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Open Letter to Madam PM of Trinidad and Tobago dated 19-11-2011

Open Letter to Madam PM of Trinidad and Tobago dated 19-11-2011

Re: Gypsy: $46M spent on Carnival Centre

Yesterday I was viewing the debate in parliament and the MINISTER of Arts and Multiculturalism Winston "Gypsy" Peters said the Carnival Centre at Queen Park Savannah, Port of Spain, is being built at a cost of $46 million.
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Replying to a question from Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene Mc Donald in the Lower House yesterday, Peters said that of this cost some $42.9 million has to date been certified for payment.

However, in reply to Mc Donald, Peters revealed the project had not been tendered, due to the need for it to be ready in time for Carnival.

In an earlier question, Peters listed the construction works done at the Savannah for last Carnival, which he also said had not been tendered, due to the need to get them ready in time.

After the two questions, Mc Donald asked Peters if it is now the policy to have no tendering on contracts for his ministry. Peters replied that this was not the policy, but the lack of tendering had come about because of the short period available in which to get work done.

Madam PM we put you in office because we know you can clean up the corruption
in Trinidad and Tobago.

LAST YEAR THE MINISTER CAME-UP WITH THIS SAME LAME EXCUSED ABOUT TIME TO SHORT FOR PUBLIC TENDERING BECAUSE IT WAS THE FIRST YEAR FOR THE GOVERNMENT WE LET IT PASS.

THE MINISTER HAD 11 MONTHS TO PREPARE TENDERING FOR CARNIVAL 2012 AND HE IS TELLING THE NATION HE HAD NOT ENOUGH TIME FOR PUBLIC TENDERING.

MADAM PM INVESTIGATE WHY THE NORTH STAND WAS DISMANTLE FOUR MONTHS AGO AT APPROXIMATELY $15M DOLLARS - ONLY TO START THE PROCESS 3 MONTHS AFTER DISMANTLEMENT.

MADAM PM WE ARE LIVING IN A COMMUNICATION WORLD AND BLATANT WASTE OF TAX PAYERS DOLLARS AND CRONYISM WOULD BRING YOU DOWN THE WORLD IS WATCHING.

THIS ISSUE WOULD NOT GO AWAY....PLEASE ADDRESS NOW....

PUT COUNTRY FIRST.......

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Patrick, as a tax paying national do not defend those who want to rape the treasury the Arab Spring (social media)is changing how government who do not want to listen to their people will read it on the internet. They all read this forum CRONYISM must stop, dissapear. I do hope that the Port-of-Spain MP Marlene Mc Donald get to the bottom of this expenditure.......

  Mr Ramdoo i had restrained myself from answering your question,,is this the new political forum,,,,, for your secure information re-read all of my comments on this website and you will see that everything represents the steelpan,,,steelpan players,,steelpan tuners,,,steelpan supporters the world over,,,i,ve always voiced my opinion in the positive atmosphere for the future succes of pan  the local  word,,i,m not from T&T ,,BUT!!!! the great difference between us is that i    MAKE  THE STEELPAN,,,I DO TUNE  THE STEELPAN,,,,I   DO  ARRANGE  ...my question is are you really a true steelpan lover,,what and how many  positive comments have you ever made relevant to the steelpan it,s players,,,tuners,,,arrangers,,, on this website,,i,m am of age and would always represent the old oil  drum,,for i,ve learned the hard way,,,to bring the  same into an insrutrment of wonder,,,the national Instrument of your birthland which is even disrespected by you,,,HE  WHO  FEELS IT  KNOWS  IT  ALL ,,   There is one person that has always presented the truth on this website ,,,,that is  THE  GHOST  THAT   SPEAKS,,, OF LATE  HE  HAS  SUCCUMB  HIMSELF,,,,,reasons i do believe is because of displeasure,    i do have  the audacity to state it as it is,,even though there are a few roughnecks that does not give a damn,,they place the picture wherever it belongs, they get to the point,,,for your information Mr Ramdoo i do  Arrange even unto  indian music,,to the point,,,this website as far as i,m concerned is for everyone to voice their opinion in a positive way for the benefit and upliftment of the steelpan,,we do have a right to voice our opinion ,,,we do call it freedom of speech,,the truth is something that most of us do turn our backs on,,,as parents,, fathers etc, with such an attitude what can we teach our kids or our youths,,,no disrespect,,, figure it out.

