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NCBA President wants Carnival 2011 to be the best celebration yet

According to the NCBA President Carnival 2010 was a success. With its return to the savannah stage in 2011, David Lopez wants to ensure it's the best celebration yet.

It's roughly 2 months away, but the problems experienced this year relating to toilet facilities, street vending and congestion have concerned the NCBA and they've been speaking to the city authorities, NCC, police and band leaders to see what can be done in 2011.

Mr Lopez says though the funding element remains the same. A request for 20 million dollars for 2011 to facilitate a mas academy and prize money increases was not accepted.

The NCC has been working out of a 6 million dollar purse, with 1.5 million in prize money for bands.

On the problem of street vending, Mr Lopez says they're not advocating removing the sellers. And all directives will come from the deputy mayor and the NCC.

But there are also complaints over the big all inclusive bands that leave the small vendor at a disadvantage.

The NCBA President says the city corporation will also be issuing a new vending policy to band leaders.

In addition, bands with trucks will have a longer time to register their vehicles with police, rather than the 1 week usually allocated.

SOURCE: C News Online


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