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Tensions between local calypsonians and politicians have reached fever pitch. A seemingly unphased Castries South East MP Guy Joseph has pushed back at this year’s political commentary from numerous calypsonians. The Economic Development Minister in the United Workers Party Administration has questions about the songwriters and suggested the lyrical content should be more ‘uplifting’.
Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, has allayed fears expressed by the business sector in Guyana that Trinidad and Tobago companies want to 'take over' the new oil and gas industry in Guyana. The comments come as the two CARICOM States signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Wednesday in Georgetown. Karen Cozier Phillip reports.
The OWTU and the Board of Petrotrin will meet again next week to discuss the fate of workers at the State-owned Oil Company. The two bodies met at Hyatt Regency Hotel for over two hours on Wednesday, as the union presented to the Board its proposal to save Petrotrin. The Board is expected to give the union a response to this proposal next week. Speaking to the media after the meeting, OWTU Leader, Ancel Roget, said losing the Refinery is losing our financial independence.
The President of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation is calling for the artform to be given more respect.
TUCO President, Lutalo Masimba, told the launch of the Calypso History Month in the NCC's VIP room at the Queen’s Park Savannah, that calypsonians need a proper venue to showcase their talent.
Ian Wason has more.