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  • Doing D Dyam Ting: Nessa Preppy secures ‘dream collab’ with SuperBlue
    by Narissa Fraser on January 27, 2023 at 5:59 am

    "STOP! Enter the madness!" Soca artiste Vanessa "Nessa Preppy" John and soca legend Austin "SuperBlue" Lyons have joined the Road March 2023 race with their track Dyam Ting. The energetic and brass-filled song was produced by Johann Seaton and written by John, Lyons, Kern Rose and Kareem Thomas. It also features live brass by All Stars Brass. Many people on social media have called the collaboration an unexpected one, which fuses old-school soca with modern soca. Dyam is also an acronym for: Do You and Masquerade. Nessa embodies the euphoria surrounding the return of Carnival, singing, I dey in meh zone again, in d road again representing/ I dey in meh mood again, on d road again, this is we ting! [caption id="attachment_997941" align="alignnone" width="562"] SuperBlue -[/caption] SuperBlue then adds his hype to the tune with a break in the music to say "Stop! Enter the madness" telling masqueraders to wave their rags and flags and jump in celebration. In the hook, they both sing:Masqueraders move on the stage/Doing d dyam ting. Seaton told Newsday that work on the track began around October 2022, when Rose came to him with the idea of a song talking about a "rag posse." "It had a kind of old-school vibe like SuperBlue's music from long time, like a jab jab kind of sound...so we started to build up on that. But both he and Nessa told Newsday the final track is quite different to how it initially sounded. Lyons "added his genius" to the production, according to Nessa. While this type of power soca is not exactly her style, she said it was a great learning experience as she is always open to "experimenting with songs and sounds." But this collaboration was also a very special one for her. "For me, it has been amazing working with Super, being that he's an icon and a tailor when it comes to musical production for the road and the stage. "Working with him has always been a dream of mine." Lyons told Newsday he loves the track, describing it as "beautiful," noting that he "gave it (his) expression and added some things." He said it was lovely to work with Nessa and was happy to teach her some new things. "Everything just flowed," he said. [caption id="attachment_997928" align="alignnone" width="828"] Cover art for Nessa Preppy and Super Blue's song DYAM TING. -[/caption] Asked if he expected it to be a Road March contender, he told Newsday that since it is a power soca, the possibility was always there. Nessa said she realised many people have been discussing that aspect of the track but going up for the Road March was never her intention. "It was just about doing an amazing power soca with a legend." But, she added, "If that's what people want and think it has the potential to be..." While they are yet to perform the song live together, they are both anticipating it. The song can be found on YouTube and other music streaming platforms.   The post Doing D Dyam Ting: Nessa Preppy secures ‘dream collab’ with SuperBlue appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

  • Man charged with beating woman with cricket bat
    by Newsday Reporter on January 27, 2023 at 5:52 am

    A 42-YEAR-OLD St James man was granted $80,000 bail by a Justice of the Peace on Wednesday after being charged with malicious damage and assault by beating against a woman. A police release said Dusty Joseph, a PH taxi driver, was granted bail by JP Stephen Young, and will appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate on February 28. Reports say the 18-year-old victim was in the company of a friend at the corner of Henry Street and Independence Square, Port of Spain, on January 19, when she got into a verbal altercation with a man. During the incident, the man allegedly took out a cricket bat and the woman in her face and lower back. The woman’s cellular phone was damaged during the altercation. Video footage of the incident went viral on social media and was brought to the police's attention. The victim later made a report to police and officers led by ACP Hazel and including Snr Supt Alexander and Supts Ramsook and Daly supervised by Insp Yearwood and Sgt Alexander, all of Port of Spain Division on Tuesday which resulted in the arrest of a suspect. Joseph was charged by PC Felix of the Central Police Station on Wednesday. The post Man charged with beating woman with cricket bat appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

  • Fatima crush Shiva Boys’ by 139 runs in Secondary Schools’ cricket opener
    by Jonathan Ramnanansingh on January 27, 2023 at 5:52 am

