Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 23rd 2016 Contents KALIFA CLYNE
Minister of Arts, Culture and
Community Development Nyan
Gadsby-Dolly says T&T is looking
to South America as a potential
market for steelpan and steelpan
Gadsby-Dolly said this during an
interview yesterday at her Nicholas
Towers office in Port-of-Spain as
she distributed cheques to unspon-
The 180 small and conventional
bands received cheques valued at
$10,000 and $20,000, respectively.
The total cost of sponsoring the
bands is $2.9 million.
"We are also looking to spread
pan to different countries. We have
a lot of South American countries
indicating interest and we want to
be able to get into those markets
because they are typically countries
with the large orchestras," Gadsby-
She said one of the ministry s goals
was to get the pan into the orches-
tras. "If we can do that then we can
focus on the business of the instru-
ment itself, being able to market it
and all that goes along with it, for
example, the tuning and all those
Gadsby-Dolly said monetising
Carnival was one of the priorities of
"Getting the pan out there is one
of our main thrusts."
She said the Government would
also be working more closely with
Pan Trinbago on a number of devel-
"We have agreed that as soon as
Carnival is finished, we are going to
have discussion about their devel-
opment programmes and how we
can support them and how they can
support the ministry in its work as
"We have a cultural camp that
goes on and they have shown interest
in getting involved in that camp."
She said the ministry also had a
programme called Music Schools in
The programme, based on the pan,
is expected to expand in the coming
"We are looking to see how we
can get that to be more widespread.
With the economic situation we have
want to ensure that we spread it so
the children in our country can get
accustomed to pan and can love the
Gadsby-Dolly told pan organisers
the ministry was committed to the
culture and the art form.
"I want to commend the unspon-
sored steelband because of the
investment it takes to run a steel-
"I know what we are able to con-
tribute at this time is a small drop
in a large bucket, but you do this
for the love of the art form. I am
glad to be in a position to give sup-
After a year of uncertainty, Fon-
claire Steel Orchestra has signed a
contract with the National Lotteries
Control Board (NLCB) for its con-
tinuing sponsorship, which began
in 2001, just in time for tomorrow s
semifinal round of the National
However, NLCB Fonclaire s man-
ager, Milton "Wire" Austin, admitted
yesterday: "I have signed that con-
tract with a heavy heart. I have reser-
Austin said the band was going
into Panorama with a $164,000
deficit which could adversely affect
its having a full complement of play-
ers.He said the prize money from
Panorama 2015 went towards paying
off debts which he alleged his spon-
sor failed to honour, instead of paying
his players. As a result his players
have abandoned him.
During the judges visit to the San
Fernando-based pan yard on Thurs-
day night, arranger Ken "Professor"
Philmore had to double as a player
on the tenor pan to make up num-
The band has selected Kernal
Roberts Bass on Fire as its 2016
Prior to the judges visit, Austin,
in an interview, said the situation
has not changed.
"NLCB leave me in the rain. We
were kept in the dark for 12 months
and they still have not paid the bill
"We were unsponsored after Car-
nival 2015 because the previous
administration at NLCB had no
interest in pan. But because the PNM
win the election, I sponsored again.
I eh fraid to tell nobody that. That
is why I say great is the PNM and
it shall prevail ," he said.
He claimed NLCB was owing Fon-
claire $164,000 from last year s
Panorama for uniforms and deco-
rations from the final night.
Confident about the band s
chances, in spite of its many chal-
lenges, Austin said: "By the Grace
of God we are ready for Sunday and
we will have a full complement of
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National Security Minister Edmund Dil-
lon says the appointment of a commis-
sioner of police is critical to the success
of any anti-crime initiatives in this coun-
try.Dillon said the continued six-month act-
ing appointment of Stephen Williams must
not and cannot be allowed to continue.
Dillon was contributing to Thursday s
senate debate on two motions brought by
the Opposition to annul two orders for the
selection and qualification criteria for a
commissioner of police and a deputy com-
missioner of police.
Dillon said the orders were "very impor-
tant to the peace-loving citizens of T&T."
He told legislators he was standing in
support of the Government s courageous
initiative to treat with the outstanding mat-
ter, which he described as a "very untenable
situation that has been left to a large extent
in abeyance for a very long period."
Responding to claims by the mover of
the motion---Senator Wade Mark---that the
orders seemed to be part of a sinister plot
by the Government, Dillon denied any sin-
ister plot by the Government.
He said issues of leadership and gover-
nance were critical to the success of the
Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS)
in the fight against crime, adding that the
CoP was the highest rank in the TTPS and
the ultimate leader.
Dillon said Williams was first appointed
to act as police commissioner in 2012 and
has been acting since then.
"It is now three years and five months
since that appointment was made.The pres-
ent acting commissioner is now at his sev-
enth six-month contract. This situation is
untenable, it is unbearable and shows a lack
of commitment, concern, care (and) under-
standing of leadership in that most important
organisation by the past administration."
He said the situation had left the TTPS
demoralised, adding that the deputy com-
missioners and assistant commissioners
were also acting.
According to Dillon, the leader of the
organisation "must be able to provide the
kind of morale that is required to ensure
the charges perform their job effectively
He insisted, "We cannot any longer pro-
crastinate and continue with business as
usual. We must appoint a police commis-
sioner who has the legitimate authority to
carry out the job.
"The leadership of the TTPS must be
provided with the instruments of legitimate
authority to be able to conduct their job
effectively and efficiently," Dillon added.
He said if the leader s position was not
secure, there would be a lack of trust and
confidence in strategies put forward by that
leader. He told legislators: "The police service
has been in a state of instability for the last
"Without security at the top how can
there be meaningful governance and
improvement. We are saying today, let s put
this right. Let s fix this, let s ensure that the
police commissioner and deputy commis-
sioner have security of tenure. We must
have a leader that can roll out those strategies
(to deal effectively with crime), that under-
stand the police and have security to do so."
The minister said the appointment of a
commissioner of police was "the only way
that we can treat with issues of crime and
security in T&T in a purposeful and mean-
Minister: T&T looking at South America as market for pan
Dillon on top CoP extensions:
It's an untenable situation
Fonclaire renews contract with NLCB
He said under the circumstances Williams has
been "doing a good job but there is no security of
tenure, so we must change that. We have to if we
are to move forward in this country.
"In order to put everything together, to ensure that
we can execute the actions, operations effectively
and efficiently, it is important, fundamental, necessary
for us to treat with the issue of the police commis-
sioner as a matter of urgency," Dillon added.
Dillon stressed: "At the end of the day, we are
going out there to get a leader who understands his
remit. We cannot continue this acting arrangement.
to it now."
Dillon said crime and security were the entire
nation s business. He then said he was extending his
hand to the Opposition and others, adding: "Let s
do it together, and more importantly, let s not pro-
crastinate again. Let s do it now."
He said the minister could only request the Police
Service Commission to contract a private firm to
start the recruitment process for the officers based
on the crime situation and based on a vacancy.
Culture Minister Nyan Gadsby-Dolly presents captain of Trinidad
Freelancers Emmanuel Bryan with a cheque during yesterday's cheque
distribution ceremony for unsponsored steelbands at Nicholas Towers,
Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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