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Pan Trinbago Releases A Post-Panorama 2017 Message

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Panorama/Carnival 2017 came and left, in spite of all the shenanigans of different individuals who believe, that this thing through which we find an avenue for our soul expression, is about them. It is not about anyone, and cannot now be defined. All these new intellectuals (new kids on the block) with all the bright ideas of what should or should not be done within the people’s culture, must come to the reality that this is not something that is now happening, and waiting on anyone to be defined. Carnival is an expression of the spirit of a people - We culture, as some would say. When we came, it was, and when we leave, it will be. Intellectuals would swear by it, but the spirit of a people cannot be intellectualized.

The NCC (National Carnival Commission) has lost its moorings as facilitator, and have created a debacle within our Carnival. Why? Because, they choose to show gross disrespect to the Carnival Interest Groups. A lot of people are not seeing that it is not only Pan Trinbago Inc. T.C., but the three main interest groups in the Carnival, that are under serious attack (Afro centric groups). Those who represent the interest of those who make the Carnival, Mas, Calypso/Chutney/Soca and the Steelpan as the foundation, are facing a hostile take over. But the Steelpan fraternity are resisting, as they have done throughout their existence. We in the Steelpan fraternity, have been lobbying for years, for a Cultural Foundation, through which funding could be accessed. One that would be independent of the kind of political influence and victimization that took center stage during this 2017 Carnival celebrations. This present NCC cabal have turned our whole Carnival celebrations into a fiasco. Pan Trinbago Inc T.C., felt the full brunt of a vicious attack by the NCC, and backed by our line minister. This is unparalleled in the history of the Steelpan fraternity. The only thing that kept us afloat then, and is still keeping us now, is the resilience of our pioneers and the spirit of the Orishas. Ase! We Jamming STILL.

The World Governing Body for the Steelpan was castigated and vilified in the worst of manner before the eyes of the world, to stem the tide of progress and advancement that is being embarked upon on the road to self sufficiency. Stop them by any means necessary, even if we have to mash them up, seems to be the latest mantra. We were being starved for funding at every turn in this 2016/2017 season. Panorama, our premier event coming out of the Carnival celebrations, was high-jacked by the NCC, where they decided to take control of our gates receipts and all related revenue streams and boasting of their rights to do same. They believe that we have no rights of our own. We were promised a management fee to manage the actual Panorama show. However, in the national interest, and the Patriots that we are, we came together and managed the most financially successful events in the Carnival, rivaled only by Calypso Fiesta, which was managed by TUCO, under the same humiliating and disrespectful conditions as the Steelpan fraternity. They Jamming STILL.

Pan Trinbago Inc T.C., had to SUFFER the humility of begging the leaders of the NCC cabal, for Photo ID to facilitate its executive, staff and workers entry to our own Panorama shows. We were denied the usual access to the area of land to establish one of our revenue earners, the Northern Greens. After the dance and run around by the NCC, the area was released to the Army to host their event. No discussions were entertained by the NCC on our proposals for funding for Steel bands participation on the roads of the Republic for Carnival 2017. Our offer to the cabal to stage our annual CHAMPS OF STEEL PLUS was also not entertained. A number of tourists and returning nationals, look forward to enjoying the greatest gathering of Carnival champions in a most relaxed atmosphere, and was disappointed, because of the narrow- mindedness of a few misfits. Maybe, this Pan Trinbago presentation makes the NCC Dimanche Gras look like a badly produced better village show. But, Pan Trinbago was denied the opportunity to stage one of our premier Carnival events, CHAMPS OF STEEL PLUS in 2017.

Most decisions taken by the Chairman of the NCC and his cabal was taken without any input by the members of the Carnival Interest Groups, without whom, the board in not duly constituted, and this has proven to be detrimental to the proper production of the Carnival in 2017. It is easy for anyone to say I am sorry, and the buck stop with me, as was announced by NCC Chairman, but that does not take away or compensate for his failure, incompetence and mismanagement of our Carnival product. In some other countries, these people would have been arrested and charged for treason. The much maligned Pan Trinbago Inc. T.C., still attracted the largest paying audience to the Savannah stands to date.

No discussion was entertained on the issue of funding for Steel bands participation on the roads of Trinidad and Tobago for Carnival 2017. Somebody must investigate the many ghost-gangs and ghosts contractors entertained by the NCC cabal. Is the NCC fulfilling its mandate, or does it have a new mandate to mashup we culture? “Rootsman” identified them and their mission before he exited the stage.

Pan Trinbago Inc T.C would like to thank all the Steelband leaders, Pan makers, Arrangers, Pannist, Workers, Parents and Guardians, Sponsors, Judges and all those who came together with well wishers, to guarantee that the National Instrument played a role in the National Festival. In spite of, “We Jamming STILL”.

As we continue the mammoth task of building, clearing and cleaning a tarnished image coming out of this 2016/2017 onslaught, that still have some people that are prone to mischief, and confusion, and cannot find peace within themselves, continuing their crusade of self destructiveness. We continue the struggle to build a strong and economically viable foundation for the future of the Steelpan fraternity. We have come this far, where Cowards flinch and Traitors sneer, we take a pride in our liberty, and we Jamming STILL!

Yours respectfully

PAN TRINBAGO INC. T.C.

 

Michael L. Joseph
PUBLIC Relations Officer
Pan Trinbago Inc. T.C.

