Vincy Mas 2012

Work must continue at Carnival – PM

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (File photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Vincy Mas moves into high gear this weekend amidst a warning by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves that Carnival does not mean an end of productive activity.

Most Vincentians will get two days off from work on Monday and Tuesday in observance of the nation’s premier cultural festival, also a major revenue generator.

The days-off translate into a four-day weekend for many workers but Gonsalves, who is also Minister of Finance, said on Monday that while he was pleased with the progress of the festival, private and public sector workers must continue to produce.

“I am pleased to see that the Carnival is coming well and everybody is reporting good news to me on it — … whether on the security front or the question of the standards and the like,” said Gonsalves, who is also Minister of National Security.

“But let us not feel that between now and Carnival [it] is only Carnival. We got to work. We have a lot of work to do, people got to turn up to work, you know,” he said.

Gonsalves said some people tend to drink large volumes of alcohol and not report for work during Carnival.

“Journalists have to turn up to work, people who sweeping the streets have to turn up to work, people at Vinlec, at [Central] Water [and Sewerage Authority], people in the stores, people who growing bananas, who on the yam piece, planting pigeon peas or digging yam bank. We got to work,” Gonsalves said.

He said that while next Monday and Tuesday are holidays and there are major shows this weekend, citizens still have to work and work hard.

Breadwinners, her further said, have to meet their obligations to their households.

“Food gotta go on the table. Children have to be taken care of. So we mustn’t treat Carnival as though it is the exclusion of everything else. We have to have life going forward in a disciplined manner. I just want to make that plea in a very practical sense, Gonsalves said.

Gonsalves was among Caribbean Community leaders who ended three-days of a “productive” summit in St. Lucia on Friday night agreeing on a new foreign policy direction that would allow the 15-member trading bloc to establish deeper relations with countries other than its traditional allies in Europe and North America, the Caribbean Media Corporation reported.

Vincy Mas 2012 climaxes with the Soca Monarch monarch competition on Saturday, Demarche Gras on Sunday, a street party on Monday and Mardi Gras.

Roxanne Nicholas, the St. Lucian delegate emerged Miss Carival Friday night.

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8 thoughts on “Work must continue at Carnival – PM

  1. Judging from the smaller turnout,and spending this carnival season,if I was pm I’d be worried too.The lack of enthusiasm as compared to previous years was never more apparent than svgtv coverage of carnival tuesday street party,the crowd in the street seemed bored,leavng one tourist to comment “I hope they don’t show that when they’re advertising next year”..even the parties seemed lower in energy compared to previous years,one has to wonder just how much money was made this carnival….and would more money have been made by not having carnival this year..so I don’t blame the pm for the comment,whether liat could have offered budget flights for carnival is another story,this was probably the worst carnival in the history of carnival,hence why artistes demanded more money just in case carnival didn’t break even

    Posted by jahu | July 11, 2012, 02:17
    • at its best SVG carnival is on par with or just econd to Trinidad carnival..this year was just embarrassing

      Posted by jahu | July 11, 2012, 02:18
  2. JAHU, WAIT UP out of your SLUMBER.

    VINCY MAS has not been BIGGER and BETTER than it has been under this ULP GOVERNMENT.

    If we look back at VINCY MAS under the NDP, PANORAMA was PRACTICALLY DEAD; the CROWDS at VICTORIA PARK and on the ROAD were SMALL; MS. SVG used to be held at AQUATIC CLUB and HARDLY any LADIES wanted to PARTAKE in that event.

    It is this ULP, who took OFFICE in 2001, that TRANSFORMED VINCY MAS into a BIGGER and BETTER FESTIVAL

    Now it is LITERALLY the HOTTEST CARNIVAL in the REGION.

    I will POST some PICTURES LATER.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | July 11, 2012, 09:38
  3. JAHU, WAKE UP out of your SLUMBER and SMELL the COFFEE.

    VINCY MAS has not been BIGGER and BETTER than it is currently under this ULP GOVERNMENT.

