The Ultimate Rejects

Usain Bolt is known for his boundless energy and excited participation in Trinidad Carnival. The decorated athlete is now taking his Carnival involvement deeper by contributing his vocals to the remix of 'Energy to Burn' by Ultimate Rejects. Bolt’s feature was the brainchild of MX Prime, lead vocalist of Ultimate Rejects, the group which swept the Road March in 2017 with ‘Full Extreme’. “I was working on writing the song and putting it together and I had Usain in mind from inception. I was thinking about how I could get this icon, this living legend, one of the top 20 recognisable men on the planet,” he said. Prime said he thought of Bolt because he is an energetic, vibrant person who lights up a room. “I say if I do a music video who would be the person to epitomise energy to burn, I found nobody else but him. I put it in my mind then out of my mind. So we put out the song and it is doing well on the radio, it’s getting played, DJs like it. “I came home two Wednesdays ago and I open my phone and I saw a picture of Usain Bolt running in the streets of Jamaica with a 100 or so school children running behind him and it hit me. I say Max you need to get his guy on this record, just by this image. I watching the folks on the side of the road smiling, I said I feel I have to go after this dream of acquiring Usain Bolt’s presence on the track,” he said. Prime sent a voice note explaining his vision to Jamaican DJ ZJ Sparks who comes to Trinidad every Carnival. She forwarded it to Bolt’s manager and in less than half an hour Prime was on the phone speaking to him. “That is God! I was speaking to him for about five and seven minutes, because he already heard my voice note, he wanted to hear from me and I explained the vision I had, and the possibilities. He said while Bolt is not an artiste, he is in entertainment and he has the confidence to do things like that.” Bolt’s vocals were recorded in a week much to Prime’s delight. “They put faith in us and whatever comes out of it, we know that we have entered a different realm in terms of professionalism and brands we working with. We are working with a top class brand in sports,” he said. Reflecting on his vision coming to life, Prime said it is an inspirational story to show people that they should never give up on their dreams. “When you think about something hard and long enough, no matter how daunting the task, or how lofty the dream you must have belief.”

‘Fete with the Saints’, the CIC All Inclusive event, is known to be one of the most sought-after events in Carnival. With increasing demands for tickets for the consistently sold out affair, the committee says, it’s all about quality, not quantity. Past President of theSt. Mary's College Past Students' Union, Roberto Ramirez says there’s good reason for maintaining the event’s scale. “The thing is, we want to keep the fete at a manageable level. We don’t just want to fill the venue just because we can take more people. Every year we want to make sure the customer’s experience is of the same as previously or even better. When somebody comes for food anddrinksthey must have a certain level of service. We don’t want them waiting at the bar or lined up to the toilets,” he explained. Ramirez says they have increased the amount of tickets available steadily over the years, but it’s a practice they don’t take lightly. Sitting President, Brevard Nelson agreed. He says the Union has been dealing with sold-out crowds for seven years, but that’s not an excuse to compromise the product. “We continue to try to improve and challenge ourselves to deliver a quality event every year and we know people come and some people, when they come for the first time, they want to come again, plus you have your regular supporters so there’s always going to be that challenge for tickets and we anticipate that but we have to ensure that we deliver a quality event and maintain our standards,” he said. Reiterating the desire to make sure customers have the best experience possible, Nelson says it’s important to the committee that they produce quality that they can maintain. “We don’t want to necessarily evolve to a massive event with where you’re talking about 20 000 to 30 000 people. We’re interested in just delivering the type of experience that we want to the patrons that have supported us,” he added. The Union says there’s no discrimination when it comes to sales either. Despite rumours swirling that committee members have hoarded tickets or encourage scalping; Ramirez says there’s onlyonegroupof people that get special attention. “As best as possible, we try to serve the CIC community first. That means the parents and past students. There’s an early batch (of tickets) for those people, but other than that there’s no discrimination. Not in age, sex, gender or anything like that,” he promised. The early ticket batch constituted 500 of the 5000 tickets sold. He said that 500 ticketmarginwas what was sold in the first day of sales and not the entire amount of tickets as rumours had suggested. The Union also rubbished claims that they’ve contracted outsiders to organise the event. Nelson says it’s important that consumers know who is responsible for their experience and who stands to benefit from it. “Bear in mind that we are fundraisers. We’re doing this voluntarily and all of the proceeds go back into the school,” he said.


