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Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein is
vowing to put litter wardens to work in order
to maintain the cleanliness of the country after
his ministry's nationwide clean-up campaign
Hosein was speaking as the San Fernando leg of
the campaign was launched at the San Fernando City
Corporation's Carib Street compound, yesterday.
While addressing volunteers and guests, Hosein
revealed that a major watercourse in Chaguanas which
had been cleaned two weeks ago as part of the cam-
paign was being filled again by people dumping waste.
"Just two Saturdays ago, we did the clean up in
Chaguanas and cleared a river that had not been
cleaned for about seven years, it was full of fridges,
stoves, tyres...anything you can think about. Lo and
behold, I was passing there yesterday and seeing the
river almost full again," he said.
He later told the media the ministry has written to
each of the 14 regional corporations about putting
their litter wardens to work to stop littering.
"The week before Carnival, I asked the Permanent
Secretary to write all the chief executive officers and
let them know that litter wardens should start to en-
force the laws---because litter wardens do work but
they are not doing the amount of work that they are
supposed to be doing."
He said the wardens have developed a habit of
working very short hours but that needs to change.
"And instead of working for two and three hours,
they need to work a full day so they will be out there
to ensure that they charge the people who are going
against the law." He called on all citizens to give a
full day's work.
Veteran designer and
mas-maker Peter Minshall was
celebrated and honoured on
Dimanche Gras (Carnival Sun-
day) as an icon among other
artists. On Carnival Tuesday,
his post-nuclear sailor mas,
Spiritus Mundi (World Spir-
it)---meshing together Mary
Shelley-like elements of classic
robber mas and classic sailor
mas was ignominiously deleted
from the airwaves during the
live coverage of the parade of
bands and was replaced with
a pre-recorded feed of North
American Indian like an Or-
It had a devastating effect on
In stark contrast to the "pret-
ty mas" that preceded his band
onstage, his dystopian sailor mas
came on in deathly silence accom-
panied by Exodus Steel Orchestra
with grotesque phantom heads and
skulls and white banners with gap-
ing mouths and empty sockets in
silent screams, trailing suckered
tentacles in their wake to resemble
a bombed-out post-apocalyptic
Minshall said the band was
meant to make an anti-nuclear
statement to show the folly of
nuclear proliferation and how the
world had become a more danger-
ous place in the age of US President
He said the presentation was in-
spired by the poem, The Second
Coming, by William Butler Yeats
(1865- 1939) written in 1919, in the
aftermath of the destructive First
Speaking to the Sunday Guard-
ian from his home in Federa-
tion Park on Friday, the dapper
75-year-old Minshall in his cravat
and black long-sleeved shirt-jac,
turned the interview into an im-
mersed, impassioned story telling.
Minshall said, "When I saw it
on television that they turned the
switch off and brought on fancy
Indians in our stead, I was in a state
of great grief.
"The little band of artists and
artisans, people from UWI, my
own crew of old men who had
crawled out of their cupboards
who hadn't done mas for ten years,
Kathryn Chan became the band
leader and her aide de camp was
Byron Joseph, Tunji and Sam and
many others finished it beautifully.
"They didn't do it in a finicky
way of fashion designers, they did
it like it was mas, made it up and
structured it like it was a tadjah
Veteran designer and mas-maker Peter Minshall at his Federation Park,
home. PHOTO: CHARLES KONG SOO
Asked how he plans to stop those who dump bulk
waste at night, Hosein said the combined effort of the
city police and citizens taking photos and sending it
to the corporations to be investigated.
The clean-up campaign, which was started in 2015
by Hosein when he was mayor of San Fernando, is
based on volunteerism. He commended the contrac-
tors for donating their time and equipment, saying
each clean up costs a contractor between $250,000
Hosein to make litter
wardens work for their $$
...as "Spiritus Mundi" denied to the world
Minshall in great grief
that it had a religious quality.
"I went down on the ground on my
hands and knees like some Greek trag-
ic hero pounding the ground and was
weeping saying no and weeping for my
He said once one upon a time people
came to see the mas, now everybody,
mainly women, were "playing the a..."
everybody was bent over and gyrating.
Minshall said it was not a wine an-
ymore, it was a "pum pum spectacle"
and it made Trump's innocuous re-
marks about "grabbing p---y" seem
child-like in comparison.
He said in the Trinidad Carnival it
was all turned backwards to you like
some offering animal and it was done
with such gracious delight.
Minshall's chicken wire, cloth and
glue depiction was to show retro 1950s
mas like how it was used to be made
taking people back to that time and
Minshall said it was to show that
mas could be elevated as high art as
opera, painting or music. He called
on the powers-that-be to make sure
to correct this injustice not for him,
but for the people of the country with
a 20-minute time slot at prime time
of the mas band performing on stage.
When NCC (National Carnival
Commission) Chairman Kenneth De
Silva was contacted yesterday for a
comment, he said he was unaware
of the situation involving Minshall's
"When I saw it on
television that they
turned the switch off and
brought on fancy Indians
state of great grief."
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