Members of all the Caribbean islands join in dance during the opening ceremony of CARIFESTA XIV at the CARIFESTA Village Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain on Friday.

WHILE the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (Carifesta) is a triumphant celebration of regional culture, it is also a stark reminder of the failed Caribbean union.

That was the sentiment expressed by Prime Minster Dr Keith Rowley when he welcomed thousands of delegates from 14 Caricom member and three associate member states to T&T on Friday evening during the opening ceremony of Carifesta XIV at the Grand Stand of the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain. The 14th edition of the regional showcase is being staged, for the fourth time, at venues across T&T from August 16 to 25.


Iwer! Iwer! Iwer!

That repetitive chant, 1,000-plus voices strong, heralded the return of Neil “Iwer” George to soca supremacy long before any results were read on Saturday morning at the International Soca Monarch (ISM) final.

The Point Fortin-born veteran soca performer secured his fourth overall ISM title and second power soca category win, with an emphatic performance of his Road March contending collaboration with Kees Dieffenthaller — “Stage Gone Bad” — at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain.

THE breathtaking Salybia Beach you knew and loved does not exist anymore.

Illegal occupancy has turned the beach in Toco from a pristine sea-front into a muddle of illegal structures with an unplanned fishing port.

THE Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is seeking the public’s help to find five-year-old Keegan Primus.

Keegan, of Second Caledonia Road, Morvant was last seen on upper Frederick Street in the vicinity of the Port of Spain State Prison (Royal Jail) around 1 p.m. yesterday and was reported missing to the Central Station around 3.10 p.m.