Aug 31, 2010

Happy Independence Trinidad and Tobago|National Awards

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Happy Independence Day Trinidad and Tobago!

A total of 40 recipients will tonight receive national awards for varying service to T&T. For the first time, the award ceremony will be held at Queen’s Hall, Port-of-Spain.

Four recipients—former government minister and Caricom Ambassador Kamalludin Mohammed, former attorney general Karl Hudson-Phillips QC, Pundit Krishna Maharaj former spiritual leader of the SDMS and former senate president Wahid Ali (posthumously) are to receive the Order of T&T.

Award recipients
Following is the list of the other recipients:

Chaconia Medal (Silver)

Prof Zulaika Ali: Medicine
Claudia Pegus: Fashion
Margaret Elcock: Religious education
Humming Bird Medal (Gold)
Andrew Ganteaume: Sport
Don Jacob : Sport
Dennis Pantin (Posthumous): National development
John Arnold: Culture
Bishop Clive Abdulah: Religion

Humming Bird Medal (Silver)

Dr Nasser Mustapha: Community service
St John’s Trace Ramleela Committee: Culture
Wayne Chance: Community service
Patricia Roberts (Posthumous): Community service
Harripersad Dass: Community service
Augustine Ribeiro: Sport
Ronald Greene: Sport/Powerlifting
Sheila Sawh-Gowkaran: Community service

Humming Bird Medal (Bronze)

T&T Women’s Cricket Team: Sport

Public Service Medal of Merit (Gold)

Premchand Sookoo: Public service
Dr Nicholas Bennie Tia-Okwee: Medicine
Joe Sirju:. Education
Dr Rampersad Parasram: Medicine
Esmond Farfan: Business

Public Service Medal of Merit (Silver)

Lyle Donawa: Public service
Beulah Duke: Public service
Lennox McKay: Public service
Carlo McHoney: Public service
Roopnarine Rambachan: Law
Vernon Ramesar Snr: Education

Public Service Merit (Bronze)

Zahir Akaloo: Public service
Cynthia Toney: Public service

via guardian.co.tt

Happy Independence day Trinidad and Tobago! I don't mean to sound like someone who simply wants to poke and cause a disturbance but it boggles my mind that year after year we celebrate independence and yet still don't truly comprehend its significance... We take so much for granted and still suffer from the same inadequaces that stifle social and economic growth... just think about it for a moment

Aug 29, 2010

The hanging debate|Trinidad Express Newspapers

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The recent spate of murders in Trinidad and Tobago has reignited the death penalty debate. Works and Transport Minister Jack Warner has called for hangings to resume. And several religious leaders, including Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) president Imam Hajji Abzal-Mohammed and Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha secretary-general Satnarayan Maharaj, are also in support of the death penalty, once our laws allow it. In Thursday, Express Online was in downtown Port of Spain.


Everyone has their opinion regarding the return of the hangman to Trinidad and Tobago. In my humble opinion  the return of the hangman will not stop people from committing murders period...

Just think about it for a moment and consider one innocent person being hanged because the system failed to get to the truth. That would be a disaster and something we could not fix ever (an innocent life would be gone forever).

Execution by the State would lessen the burden to keep people behind bars for life and the system will need to grow with dwindling resources to accommodate, guard and service these inmates. There are many reasons to return to the hangman for and against. However the debate as it is today seems to be mired along the lines that a return to hanging will somehow cause criminals to stop committing murders. If someone is going to kill then they will...

Not every person murdered is premeditated murder. What happens when someone defends their family or property and a life is lost. Or in a moment of passion this horrible crime is committed.... What should we do hang these people?

It appears that the drive is to hang and I believe that they will do it sooner than later... the verdict is out and this will remain a contentious issue. God help us all!

Aug 26, 2010

Franchise holder 'shocked'|Trinidad Express

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"I was quite shocked at the outcome. All indicators showed that we would have reached the top 15. All roads went to the top 15. So now we are planning a post-mortem to see what went wrong," Lee said in a telephone interview with the Express yesterday.
via www.trinidadexpress.com

Choops Man!
Hello, can someone please tell Local Miss Universe franchise holder Ian Lee that his thinking was the same for every other representative at the contest. Every country that sent a representative expected to win the crown or end up in the 'top 15'. Just move on my friend.

Aug 25, 2010

Beyonce Concert came off at a lost of $2M according to TSTT

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Choops Man!

