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Title: Tapia
Physical Description: no. : illus. ; 43 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tapia House Pub. Co.
Place of Publication: Tunapuna
Creation Date: March 14, 1976
Frequency: completely irregular
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Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1- Sept. 28, 1969-
General Note: Includes supplements.
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Vol. 6 No. 11


30 Cents


SUNDAY MARCH 14, 1976

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JUST so the charges
against Mr. Dodderidge
Alleyne ,have been drop-
ped. The reports say that
the De LaBastide Tribunal
met for only two minutes.
Mr. James Manswell may
well be right this time
around; the Public Service
Commission does seem to
work in mysterious ways.
It was the Prime Min-
ister, the man holding the
most responsible job in
the country, who first
alerted the public to
possible misdemeanours
on the part of certain
senior public_ servants.
Trinidad & Tobago were
entitled to expect tha'
the Head of Government
had carefully weighed
the words of his declara-
tion.
No one. would have
wished to excuse Dr.
Williams for disclosing
the contents of the official
files on the occasion of
his party's- Annual Con-
vention for the purpose
merely of making politi-
cal capital; but once it
was the Head of the
Government laying such
damaging charges at the
door of a public servant,
the citizen had no alter-
native but to regard them
as charges possessed of


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substance.
What Dr. Williams said
last October was quite
specific and fully detailed.
An agreement had been
signed with a foreign
government involving the
payment of substantial


sums. The agreement did
not have the 'approval of
the Cabinet. It had not
been vetted by the
Attorney-General; there
had been no knowledge
of it in the Ministry
concerned and no Cabinet
approval of the sums-
paid out.
The agreement had
been signed in a foreign
country. When knowledge


of it came to the Prime
Minister's attention some
months later, it was
terminated by the Min-
ister concerned and the
PM subsequently reported
the matter to the
Attorney-General and
later to the Public
Service Commission.
Moreover, according
to -the Prime Minister's
very, full reporting, inter-
national tenders had been
invited from the Office
of the Prime Minister,
completely by-passing
the Tenders Board. Again,
Dr. Williams said, when
knowledge of this mis-
carriage reached his
notice, he reported the
constitutional infringe-
ments to the Auditor-
General and later to the
Public Service Commis-
sion.
INCREDIBLE
What "further informa-
tion" could possibly have
contradictedso abundantly
factual a case? It is simply
incredible that any new
evidence could have come
to light to upset so strong
and clear a position.
Be that as it may, the
Commission did proceed
to charge Mr. Alleyne
with acting in away that
brought the Public Service
into disrepute, and of
having contravened the
provisions of the Central
Tenders Board Ordinance.
What can- the public
assume but that the Com-
mission acted with the
greatest care and attention
and checked every pos-
sible detail of the Prime
Minister's allegations.
Is it conceivable
th at the Commission
simply pressed charges in
slavish submission to the
Prime Minister's hot initia-


tive? Can they have
failed to appreciate what
damage would be done
to Mr. Alleyne, the
Public Service and the
Head of Government if
they rushed precipitately
into wild charges. against
the most eminent public
servant?
No, we must take it
for granted that in sus-
pending Mr. Alleyne, the
Commission accepted the
Prime Minister's report as
valid.
And now strangely,
the charges have been
withdrawn "in view of
further information." It
has been suggested that
due process made it
impossible for anyone
junior to the Head of the
Civil Service to depose
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A model

disaster
See Page 10.

Meeting
Saturday 13th
THE Council of Representa-
tives will meet on Saturday
March 13th at 10 a.m.
The meeting will discuss
details of the forthcoming
National Convention to be
held at the S.W.W.T.U. Hall
in Port-of-Spain.
Arrangements for putting
our election machinery into
top gear after the present
period of intense political
mobilization will also be
finalized.
Members aie asked to
attend on time and in full
force.


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SUNDAY MARCH 14, 1976


ALLEYNE AND WILLIAMS


From Page 1
evidence against him.
But the Commission can-
not have been so innocent
of the regulations as not
to have taken this into
proper account. More
th an likely, they expected
the Prime Minister him-
self to appear.
Quite rightly, the dis-
tinguished public servants
on the Commission took
a proper civil service view
of their task. They
declined to make the
political calculation that
it would be total folly
for Dr. Williams to
appear.
Manifestly the Prime
Minister is at loggerheads
with the senior Civil
Service. Not only his Con-
vention Address last year
but his whole stance
since the escalation of
the constitution crisis is
1970 has made this plain
to the political eye. Mr.
Alleyne and Mr. Eugenio
Moore are only pre-
eminent amidst the litter
of recent casualties.


Cancer


The Prime Minister
has repeatedly told us
that he is profoundly
dissatisfied not just with
the Ministers thrown up
by electoral politics but
by the senior public
service and by the liaison
between the Cabinet and
the Administration.
It is now increasingly
believed that Dr. Williams
is preparing soon to be-
head the Civil Service
and to create a new rank
of politically-appointed
public servants to be
located most likely in
the Senate of a reformed
Parliament.
This new Task Force
will make ahybrid of an
American President's
Cabinet and the Perma-
nent Secretaries of the
British system. They
would not be elected
representatives of the
people but would never-
theless head the great
Departments of State. In
both roles, they would
unequivocally be the
Prime Minister's,Men.


Society


Here perhaps lies the
source of the recent ani-
mosity between the Head
of the Government and
his celebrated "ambitious
minority of senior public
servants."
In this climate, Dr.
Williams would necessarily
have to tread warily
particularly in an election
year. Had he appeared
before the De la Bastide
Tribunal, he would have
had little choice but to
indict senior public ser-
vants and to risk a head-
on confrontation with
the Public Service.
Nothing could have
occasioned him greater
embarrassment.
If we take it that the
Commission made none
of these calculations, and
checked with Dr. Williams
the details of his Reports;
and if we take it that Dr.
Williams was not simply
letting his mouth off at
the party Convention and
was conceding due dignity
to his position as Prime
Minister, then there re-


threatens to close door


DR. GEORGE LAQUIS,
President of the Trinidad
and Tobago Cancer
Society has threatened
that the Society close
it doors unless they are
satisfied that the
National Radiotherapy
Centre4s giving the best
possible treatment to
cancerpatients.
The threat was made
during a press confer-
ence held earlier this
week by the Society to
discuss the resignation
of Dr. Pelham Douglas
t h e Radiotherapist
attached to the National
Radiotherapy Centre in
St. James.
Dr. Douglas who
assumed his duties only
last September tendered
his resignation to the
Ministry of Health late
last month. In a letter to
the Society Dr. Douglas
stated that he had been
frustrated at every level.

