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2017 Tobago Carnival
Themed the "Re -- Presentation of Carnival", patrons
can expect to see several changes in this year's Carnival
celebrations as organisers seek to provide more value for
These changes include more steel pan on the road, a
smoother flow in the parade of the bands, updates to the
registration and judging system and increased emphasis on
Scarborough J'ouvert, said newly appointed Chairman of
the Tobago Carnival Committee -George Leacock.
Speaking to the Carnival fraternity, during a press con-
ference last week, Leacock said the committee will also
enhance spectators' experiences as they have been overlooked
for too long.
"There are four interest groups in Carnival, we have been
operating under the delusion in Trinidad and Tobago that
they are just three: mas, pan and calypso," hesaid.
He continued: That is not so as there is also the spec-
tator and members of the public and in everything that we
do that's one of the things we want to keep foremost."
Leacock also revealed this year's Carnival budget is $10.5
million:$.5 million more than last year's.
According to the Chairman, once the emphasis is placed
in the right direction all persons will benefit.
"As a result of us putting pan , calypso and mas first
then people will get jobs to put up signs, decorate and make
refreshments and all of that. We are also emphasising get-
ting value for money for our masqueraders, pan men and
calypsonians and ...and from our service providers."
He noted that the committee will operate differently:
We are going to do our best to pay people on time but we
are not going to make purchases because somebody has
something to sell."
According to Leacock, this year's festival will also overturn
the idea that pan has no place in Carnival after Panorama
as there will be steel pan bands on the road during the
The Tobago committee has also partnered with personnel
from the National Carnival Commission to modernise the
island's registration and tabulation systems.
"What they will do is install a computer system that will
allow our system to be computerised right up to the point
of preparing sheets for judges for scoring," he explained.
And added: The entire system will eventually include a
networked judging system that will allow for instant results
across the board because in Tobago we have significantly
more competitions, as many as four times as much as the
This year's parade of the bands will run from the Old
Market Car Park to the Shaw Park Cultural Complex. Mas-
queraders will also benefit from the addition of two cool-
ing-off points along the route. These will be covered areas
where persons can take a break and rehydrate. Bands will
also be given special incentives to cross the judging points
early and a special command center will be set up to coor-
dinate the parade of bands.
Leacock gave the assurance that music trucks will be
provided for J'ouvert bands in Scarborough, for the first
time ,in an effort to increase participation in that area.
Stakeholders at the carnival press conference.
George Leacock, chairman of
Tobago Carnival Comittee.
No bail for
on drug charge
CASANDRA THOMPSON -FORBES
A Venezuelan national, was among three men who
appeared in the Scarborough Magistrates Court on
Monday, charged with the possession of marijuana
for the purpose of trafficking.
Rolandi Jesus Gomez 31 of Venezuela, Kwesi Brooks
31 and Byron Baptiste 37, both of Prince Street, Rox-
borough, were not called upon to plea as the charges
were laid indicatably. Baptiste was additionally charged
with shooting with intent. The were all remanded in
Brooks and Gomez were advised to apply to a Judge
in chambers for bail, while Baptiste was denied bail,
since he had similar matters before the court.
The court heard that on Saturday 4, February offi-
cers from the Roxborough Police station went to
Bloody Bay Road around 4:30 am, where they inter-
cepted a white Mitsubishi vehicle with three occupants.
It is alleged that Baptiste came out of the vehicle and
opened fire on the police, who returned fire. He escaped
on foot, but later visited the Scarborough General
Hospital with gun shot wounds to his lower back.
Brooks and Gomez were apprehended at the scene.
The vehicle was searched and 21 packets of com-
pressed marijuana, totalling 11.625 kilograms and
valued at $151,125.00, together with a quantity of cash
were found and seized.
Corporal Wilson of the Roxborough Police Station
laid the charges.
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