Tuesday 22 October, 2019

No payment for pannists as Pan Trinbago moves into rent-free space

The new Pan Trinbago executive cutting the ribbon to its new office which it will occupy rent-free for a year.

The new Pan Trinbago executive cutting the ribbon to its new office which it will occupy rent-free for a year.

Pan Trinbago President Beverly Ramsey-Moore has assured that there will be a Panorama competition this year.

However, she said, the organisation cannot pay pannists for 2018 and payment does not look possible for 2019.

"I have said to the general membership that we have moved from an allocation of over $30 million to 20 million. This executive cannot continue to put this organisation in debt," she said. 

The manager of the Katzenjammers band in Tobago, Ramsey-Moore said bands must come up with resourceful ways of servicing their players. 

"The hustling days for Pan Trinbago done," she said.

Ramsey-Moore was speaking at the official opening of Pan Trinbago's new headquarters on Friday afternoon. 

Thanks to attorney Israel Khan, Pan Trinbago will now occupy new office space on the corner of Melbourne Street and Duke Street West in Port-of-Spain, rent-free, for one year. 

In thanking Khan for his generosity, Ramsey-Moore said: "The hand of God was upon this building process for Pan Trinbago".

Ramsey-Moore and her new executive were evicted from the old headquarters at Victoria Suites on Park Street shortly after the Pan Trinbago election in October due to unpaid rent. 

In his address, National Carnival Commission Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Winston 'Gypsy' Peters said Pan Trinbago must use its resilience to ensure it takes the pan fraternity to place where it is not dependent on anybody.

 He said the new office is a place to launch a new beginning. 

 

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