TAXING

"The attitude of the
Ministry of Health" he
wrote, "is totally incon-
gruous with up to date
concepts in cancer." Dr.
Douglas went on to
claim that "the Ministry
surely hasn't been taxing
my brain on the Cancer
problem in Trinidad and
Tobago."
Commenting on the
charges made by Dr.


Douglas,the President
claimed that the Society
hadbeen living under a
misconception. They
had felt and they had
led the public and their
financial backers to
believe that a sophisti-
cated level of cancer
treatment was being
administered at the
Centre,
The Society, he said,
was calling upon Gov-
ernment to recall the
Canadian team of
experts who were res-
ponsible for setting up
the Centre to come and
carry out a comprehen-
sive investigation of
what is wrong with the
Centre and to suggest
possible improvements.

ACCUSED

Unless, this was done
Dr. Laquis added, the
Societywould have no
option but to fold its
doors and stop fooling
the public.
The Society, which
has been accused by a
spokesman for the
Ministry of Health of
rushing the spotlight,
was founded some seven
years ago with the aim
of collecting and making
available for public in-
formation information
relating to the incidence
and treatment of all
forms of cancer.


An additional objec-
tive of the Society was
to assist ways in the
care and treatment of
cancer patients. To this
end the Society runs its
own transport service
for outpatients from
outlying districts. It has
also provided regularly
in the past gifts of food,
medicine and money to
cancer patients at the
Centre.
A spokesman for the
Society commenting on
the situation stated that
while the Society was
mainly concerned with
the treatment of cancer,
the inefficient conditions
at the Centre were to be
found throughout the
Health Services.




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Phone: 62-25241


mains a missing ball
somewhere. Otherwise,
the picture,simply makes
no sense.
It must be repeated
that no "further informa-
tion" could possibly have
come to light to invalidate
the statement so carefully
spelt out. documented
and catalogued by Dr.
Williams at the Party
Convention.
The Public Service
Commission must there-
fore explain to the public
how they could have
gotten into so embarrass-
ing a situation as to
invite Mr. Manswell to
declare that they perform
in a mysterious way.
What is it that led them
to drop the charges?
Or is it, after all, that
the Prime Minister's
Report had, in part, been
interpretation? Might it
not be that the Prime
Minister found himself in
an awkward situation
where a change in policy
required the Government
to find a scapegoat?


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If that be the case, and
Dr. Williams has not yet
offered his resignation
to Sir Ellis, does that not
heap more evidence of
the constitution crisis?
Or will Dodderidge
Alleyne innocently fall
back into harness and
become the Permanent
Secretary to the Prime
Minister again?

Public

Meetings

NOW that Carnival is
over, Tapia will be holding
a series of public meet-
ings across the country
Local cadres will be
holding spot meetings at
street corners and junc-
tions in their respective
communities to inform
the country of the critical
choices that the people
of this nation must make.
Other meetings are
also carded to take place
at strategic locations
throughout the country.


MEETINGS


Friday March 12th

Thursday March 18th




Friday March 19th


San Fernando, Library Comer
5.30 p.m.
(1)Diamondvale, at the Co-op
supermarket on Diamond Blvd.
7 p.m.
(2) Tunapuna, Cor. Bazilon St.,
and Eastern Main Rd. 6.30 p.m.
Point Fortin, HI-Lo Roundabout.
6.30 p.m.


* Reading Room

* Meeting Place

* Regional Headquarters



* Donations of
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Tewarie 662-3920
662-5126.


San Fernando




TAPIA



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SUNDAY MARCH 14, 1976


THE RESIGNATION and hasty departure from th
country of radiotherapist Dr. Pelham Douglas is the late
blow to the many hundreds of cancer patients in th
country.
The effect of the doctor's departure is expected
be felt most severely by those cancer victims in whom th
disease is only now diagnosed.
This is because, in the absence of rare skills like D
Douglas', the dosages of life-giving radiation treatment
cannot be prescribed, and the prospects for new canc
sufferers are grim indeed.
Cancer has been for a
long time now the second
highest cause of death in
Trinidad and Tobago afterO R
Heart and Circulatory
diseases. Yet until the
late sixties the facilities
for the treatment of
cancer here were almost
non-existent.
It was only with the
arrival back in. Trinidad
in 1966 of Dr. Carol
Inalsingh that progress
began in the field of
cancer treatment. Dr.
Inalsingh was the first
Radiotherapist fully quali-
fied in the modern
methods to practice in
Trinidad.
Dr. Inalsingh together
with the Trinidad and
Tobago Cancer Society
began the movement
towards modernising
Radiotherapy in Trinidad
and agitated for, the
establishment of modern
Radiotherapy centre.
In 1968 the Govern-
ment of Trinidad and B
Tobago obtained a loan
from the Government of
Canada for the purchase ary equipment and
of a cobalt machine, the; lary.equiment and
very expensive but services necessary if the
absolutely essential piece Centre is to function at
of equipment in the its optimum level.
process of Radiotherapy. DOSAGES
The loan obtained
through the CIDA pro- As a result of mis
gramme was for approxi- battle the turnover rate-
mately $139,000 and of the Radiotherapists at.
apart from the provision the Centre has been high.
of the cobalt bomb also Dr. Douglas is the
included the provision of third Radiotherapist to
some ancillary equipment leave in a period of less
and the training of a than five years.
physicist. Dr. Inalsingh resigned
In addition, the Cana- in frustration in 1972 and
dian Government supplied accepted a post at Johns
free of charge to the Hopkins University in the
Government of Trinidad United States.
and Tobago the services ,Through the Trinidad
of a team of experts, and Tobago Cancer
headed by Professor Society the Government
Gordon Whitmore of St. obtained the services of
Margarets Hospital in an Indian National, Dr.
Toronto, who collabo- Dass, on a three-year
rated with Dr. Inalsingh contract.
in working out the details Dr. Dass continued
of the programme for working with the Cana-
the establishment of the dian team on the planning
centre. of the Centre and when
After many delays in with the opening of the
the completion of the Centre, the Canadians
building to house the withdrew, he was left in
cobalt machine, the charge.
National .Radiotheraphy Meanwhile the 1972
Centre was finally opened the Government of
with much fanfare in Canada had agreed to
March 1974. sponsor the specialised
From the beginning, training of a Trinidadian
however, there has been in Radiotherapy and Dr.
a running battle between Douglas was sent to St.
the resident Radiotherap- Margaret's Hospital in
ist and the Ministry of Toronto.
Health over the question At the root of the
of the provision of ancil- problem perhaps is an


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PATIENTS
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PATIENTS


:ANCER


improper understanding
on the part of the officials
of the Ministry of Health
and of the public in
general on what is
involved in modern
cancer treatment.
Dr. Douglas in a letter
sent to the Trinidad and
Tobago Cancer Society
before he left observed
that "the treatment of
cancer does not begin
with a cobalt machine
and does not end in a
cobalt machine."
This is quite true.
Today the whole science
of the treatment of
cancer which is known
as oncology embraces
more than treatment by
radiation. It also includes
treatment by radio iso-
topes or x-rays and by
chemotherapy.

