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Salvatori vendors want new arrangement
The former Salvatori build-
ing vendors at Independence
Square, Port-of-Spain are
hoping to arrange a meeting
with the Port-of-Spain mayor
to have a vending area within
the city to sell their goods.
Over the past few years the ven-
dors were promised locations at
New City Mall, Charlotte Street,
Central Market in Sea Lots and
The Salvatori building site,
which was under the ownership
of the Urban Development Cor-
poration of Trinidad and Tobago
(Udecott) had planned to develop
the site for a parking lot.
However, the vendors are now
plying their trade at locations
across Port-of-Spain at City
Gate, the Promenade and Fred-
Spokesman for the vendors,
Stephen Fletcher, said the ven-
dors could not move to the Central
Market location because it was a
hot spot area and the premises was
unsanitary with animals.
Fletcher said the vendors were
scattered all over Port-of-Spain
and they were seeking to have a
meeting with the mayor.
"We sent him several letters and
all we saw was the deputy mayor.
We need to know what they doing
for us and what is their plan," he
Fletcher said the vendors were
"played" and the new mayor (Joel
Martinez) was in office some eight
Provision for the vendors to stay
at South Quay fell through with
the building of a seating area for
"The people who were former
mayors and councillors tried to
help us left. Would you go up to
Central Market at 11 am and buy
goods? No, because if you go there
you know it is crime populated.
We all have bills, someone (a ven-
dor) got locked up and the police
keep raiding," he said.
"We are hoping the mayor will
see us and we are not playing the
bullying role we are just law abid-
ing citizens who want to hear from
him," he said.
However, acting Port-of-Spain
mayor, Hillean Morean, said there
were options available to the ven-
" I met them on behalf of the
mayor and I am willing to meet
with them. The council has not
sanctioned pedallers and others.
The Charlotte Street programme
is being reviewed. It has a lot of
issues with that," he said.
Morean said there were a lot of
unregistered vendors on Charlotte
"We want to bring back order to
that programme and we want to
look at other vendors in the city
and they (unregistered vendors)
are making the programme un-
sustainable," he said.
He said the unregistered ven-
dors who were not given per-
mission could have a space at the
"There are 200 spaces availa-
ble and there are opportunities for
them. We want to bring the market
to a higher standard," Morean said.
There has been an "unprece-
dented increase in the number
of applicants" from T&T to go
to Japan to teach English.
The announcement was made by
the Japanese Ambassador in Port-
of-Spain, Mitsuhiko Okada, during
yesterday's send-off ceremony
at his residence in St Clair for the
successful 17 T&T nationals who
will be leaving for Japan next week.
There were 64 applicants last
year and 78 this year.
Okada said there has also been
a "notable increase in the num-
ber of successful candidates" for
the Japan Exchange and Teaching
He said the increase was "evi-
dence of the growing popularity
and reputation of this exchange
Okada said: "There has been
a grounds swell of enthusiasm
among Trinbagonians who are
eager to experience Japanese
Some 17 nationals were chosen
to go to Japan this year for an ini-
tial period of one year to teach at
primary and secondary schools
across Japan. The period could
Okada said the teachers are
about to adopt dual roles as assis-
tant language teachers and cultural
ambassadors of T&T.
Since the programme was start-
ed in 1987 more than 100 nationals
of T&T have visited Japan to teach
One of the successful applicants
was Sashta Jebodh. She told re-
porters she was very excited about
the new venture.
She said there should be more
cultural exchanges between Japan
Jebodh said there should also
be more awareness in T&T about
the various Japanese festivals and
Increase in Trinis
applying to teach
English in Japan
Japanese Ambassador Mitsuhiko Okada and his wife with successful
applicants for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) programme at his
residence in St Clair.
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