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  • Trinidad Hotel Bands Dancehall Music

    The management of the Clifton Hill Beach Hotel in Trinidad has apologised sincerely and has immediately removed a sign that was erected at the resort, which strictly prohibits dancehall music on the property.

    THE STAR understands that the sign, which says, "NO DANCEHALL MUSIC by order of management", has been creating quite a stir since it made its way on social media, prompting a backlash from both Trinidadians and Jamaicans alike.

    When our news team contacted the hotel, Beverly Watson, manager at the establishment, told our news team that she had been receiving calls in regard to the matter.

    After speaking with the hotel owner and management, Watson said, "Thanks for bringing that to our attention. The sign has been immediately removed. We do apologise if anybody was offended. We have taken it down."

    When asked if a similar stance had been taken by other hotels in Trinidad, she said, "I wouldn't know that. This is Clifton Beach hotel. You would have to call the other hotels."



    When contacted, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association (JHTA) president, Nicola Madden-Greig, told THE STAR that she was unaware of the situation in Trinidad. She also said that Jamaican hotels do not ban any form of music.

    But dancehall artiste Savage, who recently charted at No.1 in Trinidad with Culu Culu, was far from pleased with this revelation.

    "That nuh sound good. They need to explain because people have a right to play music in their own space. What if Jamaican hotels were to take that stance, how would they feel?," he said.

    Although saddened by the news, Macka Diamond said she knows many Trinidadians love dancehall music and she hopes it does not become a trend.

    But deejay Kalado did not mince words when he said, "If dem ban dancehall, all we have to do in Jamaica is just ban soca, calypso, carnival."


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  • Public being warned about men posing as utility workers to rob

    A stern warning is being circulated on social media informing the public to be aware of robbers who are posing as employees of utility companies.

    According to the warning, which is going around WhatsApp and Facebook, among other social media sites, “Please take note: three or four guys may visit your home claiming they are from the water company, to install shower caps to save water, or they will claim they are from the electricity company, to change energy-saving electric bulbs for free as part of a government lay down programme.”

    The warning did not specify where the men were spotted but warns “Please do NOT let them in. They are Robbers, robbing people at gun-point. Please alert all your contacts, as you may save lives. Make sure doors are locked at all times and please do not open door to strangers.”

    The Constabulary Communication Unit (CCU) said that no reports of persons posing as employees of utility companies have been made recently. However, the CCU said that there were a number of similar reports last year,

    In 2013, more affluent communities such as Beverly Hills, Mona Heights, Karachi and Jacks Hills among others were targeted by thieves using the guise of working for a utility company to commit robberies.

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  • District constable in child sex bust at police station offered bail

    A district constable who was reportedly caught having sex with a 14-year-old girl at a police station was offered $300,000 bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.

    Accused Kareem Thompson, who was charged last month with having sexual intercourse with a person under 16, is to return to court on May 19.

    The accused was reportedly caught after his colleagues heard noises coming from the bathroom.

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  • Miss Kitty's Instagram page removed?

    If you try finding the Fluffy Diva on Instagram, chances are you will get a notification that the link to her page is either broken or removed.

    Was Miss Kitty's page reported, flagged or hacked?

    "I have no idea, we're looking into it," was all she had to say.

    THE STAR realised that the page with near 190, 000 followers could not be found on Monday afternoon. 

    We hope that the issue will be sorted out as soon as possible, as we always look forward to reading her #DivaPositive quotes.

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  • 18 y-old St Elizabeth mother of 3 struggling to survive

    At 18, St Elizabeth native Shakera McKenzie is struggling with three children and desperately needs assistance, and more importantly meaningful advice to save herself further setback.

    Her impoverished state has reached a crisis and her children, ages five years, three years and three months, and her siblings, who also live with her, need a clearer outlook on life so as to not make similar mistakes as she did.

    She told THE STAR that the father for her first child is deceased. The second is not playing his role. The father for her youngest is credited with supporting his and her other children whenever he is able to do so.

    They reside in Seniors Run district in Southfield in the parish. The dwelling is home to five children and two adults including her mother.

    Two of the children in the household belong to McKenzie’ mother, Carlene Smith.

    However, they all rely heavily on Smith’s mother, Carmen Copeland, 68, who lives a chain away.



    Copeland, however, is in need of help herself.


    “I put them here. If I could get some help to fix the tank along with some cement and a door that would be good,” said Copeland, who often supplies the family with water and anything else she is able to offer.

    The house has two beds, no bathroom, and no electricity.

    “We need mattress, water tank, bedding and dem things deh. Mi use candle for light but mi fraid it bun down the place, so when mi phone charge, mi use the phone light because the candle nuh safe with the children,” Smith said.

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    Whenever it rains, the entire yard space is flooded because the house is situated directly where the water is channelled to escape.

    The kids are barefooted, according to McKenzie, they play in the mud or dirt as pastimes.

    Their attendance at school is nothing to be proud of as they lack almost all the essentials, clothing, bags, books, and shoes.

    McKenzie told THE STAR that she always wanted to be a nurse and still has those intentions, though not clear how to make the next step. “Nobody nuh come here enuh and none of us don’t work, mommy nor my sister.” The sister she referred to does not live with them, but resides close by and visits when she can.

    She says she welcomes any assistance for them to better themselves and live a meaningful life.


    News Credit: Jamaica-Star | Read More Here



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