TREATMENT
The therapist or the
oncologist is the head or
co-ordinator of a whole
team of specialists look-
ing after the patient. And
at every stage successful
treatment depends on the
availability of a whole
range- of facilities and
services.
But these are what
the National Radiotherapy
Centre lacks. For example,
even where it is deter-
mined that a patient is
to undergo treatment-by
radiation, it is necessary


co determine precisely
the exact location of the
radiation shots".
This demands not only
i trained radiotherapist
but specific types of
equipment as well. This
piece of equipment


Trinidad & Tobago
Caricom countries
Other Caribbean
U.S./Canada
E.E.C. (incl. U.K.)


U.S.
U.S.
Stg.


known as a simulator,
the Centre has never had.
-In addition, there is
neither a proper Labora-
tory nor a proper dis-
pensary attached to the
Centre, Both are vital in
cancer treatment. The
laboratory, for example,
is necessary in determin-
ing the bloodcounts of
patients again for the
purpose of prescribing
dosages of radiation.
A proper and well-
equipped dispensary, on
the other hand, is vital
to that whole area of
cancer complaints which
have to be treated by
chemotherapy. As a
matter of fact, the Centre
does not even have its
own x-ray machine. And
patients have at present
to be sent to the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital
for X-Ray pictures.
On top of all this, the
National Radiotherapy
centre caters for cancer
patients all over the
country. Many patients
have to travel long dis-
tances to the centre for
treatment.
Yet provision has been
made neither for the
regular transport of
patients in outlying dis-
tricts nor are there beds
for those patients whom
it might be necessary to
keep overnight.
When the centre was
built provision was made
for two small wards
precisely to accommodate
such patients. However
no beds were ever placed
in these wards and they
are now in very dilapi-
dated condition.


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TAPIA PAGE 3







SUNDAY MARCH 14, 1976


IT IS the eleventh hour.
General elections are at
most 26 weeks away, the
last possible date being
September the 17th.
This means that the last
possible date for dissolv-
ing Parliament and an-
nouncing the elections is
June 17.
The Government is un-
likely to wait that long
since the political alter-
native is certain to gain
strength with passing
time.
We can therefore anti-
cipate a very early elec-
tion possibly in five
weeks' time following on
-an expeditious conclusion
of the formalities of the
constitution reform which
the ruling party is angling
and scheming to ram
down the throats of the
nation by no later than
the third week in March.

Now that the ole mas
is over, we have forty
days and forty nights to


bring the February Revo-
lution to a positive con-
summation in th6 fall of
the old regime.
Tapia must get ready
to take the power and


show the country its
capacity to assume con-
trol of the State and to
provide nationwide.politi-
cal organisation.
We must make the


vital connection between
the revolutionary crisis
at the level of the whole
of the civilization and the
upheaval in Trinidad,
Tobago and the West


Indies.
Corruption, economic
instability, violence on a
world scale have driven
the young, the dispos-
sessed and the idealist
into revolt. against the
old political and econ-
omic arrangements and
Trinidad & Tobago stands
in the vanguard of this
movement.
We must now hasten
to establish new political
arrangements so that our
policies for national re-
construction and our
activities in foreign
affairs could together
make a cutting edge of
hope, not only for our
own people but for the
whole of humanity as
well.
The first step to this
new dispensation is to
bring the Tapia House
Movement into a state of
total mobilisation. To
this end, we will now
take a set of comprehen-
sive war measures amount-
ing to seven in all.


NWA FOING


1. THAT from today,
Sunday March 7, we
place the entire Tapia
Movement on what
amounts to nothing short
of a war footing, this
total mobilisation to last
for a period not less than
the period of 26 weeks
ending on September 17,
1976 the last possible
date for the impending
general elections.
2. That we postpone
our Annual -General
Assembly due not later
than May 11 and likely, if
we had it, to clash with
the election campaign
and divert too many
energies and resources
from the central task of
assuming control of the
State.
Constitution reform
within the Tapia House
Movement and the hold-
ing of general elections
would only distract
attention from the politics
of national mobilisation
and breed competition,
rivalry and infighting,
necessary as these un-
doubtedly r are to every
democratic and partici-
patory political party.
The Tapia House Move-
ment must now close its
ranks and adopt whatever
administrative arrange-
ments are required to
make our party an effec-
tive striking force. We
must strengthen the
Council, streamline Exe-
cutive procedures, set
the committees working
smoothly, and dynamise


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LLOYD BEST


the local and regional
parties in collaboration
with our campaign
machine.
3. That we focus our
attention on the upcoming,
Third Assembly of our
National Election Con-
vention where we must
mark our accession to
political manhood by
completing the formali-
ties of our political party
in regard to adopting the
name of the Tapia House
Movement, the official
election symbol of a
Tapia House and the
official motto of "build-
ing from the earth."
At this third leg of our
Convention we must also
finalise our preparations
so as to be able at a
moment's notice to pre-
sent our Manifesto and
Ten-Year Plan and to
declare a full slate of
candidates for whatever
number of constituencies
is finally decided upon.
In order to expedite
the preparation of the
Manifesto and the Plan,


our Shadow Cabinet needs

to be strengthened and
Council has been informed
that Dalton O'Neil will
henceforth be the senior
man in the Shadow Min-
istry of National Equip-
ment alongside Mickey
Matthews and Hamlet
Joseph while Dr. Winthrop
Wiltshire will relieve
Lloyd Taylor as the
person responsible for
Health in the Shadow of
Ministry of welfare so
that Taylor could fortify
the Shadow Ministry of
Economic Affairs along
with Ivan Laughlin and
Angela Cropper.
Further responsibilities
in the field of Economics
will be allocated and
announced before the
Election Convention re-
;umes.
4. That we prepare the
Fapia House Movement
'or the convention of a
Constituent Assembly of
all those forces which
oppose the method and
the content of the official
constitutionn reform and
which espouse instead the
process and the proposals
advanced by Tapia for a
participatory Municipal
Republic.
After more than seven
years of enduring revolu-
tionary upheaval, the
forthcoming political
campaign is certain to
activate the entire popula-
tion bringing not only a
record level of participa-
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SUND/ MARCH 14, 1976,


