The Santa Rosa First Peoples Community march through Port-of-Spain and Arima on Thursday and Friday respectively, as part of the celebrations of the First Peoples.
This is in keeping with the First Peoples “One-Off” National Holiday which will be observed on Friday 13th 2017.
The theme for this year’s activities is: From Chrysalis to Butterfly: On Becoming Visible, Towards Meaningful Recognition.”
At 10 a.m. on Thursday there will be a ‘Gathering of First Peoples’ in front of the Red House, St. Vincent Street Port of Spain.
President Anthony Carmona has officially declared Wednesday 18th October, 2017 as the date of the public holiday in celebration of the festival of Divali.
The date has been in the public domain for several months now but unless it's officially declared by the President, it's not yet official.
A statement by the Office of the President made the announcement today, stating that the declaration was in accordance with the provisions of the Public Holidays and Festivals Act.
The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is not giving approval for the hosting of a 'Tobago Beach Jazz' on Turtle Beach because the area is a nesting ground for the endangered leather-back turtle.
The event is carded for April 29th.
The EMA says it will discuss alternative sites with the THA and organisers.