Tuesday 16th December, 2008


Govt to Pan Trinbago:Don’t call youth band ‘national’

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Government 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 Government.

“Please 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 today’s launch of its National Youth Steel Orchestra would proceed as planned.

He said it was too late to heed the Government’s directive to drop the word “National” from the group’s name.

Arnold spoke during a brief interview. (RL)




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