Colorful carnival masks

Colorful carnival masks on dark background

Having played mas from age 18 to recently, and having done so from Jouvert, Carnival Monday, Tuesday and last lap, fete until soaking wet, supported and pushed pan for my favourite steelband during Panorama, and even serving as a Carnival judge, I can acclaim I have mas-fever in meh body.

Therefore, the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) list of suggestions for Covid Carnival is irrational, and speaks mainly to concerns of merchants and store owners’ loss of revenue for 2021.

Imagine the following, as suggested:

• Three-foot-diameter costumes. Who will be the mas makers, and what will be the condition at the mas camp?

• Moving parade of reduced numbers. Who will comprise the audience and where will be the location?

• Panorama judged on the move. What number of pannists, and supporters? And who will control or supervise the setting in the panyard?

• Open-air calypso tent. What will be the complement of the audience, and how will the spew of saliva emitted into the atmosphere be controlled?

The DOMA plan contributes mainly to assemblies in large numbers and lack of social distancing, that are contrary to the Covid-19 protocols outlined by our country’s Ministry of Health. In the throes of the pandemic, with the natural exuberance and fun-loving nature of our people, those suggestions are impractical.

Maybe the citizenry could explore the concept of the “unique Carnival Covid masks” and the population would be judged by the roving judges, with prizes donated by DOMA, over the period February 12 to 16, 2021.

What is more important than life itself?

Why can’t we as a people this year try to enjoy the peacefulness of nature, devoid of the revelry?

Yes, there will be losses from the industry. People of T&T, let us accept that the lack of Carnival 2021 will redound to our benefit in ways that cannot be imagined, especially saving lives.

Therefore, it would be best if DOMA counts its losses this year and adhere to the statement, “It would be madness to be talking about Carnival in February... Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago in 2021 is not on.” —Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

Stay safe!


Yesterday’s back-to-back news conferences, first by the Ministers of Finance and Energy, and then by the president-general of the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union, turned up too many contradictions for public comfort.

It just doesn’t make sense on a lot of levels, and from various angles, this shooting of a soldier by a police officer at a birthday party, or get-together, in Point Fortin last Friday.

Every passing day living with the Covid-19 situation is more stressful than the one before in every country in the world. The situation of some people who have lost their loved ones, or their job, or their house, or their friends, or their money, or their sanity is becoming daily more unbearable.

I urge each and every constituent in Tobago where THA elections are to be held simultaneously with by-elections in five electoral districts in Trinidad (Morne Coco/Alyce Glenn in the Diego Martin Regional Corporation; Arima Central, in the Arima Borough Corporation; Hollywood in the Point Fortin Borough Corporation; Cunupia in the Chaguanas Borough Corporation; and Hindustan/St Mary in the Princes Town Regional Corporation) who is eligible to vote in those elections scheduled for Monday to come out and exercise their franchise.

Something amazing is happening in T&T and we must be thankful to the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB).

Trinidadians and Tobagonians of low and middle income, who after spending a few measly dollars on a Lotto ticket and then winning millions of dollars, somehow miraculously acquire the art of acting normal.

While it can be said the West Indies cricket team has one of the worst youth players-to-senior team legend records in the history of the sport, it can also be said the Indian cricket team has one of the best such records. WI would therefore do well to study them in great detail.