Monday, September 10, 2012

It's WeBeat Time Again!

It's WeBeat Time Again!
Celebrating 50 Years of RED, WHITE and BLACK!

WeBeat will be again, plagued with funding problems....going on for 10 years it seems that each year presents a challenge for the CIC group. In conversations with the chairman you come to notice that it is taking a toll on his ability to produce this well known event. With that said st james times is in total support of CIC making this years event a memorable one. As we celebrate 50 years of independence st james times looks forward to the spirit of independence infusing its energies into the WeBeat festival so at some point in time WeBeat will celebrate 50 years. St james times looks forward to an outstanding week of festivities in the st james area. Visitors, well wishers and participants can look forward to a welcoming environment, local cuisine and exciting night life in a safe and secure environment.

To All Enjoy!

WeBeat Media Day

St. James C.I.C organisers of the 'WeBeat St. James Live' launched the week long social, cultural and community festival with a Media Launch Wednesday 16th 2012. In attendance were the honorees, special guests, media, sponsors, and various community groups. The C.I.C executives extended greetings and well wishes for a successful festival. The event was engulfed in a sea of the National Colours. As we celebrate Trinidad and Tobago’s 50th anniversary of Independence we were reminded by almost all the speakers of the many achievements and the present course we (T&T) travels as we attain 1st world status.

This is an opportunity for us to display our National Pride.The City of Port of Spain was represented by St. James' own Kevon Valentine in the esteemed position of Deputy Mayor. Also in attendance were Mr. Damian Richardson for the Min. of Arts and Multiculturalism, Mr. Hayden Gittens Port of Spain Rotary, Mr. Victor Griffith Port of Spain North Lions and Ms. Melvina Hazard of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. Royal Bank of Canada, Carib Brewery Ltd. and Guardian Media as the Sponsors also contributed to the significance of this years’ festival as it relates to our Independence.The audience was treated to a 'slice' of what was to be expected in the upcoming days of the festival by Mr. Anton La Fond presenter for the 'WeTalk' segment.This year’s theme " 50 years gone, how yuh feel?" was highlighted of how we as St. Jamesians evolved and devolved as we lived through the Independence period. This years Honorees for WeBeat Live are Denyse Plummer, Keith Simpson and Daniel Brown aka Trinidad Rio. St. James Times as the only true source of St James 'going ons' promises to cover all the events. This year promises to be a 'blow out' and this is in keeping with the style and character of St James. Stay Posted.

It Was Just a WeBeat Lime...

WeBeat 2012 came to a close this evening with the Parade of the Bands. The St. James Main Road came alive with the sounds of steel and the voices and spirits of ordinary people enjoying one of the many aspects of our diverse culture.  The evening was filled with revelry encouraged by our national instrument. This year we celebrate our 50th anniversary of Independence and it was fitting that the WeBeat committee dedicate this years production to our anniversary. St. James Times as an active supporter of the C.I.C Organisation, the group responsible for WeBeat, we were obligated to cover the week long festival. The week proved to be, as comments from the President and members of the committee revealed, one filled with many challenges but in the true Trini spirit style the finished product was a charmer.

St. James Times extends to the Organising Committee of WeBeat a vote of Congratulations on an outstanding week of events. We Beat captured the mood of the nations celebratory spirit and engaged all present with a truly memorable gift for 50 years of Independence. WeBeat in its 12 years of producing this event has always had its share of celebrities in attendance. This year was no different and the Street Parade and the evening was highlighted with a visit from the Minister of National Security Brigadier John Sandy.

The Minister who in his usual 'down home' style mingled with the crowds in true 'Trini' style enjoying the sounds of 'steel' and the compliments of friends, ordinary citizens and visitors. The parade of celebrities continued in the likes of St James' own Alderman Keron Valentine Deputy Mayor of Port of Spain, Radio Personality Steve Sealy, Dwayne O'Connor Calypso Monarch and Anton LaFond advocate/consultant. The week is over but the planning for next year is already on the way with the intention to have an even more outstanding week of events which is commensurate with the 'likes' of such events of this magnitude. St. James Times again congratulates the WeBeat committee for a job well done!