"Prof. Rambachan was born in Trinidad and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Leeds, in the United Kingdom."
"First colonized by the Spanish, the islands came under British control in the early 19th century. The islands' sugar industry was hurt by the emancipation of the slaves in 1834. Manpower was replaced with the importation of contract laborers from India between 1845 and 1917, which boosted sugar production as well as the cocoa industry. The discovery of oil on Trinidad in 1910 added another important export. Independence was attained in 1962. The country is one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean thanks largely to petroleum and natural gas production and processing. Tourism, mostly in Tobago, is targeted for expansion and is growing."
"The City of San Fernando is the larger of the two cities in Trinidad and Tobago, and the second largest municipality. It occupies 18 km˛ and is located in the southwestern part of the island of Trinidad. It is bounded to the North by the Guaracara River, the south by the Oropouche River, the east by the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway, and the West by the Gulf of Paria. The population was estimated to be 62,000 as of 2002. The former Borough of San Fernando was elevated to the status of a city on November 18, 1988. The motto of San Fernando is: "Sanitas Fortis" - In a Healthy Environment We Will Find Strength."
" The people of Trinidad and Tobago are West Indians of African, East Indian, Chinese, West European and Middle Eastern descent. English is the main language although Spanish, Hindi and a French patois are also used. About three-fifths of the population is Christian, with Roman Catholics constituting the largest single group, followed by Anglicans. Hindus and Muslims make up the major non-Christian religion.
Trinidad and Tobago has a cultural blend which is quite evident in its music and cuisine. The twin-island Republic boasts one of the world's best carnival celebrations. Steel band and calypso are national symbols of this country known as the Land of the Hummingbird."
" Eric Williams, “Father of the Nation” and leader of the People's National Movement (PNM), which is largely supported by blacks, governed from 1956 until his death in 1981. In Dec. 1986 the multiracial National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR), based in Tobago, won a parliamentary majority, promising to sell most state-owned companies, reorganize the civil service, and reduce dependence on oil.
In 1990, to protest the NAR government, some 100 radical black Muslims blew up the police station in an attempted coup, in which the prime minister and other officials were held hostage for six days. The NAR was defeated in 1991, and the PNM returned to power. In 1995, the East Indian–based party, the United National Congress (UNC), led by Basdeo Panday, formed a coalition government with the NAR. In 2000, Panday narrowly won another term.
In Dec. 2001 elections, the governing UNC Party and the PNM Party gained 18 seats each. The two parties agreed to allow President Robinson to select the prime minister to end the impasse. But when Robinson chose Patrick Manning of the PNM because of his “moral and spiritual values,” the opposition angrily called for new elections. In the Oct. 2002 elections, Manning's party declared victory. Maxwell Richards, a university dean, was selected president by parliament in 2003. "
" A history of slavery and indentureship has left the country with a mixture of African, Indian, European, Middle Eastern and Chinese people. All these groups have left an imprint on the national culture, and there is an increasingly high percentage of mixed-race people. Trinidad and Tobago became an independent nation (from the United Kingdom) in 1962 and a republic in 1976.
Officially Trinidadians or Tobagonians, the people from Trinidad and Tobago are often informally referred to as Trinbagonians or Trinis...
Amerindian name for Trinidad was Kairi or Iere which is usually translated as The Land of the Hummingbird, although others have reported that it simply meant island. Christopher Columbus encountered the island of Trinidad on July 31, 1498 and named it after the Holy Trinity. Columbus reported seeing Tobago, which he named Bella Forma, but did not land on the island. The name Tobago is probably derived from tobacco, although the correct pronunciation is "tah-BAY-go"...
The presence of American military bases in Chaguaramas and Cumuto in Trinidad during World War II profoundly changed the character of the society. In the post-war period, the wave of decolonisation that swept the British Empire led to the formation of the West Indies Federation in 1958 as a vehicle for independence. Chaguaramas was the proposed site for the federal capital. The Federation dissolved after the withdrawal of Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago elected for independence in 1962."
"Ames was born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago and is of English/Trinidadian Portuguese descent, and much of his family resides in the Caribbean nation. His grandmother was Trinidad and Tobago Champion 20 times. He grew up in Pointe-ŕ-Pierre and learned to play at the Petrotrin Pointe-ŕ-Pierre Golf Club...
In 1997 Ames finished third at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status for the 1998 season. In his first six seasons he performed solidly but didn't break into the top 40 of the money list. He found a new level in his game in 2004. Until this year his main claim to fame in the US had been his runner up placing to Craig Perks at the 2002 Players Championship, however Stephen enjoyed his first PGA Tour victory in July 2004 winning the Cialis Western Open among a field that included many of the best professionals in the world, including Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Davis Love III.  Later that year he reached the top twenty in the Official World Golf Rankings."
How we Celebrate
From Carnival to Christmas, Trinidad and Tobago can boast a vibrant and colourful cultural heritage. The contributions of the different ethnic groups that settled in these islands have combined to create a rich inheritance in the realms of dance, music, art and cuisine, making Trinidad and Tobago a hot spot for culture in the Caribbean.
The two-day explosion of colour, pageantry and abandon that marks Carnival, Calypso and Soca music, our indigenous musical instrument the Steelpan, Chutney Music, East Indian Classical and Limbo Dancing, are all products of a dynamic heritage and vibrant people. Many of the festivals celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago are religious in nature, including Hosay, Divali, Christmas, Eid-Ul-Fitr, Phagwa or Holi, Easter and Corpus Christi. Carnival may be the ultimate showcase for the plethora of artistic and cultural expressions in Trinidad and Tobago, but there are many other celebrations.
Arrival Day, Emancipation Day and Shouter Baptist Liberation Day and several others highlight the traditions and customs of specific ethnic and religious groups. Visitors to our warm shores should not be shy about participating in any festival or activity, in our multi-ethnic, multi-religious country, the wider community always gets involved - even if it is to just watch and admire.