Lieutenant Commander Kele-Ann Bourne, of the T&T Coast Guard, created history by becoming the first female Naval officer from the southern Caribbean to captain a vessel on a cross-Atlantic sailing.
Ms Bourne is captain of the TTS Carli Bay (CG 28) one of two vessels acquired by the Coast Guard from Damen Shipbuilders. The other vessel is the TTS Moruga (CG 27) under Lieutenant Commander Aldon Jasper.
Both vessels left the shipyard in the Netherlands on Friday and should arrive in Trinidad before Christmas. Breaking ground is not new for this dynamic woman.
Bourne, who hails from Arima, was one of the first female ship captains and one of the first female officers to successfully complete training at the prestigious Britannia Royal Naval College in the United Kingdom. She left the Royal College with the Queen’s Award of the “Admiral Binoculars”, which is the highest award given to an international student.
In 2014, Kele -Ann, became the first female commissioned officer on horseback to officiate at the Independence Parade in T&T’s history. Source: OJO World
Growing up we don't give nearly enough attention to what our mothers are cooking. In my case, I learned to make many dishes, but still not enough...and sadly for me, I lost my mom far too early. So whenever I have a yearning for a particular dish I refer to one of my Trinidadian recipe books or search this fabulous site: www.caribbeanpot.com by Chris de la Rosa. Chris also posts his "how to" videos on line which makes it even easier. Enjoy this one for Pina Colada ice cream.
SAMOONDARIE Doon, the last surviving Indian indentured labourer, has passed away. She died at age 104. The story was published in the Trinidad Express Newspaper. For more information click here
Yes, it's true - there will be a Christmas party for the children this year. It will be held at the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission on December 11th, from 2 - 5 p.m. Go to the events page for more details.
Anita Panchouri is the doting daughter of a deep in debt Indian businessman. She's on the verge of willingly marrying a wealthy suitor when she meets a romantic rasta singer, Lee de Leon who's drafted last minute to perform at her engagement party. There are sparks, naturally, but Anita refuses to acknowledge them, focusing instead on playing matchmaker to a constantly bickering, secretly-in-love couple: her sarcastic cousin Poorvi and her underachieving future brother-in-law, Partiv. Of course, no one can see these sworn enemies are made for each other...no one except Lee who vows to unite the two. Anita is skeptical that Lee, the newly arrived stranger, can pull off a feat she's been trying to accomplish for years. When he succeeds in transforming the fighters into love birds through a little creative Cupidry, however, Anita's moved by Lee's romantic gifts and decides she wants to be with him, just once, before she enters a loveless marriage for the sake of her father's future. But Anita's designs on Lee don't go unnoticed. Nikhil, the territorial younger brother of Anita's fiancé, picks up on the attraction, especially when Lee unexpectedly switches his set to sing a love song at a big soca show. And when Nikhil learns the true state of the dismal Panchouri finances the family's been hiding, he sets about a plan of revenge that will destroy Anita and her father and crush her chance at true love. Set in beautiful Trinidad and Tobago, BAZODEE is a Bollywood style Caribbean musical about being true to yourself and honest in love at all costs.
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Here in Canada we are keenly watching the elections south of the border...and even in Trinidad and Tobago, people are closely following.
Laventille-born United States Ambasssador John L Estrada said he was surprised at the “keen awareness” which the countdown to the US presidential election had generated in Trinidad and Tobago. Estrada also said the incoming president will have to unify the United States and work aggressively on combating terrorism and global warming.
He made these comments yesterday at the United States/Canada College Fair at Hyatt Regency hotel, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain.
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