one of us.' And in our generation, that now includes the whole world. ... But we live in an unstable time. There are people left behind by globalisation across the whole world. And it's tough to care about people in other places when we don't first feel good about our lives here at home. There's pressure to turn inwards." 10."This is the struggle of our time. The forces of freedom, openness and global community against the forces of authoritarianism, isolationism and nationalism. Forces for the flow of knowledge, trade and immigration against those who would slow them down. This is not a battle of nations. It's a battle of ideas." {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/4VwElW7SbLA.jpg?itok=8s54gtYv","video_url":"","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":1},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive, autoplaying)."]}

Jelan Cumberbatch is fast becoming one of the most influential people in the soca industry. The man behind the JC Management Company, Cumberbatch has been working quietly behind the scenes to position his clients for stardom. Road Manager and booking agent for Patrice Roberts, the 30-year-old counts dancer Lashaun Prescott, Mr Renzo, M1, K Rich, Problem Child, Shurwayne Winchester, DJ Mazel and Olatunji, reggae singer Jah Defender and Bahamian singer Julian Believe among his clients. Past clients included Diamond out of Barbados, Chucky, producer Millbeatz, Ricardo Drue, and Fya Empress. Through his company, Cumberbatch provides a range of services including online marketing, market consultation and media interviews, among others. He also manages models under a division called Tres Belle Modelling Agency. Cumberbatch’s aim is to become an entertainment mogul similar to Sean "P Diddy" Combs, one of his many sources of inspiration. The businessman has been working hard to achieve his dream, building on his knack for easily building relationships with people he comes into contact with. It’s this trait that led him to a career in talent management. Prior to that, Cumberbatch was an events promoter. He started as a student at St Mary’s College in Port-of-Spain at the age of 17 when a group of friends invited him to join their party committee for an event called Under the Mistletoe. Seeing his name on the invitation as one of the contact people and selling tickets felt good for the budding entrepreneur. “Selling tickets was easy. By the third party I had sold 150 tickets by myself so I decided to throw my own party,” he recalled. He received advice from his friends on how to market his party and put together his own committee and dove head first into events with a summer party called Tsunami which was held in Anchorage. At that time, Jon Alibocas, known as Makamillion, was someone Cumberbatch admired, mainly for his style. “He proved that you could look stylish and different and throw parties looking like that. I wanted to look like that, I was fascinated,” he said. Jules Sobion, owner of party outfit Caesar’s Army, is also someone Cumberbatch took inspiration from. “I liked his concepts. I saw him at a party and said I have to meet him, he was an inspiration. He was very supportive and he put me on the committee for a party he threw called Christmas Passion and helped me with marketing.’ Cumberbatch also learned from another promoter Mark Lynch of Black Velvet Concepts. “He was the first person to teach me how to throw a party, who to work with and who to avoid. My sister was on his committee,” said Cumberbatch, who made up his mind straight out of school that events would be his career. One of his key strategies in those days was to develop relationships with a core group of DJs and artists who would perform at all his events. Hans Des Vignes, Darren Hosang-Rudder aka Gonzo, DJ Cyberia and DJ Lennon made up the team. It was through these relationships that Cumberbatch started managing talent to help them with their business. “I started with Hans and Gonzo and later met Simba Armani, a dancehall singer.” As a promoter, Cumberbatch was pretty successful. He and his crew threw three to four parties a year which attracted about a 1000 people with zero advertising. They held their parties at Marriott Hotel and later expanded to the Southland with events at Privé. Privé boss, Rajesh Chita, helped the young entrepreneurs to learn about the club industry and events generally. Money poured in and the young Cumberbatch lived it up, eating at the best restaurants and drinking premium liquor. “My parents didn’t like what I was doing at first but we registered the company and got a lawyer who taught us about business. We had a lot of support,” Cumberbatch said. The good times wouldn’t last, however, as Cumberbatch fell out with his business partner and lost his passion for parties. “I walked away. I did nothing for six months and it was the first time I felt depressed. The only person who called me was Hans who said he moving with me whatever I decided.” “Then one day it hit me. I said why you not managing people for a living? I registered the business and took my name off the register for my old business.” Kalesh Forde, a friend, signed up to work as his CEO and he credits Forde and his team, DayneJob, Operations manager, Kristal Alexander, Executive assistant,Atiba Cumberbatch and his parents for his success. Chucky came on as one of his first clients. “He was building momentum and he reached out to me. I got him in to perform at a Tribe fete, they gave me a chance, and after that everybody started calling,” said Cumberbatch. But it was his work with Olatunji that really got the business going. That was the year Olatunji did “Taliban” but the song only grew legs after Carnival. Cumberbatch was able to book Olatunji at gigs all over the world which contributed to the song’s success. Other artists hooked their wagons to Cumberbatch’s express. As with his earlier business, Cumberbatch got guidance from others in the business. Giselle, the Wassi One, a known face in Caribbean entertainment, assisted him with booking international shows, introduced him to foreign promoters and taught him to generally manoeuvre outside of Trinidad and Tobago. He cited Shurwayne Winchester as one artist who also guided him with information on how to pack for tours and with pointers for international travel. Asked what made an artist his ideal client, Cumberbatch said he likes those who can perform. “Presentation and performance must be on point,” he said. With everything he has learnt along the way, Cumberbatch is at a point where he, too, wants to be an inspiration to others. His social media is filled with advice for artists and managers and those aspiring to get into the field. His end goal, he said, is to become a motivation/career coach and to write a self-help book.

