South bandleaders object to new route

South Car­ni­val band­lead­ers are up­set over a ma­jor change in the mas­quer­ad­er’s route for this year’s Car­ni­val as they claimed it would cause prob­lems for mu­sic trucks to turn at nar­row cor­ners.

They want San Fer­nan­do May­or Ju­nia Re­grel­lo and con­venor of Car­ni­val Naigum Joseph to re­con­sid­er the pre­vi­ous route for Car­ni­val Mon­day and Tues­day.

San Fer­nan­do Car­ni­val Band­lead­ers As­so­ci­a­tion met at In­fin­i­ty Lounge and Bar, Cipero Street, yes­ter­day where they raised an ob­jec­tion to the new pro­posed route. 

Int'l: R. Kelly pleads not guilty to all counts of aggravated sexual abuse

R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

His attorney Steve Greenberg entered the plea for Kelly in a Chicago courtroom Monday. Greenberg also told the judge that Kelly has turned in his passport -- though the 52-year-old hasn't been able to post bail yet.

Kelly, one of the most successful R&B acts of all time, was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four victims, prosecutors said.Three of the accusers would have been underage at the time of the alleged crimes.

Machel, Iwer settle dispute

So­ca star Machel Mon­tano has apol­o­gised to fel­low en­ter­tain­er Iw­er George and en­cour­aged him to per­form at his con­cert tonight.

On Sat­ur­day, George called for a pub­lic apol­o­gy from Mon­tano fol­low­ing last year’s de­ba­cle in­volv­ing Sun­ny Bling at Machel Mon­day.

But yes­ter­day a pho­to emerged of George, Mon­tano, An­tho­ny Chow Lin On (Chi­nese Laun­dry) and Ron­nie McIn­tosh.

In an in­ter­view, vet­er­an mas man Mc In­tosh said both par­ties stopped by this mas camp un­planned and he en­cour­aged them to thrash out their is­sues.

Traffic restrictions for Children's Carnival Parade

This weekend marks the commencement of the Children’s Carnival Parade of the Bands, and police are notifying members of the public of various traffic restrictions for the St James and Marabella districts.

These arrangements will take effect on Sunday and were made by the Commissioner of Police under Section 68(1) of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act Chap. 48:50. St. James:

These restrictions shall have effect from 12 noon to 7 pm on Sunday 24th February, 2019;

Exodus sends pre-action protocol letter to Pan Trinbago president

Pan Trinbago’s president Beverley Ramsey-Moore has been issued a pre-action protocol letter for unfair and unjust decision not to allow Exodus steelband to change their tune of choice for Panorama finals 2019.

The letter stated that the steelband’s captain filled out a Panorama 2019 questionnaire indicating the band, its region and category.

The song choice, however, was not yet indicated but listed as to be advised.

The song choice was later indicated to be “Rag Storm” composed by Austin “Superblue” Lyons on the Panorama 2019 questionnaire submitted on January 3rd.