Minister: TSTT made $2m loss|Trinidad Express

Public Utilities Minister Emmanuel George said yesterday that according to a statement he received from the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT), the company made a loss of about $2 million on the Beyonce concert in February.

George's plain talk appears to clarify a statement released on August 13 by TSTT chief financial officer Rakesh Goswami.

In a streaming video launched on TSTT's new on-line media centre, Goswami said the company got involved in the Beyonce concert as part of a "customer appreciation" initiative. He said the company hosted the concert on a "semi-commercial" basis at a "net cost" of just over $2.2 million.

Here we go again and now we have a government minister saying that a loss is just a loss and it does not matter that lost came about. Hello, it does matter! Give us the figures, the true figures. How much was spent on the show and what revenue was obtained from ticket sales. Take away revenue earned from the expenditure to host the show and we will see the net profit or loss for the venture.

The thing is they don't want to disclose the details because it would show how much waste took place and how favoritism ensured that special interests benefited from the concert promotion.

"He said there was net cost of $2 million to the organization. When you balance expenses versus revenue, you get the net cost of negative $2.2 million. So the net impact of the concert to the company was negative $2.2 million," said Camille Salandy TSTT's head of public relations and external affairs.

Now for those who don't know just keep in mind that the concert was packed, it was sold out so the speak. So if that is the case how could you sell out and yet lose all of that money? Only in Trinidad my friends and please take note that the consumer will eventually pay for this loss with your rates for telephone service. Now that is just not right - choops man!

Aug 24, 2010

Audit of Carnival groups|Newsd@y

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MINISTER of Arts and Multi Culturalism Winston “Gypsy” Peters yesterday issued a no-nonsense warning to the Carnival fraternity as he called for audits of all State-funded Carnival groups, including the National Carnival Bandleaders Association (NCBA).

Peters , who is charged with cultural affairs, warned that if management of any Carnival body is found wanting, that body will face losing its Government subvention. “It is not going to be business as usual,” Peters warned.

“These people have to get their act in order. If it is that they have to be audited, then they will be audited. There are a lot of things that have to change and there will be a lot of things that will be changed,” he said.

His stark warning came in the wake of a Sunday Newsday report detailing questionable spending practices, mismanagement and issues of conflicts of interest at the NCBA, as detailed by the NCBA Secretary’s Report for October 2008 to September 2009.

The report outlined how the body paid $300,000 for a software system from a little known CL Financial Limited subsidiary and reported that it paid over $140,000 for the rent and refurbishment of an office which is virtually unused and not listed in the phonebook among other things.

This is what is needed to ensure that things don't go down the same path. We need to let these organizations know that someone is watching over them. They need to know that all activities will be monitored and that will redound to a better system for the entire carnival festival.

Let us hope that Minister Gypsy and his special advisor Sprangalang have their way and that they can change the current modus operandi. If they can achieve this goal then they would ensure that a remake of the model to benefit the system of Carnival and not just a few interested parties.

Aug 22, 2010

"Crazy Drops D'Percy D'Relief Show!"

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 Say what you want do what you want but when it comes to taking something simple ad turning it around double entendre style well only a calypsonian can rise to the occasion. Tonight, at the WACK fund raiser for those affected by the flood waters calypsonian Crazy sang for the audience and it was a doozey.

"She drop the Percy on me" in song sounded like "she drop the pussy on me". Now the antics of Crazy on the stage were just as special as his lyrics. While he made the Percy by crossing his arms he was 'juking his waist' front and back and side to side leading many to believe that he was singing about the second phrase, "she drop the pussy on me!"

The shout box went crazy and could not get over the lyrics presented by calypsonian Crazy tonight. Crazy never smiled during the performance and left the crowd in stitches with his song "she drop the Percy on me".

Choops|Cops angry over CoP salary!

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Choops Man!

President of the Police Social and Welfare Association Sgt Anand Ramesar was yesterday informed by the majority of his membership that they are demoralised, dissatisfied, disgruntled, and feel betrayed that they continue to receive the same salaries since 2007.

He added the officers are also questioning the decision of Government to offer a salary and compensation package amounting to $2.5 million a year for new Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs.

Do you think that anyone will be upset with the local police officers whom are upset about the salary and perks that new police commissioner and his Canadian deputy commissioner will receive? I am not and I am very concerned that there appears to be one set of salaries for locals and another for foreigners employed in the same positions that were once and currently held by locals.

