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Sunday s Kaleidodash fun
run left its mark on the Queen s
Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain,
While organisers and partic-
ipants felt it was a success, there
were mixed reviews because of
the stains left in the wake of the
Up to yesterday afternoon, the
purple and red powder that was
thrown at the 2,300 participants
still carpeted parts of the pitch-
walk around the perimeter.
It highlighted very visibly the
lack of clean-up efforts imme-
diately after the event, as well
as a loophole in the protocol for
allowing such events to take
place at the Savannah.
The Savannah falls under the
watch of three entities: The Hor-
ticultural Division of the Ministry
of Agriculture, the National Car-
nival Commission (NCC) and
the Port-of-Spain City Corpo-
The NCC has authority over
the Grand Stand, while the Hor-
ticultural Division has jurisdic-
tion over the wider Savannah
and therefore should be respon-
sible for giving the green light
to events like Kaleidodash.
Instead, the NCC authorised
the event, while the Horticultural
Division had no record of an
application for permission.
An organising member of
Kaleidodash, Jamie Garcia, said
yesterday the route was cleared
of all garbage by a 12-member
team right after the event.
She said all the residue should
be cleared by today and
explained that a power-wash
clean-up was delayed because
of a sequence of unavoidable
events, starting with torrential
Garcia said because of heavy
rain on Sunday, the event started
later than planned, at 5.30 pm,
and thus finished late, around
10 pm as there was an after-
party after the run.
She blamed poor lighting for
not power-washing the Savan-
nah immediately after the event.
Part of the Queen s Park West
stretch was being power-washed
at noon yesterday but a drive
around the Savannah at 3.30 pm
showed the stains were still
The stained pitchwalk around Queen's Park East, Queen's Park
Savannah, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. It was left in this state after
Sunday's Kaleidodash charity fun run. PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT
Acting director of the
Horticultural Division Kamaldeo
Maharaj said: "To our best
knowledge we never received any
application for use of the
Savannah from this group."
He confirmed that Kaleidodash
had applied to the NCC and was
granted permission but said he
would have to write to the NCC as
it did not have jurisdiction over
that part of the Savannah and so
should not have given permission.
"We will inquire from NCC to
find out what really transpired
there," he said, via telephone
Maharaj said the resulting state
of the pitchwalk was a problem
and a "travesty of the Savannah in
terms of the substance left on the
He added that the division
would have never given permission
for the event because of the
coloured powder that was used.
Maharaj explained that would be in
breach of the terms and conditions
in allowing use of the Savannah.
Port-of-Spain mayor Louis Lee
Sing said if the stained areas were
not restored to their "pristine
greenery" by the coming weekend,
he would write to the NCC.
"Everybody had their fun but
nobody cares about the day after,"
he said by phone yesterday
Lee Sing contended that
Kaleidodash was supposed to
come to the City Corporation for
permission over the NCC and the
Calls to NCC chair Alison Demas
were not returned yesterday.
Spokesman for Citizens for
Conservation Rudylynn de Four-
Roberts was less perturbed by the
aftermath, saying it was expected
that organisers needed time to
address the clean-up, as long as
there was a timeframe and it was
not an issue about garbage.
Speaking by phone yesterday,
De Four-Roberts said: "As long as it
is reinstated within a stipulated
period, that is acceptable. You need
time to do it. It's not like garbage
to pick up."
WHO'S REALLY IN CHARGE?
Fun event leaves
One jogger and Port-of-Spain
resident, Sherrard Spiers, said he was
offended as he drove by the Savannah
yesterday and blasted the organisation
for using an excuse like "poor lighting"
for not restoring the area to its original
"There are portable lights you can
rent for that. It's excuse after excuse," he
He said if the organisation was
serious about a clean-up, it would have
organised and managed those efforts
better and faster.
While Spiers recognised Kaleidodash's
good intentions to help special needs
charities, he said the consequence on the
Savannah was inexcusable.
"How does any entity get the
privilege to do this? I'm saying no," he
Participant Shalini Rose Campbell also
weighed in on the residue left behind,
saying by phone: "It will wash away."
Campbell said the coloured substance
left behind was no worse than any other
after an event in the Savannah and said
she had fun while contributing to a
About $60,000 was raised on
Sunday's run, which will be donated to
special needs charities across the
country, Garcia said.
She added that 500 of the 2,300
participants were special needs
SAVANNAH USERS REACT
Alleyne: I'll take
to next level
Several calls to Alleyne s cellphone yesterday
evening went directly to voicemail and he did not
return messages. But in an interview with CNC 3
yesterday immediately after the meeting, Alleyne
insisted he would remain with the station.
Fabien on hiatus
In a brief telephone interview yesterday evening,
however, Fabien said he was initially unaware of the
policy referred to by Faria.
"There is a written policy?" Fabien asked.
He said yesterday s meeting brought clarity.
"My understanding is that I will take a hiatus
until the campaign is over and then we will meet
again," Fabien said.
He announced his departure from the radio pro-
gramme on his Facebook page on Sunday morning.
"Keep the faith, folks, people have a right to have
policy for their operations and to adhere to them.
105 has been good to me over the years as have I
been to 105. I am saddened but we all must do what
we have to do and I must move from the pavement
to Parliament," Fabien said.
Works and Infrastructure Minister Dr Surujrattan
Rambachan, who was once a presenter of the Morning
Panchayat programme on GML s Sangeet 106.1FM,
stepped down in March 2010 after he decided to
contest a seat in the general election
When asked afterwards why he stepped down,
Rambachan described his decision as a "matter of
Alleyne and Fabien s present situation has been
likened to the one faced by former Cumuto/Man-
zanilla MP Harry Partap, who was forced to part
ways with the Trinidad Express newspapers in 1995
after he was selected to contest a general election.
Partap held the post of head of that newspaper s
South Bureau before his departure.
However, veteran journalist and former Trinidad
Express editor-in-chief Lennox Grant said yesterday
there was a clear distinction between Partap s scenario
and the Alleyne and Fabien case.
"I don t see how the two can be compared," Grant
He said he could not consider both men as jour-
nalists, although they both work in media houses.
"Alleyne is a talk show host, show business person
and an entertainer. His values have never been jour-
"Fabien is not a journalist. I tell him sometimes
he is a literal joker," Grant said.
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