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More seats for Easter, Tobago Jazz

Caribbean Airlines says it will add new seats to the domestic air bridge for the Easter and Jazz weekends.

The airline says it has entered into a wet lease agreement with Danish Air Transport.

This wet lease will be solely dedicated to the operation of the domestic air bridge between Trinidad and Tobago, and will run from April 17 – September 08, 2019, to cover major peak travel periods.

Buju can't legally enter T&T but Young prepared to grant exemption

Buju Banton's criminal record does not give him legal access to Trinidad and Tobago because of this country's immigration laws.

But, if you're one of the thousands lining up to see him perform on Easter Sunday, don't let your heart fail as yet.

Minister of National Security, Stuart Young says he is prepared to give Buju an exemption to enter the country so that the concert can go on.

The minister was asked about the issue at today's post-Cabinet news conference.

"Buju Banton falls foul of our immigration laws in T&T," Minister Young said.

NCC owes $78 million to service providers

The Na­tion­al Car­ni­val Com­mis­sion (NCC) has racked up a debt of $78 mil­lion in the last two years.

The rev­e­la­tion was made be­fore a Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee meet­ing chaired by Dr Bhoe Tewarie, as they ex­am­ined of­fi­cials of the NCC on the ex­pen­di­ture and in­ter­nal con­trols for the pe­ri­ods 2010 to 2018.

Photo gallery: Phagwa festival

High­lights of Phag­wa cel­e­bra­tions at the Hin­du Prachar Kendra grounds in En­ter­prise, Ch­agua­nas and Palmiste Park, San Fer­nan­do host­ed by Pan­davas Cul­tur­al Group on Sun­day. Edison Boodoosingh captured these images.

Khan donates $20,000 to Aranguez Phagwa celebrations

Member of Parliament for San Juan/Barataria, Dr Fuad Khan, has contributed $20,000 to Phagwa celebrations in Aranguez.

Dr Khan said he gave the donation because of cuts in government funding.

He issued the following statement on Thursday.

"For over 50 years, the National Phagwa Council held their Phagwa celebrations at the Aranguez Savannah.

Although it is celebrated across the country, the Aranguez Savannah was seen as a major focal point for the annual festivities.

19 countries confirm attendance to CARIFESTA XIV

With 5 months to go to CARIFESTA XIV, 19 countries have confirmed their attendance at this premier festival of the arts from August 16th-25th, 2019 in Trinidad and Tobago. 

Sixteen Caribbean member and associate member states have responded to the official invitation to participate in the festival which was issued via a CARICOM SAVINGRAM on December 7, 2018.

In addition, Canada, Venezuela and Curacao have also signaled their intention to be part of the event. 

Mitchell: Visitors enjoyed a safe Carnival

Tourism Minister, Randall Mitchell says the 2019 Carnival experience had by visitors to this country was significantly enhanced by the level of safety and security provided.

He said the warmth and friendliness of all citizens also had a positive impact on the destination’s image.

Minister Mitchell's remarks were made in the wake of what many, including the police, have described as the safest T&T Carnival in many years.

"Visitors enjoyed themselves at our well-maintained beaches, Carnival fetes and even our culture and cuisine," the minister said.

Earlier Carnival shutdown gets approval from Facebook responders

The suggestion by the government and national security agents that Carnival be shut down at 9 pm on Carnival Tuesdays, seems to be getting the support of many.

We published a news report on the Govt's suggesting on our website and Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television - and many of the comments seem to be in favour of the move.

However, many are also calling for some compromise.

Communications Minister Stuart Young said that the suggestion has to be discussed with stakeholders.

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