Fay Ann no longer associated with Miss Universe campaign

Soca songstress Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez is no associated with the bid to have Yvonne Clarke compete at the 2017 Miss Universe pageant.

This is according to the following statement released by her publicists, Etcetera The Company today:

"MIME Limited, the company steered by Asylum Vikings female vocalist, Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez, takes this time to congratulate Yvonne Clarke on her reinstatement as Miss Trinidad and Tobago in the upcoming Miss Universe pageant to be held later this month in the United States.

Filmmakers Collaborative welcomes Budget measures for industry but makes further recommendations

The Filmmakers Collaborative of Trinidad and Tobago (FILMCO) says it has taken note of the supplemental increase in allocation to The Film Company of Trinidad and Tobago (FilmTT) – to TT$2.5 million – in the budget presentation by the Minister of Finance Colm Imbert for the 2017/2018 financial year.

Some casinos announce decision to close down following Budget taxation measures

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Members Club Association (TTMCA), Sherry Persad has announced that some casinos have decided to immediately close their doors as a result of the new tax measures introduced in the 2018 Budget.

Persad said the decision came at a meeting held at 1pm today to discuss the measures.

They are also calling on the Opposition to withhold support for the Gambling Bill.

Persad issued the following statement after today's meeting:

Gaming Industry says tax increase is act of bad faith

The Trinidad and Tobago Members Club Association (TTMCA) is describing the increases in taxation in the sector as an act of bad faith.

The association says the government appears to have singled out the gaming industry as one of the few areas of the national economy to bear the burden of the nation’s economic challenges.

The group says in the last 18 months the gaming industry has suffered a tremendous down-turn and casinos have begun to reduce not only staff but also overall expenditure.