It is high time that we start to recognise what sports tourism is and move away from talking a good talk about how much we as a country want to embark on a sports tourism drive.
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Enforce route regulations
Letters to this paper continue to make a compelling argument for the greater enforcement of route regulations surrounding Carnival festivities, more so the J’Ouvert celebrations. Residents of the Woodbrook, St James and for the past few years, St Clair areas, make the annual complaints of masqueraders defacing their properties with varying types of mud, grease and paints, restricting access to their properties, their streets becoming open toilets and yards being used for the disposal of bottles, food containers and other debris associated with various elements of the revelry.
There is also the issue of the music trucks which emit such deafeningly loud sounds that they shake people’s houses, many aged structures, to the very foundations.
Now while they are quick to say they are not against Carnival and people enjoying themselves, they insist that they have a right to the enjoyment of property and that there are published route regulations which, if adhered to, can eliminate some of these issues.
So the solution is simple: there are regulations, enforce them. Barriers can be placed across no-entry streets to prevent access. These must be manned by police personnel. Hold band leaders accountable for the movement of their charges; apply appropriate penalties if they deviate from the rules and ensure property owners are reimbursed for any finances they have to expend to clean up after such infringement.
For while it is Carnival, it doesn’t have to be a free for all.
Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Tuesday announced government job cuts aimed at reducing the deficit and attacking a patronage system in place for decades. Ministers will now be forbidden from employing close family, and those currently in posts will have to leave. Locally, the proposal put forward by the Oilfield Workers’ Trade Union Wednesday for the University of T&T to cut political appointees is a good one. The reality is that this is the modus operandi of most political parties not only locally but internationally as well. Not only would this move save money, but it would go a long way in alleviating the low morale and poor work ethic that is much complained of among bona fide workers of the institutions. In reality, though, OWTU president general Ancel Roget and the union shouldn’t hold their breaths.
Kudos to Kalicharan
Mas band Kalicharan Carnival is to be applauded for their efforts to keep the price of costumes down, thereby affording those who may have been thinking of opting out this year a chance to play and also possibly serving to encourage those who usually went to Portof- Spain, to stay and enjoy mas in San Fernando.
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