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NOTICE is hereby given that
by lawful authority under
the provision of the Liquor
Licences Act, Chap.
84:10:18, the Licensing
Committee for the
Licensing District of
Siparia/Erin has appointed
Wednesday 18th day of
November, 2015 at 9:00
o'c1ock in the forenoon at
the Siparia Magistrates
Court as the day, hour and
place at which a Special
Session will be held to
hear and determine the
application of RAJESH
RAMKISSOON for a
Certificate authorising him
to carry on the business of
a RESTAURANT in respect
of premises situate at #533
Penal Rock Road, Penal.
Dated this 21st day of
October, 2015 at Siparia
Saturday 14th November
8.00 a.m - 2.00 p.m
Art Society of T&T
Federation Park 1103004
Members of the Jamaica Youth theatre perform a scene from Aston
Cooke's play Jonkanoo Jamboree during the Caribbean Secondary Schools'
Drama Festival at the South Academy for the Performing Arts in San
Fernando on Wednesday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
The Divali festival actually
runs for five days. The
first day of Divali is November
9 and the final day is Novem-
ber 13. The main celebration
occurs on the third day. This
year that would have been on
Wednesday, November 11. The
new moon day.
There is but one Hindu reli-
gion but many Hindu organisa-
tions in Trinidad. These groups
in their wisdom, or lack thereof,
have advised the present gov-
ernment, which is non-Hindu,
as to their assumption of when
the correct date is. Their choice
is Tuesday, November 10 for
whatever reason. Maybe close
proximity to the weekend.
There is never a bad time to
worship God, whatever your
perception is. I wish to make
that abundantly clear. Always
If one looks at the various
Hindu calenders, most have the
date as November 11.
Let us not get into the India-
Trinidad debate. We reside in
Trinidad. There is but one
Divali brings all of the coun-
try together, be it for a short
time. Roti shops smile all the
way to the bank. The menu
varies in India.
With respect to the distribu-
tion of government funds for
the festival, should it be dis-
persed to the larger groups or
the smaller villages? Which
organisations are recognised and
Is any funding acquired from
India? If affirmative, to whom
and how much?
The "celebration" at Chagua-
nas, is it of the festival or of
business? Who really benefits at
the end of it all? Does culture
carry a high price?
Vegetables suddenly become
scare and expensive at this
Are devotees migrating to
larger flocks at greener pas-
tures? A deya loses none of it s
brightness by lighting another.
In 2016, Divali will be cele-
brated on Sunday, October 30.
Happy Divali, T&T, wherever
there is darkness, let there be
NEVER A BAD TIME TO WORSHIP GOD
On July 15, 2012 a traffic plan for
Woodbrook, St James and environs
was launched. It was a complete
success and while it may have re-
quired some tweaking to make it
perfect, there is no escaping the re-
ality that it did what it set out to
do.To this day I cannot understand
the thinking that led to it not being
implemented as the de facto traffic
plan for the areas. And now, while
every side street is jammed with
gridlock all day as commuters try
to navigate the nonsense plan that
exists, I call on the Government to
revisit the Louis Lee Sing traffic
plan as an immediate solution,
while allowing for the needs of the
pedestrians and those needing
transport to be taken into account.
There are no other solutions, and
until the Colville Street intersection
with Wrightson Rd can be replaced
or traffic redirected, it will only get
What is taking place right now is
totally unacceptable, and limiting
the time at intersections through
having all traffic head in the same
direction on the two major arteries
is really the only solution.
Perhaps what should be looked
at is an introduction in phases, and
making Tragarete Road, from Roxy
Roundabout all the way to Park
Street, one-way heading in one di-
rection, and Ariapita Avenue, from
Park Street to the end of Ariapita,
I would also suggest making Mu-
curapo Road one way as well, head-
ing in the same direction as
This would have the effect of re-
moving many of the log jams en-
dured by motorists and the
travelling public while allowing the
St James business association to
maintain the traffic they rely on for
Phillip Edward Alexander.
Make Tragarete and Mucurapo roads one-way
I have reached a time in my life
where I look back and compare today
with what was then, and what has
changed or not.
To start with, one thing that has
not changed in the last 50-odd years
is the Licensing Authority. It
continues to be inefficient and
corrupt no matter which party is in
• The public service generally is
much the same.
• Public health leaves much to
• The police service is somewhat
like the licensing authority.
• The Magnificent, or should I say
the Un-Magnificent Seven, continue
to be an eyesore no matter who is in
• Crime, in spite of billions spent on
equipment etc, continues with no end
in sight, once again regardless of who
is in power.
• The behaviour of our
parliamentarians leaves us with a
bitter taste especially since some of
them are challenged by the English
• The people have not learnt very
much regarding the environment. We
still use plastic bags and the people in
power cannot or will not pass the
legislation necessary to stop the use
of plastic sweet drink bottles.
• We still can't hang any murderers
once again no matter who is in power.
• We still will not bring anyone to
justice for corruption. One would
believe corruption does not exist, and
if we catch them we cannot extradite
Trinidad sweet, Trinidad is a
paradise and guess what, things will
not change. Well, at least not in my
I can honestly say that in spite of
one oil boom after the other and
billions upon billions have gone
through this country like "salts" we
have not improved as a society.
Gordon Dalla Costa.
The more things change...
One of the biggest misuses of
taxpayers' dollars is the donation
of prize money (two million dol-
lars in some cases) by the Govern-
ment or state companies for
Why should the taxpayers fund
competitions like Soca Monarch or
Chutney Soca? These competi-
tions are money-making ventures.
The organisers should pay prize-
money commensurate with the
profits. Let's see if they still feel
first prize is worth two million dol-
lars. I don't.
The Government has promised
us better value for our hard-
earned taxes. I call on the Minister
of Finance to stop the objection-
able practice of using our dollars
to finance private competitions
which are clearly profitable.
First prize not worth $2 million
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