King and Queen of Jouvert

JOUVERT ROYALTY: Port of Spain Mayor Joel Martinez, left, and Community Development Culture and the Arts Minister Nyan Gadsy-Dolly, right, with winners of the King and Queen of Jouvert—Ronel Pierre portraying Young Mother Has Liquid Milk, Old Mothers Has Powder Milk and Lynelle Pierre portraying Gary Say One Shot One Kill, on South Quay, Port of Spain, on Carnival Monday.

CoUSINS Ronel and Lynelle Pierre have kept the major jouvert crowns in the family for yet another year. Ronal and Lynelle are, respectively, the King and Queen of Jouvert 2019. They are the grandchildren of ole mas icon and former police officer, Herbert “Natty” Pierre. The “royal family of ‘ole mas’” were crowned during yesterday’s jouvert celebrations at the downtown Port of Spain judging point at the Lord Kitchener Stand, South Quay.

Port of Spain was rendered safe during yesterday morning’s jouvert celebrations. There was a notable heavy police presence downtown Port of Spain during the revelry, which Port of Spain Mayor Joel Martinez officially started promptly at 4 a.m.

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THE Government has backed down and completely deleted the controversial Clause 7 amendment to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Finance Minister Colm Imbert said in the Senate on Monday night this was done based on the arguments put forward by Independent Senator Sophia Chote SC.

A YELLOW weather alert remains in effect for Trinidad and Tobago. Both the T&T Meteorological Service and Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) yesterday issued a yellow alert — meaning moderate risk to public safety, livelihoods and property.

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) says it is pleased that the Government was responsive to overwhelming public opinion and decided to retreat from its proposed amendments to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).