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guardian.co.tt Thursday, March 9, 2017
Impulse moves to
oust Bro Resistance
Calypsonian Impulse (Wayne Modeste),
who had taken his omission from the Calyp-
so Fiesta semifinal to court, is on a mission
to oust incumbent president of the Trinbago
Unified Calypsonians Organisation (Tuco),
Lutalo Masimba (Brother Resistance).
Impulse sent out a media release on Tuesday
calling on calypsonians to join him and his team,
Calypso Troopers, in a protest demonstration out-
side of Tuco's Jerningham Avenue, Belmont office
Impulse said the protest was inspired by his desire to
save calypso, which is dying, and revamp Tuco. He denied
it was politically motivated.
He said Calypso Troopers put up Calypsonian Luta (Mo-
rel Peters) against Masimba in Tuco's elections last year.
"In Trinidad, we got 119 votes and Masimba got 134. But
in Tobago, we got only ten and Masimba got fifty-some-
thing. So, is Tobagonians have him there."
Impulse said several issues prompted his decision to
try and get Masimba out, including his allowing St Vin-
cent-born Lornette "Fya Empress" Nedd-Reid to sing at
the National Calypso Monarch competition.
He insisted she should not be singing in a national
festival because she is not a national.
Nedd-Reid was initially part of the finals but was dis-
qualified after Lady Gpysy, who was excluded and deemed
only a reserve, complained about it. Lady Gypsy was put
in after Nedd-Reid was removed.
Nedd-Reid took the matter to court and the judge or-
dered she be a part of the competition.
Impulse said he and Brian London, also left out of the
competition, took their matters to court, as well.
"I was not included in the National Calypso Fiesta
semi-finals but was allowed in after I hired a lawyer and
took Tuco to court."
He said he sang "Ah Vex" at number 43 and did not
make anything. "They messed up my performance. I was
put to sing at 41 and had actually started my song when
they pulled me off the stage and put two reserves to sing."
Impulse also questioned why Tuco, after 25 years and
millions on government subventions and revenue from
Calypso Fiesta, was still renting.
He said calypso is dying and blamed Tuco for this.
Contacted for a response, Masimba said he was at a
loss over the whole thing. He said Tuco was a demo-
cratic organisation and there was a constitutional way
to remove him.
He added, however, that at the last elections the people
spoke and he was elected.
Masimba said Tuco presents audited financial state-
ments yearly to its membership, the Government and
the National Carnival Commission.
He said he allowed Nedd-Reid to sing because the "judge
ordered her to sing"
As for Impulse's claim that calypso is dying he only
asked incredulously, "Calypso is dying?"
Tuco president Brother
Education Minister Anthony Garcia
must be held responsible for the on-going
crisis at Ste Madeleine Secondary School
which descended into an attack against
teachers, former education minister Dr
Tim Gopeesingh has said.
The Caroni East MP said had their been
effective, timely and responsible ministerial
intervention, on a situation which has been
bubbling for months, Monday's unfortunate
incident may have been averted
Gopeesingh noted that for months
there have been unease at that insti-
tution, including sporadic incidents
of violence, some of which have
been captured on camera and re-
main posted on social media as
dark illustration of the serious
challenges facing the school.
He said Garcia would have been
aware, for months of the burning
issues involving the administration
and students of the school, but never
intervened, even with the deepening of the
matters involving the principal.
"The Minister's indifference to the agi-
tation and upheaval at Ste Madeleine Sec-
ondary School is replicated with respect to
other institutions of learning where there are
similar disciplinary crises.
Gopeesingh said Garcia's apathy contrasts
sharply with the response to schools' violence
which obtained under the People's Partnership
administration, and which had increased the
number of professionals in the Student Sup-
port Services Division.
The opposition MP said under his tenure, ad-
ditional guidance counsellors, social workers,
clinical, behavioural and educational psycholo-
gists were employed, teachers were trained in
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Learning En-
hancement Centres were established to pro-
vide counselling to suspended students and
there was collaboration with the Minister of
However, she said under Garcia's tenure
many of the initiatives have either been dis-
mantled or not afforded the requisite resources,
even as violence remains an undesirable aspect
of the public education system.
He pointed to a reversal in the historic aca-
demic achievements in SEA and CAPE, criti-
cising the discontinuation of PP initiatives such
as the schools and Early Childhood Care and
Education Centres construction programme ,
failure to replenish textbooks, scrapping of the
computer laptop initiative and development of
ICT competence, the shutting down of home-
work centres and reduction in the number of
"Further, the Continuous Assessment Com-
ponent has been abandoned and the Govern-
ment Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)
has been severely curtailed. In 18 months, the
Government has witnessed a dramatic rever-
sal in the education system which the PP had
carefully crafted as one of the critical pillars in
developing a learning society and a modern,
successful and growth economy.
"That is the report card of a colossally failed
Minister of Education," Gopeesingh said. YW
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