Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
It is heart warming to learn that Mrs Beverly Ramsey Moore read what I write, and act on my suggestions. I am humbled to learn that she listens to “de country bookie”.
I am happy to learn of her team’s (not executive’s) crusade to the countryside. Encouraging. Evidence of her resurrection for the specific purpose of campaigning for reelection. I have no doubt in my mind now that she would respect the requirements of the constitution and call the elections on time.
I must warn her though that although her intent may be noble, that is not what is perceived of some members of her party. Do not clutch to straws, especially the single use plastic ones, that are rapidly being replaced by those that are reusable. I suspect that, “the straw” saying may be associated with a dried stalk. Straw originating from dried plant material biodegrades. The plastic straws madam president is reportedly clutching to are not easily destroyed, although they have outlived their usefulness.
As I wrote in the discussion Steelband Sustainability and Survival in The Post Pandemic Era, An open letter to Pantrinbago presidential hopeful Aquil Arrindell;
“The movement demands meaningful change, not anticipated continuity or subservient patronage. The movement cannot survive sustainably in its current structure. The movement does not need advice or support from failed, corrupt leaders. The movement needs dinosaurs to be extinct… The movement needs honest leaders, strong people, individuals with integrity, determined to stamp out nepotism and corruption.”
I want to take this opportunity to encourage the sitting president of Pantrinbago to pay attention to the above paragraph and refrain from imposing failed corrupt leaders on member bands that her administration and regional coordinator deliberately withholds information from.
In that discussion, I also suggested that,
“Security of tenure could propel bands to sustainability faster than bands not similarly disposed. Many bands still call nowhere home. A deficiency bands must address in-house. Partial responsibility may lie elsewhere and dialogue may be necessary to initiate action.”
You listened, and used your authority to establish the vehicle to address the deficiency I identified. You are therefore obligated to publicly share the terms of reference of that committee. Hesitance to expedite publication would suggest unpreparedness and incompetence. Not on the committee’s part, but on the body responsible for its establishment, and to whom its reportable.
Failure would verify the lack of transparency that has characterized your tenure in office. The hallmark of the administration you replaced. You are yet to account to the membership on your stewardship in a timely manner.
I am sure that you read my discussion in this space on the subject of Governance, Startup & Reopening, In an open letter to Pantrinbago presidential hopeful Aquil Arrindell I wrote;
“This is an election year, I am inclined to recommend to the Minister of Culture that similar independent background checks as is required for national social assistance be made, and not to depend on the recommendations of regional officials only for disbursement.
The likelihood of nonfunctional ghost bands jumping ahead of the queue undeserving cannot be understated. The fact that the number of single pan bands almost double that of conventional bands is atrocious. The fact that small bands and medium bands collectively may more than quadruple the number of large bands is alarming. This is so only because of padding. Voter padding takes place to fatten the delegate pool. It is reported that regional officials who are disciples of embattled executive dissenters, but followers of the incumbent president, may already be suggesting to bands whom they suspect may not be inclined to throw their support behind the sitting leader in any upcoming election, to remember the hand that feeds them. These people cannot be trusted with recommending disbursement of scarce funds equitably to the most deserving functional bands that promote the art form all year round, and not seasonally.”
You are doing exactly what I was hoping you would not do. You are doing exactly what you advocated abhorring, considering your condemnation from the floor of similar actions from comparative officeholders. You are not only delinquent accountably, but you are now guilty by association.
You are walking a thin line Madam President, trying to strike a balance between corruption and nepotism. Like in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, you came into office promising to create an organization where transparency and accountability were the order of the day. Ultimately, you betrayed the membership, and the organization ended up in a state as bad as it was before. It is now impossible to distinguish between your administration, and your immediate predecessors who sunk Pantrinbago into insolvency.
Well BEVERLEY RAMSEY MOORE'S ONLY REAL CONCERN is WINNING RE-ELECTION and continuing to collect the $27,500 a month (plus perks). While enjoy the admiration of the SMALL WORLD OF PAN and the few SOCIALITES who pretend to be concerned about WE PAN CULTURE.
She has done nothing in the last two years plus and she will do nothing in the next three years plus if she wins again. Her biggest obsession is SETTING UP COMMITTEES that ACCOMPLISH NOTHING but busy themselves like MIMIC MEN and WOMEN.
