Sam Mendes

Director Sam Mendes gives instructions to two of his actors.

Acclaimed British-born director Sam Mendes is making a World War I film about his Trinidadian grandfather Albert H Mendes.

Titled 1917, the film is the incredible real-life story of Albert who, at age 20, risked death from snipers, machine guns and shells to run messages for two days through the mud-filled craters near Ypres, in Belgium during the war. Mendes, 54, says 1917 is inspired by stories told to him as a child by his grandfather, who won the Military Medal for bravery during World War I.

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Alyssa Joseph is a firm believer in embracing and sharing the love of her lord and saviour Jesus Christ. The 12-year-old gospel music starlet has released a new single reiterating that belief entitled: “You Fill Me Up”. She says the self-penned Daniel Joseph-produced track is to encourage anyone doubting their self-worth to find acceptance and love in their faith in God. A music video for the song, directed by Jody Allert, was released on YouTube last month.

It’s a sunny Wednesday morning in Red Hill, Maloney, (Eastern Trinidad) and I can’t help but dream about a banana cupcake paired with peanut butter buttercream drizzled with chocolate ganache and topped with banana chips and candy bacon... Wait! Candy bacon?

Six and the City is a new column which captures people, passion and places. It zooms into six bits of detail about interesting people against a backdrop of busy cities.

2019 will undoubtedly be known as the year when the ongoing political and economic crisis in Venezuela spilled onto our shores here in T&T. The UN estimates that the crisis has forced about four million Venezuelans to flee their homeland. In a matter of two weeks (May 31-June 14) more than 14,000 Venezuelans registered to live and work in Trinidad and Tobago for one year.