UNESCO adds reggae music to global cultural heritage list

Reggae music, whose chill, lilting grooves won international fame thanks to artists like Bob Marley, on Thursday (Nov 29) secured a coveted spot on the United Nations' list of global cultural treasures.

UNESCO, the world body's cultural and scientific agency, added the genre that originated in Jamaica to its collection of "intangible cultural heritage" deemed worthy of protection and promotion.

"This is a historic day. We are very, very happy," enthused Jamaica's Culture Minister Olivia Grange, speaking by phone from Mauritius where the listings were announced.

Commissioner warns Carnival band owners, "Don't give alcohol to minors"

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith says of­fi­cers will be crack­ing down on bar own­ers, fete pro­mot­ers and Car­ni­val band­lead­ers who al­low mi­nors to con­sume al­co­hol on the premis­es or dur­ing their events.

He said the crack­down has al­ready start­ed at var­i­ous points across T&T.

“I have made a pub­lic state­ment ad­vis­ing that of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing those in plain clothes, would be mon­i­tor­ing es­tab­lish­ments that do not com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions,” Grif­fith told Guardian Me­dia Wednes­day.

13 pics of Miss World T&T's stunningly-designed National Costume

Miss World Trinidad and Tobago Ysabel Bisnath has appeared in the Dances of the World segment at the competition in Sanya, China.

Her national costume was entitled “Celebration of Our People".

It was designed and executed by head designer, Franklyn Jagdeo ff Hott Stuff Promotion, Rickey Sookdeo, and Tara Rampersad.

The pageant takes place on December 8.

Here's a view of what she wore.

Photography: Eye of Genie & Miss World T&T's Facebook page.

Southex takes over UWI Fete from Caesar's Army

The University of the West Indies St Augustine campus has announced that in 2019, Southex will be working closely with the UWI Development and Endowment Fund (UWIDEF) committee in coordinating and executing all aspects of next year’s UWI Fete carded for Sunday February 3, 2019.

The announcement was made at a media launch for the fete today at the UWI St. Augustine Campus.

Southex takes over from Caesar’s Army who managed the fete over the past two years.

UWI says the primary focus of the UWI Fete remains to provide scholarships and bursaries.

Culture Minister congratulates Calypso Rose

Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly is congratulating Calypso Rose who is set to receive another international award. 

Calypso Rose, whose real name is Linda Mc Cartha Sandy-Lewis, will be the recipient of the Grand Prize for World Music award at the Sacem Grand Prix in France on Monday 10 December, 2018.

“Calypso Rose, Calypso Queen of the World, continues to place Trinidad and Tobago on the international stage by taking calypso to all parts of the world," the minister said.

De Fosto's funeral is on Thursday

The funeral service for late calypsonian, Winston Scarborough, known as The Original De Fosto Himself, will take place on Thursday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, on Independence Square, Port of Spain from 10 am.

This was confirmed by the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) today.

De Fosto will then be buried at the Tacarigua Cemetery.

TUCO is extending its deepest condolences to the relatives and fans of De Fosto.