How is it that the foreign deputy commissioner could be receiving pay that is several times the amount received by locals in the same position? Some have argued that the foreigners from Canada must receive a pay structure that is similar to what is received from their country of origin... I disagree!

The pay for the Commissioner and deputy commissioners should be fixed. When the jobs were advertised the salary structure should have been advertised with the positions. Of course there should be perks and lodging accommodations could have been part of the package but the salary should be the same for the local and foreign employees holding the same positions. If they did not like the salaries then they should not apply for the positions.

How would you like to work in a company where a new employee comes in and earns $100,000 per month while you earn $24,000 for doing the same job? Would that encourage you to be all that you can be? Sorry that was an ad for the US army. The bottom line is would you be encouraged to perform at your best knowing that someone else who may not be up to task receives more pay than you do?

This will be a very contentious issue for months and probably years to come.

Aug 20, 2010

Alleged serial rapist held|Newsd@y

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A SERIAL rapist who had been on the run for the past three months was on Wednesday night held by police officers at a house in Valencia.

The man who had committed several rapes in the south western borough had managed to evade police officers after attacking some five women at several areas in Point Fortin between June 30- August,18.

The man’s latest victim was reported to be a 22-year-old woman who was attacked and raped at her business place on Wednesday evening. After receiving certain information, police officers of South Western District went to a house at Valencia, east Trinidad, where they held the suspect and seized a quantity of items, including cellphones, jewelry and cameras allegedly belonging to his victims.

It is unfortunate that this shame is brought to the community of Valencia. However it shows how brazen these evil doers are... He left Valerncia and operated in the deep southern regions of the country!

On facebook there is an ongoing discussion about these crimes and most people want his head. Well they want to chop of one head and it looks like if they are given the opportunity then "Willie will certainly die". In this case it would be "Willie dead" as Sparrow sang in his calypso but in this case chopped off and left to die!

Law enforcement is on the upsurge and with this new government showing some concern it is hoped that the police will be given the tools to get the job done. Rape is a heinous crime and one that should be punished to the full extent that the laws of the land permit.

Aug 19, 2010

NEW CoP VOWS TO REDUCE CRIME|Newsd@y

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Canadian Dwayne Gibbs will assume his official duty as Commissioner of Police on September 15 and has already given the assurance that the country can expect a reduction in crime.

Government sources also indicated yesterday that it is only a formality for Cabinet to approve the contract and remuneration package for Gibbs who has already accepted the challenge to lead the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

Cabinet is expected to approve Gibbs’ contract next Thursday when its weekly meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar who returns on Sunday after a ten-day visit to New York.

Gibbs, 58, yesterday stated his intention to solicit the advice of all stakeholders before he embarks on his quest to make Trinidad and Tobago (TT) a safe society and a place where criminals will be on the run.

He also made it clear that every anti-crime initiative will be implemented in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies and the public.

He has set a goal of fostering a better relationship between the police and the public. Gibbs, a father of three, yesterday resigned his position as chief executive officer of the Mustard Seed Foundation in Canada in preparation for his new job.

“I will be in Trinidad on September 15 to begin my new journey,” said Gibbs in a telephone interview from Canada.

Canadian Dwayne Gibbs will assume his official duty as Commissioner of Police on September 15 and has already given the assurance that the country can expect a reduction in crime.

Those words will be on the minds and lips of Trinidadians for the next three years as Dwayne Gibbs (new Commissioner of Police) takes the helm of a beaten police service in Trinidad and Tobago. He will be under scrutiny from day one when he arrives "in Trinidad on September 15 to begin my new journey".

There is no doubt that it will take him some time to get a feel of the Trini mentality to take just about everything for granted. That is something that he needs to deal with as the Police service cannot take anything for granted when dealing with the criminal element that has plagued the society for years now. The situation is unacceptable and needs to be be addressed with strict rules and regulations. It is obvious that the Police service needs change and it is hoped that the new team put in place by this present government will bring about the change that every Trinidadian yearns for - we can only hope that the change will have a positive effect across the system of policing.

I have hope and will be watching to see how swiftly the changes in crime detection are implemented and how the changes positively impact the system. Good luck to Mr. Gibbs and the newly installed administrative team.

