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Woodbrook residents are planning to
protest the National Carnival Commission s
(NCC) decision to allow four large Carnival
bands to parade through their streets on Car-
nival Tuesday, as well as the decision to host
the Kiddies Carnival at Adam Smith Square
The route for the large bands will take mas-
queraders through Woodbrook and to the
Socadrome at the Hasely Crawford Stadium,
On Tuesday, Woodbrook residents met with
Port-of-Spain mayor Raymond Tim Kee in
the hope that he could dissuade the NCC from
agreeing to the Socadrome proposal.
They said Carnival activities should stay in
Port-of-Spain and not be brought into their
Tim Kee, however, told them it was not
within his power to do so and on Thursday,
the NCC announced that Harts, Tribe, Yuma
and Bliss had been granted approval to parade
along an extended route through Woodbrook
and to the stadium.
In an interview yesterday, president of the
Woodbrook Residents Association Lynette Dolly
said residents were upset by the decisions.
She said: "Nothing has been organised as
yet and it is quite possible there will be a
"Why are they moving it (Children s Carnival)
from downtown and the majority of people
come from the east, and where are they going
to park? It (protest) could be possible."
Councillor for Woodbrook June Durham said
residents were objecting to the route because
it posed a health and safety issue for them and
in the case of the Kiddies Carnival, residents
were concerned about accessing their homes
She said: "We want to know if there is an
emergency route. One of the residents just had
surgery. It is more of a health and safety sit-
uation. That street will be tightly packed.
"When they come off the stage they are
going straight into somebody s residence. There
is no area to line up. Where these children
going to line up? Is Adam Smith Square ready?
Nobody says how the health and safety will
be dealt with."
She said residents were still compiling sig-
natures for a petition against the Socadrome
"We are going to have an emergency meeting
to plan things. I hear the residents will protest
but we have heard nothing yet. We have over
300 signatures on the petition (against the
MP joins cause
Joining the residents cause yesterday was
Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene Mc Donald.
In a media release, McDonald said: "The
approval given by the NCC to parade along
this extended route on Carnival Tuesday with-
out consultation with the residents is another
slap in the face to the residents of Woodbrook."
She said what made matters worse was the
fact that the bands reportedly made the proposal
since January 30.
"No one sought to meet the residents to
explain the plan or seek to understand the
impact such a plan could have on them.
"To make matters worse, it now seems Gary
Griffith, National Security Minister, has
bypassed the Port-of-Spain City Corporation
and Woodbrook residents to cater for a select
group of mas players," McDonald said.
She said while she supported moves to ease
congestion for the masqueraders, it could not
be at the expense of a residential community.
She added: "Some years ago, J Ouvert cel-
ebrations were discontinued in St Clair after
complaints from the residents," she said.
"Woodbrook residents have a right to be
affronted by this latest incursion on their right
to peace, quiet and the enjoyment of their
property. The use by the bands of the proposed
route can be expected to leave a trail of noise,
vehicle exhaust, garbage and urine through the
She said the plan to deploy police and soldiers
to ensure the safety and security of masquer-
aders, spectators and residents was hardly
"The time is long past for a more proactive
discussion of the future direction of this impor-
tant cultural festival.
"The staging of Carnival cannot continue
to be an annual bacchanal of reactive decisions
for short-term impact that leave openings for
solutions without consultation by omnipotent
"We need to look carefully at what might
be all of the reasons these bandleaders have
chosen to abandon the heart of Port-of-Spain
and deprive the families who come from all
over T&T to enjoy this free entertainment
largely facilitated by the State."
Socadrome s media relations director Danielle
Hunte said yesterday that the four bands had
pursued the initiative because of years of com-
plaints from masqueraders about having to
wait hours to cross the Queen s Park Savannah
stage due to congestion.
She said the main purpose of Socadrome
was to ease traffic congestion and also bring
relief to the masqueraders.
Newly-crowned Miss Fyzabad Emma
Griffith says sex education in schools will
aid in alleviating the instances of teenage
pregnancies in this country.
Emma Griffith, a student at the Univer-
sity of the West Indies, beat five other
competitors to take the coveted title at the
Fyzabad Carnival Queen Pageant, at the
Petrotrin Sports Club, Fyzabad, on Thurs-
She was responding to the question posed
to her during the Miss Intelligent question
and answer segment of the competition.
"I believe the problem of teenage preg-
nancies stems from a lack of knowledge
of sex itself and the consequences it can
Griffith, 20, who represented her home-
town of La Brea , said adults need to stop
keeping sex a secret.
"It is truly a privilege to represent Fyzabad
as Carnival queen," said Griffith. "I believe
this competition reflects the true meaning
First runner-up in the competition was
Miss Pepper Village, Penny Joseph and sec-
ond runner-up was Miss Crest Camp,
Rebecca James, who also captured Best
Gown title. Miss Jimdar Street, Jereleen
Jimdar ,was crowned Miss Congenitality
and Miss Erin, Tineil Vesprey, won the Best
UWI student is
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