1st, 2ndand 3rdplaced bands will be paid; no money for Pan Trinbago until Photo and his crew are gone; Special Convention on Thursday 17th.
By Aquil Arrindell
1st, 2ndand 3rdplaced bands will be paid next week. According to my investigations, this is fake news. What was good about the post on FB was that it revealed the people who are pretenders. It showed who are concerned about the wellbeing of all bands and who are concerned about their own self interests.
Based on my information, prize money and remittances for pan players has been at NCC’s head office for quite some time now. The problem is that PT needs 17 million to pay everybody and there is only 9 million left. How did we end up in this predicament? In 2016, Pan Trinbago ran out of money mid year, due to an unsuccessful greens event, which was taken away from Bryan Serrette and given to the financial advisor and D Shepherd to organize. Pan Trinbago began borrowing money from NCC to pay their executive, staff, rent, electricity, etc. Then in 2017, they bit the hand that fed them. Under Photo’s leadership, after they agreed to pay back their debts from PT’s panorama 2017 gate receipts, NCC took gate receipts, 3million dollars. PT broke the agreement, took NCC to court and won.
It is alleged, that NCC made a further agreement to give them the 3 million dollars symbolically, however PT would return it, because PT’s debt to NCC was more than 3 million. It is reported, that PT again broke that agreement, took the money and paid themselves. So as a consequence, NCC took back all what was owed from the 2018 panorama allocation. NCC are now not willing to make any more deals with this executive. So much so, that last Friday, after the judge temporarily reinstalled PT’s executive, (only until the court matter is finished), Monday morning, Photo and the crew made approaches to meet with the NCC and they was refused. “No meeting would be entertained unless Mr. Diaz is with the executive”. They refused to recognize Mr. Diaz as President. Because of this, I was told that the mas (NCBA) and calypso (TUCO) would be paid this weekend and nothing for pan. The CIP warned members of this Backlash in the previous article. http://whensteeltalks.ning.com/forum/topics/c-i-p-says-any-pan-pers...
It was also reported that the NCC did meet with the Caretaker Committee and an agreement was made which would have been presented to the membership for approval at their first meeting. Now that the court has frozen the power of the Caretaker Committee, everything is again on hold. Based on my analysis, if photo and his gang really wanted bands to get paid, they would withdraw their case against the membership. The same membership they are supposed to be serving.
Thursday May 17thwould be the 28th day after the Extraordinary General Meeting. At that meeting, the membership decided that they wanted a Special Convention to bring forth an early election. After last week Friday’s judgement, Mr. Diaz was reinstated as president. His first act on Monday was to carry out the wishes of the membership. He summoned a meeting (the Special Convention) on the same date the membership agreed on. He instructed Mr. photo in writing to send out notices and after 48hrs, Mr photo did not comply with the president’s orders. The president then, without choice, sent them out himself.
On Thursday 17thof May, the power would be once again in your hands. A large number of delegates would be there to change the constitution. Do not be left out, and then complain about the membership’s decision after the fact. Come to the meeting, disagree if you must and voice your opinions. If you don’t come, the only person to blame for the membership’s decisions is you. Pan Trinbago belongs to us and not Photo and his crew. Let them come and face the entire membership. They have not done so yet for 2018.
Document of the Concerned Individuals for Pan