has asked Pan Trinbago to refrain from using the word National
in the name of its proposed youth steel orchestra.
Pan Trinbago had proposed to name the group the National
Youth Steel Orchestra, today.
A letter sent to the steelband body, on behalf of the Ministry
of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs, yesterday
expressed concern over the use of the word National.
It said the ministry had been receiving several calls enquiring
whether this proposed steel orchestra is similar to the
National Steel Symphony Orchestra and whether the designation
satisfies legal requirements and has the support of the
be advised that the ministry is awaiting a legal opinion
on the use of the word, the statement added.
The minister asked Pan Trinbago to avoid use of the word
in the interim.
Pan Trinbago President Patrick Arnold said last night that
todays launch of its National Youth Steel Orchestra
would proceed as planned.
He said it was too late to heed the Governments directive
to drop the word National from the groups
Arnold spoke during a brief interview. (RL)