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Subject: Chaguanas queen yet to receive cash, trophy


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By CAROLYN KISSOON South Bureau
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Date Posted: 02/10/05 2:56:10am

Thursday, February 10th 2005


Chaguanas Mayor, Surujrattan Rambachan, has called for a detailed report on all payments made by the Chaguanas Carnival Committee for the city's 2003 Carnival celebrations.

Some $40,000 was allocated to the committee last year to award prizes to all winners of competitions during for 2003 Carnival activities which were hosted by the Chaguanas Borough Corporation, the Express learned.

Rambachan called for the report after a story in Monday's Express in which Delicia Patterson, who placed first in the 2003 Chaguanas Carnival Queen Show, complained that two years after the event, she had not yet received her prize of $1,500 and a trophy.

Rene Bailey, who placed second in the competition, received her prize. Third place winner, Sophia Smart is expected to collect her prize later this month, it was learned.

Patterson told the Express that since the competition, no one had contacted her about the prizes. "I called twice and I did not get a favourable response so I just did not bother to call again," she said.

Rambachan said that money had been allocated for the expenses incurred during the 2003 Carnival celebrations. "The money was allocated and prizes were supposed to be delivered to the winners. I have asked for a detailed report on the expenses and payments," he said.

Last week, chairman of the committee, Naidu Powder, said they had no funds and were unable to pay the winners. Without giving a date, he promised that the prize money would be paid soon. "I cannot say when they would get the prizes, but as soon as the committee receives funds they would be able to collect their prizes," he said.

Attempts to contact Powder yesterday, were futile. Numerous calls to his cellphone went unanswered and he was said to be out of office.

A disappointed Patterson has said that she has not entered another beauty pageant because of the experience. "I entered the competition hoping to win one of the advertised prizes, but the only thing I have to prove that I won the competition is a sash and newspaper clippings," she said.

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