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On behalf of the people and Government, I extend warm regards to the East Indian community in Trinidad and Tobago, on the occasion of Indian Arrival Day 2016.

On the occasion of Indian Arrival Day tomorrow, President Anthony Carmona recognizes The East Indian influence and dynamic in our national tapestry. 
In his Indian Arrival day message the President says the journey, endured by the East Indian indentured labourers, is an admirable and inspirational one. 
He says In these days of social and economic difficulties, we must remember the journey of our East Indian forefathers to the Caribbean and draw from their strength, resilience and sense of hope. 
He says the message is unmistakable...." The journey to progress is one grounded in the ascendancy and perseverance of the human spirit."
He highlights a critical and underutilized system, brought to the Caribbean by our East Indian forefathers, the 'Panchayat' system which he describes as structured community mediation at work. 
President Carmona says as our society today experiences many instances of violence, criminal activity and social hostility, we can possibly look at the 'Panchayat' system, as a way of resolving human conflict through its power of mediation and reconciliation. 
 Wishing the citizens Happy Indian Arrival day President Carmona says We must celebrate the positives of our East Indian 'Trinbago' culture.

Paint the Y campaign launched

On Sunday it was all about reviving an important community space.
The “Paint the Y" campaign was a call to volunteers to come armed with paint brushes and rollers and their time to do something good for the community and ultimately the young people of the nation.
According to CEO, Odetta Alexander the YMCA's mission has always been to develop Healthy, caring, and responsible individuals to contribute to society.
She notes given the crime situation that is currently affecting the country, having a space where youths can feel comfortable is important.
But the facility located Off Wrightson Road in Port of Spain doesn't only provide activities for the youth.
The  YMCA of TT is a part of the a worldwide organization with over from 125 national associations across the globe. 
The Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly is defending government's decision to invest over $400,000 into an all-inclusive Carnival event to be held aboard the Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas in October, calling it a long-term investment in the culture of Trinidad and Tobago.
Responding to criticism of the government on their sponsorship during the downturn in economy, the minister said government will be evaluating the investment which has been shared with the ministry of tourism.
Soca on the Seas is a three-day all-inclusive carnival event which is expected to sail between Miami and Nassau, Bahamas and the Minister is hopeful Trinidad and Tobago will be showcased to inspire persons to visit. 
The People's National Movement held its sports and family day at the Mt. Pleasant recreation grounds in Tobago in commemoration of the party's 60th anniversary.
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, National Security Minister Edmund Dillon, Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste and Local Government Minister Franklyn Khan were among those present.  Also there, was THA Chief Secretary Orville London and all other Secretaries within the THA.
Party groups from across the country flocked to the venue to have a fun time.
The Prime Minister during his remarks said this occasion fosters camaraderie within the party.
He told the Tobago group in particular, that despite the rivalry currently taking place in the lead up to the internal elections in Tobago, they are one people from one party.
The manufacturing sector is being more aggressive, says President of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association.
Dr. Rolph Balgobin was responding to the Central Bank Governor, Dr. Alvin Hilaire's call for the private sector to be more aggressive and play a bolder role in the economy. 
Dr. Hilaire made the call as he delivered the Bank's Monetary Policy Report on Friday.
And according to Dr. Balgobin manufacturers have been responding to calls for the private sector to invest more money to help kick-start the local economy.
Dr. Balgobin says the Central Bank's move to set a cap for the exchange of US for TT currency is a prudent move and will have an additional benefit.
The Highway Reroute Movement is once again calling for an independent forensic probe into the collapse of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension project to Point Fortin.
The group held a press conference in San Fernando on Sunday the movement and its supporters are also calling for persons to be held accountable for the wastage of tax payers' money.
Activist and Leader of the Highway Re-route movement Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh says the people's representatives in the Lower House of Parliament need to respond to the waste of the country's money.
At Sunday's Press Conference at the OWTU headquarters in San Fernando, Dr. Kublalsingh was joined by lawyer and fellow activist, Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, Movement for Social Justice Leader David Abdullah and President of the the Federation of Independent Trade Unions and NGOs, Joseph Remy. 
The trade unionist said after the many warnings from the Re- route Movement before and during the project, all of which were ignored, someone needs to stand the bounce.
After having paid the full price for a highway extension we do not have, partially constructed by a company that is in bankruptcy and cannot be sued to recover the money, for work that is sub-standard, the Re-Route Movement is insisting that the country needs to recover its money in cash or jail time.
Over $100,000 in construction equipment has been stolen from the Manatee Conservation Trust in Manzanilla.
The Trust, a non-profit organization that promotes conservation of the leatherback sea turtle and the West Indian manatee, needs the public's assistance to find the person or persons responsible for the theft.
The equipment was being used to carry out works at the Trust's facility.
The Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago confirmed that items which include a Honda exclusive customized hand-held auger, two ten-plate batteries, a wheelbarrow, a diesel hand pump, 450 Stihl bushwhacker, a power saw and a Stihl mist blower.
Anyone with information is asked to call 732-5016 or 385-4839.

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Annual National Awards Ceremony will now be held on Republic Day instead of Independence Day. These National Awards will be presented to awardees on Republic Day - September 24th and not Independence Day -August 31st.

Newlyweds robbed at Tobago hotel

Approximately US$8000 in cash and twice that value in jewelry were stolen from a newlywed couple staying at the Magdalena Grand Resort in Tobago.
Hayden and Cynthia Peters who got married in Tobago on Friday claimed their guest room was broken into while they were out on Saturday night.
The couple, originally from Trinidad and Tobago resides in the US. 
They said they came with a contingent of about 30, all of whom were guests at the hotel. 
C news spoke to General Manager at the Magdalena Chris Simmons who questioned some of the couple's claims. 
He said some of the guests accompanying the couple aren't registered at the hotel and that has raised some serious questions. 
The police are conducting their investigations into the incident, and management at the premier hotel has offered to assist the couple where possible.
In the meantime, the newlyweds say they're now without sufficient funds to sustain the rest of their visit which ends on June 11th.
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