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The country's most
1997 - 2016
Champs of Steel event cancelled
There would be no Champs
of Steel Plus by Pan Trinbago
The cancellation of the Car-
nival event, popularly known as
the Champs in Concert, is due to
the lack of financial resources by
the pan body.
In a press release yesterday,
Pan Trinbago 's president Keith
Diaz said that in the past funding
for the event was sourced from
gate receipts from the Panorama
events and sponsors.
However, the National Car-
nival Commission (NCC) took
control of the Panorama gate
receipts this year.
Diaz said without funds the
organisation would not be do-
ing anything that would put it
in a bad light.
"I cannot commit to the ar-
tistes, then turn around and tell
them I cannot pay them for their
performances," Diaz stated.
Champs in Concert showcased
Carnival winners in pan, mas,
calypso and chutney.
The event has been a staple on
the Carnival calendar for over 30
No major crimes in
Head of Anti-Crime Operations in the
Southern Division, Inspector Don Gajadhar
yesterday described Carnival 2017 as one of
the safest he has seen in years.
Gajadhar said well-planned and pre-emptive
exercises in the days leading up to Carnival Mon-
day and Tuesday led to the detention of numerous
"This was one of the safest Carnival seasons
I have seen in a number of years, there was not
a single report of any wounding, shooting or
stabbing coming out of the celebrations," he said.
"In the days before Carnival, we would have
identified key offenders and searched and de-
tained a number of them. We did a lot of work
before Carnival and I believe that would have
contributed to a successful Carnival."
He said the police were out in their full force
and commended the officers for their hard work.
"There were officers from all different divisions
covering every area, there were even soldiers pa-
trolling the streets --- it was a collective effort and
I want to commend everyone for their hard work.
We worked some very long hours but we were
able to keep the festivities crime free."
Commenting on the shooting of PC Larry
Legendre and his brother Lawrence during an
attempted robbery at a bar in New Grant early
on Saturday morning, Gajadhar said police are
making in-roads into the investigation but he
could not reveal any details.
Legendre's mother, Marian told the T&T Guard-
ian yesterday Lawrence was discharged but Larry
was still awaiting surgery at hospital.
She said she was praying that the gunmen are
Police said that around 1.45 am on Saturday,
the brothers and their father, Alexander, 65, were
playing pool at the Country Cabin Bar along Torrib
Tabaquite Road, New Grant.
Two gunmen and a man with a cutlass, who
were dressed in dark coveralls and jackets, walked
into the bar and ordered patrons to lie on the
Video footage showed Larry, a father of two,
striking one of the bandits with a pool cue. He
was then shot in the face. The bullet entered his
nose and exited through his ear.
Lawrence, a father of one, fought with one of
the suspects and was subsequently shot in the
neck. The bullet exited through his back.
The suspects then left the bar without taking
Patrons rushed the men for medical care. ---SR
"Don't let your disability
hold you back. Enjoy life and
make the best of it."
This was the message yes-
terday from 28-year-old Veera
Bhajan, who was born without
arms, to people who saw their
disability as a form of limitation.
Bhajan has overcome many
challenges despite being born
She has excelled academically
at the Princess Elizabeth School
for the differently-abled, the
Felicity Hindu Primary School,
St Augustine Girls' High School
to graduating with a Bachelor of
Law degree from the University
of the West Indies after stud-
ying at the Cave Hill campus,
Barbados. Her every word was
written with her toes.
On Carnival Monday and
Tuesday, Bhajan, of Felicity,
took on a different challenge ---
she participated in the revelry,
as she played in the band Fanta-
sy with thousands of masquer-
aders in Port-of-Spain. Though
it was her first experience, Bha-
jan said she enjoyed the celebra-
tions and was looking forward
to playing mas again next year.
"It was really a great experi-
ence. I think I am going to play
again," she said. Bhajan said she
was not bitten by the Carnival
bug, but was encouraged by a
group of friends to register with
Fantasy in the section Jewels of
"It wasn't for any special rea-
son," said Bhajan, when asked
what prompted her to take part
in the two-day celebration.
"My friends were playing and
I just wanted to experience it...
to be part of the fun and enjoy-
ment," said Bhajan, an attorney
with the Police Complaints Au-
thority for the past four years.
Bhajan was fortunate to meet
and take photographs with bat-
ting star Brian Lara and gold
Olympic medallist Keshorn
Bhajan, who wore a teal
coloured beaded costume
swayed to her favourite calypso
Full Extreme while on the road
on a Junior Sammy truck. Ei-
ther on or off the road, Bhajan
said she became the subject of
countless stares by onlookers
and fellow masqueraders be-
cause of her disability.
"I have grown accustomed
to people looking at me. So I
don't take it on." As she en-
joyed herself in the blistering
sun, Bhajan said her friends kept
her body dehydrated. "When
I was thirsty they would put a
bottle of water against my lips
for me to drink. They also fed me
my meals. So I was comfortable
throughout. I didn't encounter
Yesterday, Bhajan admitted
that some of her muscles were
a bit sore from walking. Bhajan
said throughout life she has been
very open minded.
"I am a free spirited person
and try to make the best out of
every opportunity offered to me.
I try to encourage people with
disabilities to do the same. If I
didn't have a positive attitude
towards life I would not have
reach this far today. I never
accepted mediocrity." Hav-
ing completed her Masters in
Corporate and Commercial
Law, Bhajan said she hoped to
branch off in this field soon.
Veera Bhajan on a Fantasy truck on Carnival Tuesday
Arts (SAPA) in
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