WEEKEND OPENNGOFa CENTR


TAPIA'S Port-of-Spain
Centre containing the
campaign headquarters
and the Moonlight theatre
was opened last weekend
with a programme of
political and cultural
activities.
The Centre was filled
to capacity by members
and guests on Saturday
and Sunday afternoons.
Addressing the gathering
on Saturday afternoon
were Angela Cropper,
resident functionary in
the Port-of-Spitin Centre
and Beau Tewarie, Com-
munity Relations secre-
tary.
Tewarie told the
gathering that it was no
accident that a cultural
show was scheduled for
the opening of the Port-
of-Spain Centre.
The demands of politi-
cal survival in the more
recent years, however,
had led to a falling off in
cultural activity. Tapia
was always saddened by
this necessity, he said.
In this respect, he was
hopeful and confident
that the facilities of the
Port-of-Spain Centre
would make possible a
resumption of cultural
activities. such as those
scheduled for last Satur-
day.
"We have seen the need
for a moral resurgence or
a cultural resurgence,"
Tewarie said, "and we
know that this must
come from the people, as
there is no way in which
it could be state-directed."
Writer-poet-actor Chris
Laird who compared the
programme for last
Saturday's cultural even-
ing said the presentation
was a tribute by the
artists to Tapia for the
openness the Movement
had shown and the
opportunities for expo-
sure of the arts provided
by the TAPIA newspaper.
Laird said that in
making that -tribute- the
artists were, nevertheless,
mindful their need to
remain independent.


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MOUNTED for display
in the Port-of-Spain
Centre last weekend were
clippings of literary and
cultural material published
in TAPIA over the years.
The articles covered
steelband, calypso, other
music, poetry, drama,
interviews with artistic,
criticisms, reports and
commentaries on per-
formances and ample
coverage of the Latin
American or Spanish-
speaking Caribbean cul-
tural aspects.


Upper house closes:


Tapi houses open


SO FAR from being a
political setback, the
removal of the four Tapia-
men from the Senate was
a stroke of good fortune.
Lloyd Best, Tapia Secre-
:tary and himself one of
those whose appointment
was revoked on February
25, put this to the
gathering at the opening
of the Tapia Campaign
Headquarters last Sunday.
The Secretary had
returned a few days


before from what he
called "a whistle-stop
tour of the metropolitan
countries." He was abroad
when the announcement
of the revocation of his
Senate appointment came.
"I returned home," he
said, "to find the Upper
House closed. And look,
as if by magic, the Tapia
House is opening with
more to come in Point
Fortin, San Fernando,
Sangre Grande and else-
where!


"The next thing to do,
he added, "is to open the
Lower House and with
that to storm the gates of
history."
What did Tapia gain
from being in the Senate?
Lloyd Best listed the
following:
1. Income for over a
year at the rate of $2,400
per month
2. We dramatised the
constitutional crisis by
the way we went into the
Senate and the way we


left it, in that the
absurdity of Mr. Richard-
son being able to appoint
and fire Tapiamen was
made plain. Then we had
performed with distinc-
tion on the constitutional
and other issues and made
our proposals from a
public forum.
3. We have set up the
final confrontation by
our Minority Report to
the Joint Select Com-
mittee.
4. We have retained


our integrity and have
been seen to do so, for
it is clear we entered into
no deal or merger with
Richardson.
5. We had benefit of
the opportunity to dis-
play ourselves as the
political alternative to
the PNM.
Lloyd Best added:
"The innings have been
duly declared closed. The
season of government is
over. The season of politics
is here."


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WHEN Tapia sent out
invitations to a "cultural
evening" at its Cipriani
Boulevard, Port-of-Spain,
headquarters Saturday
evening last, the invita-
tions didn't include a
programme of events. So
the guests didn't quite
know what to expect.
What they got, how-
ever, was a dramatic
demonstration of a
vibrant culture, giving a
unique stamp to the small
bp.kyard theatre that is
part of the Tapia city
office.
Organised by Christ-
opher Laird of the Kairi
group, the show took the
form of a series of indivi-
dual and collective per-
formances by LeRoy
Clarke. Laird, Cheryl
Byron, Victor Questel,
Henry Muttoo, Lancelot
Layne and the Banyan
Group.
Clarke, poet and painter
in exile in New York,
opened the evening with a
simple statement on his
personal feelings about
the country at the
moment: "I shame, man.
I just shame."
BETRAYAL

It wasn'tjust bitterness
he was expressing It was
what he called "a lack of
faith." And he wasn't
particularly happy about
reading his poetry for a
political grouping. "I see
a lot of smiling faces in
front of me", he said,
standing firm in front of
the microphone, "but I
want you to know I
don't trust nobody."
If Clarke was being
defensive or suspicious,
the poetry he read, selec-
tions from a collection
called "Douens", showed
ample cause.
"I accepted your first
politics
like a little boy
soothes his bruised knee
pasting the broken promise
with saliva.
I trusted you without
investment .
See what you have made
of innocent children
who marched and sang for
you
who named their rum
Balisier for you
whose daughters threw
away theirdolls for you
whose sons were happy to
wear khaki for you."
Blow after blow, Clarke
recorded the depth of
betrayal felt, the wilder-
ness, the blight created
by politics turned corrupt
and the wasting of a
generation by that savage
blight.


Christopher Pinheiro ... remarkable talent


It was a scathing,
powerful and totally
honest performance and
at the end, the applause
didn't quite express the
feelings of an audience
left shattered and a little
numb by truth voiced so
clearly.
Christopher Laird came
on next to read a few
simple poems and a pro-
found piece he called it
a short story or anecdote
about "Alfred", a
popular character of the
12.30 cinema pit, now
hunted by the police, the
make believe of the cellu-
loid world suddenly made
tragically real.

CRITICISM

Very much in the
genre of another piece of
work, "12.20 Is Life",
Laird continues to reveal
an intricate grasp of not
just dialect but the inner
meanings of the world of
the streets, the lime on
the blocks.
Cheryl Byron began a
poem she couldn't quite
finish because she couldn't
remember all of it and
then switched to another
of her poems, full of that
gentleness thatmarks both
her work and her stage
appearances.
Victor Questel was
also in character with
some selections from his
work, bearing a tight
bitterness about the fate
of the writer here, repeat-
ing the old attack on
Derek Walcott and then,
saying "I don't know how


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much criticism the Tapia
people can take", he
launched into a parody of
Lloyd Best's public ora-
tory.

