Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 7th 2014 Contents Shak s comments were based on infor-
mation, he said, came to him from an NCC
official, who said the original score placed
him as the National Calypso Monarch, but
the results were altered because the eventual
winner, Roderick "Chucky" Gordon, had a
relative on the judging panel. Shak ended
up in third place and Kurt Allen second.
Resistance produced the final judges list
which did not identify the relative, Norma
Clarke, as being on the panel.
He said he had no problem with the sug-
gestion, but invited Shak to attend the next
membership meeting where he could put
forward his idea and be a part of the dis-
cussion to remove that shroud of secrecy.
He said Tuco held between five and six
extensive membership sessions before Car-
nival, where they entertained healthy dis-
cussion on everything, including the whole
adjudication process, the system of judging,
the award of points, the criteria for judging,
the selection of judges, and the composition
of the management committee for adjudi-
cation. He could not recall if Shak attended
any of these sessions.
"The thing is, we have a process which
is open and accessible to all members and
people should come to these sessions and
make their contribution."
Saying he would welcome any suggestion
dealing with adjudication, Resistance said
the public display of scores now being put
forward had been tried and rejected before.
"That system Shak spoke about, we had
that once, and the same members kicked
up against it. That was some time before
1998, when we just began to use computers
as part of the judging process.
"If they want to go back to it, that would
not be a problem. Once the suggestion is
put forward in the forum, which is provided
for that kind of suggestion to be made, we
can entertain it.
Speaking about the results, which saw
Roderick "Chucky" Gordon emerging the
winner with his Weh Yuh Think and Wed-
ding of De Century, Resistance said he
understood there would always be disap-
pointment where the judging was con-
"It is virtually impossible to judge an art-
form in the way we do, more so the calypso
artform. It is organic, it is so emotional, in
every aspect. The fact that we have a com-
petition is madness---but it is also part of
the landscape, so therefore, however, the
results come down, we have to take it as
"We can t please everybody."
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Stinging criticism from calypso bard Selvon "Mis-
tah Shak" Noel and his call for an overhaul of the
judging system have received support.
Yesterday, both the Trinbago Unified Calypso
Organisation (TUCO) and the National Carnival Com-
mission (NCC) spoke of decisions to review the rules
and procedures of the adjudication of competitions
under their respective portfolios, in time for Carnival
While denying any kind of impropriety in the judg-
ing at last Sunday s National Calypso Monarch com-
petition, Tuco president Lutalo "Brother Resistance"
Masimba said he is ready to begin the discussion on
Shak s call for transparency.
In an interview on CNC3 s Morning Brew yesterday,
NCC chairman Allison Demas, who also denied any
kind of transgression had taken place, said she under-
stood the need for judges to have more in-depth
training, not just in the judging of calypso, but across
Demas said she would work alongside Tuco, under
whose portfolio the Calypso Monarch competition
Contending that the judging process is shrouded
in secrecy, Shak proposed that the calypsonians
scores should be publicly displayed immediately after
their performance, as with athletes at the Olympics
and other sporting events. That would make it impos-
sible to tamper with the scores, he said.
Secretary General of the Communication
Workers Union (CWU), John Julien is calling
on the management of Hilton Hotel and
Conference Centre to rescind its decision
to issue 50 letters firing part-time staff.
The call was made at a news conference
held outside of the hotel s compound, off
Lady Young Road, St Ann s yesterday.
Julien said the workers received letters on
Carnival Tuesday notifying them of their
termination of employment effective March
"The company thought it fit on Carnival
Tuesday to get rid of these workers. As of
today, for three months they would not be
on a roster. They would be home for the
three months and after the three months,
they (the hotel management) are going to
decide whether they are going to extend it
(the leave) or not, that is a termination," Julien
Despite claims by the CWU that the hotel s
management did not communicate with the
CWU before terminating the workers, the
union, on March 5, wrote to the management
of the hotel, demanding that the workers be
Julien also said there was no excuse for
terminating the employees based on a low
occupancy rate. The union also stated in its
March 5 letter, that the decision to terminate
the workers was "is in direct violation of the
provisions of the Collective Agreement Article
4 (b). Julien is also demanding to get a list
of all the part-time employees who were
affected as a result of this action by the hotel s
When contacted, the hotel s telephone oper-
ator stated that no one was in office to respond
to the matter and suggested that attempts
should be made to contact the office today.
After Mistah Shak raises concerns
Tuco agrees to rules review
...No sour grapes
Mistah Shak asserted that while anyone will
go into a competition to win, he has absolutely
no grouse with his placing third in the competition.
"I have no query, in so far as my positioning is
concerned, even though there are questions in
the air. I am not concerned about that.
"My biggest concern is for the reformatting of
the judging process and that is not even from a
personal perspective, because I have no intention
of competing or being in competition for the
expanse of duration of however long my career
would go. At some point in time, I would step
away from competing.
"My concern is making sure that they bring
greater transparency to the judging, for the sake
of the artform itself and for the sake of the people
who would be more invested in the outcome of
competitions than I am, who are using these com-
petitions as a yardstick to validate their progress.
"If it is not above board and it is not as smooth
as possible, it could create the effect of detering
people or destroying people s potential to really
Dissenting voices have been raised about
Chucky s Wedding selection, with some saying
it is not a true calypso.
While commenting that it was the height of
disrespect for somebody to come and sing about
the marriage of chutney and soca, where the chut-
ney aspect was more pronounced than the soca,
at a competition celebrating 100 years of recorded
calypso, Mistah Shak said he did not say Chucky s
song was not a calypso.
"I did not have any view as to whether Chucky s
song was a true calypso. I have no personal issue
Communication Workers' Union Secretary General John Julien, right, addresses workers
of the Hilton Trinidad at a mid morning press conference, Lady Young Road, St Ann's,
yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
CWU calls for reinstatement of 50 workers
Shak's comments were based on
information, he said, came to him
from an NCC official, who said the
original score placed him as the
National Calypso Monarch...
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