Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 3rd 2013 Contents A12
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt November 3, 2013
CHARLES KONG SOO
The poster boy for the anti-litter cam-
paign of the mid-80s is back with a
vengeance. The old litter-bug of "Chase
Charlie away!" fame has been revamped
and digitised into Charlie 2.0 for the new
generation and has been made public envi-
ronment enemy number one.
Aiding and abetting Charlie or being like
Charlie in littering can be expensive now as
the fine for littering has been increased by
100 per cent, from $1,000 to a whopping
The "Charlies" in business organisations
can now also incur a 100 per cent increase
in the penalty for littering, from $2,000 to
a staggering $4,000.
Solid Waste Management Company Ltd
(SWMCOL) Public Education Administrator,
Gisele Telfer, said it was hoped that the stiff
fines would act as a deterrent to littering.
Charlie was unveiled at the Environmental
Management Authority s (EMA) launch as
part of its Project Tomorrow campaign by
initiating the National Beverage Containers
Clean-up Project at the Hyatt Regency on
Several full-page ads of Charlie have
appeared in the newspapers with the message
to citizens to dispose of their trash proper-
ly. SWMCOL chairman Nalini Sooklal said,
"We listened to the cries of the public to
bring back Charlie.
"Many people would remember the cam-
paign back in the 80s, and we thought it
was a really opportune time to reintroduce
the public to Charlie.
"What the inter-agency teams hoped was
that by using Charlie, we can close that gen-
eration gap where parents can reconnect,
remember and introduce Charlie to their
children in a new and modern way.
"We did some work on the original images
that were very old, digitised him and made
Charlie more appealing to younger children."
Sooklal said it was a four-way collaboration
between SWMCOL, the Environmental Man-
agement Authority (EMA), the Community
Environmental Protection Enhancement Pro-
gramme (Cepep) and the Institute of Marine
She said what the clean-up was seeking
to do was to remove all the discarded beverage
containers that were in the environment,
which would then pave the way for the imple-
mentation of the Beverage Containers Bill
which would be laid in Parliament shortly.
Rambachan: I fully
support the campaign
Local Government Minister Dr Surujrattan
Rambachan said 145 litter wardens were
mandated to work in terms of the Litter
Warden Act and be "really aggressive" with
Rambachan said he fully supports the
campaign, which was brought forward by
Minister of the Environment and Water
Resources Ganga Singh.
He said the passing of the bill will also
have a tremendous impact on the initiative
to get rid of all the plastic waste strewn
across the country.
SWMCOL brings back Charlie
In celebration of his
75th birthday, iconic and
prolific artist LeRoy
Clarke is holding several
events from November
2013 into January 2014.
This month Clarke will
observe his 50th year as
a practicing artist, mas-
tering the craft that has
made him one of T&T s
most extraordinary and
prolific visual artists. He
will also celebrate his 75th
birthday on Thursday.
The artist, poet, writer
and philosopher has ded-
icated his life to T&T.
Clarke will mark this
year---with a new exhi-
bition of paintings, com-
pleted within a period of
nine months titled: Rev-
The exhibition opens
today at 101 Art Gallery
at Holder s Studio,
Woodford Street, Port-
of-Spain, at 6 pm.
The platinum year cel-
ebration will continue
with the launch of his
latest publication, Para-
bles of our Joyless Days
on December 11. This is
his seventh publication.
Following this, on Jan-
uary 19, 2014, a theatrical
production titled Seeking
the Source of Rivers pro-
duced by playwright and
Poet Laureate Pearl Ein-
tou Springer will pay
tribute to Clarke.
For further informa-
tion contact Legacy---The
House of El Tucuche:
Camille Selvon-Abrahams, chairperson and festival director of Animae Caribe,
left, with British animator Peter Lord, congratulate Andre Pierre and Cleve
Chadee during the Animae Caribe Animation Awards ceremony of the New
Media Festival held at the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain on Friday.
Pierre and Chadee won awards in the categories of Most Outstanding
Caribbean Animation, Most Promising Newcomer, and Most Successful
Student Animation. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
LeRoy Clarke marks platinum
...with exhibition of new paintings
A poster from Charlie's latest campaign.
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