Aug 18, 2010

Eco Tourism|Trinidad and Tobago

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Aug 17, 2010

Tight security at Jamaat auction today|Trinidad Guardian Newspapers

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Security will be tight today at the Port-of-Spain City Corporation’s auditorium, Knox Street, for the auction of 11 properties belonging to the Jamaat al Muslimeen. It will begin at 10 am.

This is going to be a very interesting read in tomorrows newspapers. The question is, "who is going to purchase these properties and sleep well at night?" I don't know if private citizens have "the belly" to go and bid on these properties taking into consideration the reputation of the the Muslimeen.

People are just afraid and it is the thinking that you have to be a madman to bid on those eleven properties up for sale by the state. I can see business enterprises and foreign national interests bidding on these properties but not locals. Do you believe that the properties will be sold or remain at the disposal of the government. This just might be the best outcome. Let the state take possession and after about 100 years from now sell them to the public (sarcasm).

Aug 14, 2010

AG Targets Corruption|Newsd@y Trinidad

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ATTORNEY General Anand Ramlogan yesterday unveiled his “A-team”: a squad of auditors who will comb the books of billion-dollar State enterprises to unearth corruption in conjunction with the Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau (ACIB).

“We intend to pursue vigorously any wrongdoing and deliver to the people of this country the justice that they seek for what took place under the previous administration,” Ramlogan said yesterday at a press briefing at his offices on St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain.

Here we go with the investigations... The search/probes begin. Now if you are against corruption or a member of the Peoples Partnership you would be saying, "It is about time". Then again if you are a follower of the PNM your cry may just be, "Witch Hunt".

Look don't be alarmed this is the way things are done and you don't have to agree or disagree with what will take place. In the end if someone our some persons are guilty of a corrupt act then they should be punished. If, on the other hand, bogus charges are brought against innocent people to gain political mileage or simply because of vindictiveness then we have to take issue with such a situation.

Let's just hope that justice is served and that this is not a case of pay back for past experiences.

Aug 13, 2010

La Toya exposed|Trinidad Guardian Newspapers

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Miss T&T La Toya Woods proudly shows off the body painting that has provoked much controversy. La Toya will compete in the Miss Universe Pageant on August 23 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Source image and article via guardian.co.tt

To be honest I am pleasantly surprised now that I have seen the photo. When I initially heard that she had posed nude I sighed and remarked, "not another Trini in trouble again!" However, I have to say this was tastefully done. She is very sexy and the artwork really looks good with the backdrop and the beautiful brown color of her body. I like it.... it is good!

Miss La Toya Woods!

Aug 11, 2010

Rains trigger landslide outside Manning’s home|Trinidad Guardian

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Heavy rains have triggered a massive landslip outside the bedroom window of former prime minister Patrick Manning.Loose dirt and chunks of the broken wall were seen clogging the drains outside Manning’s home at Sumadh Gardens, Vistabella. Manning declined to comment about the problem. Sources in the area said, however, that the wall collapsed after heavy rains on Monday afternoon.

The following appeared as a comment to the article in the Trinidad Guardian Newspapers and was submitted by "The Prince":
"Poetic justice. Manning's megalomania and his penchant for squandering the people's patrimony on skyscrapers and monuments for laundering corruption instead of fixing and upgrading the country's collapsing infrastructure are largely to blame for much of the avoidable flooding, not that selfish citizens are not to share in the blame, nor that there will never be some flooding in extreme weather. Manning should suffer the fate that so many thousands of citizens have undergone so that he could be humanized and see what his years of neglect, negligence and upside-down priorities have subjected the people to."

Source for this story (and photo) came via guardian.co.tt

Choops Man!
I have to say Steups, Cheups and Choops to the Trinidad Guardian and to "The Prince". First off let's take a peek at the the Guardian article. That was not "a massive landslip" and the photo clearly shows that it was just an ordinary landslip. I have seen worse along the Blanchieusse road leaving Arima heading to the North coast. This was just a filler story that was posted because it happened close to the home of ex Prime Minister Patrick Manning. The only good thing about the story is that CEPEP workers came and got the cleanup job done quickly - way to go...

Now let's take a look at the commentary of "The Prince". Hey I supported the PP during the elections and do rib my PNM friends at time (we understand that we are just teasing... nothing comes of it) but to consider this petty landslip "poetic justice" is a bit too much. In hind sight we can say that the previous administration did not do enough in many areas that were necessary. The lack of dredging of the rivers and clearing of the streams and the construction projects that destroyed the natural filtration that could have helped ease the flooding can be noted as areas where they lacked initiative to get it right. But come on... this is nature and when the heavens opened and it poured tears of drowning sorrows no one saw this problem hitting us this hard. It is not only Trinidad experiencing this problem with flooding so take it easy on the ex Prime Minister... Please.

