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The Penal father accused of
chopping a 12-year-old boy
because he allegedly slapped his
five-year-old daughter has been
granted $80,000 bail.
Fisherman Shawn Riley is
charged with attempting to murder
On Tuesday, Riley, 34, was
denied bail by a Justice of the Peace
at the Siparia Magistrates Court.
He was remanded into custody
and the matter adjourned to
When he appeared before
Siparia Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne
Connor on Wednesday, the charge
was reread to him.
The charge alleged that Riley
attempted to murder the boy at
his home at Grant Trace, Morne
Diablo, last Sunday. It is alleged
that Riley fired the chop at the
child s neck, but the child moved
and was chopped on the nose.
The child received 21 stitches at
the San Fernando General Hospital.
He is a Standard Three pupil of
the Morne Diable RC Primary
Police said the boy was accused
of slapping Riley s five-year-old
daughter some time ago.
Riley was not called upon to
plead to the charge, which is
indictable. He was charged by PC
Riley was represented by Ram-
narine Soorjansingh. The matter
was adjourned to January 15.
Caribbean Airlines says the
airline may consider naming an
aircraft after singer Tessanne
Chin, following her victory in
the American TV talent series
The Voice earlier this week.
Head of corporate communi-
cations Clint Williams said,
"These are pretty recent events
and at this point this hasn t been
discussed, but it s always some-
thing that is worthy of consid-
eration in the future."
The T&T Guardian asked him
to comment on whether this
could be a possibility, given the
huge regional following which
Chin garnered during her run on
the popular NBC programme.
Williams explained that to date
only two CAL aircraft had been
named after iconic individuals.
One carries the name of T&T
Olympic gold medallist Keshorn
Walcott and soon one will bear
the name of the former South
African president, the late Nelson
He agreed Chin s accomplish-
ment had been tremendous for
Caribbean unity, as people
throughout the region continued
to share in the celebration with
Jamaica of Chin s success.
Some who had the privilege
of meeting or working with Chin,
like Simon Baptiste of Question
Mark Entertainment---the man-
agement company for Kes the
Band---told the T&T Guardian
they were brought to tears when
it was announced on Tuesday
that Chin had won the compe-
tition, which carried a $100,000
first prize and music deal.
"For me they just took forever
to give the answer," Baptiste said.
He said he felt a special sense
of pride seeing her perform
alongside legendary vocalist
Celine Dion, whom Chin has
described in various interviews
as a source of inspiration.
"Viewers were able to see an
overwhelmed Chin as she found
out that she would be performing
with the artiste she had long
idolised," he said.
Soca star Kees Dieffenthaller,
who performed a duet with Chin
in 2010, added, "For her to sing
with Celine Dion was a total
dream come true for her."
Dieffenthaller said he believed
Chin s victory could help open
up the music industry in the
Caribbean to other genres. He
added that Chin could also now
be the driving force to help facil-
itate change in the industry.
"When we did Loving You we
got a lot of great feedback, but
people didn t know what to do
with it. They didn t know how
to market it. It didn t fit into the
mainstreams of soca or dance-
"She is going to free the music
and bring more diversity to
Caribbean music," he said.
Designer and model Anya
Ayoung-Chee, who brought sim-
ilar acclaim for T&T when she
won the American TV series
Project Runway in 2011, also
hinted at a desire to collaborate
with Chin one day.
She said she has had the priv-
ilege of watching Chin s style
flourish over the years and can
already envision a way of blend-
ing her aesthetic tastes with the
Jamaican s newly developed look.
"I ve seen her style evolve into
a glam-rock chic," Ayoung-Chee
"I would have to stretch my
aesthetic a bit to match that, but
I would definitely love to see how
I could merge my prints into her
style, and I m sure we could have
a great collaboration."
Even in the midst of the media
frenzy, Chin took the time to
post a 12-second video on Face-
book on Wednesday thanking
everyone who supported her
along the way.
"I haven t really gotten to sleep
yet," she said, "but I couldn t let
another moment pass without
telling you, thank you! I love you,
see you soon!"
Right after being crowned the
winner, she debuted her first new
song with a live performance in
the closing moments of The
The song, called Tumbling
Down, is a mid-tempo, pop-rock
track and was written by Ryan
Tedder of One Republic.
Man charged with attempt
to kill boy put on $80,000 bail
CAL looks at honour for singer Tessanne
In interviews, Chin has expressed
her desire to expand and incorporate
different genres in her music, but
promises there will always be a reggae
feeling in everything she does because
She is scheduled to return home
shortly to take some rest before
returning to the US to resume her
music career there.
In this 2010 file photo, Jamaican
singer Tessanne Chin and T&T
soca star Kees Dieffenthaller
share a moment during one of
their promotional appearances
after collaborating on the song
Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin, second from left, reacts after being announced the winner of the NBC reality TV talent
show The Voice on Tuesday.
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