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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.
Hundreds of pan lovers turned on
their heart light to pay tribute to Jit
Samaroo last Friday night at the
Queen s Park Savannah. Pan Trin-
bago staged a benefit concert for
the iconic Renegades arranger now
debilitated through dementia.
The bands performing at the trib-
ute were Trinidad Nostalgic, Arima
Angel Harps, Tornadoes, Cordettes,
Supernovas, Renegades and Samaroo
Jets. Veteran radio broadcaster and
Panorama host Phil "The Thrill"
Simmons emceed the event which
commenced at 7.20 pm with Ashley
St Clair playing the national anthem
Addressing the audience Pan Trin-
bago president Keith Diaz announced:
"Every cent collected tonight will be
given to Jit Samaroo and his family."
Lauding the gifted Lopinot musician,
Diaz added that all revenue earned
at Pan Trinbago events during Steel-
band Month (August) would also be
donated to Samaroo.
Sharing Diaz s acclaim of Samaroo
was Simmons who said, "I couldn t
charge Pan Trinbago to do this job.
Jit has a heart of gold and I remember
years ago he paid for me out of his
pocket to take me abroad for a con-
cert his band was playing at."
Led by Tyrone Ali, Trinidad Nos-
talgic was the first to perform.
Though small in size this band
packed quite a punch as it delivered
its set which included Latin numbers
as well as Sparrow s, Rose s and Lord
Kitchener s Mas in May.
Next up was Angel Harps, also
making an impact, its repertoire
including Bro Valentino s Stay Up
Zimbabwe, Pharell s Happy, Machel
Montano s Happiest Man Alive and
Farmer Nappy s Big People Party.
As it did at the recently held Pan
by the Seaside in Point Fortin, Tor-
nadoes had patrons moving with its
set, a mixed repertoire which includ-
ed Sparrow s Doh Back Back, Kitch-
ener s Sugar Bum Bum, Baila More,
Wine on Something, How Great
Thou Art, Free Up, Rebecca and its
signature Unknown Band, specially
composed by SuperBlue for the band
back in 1982.
By the time Samaroo Jets was
introduced the audience had grown
to well over 3,000 patrons. Samaroo s
original steelband from the 60s, one
which comprised members of his
family, by its excellent playing, the
Jets showed that it had withstood
the test of time and had lost none
of its skill or professionalism.
Still fielding members of the
Samaroo family, it felt as if time had
stood still for this family as core play-
ers like Samaroo s brother Sonalal
("Killer"); Lalsingh ("Ken"); Anthony;
and cousin Carlton "Doc" Moltin
were all in the aggregation. Samaroo s
sister Vidya, known for her prowess
on bass in the band as a teenager,
no longer plays with the Jets but with
her nephew s band Supernovas.
The band s set included the late
Sniper s Portrait of Trinidad, One
Moment in Time, Sparrow s Mem-
ories, Merchant s Pan in Danger,
Sinatra s My Way and Shadow s I
Come Out to Play. The Jets received
a rousing ovation at the end of its
Notably absent to show support
for their ailing colleague were
arrangers from steelbands outside of
the Samaroo "family" of bands. Seen
though were Kenneth Guppy, Barry
Mannette and Earl Brooks.
Sangre Grande s Cordettes, a for-
midable contender in steelband fes-
tivals of yesteryear and another band
Samaroo arranged for, performed a
well balanced repertoire which offered
classics, calypsoes and ballads, inclu-
sive of Eine Kleine Nacht Musik and
The Will by Scrunter.
Led by Samaroo s son Amrit,
Supernovas sounded full-bodied,
powerful and well rehearsed. Begin-
ning its set just after 11 pm, the selec-
tions by the reigning National
Panorama (Small) champion included
the late Ras Shorty I s Om Shanti
Om, a Mighty Sparrow medley and
John Legend s current smash hit sin-
gle All of Me.
bpTT Renegades, the Charlotte
Street steelband Samaroo arranged
a record nine winning National
Panorama selections for, ended a
night of excellent music at 12.30 am.
Many a patron leaving the venue were
overheard extending congrats to Pan
Trinbago officials at the exit and ask-
ing for a repeat of the event.
Other Northern Region events dur-
ing Pan Month include this evening s
Pan Lime, from 6 pm to midnight,
at the CAL Invaders Steel Orchestra
Panyard, Tragarete Road, Woodbrook.
Admission is $30 (single and $50
(couple) and steelbands to be featured
are Carib Woodbrook Playboyz, Har-
vard Harps and Invaders.
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