Aug 10, 2010

J@P INC GRAFFITI HIGHWAY RECORDS

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Leave a comment if you know where this mural was done.

Aug 8, 2010

Trinis storm Toronto for Caribana|Trinidad Guardian

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Trinidad and Tobago entertainers Dil-e-Nadan, Ravi Bissembhar, Karma, and JMC 3Veni and over one million visitors were in Canada for Toronto’s Caribbean Caribana festival last weekend. It has grown exponentially since its start in 1967 and is currently North America’s largest cultural festival. Over a million tourists are expected in Toronto.

Pan Alive, the steelpan competition, the Junior Carnival Parade and the King and Queen Competition are some of the events. More than 10,000 masqueraders participated. The all-time most winning band Saldenah Mas-K Club added yet another Band of the Year title to its collection, making the tally 16 for the record holder.

Results:
A Category Band of the Year:
1. Saldenah Mas K (446 points)
2. Carnival Nationz (426)
3. Toronto Revellers (422)

B&C Category Band of the Year:
1. (tie) Mas Players Int'l (378 points)
1. (tie) Tru Dynasty (378)
3. Fantazia International (371)


I have many friends and family who left NYC and drove to Toronto for the Caribana Carnival festival. Some went via JFK airport to get there early for the festivities. The common thread was that of disappointment. They claim that the festival was better organized and attended in past years.

Now this does not mean that they did not have a good time at the parties that had Trinidad and Tobago bands and artists performing prior to the big parade days. However, they noted that the festival felt like it was losing touch with the people just like the carnival celebrations back home. I read some of the comments left by bloggers who also expressed disappointment.

I have friends and family who live in the Toronto area and they all had good things to say about the festival. No one had a negative comment. However, many of the people visiting saw something or felt a level of disappointment that the ex-patriot nationals living in Canada did not see or don't want to admit is taking place.

The major problem appears to be that of a disorganized parade that, for some people, does not account for the finances provide for the celebrations. One blogger, houstontrini2 noted: "In most cases it is a bunch of "smartmen" who pocket the money and not pay the artistes, bandsmen and others for their efforts. What's worst, they do not have a proper board with rules and by-laws and most of all accountability for any "government (taxpayers') funds" entrusted to them to promote Caribbean people and our culture. Many of these "carnival organizations" have not balanced their books in many years and then they are upset when these governments refuse to give them any more money until they "close out" the previous fiscal years."

Well it appears that even though for some the festival was a resounding success for others there was disappointment and more of the same "Trini attitude" that does not bode well for the future of the festival.

Aug 7, 2010

Think "We" not "I" and this too shall pass!

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Stench of rotting animals|Trinidad Express Newspapers
Fourteen dogs belonging to a breeder drowned during Monday's floods that submerged much of Charles Street, Gasparillo.

The dogs were among thousands of animals that died when the river in the community overflowed.
There was a stench of death in the village of Macaulay yesterday, from the decomposing carcasses of farm animals and poultry.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Surujrattan Rambachan, who toured the area yesterday, said he contacted the drainage department to send excavators and backhoes into Macaulay because "a serious health hazard could occur".

He said one flood victim "lost 5,000 heads of chicken".
"Another who was just beginning to make a living with goats lost all, and a man lost 14 high-breed dogs."

At Garth Road, Princes Town, residents complained of an infestation of snakes and cockroaches.
At Scale Road, Williamsville, one of their the worst-affected areas, victims asked for help to rid the area of mosquitoes and cockroaches.

Akash Manickchand, councillor for the Ben Lomond/Hardbargain/Williamsville district, said officers from the Social Services and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) were assessing the area and garbage trucks would be passing as usual.

This is the new challenge that the government and people have to face in the aftermath of the flooding that destroyed property and transportation infrastructure. The danger lies with the dead animals and disease that would follow if these carcasses are not disposed of properly and quickly.

The country was already reeling from the dengue problem and now with this disaster the problems could worsen and very quickly. The state will provide assistance and the government has already been proactive with its support. However, the citizens need to form teams and comb the villages for decaying carcases and bury them.

