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Professor Liam Teague said T&T
has only scratched the surface in
discovering the potential of the
national instrument the steelband.
Teague, one of the three recipients
of the 2014 Anthony N Sabga
Caribbean Awards for Excellence,
said it was miraculous that pan pio-
neers had been able to work against
the odds to make the pan a legitimate
instrument. He said he was com-
mitted to taking the instrument to
higher levels in whatever way he can.
The T&T pannist received the
award for his work doe in the field
of arts and letter. The other recipients
were Karen de Souza from Guyana
for public and civic contributions
and director of the UWI s Seismic
Research Unit at St Augustine, Dr
Richard Robertson, of St Vincent and
The awards were presented during
a special function at UTC Theatre 1,
National Academy for the Performing
Arts, Port-of-Spain on Saturday
evening. Among those in the audi-
ence were Finance and the Economy
Minister Larry Howai and A Norman
Sabga, group chairman and CEO of
the Ansa McAL Group of Companies.
Teague, a professor of Music at
Northern Illinois University, arranges
for bands in the national Panorama
competition. He is a recipient of the
Humming Bird Medal (Silver) and
has promoted the steelpan interna-
tionally, collaborating with interna-
tionally renown composers to com-
pose music for the instrument.
De Souza is co-founder of the
advocacy organisation Red Thread
which supports victims of rape,
domestic and other violence among
the lowest-waged sectors of women
in Guyana. She is a pioneer in public
education, having scripted and pro-
duced videos and drama on domestic
violence and sexual abuse.
Robertson, after receiving his award
said there was need for greater sup-
port from Government for the work
of the UWI Seismic Research cen-
tre.He said the time had come for
those in authority to build resilience
to natural hazards in the region.
"We need help to support applied
research that is relevant and can pro-
vide significant impact on our
national and regional agenda," he
Robertson said the UWI Seismic
Research Centre "will like to move
away from simply monitoring, data
collection and research to the creation
of useful tools that policy maker,
planners can apply to guarantee that
development is sustained as desired."
He said knowledge about hazards is
not kept among the scientific com-
munity but disseminated to a wide
range of stakeholders.
Chairman of the Regional Eminent
Persons Selection panel, former Inde-
pendent Senator Michael Mansoor,
said it appears that "our leaders have
abandoned the possibilities of regional
integration" as they are "yet to artic-
ulate and introduce appropriate
responses to bend the adverse cur-
rents that affect us".
Among the challenges which affect
the region, Mansoor said were uncer-
tainties about the future, globalisation
and the lingering effects of the global
Mansoor said the work of the lau-
reates is critically important to the
creation of a Caribbean space and
development and advancement of
every Caribbean citizen.
Voting for a new national executive of the Peo-
ple s National Movement (PNM) began yesterday
morning when special elections were allowed to
cast their ballot one week ahead of the party s May
18 internal polls.
Voting started at the scheduled 8 am and concluded
at 6 pm at the party s Balisier House headquarters.
Vice chairman of the Elections Supervisory Com-
mittee, former Port-of-Spain Mayor Murchison
Brown said voting proceeded smoothly with no unto-
ward incident. He said voting was slow but steady
with just over 100 ballots cast by 3 pm.
Brown said the special electors were life members,
members who will be working on election day, can-
didates and members who will be abroad on that
Dr Keith Rowley is seeking re-election as political
leader. His slate has most of the incumbents, while
former senator Pennelope Beckles-Robinson is chal-
lenging him for the leadership of the party.
It is the first time the party was conducting the
elections under the one-man-one-vote system. Pre-
vious elections used a delegate system.
More 81,000 members are eligible to vote in the
Slow start to
PNM member Colleen Haynes, right, has her ID checked by officials at Balisier House yesterday during special voting for the PNM's M ay
18 internal elections. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Caribbean awards for pannist, scientist and activist
Several travellers were left stranded in Tobago for several hours yesterday after one of the Caribbean Arlines aircraft on the T&T Airbridge was taken out of service for maintenance. CAL's
Head of Corporate Communications Clint Williams said the airline was hoping to use its jet service to transport the stranded passengers to Trinidad yesterday evening. He said the problem
had more severely affected traffic to Trinidad as many people were returning home after spending the weekend in Tobago. PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
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