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Access Limitations to the North Stand
of the Queen's Park Savannah
The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago
(NCC) advises of the following access limitations that will be
in effect for all Carnival Events at the North Stand of the
Queen's Park Savannah for Carnival 2016.
These restrictions are necessary to ensure the health and
safety of our patrons at the event. They are as follows:
• The maximum party cooler size allowed is 30 3/8" long
x 17 1/4" high x 17 3/8" wide (metric). Coolers larger than
this will not be allowed into the North Stand.
Patrons will not be allowed to cordon off/barricade or to
erect any temporary edifice to the stand.
Only patrons with valid tickets will be allowed entry.
The stand is limited to a maximum capacity of 7000
persons and overcrowding will not be allowed.
We thank all patrons for their cooperation in this matter and
we look forward to your support. For more information,
persons are invited to contact the Commission at
The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad & Tobago
Dead bodies are often found floating near the banks of the Ganges river.
DAVOS---Germany s president said yesterday it is
"morally and politically necessary" to limit Europe s
refugee influx, warning that failing to do so meant
ceding ground to populists and extremists.
"Limits are not unethical: they help to maintain
acceptance within society," Joachim Gauck told the
world s political and economic elite gathering at the
Swiss ski resort of Davos.
"Without acceptance, a society is not open and
not willing to take in refugees," said Gauck, noting
that this was why EU leaders are battling to stem the
continent s biggest migrant crisis since World War II.
"A limitation strategy can be both morally and
politically necessary to preserve the state s ability to
function," said the former Protestant pastor.
"It may also be necessary in order to ensure that
refugees receive all the assistance they require once
they have arrived."
Debate is raging in Germany over the country s
ability to cope with a record 1.1 million asylum seekers
who arrived in 2015.
Gauck stressed however that the drastic action of
slamming the door shut to refugees---as sought by
populists and the far-right---was not an option.
An isolation strategy was different from setting
limits, he said, urging supporters of democracy to take
ownership of the debate rather than give ground to
"If democrats are unwilling to talk about limits,
then they will be leaving the field to populists and
xenophobes," he added.
In Germany, he said, the political debate is "very
clear that we should expect some form of control and
limits to kick in this year."
Like Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel has rebuffed
calls to close the German borders. (AFP)
talks of limiting
India s environment watchdog has criticised the
government for failing to clean up the Ganges river.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) said it was
"unfortunate" that both the federal and Uttar Pradesh
governments had failed to clean the river.
A petitioner told the NGT on Monday that dead
bodies were still being dumped in the heavily-polluted
The Ganges is considered holy and supports a
third of the country s population living on its flood-
"It is really unfortunate that the Ganges continues
to be polluted. Why don t you (the state and federal
governments) do something? You raise slogans [about
cleaning the river], but do exactly opposite of that,"
the NGT said.
The watchdog was hearing a petition filed by envi-
ronmental activist Gaurav Bansal.
Bansal told BBC Hindi that people still dump dead
bodies in the Ganges from the northern city of
Varanasi and the government hasn t been able to
stop the practice.
"Millions have been spent to clean the river, but
nothing has changed. All governments of the past
and the current one are responsible for the situation,"
Mr Bansal said.
Environmentalists say unchecked industrial waste
and sewage heavily pollute the river. And the Hindu
practice of using the river for cremation also causes
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