Jason Jones

Trinidad-born gay rights activist Jason Jones believes it is imperative for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) issues to be on the agenda in London, England, this week, where Commonwealth leaders will congregate for the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and his delegation left T&T yesterday to attending the meeting, which starts today. Jones is hoping the gay community’s victory in the High Court last week “offers pause to the 36 of 53 Commonwealth countries that still criminalise ­homosexuality”.


We need to get our act together.

That was the rallying call to calypso practitioners and administrators from newly-­crowned National Calypso Monarch Terri Lyons.

Terri Lyons is the 2020 National Calypso Monarch of Trinidad and Tobago.

Lyons, 37, was a clear winner with two unbeatable performances of her songs, “Obeah” and “Meghan My Dear”, at the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (Tuco)-organised competition on Thursday evening at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

IT seemed like the Karukera One Love Music Festival could not escape controversy as the Carnival event, which was scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at Maracas Bay, got off to a late start yesterday.

ELEVEN-TIME Panorama champion Desperadoes Steel Orchestra is getting a new home.

The band moved from the hills of Laventille to downtown Port of Spain in 2015 because of space and crime concerns.

POLICE officers intervened yesterday when a party vessel left the Port of Spain harbour for a fete at sea with more passengers than it was certified to carry.