British Airways cancelled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Saturday as a global IT failure upended the travel plans of tens of thousands of people on a busy U.K. holiday weekend. The airline said it was suffering a "major IT systems failure" around the world. Chief executive Alex Cruz said, "we believe the root cause was a power-supply issue and we have no evidence of any cyberattack." He said the crash had affected, "all of our check-in and operational systems." BA operates hundreds of flights from the two London airports on a typical day — and both are major hubs for worldwide travel. Several hours after problems began cropping up Saturday morning, BA suspended flights up to 6 p.m. because the two airports had become severely congested. The airline later scrapped flights from Heathrow and Gatwick for the rest of the day. The airline said it was working to restore services out of Heathrow and Gatwick beginning Sunday, although some disruptions are expected. It said it expected that London-bound long-haul flights would land on schedule Sunday. The problem comes on a bank holiday weekend when tens of thousands of Britons and their families are travelling. Passengers at Heathrow reported long lines at check-in counters and the failure of both the airline's website and its mobile app. BA said the crash also affected its call centres. Passenger Phillip Norton tweeted video of an announcement from a pilot to passengers at Rome's Fiumicino airport, saying the problem affects the system that regulates what passengers and baggage go on which aircraft. The pilot said passengers on planes that have landed at Heathrow were unable to get off because there was nowhere to park. One person posted a picture on Twitter of BA staff writing gate numbers on a white board. "We've tried all of the self-check-in machines. None were working, apart from one," said Terry Page, booked on a flight to Texas. "There was a huge queue for it and it later transpired that it didn't actually work, but you didn't discover that until you got to the front." Another traveller, PR executive Melissa Davis, said her BA plane was held for more than 90 minutes on the tarmac at Heathrow on a flight arriving from Belfast. She said passengers had been told they could not transfer to other flights because "they can't bring up our details." Some BA flights were still arriving at Heathrow on Saturday, although with delays. American Airlines, which operates code-share flights with BA, said it was unaffected. Air industry consultant John Strickland said Saturday's problems would have "a massive knock-on effect" for several days. "Manpower, dealing with the backlog of aircraft out of position, parking spaces for the aircraft —it's a challenge and a choreographic nightmare," he said. Airlines depend on huge, overlapping and complex IT systems to do just about everything, from operating flights to handling ticketing, boarding, websites and mobile-phone apps. Some critics say complex airline technology systems have not always kept up with the times. And after years of rapid consolidation in the business, these computer systems may be a hodgepodge of parts of varying ages and from different merger partners, all layered on top of each other. A union official, meanwhile, blamed BA cost cutting for the travel chaos, saying the airline had laid off hundreds of IT staff last year and outsourced the work to India. "This could have all been avoided," said Mick Rix, national officer for aviation at the GMB union. While not that frequent, when airline outages do happen, the effects are widespread, high-profile and can hit travellers across the globe. BA passengers were hit with severe delays in July and September 2016 because of problems with the airline's online check-in systems. In August 2016, Delta planes around the world were grounded when an electrical component failed and led to a shutdown of the transformer that provides power to the airline's data centre. While the system moved to backup power, not all of the servers were connected to that source, which caused the cascading problem. Delta said it lost $100 million in revenue as a result of the outage. In January it suffered another glitch that grounded flights in the U.S. That same month, United also grounded flights because of a computer problem. In July, meanwhile, Southwest Airlines cancelled more than 2,000 flights after an outage that it blamed on a failed network router. After the recent outages, outside experts have questioned whether airlines have enough redundancy in their huge, complex IT systems and test them frequently enough.

