TTI Staff Writer

Dial Now for Natalee’s TTT PNM Party Group i95.5 FM

The local rumour mill has stopped grinding with speculation about Natalee Ligoure who has moved to state-owned Trinidad and Tobago Television for the  NOW morning show.

This should come as a relief to both fans and foes of the popular “rogue” Jamaican broadcaster who first came to the notice of Trinis as a radio broadcaster about 11 years ago. 

Later shifting to CNC3 for a short stint, she has now landed in TTT with the expectation that her raving audience will get a good run for their money in this exciting episode of the already very challenging life of a  most courageous girl who was diagnosed as a victim of Lupus at age 15 –   only to later become afflicted with kidney issues which will demand dialysis treatment for the rest of her natural life. 

Ever the serious professional under her spicy humour and raunchy laughter, Ligoure has won the hearts and minds of many a Trini who had been longing for a break from the dull fare which mainly passed for morning editions on the nation’s four television stations.

An Icon Gone

Trinidad and Tobago awoke this morning in a state of unsettlement – not out of the stressful Tobago House of Assembly matter– but because Sandra de Vignes had died in the wee hours of the morning.

Like the shadow cast by the assemblymen over the changes that must come to the island soon, Sandra cast a new wave of possibility of her people.

 It was almost as if, in the early morning dew, she was cutting a way through for those of us who need help to venture safely forward.

 How many times have various poets and priests failed to plumb the depths of our souls with lines that could never reach the bottom of our hearts much less our beings?

A LEADER LOOKING FOR A FUTURE

One of the more obvious developments arising out of the Tobago House of Assembly elections over the past few months was the manner in which Prime Minister Keith Rowley exhibited a consciousness that this would probably be his last term in political life.

Already displaying the effects from the recent cuff to the solar plexus received from his recent heart condition, the usually enthusiastic Tobago Ah Wee Boy was less than jocular and more than sombre as he presided on a few occasions at the various meetings which would decide if his PNM would be put in power again.

Cocoa and Pepper In World Ranking

Ranking high on the world performance charts are two agricultural products of Trinidad and Tobago which have traditionally made a mark for this country without any fuss or bother for many years.

Described as ”Home to one of the world’s longest continuous cocoa variety breeding programmes initiated in 1930”, Trinidad and Tobago’s Moruga Scorpion pepper was also rated “the hottest naturally growing pepper in the world at over 2m Scovile units (SHUs) by the New Mexico State university’s Chile Pepper Institute in 2012.

Each pepper contains as much as much capsaicin as 25 mls of police grade pepper spray, official sources here stated.

In a world where fine/flavour cocoa accounts for a mere 5 % of cocoa production, TT is one of eight fine/flavour producers with unique hybrids of Criollo, Trinitario and Forastero fetching a premium price on the world market.

Dying Happy with Dennie

As he celebrates his first twenty five years on the planet, Cochese Tyler Dennie is peering far into the distant future for channels through which he can navigate  both his business endeavors and his  life in the creation of a wholesome future for himself, his community and his country.

As a young child who “liked to drive”, the enterprising Tyler with a personal push to be always “better”,  first  found himself organizing a group of boys with pails, soap water and rags into a car-wash business  in the east Port of Spain “ghetto” community where he was born.

Port of Spain Rising

Trinidad and Tobago’s capital city is taking the high road to resurgence and renewal as the Caribbean’s future “City of Festivals”.

Located  in  Trinidad on the southern-most-point of the lesser Antilles island chain, Port of Spain was the convenient  entry-point for invading European forces depositing various strains of people on  Amerindian-occupied land first called  “Cumucurapo”. 

When Death Becomes a Regular Feature Of Life

t’s not at all amusing but very funny how – at this special time of one’s life –  Death has become such a regular feature. Who would believe that barely two days after  I helped my neighbour “Jinx”* push his old car, he  died of a heart attack?

Incidentally, the way how I got the news of Jinx’s passing was also cause for discomfiting consternation tinged with humour. Or as the old people say: “Thing to cry for, you laughing”.

I got a wake-up call from Scobie, a long-time a community resident who reacted to my “Hello” in a hesitant, diffident tone.

“…I don’t know how to say this…but…”, he said solemnly, “ …I hear you dead!”

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