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Producers of the Soca Monarch and
the Chutney Soca Monarch compe-
titions are questioning the compar-
isons made by an Independent Sen-
ator between the prize money for
Carnival competitions and the salary
for retired judges, labelling it senseless.
Chairman of Caribbean Prestige
Foundation Peter Scoon and CEO of
Southex Ltd George Singh both say
comments made by Independent Sen-
ator Dhanayshar Mahabir make no
Mahabir, who spoke in the Senate
on the Judges Salaries and Pensions
Bill on Tuesday, said while the Gov-
ernment dishes out approximately $12
million in prize money to the Chutney
Soca Monarch and the Soca Monarch
competitions yearly, they are not paying
retired judges as they should be paid.
Scoon said while he agreed that
judges should be paid fairly, artistes
deserve their prize money as well.
He added: "I think the senator needs
to understand the value of the enter-
tainment industry in the same way he
understands the value of the judges.
"Yes, they deserve their money, but
so do artistes. Their music is what con-
tinues to put T&T on the world map."
In response to Mahabir s statement
that "in promoting the sacred, sacro-
sanct Judiciary of T&T, the Government
could do more that what is paid for
the Chutney Monarch and International
Soca Monarchs," Scoon said he could
not understand why the comparison
was made to begin with.
He added: "These are two different
issues. I am not saying the judges should
not be paid properly but it remains
known that entertainment is an integral
part of our culture. I just don t see the
sense in the comparison."
Singh, who produces the Chutney
Soca Monarch, echoed Scoon s senti-
ments, saying, "I think it s two com-
pletely different issues: one deals with
salaries for retired judges and the other
with prize money for Carnival com-
petitions and culture.
"I cannot understand why a com-
parison was made. It just does not make
Soca and chutney producers:
Members of the Jehovah s Wit-
ness faith are inviting all to attend
their annual convention at the
Queen s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain,
from August 1 to 3. The theme of
this year s programme is "Keep
Seeking First God s Kingdom."
Geddes Mc Clean, a convention
spokesman, said people of many
faiths "pray for God s Kingdom. This
convention will explain what that
Kingdom is and how it can be a pos-
itive influence in our lives."
He said the highlight of the pro-
gramme would be the feature address
on the morning of the opening on
how that kingdom was benefiting
He added: "A core belief of Jeho-
vah s Witnesses, based on biblical
and historical evidence, is that Jesus
Christ began to rule as the King of
God s Kingdom in 1914. The con-
vention programme marks this year
as the centennial of that event."
Starting this weekend and con-
tinuing for the next few weeks,
members of the faith will be extend-
ing personal invitations to everyone
throughout Trinidad to attend the
A total of 113 congregations of
Jehovah s Witnesses across the island
will be supporting the activity by
distributing printed invitations to
the convention, he said.
There is no admission fee, as con-
ventions of Jehovah s Witnesses are
supported entirely by voluntary
convention next month
This Nissan panel van driven by Anthony Vasquez, which overturned after being hit from the back by a
Suzuki jeep driven by an unidentified man yesterday morning in Tarouba remains on the east-bound lane
of the roadway. Vasquez said he was heading west along the Tarouba Link Road when the jeep slammed
into him causing his van to flip on its side. No one was injured. PHOTO: SHARLENE RAMPERSAD
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