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There is overwhelming sup-
port among residents of St Clair
and Woodbrook for the National
Carnival Commission's (NCC)
plan to fine bandleaders for their
masqueraders who vandalise
public or private property.
The T&T Guardian yesterday
spoke to several residents in these
areas where Carnival masqueraders
pass through on Carnival Monday
The general consensus was full
support for the NCC's plans.
On Havelock Street in St Clair, the
wooden beams holding up the roof of
a shed at the front of Tricia's Spa was
damaged by a large mas band during
last year's Carnival celebrations.
"The whole roof damaged," own-
er of the business, Tricia Mangray,
"The band (name called) climbed
up around the side and jumped on
the roof to stand on a piece of con-
crete jutting out.
"I did not fix the roof."
Blue paint from last Carnival was
also on the short wall in front the
business. She said she had to re-
paint it. And does she agree with
the NCC's plan to fine bandleaders?
"Of course, yes," she said.
Roger Murray, of RESL Real Estate
Service Ltd in St Clair, said it was a
good thing the NCC was doing.
"It happens here (the defacing of
property by masqueraders).
"The walls are usually black after
the Carnival with body paint."
"You see black paint, all colours,
on the wall in front the business
after Carnival. We have to repaint
it every time."
A St Clair lawyer, who asked for
anonymity, said he saw black and all
colours of paint on the wall in front
"People should be more respon-
sible, to show respect for other peo-
ple's property, he said.
In Woodbrook, Stephen Dalla
Costa said the wall in front his Film
Processors business was defaced
He said the biggest culprit was a
nearby J'Ouvert Band.
"The wall is stained from last
year's J'Ouvert. After this Carnival,
I have to wash it and paint it."
Dalla Costa said it did not cost him
much because it was a small wall but
people with long wallsnear Federa-
tion Park had to spend hefty sums to
clean and repaint their walls.
"It's a damn disgrace. I absolutely
support the NCC," he said.
Brendon Chow, of Mr Chow's
Smoke House in Woodbrook, said
he was against the idea of fining
bandleaders but not against fining
masqueraders. "They should penal-
ise the masquerader, the individual."
Chow, who said he opened "right
through" the two days of Carnival,
said masqueraders dirtied his walls.
He said police officers should be
out looking for people who defaced
property. As for mas bands, they
threw the blame on J'Ouvert bands.
Anthony Tang Kai, manager of
McFarlane's band, said he was puz-
zled about how they were going to
identify the perpetrators.
"I appreciate what they are trying
to do but how are you going to track
Tang Kai added, "I won't say
it's National Carnival Bandlead-
ers Association bands who deface
"It's more the J'Ouvert bands."
Ronnie McIntosh, of the band,
Ronnie and Caro's, said also sent
some blame in the direction of the
"I guess the whole thing (NCC's
plans to penalise) targets J'Ouvert
"We are not famous for defacing
McIntosh said he did not want to
comment because in the last couple
weeks before Carnival, the NCC al-
ways came up with something.
"They lose me every time."
NCC chairman Kenny De Silva
said bandleaders could be held re-
sponsible for their masqueraders
who are caught defacing property.
If a masquerader was identified
in the act, that bandleader could be
fined thousands of dollars, he said.
Chairman of Caribbean
Prestige Foundation for the
Performing Arts, Peter Scoon
said the Government needs to
invest more in the country's
Scoon was commenting on
this year's $500,000 Interna-
tional Soca Monarch first prize.
Last year's first prize winner
took home $1 million. Second
prize this year is $250,000; third
$150,000 and all other contest-
ants will collect $50,000.
In a brief interview yesterday
at the draw for appearance po-
sitions at the NLCB Suite at the
Queen's Park Oval, Tragarete
Road, Port-of-Spain, Scoon
said T&T's culture was being
"I don't know what to think
about that. The only thought I
could tell you, there is a level of
disrespect for culture in T&T. I
also have to be mindful that we
are going in a recession. That
said, I am still of the belief that
the cultural product is one of the
places we should investing more
in culture," he said.
Scoon said he expects an ex-
cellent show with high quality
from the top 22 entertainers.
Tizzy, an Antiguan national,
said she competed three times in
the International Soca Monarch.
"I am going to come out on
Fantastic Friday and do my ab-
solute best with my team. I am
hoping to do Antigua and Barbu-
da proud. This is my third time
and I am blessed to be part of the
finalists and congratulations to
all who made it to the finals and
thank you to everybody for their
continued support," she said.
Reigning International Soca
Monarch Aaron St Louis (Voice)
said he was satisfied with singing
at number 21.
"It is a good number for me
and I don't want to go last, so I
could have enough time to settle
into the show. Last year, I had
second to last and this year I have
second to last and I am hoping for
the same result," he said.
First-time Soca Monarch
entertainer Asten Isaac said he
was building a business with his
music and songwriting for the
past 12 years.
"I would always suggest to
newcomers to take the oppor-
tunity to show their skill set to
do their best and plan, plan, plan.
Market, market, market, work
hard. It's your craft.
Isaac said he worked with
various artists working in the
Deputy director of NLCB,
Ricardo Borde, said ISM has
become a corner store for the
artform and the organisation has
invested over 15 million over the
past two decades.
Finalists in this Friday's International Soca Monarch competition pose with their appearance numbers following yesterday's draw for
positions at the Queens Park Oval in Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: KERWIN PIERRE
Residents support fines for 'nasty' bands
CPF chairman at Soca Monarch draw:
Gov't needs to invest more in culture
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5 GBM Nutron
6 Devon Matthews
8 Farmer Nappy
10 Ricardo Drue
11 Teddyson John
13 Patrice Roberts
14 Shal Marshall
15 Asten Isaac
16 Peter Ram
17 Iwer George
19 Terri Lyons
20 Orlando Octave
21 Voice (reigning monarch)
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