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RADHICA DE SILVA
With a meagre gov-
ernment subvention of
$30,000 annually, the San
Fernando Arts Council is
struggling to find money
to host public concerts,
showcase drama produc-
tions, recitals, art exhi-
bitions, lectures and art
During a media and busi-
ness symposium held at the
Creative Arts Centre in San
Fernando yesterday, founding
member of the council, Torrance
Mohammed, said despite the finan-
cial constraints, the council has still
managed to host the popular San
Fernando Festival (Sanfest) each
year since 1970.
Mohammed, however, said
that the council was strug-
gling to meet its expenses
and was calling on corporate
T&T and the media to assist.
Saying the council was cele-
brating its 48th anniversary
this year, Mohammed said
he was proud of the accom-
plishments the council had
achieved throughout the
years. These included pro-
viding assistance to the San
Fernando City Corporation
for the advancement of cul-
ture and working with pupils
from schools across South
Trinidad in showcasing their
Mohammed said the coun-
cil also wanted to continue to
offer scholarships to youths for
training in the Arts and to organ-
ize training courses, seminars and
"In a country like ours we boast of a rich
cultural heritage. If we study Trinidad's culture and
by extension the wider Caribbean we will get a good
look at the ecological, geographical, spiritual, social,
cultural and political history of our nation," Mohammed
said. He noted that the Creative Arts Centre which was
built in 1989 at a cost of $100,000 was in dire need
of repairs. Saying that corporate sponsors have been
assisting in the promotion of Sanfest, Mohammed said
further assistance was needed.
Meanwhile, chairman of Chief Executive officer of
Native Caribbean Foundation, Marlon Espinoza, who
delivered the feature address, said production companies
and organisations must become more professional in
their business management if they are to attract cor-
He said there must be efficient management of costs
and admission price of productions.
"You must be more effective in marketing, more re-
search must be put into creating specific product offering
to their identified target audience, you must be more
agile in changing business models, create productions
and business models that are scalable and be able to at-
tract advertisers and not sponsors by offering mutually
beneficial partnership opportunities," Espinoza added.
He noted that there were still limitless scope for the
promotion of the arts.
"Do not limit yourself to what you know, and not even
in your field of expertise, be it dance or music, but form
partnerships and collaborations to keep your product
offering fresh," Espinoza advised.
Chag mayor gets tough
with garbage contractors
read the riot
act to garbage
ating in the Bor-
them to clean up
their act or face
he would not tol-
erate any delin-
quency from the
the Public Health
Department would continue to monitor them more
aggressively to ensure they meet their contractual
He said he is in total agreement with a mandate
from Local Government Minister, Kazim Hosein, that
if the contractors were not performing at optimum,
then they should not be paid.
Boodhan said while the authority to hire and fire
comes from Nipdec and SWMCOL, he would make
the necessary recommendations if the contractors
failed to meet their obligation to effectively and
efficiently serve the burgess.
Prior to the long Easter weekend, Hosein met
with Boodhan as well as councillors Lisa Holder and
Adrian Ali regarding the performance of garbage
contractors in the Borough . This followed reports
that collection of regular household garbage, espe-
cially in the districts of Enterprise North/Esmeralda
and Munroe Road/Caroni Savannah Road, was not
taking place as it ought to.
Hosein noted that garbage collection days were
on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays but in some
instances the entire week passed without the waste being picked up. He said
this was posing a serious hazard to public health as animals were scattering
the waste over an expansive area.
Hosein said this situation cannot continue and appealed to the Chaguanas
Borough Corporation to have the matter immediately corrected.
"If a garbage contractor is not performing the duties, then they must not be
paid. Garbage collection is an essential service to the people that is provided
at the level of local government, and if the work is contracted out, then the
responsibility is on us as local government practitioners to ensure that it is
completed. And this should be a message to all Corporations," Hosein said.
Boodhan said at a meeting on Tuesday with the contractors, personnel
from SWMCOL, the Public Health Department as well as councillors, all of
the issues were put on the table and some resolutions arrived at.
"All the burgess want is efficient and effective service and it is the Corpo-
ration they come to when the service is not provided. I told the contractors
if they fail to provide the service they are paid for by the state, then I would
write to the minister and the provider (NIPDEC) with recommendations.
"I will not tolerate no mediocre service from the contractors."
He said over the Easter weekend there was some improvement in the ser-
vice, but they are not quite where they want to be.
"We will monitor the situation this week and by Monday we should do
a review to ensure the burgess are getting the quality service they expect
Mayor Gopaul Boodhan
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