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Archived: Fashion TT Creates Huge Opportunity in Trinidad and Tobago for 5 Style Enthusiasts

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Five Trinidad and Tobago designers have been selected to be apart of an initiative dubbed the Value Chain Investment Programme- an concept brought to life by the Trinidad and Tobago Fashion Company Limited. The effort, according to news reaching EBUZZTT, surrounds a general thrust for economic diversification in T&T.

Lisa-Marie Daniel, General Manager of FashionTT

FashionTT’s General Manager, Lisa-Marie Daniel, said the VCIP is one of the cornerstone initiatives of the fashion industry’s strategic plan aimed at transforming the sector and making it more lucrative in the long-term. She said it’s a five-year programme that will accept a new group of designers annually, in turn producing at least twenty-five designers who’ll be on the cusp of exporting their creations to the world at large.

EBUZZTT.COM has learnt that the five designers selected this year, will participate in the first Non-Global Value Chain component of the programme and they are working closely with FashionTT and project consultant, Vincent Quan, to improve their business operations and marketing strategies. Quan is an Associate Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

FashionTT has also partnered with the National Entrepreneurship Development Company Limited (NEDCO) to work with designers in the Incubator tier of the programme, with hopes of refining each designer’s business model and plan for future commercial growth and development.

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Entertainment Website, TMZ Bashed for Insensitivity In Reporting Kobe Bryant’s Death.

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The rush by media outlets to be “first” is proving to be a problem. Even as investigators scrambled to the scene of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of nine persons in Los Angeles on Sunday, US media outlet, TMZ had been informing the world that basketball star, and father of four, Kobe Bryant had been killed. The rush to be first is now being criticised, with several people in authority lamenting the fact that family members may not have been given the news just one hour after the incident had taken place. TMZ had however broken the story, sending the world into a state of shock.

TMZ’s Harvey Levin

The media outlet was criticised by Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who told reporters, “It would be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved one … perished and you learn about it from TMZ.” He said TMZ had posted the story a little more than one hour after police said they received reports of a downed aircraft.

Los Angeles County Undersheriff Tim Murakami also criticised TMZ in a tweet. “I am saddened that I was gathering facts as a media outlet reported … Kobe had passed,” Murakami wrote. “I understand getting the scoop but please allow us time to make personal notifications to their loved ones. It’s very cold to hear of the loss via media. Breaks my heart.”

Kobe Bryant leaves to mourn, his wife Vanessa Bryant and three other daughters.

What are your thoughts? Do you think it was insensitive for TMZ to run with the report before ensuring family members had been notified or do you think it goes with the territory?

Was TMZ Wrong for Running the Story on Kobe's death before confirming the family Had been notified?

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Koffee Thanks Reggae Veterans in Grammy Acceptance Speech. WATCH VIDEO.

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Gratitude is a must. Nineteen year old Mikayla Simpson, the artist many know simply as Koffee, has made history, having won her first Grammy Award at the age of 19. She is the youngest Caribbean entertainer in history, to do so.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony took place on Sunday night at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. Koffee, the Jamaican reggae artist behind a number of positive hit singles, such as ‘Rapture’, ‘Toast’, ‘ Legend’ and ‘Raggamuffin’, was awarded the Grammy in the Best Reggae Album category.

The category included the following nominees:

  • Julian Marley – As I Am
  • Sly & Robbie- The Final Battle: Sly & Robbie vs Roots Radics 
  • Steel Pulse- Mass Manipulation
  • Third World -More Work to be Done.

In a social media post following the win, Koffee wrote: “Congratulations to my fellow nominees and to everyone who contributed to this, my first [Grammy Award] for my EP, Rapture!!! Thank You!!!!”

Caribbean entertainers and supporters of Caribbean culture from around the world have congratulated the young entertainer, many saying that the artist has made the Caribbean proud.

Take a look at Kofee’s acceptance speech, made on Sunday night.

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