Jerome!!!! You representin', fadder!!! I admit, I had become despondent, and had stopped making it part of my daily routine to log in to WST.  WELL SAID!!!

Ramdoo, "steelband" is "political stuff". (I know, you just want to play yuh pan, without having to deal with the issues that are important to the rest of us.) My suggestion to you, is to create your own pan website for the apathetic. "Steelband stuff?" I hope your kind of thinking is among the minority on this site. And stop making it so obvious that you are UNC. Don't get your dhoti all tied up in a knot, my friend. FYI - It seems that UNC supporters are the ones that are politicizing everything, and EVERY murderer in Trinidad, in your own words is a "PNM supporter". We NEVER said things like "Is we time now" when leaders who look like us enters office. You remind me of certain whites in America, who get uneasy when truth is told about them. Why not be just as offended as your UNC peers, and tell them to stop their racist postings on our local online news and elsewhere. Finally, you must be "privileged", for to the less-fortunate, LIFE IS POLITICS!   

Speak truth to Power.  I totally agree.

I agree when is Trinidad & Tobago going to stop being forever in boball.

 

Can we drag ourselves into the 21st century

 

 

newsday.co.tt

Carnival 2012

Savannah North Stand completed at a cost of $3.8 million

Wednesday, January 25 2012

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The north Stand at the Queen's Park Savannah, is on its way to be completed in time for Carnival season which is approaching us. ...
The north Stand at the Queen's Park Savannah, is on its way to be completed in time for Carnival season which is approaching us. ...

Conventional steelbands will begin their campaign to win top honours in this year’s National Panorama competition when the preliminaries for the Small and Medium bands get underway at Skinner’s Park, San Fernando tomorrow night from 7 o’clock. A total of 49 small bands and 24 medium bands will perform before the judges over four days of competition in all four zones for a place in the semi-final round, scheduled for February 5 at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

Next Monday, January 30, the large conventional bands will be visited by the judges at their respective panyards where they will receive comments on their selections.

Sixteen steelbands have chosen “Vibes,” composed by Mark Loquan, Ken “Professor” Philmore and Destra Garcia with vocals by Destra, as their tune of choice in the Conventional category of this year’s Panorama competition. Bands performing this piece include Laventille Serenaders, Simple Song, Fascinators Pan Symphony, Tipica, Belmont Fifth Dimension, Valley Harps, bp Renagades, Starlift, CLICO Sforzata, Potential Symphony, Sangre Grande Cordettes, Old Tech Steel Orchestra, NLCB Fonclaire, Longdenville Claytones, NLCB Buccooneers and TTEC New East Side Dimension.

Other selections finding favour with more than one band include “Archbishop of Pan” composed by Len Boogsie Sharpe and Gregory Ballantyne, “Boogsie Sharpe” by Winston Scarborough, “Prophet of Pan” by Tellison “Tello” Forde, “Play Yuhself “by Clive Telemaque and “Gie Dem Tempo” by Edwin Pouchet and Alvin Daniell.

Following the South/Central preliminaries tomorrow the action will shift to the Larry Gomes Stadium on Friday where the bands in the East Zone will have their turn before the judges. Tobago bands will be judge at their respective panyards on Saturday and the Paddock area at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain will play host to the North Zone bands on Sunday. PanTrinbago yesterday announced that there was a small error in the announced results of the preliminary round of the Single Pan bands competition.