HUMAN CONTACT

The surprise of the
evening was young Henry
Muttoo from Guyana, a
member of the "All Ah
We" trio that has staged
popular performances in
Trinidad and elsewhere
in the Eastern Caribbean.
Muttoo, a fine character
actor, delivered a comic
letter from an old mother


to her son overseas, Paul
Keens-Douglas's "Fish"
and Guyanese poet Martin
Carter's prison poem.
Lancelot Layne, sitting
on a chair strumming his
guitar under the lights,
captured the auld ience
with his song "Love Like
Rain" about a man and a
woman moving frOm ihat
first '. '
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human contact. His
delivery of Andre Tanker's
"Smokey Joe" in the
second half was equally
entertaining and in fact
he could have gone on
some more, if the
audience had its way.
Then came the Banyan
Group, staging "Carnival
(alaloo". a genuinely
funny series of-skits that
the (Group tried to get on


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TTT during Carnival but
couldn't and that's
weird because no Carnival
show by TTT this year
came up to the standard
of wit and performance
demonstrated by the
Banyan people last Satur-
day evening.
The skits began with a
TV interviewer (Francis
Lewis) talking to arriving


about their plans tor Car-
nival and Maureen Kelsick
portraying an American
female from Texas,
cracked up the audience
with a che,-. -crisation
so real, it was uncanny.
Lewis appeared again
as a TV interviewer
listening spellbound to a
visiting professor (Christ-
opher Pinhciro is a truly


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Victor Questel ... bearing a tight bitterness


his academic spleen on
the sociology of Carnival.
"What you really
mean", the interviewer
cut iii after the professor
had gone on and on with
his thesis, "is if people
wine up and enjoy them-
selves it good for them?"
The professor, taken
aback, said: "Well .
'e'." And tore the thesis


In another briel sKit,
Ronald Reid delivered a
Robber speech with such
conviction and mastery
over this peculiar Carnival
art form that for a moment
the stage was transformed
into the street and Reid
could have been any
Robber out there in the
hot sun, stunning the ear
with that fantasy of
words.


Gregcry Wilson read
,as "Panman" in a similar
vein, evoking total em-
pathy for the lives of
those extraordinary musi-
cians who are elevated by
the society once a year,
and that at Carnival time
or thereabouts, and then
relegated to the unemploy-
ment heap.

ADVANCE

The shame that LeRoy
Clarke expressed at the
start of the evening's
performance was valid.
But what the evening
demonstrated beyond a
doubt is that in spite of
that shame, the culture is
alive and well all it
.needs is more outlets
because, obviously, judg-
ing from the level of
performance, the artists
have their material ready
and waiting.
Perhaps that small
backyard theatre at the
Tapia Port-of-Spain office
could become the kind
of place where the poets
and writers and painters
and singers and musicians
and dancers could feel
free to come and deliver
S their work in public, no
matter how small the
audience.
That would certainly
represent an advance.
And it would reduce the
justifiable sense of a
burning shame. (RAP)


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By Raoul Pantin
IT'S a bad sign, I think, walking up to that
yard minutes past five Carnival Monday
morning and Invaders hasn't moved yet, isn't
moving, the pans standing out on the road
are silent, the beaters hanging around and the
crowd, spread thick and wide, is hushed.
Waiting.
Near the dark narrow passageway
leading inside the yard they're hammering
nails into the upper board platform of the rhythm
section. An Invaders man confirms this is the
holdback. They have to repair that platform,
this is the rhythm section, before they roll.
So I wait, drifting slowly through the crowd,
faces cowled by tams, caps, floppy hats,
anxious eye on the first pink of the sun. You
feel the anticipation rising here like a massive
physical presence.
But a habit, a years-old tradition, is
broken now as the first pans I hear this
j'ouvert aren't these Invaders pans, first
tuned by Eli Mannette who's teaching pan,in
New York now, nurtured still by his brother,
Vernon.
A tradition, I tell you, goes under because
those first pans come from the West. Turning
to face that sound, everybody turning to
face that sound, I see a black mass filling the
road from pavement to pavement, a flagman
leading themforward,past us, the flagman
stopping cold, astonished that he should pass
Invaders on the road for j'ouvert.
He greets us with what sounds like an
apology for this transgression and for all
transgressions to come: "No need for us to
fight one another, man. We is all one." And
hugging some Invaders man he knows, a bottle
appears. We drink that first sweet rum of
j'ouvert in the ripening dawn, the instant fire
in our bellies warm as the love here in the
open streets that are ours now.
Now the flagman unfurls his cloth and in a
single movement they're gone. "Phase Two",
somebody says. But I don't even want to
know the name of this band, only the shining
moment of the camaraderie of free men.
Past us now goes Kool and the Gang, beating
pan on poor Invaders' head. Then the St. James


Drummers, sitting in the back of an open
lorry, drumming something fierce in the
rising sun.
The sky lightens. Our hearts sink deeper.
But our loyalty holds us still. And, patience
rewarded, the Invaders pans begin to boom
Sparrow's Statue, a slow measured tempo
for coming down town with. The crowd
swells up from the pavements, from the
crevices of the Queen's Park Oval walls, Hi-Lo
building, sleeping Woodbrook houses.
Suddenly this Invaders man, wearing an
iron chain around his neck, an unruffled
man in white T-shirt, worn jeans, unzipped
boots, an ordinary-looking man except for
that chain of office he carries, a leader, he
moves through the pan'stands shouting:
"Beaters in the yard! All beaters in the yard!"
The panmen peel off to follow him into
the yard. The crowd freezes. An onlooker
grumbles: "They must be going and argue
about money now." But no, cynic. The story
is richer than that. Plainclothesmen had been
detected among the pans, keeping an eye on the
boys. The panman knew who they were, had
marked them. But when the pans were just
rolling, the plainclothesmen switched in fresh,
unknown stand-ins. So in the yard the .panmen
are warned.
The Invaders hits the road a solid body
af men and women surging forward together,
flesh devoted only to pan music, whose rhythm
is a motion sweeping us forwardand backward,
backward and forward like a sea.
But some element in this ritual moment is
missing. It's the delay, the regret for tradition
tampered with. The day has already broken
light. I'm beginning j'ouvert late. I fret. I hear a
slackness in the pans. I waited a quiet year for
this precise moment and it's lost!
The sense of this disappointment lingers
and deepens. Only some new. act, as radical
as Invaders coming out for j'ouvert late, will
restore the grace lost. One tradition down,
I break another. Or establish a new one.
I leave Invaders at Green Corner. Totally
unheard of. But when the Invaders pans take a
break here at this jammed pack corner, I ask the
Invaders man with the chain to take me toltis


leader and inside Green Corner Cafe, Vernon
Mannette, dressed in a robber mas', says yes
he's still bringing out the band every year
and no, he dosen't hear from Eli any more and,
well boy, is like that.
I coast East along Park Street, crammed
with j'ouvert people dancing to music jamming
from everywhere, down Charlotte Street which
has jab-jabs greased from toe to head, stabbing
the air with wooden forks, beating those
terrible biscuit tins that as children sent us
scampering screaming, laughing to return to
peep at them, fearsome blue devils come out
to eat us up for being bad or good or
because it's jab-jab season.
Now they're just characters playing
historical mas', soaked in tradition, this one
with the cow tail bobbing up and down
behind, throwing himself into a demonic
frenzy on the pavement in front of a young
girl who holds her ground, who giggles,
who pretends to dart away so he flops over
her feet, she screams and he's gone with his
band, blowing whistles, in search of
another victim, the beating of those tins
announcing jab-jabs coming, so run!
Across Queen Street hundreds of people
are dancing as one. And there at the corner
of Queen andAbercromby Streets, Desperadoes
coming down, where the crowd is so tight
you can hardly breathe far less protect your
feet and you squash toes too because this
morning nobody wants to know about that
kind of politeness and all that goes with it
Hesistant for only a fraction of a second,
I wade into the heaving crowd, squeezed and
*queezing, crushed and crushing, dying and
resurrecting, bathed in sweat running like
a river in full torrent as we sweep down
the wrong way on this One-Way Street, past
good old 610 Old Radio, past all that waste -
down to Independence Square where the
-ver joins the sea of the people, a triumphant
,mass this j'ouvert, dancing to so many pans
now there's no indentifiable tune only a sound,
like the deafening peal of a giant victory
bell, ringing bright in the sun up hot now,
tolling for us all.


