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It's now an easy road - Buju gets official clearance into T&T

National Security Minister Stuart Young, has approved the entry into Trinidad and Tobago of entertainers, Buju Banton, Wayne Wonder and Luciano ahead of Sunday's "I Am Legend" concert.

The approval is for the period April 19 to 22, 2019.

The statement from the Ministry of National Security said that it is to facilitate the trio’s performance in the concert at the Queen’s Park Savannah on April 21.

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.

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. 

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