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'Namba' Supports Cutting Back on Carnival Events

Minister of Culture Eleston 'Namba' Adams Antigua St. John's - Minister of Culture Eleston 'Namba' Adams supports the idea of cutting back on some carnival activities until the twin island nation gets on a better economical foot.

This disclosure was made during a mini interview on Observer radio yesterday.
 
Some of the carnival events are said to be unprofitable, and while Adams says that these features have led to the development of many citizens, he suggested that it would make financial sense to park some of them for now.


 
And with the elections not yet called, and the date still unannounced, Namba said, " I don't believe it will make such a great impact on carnival. People may be worried, but several pre-carnival events have already been staged, so things are heading in the right direction."
 
Adams revealed that the budget allocation for carnival still stands at $2.5 million.
 
He said he has been in discussion with the Ministry of Finance  concerning payment for bands not yet paid for their 2013 showing.
 
"They are making every effort to ensure that everyone gets paid. Some were paid this week," Adams said.
 
As it concerns the political race with ABLP opponent Paul 'Chet' Greene, 'Namba' said, " Chet doesn't stand a chance. Based on what people are saying on the campaign trail, he has fallen behind."


Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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RE: 'Namba' Supports Cutting Back on Carnival Events

#8 CIROC » 2014-05-05 11:44

The woes of Carnival.The 2.5 million dollars should be allocated for all shows and prize money.The gate receipts should be a part of the budgeting process for Carnival.All participants who have won a monetary award should be paid within a week after the festival.When all expenditures are paid an audit should be conducted of all receipts.A profit and loss statement should be posted for the public to see.Where the money was spent and for what reasons.In my opinion Carnival should be for the Country.It should be a not for profit festival.Let persons in Antigua and Barbuda who have the expertise in running such functions do so.Not political cronies and hacks.Who could not find their way home even with a GPS.Government should not be running Carnival.When Governments get involved they tend to screw things up.
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RE: 'Namba' Supports Cutting Back on Carnival Events

#7 Rastaman » 2014-05-04 10:31

PAPI SHOW NUFF SAID
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Keep Carnival Alive

#6 Skyewill » 2014-05-04 06:15

Festivals are promoted by governments all over the world because is a part of cultural and morale and welfare. Our Carnival is missed managed that's all. They use it to tief and hide money just like everything else. People pay to go to the venue's and pay to vend etc so how come with a 2.5 million budget they still can not get it together? HERE IS WHY: lack of management and creative skills. Nothing about what programs are non-performing or a plan to reformulate. Maybe they are waiting for little elves to fix things overnight while they are asleep.
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RE: 'Namba' Supports Cutting Back on Carnival Events

#5 Morris » 2014-05-03 10:03

Did he just now realize that carnival has been operating on an unsustainable budget? It is high time the gov't divorce itself from carnival so that it can focus on more pressing issues that are plaguing the country.
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Who will be the CRazy ones.

#4 Logics » 2014-05-03 09:14

The Budget for Carnival still stands at $2.5 million. If that budget was not enough to pay service providers last year, why would anyone provide services again this year if last years bills are not yet settled. There are companies who provided services since 2011 who still have not been paid to date and no one at CDC can answer any questions about settlement. Let's see who the real duncy bats are.
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Old fool!!!

#3 Democracy » 2014-05-03 07:53

Here comes the minister of carnival advocating that some carnival activities be scrapped but no confirmation of which ones. Worse yet, without any evaluation or programming he declares that the budget is still 2.5 million dollars even though his reason for cutting is premised on difficult financial times. Old fool.
This idiot does not stop to think that the success of the private fetes is based on their LEADERSHIP and effective planning, two features sadly lacking in the execution of the national festival. Talk to any carnival stakeholder group and they are singular in their view that Namba MUST go, old idiot.
As for the political campaign, this man must be living in la la land. The people of St. Paul's are solidly behind Paul Chet Greene for leadership and representation.
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RE: 'Namba' Supports Cutting Back on Carnival Events

#2 Dr Dr BS » 2014-05-03 07:34

What a dounce? What a set of hopeless useless clowns. these people destroyed everything from our economy to our healthcare and education. The last thing we have to easy the squeeze, to take our minds of the hunger and suffering for a little bit, the only thing...carnival and they want to totally annihilate that too.
SMH, yes Lawd, everything Antiguan destroyed under this UPP mal-administration. I guess we will soon have some new festivities from the east...maybe sitting on the side of the road and roasting sheep.
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RE: 'Namba' Supports Cutting Back on Carnival Events

#1 DadliMan » 2014-05-03 06:48

Poor Namba; he is to be pitied.

This blithering idiot needs to be protected from himself
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