Eliminations in the 2018 Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition continued last weekend at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (Napa), Port-of-Spain.
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Education Minister Anthony Garcia was a brave man when he stated that all schools were ready to reopen, following the seasonal festivities’ break. As it turned out, and unsurprisingly, that wasn’t the case, with a few failing to welcome back students.
In fairness, it would have been impossible for Mr Garcia to personally check each school and the minister will be more than entitled to have a good talking to with the public servants and government agency representatives who reassured him all was fine.
More worrying is that this hit-and-miss approach to school facilities seem to be a recurring issue, with every new term seemingly plagued by problems.
Surely it is not too much to ask the government and its agencies to at least keep our schools operating at a minimum acceptable level. It will save the minister awkward moments and, more importantly, it will give our children and our nation a fairer chance to have a better future.
The Environmental Management Authority is right in saying that there’s money in garbage. The global recycling market is set to be worth over US$40 billion by 2020, more than double its size at the beginning of the decade. It is also good for the environment, reducing the amount of garbage ending up in our waste facilities and in nature.
Especially at a time when we are looking at diversification, the moment is right for existing and new waste management players to come up with innovative (and profitable) ideas. This must be matched by the right government policies to help make the sector develop, from incentives to tried and tested concepts like selective garbage collection to simplify the separation process.
A well thought-through strategic plan for the sector can also consider investing in industries that can turn recycled material, such as plastics, into new products. That would be good for the economy, for the environment and for all of us.
Following the recent dismal West Indies performance in New Zealand, at least we can look forward to the 2018 edition of the CPL, with its final set to be staged again at the Brian Lara stadium in Tarouba.
The jury is still out to whether the fees paid by the T&T government to secure the final is good value for money but let’s hope at least our home team will make it to the end as paying for someone else’s party is never fun.
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