Trinidad and Tobago celebrates its independence

Trinidad and Tobago celebrates yesterday the 48th Anniversary of its Independence with a magnificent display of fireworks. The Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar (who unveiled  a new rather smashing official portrait for the occasion, as you see here), in her message to the nation, underscored how, despite the country’s having  “excelled in so many endeavours, gaining the admiration of the world in areas such as literature, the arts, music, sports and pageantry,” there are still “so many wrongs which we must put right, so many needs that are still to be filled, so many young people who have gone astray, so many children who suffer unnecessarily, so much wealth that has not been equitably distributed, so many values which have been sadly forgotten, so many opportunities squandered, so many freedoms taken for granted and abused.”

Among the events celebrated yesterday to mark the independence celebrations was the awarding of the “National Awards for 2010.” Among the 40 recipients was leading carnival designer Brian MacFarlane, who received the The Gold Chaconia Medal for his contributions to the arts and culture.

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