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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, June 22, 2015
Lopinot/Bon Air West MP Dr Lincoln Dou-
glas says there seems to be a sinister plan by
"forces within and without" to undermine the
work he is doing in his constituency.
"As election approaches people are trying to
undermine and discredit the work I am doing."
Douglas said that s why he organised a media
tour yesterday to show the 98 infrastructrural
projects done. He quoted from a document
titled the Loinot/Bon Air Report.
He is a member of the Congress of the People
(COP), one of the parties in the People s Part-
Douglas said he knew who the opposing
forces were but vowed he is there for the "long
haul" and is confident of retaining his seat,
described as a marginal. Noting there was
"unprecedented delivery" in the constituency
over the last five years, he said 39 community
buildings, including schools, were repaired.
Douglas said talk was being bandied about
that his constituents do not see him but said
he has been to every school and church in the
area, more than once. He has worked with 57
community groups and hosted 28 huge sporting
"For the last five years we have been giving out
20 educational grants yearly to help children make
the transition from primary to secondary school."
Asked by the media about the resignation of COP
founder, Winston Dookeran, Douglas noted that
he did not just resign from the party, but from
politics. Dookeran owed it to himself because he
was not young anymore and had medical issues,
As for Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner s
exposes on the Government, Douglas dismissed
them as coming from someone with little cred-
ibility. Warner, he alleged, said things about him
(Douglas) at one time that he made up from his
Daniel Gulston, 11, was given a standing ovation after
rendering a passionate performance on the tenor pan
of Days of Elijah, Under The Trees at The Normandie in
St Ann s on Saturday night.
Daniel was appearing with his father Dane and brother
Denilson at A Family Affair, a steelband concert featuring
performances by three pan-playing families, presented by the
Northern Region of Pan Trinbago in collaboration with The
Normandie. Other contributors were the Codrington and Martin
Described by his father as an "extremely special" child---he
was born with a genetic disorder that causes some level of learning
disability---Daniel, with his signature tuft of thick black hair, played
the Christian worship song, composed by Robin Mark in 1994,
with a remarkable competence that was widely and thoroughly
appreciated by patrons. A student at the Immortelle Childrens
Centre in Port-of-Spain, he started playing when just five years
old.The talented Gulston trio, supplemented with brass and percussion
instruments, and vocals from Sheldon Reid, entertained attendees
with a well-executed repertoire of varied music that included
Let s Get It On, Pan In A Minor, Just The Two Of Us, and a
pore-raising rendition of John Lennon s Imagine that could
be classified as the defining element of their musical showcase.
Denilson, 15, represented T&T at the 17th annual World
Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood, Cal-
ifornia, in 2013, while Dane is regarded as one of
the most skilful, entertaining and sought-after
pan players today.
Opening the playbill was Martin Cain and
his children Dejean and Deja. Often referred
to as the "pan twins," Dejean and Deja
won the 2013 edition of MovieTowne s
Trinbago Kids Got Talent, and per-
form regularly with Witco Des-
peradoes, CAL Invaders Youth Steel
Orchestra, and family group Road-
block. Martin is a former captain of
Desperadoes, and teaches music to
young people in the Laventille com-
munity through his foundation Roadblock
School for the Arts.
The trio opened its energetically-rendered
set with Tito Puente s 1963 composition Oye
Como Va, popularized by Santana in a 1970 ren-
dition. Bob Marley s Waiting in Vain (1968) was
next, followed by Roger George s patriotic 2003
composition These Are The Days. Deja then showed
off her vocal skills with an admirable rendition of
Ed Sheeran s Thinking Out Loud for which she was
loudly applauded. The group s set also included a
take on the most recognized and popular instru-
mentals of all time, Glen Miller s In The Mood.
The Codringtons are well-known, having per-
formed as a family aggregation extensively through-
out our twin-island Republic, as well as on stages
in Cuba, France, Venezuela, and the United States,
to name a few.
Cary, Karen, Kareem, Khari, Kaijah, Keisha, Kamau
and Kizzi, with smoothness and precision, played
an impressive repertoire of diverse selections which
could have appealed to every musical taste in the
house. The choices included popular favourites
What About Us, Summertime, and Just The Two
Of Us. Over the years, the family has won over
15 different steelpan and music competitions.
Making a guest appearance, and on occasion
acting as show host, was Relator (Willard Harris).
Also appearing as a guest was Baron (Timothy
Watkins). His performance was devalued,
though, through a questionable decision to slot
him to close the playbill. As a result, quite a
few patrons were seen leaving the venue while
he was on stage, as it was then past midnight.
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I am being
Pan families entertain
for young Gulston
Media body calls
for police probe
The Media Association of T&T (Matt) is calling on
the T&T Police Service (TTPS) to investigate cyber
bullying of journalists.
"Matt takes note of the numerous journalists from
various media houses targeted for vicious attacks on-
air and online. We are deeply concerned about ongoing
threats to free and open media coverage, including
threats of murder, physical assault, cyber bullying and
nuisance legal action against journalists that unduly
limit their freedom of expression, particularly during
the election season," the media group said.
They are calling on the TTPS to swiftly investigate
the report made by Express investigative journalist
Denyse Renne on June 15, 2015, the threat reported by
Express investigative journalist Asha Javeed in October
2013 and two serious reports of cyber attacks also filed
by Javeed this year.
Matt also wants the TTPS to provide detailed updates
on reports made to the police with respect to cyber
threats against Express editor-in-chief Omatie Lyder
by Janice Thomas in 2010.
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