Rodney Charles

‘gimmickry’: Naparima MP Rodney Charles, right, and Oropouche West MP Vidia Gayadeen-­Gopeesingh at the UNC Pavement Report meeting on Thursday evening, at Batchyia Village, Penal.

IT was a misstatement. Naparima MP Rodney Charles wants the country to know that he is not “mad” and was in no way endor­sing the People’s National Movement (PNM) when he delivered a speech at a Uni­­ted National Congress (UNC) meeting in Penal last week.

Charles became the butt of several social media jokes yesterday after a video clip of him speaking at the meeting began circulating. In the clip taken during the UNC’s Pavement Report meeting Charles, a UNC MP, seemed to praise the PNM, saying: “The PNM party is the best party to take Trinidad and Tobago out of the morass and out of the nonsense and out of the stupidity that passes for governance in Trinidad and Tobago.”


Having lost his eight-year-old sister Mukeisha, ten-year-old Makessi suffered more grief yesterday when a tug of war erupted at Mukeisha’s funeral service over his custody.

Machel Montano kissed his bride Renee Butcher in front of thousands of screaming fans after the two had a second wedding ceremony at his Machel Monday concert at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.

The couple, who officially married on Valentine’s Day last Friday at the newly refurbished Red House in Port of Spain, staged an artistic re-reading of vows at the final and tenth edition of the famous concert series, aptly entitled “The Wedding”.

Seventh Day Adventist Pastor Clive Dottin was the officiant at the elaborate all-white ceremony designed by legendary masman Peter Minshall.