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Bunji, Fay-Ann shine on ’106 and Park’

Host of US cable network BET’s 106 and Park brought up last weekend’s falling-out between Bunji Garlin (Ian Alvarez), Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez and the Asylum Vikings and the producers of the 2014 Tobago Jazz Experience, asking Bunji if the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) had apologised for disrespecting them. Bow Wow (Shad Gregory Moss) and co-host, Keshia Chante, were interviewing Bunji and Fay-Ann following their performance of Differentology
on the show’s stage on Thursday. The BET segment was recorded on Wednesday and aired during Thursday’s live broadcast. As for the performance, Bunji and Fay-Ann had the audience going wild as they danced along, with some of them waving Trinidad and Tobago flags. Bunji threw in some freestyle chanting during the performance, eliciting even louder cheers from the audience. As they introduced Bunji and Fay-Ann, Chante said excitedly that she was eager for the performance, being a “Trini” and loving soca music and “wining”.

Education Ministry insists that overpaid teachers will be placed on repayment plan

The Ministry of Education has responded to rumblings among public sector teachers regarding a plan to recover nearly one billion dollars in overpaid salaries.

The money was paid over the past seven years and some teachers are worried that they will be hard-pressed in repaying given the wage freeze. The Education Ministry has declared that the money will be recovered.

However, Permanent Secretary, Elaine Foster-Allen, says a suitable repayment plan will be worked out based on an assessment of each teacher. The JTA had written to the Ministry asking for a halt to the recovery exercise.

JLP wants MP to apologise to Mayor of Lucea Shernette Haughton

The opposition Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) caretaker for Eastern Hanover, Paula Kerr- Jarrett has joined those calling for Member of Parliament for Western Hanover, Ian Hayles, to apologize to the Mayor of Lucea Shernette Haughton.

Hayles made several pronouncements last week, as part of efforts to remove the Mayor from office.
In a statement, Kerr-Jarrett said the people of Hanover stand to lose the most from the current feud and allegations engulfing the Hanover Parish Council and the Council is facing a crisis. Read more

Etana’s Heads To Europe with a Lifetime Achievement Award

We send congratulations to international reggae recording artiste, Etana for her recent accomplishment. She has received a lifetime achievement award for the milestone she has reached in the music industry. This accolade was presented to the prolific songbird at the recently held Linkage awards in New York. Her contribution to inspiration music as a singer and songwriter has not gone unnoticed. She has several number one hits under her belt that include: Free, August Town and Blessings, which features Alborosie.

Etana is appreciative of the recognition and prepares for a series of performances. On May 24th Etana is slated to perform at, Invasions of the Queens at Amazura in New York, the next day her schedule takes her to Miami for Best of The Best. She then jets off to Europe for back-to-back performances on her official tour that starts on May 27th in France. Read more

Super Cat Takes Spotlight in Trinidad

The legacy of Reggae/Dancehall music in Trinidad was restored to equilibrium last weekend as Dancehall icon, William ‘Super Cat’ Maragh delivered a scintillating performance to close off the third annual “Reggae on The Bay” concert event, held at O2 Park, Chaguaramas. Taking the stage around 9.30 p.m., Super Cat wasted no time talking or posturing, but instead got right into the business of delivering powerful and pristine renditions of his greatest hits.