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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, February 8, 2014
The People s National Movement
(PNM) is seeking legal action for
what it described as "defamatory
statements" made by the state-
owned Talk City 91.1 radio station
during one of its morning pro-
grammes on Thursday.
At a press conference yesterday, at
Balisier House on Tranquillity Street,
Port-of-Spain, the party s general
secretary Ashton Ford claimed PNM
leader Dr Keith Rowley was "subjected
to outrageous slander" by the sta-
He said on the programme reference
was made to the party s 58 anniversary
celebrations which took place on Jan-
uary 26 at the San Fernando City Hall
auditorium at Harris Promenade, in
Ford accused the presenters of say-
ing an invitation was never sent to
former PNM leader and prime min-
ister Patrick Manning.
Charging that it was not the first
time that misinformation had been
peddled on the station, Ford said,
"They are saying on radio to the
nation that Dr Rowley was not speak-
ing the truth when he said Mr Man-
ning was invited to the function."
As evidence to the contrary, Ford
distributed copies of a letter inviting
Manning to the function. He said the
letter was collected at Balisier House
by the vice-chairman of the San Fer-
nando East constituency, Kennedy
"When they get on the radio station
to say that Mr Manning did not
receive the invitation, that is not true,"
He said the party had already con-
tacted its attorneys and was moving
full speed ahead to deal with the issue.
"This campaign of hate against Dr
Rowley has started since last year
September and we have had discus-
sions with our attorneys on this mat-
ter and we propose to write the
Telecommunications Authority to get
the recordings of the programmes
from since September last year and
to deal with this and to put an end
to this nonsense once and for all.
"Some of the members of the party
have been subjected to brutal and
unwarranted attacks from the pre-
senters of this morning programme,"
He also questioned why the Gov-
ernment was wasting state resources,
as there were more pressing issues to
be urgently addressed.
Government, Ford added, must say
whether it was the policy of Cabinet
to use taxpayers money to carry out
"their political agenda against the
PNM" and Rowley in particular.
Ford said CNMG s CEO Ken Ali
had his own political agenda.
Asked whether Manning did in fact
receive the letter, Ford said he per-
sonally had a telephone conversation
with Manning, who confirmed he did.
He said it was "interesting to note"
that Wesley Gibbings, founding pres-
ident of the Association of Caribbean
Media Workers, was also employed
by the state-owned Caribbean New
Media Group (CNMG), which owns
the radio station.
In response Gibbings said he was
a freelance journalist and therefore
worked for numerous media entities,
including private and state-owned
"In all my 37 years as a media prac-
titioner I have never heard this," he
responded in an interview yesterday.
"I also write for the T&T Guardian
and I do training for several stations.
"I am part of a panel on 91.1 and
that is something I do occasionally.
I have also done work spanning dif-
ferent political administrations."
CNMG CEO Ken Ali said Ford s
allegations were "wild and unfound-
He said statements about Man-
ning s non-attendance at the PNM s
celebration were made by a guest on
a morning talk show.
"A timely explanation by the PNM
would have been appropriate. Talk
City 91.1 FM has been focusing heavily
on the forthcoming PNM leadership
polls and many listeners have been
questioning Dr Rowley s stewardship
of the party.
"I don t know whether that is what
prompted Mr Ford, as a disciple of
Dr Rowley, to utter unsubstantiated
and reckless allegations against the
national broadcaster," Ali said.
He said Ford s personal attack on
him was unfortunate and regrettable.
"He may want to reflect on his own
brief tenure as a junior journalist and
on the role being played in national
politics by his family-owned news-
"Senseless attacks would not deter
CNMG from ventilating the views of
as wide a cross-section of the national
community as possible."
PETER RAY BLOOD
Blind singer Nyol Manswell is the new Star
of Tomorrow. Manswell, a member of the Bird-
song Academy and graduate of Berklee School
of Music, USA, won the Stars of Tomorrow
Calypso Monarch competition, hosted by the
National Youth Action Committee (NYAC), on
February 5, at the Learning Resource Centre,
UWI, St Augustine.
Commenting yesterday on his victory, Manswell
said: "I was a little shocked when the results were
announced, as the competition was very tough.
I thought my closest rivals would have been Helon
and Amrika Mutroo."
Manswell sang A Better World to win the title,
edging out Bevon St Clair (Another Flambeau)
and Helon Francis (Homeless Hero).
Manswell, renowned as a jazz singer and bal-
ladeer, added that he is no stranger to singing
"I have sung calypsoes before with Raf Robert-
son and Birdsong, doing a lot of songs by the
masters like Sparrow and Kitchener.
"This year, I am singing at the NJAC Generation
Next calypso tent at CWU Hall, on Henry Street,
Port-of-Spain. I have another song entitled Magic
Pan Song. I want to go all the way to the Big
Yard," he said.
Manswell, who turns 26 on May 14, is Toba-
go-born. From age 12 he lived in Trinidad and
was a pupil at the School for the Blind in Santa
Cruz. Manswell also attended Bourg Mulatresse
RC School, where he wrote SEA, and passed for
San Juan Secondary Comprehensive.
He was regarded a child prodigy. It took Man-
swell three years to complete his GCE O-Level
examinations. He was one of the first blind chil-
dren in the Caribbean to write A-levels [CAPE]
using a laptop.
For his efforts he also received a national award
for being a young person who perseveres despite
living with a disability.
Under the mentorship of Raf Robertson, Man-
swell received a partial scholarship from Berklee
The other part of his funding came from the
board of the Sports and Culture Fund in the Prime
Minister s Office, which recognised him as an up
and coming ambassador for T&T.
On his return home, Manswell did his first
major show on July 2-3, 2011, at Central Bank
PNM seeks legal
Berklee graduate wins
Star of Tomorrow contest
New Star of Tomorrow champion Nyol Manswell.
1. Nyol Manswell -- A Better World
2. Bevon St Clair -- Another Flambeau
3. Helon Francis -- Homeless Hero
4. Shradah Mc Intyre -- Dey Doh Know
5. Amrika Mutroo -- Doh Judge Me
6. Sergio Francisco -- Peace
7. Ezekiel Yorke -- Character
8. Philman -- Seeing It Clearly
9. Kyle Cowie -- My Will Be Done
10. Vornique Benjamin -- Ah Putting Mih Foot
PLACINGS AND SELECTIONS
A BETTER WORLD
Today this world that we live in
Down is up and up is down
Every Jack for himself and money rules this
Capitalism take over
The rich get rich and the poor poorer
A cliche, yes, it's true but that just means more
But I have a dream like the king
For a better future for the children
So I starting from now to sing
And hope that someone out there is listening
In a better world bullets ain't go pelt like rain
Black boys ain't go drop like flies
Mothers ain't go cry again
In a better world young girls ain't go sell deyself
Starving children will get fed and politicians
know to help
I present one crazy idea that we use the dollar
to show how we care
Human goodness will unfold in a better world.
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