A Belmont man has appeared before a Port of Spain Magistratecharged with the murders of Mukhtar Ali and Jamal Modeste and shooting with intent against a female victim, which occurred on Sunday 3,December2017. Anthony Moore, aka ‘Chico’, 24, a hospital attendant, of St. Francois Valley Road, Belmont, was also charged with possession of firearm and possession of ammunition, following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC, on Friday. Ali, aka ‘Taboo’, 25, and Modeste, 29, both of Belmont, were in the company of a female friend at Modeste’s home, when they were shot at by an armed assailant. Ali died on the scene while Modeste and the female victim were taken to hospital for treatment where Modeste died. Extensive investigations were launched which resulted in Moore being arrested in connection with the incident. Investigations were supervised by W/Supt. (Ag.) Martin, Insp. (Ag.) Persad andSgt.Mongroo, all of Homicide Bureau of Investigations (HBI), Region 1, while Moore was charged by PC Pereira, also of HBI Region I.

Investigators have denied being “baffled” over alleged conflicting reports regarding a kidnapping that resulted in the death of Dr Rudradeva Sharma in San Fernando last week. In a statement on Sunday, police said contrary to a newspaper report published in the Guardian newspaper last Thursday, the course of its investigation into the kidnapping of Dr Sharma and his colleague Dr Prem Naidoo remains unchanged. The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said Acting Deputy Commissioner (Operations) Jayson Forde has indicated that enquiries by the Homicide Bureau of Investigations have thus far, continued to support the earlier account given by the TTPS. The TTPS continues to investigate a report that "both doctors went to Pleasantville, purchased a quantity of marijuana, then proceeded to Rushworth Street Extension, where they parked the vehicle and began smoking their marijuana." The doctors were accosted by three men who robbed them and tied them up. They were tied up by one of the assailants, who then drove the doctor’s vehicle north along the Solomon Hochoy Highway. According to the police report, the assailant lost control of the vehicle on nearing Macaulay and crashed, injuring everyone on board. Dr Sharma and one of the robbers subsequently died around 1.50 am. Dr Naidoo and the three suspects were taken to the San Fernando General Hospital for treatment. One of the suspects, a known firearm offender, succumbed to his injuries. Police identified him as Akeem Marine, 19, of Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando. Dr Naidoo has since been discharged, while the two other suspects are warded at hospital.


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Prince Harry has taken aim at the journalists who have dissected his life since the day he was born as he expressed regret for the way he has had to step down from royal duties. In a personal speech that referenced his late mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car accident while being pursued by paparazzi, Harry said Sunday he had "no other option'' but to step away as he and his wife, Meghan, seek a more peaceful life. "When I lost my mum 23 years ago, you took me under your wing,'' Harry said at a dinner in London for Sentebale, his Africa-based charity supporting youngsters with HIV. ``You looked out for me for so long, but the media is a powerful force. And my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us.'' The comments were Harry's first public remarks since Saturday night, when his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, announced the terms under which the prince and his wife will walk away from most royal duties, give up public funding and try to become financially independent. The couple are expected to spend most of their time in Canada while maintaining a home in England near Windsor Palace. The queen's statement said the agreement, reached after crisis talks, was a "constructive and supportive way forward." But Harry's speech made it clear that the couple had not gotten their wish to be able to carry on with some royal duties while becoming independent. "Our hope was to continue serving the queen, the Commonwealth and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn't possible," he said. "For those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this,'' he added. "The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven't always got it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.'' Harry, 35, has made no secret of his disdain for Britain's tabloid media in the past, with both he and Meghan filing lawsuits against press outlets last fall. At the time, Harry gave an interview drawing parallels between the treatment of his wife and the media frenzy that contributed to the death of his mother. Harry praised his grandmother, the queen, and the rest of his family for supporting him and his wife in recent months. He called the decision to change both jobs and continents "a leap of faith" and said he hopes the move will allow him and his family to achieve a "more peaceful life." Under terms of the deal announced Saturday, Harry and Meghan will stop using their "royal highness" titles this spring and will lose all access to public funds once they stop carrying out official functions. Harry opened his speech by noting that many in the audience had watched him grow up and said he wanted them "to hear the truth from me, as much as I can share, not as a prince, or a duke, but as Harry." He framed the decision to leave as his own, made on behalf of Meghan and their young son, Archie. He spoke of both during his remarks, telling the audience that eight-month-old Archie had seen snow for the first time a few days ago and "thought it was bloody brilliant." He then turned to his relationship with the queen and other members of his family. "I will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother — my commander in chief — and I'm incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family for the support they have shown Meghan and I over the last few months," he said. Meghan and Archie and the couple's dogs are already in Canada, and it was not clear how soon Harry would join them or where in Canada they would live. The couple spent the holiday season on Vancouver Island, and Meghan worked for seven years in Toronto filming the TV series "Suits."