- See original post, additional comments, at: panonthenet.com/tnt/2017/news/message-from-pan-trinbago-3-11-2017.htm

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Pan Trinbago presents audited financial statements yearly to its membership, the Government and the National Carnival Commission.
The Morale.....know your enemy before fighting your enemy.....The fact that why after all these years, from 1986 to now, after millions upon millions of dollars in government subventions and revenue from Panorama SemiFinals, PanTrinbago still renting.

It is quite troubling that the president and the secretary of Pan Trinbago, with the support of the rest of the executive, are going around trying to fool the nation regarding Pan Trinbago’s affairs. Particularly their expression of the view that the auditors’ report was satisfactory and accepted by its membership. What in fact occurred was that the membership expressed its belief that it was unfair to distribute audited financial statements at the meeting and then expect meaningful discussions. Because of the complexity of the document and the fact that questions were asked of the treasurer which he was unable to answer, the membership decided that another meeting would be called to properly discuss the auditor’s report, allowing time for the members to study the document. They also allowed the president to use the document as passed so that it could be given to NCC as its deadline for submission was near, according to him. This was agreed upon with the assurance of the president regarding the proposed meeting. There has been no such meeting to date.
One of the most talked about figures was the one regarding rentals as it was featured in Mark Bassant’s report on the TV 6 seven o’clock news. Under rentals, 2015 rentals were recorded as $871,699.00 and in 2016 it jumped to $4,052,462.00. It has even been alleged that an executive member was romantically involved with one of the owners of the rental company.
Though this may or may not be true, if the leaders of Pan Trinbago do not give the membership the opportunity to critique the audit, they would have no choice but to believe that some persons are indiscriminately filling their pockets. We are pleading with the president of Pan Trinbago to stop trying to distort the truth.

Pan Trinbago is a democratic organisation and there is a constitutional way to remove the President and the elected members of his team..

Game On!!!!...PanTrinbago
I don't know what is the truth, or what is false,,,I am just lookiñg on from the outside,,,It makes me wonder that if PANTRINBAGO,was being run by another ETHNIC GROUP,of Trinidadians,,,, if there would have been ANY sort of discrepancy at all,or would it have been business as usual? Be Blessed.
PRO Brother Joseph.....I will tell you what is disconcerting about your message

t is quite troubling that the president and the secretary of Pan Trinbago, with the support of the rest of the executive, are going around trying to fool the nation regarding Pan Trinbago’s affairs. Particularly their expression of the view that the auditors’ report was satisfactory and accepted by its membership. What in fact occurred was that the membership expressed its belief that it was unfair to distribute audited financial statements at the meeting and then expect meaningful discussions. Because of the complexity of the document and the fact that questions were asked of the treasurer which he was unable to answer, the membership decided that another meeting would be called to properly discuss the auditor’s report, allowing time for the members to study the document. They also allowed the president to use the document as passed so that it could be given to NCC as its deadline for submission was near, according to him. This was agreed upon with the assurance of the president regarding the proposed meeting. There has been no such meeting to date.
One of the most talked about figures was the one regarding rentals as it was featured in Mark Bassant’s report on the TV 6 seven o’clock news. Under rentals, 2015 rentals were recorded as $871,699.00 and in 2016 it jumped to $4,052,462.00. It has even been alleged that an executive member was romantically involved with one of the owners of the rental company.
Though this may or may not be true, if the leaders of Pan Trinibago do not give the membership the opportunity to critique the audit, they would have no choice but to believe that some persons are indiscriminately filling their pockets. We are pleading with the president of Pan Trinbago to stop trying to distort the truth.

Glad to see YUH JAMMIN STILL -- Mr. Gregory Lindsay!!!

This time around we have to take down KEITH DIAZ and that corrupt executive!!!

PRO Joseph et al,

Does anyone of you know if Government has any financial obligation when it comes to funding to Pan Trinbago Legally?
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The Government has committed itself to the funding of Carnival competitions. As such, the funding that Pan Trinbago receives from the state is for Panorama.
In the years before Act 5 of 1986, when steelband Representatives​ were more responsible and progressive, on a motion by Lloyd Henry of Blue Diamonds, the membership voted to contribute 10% of all monies negotiated by Pan Trinbago for steelbands including Prize Money, to the upkeep of the Organization, towards self sufficiency. The vote was unanimous​. In those days, only staff got paid.

The Government has also funded, sometimes partly, Steelband Music Festivals​, other events and initiatives......so please stop playing smart with foolishness,.biting the hand that feeds us.and be guided accordingly

I have known Mr Joseph since I was a child and this is not the man I knew. I hope that the real respectable man I knew would come back and stand against the men really responsible for this shameful dilemma our organisation is in. Yes you are doing your job as PRO and every man has his price but is it worth the destruction of our organisation.

Aquil:

These things do happen. There is no turning back for Mr. Joseph. He is now criminal minded. He is useless, shameless and dangerous. He must go to jail.

bugs

Bugs,

This shows how clueless he is, check out what Mr. Martin G. Daly S.C., one of Trinidad and Tobago's most prominent attorneys said about his last press release when he accused the current Minister of Community Development, Arts and Culture of lacking class...

"The press release was reported as follows: “Tanty Joan (Yuille-Williams) or big sister Marlene (McDonald) would have applied more class and style in the dealing with groups under their charge. Dialogue would have been the very first intervention. Not bacchanal and scandal in the public domain”.

I have pinched myself many times in trying to equate accountability with a lack of style and class, also trying to understand why meetings about budgets were not “dialogue”.

http://whensteeltalks.ning.com/forum/topics/becoming-the-greatest-p...

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