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Giselle “The Wassi One” Braces for Hurricane Irma, Says She’s Staying Put in Miami.

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In the past few days, tragedy has struck the Leeward islands, Hurricane Irma- a catastrophic weather system that has pummeled islands like St. Maarten, Tortola, the British Virgin Islands and Barbuda, making its presence felt more than anything in years. Now, en route to South Florida, the system promises a direct hit to Miami and surrounding areas. Carnival ambassador, Giselle ‘The Wassi One’ Blanche told Ebuzztt she’s holding firm, praying and ensuring that all supplies required are in order.

Giselle says she left New York on Wednesday and made her way back to Miami to secure her Carnival work, home and family.

On Wednesday, Giselle returned to Miami from New York, having taken part in the West Indian Day Parade there. She said everyone told her she was crazy to return amid warnings of the impending hurricane and its possible effects, but she could not turn her back on her loved ones back at home in Miami. “This is my home, this is where I live and this is where everything that I love is. Miami carnival is around the corner too, so with that being said, I have to secure the work that we’ve already done, ensure all of that is taken care of,” she explained.

When we contacted her, Giselle had been in the middle of placing Hurricane shutters on her windows and removing objects that could be uprooted by the wind from outdoors, and bringing them indoors. “Everybody’s taking precautions. We’ve bought all the canned goods and water and stuff. Our prayers are up, precautions are being taken and I’m sure everybody, at this point are on their knees praying that we make it through this and the other two, we hope they go away, but if they come, we’re ready for them as well.”

Wassi told us her parents, son and loved ones are all in Miami.

The effects of Irma are expected to be felt on Sunday in Florida. Many areas have been served mandatory evacuation notice. Giselle reminded us that one of the worst hurricanes to have ever hit South Florida, Hurricane Andrew, marked its 25th anniversary recently. “I think that also has Floridians shaken up more than usual. My area has not been up for evacuation so I’ll be staying in my home,” she said. Wassi told us that she would prefer to be there, to see for herself, versus hearing about it. “The anxiety would kill me- the type of person that I am. I need to be in my home where all the people that I love are- my son, my parents, my significants. We’re not leaving, we’re gonna rock this out together,” she said.

The Washington Post this evening reported Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, William ‘Brock’ Long as saying, “Irma is likely to make landfall in Florida as a dangerous major hurricane, and will bring life threatening wind impacts to much of the state, regardless of the exact track of the centre.”

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Bass Says it Loud and Clear! He Wants More Brotherhood in T&T After Murder Suicide in Carenage.

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Bass calls on men to help each other.

A murder suicide in the Carenage area of West Trinidad on Saturday has sent ripples through the country. The young woman shot and killed, was the mother of a three -year- old boy. Her daughter’s father subsequently killed himself, leaving a note to his son, saying simply, “Sorry”. Entertainer and radio personality, Adrian Hackshaw, the man best known as Third Bass, says it’s time for men to help each other.

In a social media post on Saturday, Bass said:

 “Men, let’s start talking to help each other deal with our emotions better…. PLEASE. #BrotherBrother #goodness.”

It isn’t the first time that the often vocal radio mic man has given vent to his personal emotions on social issues. In a subsequent social media post, later in the evening, Bass questioned whether the situation that unraveled in Carnage, could’ve been prevented. He questioned whether anyone of the couple’s friends or family members had attempted to intervene or were otherwise told to stay out of it.

Domestic Violence and its effect on children, family members and by extension, society, remains a topic of much study. In Minnesota, a small community called, Duluth has effected the Deluth model of dealing with Domestic Violence. This is what it is:

 Duluth Model approach Employs the following:

  • Takes the blame off the victim and places the accountability for abuse on the offender.
  •  Shares policies and procedures for holding offenders accountable and keeping victims safe across all agencies in the criminal and civil justice systems from contacting the police to the entering the court system.
  • Prioritizes the voices and experiences of women who experience battering in the creation of those policies and procedures.
  • Believes that battering is a pattern of actions used to intentionally control or dominate an intimate partner and actively works to change societal conditions that support men’s use of tactics of power and control over women.
  • Offers change opportunities for offenders through court-ordered educational groups for batterers.
  • Has ongoing discussions between criminal and civil justice agencies, community members and victims to close gaps and improve the community’s response to battering.

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Machel Montano and Kernel Roberts Win Court Appeal in Zen Fracas Case.

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Machel Montano on stage.

The case involving Soca heavyweight Machel Montano and his former band mate, producer, Kernal Roberts yesterday reached another milestone with a ruling that saw the appeal won by the entertainers. The Zen Nightclub incident case has spanned almost a decade. Montano, who has been relatively quiet in recent weeks, showing fans more of a spiritual side on his social media platforms, is undoubtedly planning his Carnival 2018 season. Speculation is rife that top names in music internationally, may be included in the Machel Monday lineup, once again in 2018.

We spoke with Montano’s mother, Elizabeth Montano yesterday. She explained that there will be a retrial of the case, despite the duo having won the appeal. Mrs. Montano told us that the reason given for this is simply the fact that Montano and Roberts are public figures, Montano being an icon in his own right, and based on public interest in the case, a retrial was thought necessary by the judge.

Montano meanwhile, yesterday took to social media to thank fellow artistes, Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons for the past year, having worked closely with them after the release of the single, “Buss Head.”

He said:

“It was a real blessing for @chekothari, my team and I to partner with @bunjigarlin, @fayannlyons and the entire #Viking#GroundEmpire team for the Buss Head Tour. We developed not only a business relationship, but a true friendship. We received an overwhelming amount of love and support at every stop along the Tour – Toronto, Barbados, London, New York and Miami. Sending much love to the global Soca Massive that supported this song and movement. Much more to come! Respect!”

 

 

 

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