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Duane T'z Zayah O'Connor, son of former Calypso
Monarch Duane O'Connor performs during the
launch of Trinidad Unified Calypsonians
Organisation, Tuco, and First Citizens' Junior
Calypso Monarch & Junior Calypso Roving Tent at
City Hall, Port-of-Spain, on Wednesday.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Govt mourns Angelo's passing
The death of historian An-
gelo Bissessarsingh is being
mourned by the Government
and citizens alike.
Extending condolences to Bis-
sessarsingh's family at the start of
Thursday's post-Cabinet media
briefing, Minister in the Office of
the Prime Minister and Office of the
Attorney General Stuart Young said
Government was saddened to learn
of his passing.
He recounted Bissessarsingh's
positive contribution to the country.
Similar sentiments were ex-
pressed by Education Minister An-
thony Garcia prior to the start of a
press conference at the Education
Ministry Towers, Port-of-Spain on
Garcia joined with his Cabinet
colleagues to wish Bissessarsingh's
family God's blessings during this
sad time and said the country had
lost a noted historian.
He said Bissessarsingh's death
was a loss to the education sector,
especially "because of the work he
has done as a historian."
Asked whether his Ministry
planned to include Bissessarsingh's
published works on T&T's rich and
historical legacy in the school cur-
riculum, Garcia said some time ago,
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley had
mandated the Ministry to focus on
ensuring more attention was paid
to that area.
He said a task force headed by
Professor Theodore Lewis was
mandated to compile a refereed
text, the first draft of which was
submitted to Cabinet for consid-
eration this week. The Ministry of
Education will review the draft and
submit a report to Cabinet in the
coming weeks, following which
they will decide the way forward,
Caroni Bird Sanctuary
edged out USA contest
The Caroni Bird Sanctuary was among 20 nomi-
nees in a USA Today contest called Best Caribbean
Attractions but, unfortunately, did not make it
to the top ten.
In the contest held by the internationally distributed
American daily newspaper, the La Soufriere Drive-In
Volcano in St Lucia won the top spot.
St Nicholas Abbey in Saint Peter, Barbados, a planta-
tion house, museum and rum distillery built by Colonel
Benjamin Berringer in 1658 came in second. The house is
said to be one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions
in the Western Hemisphere.
The Bob Marley Museum in Jamaica, third.
A panel of experts partnered with ten USA Today
"Best" editors to pick the initial 20 nominees and the
top ten winners were determined by popular vote from
the newspaper's readers.
Tour operator, Stephen Broadbridge, vice-president
of the T&T Incoming Tours Operators Association, is
blaming inadequate marketing of Trinidad for this,
saying, at the end of the day, "the buck stops with the
Ministry of Tourism.
"The reason it's so challenging for us to win some-
thing like this is because we don't have as many tourists
visiting as other islands. If we had 1,000 tourists, we
would have 1,000 potential voters."
Broadbridge said there's no tourist location anywhere
in the Caribbean better than the Caroni Swamp. The
Caroni Bird Sanctuary is located in the Caroni Swamp,
which Broadbridge said is "40 square miles of probably
the largest tidal swamp in the Caribbean"
Defensively, he added no other Caribbean island has
the kind of bio-diversity as Trinidad, not even Tobago.
"Tobago has 200 species of birds. Trinidad has 470.
Trinidad blows Tobago away in terms of eco attraction."
Broadbridge said, nevertheless, almost half of the
budgetary allocation to tourism goes to Tobago. "The
Tobago House of Assembly only markets Tobago. With
our half of the money we market Trinidad and Tobago."
He said Trinidad is so poorly marketed as a tourist
destination that at international tourism expositions,
no one knows about here.
"You can't blame crime because they (international
tourists) have not gotten to the point where they are
scared as yet. Many have never heard of Trinidad."
Broadbridge said local tourist attractions like the
Caroni Bird Sanctuary are poorly managed. He cited
noisy fishermen's fetes inside the location, garbage
and poaching as some problems still to be addressed
in the sanctuary.
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