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I only today, Sunday received a copy of the financial report of PTB, wow, could we as supporters of the steel pan fraternity take some time to discuss the contents of the reports. I am no financial analyst, but some simple (sums) (arithmetic) seems to be confusing, or not adding up. Maybe, some accountants or people with financial back grounds can take a closer look at the figures, and do an analysis of its contents
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And while we're at it how come Regional elections, carded for 28th November, 2012 , can be held before National Executive elections? From the constitution that I have, this can't be right. We can also look at that? Is Diaz and company breaking the CONSTITUTION?

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Comment by denise on November 29, 2012 at 8:00am

Any information on the Regional Elections.. I hope pan men did the right thing and did not participate in that elections and send a message to the PTB heads that a regional elections is not to take place until the central executive are held, i hope my pan people did not disappoint me awaiting the outcome......... 

Comment by Sarah-Ann on November 27, 2012 at 1:59pm

Commess commess and I am stressing the "MESS" all the time. I have a nsty feeling if this does not all go away our "Panorama" the taxpayers "PANORAMA" may just not happen this year 2013

Comment by Gregory Lindsay on November 23, 2012 at 6:00am

Power Stars Steel Orchestra

114 Western Main Road

St. James,

Trinidad & Tobago

West Indies


November 22, 2012


Mr. Richard Forteau

Secretary – Central Executive


Room 1D, First Floor, Victoria Suites

14-17 Park St, Port-of-Spain




Dear Sir,


Further to my letter of October 19, 2012, I wish to acknowledge with many thanks receipt of my orchestra’s Panorama 2012 Net Appearance disbursement of $2970.00 TTD on the morning of the disbursement of Annual Reports of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Sunday October 28, 2012 at the Capital Plaza.  I also acknowledge with many thanks your notice (ref. RF/hsj) of November 7, 2012 in which you gave notice of the Triennial Regional Meeting of the Northern Region of Pan Trinbago T.C Inc to be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at the Communications Workers Union Hall, 146 Henry Street, Port-of Spain from the 5:00 p.m., for the following purposes:


  1. 1.      To receive the Report of the Regional Executive for the period December 2009 to November 2012.
  2. 2.      Elect Regional Officers.
  3. 3.      To transact any other business that may be properly before the meeting.



According to the Constitution of Pan Trinbago Inc. reference is made to Article 10:1– Elections–which states, “Officers of the Association shall be selected by means of the electoral process which shall be held at two (2) levels:-a. The Central Executive Committee which shall be elected at the triennial Special Convention;
b. The Regional Executive Committee which shall be elected one (1) month after the Special Convention”


And also according to the Constitution of Pan Trinbago Inc reference is made to Article 13:Offences Part A - 1,2, 4, 5 & 7 which states, “A: OFFENCES

  1. 1.      Offences for which an Officer of the Association may be tried are as follows:-
    1. 1.      Repeated failure to abide by the provisions of this Constitution or any other written laws of the Association.
    2. 2.      Espousing doctrines repugnant to the principles, aims and objectives of the Association.
    3. 3.      Misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance in office.
    4. 4.      Personal Misconduct such as to bring the Association into disrepute.
    5. 5.      Conduct unbecoming of an Officer
    6. 6.      Misappropriation or misuse of funds of the Association.
    7. 7.      Abuse of powers and prerogatives of an Officer.
    8. 8.      Willfully failing or refusing to use means at his disposal to protect the property, rights and interests of the Association



Under my jurisdiction as a certified delegate of a bonafide member steelband of Pan Trinbago T.C Inc, and with the unanimous approval of my orchestra’s Board of Management as the Chairman/Manager, I am conveying to you through this official letter of complaint, formally lodging my orchestra’s strenuous objections with the trend of actions of the Secretary of the Association; in that (1) while in his acknowledged circular of November 7, 2012 and August 24, 2012 (ref. RF/hsj) as posted in the Annual Reports of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Sunday October 28, 2012 at the Capital Plaza summarizes the execution of the event, managed and chaired under the pretext of the same circular of August 24, 2012 before the matter became sub judice thru High Court Order that placed all of the organization's electoral processes have been put on hold pending the judgment of the High Court on predetermined date of December 03, 2012; and in that (2.) the manner in which these notices from your office seen attached are being circularized within this misguided conceptual framework of your executive’s interpretation of the Constitution of Pan Trinbago Inc Article 10:1 as articulated by your good self at Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Sunday October 28, 2012 at the Capital Plaza through the meeting’s Chair,  summarizes that which I speak of, in your office’s intent of deliberately corrupting and convoluting in a manner, in circumstances which I must say at best, is to create a cacophony of convulsions to deliberately corrupt salient Pan Trinbago constitutional clauses regarding Elections, that is at best abhorrently unacceptable.



