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A national consultation on the draft report of
the Constitutional Reform Commission will be
held at the Signal Hill Secondary School in Tobago
this evening from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Commission chairman Prakash Ramadhar, Min-
ister of Legal Affairs, will lead members and sup-
porting teams in a bid in the exercise to ensure
Tobagonians are given an opportunity to express
their views on the report.
Other members of the commission are Dr Hamid
Ghany, political scientist, Justice Amrika Tewarie,
Carlos Dillon and Dr Merle Hodge.
Tobagonians are invited to attend the consultation
and participate fully in the process.
Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chairman
Orville London, at a meeting in Plymouth last week,
said he plans to embark on a series of strategies to
put the issue of internal self government for Tobago
on the national agenda.
Tobago thing. It must be on the agenda as a Tobago
Whether this meant he believed it should be a
part of the national consultations was not clear.
Efforts to reach London yesterday were not suc-
In a THA release in March last year, London
stated the assembly was not making its views known
on constitutional reform for T&T at that point in
He told this to members of the Constitution
Reform Commission who paid a courtesy call on
him on March 26, 2013.
London said he recognised the national consul-
tations were a very important exercise and pledged
the commitment of the THA and Tobagonians.
But he added, "We did indicated to the minister
we are very clear the issue of internal self government
for Tobago is one that should not be embroiled in
this particular process."
After a series of national consultations on con-
stitutional reform, the commission prepared a report
on citizens views.
The commission is now going back to the public
to get a second feedback on the report. Two such
consultations were already held and a final one will
be held at Paria Suites Hotel and Conference Centre
in San Fernando.
T&T Guardian is at today s consultation and will
cover the event in tomorrow s paper.
begin in Tobago
The much-criticised swimming pool on
the Greens was empty of bathers at 4.30
pm yesterday but hundreds of patrons were
still streaming into the already-crowded
alternative venue for the semi-final round
of competition in the Medium and Large
Bands category of the 2014 National Steel-
band Panorama at the Queen s Park Savan-
On stage in position 13, performing before
a packed North Stand and three-quarter-
filled Grand Stand, was Carib Dixieland Steel
Orchestra, one of four qualifying bands from
Tobago in the Medium band category. Their
tune of choice was Clive Telemaque s 2014
composition Dis Is It, arranged by Leon
Large, high-resolution monitors coupled
with a near perfect sound system in the Greens
silenced all activity there, as patrons stood
looking and listening calmly to the steelband
performance on the stage.
Competition got underway in the Medium
Bands category 20 minutes later than the
advertised starting time of 12 noon. The first
band on stage was Courts Sound Specialists
of Laventille playing Russell Cadogan s 1991
composition Poison, arranged by Ken "Pro-
fessor" Philmore. It was followed by Pan
Elders of Carib Street, San Fernando, with
dancing girls complementing the musicians,
offering a Duvonne Stewart arrangement of
Clive Bradley s All Ah We Is One Family, sung
by Lord Nelson in 1981.
Among the 14 orchestras seeking to qualify
for the ten places in the final carded for Car-
nival Saturday night at the same venue was
the defending category champion NLCB Buc-
cooneers of Tobago doing a Sieon Gomez
arrangement of David Rudder s Madness,
sung in 1986. The other Tobago qualifiers
were Petrotrin Katzenjammers of Black Rock
and NGC Steel Xplosion of Carnbee. Katzen-
jammers played SuperBlue s Spankin, arranged
by Len "Boogsie" Sharpe, while Steel Xplosion
chose the David Rudder/Pelham Goddard
composition Dus In Dey Face, from 1992,
arranged by Arddin Herbert.
Adjudicating the competition was a panel
comprising Laurel M Broomes-Rogers,
Michelle Dowrich, Ezra Joseph, Damian Phillip,
Martin Albino, and Lorna Conyette.
Fifteen bands were listed to appear in the
Large Bands Category from which ten will
advance to the final. They were: Caribbean
Airline Invaders, T&TEC Tropical Angel
Harps, Witco Desperadoes, Bp Renegades,
Skiffle, Solo Harmonites, Birdsong, Neal &
Massy Trinidad All Stars, PCS Nitrogen Silver
Stars, White Oak Starlift, NLCB Fonclaire,
Republic Bank Exodus, NGC La Brea Nightin-
gales, Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove, and RBC
Redemption Sound Setters.
(See Editorial on Page A26)
Pan takes over Savannah
Jubilant members of the Melodians Steel Orchestra perform David Rudder's Hammer in the Medium band category in PanTrinbago's
National Panorama semifinals at Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: NOEL SALDENHA
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