    Fatima College had a wonderful start to their 2023 PowerGen Secondary Schools Cricket League campaign on Thursday as they romped to an emphatic 139-run victory over defending champions Shiva Boys’ Hindu College when round one action bowled off at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain. Zachary Siewah’s stellar knock of 98 propelled Fatima to 237/5 from 44 overs, batting first. The strong total proved too much for the 2019 winners, who failed to show much fight and eventually capitulated for 98 in 38.2 overs. Siewah led the charge with the bat for Fatima and was ably assisted by Niall Maingot (41), Joshua Davis (27) and Adrian Mahase (25 not out). Sachin Nandlal (3/36) and Raoul Goolie (2/42) were Shiva Boys’ best bowlers. In their turn at the crease, Shiva Boys’ lost wickets in quick succession, with Goolie (24) finishing as their top scorer. [caption id="attachment_997966" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Naparima Boys’ College Darius Deonarine plays a shot during the Secondary Schools’ Cricket League match, on Thursday, at Naparima Grounds, San Fernando. - AYANNA KINSALE[/caption] Fatima’s Davis also shone with the ball as he snapped up 2/6 from nine overs, which included five maidens. Aditya Ramdeen (2/18), Caiden Mack (2/29) and Siewah (2/20) also bagged two wickets each in the one-sided affair. In the other premiership opener, Presentation College Chaguanas also recorded a heavy 160-run win over Vishnu Boys’ Hindu College in Endeavour, Chaguanas. Two half-centuries from Dillon Balkaran (52) and Adam Furlonge (51) launched ‘Pres’ to 236/8, with Rajesh Maharaj (31) and Justin Jagessar (29) also contributing. Aidan Lakhansingh (3/52) and Aaron Basant (2/51) topped Vishnu Boys’ bowling. In reply, Vishnu Boys’ were dismissed for 76 in 31.3 overs with Sanjicv Balliram (31) leading the vain charge. Presentation’s Zachary Madray (2/7) was their best bowler. And at Lewis Street in San Fernando, home team Naparima College made amends for their shaky 148 all out from 41 overs performance by dismissing St Mary’s College for 68 in 24 overs, to seal an 80-run triumph. Naparima batted first and were led by a half-century from Fareez Ali (57) and skipper Kyle Ramdoo (40). Rahul Lakhan (3/29) and Reuel Williams (3/43) were the picks of the bowlers for CIC. In their turn at the crease, St Mary’s struggled to build partnerships with Rahul Soodeen (11) top scoring. ‘Naps’ Ali showed good form with the ball as well as he took 2/11 and was assisted by Liam Mamchan (2/12). Round two matches in the premiership, north and south championship bowl off on Tuesday. Other Results South Championship ASJA BOYS CHARLIEVILLE 275 (32.4) – Sadiq Ali 69, Kristiano Sampson 37; Ricardo Wilson 3/35, Jacquin Adams 3/109 vs MIRACLE MINISTRIES 64 (19.3) – J. Adams 34; Christian Lall 5/18. Asja Boys’ won by 211 runs   The post Fatima crush Shiva Boys’ by 139 runs in Secondary Schools’ cricket opener appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

  • Non-payment of bursaries – UNC threatens legal action
    by Paula Lindo on January 27, 2023 at 5:52 am

    UNC Youth Arm president Kaveesh Siewdial said a pre-action protocol letter will be sent to the Education Ministry on Friday on behalf of students on the verge of being, or who are already locked out of their courses at tertiary institutions, due to non-receipt of funds from bursaries awarded by Government. Speaking during an Opposition media conference on Thursday, Siewdal said recipients of 2021 national bursaries were told on October 20, that their deadline for accepting the bursary was December 1, 2022. They were asked to submit ID, proof of address, a guarantor, a university status letter, banking information, and a medical certificate of health, along with other documents. He noted that recipients were told that the bursary would comprise the following payments: • Medical scholars – A book allowance of $9,711 as first time payment and thereafter $5,711 payment annually. • Non-medical – A book allowance of $8,062 as first time payment and thereafter $4,062 payment annually. • A personal maintenance allowance of $3,043 per month, payable per quarter of the fiscal year i.e December, March, June and September. • 100 per cent GATE funding for study at local institutions. • Regional study would be subjected to the prevailing guidelines and funding levels for all GATE recipients. “We are currently in January 2022, many tertiary institutions have now started their second semester and it is quite disheartening to know students are still waiting to receive stipends and funding. We have a situation where students and their parents are now being forced to pay for tuition fees because government has failed to deliver on their promise of taking care of these payments. "Students are being locked out of their learning resources because they weren’t able to pay their fees on time. Minister of Education, where are students and their parents going to get these extra funds in times like these?" He said that previous bursary awardees indicated they turned down the opportunity because of the constant runaround they faced. "Can the minister indicate why these delays are occurring in these payments for students, and what are the plans the ministry has to rectify this,” Siewdial asked. The post Non-payment of bursaries – UNC threatens legal action appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

  • Agri Minister: Stop thieving farmers’ crops and livestock
    by Laurel V Williams on January 27, 2023 at 5:52 am

    The Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Minister pleaded with criminals to stop thieving farmers' crops and livestock and encouraged them to plant and raise their own. Kazim Hosein said it takes farmers months and years to mind and sell these animals. "I am appealing to those intent on committing illegal activities to leave the farmers' stock alone. Go mind your animals and plant your own ." Hosein said the ministry staffers are working assiduously to address the unit's issues and assured the public he was "on top of it." On Wednesday, the ministry's communication unit said the minister has been working feverishly to strengthen the Praedial Larceny Unit to protect farmers. One initiative is increasing the number of police in the Praedial Larceny Squad (PLS). "The ministry is seeking to engage more officers in the medium term and continue to engage in discussions with the Ministry of Public Administration with the intent to hire 40 additional officers, in the first instance, to complement the current PLS," the statement said. The minister emphasised the importance of building PLS' capacity, saying it is based on the availability of funding and the need for officers to respond to calls by farmers efficiently. Hosein said the ministry is in the process of procuring three new fully- equipped vehicles. It is anticipated that these would improve the ability of police to do patrols. He added that despite the constraints, they are employing innovative solutions. "Due to heightened illegal activity impacting our farmers, the PLS has been utilising its connections with the regular and municipal police and the Estate Management and Business Development Company Ltd police to respond and assist." The post Agri Minister: Stop thieving farmers’ crops and livestock appeared first on Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.