Trinidad Carnival: Party cyan done

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By Lydia Patel NY correspondent

For the days leading up to Trinidad carnival the entire island is under a festive glee. Sweet sounds of sofa take over the streets non stop for days upon end.

Whether you are a native Trinidadian or came in for a good time, everyone takes in the action at what is truly the best time here on the island. So much so that the party don't stop for nothing. Slings, crutches or cane - You are guaranteed to see it going through the streets and in the parade.

Carnival is so much a religion that you will see people limping and hopping around but still enjoying the great carnival vibes. Jouvert morning which takes place in the wee hours of carnival Monday is the official paint, mud, clay and chocolate street party.

It's a sight to see thousands of people take to the streets covered. Carnival Tuesday is where all the beautiful costumes come out. From big bands to small bands everyone is wearing a costume. Now some people more than others really shouldn't but that's all part of the good fun in Trinidad and Tobago.

So farewell carnival 2016 we had a blast. On to 2017. By the way it's February 27th and 28th.





Port of Spain mayor apologises

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Port-of-Spain mayor Raymond Tim Kee has apologised for comments "attributed to him" at a news conference yesterday, insisting they were taken out of context. In the same breath, he has agreed that his comments could have been considered out of line.

Following the announcement of the Downtown Carnival results at his City Hall office yesterday, Mayor Tim Kee was asked for his comment on the discovery of the body of a female masquerader at the Queen's Park Savannah.

The statements suggested that the woman's death, later identified as Japanese pannist Asami Nagakiya, was in some way linked to a culture of lewdness.

The Mayor says his comments were completely misconstrued, and singled out a headline in a daily newspaper which read "POS Mayor criticises women". Tim Kee said it was a matter of "drawing fire even before the article was read."





japanese-strangled-carnival.jpgThirty-year-old Japanese national Asami Nagakiya was strangled.

Police reports say that an autopsy performed on the pannist show that death was by strangulation.As a result, Nagakiya's death is now being treated as a murder.

This was confirmed yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre in St James following a post-mortem performed by forensic pathologist, Dr Valery Alexandrov.

Alexandrov's report revealed that Nagakiya's death was due to "manual strangulation", indicating that someone used their hands to strangle the pannist to death.

Nagakiya, who played with PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars, was found lying on her side under a tree in the Queen's Park Savannah. Her body was discovered by some men on Ash Wednesday morning. She was clad in a yellow costume with an armband from the band Legacy. One of the men said she had a laceration on one arm as well as several bruises.

Her body was identified by the Japanese Embassy.

A regular visitor to Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival, Nagakiya captured images of J'ouvert which she posted on her Facebook page on Carnival Monday. Her close friend and pan colleague at Silver Stars Marcus Ash said it was a bitter pill for all to swallow.

"I think right now generally Silver Stars is shattered. She was like the life of Silver Stars. That person that would make everybody laugh. She never had a sad moment from the minute she touched down in Piarco. It would have been a dream come through for her I think, to be part of the band down here to win a Panorama. She was in love with her craft," Ash said. He noted that her glowing optimism and positivity had even recently got him through a personal ordeal.

She was a trained musician by profession, and had arrived in Trinidad on January 7, 2016, to participate in Carnival-related events.

She was from Kanagawa Ken Yokohama-shi Aoba-Ku Aobadai, Japan. Snr Supt Oswald Cudjoe, who heads the Homicide Bureau, is spearheading the investigation into the murder. Senior investigators told the Express yesterday that they had been visited by several persons who spent time with Nagakiya before she died and were willing to assist with enquiries.

The Express was also reported that investigators had "solid information" about a suspect that they were hoping to have in custody soon.





nesbeth.jpgNesbeth's My Dream has been frequently used at the rallies of both the Jamaica Labour Party and the People's National Party and the artiste says he has no problem at all with that.

The reggae singer says he is for the people and if the song means anything to the politicians and their supporters, they are welcomed to use the song.

He says he has signed with J-CAP and receives royalties for the use of the song.





police-station.jpgThe police have determined that the deadly attack on a JLP motorcade in the hotbed community of Flanker, St James, was gang related.

According to the man in charge of the St. James Police Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor, a high level probe into Wednesday's incident along Kodak Street, in Flanker stemmed from gang warfare. One man was shot and killed, and three other persons wounded in the incident .

A total of 12 motor vehicles were also damaged in the incident.

The top cop has revealed that the incident took place close to the home of Javin Campbell, who was shot and killed at a JLP mass rally in Sam Sharpe Square on Sunday.

SSP McGregor explained that no permission was granted for a motorcade to take place in Flanker given the prospects for reprisal, following Sunday's fatal shooting.

The St. James Police are again calling for good sense to prevail during the election campaign.

Wednesday's incident follows the deadly shooting at the Jamaica Labour Party's mass meeting in Montego Bay, on Sunday night in which 8 persons were shot, 2 fatally.





Andrew Holness to sue Portia Simpson Miller

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andrew-holness-jlp-meeting.jpgLeader of the Opposition Andrew Holness says he will be taking action against the Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, this following reports that Simpson Miller would take legal action if Holness does not apologize for a comment he made in reference to her during a television interview.

Holness responded to the threat of legal proceedings that he had not received the letter from her attorney and that he has also asked his attorneys to investigate her describing him as an" enemy of the State" with a view of taking similar action.

The Opposition leader described the legal move against him as a ploy to avoid the pre-election debate, to be staged by the Jamaica Debates Commission.

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And attorney at law Bert Samuels, who is representing the Prime Minister, is requesting more than a written apology from Mr Holness.

Samuels is contending that an apology alone would not negate the perceived damage.

Simpson Miller is alleging that the Opposition Leader defamed her in the television interview during nomination day proceedings on Tuesday.





Portia demands apology from Andrew

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prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has accused Opposition Leader Andrew Holness of defaming her on Nomination Day and has written to him demanding an apology.

The letter states that if there is no apology within the next three days, then Simpson Miller will institute legal proceedings against Holness.

The Prime Minister contends that the comments have lowered her in the estimation of right-thinking members of society.

Attorney-at-law Bert Samuels of the firm Knight, Junor & Samuels is handling the case.

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Cuban woman arrested in Jamaica for forgery

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA Cuban who was arrested at the airport on Monday for Forgery, Uttering forged documents and Conspiracy to deceive is to appear in the Corporate Area Residents Magistrate's court on Friday.

She has been identified as 29-year-old accountant Yamile Alvarez Hernandez of Sancti Spiritus, Cuba.





Canadian arrested at Norman Manley Airport

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA Canadian was arrested and charged for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.

He is 42-year-old Garnett Ricketts of Ridgemore Crescent in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

The police say Ricketts was about to depart the island for Barbados when his luggage was searched and approximately Two pounds of ganja was found.

He was later charged for taking steps to export and dealing in ganja.

He is to appear in the Half-Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court next Tuesday.