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Machel Montano

TODAY will be a happy Valentine’s for soca star Machel Montano.

Montano will be getting married in the Red House in Port of Spain today, sources close to the performer confirmed yesterday.


Machel Montano and Renne Butcher

Sources said the wedding will take place under Christian rites, which would be different from other ceremonies at the Red House, which are mainly done by the Registrar General.


Machel Montano and Renee Butcher

It will be one of the first marriage ceremonies to be held in the Rotunda of the Red House since the building was restored and reopened, and since marriages have returned to that location.

Efforts to get confirmation from the wedding party were futile.

The wedding ceremony will continue on “Machel Monday” at which everyone has been urged to wear white at the soca star’s concert.

The theme of the event is “The Wedding”.

Montano and his wife-to-be, Renee Butcher, have been posting coded messages on Facebook and Instagram for the past few weeks.

Butcher is a yoga instructor.

The wedding is private and no media have been invited.

National Security Minister Stuart Young announced one week ago during the post-Cabinet news conference that people can again get married at the Red House.

He said the move was in keeping with Government’s plans for the use of the iconic building.


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When news reached back to the Cedeno family that Raimaris had been arrested and jailed for illegal entry into Trinidad, they were beside themselves with worry.

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It’s for your own protection.

That is what the country’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram is advising people to do in public spaces in the coming weeks.

But there’s a problem with Trini­dadians. Dr Parasram feels the social distancing message is not resonating with citizens.

IN spite of repeated calls to not rush to supermarkets to panic-buy goods and items, people continued to flood groceries yesterday amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a looming shutdown of non-essential services from midnight tonight.

A 29-year-old bar owner was arrested and charged after he was caught operating his business on the Southern Main Road, California, on Friday night.

Acting on information received at the Police Operations Command Centre, a party of police officers proceeded to the location and found the bar open and sales being conducted.

The eldest brother of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has died.

Mathias Joseph, 81, died at the Scarborough General Hospital in Tobago on Friday night.

In a Facebook post yester­day, Rowley thanked healthcare workers for the care and attention they provided during his brother’s illness.