Trinidad Express / Tobago now at your fingertips There’s a new mobile app that’s putting Tobago in the palm of your hands—almost literally. It’s the “My Tobago” app, which was launched on November 22 by the Division of Community Development and Culture. The application allows residents and visitors to access information on communities across Tobago. It’s the brainchild of Secretary of Community Development and Culture Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus, and can be used on both Android and Apple devices. The app provides news, updates on the latest events in Tobago, historical information about communities across Tobago, cruise ship arrivals, skilled labour in the various communities and training programmes being offered by the Division. Assistant secretary of the Division of Community Development and Culture, Ancil Dennis said it’s time for the public service to “move with the times”. “I think we are somewhat behind especially in Trinidad and Tobago,” Dennis said. “A number of countries like Sweden, like Norway and even the USA and some of our Caribbean neighbours have managed to modernise their public service. “They’ve managed to utilise data and technology to ensure that public service is efficient and effective in their respective jurisdictions.” Creative industry key to diversification Katzenjammers Steel Orchestra is being praised for its contribution to youth development. Secretary of the Division of Community Development and Culture Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus lauded the steelband for “giving back” during the commissioning ceremony for the refurbished Katzenjammers Pan Theatre in Black Rock on November 21. Dr Tsoiafatt-Angus said: “There are so many activities being held here regularly, even some of the pan education classes for the children and youths of this community. “And therefore, we must commend Katzenjammers for taking up their responsibilities and giving back some of what they have received. I challenge you to do even more.” Ancil Dennis, the Division’s assistant secretary, said Tobagonians hold one of the keys to diversifying the economy in their hands. He said they must use their talent to improve their own lives, as well as their communities. “The creative industry, the steel pan, the art and craft, all those things that we do with our hands, the music, the soca songs, the calypso songs, mas, et cetera,” Dennis said. “All those things have a critical role as we attempt to diversify the economy.”


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