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enough and because the
entire country and per-
haps the entire civiliza-
tion is depending heavily
on us.
In opening these cam-
paign headquarters today,
and in touching off the
Tapia election campaign,
we are embarking on an
adventure in survival not
only for the Tapia House
Movement but also at
least, for Trinidad, Tobago
and the West Indies.


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From Page 4
tion in the voting but
also creating the climate
in which the forces of
progress will surely
assemble a vast multi-
tude of sovereign citizens
in search of a new dis-
pensation.
There can be no doubt
in the minds of those
who understand the move-
ment of history that the
celebrated 80,000 are
certain to assemble one
day.
When that morning
finally comes, that will
be the Constituent As-
sembly of the Nation and
we will simply adopt our
own proposals for reform
of the State machinery
and the people will at
last be clear on the con-
stitutional proposals for
which to vote by throw-
ing out the Has-Been
National Movement and
ushering Tapia's glorious
New World.
There is no other way
in which constitution
reform is fashioned but
by substituting new
politics for old whether
the process is one of
peace or whether the
process is one of war -
and if we are not careful,
it could still very much
be either one.
5. That we adopt as
the working paper for the
forthcoming Constituent
Assembly of the Nation
(CAN) the Minority Re-
port prepared for the
Joint Select Committee of
Parliament by the Tapia
representative, our Chair-
man, Denis Solomon.
The report is brilliantly
incisive, lucid and concise
in presenting the issues
and the choices in the


evolution of the constitu-
tion crisis. We must now
build in this solid founda-
tion by investing the
Report with politics and
by mounting a political
campaign that would align
the vast majority of the
citizens on the side of
the politics of participa-
tion.
In other words, we
must see that this Con-
stutueit Assembly of the
Nation, when its time
does finally come, will
serve as the only possible
medium by which will be
achieved that elusive uni-
fication of progressive
forces now lurking in a
multitude of political
groupings including the
Has-Been National Move-
ment. Given the repressive
nature of the regime,
these forces can only
afford to find the neces-
sary cohesion after the
eleventh hour has come.
6. That, following our
development into a poli-
tical party bent on
acquiring control of the
power of the State, we
take practical and positive
steps to retain the ladder
by which we did first
ascend.
When Tapia broke
from the New World
Group, we foresaw that
we would be ready to
found a political party
when work had proceeded
systematically for some
time so that we would
have a broad area of
consensus and an expanded
number of confident and
competent people "will-
ing to collaborate in a
larger political organisation
for the purpose of dealing
in State power." (P. 12 of


the Tapia Constitution).
At that time we also
promised to persist in the
work of the New World
Group. Now more than
ever; in my personal.
opinion, we need both
levels of organisation if
only because the vast
number of Tapia sup-
porters will take time
before they acquire the
stomach for direct politi-
cal activity on a fully
enduring basis.
Once the campaign is
over, there is bound to
be a certain demobilisation
so that we ought from now
to anticipate the need for
an associated central com-
munity organisation which'
would take responsibility
for those tasks necessary
to the, Tapia New World
but not easily conducted
on a directly political
basis.
Among other projects,
we may want to launch a
daily newspaper and a

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quarterly journal of Carib-
bean affairs for the pur-
pose of serious political
organisation especially
now that our current
weekly paper must neces-
sarily adapt itself to the
campaigning requirements
of a party political organ.
7. That, finally, every
Tapia supporter, associ-
ate, member, cadre and
front-bencher dedicate
the energies required to
this full-scale political
mobilisation, to the task
of winning control of the
State. Among other
things, we must all now
hit the road, and spread
the Tapia tidings on the
highways and the by-ways.
After ole mas is new
politics. That is one of
the Tapia slogans. Another
famous Tapia saying is
that the time to be in
front is at the end.
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TAPIA is the only party
which stands a chance of
winning political change
for Trinidad and Tobago.
Either we will win
hands- down or the Gov-
ernment will survive -
there is no other possibil-
ity.
Making these remarks
was Tapia Chairman Denis
Solomon (above) at the
Opening last Sunday of
the Campaign H. Q.
He went on: If the
Government survives it
would be because we have
failed to convince our
people of the need to
embrace a new kind of
politics.
From the start Tapia
had rejected the idea of
an easy victory through
the change of faces
We made the issue of
constitution reform and
we laid foundations for a
new world by community
activity. We tried co-ops,
and road building; we
began with a theatre for
a rich cultural life.
Much of the activity
failed to bear immediate
fruit but the doing had
created a new choice with
faith in our people.


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PUERTO RICO


ACTION


THE


"TELL ME, Ladies ana Gentle-
men, if Puerto Rico can do all
this, am I wrong in my view that
Trinidad can do it too? ....We
can at least copy, from this."
Those were the days, back
in 1955, when Puerto Rico was
the resounding success-story in
,very circle of economic planners
and aspiring political leaders.
Here the strident promoter
of industrialisationn by invita-
tion" was none other than our
Prime Minister to be. The
occasion: A celebrated Woodford
Square Meeting on July 5. The
topic: Economic Problems of
Trinidad & Tobago.
Now the bottom has fallen
out of that Puerto Rico bucket.
The energy crisis and the reces-
sion in the United States have
suddenly transformed the cele-
brated Cinderella coach into a
pumpkin.
This, writes Professor Dudley
Seers of Sussex, England, may be
the first case in history of a
whole country being virtually
dependent on welfare.
The US Government is
keeping Puerto Rico to the
extent of one quarter of the
national income. Two-thirds of
all families qualify by their low
income for grants of food stamps.
There is not enough employment
for even half of native-born
Puerto Ricans.
"Puerto Rico, my heart's devouon,
Let it sink back in the Ocean "
That jingle is from West
Side Story, the film depicting
the experience of Puerto Rican
in New York. Is that not what
all the planners and politicians
are thinking now?'
Puerto Rico is perhaps the
classical case of a development
strategy based on open-door foreign-
financed industrialisation.


