· September, 2006

Stories about Trinidad & Tobago from September, 2006

Trinidad & Tobago, Belize: Carifesta

  27 September 2006

Only the Belize booth holds any interest for Caribbean Free Radio, on a visit to the “village” of the Caribbean arts festival Carifesta. Carifesta takes place this week in Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad & Tobago: Blogging the Arts

  25 September 2006

AS THE Anglophone Caribbean blogosphere grows, so does the number of specialist blogs devoted to specific subjects. For two decades now, Trinidad has been a major site for contemporary art in the Caribbean, rivalling the better known art centres of Cuba and Jamaica, though not enjoying the same amount of...

Trinidad & Tobago: Farewell, BWEE

  20 September 2006

Barbados Free Press says farewell to BWIA — or Bwee, as it's familiarly called — as the Trinidad and Tobago airline prepares to wind up its operations and make way for a new entity called Caribbean Airlines.

Trinidad & Tobago: Dear Jack Warner…

  19 September 2006

Jeremy Taylor writes a letter to Trinidadian FIFA Vice President Jack Warner: “What a horrendous time they've been giving you in recent years, Jack. There was that hearing earlier this year into an alleged conflict of interest in the alleged sale of World Cup tickets, and now this alleged affair...

  17 September 2006

A newly launched web site called trinivote.com and bearing the tag line “Elections May Be Sprung Upon US…Do You Know Where Your Vote Is Going”, is a typically Trinidadian mixture of humour and gravitas.

Trinidad & Tobago: Snap election?

  15 September 2006

With the opposition party in a shambles and the newly formed Congress of the People still consolidating, will Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister call a snap election? Jeremy Taylor is taking bets.

Trinidad & Tobago: Private jet

  15 September 2006

The Manicou is indignant that Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister has been “previewing” a private jet, apparently with a view to purchasing. A government minister says the report is untrue — but the Manicou's not convinced.

Trinidad & Tobago: Alcoa vs. Chatham

  13 September 2006

Jeremy Taylor weighs in on the “ugly confrontation” taking place between the members of a community in south-western Trinidad and a big company attempting to construct an aluminium smelter in the area.

Trinidad & Tobago: Galvanize

  13 September 2006

The blog of the Galvanize project, “a platform for presenting new work by visual, performing, and literary artists, and for provoking critical discussion of art practice and reception in the contemporary Caribbean,” announces that the programme's official launch will take place on September 14. The blog also features a schedule...

Trinidad & Tobago: Smelter protesters arrested

  12 September 2006

The Rights Action Group T&T blog, which promotes and documents the work of a group fighting against the construction of an aluminium smelter in south-western Trinidad, is reporting that two residents of the area, a member of the Rights Action Group and a university lecturer were arrested in the early...

Caribbean, USA: West Indian Day Parade

  11 September 2006

Will, a Dutch student newly arrived at New York's Columbia University, takes in last Monday's West Indian Day Parade: “A giant Caribbean parade which takes place in Brooklyn on the Labour Day Holiday . . . . The first part of it was made use of by American politicians (Congressional...

Trinidad & Tobago: First Nation People

  8 September 2006

“It is my belief that our people should be included in all discussions pertaining to the environment and the well being of our country,” writes Cristo Adonis, shaman of the Arima Carib community in Trinidad, in a letter gently protesting the continued exclusion of the country's “First Nation People” from...

Trinidad & Tobago: A history of air travel

  8 September 2006

Karen Walrond offers a personal history of air travel, which has changed, she notes, “not just because of planes flying into skyscrapers. . . it's just that societal customs have also changed so much in the last 4 decades, we all view something as illogical as air flight with a...

Trinidad & Tobago: Costume hunt

  7 September 2006

Trinidadian blogger saucydiva, who's been making the rounds of the “mas’ camps” in Port of Spain in search of a Carnival costume, pays a visit to the headquarters of Pulse 8, whose “Wicked Waitress” costume is priced at US$400.

Caribbean: West Indian Day Parade

  6 September 2006

TrinidadJunction attends the annual West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn, New York on Labor Day: “every single island in the Caribbean is represented. Each island typically has their own truck and/or band and can choose to ‘parade’ anyway they see fit. Some islands, like Trinidad and Barbados, choose to bring...

Trinidad & Tobago: New party

  5 September 2006

The Manicou comes out in support of a new political party being formed by the estranged political leader of Trinidad and Tobago's opposition party.

Trinidad & Tobago: Youth, alcohol, cigarettes

  4 September 2006

The Manicou applauds a new Drug Abuse Prevention policy proposed by the Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Education aimed at making all schools smoke and drug free, but wonders what effect this could have on the fundraising parties held on the premises of certain schools

Trinidad & Tobago: Independence

  1 September 2006

As Trinidad and Tobago observes the 44th anniversary of its independence on August 31, Jeremy Taylor wonders if “Independence as an event is becoming ancient history,” and whether Carifesta, the upcoming regional arts festival, will provide “a platform for something truly exciting and challenging. And that depends, not on organisers...

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