Parents need to ensure that their children don't go and play in muddy areas or investigate and unusual 'creature' that they see. There are snakes, scorpions and other dangers out there that could kill these inquisitive children.

We have received a 'wake-up call' from nature and we need to be better prepared for more of the same. Infrastructure nationwide needs to be improved and this will take time but all citizens can lend a hand and ensure that they don't do anything that could clog or lead to problems with the drains that take the waste water to the main drainage areas.

This too shall pass and we will rise and conquer these setbacks. Keep the faith and remember to always think "We" and not "I".

Aug 5, 2010

Choops|Where do we go from here?

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"Choops Man"|Culture Appreciation Dilemma!
Twice-crowned Calypso Monarch Singing Sandra gave one of her best performances to date recently at the Mas Camp Pub in Woodbrook. This was at the monthly concert organised by the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO).

Sandra performed during the second half of the show in which she did a number of popular songs. She started off with the Ras Shorty I composition "Watch Out My Children". Members of the band performed solos during this number.

Sandra also had the entire audience singing along with her and it was one of her best performances of this timeless classic. She told the audience, "Shorty I asked me to keep this song in my repertoire so the message will live on and I felt honoured."

Please read the full story at the link above to get a better understanding of the story and the special performance that Singing Sandra delivered. Now we get to the reason for this post and the reference to the article link above. The Nigerian High Commissioner Musa John Jen and his guests were so impressed that they showered Sandra with money - literally, to show their appreciation for her performance.

OK, now comes the good and the bad and the question, "where do we go from here?" There were five comments to the article posted by the Express Newspapers - Let's take a look at two of the comments:

trinitodebone said yesterday at 4:04 PM
"It is time TUCO start creating DVDs for sale on these performances, or better yet put them on You-tube. Too much of the culture is not properly marketed, isn't TUCO supposed to be promoting the culture worldwide?"

Followed by:

David E said yesterday at 8:10 PM
"trinitodebone, I totally agree with you, but don't expect the Trnis at home to buy it! It must be marketed to the Trinis in foreign. Carnival DVDs too! Is mostly Trinis in foreign that pay for the culture. That is why you will NEVER find a carnival parade DVD in any store in Trinidad. Ah lie?"

Having read these two comments and properly digesting the contents how do you feel about the comments? Do you believe that we are only consumers of the culture only during 'festival time' and by that I mean during carnival and that we only consume the music but don't buy the music and videos?
Do you believe that there isn't a market for the music and video media in Trinidad and Tobago to make it viable at home?. On the other hand do you believe that trinitodebone is correct? To be honest with you (and I might be totally wrong) I tend to agree with trinitodebone.

I believe this to be true because I listen to WACK Radio (www.wackradio901fm.com) daily. This is the only total local radio station broadcasting in Trinidad and Tobago (with over 40 stations and counting) and they struggle for local support in the form of advertising dollars and listener-ship. Some people I have spoken to don't even know about WACK radio. Isn't that amazing? Well on the other hand WACK has listener-ship all over the World and the majority of people who really appreciate this station (and the culture) are Trinidadians living overseas. Something is really wrong with this picture.

So where do we go from here? How do we get the Trinidadians at home to think like the Trinidadians living overseas? Is it a case of feeling homesick that these overseas Trinis cling to WACK or is it a real appreciation for the culture? Well in my case it is a little of both. However, I believe that the failure of the culture to grow and take hold of the populace is a marketing problem. The local radio stations follow the money and the young people listening to the radio stations have an appetite for everything foreign. Notice that I said young people and it should be noted that the listener-ship of WACK radio is a mature audience compared to the successful and revenue generating stations in Trinidad and Tobago.

I still believe we have a marketing problem that needs to be addressed. The owners of the radio stations must meet with the producers of the local music and find a way to get the young people involved in local content. We don't want legislation to get a percentage of airtime for local culture because we could end up seeing "pay for play" taking hold of the industry. We have a long way to go and we are losing the battle. Time to fight back and spread the word that our local music is not just good but great!

Aug 4, 2010

Breaking News|Mr. Kenny Phillips elected Alerman to the San Fernando City Corporation

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Triniglish|Trinididioms Spoken and Explained #42
Yuh is ah Trini|Fuh Troot'|Alderman Kenny Phillips!

