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Pan Trinbago must first
account for the $30m
It is unbelievable that Mr Keith Diaz
and the executive of Pan Trinbago,
after refusing to pay panmen for
their 2016 Panorama performances,
are trying to lay the blame on the
Lest we forget, Pan Trinbago
received almost $30 million from
the Government to meet its 2016
commitments. A minimum payment
of $1,000 is made to pan players
for their many hours of practice
and for performing in the Panorama
preliminaries, semi-finals and finals.
While the executive of Pan Trinbago
must have received their 2016
executive pay consistently, they have
totally ignored the thousands of
young people who willingly sacrifice
and participate in Panorama.
Now there is talk about cutting the
payment from $1,000 to $500 for
The Community Development
Minister is right in not meeting with
them. Mr Diaz must give an account
of what happened to that $30 million.
More than 75 years after its
invention, the body charged with the
governance of the steelband in T&T
still goes cap-in-hand every year to
What a shame.
Linus F Didier,
Public Sector Negotiations
Committee can guide Petrotrin's pay
Please allow me to correct a
misconception in Sat Maharaj's
column of December 29, 2016.
Mr Maharaj has said that
he would have thought that
Petrotrin has the autonomy to
negotiate collective agreements
with its trade union.
However, that is not how the
system works. Petrotrin is not
a private company. It is a wholly
owned state enterprise.
And in this context, the
State Enterprises Performance
Monitoring Manual, which has
been in force for many years,
including throughout the five
years and three months of the
previous PP Government, and
long before the tenure of the
previous administration, makes
it crystal clear that for the
purposes of monitoring wage
and salary negotiations, the
establishment and/or revision
of pay and other terms and
conditions of employment of
employees of State agencies,
including managerial staff and
persons employed on contract,
should fall under the purview of
a specific Ministerial Committee,
which in our case is known as
the Public Sector Negotiations
In other words, when seeking
to revise pay and other terms
and conditions of employment,
all wholly or majority-owned
state enterprises are required to
seek guidance from the Public
Sector Negotiations Committee,
which is a Committee of Cabinet
Ministers, chaired by the Minister
This also makes practical
common sense, because more
often than not, there will be cost
implications in the settlement
of collective agreements in the
state sector which can affect the
I am surprised that Mr Maharaj
does not know this, since he has
been around for a long time, but
be that as it may, the record is
Minister of Finance
BANDITS ROB SUPERMARKET CUSTOMERS
When bandits stormed Flourishing
Supermarket, San Fernando, on Friday,
they did not go after the liquor or cash
in the drawers, instead they robbed
Nigel Dale Bisram Too much evil
and serpent seeds exist on this island.
Betty Motilal Is this the first thing
you have to say? That is what you
people are confessing? before you ask
for God's blessings?
Mark Apas Meanwhile, the entire
police service is focusing on DUI driv-
ers while d criminals roam freely. lol.
Nadia Sherene Ramoo Lewis But
drunk drivers are law breakers too.
You really think the police could be at
every business place in T&T the same
time as the bandits? Is always the
Lee Sah And I'm sure they got away
free as a bird.
Stanley Mulchan It's a New Year
people! Let's take our rights back. The
ones who should be looking after our
best interest are busy making them-
Theresa Lia The law abiding citizen
has now been warned, game has been
changed for 2017. A new high for crim-
inals - wholesale robbery with custom-
ers being the Item.
Kenton Christopher Gonzales This
is when the bandits have no respect
for the authorities anymore.
Novana Forde With their lil change
to buy food they rob customers. Nah,
they will pay. God help us here.
Arlene Armoogam The grocery
seem to be a dangerous place to go
these days, smh
increase in sales
Despite a downturn in the economy,
managing director of FireOne Fire-
works Andre Abraham says there has
been an increase in sales.
Derrick Seecharan My poor dogs! I
hope he is unsuccessful in this line of
business in the future.
Ricky Tomm Foolish people who
don't want to pay taxes but rather see
their money go up in smoke.
Tony Mark Well duh, cause ppl can't
get it on d street cheaper.
Vanessa Dalla Costa I feel he lie.
Quietest year so far.
Hannibalo Lecter He trying to prove
that there are more people supporting
him than against him.
Annemarie Vallie Good for you Mr
Abraham..My poor dog and I have to
hear noise from seven o clock till four
o clock this morning. I don't even know
why you are allowed to sell a product
that distresses people.
John Mc Carthy Happy for anyone
who had a "quiet year" this year. Went
on by me until at least 3 am, still miss-
ing a small dog since December 24.
James Taylor And we're supposed
to be under a recession, but people
could find money to set on fire.
asking or scratch
Chaguanas vendors say consumers
are asking for scratch bombs and oth-
er illegal fire explosions despite nega-
tive media reports and the items being
against the law.
Nikkie Yearwood Them care? Right
now by me is only noise, de tings pass-
ing dangerously close to my home.
Anarki Hatake That goes to show
how lawless and inconsiderate we are.
Randell Sinanan Is this a surprise?
Kevin Huggins And what... peo-
ple can ask for whatever they like...
doesn't mean you have to give it to
them, supply them, or enable them.
Come on, people, don't enter 2017
with the same idiotic thought process-
Vilma Seusankar Mammy and
daddy, mama and papa ...with the
lowest of mentalities, are bringing the
offspring to take us all down and back-
wards to cave days.
While each of them are unique and
have excelled in their various disci-
plines, they are like blades of grass
touched by a common wind of influ-
ence and guidance---their teacher Fasal
"Moosh" Mohamed, who is also known
as the Godfather, who came up with
the 1986 and 2009 Intercol champions
school's nickname "Blue Thunder."
Clothilde Thomas Really, really love
this article you have invested a lot and
is still doing it so I will like to say thank
Umm Naeema Go ELDO...
Llewellyn Mc Intosh Cool. They
should get together and assist the
school whenever they can. Especially
in mentoring the young vulnerable
male students who might be thinking
that there's nothing out there in this
world for them. It will be a great thing
to see them all helping out.
Mark Lewis Mush, you're a legend,
keep doing your thing bless up.
Collin Gibbs Am a former student of
dat school. He was ah good one.
A shopper, left, during FireOne's blowout sale at its Macoya megastore on
Saturday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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