    If we look back at VINCY MAS under the NDP, PANORAMA was PRACTICALLY DEAD. The CROWDS at VICTORIA PARK and on the ROAD were SMALL as compare to now. Miss. SVG used was held at AQUATIC CLUB with a tiny crowd in attendance under the NDP. Moreover, you could hardly get any young women to partake in that event, because there were no incentives to do so. RURAL CARNIVAL was PRACTICALLY DEAD under the NDP.

    This ULP government has raised the LEVEL of these events to what they are today, BIGGER and BETTER.

    In other words, from the time this ULP government TOOK OFFICE in 2001, it has TRANSFORMED VINCY MAS into an IMPROVED FESTIVAL.

    Vincy Mas is now dubbed as the HOTTEST CARNIVAL in the CARIBBEAN and it has LIVED UP to its name SPLENDIDLY.

    That said; we must give MAXIMUM RESPECT to the POLICE for DOING another EXCELLENT JOB and of course to the SANITATION WORKERS for the CLEAN UP of capital city Kingstown.

    Another EXCELLENT DECISION under this ULP GOVERNMENT is the NO BOTTLE POLICY, because it has contributed MIGHTILY to the REDUCTION of VIOLENT ACTIVITY during VINCY MAS.

    This programme has worked so splendidly that you now have the GOVERNMENT of Trinidad and Tobago taking on that NO BOTTLE POLICY implemented by thus ULP government on board as well at their CARNIVAL.

    St. Vincent and the Grenadiers is the TRUE LEADERS in the REGION.

    I will POST some PICTURES LATER.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | July 11, 2012, 10:18
    • WHAT THE HELL YOU TALKING ABOUT? TRINIDAD HAD NO BOTTLE POLICY FOR YEARS.THE ONLY LEADERS VINCY IS IN THE CARIBBEAN IS LEADERS OF GREEDINESS,LIARS AND STUPIDITY.GET REAL BOY.VINCY CAN NEVER BE BETTER THAN TRINIDAD NEVER IN A BILLION YEARS,…YOU MUST BE IMAGINING THINGS.

      Posted by Jason | July 12, 2012, 01:25
      • Jason, I am not going to WASTE TIME ADDRESSING your IGNORANCE. If you want the WORLD to see how IGNORANT you’re, CONTINUE in that VAIN.

        That said; I HOPE this HELPS.

        “Nichols said that St. Vincent and the Grenadines had become known for having violence-free Carnivals and that other Caribbean countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, have adopted some of the strategies used here, including the “No-Bottle Policy”.

        He said the police chief in Port-of-Spain has visited the country during Carnival to observe the policing strategies employed here. (CMC)”
        http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/policing-vincy-mas/

        PORT of Spain Mayor Louis Lee Sing said yesterday although laws banning the use of glass bottles over the Carnival weekend in Port of Spain had not yet come into effect by Carnival Monday they will.
        At a press conference yesterday at City Hall, Port of Spain, Lee Sing also responded to those who objected to his proposal, stating that during most bottle fights, almost 90 per cent of the time it was the innocent bystander that got injured, pointing out that last week Friday a bottle fight along Ariapita Avenue left one man severely injured.
        “I am optimistic that there will be legislation in place,” he said.
        “In fact I hope a beer company can stand up to the scrutiny when someone is killed by one of their bottles,” he said.
        He added: “I took my time to take this decision and I will accept the burdens of my responsibility because in this regard I don’t only serve the burgess of Port of Spain but all of Trinidad and Tobago, and it is incumbent upon us to find the ways and means to have the safest Carnival.
        “We are going to be doing our darndest to make sure weapons are not available to anyone wishing to cause trouble.”
        The mayor, however, not only spoke about the banning of bottles in the city during the Carnival days but he also wanted to announce a new initiative to have pan featured even more prominently for Carnival.
        http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Lee_Sing___No_bottle__law_will_be_ready-138690559.html

        Posted by VINCYPOWA | July 12, 2012, 09:26
  4. VINCY CARNIVAL GETTING MORE BORING EVERY YEAR.IT IS THE HOTTEST MESS OF A CARNIVAL IN THE CARIBBEAN NOW.

    Posted by Jason | July 12, 2012, 01:23

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