13 pics of Miss World T&T's stunningly-designed National Costume

Miss World Trinidad and Tobago Ysabel Bisnath has appeared in the Dances of the World segment at the competition in Sanya, China.

Her national costume was entitled “Celebration of Our People".

It was designed and executed by head designer, Franklyn Jagdeo ff Hott Stuff Promotion, Rickey Sookdeo, and Tara Rampersad.

The pageant takes place on December 8.

Here's a view of what she wore.

Photography: Eye of Genie & Miss World T&T's Facebook page.

Southex takes over UWI Fete from Caesar's Army

The University of the West Indies St Augustine campus has announced that in 2019, Southex will be working closely with the UWI Development and Endowment Fund (UWIDEF) committee in coordinating and executing all aspects of next year’s UWI Fete carded for Sunday February 3, 2019.

The announcement was made at a media launch for the fete today at the UWI St. Augustine Campus.

Southex takes over from Caesar’s Army who managed the fete over the past two years.

UWI says the primary focus of the UWI Fete remains to provide scholarships and bursaries.

Culture Minister congratulates Calypso Rose

Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly is congratulating Calypso Rose who is set to receive another international award. 

Calypso Rose, whose real name is Linda Mc Cartha Sandy-Lewis, will be the recipient of the Grand Prize for World Music award at the Sacem Grand Prix in France on Monday 10 December, 2018.

“Calypso Rose, Calypso Queen of the World, continues to place Trinidad and Tobago on the international stage by taking calypso to all parts of the world," the minister said.

De Fosto's funeral is on Thursday

The funeral service for late calypsonian, Winston Scarborough, known as The Original De Fosto Himself, will take place on Thursday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, on Independence Square, Port of Spain from 10 am.

This was confirmed by the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) today.

De Fosto will then be buried at the Tacarigua Cemetery.

TUCO is extending its deepest condolences to the relatives and fans of De Fosto.

Another international award for Calypso Rose

Calypso Rose, 78, must find room again in her trophy cabinet for yet another international award.

The holder of this country's highest award, the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is to be awarded the Grand Prize for World Music at the Sacem Grand Prix in France in December this year.

She is among a list of awardees that includes English songwriter Ed Sheeran, in an event that will celebrate the outstanding in songwriting, music publishing, humour and classical contemporary music at Salle Pleyel on the evening of Monday 10 December.

Ministry: $1.2 million given for Divali celebrations

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts says the National Council for Indian Culture (NCIC) and the Maha Sabha have received a total of $1,250,000 for their 2018 Divali celebrations.
According to Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, the ministry and by extension the Government "is firm in its mandate to build culturally rich communities".

The ministry aid that cheques are available for collection by the NCIC and Maha Sabha, and requests for funding by other groups are currently being processed. 

Holy Name hosts building fund art auction

Holy Name Con­vent has em­barked on a school ex­pan­sion dri­ve to build more teach­ing spaces to en­sure the rich lega­cy of the Do­mini­can Sis­ters con­tin­ues in its dri­ve to ed­u­cate the young women of Trinidad and To­ba­go.

Com­ment­ing on the school's rich tra­di­tion in ed­u­ca­tion via a me­dia re­lease, chair­man of the Build­ing Ver­i­tas Fund, Ian Ben­jamin, ex­plained, “We are proud of the tremen­dous her­itage that Holy Name Con­vent has. Its phys­i­cal space has proven to be a sa­cred space that al­lows our young women to blos­som and grow in ser­vice.”