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The organisers of the first ever National Jun-
ior Extempo Monarch competition has
announced several changes to its workshops
which the new scheduled being next week.
The competition is the brainchild of 2014
National Extempo Monarch Brian London s
Friends of the Youths of Trinidad and Tobago
which was formed with a mission "to create a
forum to promote, educate and develop an envi-
ronment whereby the youth can utilise the
indigenous art and culture of Trinidad and Toba-
The workshops will now be held on the
following dates and locations:
January 18: Pleasantville Community Centre,
Prince Albert Street, Pleasantville, San Fernando,
January 19: Police Retirees' Association,
Riverside Plaza annex, Besson Street, Port-of-
Spain, 9 am.
January 19: Arouca Community Center,
Victoria Street, Arouca, 1 pm.
January 21: Fairfield Complex,
Scarborough, Tobago, 10 am.
The closing date for registration is
Forms are available at the
• City Hall, Harris Promenade, San
• Town Hall, Mahaica, Pt Fortin.
• Wack 90.1, Coffee Street, San
• Fyzabad Community Centre,
Southern Main Road, Fyzabad.
• RIK Bookstore, corner Queen and
Chacon Streets, Port-of-Spain.
• Police Band Room, Riverside Plaza
annex, Besson Street, Port-of-
• Bradford, Bradford Mall, Henry
• Arima Town Hall, Sorzano Street,
• Arima Central Government
Secondary School, contact Georgia
Mc Intyre at 775-1423 or 388-0455.
• Tobago House of Assembly, Division
of Culture, Main Street, Scarborough.
Judging of the preliminary rounds of
the competition will be as follows:
January 25: Police Retirees'
Association, Riverside Plaza annex,
Besson Street, Port-of-Spain, from 10 am.
January 26: Pleasantville Community
Centre, Prince Albert Street, Pleasantville,
San Fernando. from 10 am.
January 27: Arouca Community Centre,
Victoria Street, Arouca, from 10 am.
January 28: Fairfield Complex,
Scarborough, Tobago, from 10 am.
Final of the contest will be held on
Sixteen competitors will qualify for the
final in which the first prize is $5,000 plus a
trophy, hamper and two tickets to Tobago.
Second place winner will receive
$3,000 plus a trophy, hamper and
Third prize is $2,000 plus a trophy,
hamper and a dinner voucher for two
Contestants placing fourth to 16th will
each receive $1,000 plus a trophy and
Finance Minister Colm Imbert is expected
to present for debate in the Senate today
the Finance Bill 2016.
The measure, which seeks to remove processed
food items from the zero-rated list, to reduce the
Value Added Tax (VAT) rate from 15 per cent to
12.5 per cent, to increase personal allowance from
$60,000 to $72,000, to increase the Business
Levy and Green Fund, was approved in the
House of Representatives on Friday.
Imbert is also expected to answer three
questions filed by Opposition Senator Wade
One of the questions relate to the quantum
of arrears as well as the recurrent expenditure
quantum in relation to recent collective agree-
ment settlements, involving all arms of the pro-
tective services, inclusive of the Defence Force.
Another question Mark wants Imbert to say
whether the Governor of the Central Bank of
Trinidad and Tobago has been officially removed
as the Trinidad and Tobago Alternative Governor
to the International Monetary Fund, and if so, by
The sitting begins at 1.30 pm.
The Senate is also likely to meet next week to
debate two motions filed by the Opposition to
annul two orders which were approved by the
Cabinet last month relating to the appointment
of a Commissioner of Police and Deputy Com-
missioners of Police.
The motions are also expected to be debated
in the House of Representatives next week as the
standing orders provide for the matters to be
debated by January 25.
The House of Representatives is expected to
meet on Wednesday to debate the variation of
Appropriation Bill to close off the accounts for
the financial year 2015.
DESTRA AND SISTER
Destra Garcia, left, poses with her sister,
Kalifa, following the media launch for QOB
concert at the Digicel Booth, Queen's Park
Oval, on Wednesday. Kalifa is a part of
Destra's management team. Her second
concert comes off on February 3, at O2 Park,
Chaguaramas. PHOTO: DAVID WEARS
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