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The Socadrome initiative at the Jean Pierre
Complex to facilitate a parade stage for four
major non-competing mas bands on Carnival
Tuesday will be the most expensive event held
at the venue in the past three years.
In an interview yesterday, the senior manager
of facilities and maintenance at the Sport Company
of T&T, Anthony Blake, said the cost of renting
the complex for the initiative had surpassed any
other rental of Sport Company facilities for the
past three years.
The Sport Company manages all the major
sporting facilities across the country.
Blake refused to give the actual rental cost but
the T&T Guardian learned that the estimated
investment in the Socadrome by the bands ---
Bliss, Harts, Tribe and Yuma --- has reached over
But Socadrome spokesman Danielle Hunte said
yesterday the bills were still mounting up.
She added: "We have stadium costs, security
costs, stage costs and other expenses which are
increasing. The cost goes up every day, and it isn t
just cash costs. The bands all have to reallocate
resources to make this event happen."
Blake said he expected the transformation of
the venue into the Socadrome to have minimal
effect on the grounds.
The bands will move around the outer perimeter
of the stadium and then cross a stage being built
between the stands at the Jean Pierre Complex.
"The floor is pitch. The floor is made of the
same material used to pave roads and it was paved
about three or four years ago," Blake said.
He said the only place being used by bands was
the road into the venue and the complex itself.
"They will not be allowed on the indoor court.
Patrons will be allowed to use the stands and the
toilet facilities but mas bands have their toilet
facilities for masqueraders," Blake said.
He said the stadium would be completely locked
off to the bands.
"The Hasely Crawford Stadium is actually more
susceptible to damage from these types of events.
The propensity for damage is much higher."
He said with the bands promising to increase
security for the venue he expected few problems.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for 25th FEBRUARY, 2014
Renee T Anna Lazarus spent her last
moments with her older brother discussing
how she could better her life through edu-
cation. Her last minutes on earth, however,
were spent struggling with her killer or
killers, who tied her up, stripped her and
strangled her with her own clothing.
Lazarus, 17, who was nicknamed Rihanna
because she was a fan of the Barbadian pop
singer, was found half-naked in an abandoned
lot at Cameron Hill, Petit Valley, around 7
am on Monday.
Speaking with the media outside the Foren-
sic Science Centre, St James, yesterday, after
identifying her for authorities, relatives
described her as a happy person who was
Lazarus was last seen by her brother,
Nathaniel Brathwaite Jr, last Friday as they
were returning to their Salandy Street, Diego
Martin, home around 7 pm from shopping
Brathwaite said the two spoke about
Lazarus signing up to do evening classes to
sit the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC)
They were in a silver Lancer which was
working PH (private for hire). Brathwaite,
however, got out at Factory Road, Diego Mar-
tin, and told his sister to go straight home.
It was the last he heard and saw her.
At the Forensic Science Centre yesterday,
Brathwaite was heard blaming himself for
his sister s death, while their mother, Alicia
Lazarus, called for justice for her child.
Brathwaite said his sister was a happy child
who loved making those around her laugh.
Lazarus said her daughter wanted more
than anything in the world to help others.
This passion, she said, made her daughter
decide she wanted either to be a doctor or
She said her daughter was a quick learner
and did not deserve to die in the horrific
manner she did and called for justice.
In a telephone interview with the T&T
Guardian yesterday, assistant Commissioner
of Police in charge of crime, Glen Hackett,
expressed condolences to the family.
He also warned the public and women in
particular to be careful of the vehicles in
which they travelled.
"I would advise the travelling public to be
wary of using PH taxis in seeking to obtain
transport. Sometimes it is the only mode of
transport that is available but I urge you do
not substitute your life for convenience. Be
very careful," Hackett said.
With Carnival around the corner, he said,
the travelling public often took chances.
Lazarus is the second teenage girl to be
killed this year.
On January 21, Aleah Cain, 15, was shot
dead on her way to her Belmont home around
11 pm. She went to a parlour on Belmont
Circular Road with her boyfriend, 20-year-
old Odelle Charles, when the two were shot
at. Cain was the mother of a six-week-old
With two other killings that took place
yesterday, the murder toll rose to 81 for the
year, three more than it was for the corre-
sponding period last year. The latest murder
victims were 48-year-old Paul Williams and
40-year-old Kerwin Fevecque.
Around 8.50 pm on Monday, residents of
Upper Thomasine Street, Laventille, heard
gunshots and called the Inter Agency Task
Force (IATF). IATF officers responded and
found Williams lying at the side of the road
covered in blood. He was taken to the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital where he died
A few minutes later, officers from the
Besson Street Police Station were called to
Spring Drive Block 22, Laventille, where
Fevecque was killed. He was found lying in
a pool of blood near his home and had been
shot several times.
Fevecque was a compressor operator at
the Port-of-Spain City Corporation.
Girl, 17, strangled
Movement leader Dr
Keith Rowley, centre,
hugs soca stars Bunji
Garlin and Fay-Ann
Lyons during their
performance at the
PNM Red Fete fete at
Balisier House, Port-
of-Spain, on Monday.
PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
past $1m mark
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