If the Secretary of the Association through circular (ref. RF/hsj) of November 7, 2012 wishes to continue within the execution of this notice of Regional Election of Officers on the grounds of what The National Executive believed to be also a Triennial Special Convention Meeting where Central Executive elections are held; then the Secretary of the Association is reminded, that the current acknowledged notice of November 7, 2012 would be “in advisable if not inappropriate” as again, the matter of all of the organization's electoral processes Central Executive & by direct extension Regional Election of Officers is also sub judiced.


Your continued course of action, Mr. Secretary, I am to advise you in your collective wisdom, at best is ultra vires and illegal on Pan Trinbago's part and maybe construed by the Court in its current review on this matter; (1) at worst as an attempt to interfere and intimidate with a judicial process governed by the supreme authority of the Constitution of the Laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago into giving you the remedy, the very remedy that you are being claimed from in the matter in the court in the first place;  and (2) at best allowing the plaintiffs in this litigation whilst the matter is pending in the bosom of the court, to build a case of legal ammunition of illegal notices to mount upon, until the matter can be ventilated before the Court at which time the National Executive can account for their willful disregard of the Order, on predetermined court date of December 03, 2012.


I trust that this correspondence which is made without prejudice will be taken in the vein on the basis of the precluded arguments that in accordance with the above mentioned reasons. It is our orchestra’s hope that in our well-placed trust in your good office that reason and good wisdom will prevail, and the correct course of action will be taken, for the reasons stated above already highlighted. 


Thanking you in advance for your kind assistance and service.








Gregory Lindsay


Power Stars Steel Orchestra



cc.        Mr. John Harris                       Secretary, Power Stars Steel Orchestra

Mr. Keith Diaz                        President, Pan Trinbago

Mr. Douglas Williams             Chairman, North Region PAN TRINBAGO

Mr. Vernon Morancie             Chairman, Eastern Region PAN TRINBAGO

Mr. Eldon J.W. Bain               Chairman, South Region PAN TRINBAGO

Mr. Jeffrey Joseph                  Chairman, Tobago Region PAN TRINBAGO

Comment by Cathryn on November 18, 2012 at 1:16pm
Does anyone know if Pan Trinbago has an Ombudsman on board? If not - this may be the time for such a person. These are the questions an Ombudsman would clarify.
Comment by Bertel Gittens on November 12, 2012 at 3:21pm

Seems to me that Pan Trinbago needs a good flushing out. Regional elections held before National Executive elections? Where else on earth does this happen? Only in TRINIDAD. I wonder if Pan people know and see they getting a 6 for a 9 ? Come on Pan people WAKE UP !!!!!

Comment by Trevor Emanuel Cooper on November 12, 2012 at 2:15pm

YES! They are breaking the constitution. They have decided to interpret the clauses to suit themselves. Any one who can read and  understand, will observe how these people are taking the Pan movement into the deepest hole, where it will be difficult for us to recover All because of a bunch of Quacks and invalids. They preach Democracy. But stops speaking to pan people who are opposing them in an election year. They preach Freedom of Speach, but prevents their members from talking more than once on a subject. They have nothing to hide, but they demand confidentiality in every area, so no one must say anything. In the contract for the Greens this year , there was a confidentiality clause between Pan Trinbago and the contractor. That meant we were not supposed to know anything about the entire transaction. But Mr. Moe off NCC opened his mouth. They eould have kept all the money. 

As far as the Financial statements are concerned, they give out these reports on the morning of thr AGM, although under Duties of the Secretary in the constitution, the reports should be presented at least 28 days to the members. But they know that most Pan People are ignorant of understanding  these types of reports . presently they are in great debt to Pan vesco, who cannot present an Auditor's report for the last three years. Guess why?  We may see how many millions Pan Trinbago is owing. People of Pan, please understand when they borrow in the millions, it is us who have to pay yhe interest on these loans. Monies which could have gone to assist bands. 

Comment by Bertel Gittens on November 11, 2012 at 6:59pm

As a Tax payer in Trinidad and Tobago I am curious to see how the present leadership of Pan Trinbago spent our tax dollars. With all the talk of corruption and nepotism in the pan body I too would like to see a copy of this report. Just cant understand where all these tax dollars are going, especially when we hear that some bands have not  received money yet for Panorama 2012. 

Comment by Wayne Cezair on November 11, 2012 at 12:51pm
Where do we find the financial report?

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