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As  the world grapples with the Ebola virus that has struck Western Africa, a leading name in entertainment in Trinidad and Tobago is calling on the authorities at home in T&T to be proactive and begin meeting ahead of Carnival 2015. On urban radio stations in the country, there have been sentiments uttered, that carnival 2015 should in fact be canceled. Entertainer, MX Prime however, thinks urgent round table talks among health and carnival stakeholders, is imperative at this time.

Chatting with EBUZZ on Thursday, the artiste who is also enjoying an on air presence throughout the week on urban frequency, Boomchampions 94.1FM, said in the state of panic, things can be said that could lead to a frenzied reaction. He said, first things first- meetings need to begin taking place on the issue. “Yes, carnival is a big revenue earner, but based on what is happening at this point in time, it cannot be treated lightly, it cannot be taken for granted, because it’s just a  plane ride away,” said the artiste.

Carnival in Trinidad and Tobagos sees an influx of visitors from a cross the world. With Ebola a concern, there is now possibility that Carnival could be cancelled.

Carnival in Trinidad and Tobagos sees an influx of visitors from a cross the world. With Ebola a concern, there is now possibility that Carnival could be cancelled.

MX Prime says the people of Trinidad and Tobago must be made priority by government officials- especially so, people who continue to travel to various destinations. He says the situation would not scare him into avoiding travel, however, explaining that life cannot be lived fearfully. “You could walk outside and a bus hit you,” said Prime, in his real- talk tone. He simply doesn’t feel that anyone should be fearful, but rather, he says people should  generally seek more information on Ebola and protect themselves suitably. “People need to take stock of what they are doing and where they are doing it, especially when it comes to traveling to heavily populated places like Europe and the US,” he advised.

Even with news that several members of T&T’s business community have met on the issue and plans are in motion for a meeting of carnival stakeholders and business people on the island, MX Prime says a contingency plan must be formulated ahead of the peak season in Trinidad and Tobago. And while he admits that a carnival shut down would take its toll on the industry’s stakeholders, he says what needs to be done, must be done in a situation that is as serious as this one.

 

 

 

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