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KNOW YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL COURT
Although the Environmental Court was established to deal exclusively with matters arising out of the
environment it has all the powers of a High Court of Justice, it being a superior court of record.
These powers are enshrined in the EM Act and include: punishing for contempt of court, enforcing its own
orders, requiring the attendance and examination of witnesses, permitting the entry on and inspection of
property, requiring the production and inspection of documents, and all other matters necessary or proper
for the due exercise of its jurisdiction.
One may well ask what types of matters are dealt with by the Environmental Commission.
The EC has jurisdiction to hear and determine issues such as appeals from decisions or actions of the
Environmental Management Authority as speci cally authorized by the EM Act; application for deferment of
decisions by the EMA to undertake certain emergency activities; application for deferment of designations
by the EMA of "environmentally sensitive species";
Appeals from any determination by the EMA to disclose information or materials claimed as a trade secret or
con dential business information, complaints brought by persons pursuant to section 69 of the EM Act
otherwise known as Direct Private Party Actions, an appeal where the EMA has failed to comply with the
requirement for public participation.
Appeal against a decision of the EMA to reject a claim under the Certi cate of Environmental Clearance
Rules that information supplied in an application is a trade secret or con dential business information and
should be excluded from the National Register of Certi cates of Clearance, among other issues.
Next week this column will be looking at how the Jurisdiction of the EC is exercised which will make for
interesting reading as the previous two columns have provided.
The Environmental Commission of Trinidad and Tobago
Corner of St Vincent and New Streets, Port-of-Spain
Tel: (868) 625-7353, 627-9186/3432
Fax: (868) 627-0871
Supported by the European Union.
Charli and Kelli Griffith, the
singing sisters known as 2NTRIGUE
have brought together some of the
country s best musical talents for
She s Royal, a concert to raise funds
for their ailing mother on August 3.
The duo, known for their foun-
dation work in the genre of island
pop with their 2003 hit Tell Meh,
have enlisted an eclectic range of
performers including Freetown Col-
lective, Collis Duranty, H2O Phlo,
R kardo St von, John John Francis
and pannist Dane Gulston.
A release from the sisters said the
show which takes place at The Little
Carib Theatre, is to raise funds for
medical care for their mother, referred
to as "their pillar and foundation,"
who is battling cancer. After four
years of being in remission from
colon cancer, the disease has returned
and is now affecting her lungs.
Patrons can expect a good night of
music, with the sisters, their guests
and a wine and cocktail reception
featuring violinist Amanda Manmo-
For ticket and information
about She's Royal, contact Salene
at 684-6559 or Charli at 397-
Sisters use voices
for Mom's cause
The lack of cohesion between
the Ministry of Arts & Multicul-
turalism, Pan Trinbago, its regions,
member bands has resulted in a
glut of pan events this weekend
with at least three being held on
Sunday at different venues.
Although there was only one
major pan event last weekend, there
was a poor turnout of patrons at
the Friday night 1.2.3 Plus concert,
staged by Pan Trinbago s Northern
Region at Petrotrin Phase II Pan
Groove pan theatre in Woodbrook.
Some suggested that the absence
of patrons was probably due to the
$50 admission charged as the public
seems reluctant to pay money to
hear the national instrument.
In spite of the scarcity of "pan
lovers," the bands to perform each
turned in scintillating performanc-
es. With Witco Desperadoes inex-
plicably absent, despite being
advertised to be on the billing, per-
forming were Scrunters Pan Groove,
Fire Services, bpTT Renegades, CAL
Invaders and Phase II. Between
bands music was provided by DJ
Seen amongst the small crowd
were deputy Port-of-Spain mayor
Kerron Valentine, former Wood-
brook councillor Cleveland Garcia
and wife Allima.
This weekend it s pan in a rage
nationwide. Tomorrow, apart from
the Emancipation junior pan con-
cert at the Savannah, Pan Trinbago
will host Pan by the Seaside at the
Clifton Hill Beach Park, Point
Fortin, at 4 pm. Bands billed to
perform include Witco Despera-
does, bpTT Renegades, CAL
Invaders, NLCB Fonclaire, NGC La
Brea Nightingales and Point Fortin
Another big steelband production
this weekend is Pan on a Higher
Note 2014, produced by the Min-
istry of Arts & Multiculturalism at
the Lord Kitchener Auditorium,
National Academy for the Perform-
ing Arts (Napa), Port-of-Spain.
Subtitled From Gershwin to
Boogsie, and featuring the music
of the National Steel Symphony
Orchestra and Len "Boogsie"
Sharpe, this show premieres tomor-
row at 8 pm with a repeat on Sun-
day evening, at 6 o clock.
The Laventille Steelband Festival
Foundation is scheduled to stage
the annual Laventille Steelband
Festival Emancipation Street parade
on Sunday afternoon. Each year
this event is opened with the
Emancipation Story, drumming and
dancing as a road show, followed
by tamboo bamboo, rhythm sec-
tions and steelbands from the
expanded catchment area which
lies between Charlotte Street in
Port-of-Spain and the Croisee in
The parade route is usually from
Mc Allister Street to Leon Street
along the Eastern Main Road, Suc-
cess Village, Laventille.
Beyond this weekend, Pan Trin-
bago continues its Pan In De Coun-
tryside series on Saturday, August
16 at Gilbert Park, Couva. Selected
bands are Couva Joylanders, PSC
Nitrogen Silver Stars, Skiffle,
T&TEC Tropical Angel Harps,
Longdenville Claytones and Hum-
ming Bird Pan Groove.
Steelband clashes on weekend
Pulse from Page B4
The Griffith sisters, known as the musical duo 2NTRIGUE have called on their
friends in the music industry to perform in She's Royal, a concert to raise
funds for their ailing mother.
In spite of the scarcity of "pan lovers," the bands
to perform each turned in scintillating
performances. With Witco Desperadoes
inexplicably absent, despite being advertised to
be on the billing, performing were Scrunters Pan
Groove, Fire Services, bpTT Renegades, CAL
Invaders and Phase II. Between bands music was
provided by DJ Cutting Crew.
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