For this post we are going to do something that is current and is breaking news today (08.04.2010). This has to do with the San Fernando City Corporation and the selection of the Aldermen. However, we are going to deal with the selection of an Alderman - Mr. Kenny Phillips. We will, at the same time, explain another  Triniglish phrase by using a favorite of most Trinis, "Fuh Troot,'" in the posting. 

Jus' so, it came over the news, breaking news eh and on WACK Radio 901FM that Mr. Kenny Phillips was selected as an Alderman to the San Fernando City Corporation. So what do you think was my response when I heard the announcement; yes you guessed it.... Fuh Troot'? 

Fuh Troot' is a typical Trini response but what does it mean? Well to be honest I used it as a question as in, "Is that really so?"  However, when most Trinidadians use the term Fuh Troot' it usually comes at the end of a sentence as is the case in the following statement. Today Mr. Kenny Phillips, CEO of WACK Radio accepted the invitation to serve as an Alderman in the San Fernando City Corporation... Fuh Troot'. In such a case fuh troot' is designed as a statement of fact meaning, "Yes that is true". 

Not so long ago we were going back and forth regarding the need (as I saw it) to remove the then ruling Peoples National Movement (PNM) from office. Kenny, like a lot of supporters of the PNM, had a different view on the subject and would have preferred the status quo (to remain the same) - well that did not happen and we have a new government in office. I remember having fun teasing Mr. Desmond and Kenny on that Sunday show (day before the general election) little could I imagine that the change would see Mr. Phillips finally being recognized for his achievements by the very same cornerstone that he did not support. No one saw this coming and it is interesting that the PP government is showing that they care about the people more so than looking to make those who supported the PNM pay - this is a people centric party that will do right by and for the citizenry.

I want to take this opportunity to wish all elected representatives good luck and in the case of Mr. Kenny Phillips hearty congratulations and continued success while serving the people. 

Choops|Political Football|Dat is Robbery with ah doh give ah damn attitude!

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"Choops Man!"

Forensic audit 'meh foot'... This thing smells!  This is a case of "we bigger than you" and you don't deserve the benefits of your hard labor. In this case "de'big bois and dem" want it all for themselves. What has happened to the Soca Warriors is nothing short of a 'National Shame'... No, a National Scandal!  Jack Warner and the TTFF should hang their heads in shame. 

Choops man is not enough to describe the disappointment that I feel after reading the article "A political football" in the Trinidad Express Newspapers. Court ruling after court ruling has been on the side of the footballers yet still they cannot get their just reward. It even smells like collusion that FIFA could put in a clause that prevented teams from going to court to resolve their issues (after the Soca Warriors took the TTFF to court).  I have backed Mr. Warner as a politician and for his no nonsense attitude in getting things done on the political arena. However where this case is concerned it surely feels like many people in high places have their hands in the cookie jar with the exception of the people who deserve to be eating the cookies.

We don't know how much money the TTFF received during that period and it appears that the figure keeps changing. This is a national disgrace and the TTFF should do the honorable thing and pay the players what they deserve. Choops galore is warranted here... Shame, shame, shame and shame again on the TTFF and their special advisor Mr. Jack Warner because "do so eh like so".  Choops...

Aug 3, 2010

Choops|Things that make you... Choops!

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"Choops Man!"

Choops is just another way of saying Steups, and to be honest with you, we (Trinidadians) are professionals when it comes to 'the art of steupsing' (and complaining ah lot).  However, we don't choops only when we are in our complaining moods (and heaven knows we do that a lot) but there are many situations where a choops can really relieve some stress.  Here is the thing sometimes, well most times, we choops when we are annoyed by something or as a matter of fact just about anything.

Sometimes we take it a step further and choops (steups) out of contempt. Then there are times when we choops to tease and provoke just for the hell of it. The reason for choopsing is of little significance for this posting - the fact that you do it is what we are all about with this mini series.

This one is a no-brainer and having said that I am taking this opportunity to invite you to send in your  pet  peeves for posting on 'choops'. We are simply going to post some of the things that make people choops. Just remember that when  I write choops instead of steups the meaning is the same... Just keep it short, OK!

  • Just last week we had the Minister of Works, Jack Warner, taking the leader of the COP to task for a statement that was printed in the press about the COP being able to 'stand alone'.  I said, OMG here we go the infighting that was predicted and the eventual breaking up of the PP government has begun.  "Gosh not even ah good two months and the 'kankalang' start already. Choops Man!"

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