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The Guardian School of Journalism will
help the profession of journalism and the
field of media in T&T says Norman Sabga,
chairman of the ANSA McAL Group.
He also called the University of the West
Indies (UWI) the "intellectual brain" of the
country and the region.
"We are very proud of growing that intel-
lectual capacity in the country and region.
The Guardian Media Group is the largest
in T&T and we have been sending journalists
abroad for many years for specialised train-
"With the growth of the Guardian School
of Journalism which will look at all arms
of the media, it will be a huge development
for the growth of the media in video, print
and voice," he said.
Sabga spoke yesterday at the signing cer-
emony for a Memorandum of Understanding
between UWI and the ANSA McAL Group
at the 10th Floor, Tatil Building, Maraval
ANSA McAL Group will fund the con-
struction of a building that will house three
schools, the ANSA McAL Psychological
Research Centre, the Anthony N Sabga
School of Entrepreneurship, and the
Guardian Media School of Journalism.
Sabga hopes that the School of Entre-
preneurship will go beyond just producing
executives but will produce executives who
can run businesses efficiently.
"We want executives who will continue
to grow the economy and the country and
the region. That is why we have gotten
involved in this programme," he said.
Clement Sankat, principal of UWI who
also spoke, said the ANSA McAL Group
continues to contribute to the human
resources of the region.
"They have contributed through a very
generous donation to the UWI to construct
the Anthony N Sabga Building.
"This building will be located at the centre
of our campus. Our new programme of
journalism has just been revised and the
journalism programme will begin in August
of next year," he said.
He said the School of Entrepreneurship
will create "transformational leaders" as
this is important in creating a new economy
that is private sector driven.
"In terms of T&T s development we have
been looking too much to the state for lead-
ership in almost all sectors.
"It is important that the role of the state
provides the enabling environment for pri-
vate sector led growth that ensures pro-
ductivity and competitiveness," he said.
Sankat also said dependence on the state
is growing day by day and this is not good
for the economy.
"We are seeing what is happening in our
economy, falling prices for oil and gas and
we have heard firm statements from the
Finance Minster on the matter. It is time
T&T wakes up and shift gears and direction
to diversify the economy. What obtains now
is unsustainable," he said.
Trade, Investments and Communications Minister
Vasant Bharath says the UNC and the Government
were not involved in last weekend s placement of
racists posters on vehicles and slashing of car tyres
at MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain.
One of the posters which were allegedly placed on
a vehicle said in part: "We black African King anointed
by the Blood of Jesus Christ has decreed that it is
we time again."
It also said: "Starting from today the terror shall
begin...today is just a flat tire."
Tyres from an estimated ten cars were deflated,
Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams,
when contacted for comment yesterday, said he was
unable to say if the matter was being investigated.
Bharath commented on the incident after public
relations officer of the Opposition PNM, Faris Al-
Rawi, distanced the PNM from the incident, saying
the PNM was disgusted by it.
He said the posters "contained vile racist and sedi-
tious comments clearly designed to create hatred,
fear and division in our country."
He said the incident was a repeat of two previous
"heinous" incidents, the first of which took place
during a Joint Trade Union Movement-led march in
Port-of-Spain last May. During that march, which
included PNM supporters, placards alleged to be
racist were displayed at the Parliament. The Oppo-
sition denied any involvement in that incident and
called for police to investigate, but no one has been
Al-Rawi said in that incident racist placards were
displayed and later determined to have been distrib-
uted by unknown people to paid troublemakers. He
said the second was the placement of "equally racist
posters on several vehicles at the PNM s immensely
successful Divali celebration this year."
The PNM was accused of orchestrating that incident
too, he said, and had called for the perpetrators to
be charged by the police in both incidents.
"This incident is no different," he added.
Al-Rawi said: "The tragic idiocy of these messages
of hate benefits no one other than those desperate
to maintain division in an attempt to stop the solid
ascendancy of the PNM."
He said there was no place for any form of racism
in the country, adding: "The PNM condemns such
acts in the strongest possible terms."
Al-Rawi said if that was what opponents to the
PNM had used to start their 2015 general election
campaigns: "Good citizens should be wary of what
is still to come and should collectively denounce and
hold with greatest intolerance the desperate actions
of the wickedly insidious."
ANSA McAL launches
school of journalism
University of the West
Indies St Augustine (UWI)
campus principal Professor
Clement Sankat, centre,
looks on as Dr Anthony N
Sabga, left, chairman
emeritus of the ANSA
McAL Group signs the
between UWI and ANSA
McAL for the establishment
and construction of the
Anthony N Sabga School of
Guardian Media School of
Journalism at the group's
head office on Maraval
Road, Port-of-Spain. At
right is Grenfell Kissoon,
chairman of Guardian
Media limited. PHOTO:
UNC, govt not
racist posters at
Bharath: This should stop
Bharath made a similar comment, saying it
was "regrettable that anyone would descend
into this kind of action."
He said no political party, be it the UNC or
PNM or any other party, would engage in such
acts, and distanced the UNC and Government
He said people should "cease and desist from
such incidents...they can only create further
polarisation in the country."
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