Campari joined the Caesar's Army at A.M. Bush and A.M. Beach for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival and had a blast. And there were no tired faces despite the 3am starts!! Can you spot yourself or anyone you know in the photos below? [image_gallery]

Campari's presence at Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival fetes created vibes, fun and more. Patrons at Jamboree, Sunnation, A.M. Bush, A.M. Beach showed everyone else what they were missing! Check out the photos below. [image_gallery]


A27-year-old man was beaten and shot at by his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend on Monday. The victim told police that he accompanied his girlfriend to pick up her daughter at a relative's home at Hilltop Avenue, Arima, around 3:20 pm. While there, the male victim was confronted by the 20-year-old woman's ex-boyfriend who assaulted him before he pulled out a gun and shot at him twice. The assailant missed his target and the 27-year-old man managed to drive away from the scene. He made a report to the police and was taken for medical examination at the Arima Hospital as he was beaten to the head in the ordeal. Arima police are continuing inquiries.

National Security Minister Stuart Young said any non-nationalsfound guilty of crimes will be deported, after immigration officials reported that they had received threats against their lives. Speaking in response to urgent questions during a sitting of the Senate on Tuesday, Young said measures are being taken to secure the safety of immigration officers after someimmigration officers said they received threats after some Venezuelan nationals were turned away at ports of entry. He said the persons who were alleged to have made the threats were Trinidad and Tobago citizens who were relatives of these Venezuelan nationals. He said, however, if non-nationals were also found to be involved in criminal activities and werefound guilty, they would be deported. “All non-nationals found to be engaged in criminal activity, once they are criminally charged and they’re convicted, the normal course is that the Minister of National Security, based on the advice of the TTPS, as well as the Immigration Division, would sign orders of deportation. “So if they’re non-nationals engaging in criminal activity and they’re convicted, I will sign deportation orders for them. If non-nationals are found to be engaged in any threats with respect to any of our nationals, including immigration officers, then again, I’m certain the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) will take action and criminally charge them,” he said. Young warned all individuals against threatening immigration officers, saying they will be found and punished. “This is a warning to individuals who think they can threaten immigration officers who are conducting their duties lawfully. I’m going to speak to the Commissioner of Police and if they find them for them to be criminally charged,” he said. He said these reports came to his attention last week and said he will be meeting with Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to address them. “This is a matter that only came to my attention last week when I was on a visit to the Port in Cedros. Immigration officers there told me they had had a couple incidents with persons who were turned away. “There’s a suggestion that it’s relatives, we’re not certain it’s relatives but what we’re certain of, they are Trinidadian nationals who have followed immigration officers after they’re refused entry,” he said. Stuart said he will be suggesting that police exercises be led with an aim of catching these individuals. “I’m going to be suggesting to the Commissioner of Police, especially at Piarco (International Airport) and other legal ports of entry where our immigration officers are, that we set up some sting operations, some undercover police operatives, who would be following these immigration officers in and around these areas, so if anyone is found intimidating any immigration officer, they will be charged within the full extent of the law,” he said. When asked regarding additional security arrangements for officers, Young replied that at this stage investigations are ongoing so these measures are still being reviewed. “At this stage I don’t have any official report of any immigration officers who are concerned but I’ve seen what has been reported in the media. I will certainly speak to the Chief Immigration Officer (regarding) any security arrangements that we can put in place, for example airport security personnel at all airports of entry. There are other initiatives that we are going to put in place,” he said. Recently, several Venezuelan nationals were turned away at the Piarco International Airport, for reasons unknown.


Left to right: Kevan Maharaj, Business Unit Head - Proctor & Gamble, Donella DeVerteuil, Market Manager - Proctor & Gamble, Whitney Husbands, Simone Hayes Noel, School Supervisor III, POS Education District, Jill De Bourg, General Manager - KIND, Samantha Duncan, President - Helping Her Foundation

