Trinidad and Tobago Embassy in China opened for business:

The Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the People’s Republic of China, Beijing was officially declared open on Wednesday 26 February, 2014, by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar opened the T&T Embassy in Beijing at noon time in Beijing.

 Trinidad and Tobago's Ambassador to China, Mr. Chandradath Singh, had earlier said that setting up a Mission in that country "is long overdue" and that trade would be a priority item. The Ambassador stated that Trinidad and Tobago would move to redress the trade imbalance, which is weighed heavily in China's favour at this time.

 

 

 

 

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

June 01, 2012

  

Presidential Proclamation -- National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2012

NATIONAL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2012
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

 

Individuals and families from Caribbean countries have journeyed to America's shores for centuries. Some were brought here against their will in the bonds of slavery. Some immigrated to America as children, clutching a parent's hand. Others came as adults, leaving behind everything they knew in pursuit of a better life in a new world. Generations of Caribbean Americans have sought to ensure their children and grandchildren would have the freedom to make of their lives what they will, and during National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we celebrate their rich narratives and recognize their immeasurable contributions to our country.

 

Caribbean Americans have shaped every aspect of our society -- enhancing our arts and humanities as titans of music and literature, spurring our economy as intrepid entrepreneurs, making new discoveries as scientists and engineers, serving as staunch advocates for social and political change, and defending our ideals at home and abroad as leaders in our military. Their achievements exemplify the tenacity and perseverance embedded in our national character, and their stories embody the fundamental American idea that when access to opportunity is equal, anyone can make it if they try.

 

As we reflect on the myriad ways Caribbean Americans have shaped our country, we join in commemorating the 50th anniversaries of independence in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and we reaffirm the bonds of friendship we share with our Caribbean neighbors. This month, let us celebrate the essence of the Nation we all love -- an America where so many of our ancestors have come from somewhere else; a society that has been enriched by cultures from around the world.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2012 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. I encourage all Americans to celebrate the history and culture of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

BARACK OBAMA

 

http://m.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/01/presidential-proclamation-national-caribbean-american-heritage-month-2012

 

Trinidad Tribute To Japan (added May 2, 2011)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tears flow as stricken Mighty Sparrow sings

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad--The audience at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain was shocked on Saturday night, as they watched the Calypso King of the World, the Mighty Sparrow sit throughout his entire performance during NAPA Fest.

 

Slinger Francisco, brought on stage in a wheelchair, was placed on a chair in the centre of the stage before the stage lights went on. The sight of the once-powerful performer, now just a shadow of himself, brought tears to the eyes of many. The effect was so disturbing that some patrons left the building.

 

Sparrow, 75, who lives in New York, is suffering from diabetes, which continues to take a toll on his body. However, on Saturday night it was clear Sparrow's voice is still strong.

 

With beautiful music coming from the Police Service brass band under the baton of Enrique Moore, Sparrow started off with "Education". He performed well and while the audience was taken aback by his appearance, they still requested songs from his extensive repertoire. "Saltfish" was next and this is when the situation was driven home - fans began to talk about actually seeing Sparrow singing "Saltfish" sitting in a chair.Sparrow then told the audience, "There are a lot of things we have to deal with in life, look at this."

 

As he did so, he opened his arms to show the audience his immobile position. By then, he appeared to be getting tired, but Sparrow refused to give up, moving on to "Mae Mae". Several patrons felt he had done enough and should have left the stage. Sparrow then called on the band to play "Jean and Dinah".

 

It was, however, during this song that MC Alvin Daniell realised that the calypsonian had reached the end of his tether. The lights were dimmed and the wheelchair crew came on stage to gently push Sparrow off but not before the audience, unprompted, rose to give their king a standing ovation.

 

In contrast, 70-year-old Calypso Queen of the World, Calypso Rose, showed she is still going strong with a rollicking, dancing performance. She told the audience she had survived two cancer surgeries and continued to thank God for her survival. One of the songs she sang was her crown-winning "I Thank Thee'', in which she praised the people and places responsible for her success. One of them was Sparrow, whom she considers her mentor and with whom she has performed in many parts of the world.

 

Contacted yesterday, Sparrow's wife, Margaret, said it was not that the master calypsonian could not walk, but that walking has been causing him severe pain over the last month.She said doctors in the United States, where her husband has been based for years, have been unable to pinpoint the cause. She said she was hoping that the results of tests he had taken would throw greater light on the precise nature of the affliction this week. Sparrow was scheduled to fly back to the US yesterday, Monday. He is booked to appear on shows there, including one with the reigning monarch Kurt Allen, who also performed Saturday night. The rate of his recovery will determine whether those shows now have to be put on hold. Trinidad Express (Monday, 19 July 2010)