Police plead with revellers: Take caution with Mr Killa’s Run With It

Sergeant David Swan­son is plead­ing with pa­trons to de­sist from pick­ing up items that do not be­long to them when Mr Kil­la’s song—Run With It— is be­ing played in Car­ni­val fetes as it could lead to a fight.

Swan­son made the com­ment dur­ing an in­ter­view on the CNC3 Morn­ing Brew pro­gramme.

With­in re­cent times sev­er­al videos have sur­faced on so­cial me­dia show­ing fete lovers lift­ing and car­ry­ing items that were not theirs when the tagline of the song “pick up some­thing...any­thing” is be­ing played.

Central bandleaders seek police help for Carnival

A meet­ing among Ch­agua­nas Car­ni­val band­lead­ers and po­lice to iron out cru­cial is­sues pri­or to the fes­ti­val had to be called off as no of­fi­cers turned up on Wednes­day.

The band­lead­ers were left dis­ap­point­ed at the Ch­agua­nas Bor­ough Cor­po­ra­tion’s Ad­min­is­tra­tive Com­plex at Cum­ber­batch Street af­ter they wait­ing for an hour.

Among the is­sues the band­lead­ers want­ed to dis­cuss was the process to ob­tain spe­cial per­mits to use their ve­hi­cles on re­strict­ed routes.

No new rules for music trucks

There are no new pro­ce­dures for mu­sic trucks, be­ing used for Car­ni­val, to get ap­proval from the Li­cens­ing Au­thor­i­ty, ac­cord­ing to Trans­port Com­mis­sion­er Bas­deo Go­sine.

In a tele­phone in­ter­view with Guardian Me­dia on Thurs­day, Go­sine said: “Over the years, we have a long es­tab­lished pro­ce­dure to deal with that is­sue and that pro­ce­dure has not changed since I as­sumed of­fice.”

Ac­cord­ing to Sec­tion 49 of the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles and Road Traf­fic Act:

Don’t photograph Carnival mas without permission - TTOC

Video­g­ra­phers, pho­tog­ra­phers, broad­cast­ers and so­cial me­dia users (in­clud­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic) who in­tend to cap­ture any as­pect of work of mas use in any form of com­mer­cial in­tent di­rect­ly or in­di­rect­ly with­out prop­er ac­cred­i­ta­tion for this year’s Car­ni­val can face a hefty fine of $250,000 or a ten-year im­pris­on­ment.

This was the warn­ing sent yes­ter­day dur­ing a me­dia con­fer­ence by pres­i­dent of the T&T Copy­right Col­lec­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion Dr Vi­jay Ram­lal.

NCC requests additional $73 million for Carnival 2019

Two weeks after the Finance Ministry released $25 million to the National Carnival Commission (NCC) for Carnival 2019, the NCC has requested an additional sum of $73 million.

Culture Minister Nyan Gadsby-Dolly confirmed this in the Senate replying to Opposition queries from UNC Senator Wade Mark.

She said funds are released by the Finance Ministry to the NCC upon request.

She says another request was made for another tranche of money to be released for Carnival celebrations and will certainly be processed as expeditiously as possible.


Need vehicular access to restricted areas during Carnival? Here's how

The Police Service has given notice that persons wishing to enter the areas restricted to vehicular traffic in Port of Spain on Carnival Monday and Tuesday must apply for the relevant permit(s) from the Assistant Commissioner of Police ‘Mobile/Operations’ Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch, Garden Road, Aranguez South, no later than Monday 25th February, 2019.

Applicants seeking permits must submit copies of the following documents:

Party promoter threatens legal action against fire officers

A par­ty pro­mot­er has sig­nalled his in­ten­tion to sue the State over the ac­tions of a group of fire of­fi­cers, whom he claims have been at­tempt­ing to sab­o­tage his events.

In a pre-ac­tion pro­to­col let­ter sent to per­ma­nent sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Ly­dia Ja­cobs, lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Gre­go­ry Ce­de­no re­vealed that he is con­sid­er­ing fil­ing a law­suit for ha­rass­ment and tor­tious in­ter­fer­ence fol­low­ing in­ci­dents at two Car­ni­val fetes, last month.