Calypsonian Winston Scarborough, "the Original de fosto himself" isn't happy with the decision taken to cut the prize money for the winner of the Dimanche Gras. Speaking on Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago today, De Fosto said this move is putting the art form in jeopardy. It was announced recently that the prize money would be cut from $1 Million to 800,000, due to the country's economic situation.
President of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) says the 25% cut in allocations to the National Carnival Commission (NCC), will mean lower prize money for the winner at this year's Dimanche Gras competition and smaller stipends for calypso tent singers. Lutalo Masimba aka Brother Resistance was speaking on Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago was talking about TUCO’s plans for Carnival 2017 today.
Industrial Relations Consultant Trevor Bailey says there is a need for reform in the approach to industrial relations in this Trinidad and Tobago. According to Bailey, both employee and employer have to take the blame because in most cases each party has 90 days to submit a proposal for the period.
“Agriculture has been treated as a bastard child” in the past and will be put on the back burner again once the price of oil goes up. That’s the view of the president of the T&T Farmers Union, Shiraz Khan.
Political Analyst Ancel St. Hillaire expects government to implement growth measures in 2017 as he believes government used 2016 to steady declining economic growth.
2016 was a very difficult year for T&T’s energy sector due to falling oil and gas production says Dr. Thackwray Driver, CEO of the Trinidad and Tobago Energy Chamber.
The Incredible Myron B joins us on set to talk about the Christmas Season and give some insight into what he has planned for the Carnival 2017. The members of our Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago crew also joined him on set for the final taste of Soca Parang for 2016.
Dr Hanif Benjamin says more facilities are needed to deal with mental health concerns in Trinidad and Tobago. Benjamin, who works with the Centre for Human Development, says while the discussion around mental health continues to progress in the right direction there is a need for more facilities and education to deal with the issue.
Although he's had a busy year, the man of many hats, Rembunction, visited Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago and spread his Christmas cheer. He even got host Dike Rostant to join in spreading the cheer on set.