MORALITY is not a factor here!!! The thirst for POWER over PAN and the STEADY PAYCHECK and the right to PROMOTE TOBAGO PAN above all else and be a hero on that island TRUMPS ALL. Even the SUPPOSED LOVE FOR GOD which is akin to A FAST FOOD SLOGAN.
Her NEW CAMPAIGN is OFF THE GROUND. And I still believe that the MASSIVE POLITICAL CAMPAIGN that will BLIND PAN MEN (could they be any more BLIND) and dazzle them into putting her BACK IN OFFER for another THREE YEARS of DO NOTHING -- BUT SELF-PROMOTION both EGOTISTICALLY and ECONOMICALLY.
HER RE-ELECTION will only result into the FURTHER STAGNATION of DRY ROT of the STEELBAND MOVEMENT IN GENERAL and PAN YARDS in PARTICULAR.
HELL OF A POSTING MR. COUNTRY BOOKIE!!! I apologize: Only you can mockingly call yourself that.
HELL OF A POSTING MR. RUSSELL PROVIDENCE!!! You made my BORING DAY!!!
Aquil: How come NOBODY EH TELL ME about BEVERLEY'S CRUSADE TO THE COUNTRY SIDE and the semi-official LAUNCH of HER 2022 CAMPAIGN.
Russell have to come and share that news while ALL MY NEWS SOURCES on the ISLAND LEFT ME IN THE DARK.
The whole ah town saying BEVERLEY DONE WIN THE ELECTION and now she gone locking down votes in the country. Well yuh know that EVERY BAND IN TOBAGO voting for BEVERLEY -- BLINDLY. That is why I say that if anybody beat Beverley in the election they should CUT OFF ALL FUNDS TO BAND IN TOBAGO and teach them a LESSON ABOUT THEIR INSULARITY.
Well ah doh want to BOGART RUSSELL POSTING but he sure brightened MY BORING DAY with THIS POSTING. Ah hope enough people read it and start OPENING THEIR EYES to THIS BEVERLEY MAMAGUY and this sudden interest in the EAST AND THE WEST AND THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH. Yuh could fool TOBAGO PAN PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME but ah SURE HOPE THAT YOU CANNOT FOOL TRINIDAD PAN MEN WITH AH BIG MOTORCADE and plenty EMPTY PROMISES.
Reacting to actual work.
I want to public thank Aquil Arrindell for taking the initiative to engage national leaders with the capacity and will to satisfy the needs of the steelband community.
I want to publicly condemn the Eastern Region Coordinator for attempting to "crash" the Arima Steelband Hamper Outreach coordinated by Aquil Arrindell.
I am disappointed to learn that it was necessary for The MP for Arima to remind the eastern region coordinator of Pantrinbago that her telephone number has not changed. Further evidence of disregard for member bands, and quite likely the root cause of the stagnation endemic in this region.
Meaningful change is what is required.
Meaningful change at the top is what steelbands deserve and demand.
It was Aquil Arrindell who began the initiative of collaborating with members of parliament along the east west corridor to provide relief for steeelbands, the remit of the eastern region coordinator.
It was the east region coordinator who STORMED the Arima hamper handout, disrespectfully attempting to put it to the sitting MP that he should have been notified. SAY WHAT? Than is when she reminded him that her number was unchanged.
Hear how Mrs Beverley Ramsey Moore and her eastern region coordinator distorts the facts;
The Aquil Arrindell's hamper relief drive in collaboration with MPs along the east/west corridor for steelbands, now translates into, Pan Trinbago’s recently established Social Prosperity Fund which seeks to provide tangible support and empowerment as well as meeting the pressing needs to vulnerable members of the steelband community.
Hear Mrs Beverley Ramsey Moore;
"In thanking the Member of Parliament and the Region’s Chairman, Mrs. Beverley Ramsey-Moore, President, in expressing her gratitude, said that this distribution exercise is the first of several such collaborations. Similar approaches have been made to other Members of Parliament to assist their community-based steelbands, many of whom depend on public gatherings for their survival."
Mrs Beverley Ramsey Moore and her east region coordinator should be thanking Aquil Arrindell for getting them off their backsides to fulfill their remit, and serve the steelbands that elected them to office for that very purpose.
The following statement accredited to the president of Pntrinbago is shameful;
“It is important to act now and provide tangible practical support during these unsetting times”, she noted while adding “this donation will help those in need.”
Really madam? You and your east region coordinator were both elected to office to serve member bands.
While you slept madam,
Aquil performed for the love of pan...