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Pan Trinbago vice-president Bryon
Serrette yesterday apologised to the
public for the late finish to the
National Panorama finals, saying the
lethargic flow among competing
bands and efforts by the stage crew
to monitor bands trying to flout the
Saturday's steelpan music contest
at the Queen's Park Savannah in Port-
of-Spain featured 21 contestants in
two categories: medium and large con-
But Serrette said they had to be
more diligent than usual after they
picked up an illegal practice at last
Thursday's Single Pan Band and Small
Conventional Bands finals at Skinner
Park, San Fernando.
He said the stage management team
at that event found a finalist band in
breach of the rules regarding the num-
ber of players. The band, which he did
not name reportedly appeared in the
small conventional class with a com-
pliment of players over the maximum
ceiling the rules allowed.
It was because of this, he said, that
the Saturday's stage crew was put on
high alert .
"It was slower than it was supposed
to be," Serrette said.
"The stage crew had a responsibility
to ensure that the bands stayed within
the maximum and minimum. They
were a little more careful, a little more
deliberate in the check."
Asked how Pan Trinbago could get
its members to understand what a
production was so it could be timed
and broadcast efficiently, Serrette said,
"You could lead a horse to water, but
you can't make him drink.
"Starting the show earlier wouldn't
make things tighter. What would make
things tighter is a more efficient and
responsible approach to the show by
the bands and the management of the
bands. That will assist greatly, because
whatever (Pan Trinbago) management
may do, if the bands and the leadership
of the bands don't co-operate all the
efforts would be to nought."
PanTrinbago apologises for late finish
CHARLES KONG SOO
Deceased United States pop star Michael Jackson's
former doctor, Conrad Murray, is in T&T to have
a good time for Carnival.
Murray arrived in Trinidad with his family, daughter
Chanel, son Che and fiancee Nicole Alvarez, on a
Caribbean Airlines flight from Miami on Saturday
He politely told the media that met him as he
exited the airport departure lounge around 7:50 pm
that he had no comment, as he and his family were
here on holidays for two weeks to enjoy Carnival.
Murray did say he loved Carnival when asked how
he felt to be back in Trinidad.
"We're here on Carnival holidays and to have a
good time," he said.
Murray said he will be playing with Tribe/Bliss on
Carnival Monday and Tuesday, but not J'Ouvert as
it would be "too much".
He and his family were quickly whisked away by
Murray was released from a Los Angeles prison
on October 28, 2013, after serving two years of a
four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter in
the death of Jackson.
Murray, 61, a cardiologist, was hired by Jackson
as his personal physician when the latter was preparing
for his 2009 concert tour.
A 22-year-old man was killed in
a gang-related shooting in Petit
Valley yesterday, bringing the total
number of people murdered during
the Carnival weekend to four.
Residents of Second Street,
Ravine Road, contacted police
around 5.45 am yesterday after they
heard a volley of gunshots in their
When officers led by Insp Thomas
arrived on the scene they found the
victim lying in an empty lot of land
with gunshot wounds to his head
The victim, who was later iden-
tified as Kevon "Mo" Julien, of
Savannah Terrace, Diego Martin,
died on the scene.
Investigators said Julien had an
extensive criminal record, including
several pending cases for firearm
and ammunition possession, and
was a known member of a gang in
Julien's murder was the third in
west Trinidad between Friday night
Around 7.15 pm on Friday, Clin-
ton "Mooney" John, 25, was shot
dead outside his girlfriend's home
at Benedictine Street, Carenage.
Almost 12 hours later, police dis-
covered the body of another murder
victim at Gardier Street, Pt Cumu-
na. The victim, who was wearing a
grey pants, white T-shirt and a back
hat, is yet to be identified.
In a separate incident, Keron
Sampson, 26, of Bertrand Trace,
Valencia, was shot dead while pur-
chasing Chinese food in Valencia
Junction on Friday night.
The murder toll stood at 85 up
to late yesterday evening.
Autopsies will be performed on
the victims at the Forensic Science
Centre, St James, on Wednesday.
Senior Supt John Daniel and
detectives of the Homicide Bureau
of Investigations are continuing
Dr Conrad Murray, left, girlfriend Nicole Alvarez and children Chinelle, right, and Che arrive at the Piarco
International Airport on Saturday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Man with criminal record
gunned down in Petit Valley
Jackson died in June 2009 of a prescription drug
overdose. Murray was charged after lethal levels of
the anaesthetic propofol were found in Jackson's sys-
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan had said Murray,
who operated in T&T years ago, could return and
make an appeal to the medical council for a licence.
Murray was born in Grenada, where his parents
met, but he is a T&T national as his mother was
born here. At the age of seven he moved to Trinidad,
where he lived with his mother. He completed high
school, worked as a teacher, customs clerk and insur-
ance underwriter before moving to the US to pursue
his education and career in medicine.
The former doctor's medical licences remain sus-
pended or revoked in the US states.
Murray has already taken action to get his licence
reinstated through his attorney Valarie Wass, saying
he was prepared to fight in order to practise medicine
Jackson's former doc playing
mas with Tribe/Bliss
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