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While Machel Montano delivered
a world-class performance inside
the Hasely Crawford Stadium on
Monday night, hundreds of fans
who paid to attend the event were
Some of them became so irritated
they pushed through a wall of secu-
rity officers, damaging a gate, and
barged into the stadium.
Maria Sookdeo, who bought a
ticket online at island e-tickets.com,
was one of many who found them-
selves being denied entry to the
Monk Monte concert.
Sookdeo, who bought her ticket,
using her credit card from island e-
tickets.com since January, said her
night on Monday was spent in con-
"My husband and I waited in line
for about an hour and when we
went to have our tickets scanned
they told us one ticket was invalid
and that the other was already used.
"I couldn't understand because
we purchased both tickets online at
the same time," Sookdeo added.
She said she had no idea what the
problem was but thought that
maybe someone had hacked the
island e-tickets Web site and imme-
diately worried about her credit card
"We were out in front for two
hours after they told us the tickets
"Then someone from island e-
tickets, named Matthew, came and
told us they were not responsible."
Sookdeo she and her husband
were part of the disgruntled crowd
who spent hundreds of dollars on
tickets which proved useless when
the crowd barged through security
and into the concert.
"My husband got hurt during the
rush and we left shortly after that
but it is so embarrassing to us
because there were foreigners in the
crowd and they also had tickets
which they couldn't use and were
being told no, they could not go in,"
Candice Jardine, who also attend-
ed the show, said when she got there
just after 9 pm, many people were
piled in the platinum area and
organisers had closed off the gates
to the car parks.
She said: "They separated men
and women in different lines. The
women's line was moving faster,
then suddenly everything stopped.
"We stood up about 15 minutes
not knowing what was going on and
after a while the line started moving
and we reached to the steps. There
was a bottleneck for people scanning
"There was no signage for the
online tickets and no one was telling
us what to do and what not to do.
People were pushing.
"It was hot, people were climbing
and trying to see what was going,
people were calling for the police
The teenager who videotaped a
wheelchair-bound man allegedly
being assaulted by two police offi-
cers has been charged with two
The 17-year-old schoolboy
appeared in the San Fernando Mag-
istrate's Court charged with resisting
arrest and using obscene language.
The teenager's video, which went
viral on Facebook, led to charges
being laid against the two police
officers for allegedly abusing para-
plegic Robby Ramcharitar on High
Street, San Fernando, last Decem-
ber.When the teenager appeared
before Fifth Court Magistrate Ava
Vandenburg-Bailey he was accom-
panied by his mother.
The magistrate reminded
reporters that his name could not
be published because he was a
The offences allegedly took place
on February 7 on High Street.
The teenager pleaded not guilty
to resisting PC Mohammed in the
execution of his duty and using
His attorney Michelle Rampaul
said the teenager was a Form Four
student and was granted bail by a
Justice of the Peace over the week-
She asked for disclosure, includ-
ing the names and rank of all the
police officers present at the time
of the incident and the officers who
The matter was adjourned to
March 23 for disclosure and to set
a date for trial.
The socadrome is the only new
promising, sensible thing to hap-
pen in Carnival for years, says vet-
eran children s mas designer Ros-
Gabriel, whose children's band
will be parading through the
socadrome at the Jean Pierre Com-
plex next Tuesday, will not be com-
peting at any National Carnival
Bandleaders Association (NCBA)
competitions this Carnival, includ-
ing junior and senior parade of the
Last Carnival, Gabriel's band was
disqualified from competition after
leaving the route which was created
by the NCBA and heading to
Downtown Carnival judging points.
NCBA president David Lopez had
changed the route to exclude
Downtown Carnival last year, a
decision he recently announced
would be repeated next week.
"I've had enough. We will not
be in competition. We plan to have
a good time and we are registered
with the NCC to use the route, so
after socadrome, we will head to
the Downtown judging point and
if we have time we will head to the
Savannah," Gabriel said.
She added her masqueraders
were happy with the decision.
She told the T&T Guardian her
involvement in the socadrome this
Carnival gave her an opportunity
to be free of shackles.
The shackles she referred to were
that of the NCBA, who she said
continuously interfered with the
traditional routes of the festival.
Gabriel will parade the socadrome
stage with her presentation, Play
One for Cito, a tribute to the late
wirebender Cito Velasquez.
Gabriel, who has been involved
in Carnival for over 30 years and
is known for her prize-winning
children's Carnival bands, said she
was excited to be taking part in the
She added: "We were supposed
to appear in 2014 after appearing
the three competition venues.
"But because there was a six-
hour jam on Charlotte Street, I
never made it to the socadrome. I
was bitterly disappointed.
"The socadrome is the only new
promising, sensible thing to happen
in Carnival for years. The people
who thought about it are young,
"They didn't wait for a handout.
They did it to try and relieve the
congestion. It's new and fresh."
Gabriel, who has been opposed
to what she believes are attempts
by the NCBA to interfere with the
traditional roots of Carnival,
described her involvement in the
socadrome as "being free of the
shackles of the NCBA."
Gabriel's 2015 presentation is
scheduled to appear at approxi-
mately 8 am on Carnival Tuesday.
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Schoolboy on two charges
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Gabriel blanks NCBA's events
Anthony Chow Lin On, managing
director of a local radio station, and
the man Montano publicly
recognised as the organiser for the
event, said the scenario was a new
one and he was still putting
From the information he had
already gathered though, he said it
was apparent that some patrons
had purchased e-tickets from
scalpers who were basically
photocopying e-tickets and selling
them en masse.
"Quite a lot people bought e-
tickets from scalpers. Scalpers
were purchasing tickets and photo
copying them," he added.
He said several people
questioned about the source of the
tickets could not verify that they
were purchased online.
He added because of all the
confusion there was a backup and
the gates became momentarily
"I have to look at it as a learning
experience. People should not be
buying tickets from scalpers.
"If there are people who bought
legitimate tickets they should e-
mail the Web site they bought it
from. People need to get in touch
with Island Tickets," Chow Lin On
He added he had contacted
Island Tickets yesterday morning
and had received an explanation
"I regret the inconvenience to
anyone and I want to urge
members of the public not to
purchase these things from people
on the streets," he said.
Head of island e-tickets Kwesi
Hopkinson was not available to
comment when contacted by the
T&T Guardian yesterday.
EVENT ORGANISER RESPONDS
Young masqueraders in costumes from Rosalind Gabriel and Village Productions this year's presentation, A
Tribute to Cito Velasquez, during St Anthony's Children's Carnival in Westmoorings earlier this month.
PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
In a release, spokesman for
the socadrome, Danielle Hunte
said yesterday spectators
would now enjoy mas, steel
and soca in one venue on
The socadrome will return to
the Jean Pierre Complex and
entrance will be free before 9
Entry after 9 am is free for
children accompanied by a
paying adult while adult entry
will be $10.
This year's Socadrome show
will also feature performances
by traditional Carnival
characters, Kes, Roy Cape All
Stars and some of T&T
Carnival's large mas bands,
such as Bliss, Tribe and Yuma.
It will only be open to
masqueraders on Carnival
No parking will be allowed at
NEW AT SOCADROME
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