Over 115,000 sanitary napkins will be donated to young women at 25 secondary schools across the country over the next three months. This was revealed at the launch of the Always #EndPeriodPoverty campaign at the AnsaMcCal hospitality suite in the Queen’s Park Oval on March 26, 2019. The campaign seeks to increase access to feminine hygiene products for girls in challenging economic circumstances. Always will be partnering with non-governmental organisations Kids in Need of Direction (KIND) and the Helping Her Foundation to distribute the products during a secondary school tour. The schools, which are located primarily in rural areas across Trinidad and Tobago, were identified with the help of the Ministry of Education. Speaking at the launch, Donella DeVerteuil, Market Manager for Proctor & Gamble – owners of the Always brand – explained what Period Poverty means. “Firstly – what is Period Poverty? Well, imagine being a girl born into economic circumstances that limit her access to essential period protection such as pads. This is something we take for granted, but for too many girls a lack of access to period protection can be debilitating. It means that your daily routine comes to a halt, your confidence plummets, and you miss out on things that are important to you such as sports, clubs and school.” Jill De Bourg of KIND pointed out that ‘globally, at risk young girls are prone to be affected by a lack of access to feminine products, and while statistics are not available, Trinidad and Tobago is no different.’ According to the most recent Always Confidence and Puberty Survey, carried out in 2017, nearly one in five girls in the United States of America have either left school early or missed school entirely due to a lack of access to period protection. Kevan Maharaj, Business Unit Head at Proctor & Gamble, said Always hopes to start a ‘massive conversation’ on the topic of Period Poverty in both traditional and social media in Trinidad and Tobago. The programme has engaged a network of influencers who will help to spread the word about Period Poverty. Left to right: Paris James, Thema Williams, Dr Anasha Tewari-Bidgelal, Whitney Husbands, Jade Campbell and Roxy James Media personality Whitney Husbands has signed on as brand ambassador for the #EndPeriodPoverty initiative here in Trinidad and Tobago. Also joining the movement are choreographer and radio personality Jade Campbell, Doctor Anansha Tewari-Bridgelal, DJ Charlotte, gymnast Thema Williams and social media personalities Roxy and Paris James. The programme is also being launched in Jamaica, where over 170,000 sanitary napkins are expected to be donated by Always. In both Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, the public has the opportunity to contribute to the cause – for every purchase of an Always product the company will donate a sanitary napkin to the campaign, which will run from March 25 to June 25, 2019.

30-year-old Richard Sookradge has never met his biological mother, and now is losing hope that he ever will. Sookradge was adopted when he was just nine days old and said after his adopted parents, Pamela Anne Ramdial Sookradge and Richard Allan Anthony Sookradge,passed away some years ago, he has been searching for any hint of information on his biological parents. His adopted parents were originally from Laventille then moved to Arima. His adopted mother's last known address was at Upper Pashley Street, Laventille, while his adopted father also had a previous address at 85 Fifth Street, Barataria. His search, however, was stalled after learning that his birth mother moved from the last known address which had been recorded by the social welfare worker during the adoption process. There was no known location for his birth father, whosename was added to his certificate about one year later. Sookradge said he is the only adopted person in Trinidad and Tobago to take this matter to the High Court in an effort to secure his birth certificate and find his biological parents. “Strangely enough, my adoption is both open and closed. My adopted and biological mothers knew each other but for some reason it was also closed as well (meaning the names of the child’s biological parents remain anonymous).” Sookradge said once he was adopted, he was given an adoption certificate which serves as national identification but applied to obtain his birth certificate to try to get more information. “When the child reaches the age of adulthood they can apply for the birth certificate in order to find out who their parents are. As far as I know that’s the only right we have in terms of adoption.” Sookradge said he went to the office of the Registrar General, the Children’s Authority, the maternity ward at hospitals as well as the magistrate’s court, without success. “I went to all of these departments in the hope that it opens up information to me but the (Adoption of Children) Act doesn’t make any concessions for this, it’s sealed by law. All of these departments told me I need to get a lawyer and apply through the High Court, which I did last year.” “I realised that I was the only adopted person in Trinidad and Tobago to ever apply for their birth certificate,” he said. He said even after consulting with the Children’s Authority and the Registrar General, the High Court judge in the matter due to privacy laws, unless the courts could contact his birth mother and gain her consent to be contacted, there was nothing he could do. "The thing is my parents have the right of privacy and family life so that basically means that their personal lives are confidential and the only way to access this is from their consent or approval." “Based on the last known address of my mom, she no longer lives at that address and the Children’s Authority and the Registrar General don’t know where she is,” he said. Sookradge said he longs to one day see his birth parents and, perhaps, have some sort of relationship with them. “My ideal scenario would be just getting to know them, reaching out to them and hopefully maybe be part of their family again. I don’t want to focus on why they gave me up for adoption.” “I basically have no family now, I never grew up with siblings, both of my adopted parents are deceased and their relatives don’t talk to me. I’m all alone in the world and I really want to find them and know they can be part of my life, and maybe be a kind of family.” “Even if they don’t want to be part of my life, at least I’ll know who they are and find some closure,” Sookradge said, who has also sought counselling in order to deal with this challenging experience. He also lamented the archaic legislation which he said should be updated. “I think it’s because of a lack of information out there. I didn’t know about my rights as an adopted child, it was only when I started digging.” “I think most people don’t know where to start or what to do. Putting the information out there is really important in terms of what is the process of trying to find your parents and knowing your rights.” “I think it’s also important that the government updates this legislationbecause there might be many more out there like me, searching for their biological parents.” He also took DNA testing to determine his ancestry in the hope that he might find a link to them, however he only found links to distant cousins, not his parents. Sookradge has issued a call via social media in the faint hope that someone might have information. “Even though I’m the first person to do it, if we can bring public awareness about the procedure and to get the government to update the law it could help people in the future,” he said. Anyone with information is urged to contact Sookradge at Richard.sookradge@gmail.com


