Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 1st 2014 Contents BOBIE-LEE DIXON
Happy New Year! And as we
all bask in the first day of the
2014, having probably spent
all of yesterday reflecting on 2013,
we now look ahead to the days and
The T&T Guardian usually high-
lights the hopes of others for the
new year, but this year we decided
to stay at home. From within the
GML group, employees shared with
us some of their most memorable
moments of 2013 and revealed some
of their hopes for 2014.
Business Editor Suzanne Sheppard
said her most memorable experience
of 2013 was visiting Grenada, the
birthplace of her mother, over the
"The highlight was going to
Grenville where my family is from
and seeing the place where my
mother grew up, connecting with
members of my family who still live
there. Grenada is a green, beautiful
island and I am very proud of my
She said looking forward to 2014,
she will do everything better.
"I want to do everything better.
I believe there is always room for
improvement, so my personal and
professional goals are to be better in
every way---a better wife, a better
mother, a better journalist and a bet-
As a returning national, Features
Editor Franka Philip, having lived in
the UK for 13 years, found there was
a lot that T&T should be proud of
even in the midst of the many social
"2013 was my first full year back
in T&T. I had the chance to appre-
ciate some things in this country
that I had previously taken for grant-
ed," she said.
"But after a year of hearing about
shocking crimes, corruption, disin-
genuous politicians and all that neg-
ativity, I still believe this country
still has a lot of humanity.
"In our pages, we ve had the
pleasure of featuring organisations
like Feel, Couva Children s Home
and Crisis Nursery, Starlite for
Humanity and create.future.good.
These are all NGOs that are making
a difference for those who have the
least power in the society.
"Look at the work that the T&T
Film Company, the T&T Film Fes-
tival, Animae Caribe and Green
Screen are doing to promote local
film and film making. This year, we
can be heartened by the success of
films like Home Again, God Loves
The Fighter and Something About
"But as Film Company CEO Carla
Foderingham is constantly saying,
we need to show the work on more
outlets. Show more local films on
the ferry to Tobago, in public spaces
and on our own local television
channels during prime time."
She also highlighted the efforts
the youth of T&T had made to affect
positive change in 2013.
"I was particularly impressed with
the Spoken Word Collective---2Cents
Movement. Their videos represent
so much of what our younger gen-
eration has to say.
"Also, the young designer Seon
Thompson, who brought us his range
of icons T-shirts. Music producer
Keshav Singh, who as part of the
British-based production team Jus
Now, has been blending soca and
rapso with other genres to produce
a fantastic fusion that s been well
received in Europe. Jus Now is
behind the produced
soca/house/drum and bass vibe of
Bunji Garlin s 2014 hit Truck on D
Road, that s been a favourite on radio
and in parties."
Her commitment to her depart-
ment for 2014, is to showcase more
of what T&T has to offer in the fea-
Metro Magazine Editor Laura
Dowrich is what you would describe
as a larger than life type of person.
She knows when to put in work, but
she also knows how to incorporate
fun on the job without losing focus.
For her 2013 most memorable expe-
rience, she recalls the week spent in
the Mediterranean covering the Dia-
geo Reserve Global Bartending finals,
especially because it fulfilled her life-
long wish to party in Ibiza.
For the new year, she says: "My
motto is to be FEARLESS, and I look
forward to welcoming my third
er at Vibe City
105.1FM, said he
has no regrets about
the past year and
welcomes 2014 with an
open mind and heart.
"Each year brings new pos-
sibilities. I indeed want to take my
career to a different level, based on
my maturity in the business so I am
working on that," Boynes said.
He said the most memorable
moment of 2013 was celebrating his
mother s 90th birthday.
"It was a fantastic experience,
costly but fantastic," Boynes joked.
"My family and I threw her the
biggest birthday event you can think
about. We really made her the star
of the show. She was treated like a
queen, we even had a tiara to crown
"My colleagues George Gonzales
and Errol Fabien came through and
they sang the Vibe City 105 official
birthday song for her, which she
enjoyed thoroughly. Vicar General
Monsignor Christian Pereira, of the
archdiocese, also joined the celebra-
tions in delivering a special prayer
Sharon Rekha is one of the
smooth voices heard daily on Sangeet
Radio 106.1FM. Keeping it short and
sweet, she said 2013 was a good year
for her and in 2014 she expects to
have an equally good year. And she
shared this secret: "In 2014 I would
probably start to wash my car for
myself, and more often too."
Slam 100.5FM, radio deejay/soca
artiste Akil "5Star" Borneo said as
the year closed yesterday, he thanked
God for life, good health and
"2013 was a good year, it could
have been better but I have this year
to make up for that," he said.
Stating that there was no partic-
ular memorable moment for him
in 2013, Borneo said every
opportunity he got to do
what he loves, which is
working on air, was
For 2014, he
says: "I want to
spend more time
with my family
and take my career
to a higher level."
News anchor and
Georges of CNC3 is
thanking God for a
blessed year in 2013.
He said his greatest and most
memorable moment was the oppor-
tunity to travel to South Africa to
cover the death of former South-
African President Nelson Mandela.
"That was very moving for me to
be part of such an historic event,"
Being promoted to the position of
anchor man was also a huge step.
"I appreciate the company for recog-
nising my abilities and trusting me
with such a responsibility," he said.
He hopes to become more
involved in charitable work. "I feel
I have been blessed so much that I
am at the point in my life where
giving back is important to me."
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A giant yellow rubber
duck on display in a Tai-
wanese port has burst in un-
The 50-foot inflatable
duck suddenly collapsed
yesterday, only 11 days after
it had been put on display in
the port at Keelung.
Organisers are unsure as
to the cause of its demise,
but one theory is that it was
attacked by eagles.
The duck was designed by
the Dutch artist Florentijn
Hofman to be a giant version
of a popular bath toy.
Last month a similar duck
was damaged elsewhere in
Taiwan, when an earthquake
triggered a power outage
that caused it to deflate.
A third Taiwanese duck
was brought ashore in Sep-
tember because of an ap-
A large crowd had been
anticipated in Keelung Port
for New Year celebrations,
and the rubber duck was due
to be an important part of
But video footage showed
the giant inflatable suddenly
bursting in front of scores of
people gathered on a quay-
"We want to apologise to
the fans of the yellow rubber
duck," organiser Huang
Jing-tai told reporters. "We
will carefully examine the
duck to determine the
Giant rubber duck bursts in Taiwan
from Vibe CT
105 FM Chris
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