Oct 22, 2011

Traditional Indian make-up turned trendy | Trinidad Express Newspaper | Woman Magazine

It's Divali time again in our beautiful country, the time that Hindus celebrate light over darkness.

Isn't it amazing how times have changed and what is now en vogue was a big joke a few decades ago? There was a time in Trinidad and Tobago that everything East Indian was a joke in many communities throughout the country.

From the sappat to the way they combed their hair and the foods they ate East Indians had a very difficult time coping with what was considered in style in the country.

One thing in particular that was a joke was the way East Indians dressed and in particular the colors they used. Red and yellow were considered 'Indian colors' and, as such, not in style... If you were caught wearing those colors it had better be in a Carnival band!

Now the trend around the World is make up East Indian style.... I think that all of this is so funny. In Trinidad, it was a joke when East Indians put on their pink faces and colorful eyeliners... they were literally laughed at but look what is happening today! 

Today almost everything East Indian (in Trinidad) is en vogue. From the food to the politics today... very interesting indeed!

Oct 18, 2011

Fire and Brimstone in Parliament | PM Wades into PNM Corruption

Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar finally went on the attack against the now Opposition PNM. She pointed out  the sins of the former government. The clip below is part of the Newsday article. The link to the article is provided below. 

Condemning the Opposition for accusing her administration of non-performance, discrimination and corruption, Persad-Bissessar told PNM MPs, “You have no moral authority. You must first atone for your sins.” 

Observing that Rowley was again not wearing the PNM’s trademark balisier tie at yesterday’s sitting, Persad-Bissessar claimed that he had “cut his balisier ties.” 

Reminding PNM MPs that ten of them were in Manning’s last administration and were silent when Rowley raised concerns about corruption with respect to Udecott and other matters, Persad-Bissessar advised them to remember the words of former PNM government minister Ken Valley who died earlier this year.

“You can run but you cannot hide.”

Oct 16, 2011

Shurwayne Winchester's cover of Jiggle It

Shurwayne Winchester is featured singing alongside Inches for this one.There are three versions of this sound and they all sound good and in my opinion. The original version stands out and no one will be able to say, "hey dis is old, it was done in 2010" - it still sounds good, in my humble opinion. 

“I couldn’t believe that it was Shurwayne.” That was the surprise statement uttered by Inches when he told the story about linking up with Trinidadian Shurwayne Winchester who requested doing something with the song - the Jiggle remix featuring Shurwayne was done in BIM.

Please press the play button (below) to listen (small triangle in circle).
This is the version featuring Shurwayne Winchester

Oct 13, 2011

Chutney Soca Monarch finals moving to QPS | Trinidad Express Newspaper | News


Now this is very interesting indeed... Chutney Soca moving to "The Big Yard!" Well it was inevitable as the Chutney singers continue to improve and the regular Calypsonians and Soca stars begin to realize that the Chutney Music Market has a great upside to it.

Simply put, the East Indian community will continue to support this event. It has outgrown the base from which it started and is poised to make it's debut as a National event next Carnival.

The promoter of the show hopes to showcase the Chutney Soca boat to the East-West Corridor hoping that the supporters from Central and Southern Trinidad will continue to follow the beat of the Chutney stars into the Savannah in Port- of - Spain.

The Savannah or as we say back home "The Big Yard" is the place to be for Carnival - Welcome to the Chutney Stars!

Oct 2, 2011

It is now a criminal offense | Turtle hunting banned!

This is extremely good news... Didn't you know that the present administration running the country has put an end to the hunting and killing of Turtles in our beloved Trinidad and Tobago? The new law also prohibits the taking and eating of the eggs that turtles come ashore to lay every year. The law itself prohibits the killing, harpooning and sale of turtle meat in Trinidad and Tobago. The law is all about the "Protection of Turtle and Turtle Eggs Regulations".

It is estimated that every year over 6,000 thousand turtles come to the shores of Trinidad to lay their eggs. The Leatherback turtle has now been listed as an endangered species. They religiously return to Trinidad to lay theirs eggs to ensure that the species survives in a very destructive world that does not have any respect for nature's plan. Fortunately the government of Trinidad and Tobago has done the right thing... This is the correct decision, a sane decision that respects the species and sets us aside from many nations of the World. We are a caring people and this new law will surely help. 

The newly amended law that also protects the eggs (stated above) falls under Section 4 Chapter 67:51 of the new act approved by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. This is particularly good news for the giant leather back turtles that religiously return to Trinidad year after year to lay their eggs.

The Act sates the following: 

“No person shall, at any time, kill, harpoon, catch or otherwise take possession of any turtle, or purchase, sell, offer or expose for sale or cause to be sold or offered for sale any turtle or turtle meat”. He further explained: “As you may be aware, Trinidad and Tobago holds the unique position of having nesting populations of five of the seven species of marine turtles occurring worldwide and has one of the largest nesting populations of Leatherback turtles in the world, second only to Africa.” Bharath said that all turtles were regarded as critically endangered worldwide according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) to which T&T was a party. “What this therefore means, members of the fishing community, is that no longer can turtles be considered a “by-catch”. It is our goal to foster the sustainable use and conservation of fisheries resources, and we urge you to join us.”
Information for this article was obtained from the Trinidad Guradian Newspaper - "Government ends all Turtle hunting"
Photo was obtained from: Google Images





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