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The United Nations is making an emergency appeal for $282 million for the next three months to help Mozambique start recovering from the devastation of Cyclone Idai. The U.N. funding will be used to provide water, sanitation, education and restoring the livelihoods of the hundreds of thousands of displaced people, U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said Monday. He said separate appeals will be made shortly for Zimbabwe and Malawi, also hard-hit by the cyclone. Lowcock said funds for cyclone victims are starting to come through, including 22 million pounds from the United Kingdom, but are far outstripped by the needs. UNICEF head Henrietta Fore just visited Mozambique's ravaged port city of Beira and said "it's a race against time" to help the displaced and prevent disease. Authorities in Mozambique say that with a key road open to the badly damaged city of Beira, conditions on the ground improving and more international help arriving, vital aid to those hit by Cyclone Idai should now flow more freely. Cyclone Idai's death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the storm, as workers rush to restore electricity, water and try to prevent outbreak of cholera. In Mozambique the number of dead has risen to 446 while there are 259 dead in Zimbabwe and at least 56 dead in Malawi for a three-nation total of 761. The death toll is "very preliminary," said Mozambique's environment minister, Celso Correia, who said it is expected to rise. The U.S. military will join the number of international aid groups assisting in providing food and medical care to those affected by the massive cyclone, one of the worst natural disasters in southern Africa in recent history. Some 228,000 displaced people are now in camps across the vast flooded area of Mozambique, said Correia, who is the government's disaster coordinator, briefing journalists on Monday. It is still too early to give a number of missing, he said. Diarrhoea is reported in camps but he says it is too early to say whether it is cholera. He has said that it is almost certain that the deadly disease will emerge. Aid teams are going to high points on islands created by Cyclone Idai and finding "a lot of people," Correia said. Until all areas can be reached and assessed, it is impossible to say the disaster response effort has turned a corner, he said. When asked by journalists about people found sheltering in a school along the newly opened main road to Beira who said they had not eaten since the storm, Correia said the aid had to be prioritized according to necessity. At least they were found and aid is coming, he said. "They can still hang on for a few days." Correia defended Mozambique's storm warning system, asserting that people knew weeks in advance that trouble was coming. More than 300,000 people were warned in advance, he said. "All reports say the system worked," he said. Some residents of Beira and Buzi, however, have said they had heard nothing to indicate the scale of the cyclone and were shocked by the quickly rising waters, and some have expressed anger at the government for not giving more warning. Mozambique's former president, Joachim Chissano, was at the press briefing and said authorities "did what they could" to warn residents. Chissano added that it would take three years to rebuild the city of Beira. Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, deputy director of the U.N. Humanitarian operation, told reporters that "a lot more assistance" should be seen by Tuesday as more aid arrives at staging areas such as the Beira airport. He confirmed the reports of diarrhoea in camps. "It's a killer," he said. He said the government is repairing key roads just enough to allow aid and other trucks to have access, with repair crews on hand when problems arise. They are being repaired "for now, and that's good enough," Stampa said. One bright spot amid the hurried response efforts is the weather, which on Monday morning in Beira was dry, partly cloudy and hot. With no rains, the flooded areas should be able to drain. "I'm pretty confident in the weather," Stampa said. "It's the only thing I'm confident about." The United States military says President Donald Trump has directed it to support relief efforts to help Mozambique with the destruction caused by Cyclone Idai more than a week ago. The U.S. Africa Command statement comes three days after Mozambique's government made a formal request to the international community for aid. The southern Africa nation earlier declared a national disaster as its president said deaths from the cyclone could reach 1,000. Confirmed deaths are now close to 450. The U.S. statement says AFRICOM provides disaster relief "when it has unique capabilities that can be utilized in the U.S. Government's response." It says the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa will lead the U.S. military efforts and that its initial assessments have begun at the scene of the disaster.