Tya Jane Ramey

Miss World Trinidad and Tobago Tya Jane Ramey and Venezuelan children try their hands at playing the pan.

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.

Local groups and individuals have banded together to provide humanitarian assistance to the migrants and their families, among these is the La Romaine Migrant Support (LARMS) group. LARMS is a relatively new organisation which was established less than six months ago with the aim of giving migrants and their young children some semblance of a normal life. The LARMS team consists of teachers and a psychologist and several volunteers including Miss World Trinidad & Tobago Tya Jane Ramey.


Two of my patients, one with diabetes and kidney failure, and the other with kidney failure passed away this year. It is really sad to hear of the transitioning of patients, and both were on dialysis. Kidney disease is not an easy battle; add diabetes, and it makes matters worse.

The diminutive bartender earned that title and the $10,000 first prize at the local leg of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge, held on Monday at the Angostura Hospitality Box, Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.

This year the group presents, Deo Gratias (Latin for “Thanks Be to God” ), a show undertaking styles of music spanning several centuries and cultures, which will launch the start of a year-long celebration of musical and non-musical activities in honour of the group’s 40th anniversary as a music organisation in Trinidad and Tobago.

THE lifespan of a bottle usually ends once its contents have been emptied. But some bottles either have sentimental value or are too beautiful to throw in the trash—so Clive Prevatt of LickaLamp gives them a second life by transforming them into practical pieces of art.

The parang fraternity is in high spirits this month as the Yuletide season once again brings this art form into the spotlight.