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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Pierrot Grenade is sold out!

As we approach the last week in the month of November another section in TRIBE is gone, Pierrot Grenade is now listed as sold out. The frontline costume is still available however, so there is still a one off chance that someone who was on the fence about Pierrot to get a costume in the frontline section (though I prefer the backline).

So, here are the sections still available:

Imp Female

Bat Female

Majorette Female

Cow Mas Male

Slim pickings remain for the latecomers, and males just have one option of Cow Mas.

NCC Top Brass Resigns

Well, the drama surrounding 2007 Carnival has escalated to the level of the Government, with Minister of Culture, Joan Yuille Williams having been accused of wanting to plan Carnival without the input of key players like the National Carnival Commission (NCC) leading to the resignation of the Deputy Chairman of the NCC.

Supposedly all of the Ministry's plans will be revealed at Queens Hall next Wednesday, including the revelation of the planned parade route. I have to say that the same thing happened with Carifesta when the Chairman of that event, Kenny De Silva (who was also chairman of the NCC) resigned and the portfolio was taken over by Minister Williams, well anyone who went to Carifesta can tell you how poorly the event turned out.

I don't want to forecast on what these new developments mean for Carnival 2007, clearly the persons now involved with it's planning and implementation do not have the years of experience as persons of the NCC. Hopefully all this will be sorted out and all parties involved can come to a mutually respectful truce where the interest of Carnival is put before interest of politicians.

Both the Trinidad Express and Guardian have reports on this breaking news, the following is reported by the Guardian:

More resignations hit Carnival body

NCC in disarray


The National Carnival Commission (NCC) is now officially without leadership, after the abrupt resignation of its deputy chairman yesterday, senior officials of the organisation said.

Deputy Chairman Ainsworth Mohammed became incensed after learning of a clandestine meeting held by the Minister of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs Joan Yuille-Williams and a trio of stakeholders in an attempt to plan Carnival 2007, without the input of the NCC.

Mohammed had harsh words for Yuille-Williams who he accused of “total disrespect” after a stormy board meeting at the NCC’s Queen’s Park Savannah (QPS) head office.

“I refuse to even reconsider participation in an environment where the Minister of Culture is leading a conspiracy against the chairman and majority of board members,” he said.

“The minister’s demonstration of disrespect for the NCC chairman and board is not new but has now reached an intolerable level.”

Yuille-Williams met on Thursday with Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) president Michael “Protector” Leggerton, Pan Trinbago president Patrick Arnold and the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA) vice-chairman Felix Celestine.

Arnold made the revelation at NCC’s board meeting after accusing Celestine and Leggerton of “being less than forthright” about the meeting.

It was reported that representatives of Udecott also attended the meeting where a full plan for Carnival 2007 was mapped out and was scheduled to be announced next Wednesday at Queen’s Hall.

Udecott’s communication’s manager Danielle Jones when contacted did not confirm or deny the fact.

Sources have stated that differences between Yuille-Williams and NCC chairman Kenny De Silva led to him tendering his resignation in March.

The minister has yet to acknowledge De Silva’s resignation.

Celestine has reportedly been tipped to replace De Silva although he has dismissed the claim.

Leggerton is the public relations officer in Yuille-Williams’ ministry.

NCC’s six government-appointed commissioners were not made privy to the secret meeting although the body is legally appointed to make all decisions related to Carnival on a national level.

“While acting as chairman earlier this year, I had several meetings with her in an attempt to reconcile this situation, all of which were futile and she remains arrogant and intransigent,” Mohammed said.

“So since she is not moving and unlikely to be moved, I took the decision to remove myself from the structure.”

He accused Yuille-Williams of “government-sponsored mutiny” against De Silva and added that NCC’s recommendation for the 2007 Carnival included keeping the QPS as the main venue.

“She apparently doesn’t care what anyone—including the Prime Minister—thinks and wants to run the entire Carnival without reference to the people who are charged with that responsibility,” said Mohammed.

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