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guardian.co.tt Saturday, July 29, 2017
Project Aware heads
to Eddie Hart Grounds
Following on the heels of their
National Tree Planting and Distri-
bution Drive in commemoration of
World Environment Day 2017, Cul-
ture House will be presenting the
first edition of a series of one-day
Community Empowerment Pro-
grammes as part of Project Aware
(A Wonderful And Rare Earth) 2017.
Aware is an environmental awareness
programme designed to rouse national
consciousness on wide-ranging en-
vironmental issues. This initiative is
made possible through the generos-
ity of Republic Bank Limited as part
of their Power to Make a Difference
On July 30, the Culture House Com-
munity Caravan will roll into Eddie Hart
Grounds for a day of entertainment and
environmental education for the entire
family, a release said.
"There will be booths with local
craft, confectioneries and lots more on
sale," said H Elishan Ulerie, creator of
the project and Operations Manager of
Culture House. "Turn down yuh pot
and come down to Eddie Hart Grounds
because there will be food on sale, the
best in local cuisine.
"There will also be displays and lit-
erature from the EMA and other such
agencies as well as a children's play
area," Ulerie added.
Among the day's activities will be
Auntie Thea's Rise 'N Shine Storytime
workshop and a Stilt Walking Work-
shop by Kaisokah Moko Jumbies led
by their founder and artistic director,
Children participating in this work-
shop will be eligible to be part of a
Guiness Book of World Records event
organised by Bisnath, scheduled for
September 10 at Skinner Park, San
The day's activities will culminate
with a stage show, The Inner Self:
Spoken Word for the Environment
featuring spoken word poets, singers,
guitarists and storytellers.
The performers will be Collis Duran-
ty, Marge Blackman, Kadeem Alleyne,
singer Gillian Moor, spoken word po-
ets Bro Ayow, PrettiPat (Patricia Niles
Dalrymple) and Cheryl Griffith as well
as Midnight Robber Damian Whiskey,
King Cobo, John Stollmeyer and per-
cussionist extraordinaire Baba Ayinde
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Igor Silverio lives nearby the port
in a favela---or shanytown---and came
the other day to kick around a soccer
ball with his two young boys. The area
in his youth was known for decay and
"For sure it's better," he said. But,
he added, he "expected more from the
He said he skipped the Olympics
because they were "too expensive"
and located far away in the suburbs.
Standing outside the new subway
line, 57-year-old domestic worker Isa
Trajano Fernandes said public trans-
portation had improved but was still
The Olympics left a half-dozen
vacant sports arenas in the Olympic
Park and 3,600 empty apartments in
the boarded-up Olympic Village. De-
odoro, a major complex of venues in
the impoverished north, is shuttered
behind iron gates.
Standing across the street, Jose
Mauricio Pehna de Souza was asked
if Rio benefited from the Olympics.
A US$20 million golf course is
struggling to find players and fi-
A few dozen were on the course
on a recent, sunny Saturday. The
clubhouse is mostly unfurnished,
and it costs non-Brazilians 560 re-
als (US$180) for 18 holes and a cart.
Organisers and the International
Olympic Committee say Rio needs
time to develop these venues, and
faults Brazil's deep recession for most
of the problems.
A prosecutor several months ago
disputed this, saying the Olympic
Park "lacked planning how to use
white elephant" sports venues. Many
were built as part of real estate deals
that have yet to pan out.
The park offers few amenities: no
restaurants, no shade and nothing
much to do except gawk at deserted
arenas. City hall officials and the fed-
eral government say they're planning
an event for August 5 to "fill all the
arenas" for the day.
Rio organisers promised to clean
up polluted Guanabara Bay in their
winning bid in 2009. During the
Olympics, officials used stop-gap
measures to keep floating sofas, logs
and dead animals from crashing into
boats during the sailing events.
Since the Olympics, the bankrupt
state of Rio de Janeiro has ceased
major efforts to clean the bay, its un-
welcome stench often drifting along
the highway from the international
Avenida Brasil, the main north-
south artery through the city, is a
snarl of unfinished roads and express
bus lanes, viaducts to nowhere and
detours through miles (kilometers)
of traffic cones.
Some of the politicians behind the
Olympics have been accused of graft,
and organisers still owe creditors
about US$30 million to 40 million.
Former President Luiz Inacio Lula
da Silva, who wept when Rio was
awarded the games, was convicted
last month on corruption charges
and faces a 9 1/2-year prison term.
He is appealing.
Former Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduar-
do Paes , the local moving force behind
the Olympics, is being investigated for
allegedly accepting at least 15 million
reals (US$5 million) in payments to
facilitate construction projects tied
to the games. He denies wrongdoing.
Another early booster, former Rio
state governor Sergio Cabral, is in jail
on corruption charges. (AP)
Corruption, unfulfilled promises
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