Pan on the Move steelband placed 31st with a score of 230 and not 229, while Pan Revival placed 32nd with a score of 229 and not 228 as previously listed. Thirty two Single Pan bands were selected in order of merit for the National Panorama Single pan band semi-finals after going their paces in their respective zones last week before adjudicators Joanna Short, Marcelline Peters, Junior Howell and Roger Sardinha.


© newsday.co.tt - www.newsday.co.tt 

The T & T Newspapers continuing printing the cost of $52 million for the building of the Grand and the North Stands, the GRAND STAND WAS NEVER DEMOLISH AFTER 2011 CARNIVAL - ONLY THE NORTH STAND WAS DEMOLISH investigate what is going on and PRINT THE CORRECT FACTS.

NCC we are waiting with baited breath to see the audit for 2012 expenditure for the activities in the Queen's Park Savannah -  North Stand $3.8 million.......MP for Port-of-Spain East Marlene Mc Donald take note.

CORRUPTIONS HAVE TO STOP...

I suppose this is the usual BS: use people for your own benefit, but make sure they remain powerless to follow up  (financially) on previous promises made in order to attract votes.  Politics never seems to change.

Peter

For the uninformed politics is ever present in every aspect of our lives and those of us so blinded as to not recognize this to be asking myopic questions about this being a political forum shame on you all Here it is a minister politically appointed unilaterally makes a decision to reduce the stipend given to pan men from $ 1,000.00 to $ 800.00 supported by the entire cabinet and in doing so indicating to the entire nation he is saving tax payers money on the one hand and giving out contracts worth millions without tendering on the other  is a clear indication that politics and political decisions affects every aspect of our lives including the lives of all involved in pan and must be seen as relevant topics for discussion in any forum

Same news; different era. What would have Rudolph Charles done, if we called a boycott? Cross the picket line. What would we do 25 years later? Honor him as a "great leader", and forget that he turned his back on his co-members. All of these current events, should help in the understanding of the positions the leadership took when we had POWER! What gave us that power: UNITY. What took it away? Look, in reality, they will NEVER want an educated informed pan fraternity, and it's all Machiavellian tactics. From day one. So let's get ready to repeat history, for we failed to educate ourselves about that history, and I guarantee you that if pan was an Indo-Trinidadian invention, that history would have been known, accessible, and promoted. Even, the PM, understands this, that is why she "returned home" to visit with her long-lost "relatives". (Come on now, speak the TRUTH, people!)

BTW - I called out Winston Peters since last Carnival season, and I am proud of how much I predicted with the UNC "coalition" win. Let's see how this all plays out, although it seems to be the same script, different director.

An added comment for the Ghost  Speaks, one of the  root  causes for her visit , is the respect and deep value that is had for their religion  ,,that,s also one of the reasons for her so called visit,,i believe in the truth and have no fear whatsoever to SAY THE TRUTH,,,many of us may be girating ,,,dodging and weaving,,,but  to come straight out and say it as it is ,,,there are very few,,the  truth shall set us  all free,,,my comments has nothing to  do with racialism,,it,s just plain hard facts,,,,no one has to use a microscope to see, what,s the interest generated by the PM and others who ought to have been  more persistent in representing the interest of the steelpan,,  i may be wrong,,,,,,but!!!!there is a possibility that the Indian Culture is totally financed and a Place or Building has been provided for all of their Cultural   Activities,,,I WOULD   MENTION   IT AGAIN,,,FROM   DAY ONE OF ME VIEWING THE SOS///state of emergency,   TO DATE,,,,,THERE WAS NEVER  EVER  ANY PROGRAM   SHOWED   or  aired ON CN3  OR  CNT  WITH REGARDS TO THE  STEELBAND,,,,note well THERE IS  AN  INDIAN PROGRAAM  THAT IS AIRED   EVER SUNDAY  ON CNT,,   to  date,REPRESENTING THE INDIAN  CULTURE,,,,,QUESTIONS,,,,if ever i,m wrong,,,then my utmost and humble apology ,,,LEADERSHIP   BY  EXAMPLE,,,,the  truth shall set us  all free

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