Michael Cooper with steelpans

Pan’s Global Ambition Hits Pause: Export Flagship In Choppy Waters

As the news went viral and the ripple of shock rose to a crescendo of outrage, embarrassment and recrimination, Michael Cooper sent out a WhatsApp message: “Well… well……
Panland's miniature pans

Controversial Pan Patent Lapses

The US steelpan patent that rocked Trinidad and Tobago 20 years ago has lapsed on “fee-related” grounds and the patent is now listed for official expiration on June…
Siparia Deltones get ready to play

Steelband Sponsorship: Security Vs Dependency

Sponsorship’s double-edged sword cut deeply when 15 steelbands abruptly lost their sponsorship and grants following the closure of state-owned Petrotrin. The impact of the sudden loss of a…

In Numbers: Curepe Scherzando’s Budget Crunch

With its last cent already spent even before the judges arrive, Curepe Scherzando is down to figuring out where to find the next $5,000 to pay for T-shirts…

Pan In A Vice

With a mere 15 percent of the 147 bands registered for Panorama 2019 having the financial support of a title sponsor, guava season economic conditions are hitting the…

Escaping Hurri-scapes Of Horror

The people of Dominica would be surprised to hear that they are the subject of political debate in Trinidad. Pelted far beyond the world in which they lived…

Soharee And Steelpan

Over and over, the deep-seated self-devaluation lurking deep inside the Caribbean psyche keeps tripping us up.  At every opportunity to step forward and declare ourselves boldly to the…

Innovation And Caribbean Futures

“Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.” —Franz Fanon The creation of a future for the Caribbean is a core responsibility of…

Singing A Different Song

Earl Best gives credit where it is due. I do not habitually have difficulty believing my eyes but I awaited the arrival of Monday’s Express to confirm what…

How The Windies Was Undone

Romain Pitt tells a troubling tale  There is a hugely important story about West Indian cricket waiting to be told by some experienced energetic sportswriter.  It deals with…

Still In Play

Ashford Jackman speculates on the post-Warner scenario There are three major issues to be resolved in the ongoing theatre that is the state of football in Trinidad and Tobago…

Dom Basil Matthews: God’s Pedagogue

By Winthrop R. Holder “The country … seems to be trapped in a state of in-betweenity.” —(DBM) Finding, the almost-hidden, “Dom Basil Matthews: Nihil Omnino Christo” in the back…

Publisher Be Damned

By Kevin Baldeosingh At the Bocas Literary Festival which takes place later this month in Trinidad and Tobago, a “Caribbean Literature Action Group” (CALAG) will be formed. This…

Squaring Up For The Climate Challenge

Roger Pulwarty, a Trinidad-born climate scientist, livened up proceedings with an easy style that mixed humour with information on the impact of climate change on the Caribbean. Pulwarty…

Hope And Hard Wuk

Five Years Later… By Ravi Mulchansingh I never met Lloyd Best personally. I now regret my procrastination. I should have taken the time and opportunity to meet Lloyd…
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