President Donald Trump on Saturday said his maiden first trip abroad was a "home run" and he vowed to overcome the threat of terrorism, concluding a gruelling five-stop sprint that ended with the promise of an imminent decision on the much-discussed Paris climate accord. Trump ended his nine-day trip with a speech to U.S. troops in Sicily, where he recounted his visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium and Italy and his work to counter terrorism. The president said recent terrorist attacks in Manchester, England and Egypt underscored the need for the U.S. to "defeat terrorism and protect civilisation." "Terrorism is a threat, bad threat to all of humanity," Trump said, standing in front of a massive American flag at Naval Air Station Sigonella. "And together we will overcome this threat. We will win." Trump tweeted earlier in the day that he would make a final decision next week on whether to withdraw from the climate pact. European leaders he met with at the Group of 7 summit in Sicily have been pressuring Trump to stay in the accord, arguing that America's leadership on climate is crucial. Besides reaching a decision on the climate agreement once back in Washington, Trump will also face a new crush of Russia-related controversies. On Friday, the Washington Post reported that Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. about setting up secret communications with Moscow. Trump held no news conferences during the nine-day trip, which allowed him to avoid questions about the Russia investigations. His top economic and national security advisers refused to answer questions about Kushner during a press briefing Saturday. The White House had hoped to use Trump's five-stop trip as a moment to reset. The president was warmly received on his opening stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel, though he has come under more pressure in Europe, particularly over the Paris accord. Trump was cajoled for three days — first in Brussels at meetings of NATO and the European Union, then in Sicily for G-7 — but will leave Italy without making clear where he stands. As the G-7 summit came to a close Saturday, the six other members — Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan — renewed their commitment to the accord. The summit's communique noted that the Trump administration would take more time to consider whether it will remain committed to the 2015 Paris deal to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. Backing out of the climate accord had been a central plank of Trump's campaign and aides have been exploring whether they can adjust the framework of the deal even if they don't opt out entirely. Other G-7 nations leaned heavily on Trump to stay in the climate deal, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying "we put forward very many arguments." The president's trip has largely gone off without a major misstep, with the administration touting the president's efforts to birth a new coalition to fight terrorism while admonishing partners in an old alliance to pay their fair share. "I think we hit a home run no matter where we are," Trump told the soldiers. He also touted his meetings with NATO members, adding, "We're behind NATO all the way." He reiterated a renewed commitment by NATO members to spend more on defence. Trump was referring to a vow by NATO countries to move toward spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defence by 2024. Only five of NATO's 28 members meet the target: Britain, Estonia, debt-laden Greece, Poland and the United States, which spends more on defence than all the other allies combined. "The U.S. is currently paying much more than any other nation and that is not fair to the United States or the United States taxpayer. So we're working on it and I will tell you, a big difference over the last year, money is actually starting to pour into NATO from countries that would not have been doing what they're doing now had I not been elected, I can tell you that. Money is starting to pour in," Trump said, echoing a tweet earlier Saturday on the subject. There is no evidence that money has begun to "pour in" and countries do not pay the U.S. or NATO directly. But Germany, for instance, has been increasing its defence spending with the goal of reaching the 2 percent target by 2024. After the pomp of presidential travel overseas, Trump will return to Washington and many of the problems he left behind. As a newly appointed special counsel is beginning to investigate links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, Kushner has become a focus of the probe. Kushner's lawyer said he will cooperate with investigators. James Comey, the former FBI director who led the Russian probe until Trump abruptly fired him, is still expected to testify before Congress about memos he kept on conversations with the president that involved the investigation. Meanwhile, the search for a new FBI director continues. And Trump's policy agenda has run into problems. The GOP health care bill that passed the House faces uncertain prospects in the Senate after a Congressional Budget Office analysis that it would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026. The president's budget was widely criticised for deep cuts to safety net programs. And some are starting to question the chances for Trump's pledge to overhaul the U.S. tax code.


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May 26, 2017

Borders Festival Trinidad & Tobago

The Borders Festival is a fusion of music and culture, celebrating the Caribbean spirit of unity through music, food and art. Borders Festival is a wide range of international and local musical artists from all genres, combined with tasty foods and beautiful Caribbean art and fashion. Welcome to the 1st annual Borders Festival.

The 3-day festival has a full cast lineup spanning multiple genres including calypso, extempo, chutney soca, soca, hip-hop, R&B, and electronic dance music. Artists include but are certainly not limited to: 


Bobby V. 

Orange Sky 

David Rudder 

Ravi B and Karma

The Mighty Shadow 

System 32 

Lil Bitts

Mr. Renzo 


Jenny Om 

DJ Taste 

Mark Hardy

Yung Rudd 

Stef Kalloo

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May 26, 2017

Borders Festival Trinidad & Tobago

The Borders Festival is a fusion of music and culture, celebrating the Caribbean spirit of unity through music, food and art. Borders Festival is a wide range of international and local musical artists from all genres, combined with tasty foods and beautiful Caribbean art and fashion. Welcome to the 1st annual Borders Festival.

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June 03, 2017

Pineapple Festival

Calling All Pineapple Lovers! This one is for you!

The 3rd Annual Pineapple Festival is back, bigger and better than ever! That's right, come meet pineapple farmers, taste pineapple-inspired food, drinks & dessert, shop around pineapple inspired artisan crafts such as bath & body, textiles, jewellery. Listen to special talks with Tableland Pineapple Farmers Association on how to grow your own pineapple plant at home and learn different varieties and about the local pineapple industry. Learn about health benefits, get recipes and more.

There will be kid-friendly activities and live music. Please walk with your reusable bags, eating & drinking containers/ utensils to help us reduce our carbon footprint. 

NOTE: This is our usual Saturday farmer's market, with a pineapple twist.

If you are an interested vendor- please call 221-9116 or email for more info

Security & Parking Provided: $2