I wish to congratulate the organisers of the Big Five concert, “A Tribute to Neville Jules’’ at the Grand Stand Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, on October 26.

The concert was a welcome event and highly entertaining.

The bands provided a variety of entertainment including dance, the use of other musical instruments, vocals etc. The programme started on time and the bands kept to the time allotted for their respective performances.

There was one disappointment however. I think most patrons were looking forward to hearing the bands perform more of their signature selections —winning panorama tunes, or well known calypsoes.

I yearned to hear: Desperadoes playing Baron’s “Jammer”, Oba’s “In My House” or Kitchener’s “Pan in Harmony”; Phase II playing Boogsie’s “I Music”; Renegades playing Kitchener’s “Mystery Band” or any of their winning panorama selections arranged by rhw master, Jit Samarroo. I felt let down by not hearing Exodus perform “Dust in Dey Face”.

Finally, I must specially congratulate Phase II for their most entertaining medley of old calypsoes.

One patron was heard to say “Phase II mash up the place”.


THE PNM is vulnerable. The UNC is still suspect. The population is fearful and angry.

The PNM, having no answer to rampant murder, is trying a “ting” to keep the UNC’s suspect reputation fresh by alleging that those who stand to gain when the murder rate spikes are fomenting it.

WITH due pomp and ceremony, Parliament last Friday returned to its official location at the newly refurbished Red House.

The return has been welcomed by a public whose access to Parliament was constrained for nine years by the cramped conditions at its temporary accommodation at the Waterfront.

Continuing with the crime crisis, while I accept that the country is not about to collapse under multiple assaults mounted by criminals, we are a nation living in fear—all of us—being another victim, a statistic to be added to the grim numbers that politicians, criminologists and the police churn out to support their respective positions.

President Paula-Mae Weekes must be commended for eschewing platitudes at the opening of Parliament and instead using as the theme of her address that “the people are hurting”.

The Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) is all about the ability to cram at the highest level. You cram the questions and answers and then you cram some more in extra classes.

AS an avid reader of the Express, I have been following the recent, two-article series titled “The education of children of African origin”, a statement which is endorsed by notable academics and intellectuals.