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It was initiated after the war as
"Operation Bootstrap", the creation
in large part of the first native-born
Governor of Puerto Rico, Munoz- '
Marin, who took over from Rex
Tugwell. in 1946. It was based on
attracting US firms through lower
wage rates than on the mainland,
generous tax holidays and an organisa-
tion to help them settle.
It was able to do this through
US grants and loans to the govern-
ment and holding out various advant-
ages compared to other foreign coun-
tries
a sound economy (the US
dollar itself),
political stability,
low freight rates and
passenger fares because of
proximity.
From the 1950s industrialisation
was reinforced by tourism.
From one point of view this was
a marvellous success. Capital poured
in and the growth rate (GDP) averaged
6.9% a year, in real terms from 1947-74,
or 4.9% per capital.
In that period per capital income
rose from $658 to $2,245 at 1974
prices, well within the West European
range.
But during the period unemploy-
ment also grew steadily. Open un-
employment is now 20%, but this is
only the tip of the iceberg:-
Because of the chronic un-
employment, some have given up
looking for work, and others (such as
housewives and teenagers) don't bother
to.
Allowing for these, the planning
office which gives them the charming
name of "the apathetics" estimates
that the rate would' be over 30%. A
clue is the extremely low labour
participation rate: 42%.
Much of government expen-
diture, both capital and current is
explicitly designed to create jobs
rather than to achieve other objectives.
There must also be inevitable
disguised unemployment in the
private sector, especially among the
families of the self-employed.


The really big qualification
Puerto Ricans without jobs are tree
to migrate to the USA, ;and a very
large Puerto Rican colony grew in
New York.
Allowing for all these factors, it
is broadly true to say that, despite
the extraordinary growth rate, there is
not now genuine employment for
even one-half of native-born Puerto
Ricans.
The explanation lies in the
heavy (and increasing) capital-intensity
of the investment projects, andi the
tendency for many of them, especially
the supermarkets, to destroy more
jobs than they created.
The gravity of the situation is
shown by the following. The Puerto
Rican government is hoping that after
taking a number of drastic steps such
as freezing wages, raising taxes, re-
organising the administrative structure
and obtaining Washington's permission
to introduce trade controls, uy ly5U
it will be able to get "the unemploy-
ment rate back down again to the
customary 12% figure", i.e. the level
for some years before the recession.
The government is already
heavily in debt. It has in fact few
policy instruments it can use, partly
for constitutional reasons (e.g. it
cannot affect the money supply or
make treaties with foreign govern-
ments) partly because Puerto Rico is
already so heavily linked to the world
economy.
About two-thirds of its capital
is foreign owned. Primary sector out-
put has declined from over 30% to 5%
of GDP. Moreover, as the Tobin report
says, the island is "immersed in main-
land cultural values."
This is not, however, a time of
acute social distress. The Puerto
Rican government receives about $2
billion this year from the Federal
Government in grants of various kinds,
or some 4 times what it did in 1973.
This amounts to about $600 per
head of the population or one quarter
the national income. The biggest single
item is $500 million in "food stamps"
which half-a-million families receive


on the basis of a means test, i.e. two-
thirds of all the families in Puerto
Rico. Although supposed to be con-
fined to certain foodstuffs, they are
apparently almost the same as money.
The total cost of supporting
Puerto Rico must also include the
heavy welfare payments made by the
City of New York to poor Puerto
Rican immigrants, one of the causes
of the City's budgetary problems.
(However, apparently now that wel-
fare payments in the island are com-
parable to those in the mainland,
many Puerto Ricans are returning
home)
This may be the first case in
history of whole 'country being
virtually dependent on welfare.
With a "floor" of a couple of
thousand dollars to family incomes,
there is naturally not much inclination
to search for work.
Attempts to mobilize unemployed
youth in co-operative agricultural
schemes meet with very little enthusi-
asm.
It must be expected that the
end of the recession will reveal a situa-
tion in which a significant fraction of
the labour force of any kind are dis-
inclined to seek work a phenomenon
which economists have always-tacitly
assumed to be marginal.
The big question is whether this
situation can continue indefinitely.
High levels of Federal transfers are
supported by the US Departments of
State and Agriculture for obvious
reasons.
But changes in US government
policy could damage Puerto Rico
seriously, even inadvertently. Either
statehood or independence would
mean a much less favourable arrange-
ment the former meaning the full
application of mainland minimum
wage legislation and end tax exemp-
tions.
What seems more likely is that
the pressure for Puerto Rican govern-
ment action may lead to measures
(such as forcing companies to use
part of their tax-free profits to buy
government bonds) which lead to an
exodus of companies.
Many already have left appa-
rently because of the dwindling margin
between island and mainland wages,
and others get annual extensions of
their tax-free status by threatening to
do so.
This might in turn lead to
stronger controls on US companies
and a weakening of Congressional
support for the welfare system. So a
cumulative deterioration in the situa-,
tion is possible, 'ending in US military
occupation.
It is not easy to find any
political basis for the changes in con-
sumption patterns and work attitudes
that would facilitate a more autonom-
ous policy. Puerto Rico is perhaps the
ultimate illustration of dependent
development.


PACE 10 TAPIA






SUNDAY MARCH 14, 1976


DEAR FRIENDS, you
all know me to be a
very realistic kind of
man. Especially where
politics is concerned I
have long recognized
that men follow impera-
tives which have little
to do with what is right
and what is wrong.
Indeed I might go so
so far as to say that in
politics right and wrong
are merely the post
facto epithets which
attend either a success-
ful or an unsuccessful
act.
The morality of any
political action in short
is only determined after
sufficient time has
elapsed to determine
whether the action was
successful or not.
Legal right is some-
thing else again:
So that all along I
have not been surprised
that the Government
would not allow any of
the opposition parties
Radio and T.V. time.
ENDORSEMENT
In fact I have heard
some of my friends in
political parties saying
that the Government
will grant Radio and
T.V. time but only at
the very latest moment.
I don't even believe
that.
" I mean as far as I am
concerned: the Govern-
ment plenty stupid. But
they would have to be a
pack of ruddy imbeciles
to give up something
which they did not have
to.


Shame man!




