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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
In 2010 ... T&T was ranked
fifth in the world with
diabetes per capita, had the
most persons with diabetes
per capita in the Western
Hemisphere and had over 450
children with type 1 diabetes."
Councillor Dr Agatha Carrington, speaking
at the launch of a diabetes camp for
children in Tobago on August 7.
THA'S AGRICULTURE SECTOR REFOCUSES ON AWARENESS
This year Tobago's World Food Day
activities will span an entire month-
October. However, the two-day exhibition
largess, to which the public has become
accustomed at the Dwight Yorke Stadium
car park, will be held only on one day.
This as the Division is faced with a
decreased budget and refocuses on
improved training in the sector and
increasing food production awareness.
Secretary of Food Production, Forestry,
and Fisheries Hayden Spencer announced
the changes to the 2017 World Food Day
celebrations at last month's post - Executive
Council's media briefing.
The theme for World Food Day is "Climate
is Changing, Food and Agriculture must too."
Celebrated on October 16th annually, World
Food Day marks the date the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations was founded in 1945.
On the educational activities cared for
October Spencer said: "These efforts will be
made to educate our stakeholders, farmers,
students and the general public on
"We will conduct workshops, seminars
and open days at different agricultural
stations that the Division has responsibility
for throughout October, with [the aim of
boosting] awareness [about the importance
of] of farming."
Meanwhile, the proposed upgrade to the
Scarborough market is finally taking place.
This month, the vendors will be temporarily
relocated to the Shaw Park Complex.
The upgrade is expected to cost $21
million and completed within 18 months.
Reporting on the progress of the project,
Spencer said his Division is hiring a
contractor to pave the designated area for
the temporary space at Shaw Park.
"The site is 90 per cent prepared, and it is
just to be paved," he said.
The Secretary said after paving the
temporary market facility will be built. This
phase of the project is expected to take two
Six months into Kelvin Charles'-led
administration and his era stands out
for the unprecedented number of
appointed boards of directors and
committees. This increased cost to
the Assembly, it is hoped, will, in the
long run, improve the THA's Divi-
sions capacity to run effectively and
Other major undertakings under his
tenure include the implementation of
proper procurement practices, an
improved accounting system facilitat-
ing the timely payment of salaries and
the passing of an Assembly Business
motion to phase out polystyrene prod-
ucts and advance alternatives. These
activities should reduce cost, improve
our island's environmental image
locally and internationally and result
in an improved standard of living.
Councillor Kwesi DesVignes -Sec-
retary of Infrastructure, Quarries and
the Environment and Leader of
Assembly Business- the mover of the
environment motion, subsequently
courted producers of alternative prod-
ucts. His division also spearheaded
studies on noise and air pollution.
These efforts show part of the Assem-
The environmental projects are
laudable and an important part of our
social, emotional, physical and eco-
nomic well being. Economically as a
tourism dependent island, especially
one whose mantra touts of being
, the onus is on all islanders to
assist in reducing pollution.
Although visitors are aware that
pollution is a major global problem
they expect their vacation to be pol-
lution free. This latter fact validated
by the number of written and verbal
complaints- about noise, air, sewerage
and solid waste pollution -by tourists
to resort owners in Crown Point
-Tobago's most highly concentrated
tourism activity area.
As islanders, we are guilty of
improper disposal of solid waste. Add
our volume of solid waste to tour-
ism-generated waste and we begin to
understand the magnitude of this type
of pollution problem. Solid waste from
the cruise ship industry in the Car-
ibbean, alone, has been estimated at
more than 70,000 tonnes annually.
No doubt getting a handle on pol-
lution is daunting. However, like any
other undertaking, any task divided
into manageable and measurable piec-
es becomes easier.
Lone annual efforts by various
Assembly divisions to collect waste
and pose for pictures are deserving of
minute praise. Daily toil, by CEPEP
workers to keep the environment clean,
keeps families fed and policy creation
by boards and committees will only
go so far to deal with the problem.
The only way the problem can be
addressed comprehensively is by
engaging the public's assistance. Prop-
er waste disposal methods that are
simple, cost effective and manageable
must become common place. Lessons
must begin at the kindergarten level.
Addressing pollution at every level
is a pressing problem as we seek to
preserve our existing lifestyle. Saving
face as we market Destination Toba-
go with the "clean" mantra is crucial
to our image and will benefit us eco-
nomically. Living clean is a win-win
Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles presents Tania Alexis with a certificate of participation during the
Secondary Education Assessment Vacation Enhancement Programme graduation at the Scarborough
Library Facility on August 4. PHOTO COURTESY THA INFO DEPT
SEA VACATION PROGRAMME
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