Apr 17, 2010

NAPA Opens this weekend!

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In an election year or better yet in an election moment all the ills of the National Academy for the Performing Arts will be laid to rest. The government is out to show the naysayers that the magnificence of the structure is a story yet to be told. Here is the article that was published in the Trinidad Express Newspapers giving details for the opening performances:

"THE CULTURE Division of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs will present the first ever NAPA Fest at the Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain starting tomorrow and Sunday.
These shows. entitled: “Music Festival Highlights - Champion Choirs”, are concerts showcasing Championship winners in the open classes in addition to selected outstanding performances throughout the 29th Biennial festival.

Performance times are 7.30 pm tomorrow and 6.30 pm on Sunday. The running time for primetime shows will be two hours, 30 minutes, with a 15-minute intermission.

Admission will be Adults: $75 and children (ages 12 and under) $40 per concert. For season tickets (any three concerts), patrons pay $200. Tickets are available at the NAPA Box Office, located at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Keate Street, Port of Spain.
Box Office Opening Hours: Mon - Fri. 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm and on the day of each show (Weekend) - 11:00 am - 8:00 pm. Please contact the Queen's Hall Operator at 624-1284 for further details.
The NAPA Festival is intended to put the performing arts at the helm of the nation's identity. It is a celebration of youth, the recognition of masters and the display of our musical excellence at the premier performing arts facility, which is positioned as a leader in the development of artistic excellence."

 
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Apr 16, 2010

May 24Th. is Election Day in Trinidad and Tobago

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BREAKING NEWS

At 1.05 PM today, a release from the Office of Prime Minister Patrick Manning advised President George Maxwell Richards to issue a writ of election appointing Monday, May 24, 2010, as the date of the General Election.
trinidadandtobagonews.com/blog

 
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Apr 15, 2010

FIVE NODS FOR MACHEL MONTANO AT IRAWMA

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Article from the Jamaican Observer dated 04.14.2010
International soca act Machel Montano, who will be performing at the 29th International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) May 1 has received five nominations inclidng Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer, Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year, Most Outstanding Stage Personality, Songwriter of the Year and Most Outstanding Show Band/Group as front man for the band Xtatic.

Montano, born in Trinidad and Tobago is renowned as the international king of soca music, and is the only soca artiste to have sold out two back-to-back shows at Madison Square Garden.

The consummate showman, Montano, one of the Caribbean's most sought after artist has taken the genre of Soca music to heights and continues to work hard to bring the genre from the oil rich island of Trinidad to the mainstream.

"We are extraordinarily proud of Machel Montano's achievements and his endeavor to bring soca to the masses," Ephraim Martin, event producer for IRAWMA 2010 said. "His performance at this year's show will surely be one to remember."

The 29th IRAWMA is the longest running reggae and world music event in the country, continuing the trend of celebrating the most popular performing artistes in the music genres.

Performers and nominees for IRAWMA 2010 include Julian Marley, Dean Fraser, Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Riley, Gramps Morgan, Machel Montano, Bar-bee, Alison Hinds, Winsome Benjamin, Tony Rebel, Sean Paul, Beenie Man and Vybz Kartel among others.

IRAWMA also recognises artistes in gospel, salsa, Latin, reggaeton, calypso, soca, African, soukous, compas, racine and hip hop.

 
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Apr 11, 2010

Good Citizens

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Who is a good citizen? Well as far as I am concerned a good citizen is one who is interested in the progress of the nation without fear or favor of any political party. A good citizen respects the law and ensures that the environment is protected. A good citizen ensures that he/she produces worth for the benefits received when pay day rewards their endeavors at their work place. 
We can list many ideal that could make a good citizen however now that election fever is in the air can we consider the good citizen one who will put country first and party a distant second? Do you believe that this is possible in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago? We have heard die-hard supports remark, "ah born ah PNM and I will die a PNM". The same can be said for many of the supporters for the opposition UNC in that they can't see themselves ever supporting the ruling PNM or the COP political entity. Can we consider these die-hards good citizens?
In the upcoming general elections each political entity will find ways to motivate their supporters to snub the opposing forces and this can become extremely bitter with no one really dealing with the issues of good governance. What we need to hear from the politicians is how they plan to guide the country towards a stable political and economic situation while ensuring that citizens can walk the streets without the fear of criminals committing acts of violence without penalty. 
Reasonable food prices, acceptable transportation and access roads, dependable water supply and reasonably priced electricity. The corrupt practices of many will be revealed and of course many will go to trial but good citizens need to put their petty differences aside and vote for people who will represent them and not simply serve the interests of the party. Sometimes the interests of the party and the people cross paths and that could be ideal but most of the time representation of the needs of the people and community fall on the wayside as the political interests of the party takes precedence. 
Good citizens should examine the representative and question his or her motivation to run for political office. Representation of the interests of the community should come first and the ideals of the political party a close second. 
Good citizens should vote with their brain and not their Hart. Sorry I meant hearts. Are you a good citizen?

 
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