Carnival 2020

Organiser: Soca Raff Up 2020 was safe

Gleeson Job, the man behind the ill-fated SOCA RAFF UP 2020, admits there may have been a breakdown in communication, which caused panic among event patrons.

But the Event Manager for The House of Siete asserts that at no time was any patron in mortal danger.

The fete promoter told Guardian Media today that there were enough life jackets available, as well as additional lifeboats, in the event of a serious disaster.

Several DUI arrests in Road Traffic Exercise

The Trinidad and Police Service (TTPS) is issuing another reminder to drivers to “Drive Sober”, especially during this Carnival season.

This, as five people are expected to appear in court today, Tuesday 18th February, on charges of driving  a  vehicle with  breath  alcohol  levels  exceeding  the  prescribed  legal  limit. 

Soca Raff Up organisers apologise, sort of…

The organizers of the SOCA RAFF UP 2020 are apologizing to patrons over last night's event, following a mechanical issue on one of the boats.

But the organizers are claiming the picture painted by some of the patrons is an exaggerated version of what actually transpired.

SOCA RAFF UP 2020 up began at around 3pm on Sunday and was carded to run until 8pm on board the vessel called “The Embassy”.

However, at some point last night, party patrons sent an SOS via social media, alleging that part of the boat had begun sinking.

President declares 2020 Carnival days

Her  Excellency,  Paula-Mae  Weekes,  President  of  the  Republic  of  Trinidad  and  Tobago  has officially declared the beginning and ending days and times for Carnival 2020.

In an official release issued today, the President made the following declarations in accordance with:

1.  Section 47 C (2) of the Liquor Licenses Act, the period of Carnival shall commence at 8:00 a.m.  on  Sunday  9th February,  2020  and  ending  at midnight  on  Tuesday  25th February, 2020; and

TTPS ready for anything this Carnival—Young and Griffith

“The safest place in T&T is inside a Carnival fete…”

So says Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, as he weighed in on the current crime situation and the TTPS' readiness for Carnival celebrations.

And the top cop says his men and women officers are equipped and ready to deal with anything and make sure that their presence is felt.

During a drill with various arms of the TTPS at the Police Training Academy on Thursday, Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says the police aren't being trained to use brute force, but rather, to destabilise potential deadly situations.

Carnival police patrols at all beaches

Ahead of the bloodshed and mayhem seen since the start of the year, Municipal Police Officers have joined forces with the T&T Police Service (TTPS) to make Carnival 2020 safe.

Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein says the Municipal Police Service has rolled out its security plan for the upcoming Carnival season.

Minister Hosein has confirmed that a full complement of officers will be patrolling beaches and other public places.

BP Renegades top Panorama Semi-Finals

BP Renegades have topped Panorama's large steel orchestra semi-finals competition.

The results were posted to Pan Trinbago's Facebook page late last evening.

The defending champions eclipsed Republic Bank Exodus and Desperadoes, who both tied for second place, by two points.

Renegades' selection "Wrong Again" earned the band 283 points.

Renegades will be hoping for a hat-trick win at the finals, carded for Saturday 22nd February, at the Queen’s Park Oval.

Rounding out the top five finalists were: Hadco Phase Two Pan Groove and Massy Trinidad All Stars.

Glass bottles banned for Carnival 2020

National Security Minister Stuart Young has announced a ban on glass bottles for Carnival 2020.

At a press conference at the Ministry of National Security a short while ago, Minister Young said he hopes this ban will become a standard feature of Carnival in years to come.

The ban will start at 4am on Carnival Monday and end at midnight on Carnival Tuesday.

Minister Young said those found breaking the law will have their beverages seized by police if they refuse to empty them into plastic or paper cups.

Simon Baptiste to head up International Soca Monarch

CEO and founder of Question Mark Entertainment, Simon Baptiste, has been appointed as Creative Director of the International Soca Monarch.

His nomination comes days after former chairman, Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez renounced her position, claiming a lack of resources and time to organize this year's celebrations.

According to a post on social media, Lyons-Alvarez stated:

“I believe in giving the public a Soca Monarch they deserve and with limited time, it becomes harder to accomplish…”