A little bit of old and a little bit of new as newly- appointed chairman of the International Soca Monarch, Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez confirmed that the Power Soca and Groovy Soca categories have made their way back into the competition branded “Fantastic Friday.”
Speaking to reporters at a press conference held at the Hyatt Regency yesterday, Lyons-Alvarez said, “Anybody who is a Soca Monarch fan knows that Power Soca is Soca Monarch. That’s the basis of Soca Monarch.”
Influenza vaccinations have run low in some health centres as public demand grows with the threat of the deadly H1N1 virus.
At the Pleasantville Health Centre, scores of people were turned away as supplies ran low. Only 162 people received vaccinations at the Penal Health Centre while vaccinations at Marabella and Roy Joseph in San Fernando also ran out.
Within a few hours on Monday, a total of 14 drivers were slapped with more than $60,000 in fines for various traffic offences commited over the weekend.
The drivers appeared before Magistrate Anslem Leander in the San Fernando Traffic Court.
The charges included driving under the influence, failing to provide a specimen of breath, dangerous driving, failing to produce driver's permit, driving without insurance and failing to wear a seatbelt.
The 11-year-old girl who fell from a Maloney apartment building yesterday remains in hospital.
Rihanna Reid, who fell four storeys is said to be sedated at the Pediatric Unit of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.
At the time of her fall, there was speculation that she had died, but it is believed that two awnings broke the child's fall.
In addition to being sedated, the child is also said to have suffered broken bones and other injuries.
Her condition is being monitored by hospital officials.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has been invited to visit Cuba, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said Tuesday.
The OPM said in a statement President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez has extended an invitation to the prime minister for an official visit to Cuba at a mutually convenient date.
President Diaz-Canel used the invitation as an opportunity to convey a desire to continue strengthening the historic bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two nations, the OPM said.