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Written By: Jason Sifflet on Mar 2nd, 2010 Can you give ten reasons why you should be proud to be St Lucian? Jason Sifflet thinks he can! So you come from a small Caribbean island which has achieved nothing in the way of international notoriety or success. The biggest thing that happened on your island in the recent past was that they shot some episodes of The Bachelor here. You’re like a pretty girl on the world stage—no one can see past your breasts (the Pitons) to acknowledge your intelligence, your strength, your diligence and creativity. Sometimes, even you forget, selling yourself to international investors for a song and a dance. But the truth about you is that you are not just some geo-political jamette. Looking over your history, STAR researchers have found that you don’t just have potential, you actually already have a great record of achievement. You think you’re nothing, but if we rewrite your resume, we will discover that you have done many great things in the past and have the potential to exceed them all. In fact, St Lucia, you are a woman very worthy of being loved and being proud of. In fact, let us…
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The handling of the situation by government concerning popular but controversial Jamaican reggae artiste, Mr. Vegas has again put the administration in the limelight. Last week, the issue was about a “Gang of Four” inside the Cabinet and seven days later it was about the so-called “ban” imposed by the Ministry of Labour on the artiste from performing in the country. Although the Minister of Culture, Karl Hood has cleared the air and informed the nation that the Vegas issue had nothing to do with banning foreign artistes from coming into Spice country. According to the minister, it had to do more or less with promoters not adhering to set guidelines by the Ministry of Labour for applying well in advance for work permits for these artistes. THE NEW TODAY is satisfied that the promoter, Mr. Steve Duncan did apply for the work permit for the Jamaican artiste one month before the date of the show and not last week as suggested by Minister Hood. This newspaper has seen an official document with the letterhead of the Ministry of Labour indicating quite clearly that Mr. Duncan had applied for the work permit on January 28, 2010 and not just last…
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Movie crews focus on TT Carnival Saturday, February 13 2010 THIS YEAR, four international productions have chosen to film in Trinidad during Carnival and are being facilitated by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company. Among the films that will be shot on location are Scandalous a love story based on William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The lead male character in the film is TT’s very own Machel Montano, aptly cast to play the role of a soca musician who falls in love with the daughter of a rich Indian business tycoon. Produced by Ancil McKain, the film is described on their official website (www.scandalousthemovie.com) as a “mid-budget Bollywood-style musical comedy feature film with the potential to spawn a soundtrack of global hits”. Liquid Rush, produced by American hip-hop and dance performer, Freedom Williams and his crew are also in Port-of-Spain for the Festival. This film is a love story set in both Trinidad and New York, about a young professional man in the liquor business who travels to Trinidad and Tobago to deal with a business challenge involving his Caribbean rum brand. The main character’s trip to TT occurs just one month prior to his wedding and lands him…
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Cops shoot cops Policemen on lookout for kidnappers injured by colleagues BY KARYL WALKER Crime/Court co-ordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Saturday, February 13, 2010 TWO policemen from the elite Organised Crime Investigative Unit (OCID), in an embarrassing case of friendly fire, were shot and injured Thursday night while on an operation to nab the kidnappers of a teenage girl. One of the policemen, an inspector, received treatment at hospital, while the other, a corporal, who was shot in the abdomen, was said to be critical. Their names were not released. The policemen were on the lookout for the kidnappers of the 16-year-old girl on the Bustamante Highway, in the vicinity of Glenmuir Road, when they were set upon and shot by policemen from Clarendon. The police reported yesterday that the Clarendon cops did not realise that the two men were their colleagues and only decided not fire another round when the inspector and detective corporal identified themselves. It was not clear, however, why they Clarendon police pulled their guns and started shooting when they were not attacked. The incident, meanwhile, has left a bitter taste in the mouths of officers from OCID who complained that the shooters did not follow procedure when they…
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Guyanese woman in court over theft from Brian Lara February 13, 2010 | By KNews | Filed Under News CHARGED: Guyanese national Curlis Anderson A Guyanese woman appeared in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court Thursday, charged with receiving a stolen item belonging to retired star West Indies batsman Brian Lara.Curlis Anderson, 32, of Farouk Lane, El Socorro, appeared before Magistrate Brian Dabideen in the 4A Court.It is alleged that some time during the period October 16 and February 9, Anderson received one black Sony laptop computer, knowing it was the property of Lara.The charge was laid indictably and she was not called upon to enter a plea. Anderson is being represented by defence attorney Fareed Ali.The attorney explained that his client had been living in the country for the past six years and was currently trying to obtain residential status as she was a person of “good character” with no previous conviction or pending matter before the courts.He said since this was her first charge, Anderson was entitled to bail and he asked the court to exercise its discretion on this matter. Prosecutor Cpl Edward Edmund said he had no objection to bail.Dabideen granted Anderson bail in the sum of $15,000.…