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CDC Accepts ABPA Amendments to Rule - 7 2013 Panorama -Antigua

CDC Accepts Proposed Panorama Judging Rules Amendment

  • Friday, 05 July 2013 02:04
  • Written by  Staff Reporter



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What was initially thought to be a proposal still up for discussion within the Pan fraternity, has recently been realized to be an enforceable document already sanctioned by select parties.

Spokesman of the LIME Hells Gate Steel Orchestra Stafford Joseph said on Thursday that his understanding of the situation of amendments to the Panorama judging rules was clearly off par with a decision on the subject being taken in the absence of the Hells Gate group, among others.

“I thought that Patrick 'Stone' Johnson in a previous e-mail, clearly stated that the proposals were still in the discussion stage at the ABPA level. When did he indicate that a consensus was arrived at the level of the ABPA?” Joseph questioned.

He added that such a move by the ABPA President was clearly designed to deceive those in the Pan fraternity.

Via email, Johnson informed the Pan fraternity on Thursday that "after the discussion with both parties, the CDC has decided to accept the proposed amendment to Rule 7 Adjudication as stated in the proposal".

To this end, Stafford Joseph now questions the ethical standings of the ABPA President’s move.

“Is it ethical for Patrick 'Stone' Johnson, acting President of ABPA and arranger for WIOC Gemonites Steel Orchestra, Dwayne Mussington, a principal of Digicel Halcyon Steel Orchestra and Cuthbert Thomas, a principal of the Cool and Smooth Ebonites Steel Orchestra, being fully aware that their respective orchestra are expected to participate in the National 2013 Panorama, to proceed with the undertaking that is placed in their laps by the ACDC, as indicated in the e-mail communication of 4th July,2013?” he asked.

Further to that, he pondered the current derisory financial standings of the ABPA and how it proposed to accommodate four overseas adjudicators, having to pay for airfare, accommodations and a stipend of USD$500.00 each.

“I would be obliged if the principals of the ABPA would provide a dollar figure of the total cost for the four overseas adjudicators and inform the pan fraternity and the general public the level of financial relief that amount would bring to member bands who are participating in the 2013 National Panorama. Is this not our National Panorama?” Joseph said


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Comment by C.P. Francis on July 11, 2013 at 3:08pm

Is Hellsgate objecting to use of overseas (foreign?) judges, or to the cost of accommodating these judges? Did the ABPA call an executive meeting to discuss and decide on the proposals? If such a meeting was held, was there a quorum? I find it odd that such an important decision was taken " in the absence of the Hells Gate group, among others" and Hells Gate is the only dissenting voice being heard. This might just be a manifestation of the disunity in the ABPA which seems to be a "Carnival Pan Association".

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