I draw the




line there


And there is nothing This is what the
in the world which statement by the Chair-
would make them give C mnt man ofWASA amounted
a second of space on C mm t to, when last Monday
the airwaves to the night he described Sham
opposition. by Mohammed as a young
POSING dynamic -intelligent Min-
POSIG sister who knows every-
S1 Ithing about water.
All this I believe and Fillip
I accept. That is politics;
that is lite. I also accept CAMPAIGNING
that they themselves are is is Face of the Govern-
going to try to use the nt. Now tat the Public
radio and television for Service Commission has
all they are worth. GRANT decided very wisely
So that I expect that not to spend any of the
every morning I am But what I do not taxpayers' money trying
going to have to turn expect is that when to persecute that very
off some stupid Min- Tony Deass interviews nice man Dodd. Aueyne,
sister or the other from a Public Servant, the I am waiting to see
the radio. Head of one of lhe whether they will turn
And I expect that on Statutory Authorties their attention to the
Panorama I am going to that that Public Servant Sewerage man and
see Sham or Errol or is going to deliberately charge him with cam-
Hector posing like mad break the law by coming paigning for a political
every night. out with what can only party while in office.
And I expect that be described as the When they do I suggest
when I hear the pro political endorsement that for good measure
gram "Face of the of a practising politi- they throw in the charge
Nation" what it really cian. of lying. Ta Ta.


DEAR FRIENDS as I
think I told you once I
am not a gambling man.
Don't get me wrong;
this has nothing to do
with any religious or
moral attitude. It is just
that I know I don't
have any luck whatso-
ever.
However I have no
objections to %other
people gambling. This
county is full of
gamblers and gambling
games.
The Government
making millions of the
National Lottery, all
them people who have
racing pool in town
living in Goodwood
Park, every other
Chinese shopkeeperyou
meet is a whe whe
banker, and every other
club in town have a big
game going on in the
backroom. If the priest
could play who is I.
So friends I want to
tell you that I am setting
up a game and I am
inviting you to partici-
pate. The name of the
game is name the Election
Date.
For any bet which
correctly names the
month of the elections
the payment is three to
one.
For any bet which
correctly names the
day and the month the
payment is fifteen to
one, Easy money, don't
be lucky and coward.
Please note that in
case the elections are
not called by September
then all bets LOSS.


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cuss again-


almost


DENNIS PANTIN
"OPEN your mouth, leh meh
hit yuh for six. Whole season
ah keeping quiet, but by the
time this hit the papers, the
season done and I gone." Spar-
row talking. Carnival Friday
night.
Sparrow had been welcomed
on stage as the Calypso King
of the World but after his first
number hid run into heckling
from two persons a man
close to the front of the stage
and a woman out on one of
the wings.
The threat to hit for six
quickly silenced the man but
seemed to give fuel to the
woman who kept shouting
from the wings. Then Sparrow
really turned on the heat.
"I could see the headlines
now: Sparrow hits Lamour,
the Labasse for six You ugly
all in yuh hand. (the heckling
continued apparently referring
to Sparrow's saltfish calypso)...
not your saltfish; dah' is ione
saltfish ent sweet (then
overdoing the thing). Yes,
tell everybody is Sparrow take
your sister maid. (ketching
himself) you see, her sister
was quite rich and had several
maids and Sparrow take one of
them.
"I ent fraid to talk now. The
tent close by the time the
papers come out. Friday gone
already and too besides Choko
is meh pardner."
Music. How yuh Jamming
so.-
S No doubt it had been a
hard season for Sparrow. There
had been severe criticism after
the Savannah cussing last year
,and the memory of that inci-
dent was still fresh this year.
1 had noticed quite early
in the season, that Sparrow
seemed insecure at his home
base at the OYB.
Uncharacteristic, I had felt
at the time. On Carnival Friday
night, I realized how much
Sparrow restrained himself
during the season to avoid bad
publicity. And as man, Ididn't
feel offended by this one flying
off the handle, admittedly,
taking advantage oflight-weigh t
opposition.
Every night, Calypso Crazy,
Shorty and others have been
pulling f-verbs in the tents. The
difference was that Sparrow
was big, the King in fact.
There is an old French
phrase noblesse oblige
which refers to the duty of
Kings tobehave like Kings. And
the people rebelled. Not the
Press which merely voiced
what people were saying and
feeling.
Throughout his career, Spar-
row has been controversial. I
remember a few years ago,
when the broadcast media
tried to institute a ban on him
after he had thrown a type-
writer at a newspaper reporter.
Not even the librarians
would buy it. But each act in
defiance of the people corrtodcs
trust and last year's Savannah
act was the final straw. He beg
pardon and we have forgiven
him but an uneasiness will
remain for many years.
It is like the other King the
Little One for all those who
had not lost faith, the 1973
Resignation and Return, was
the last straw. And who doll
believe it, will see come May
3 I. or whenever.


AL


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MAR.17th -18th 1976


1/ YEAR
A/-/ BONDS
This is a $5 million issue. The 6%4% bonds.1983/86
can be purchased at T.T. $96.14 percent with a running
yield of 7.02% per annum, and gross redemption yield
of 7.30% per annum.




7.1 /25YEAR
BONDS
This is a $10 million issue. The 7.15% bonds 1996/2001
can be purchased at TT$90.87 percent with a running
yield of 7.87% per annum, and a gross redemption yield
of 8.00% per annum.

GUARANTEED RETURN

The list of applications will be opened at 8.00 a.m. on
Wednesday 17th Mar. 1976 and closed at 12 noon on
Thursday 18th Mar. 1976 Bonds will be dated 18th
March 1976 .

AGENT
The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago is the sole and
exclusive agent for the raising and management of this
issue.

INTEREST
Interest will be payable half-yearly by the Central Bank
of Trinidad and Tobago on the 18th Mar.,and the
18th Sept. The first payment will be made on the 18th
Sept.1976 at the rate of T.T. $6.75 per T.T.$,1'00.
face value per annum for the 6/4% bond and T.T. $7.15
per T.T. $100. face value per annum for the 7.15% bond.

WHAT THE FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR
The proceeds of this issue will be applied to financing
Projects in the development programme for 1976 and
to providing long term securities for insurance companies,
pension funds and similar investors.

WHERE TO OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS
Prospectuses and application forms may be obtained at
the Investment Division of the Central Bank of Trinidad
and Tobago, Comptroller of Accounts, Central Bank
Building, any of the branches of the commercial banks
operating in Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad Co-operative
Bank Limited, Caribbean Stock and Bond (Trinidad)
Limited. West Indies Stockbrokers Limited, Trinidad
and Tobago Stocks and Shares Ltd, all Trust Companies
operating in Trinidad and Tobago and Barclays Finance
Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Limited.
In Tobago, prospectuses and application forms will
also be made available at the Ministry for Tobago Affairs.

Applications will be received at the Investment Division
of the Central Bank, St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain,
and must be accompanied by the full amount of the
purchase price of the Bonds applied for.
The issue will be made under the Development Loans
Act 1964 (No. 19 of 1964), as amended by the Act No.
17 of 1965 and Act No. 14 of 1969.
Further information may be obtained from the Central
Bank, St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain; all banks and
trust companies or your stockbroker.


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