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Alison: No personal apology

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Alison: No personal apology

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BARBADIAN soca queen Alison Hinds is yet to receive an apology from the Miami Carnival organizers, who have blamed time constraints for her not being allowed to perform last Sunday.
Following intense criticism from disappointed patrons on various social media and from Hinds herself, who on Twitter and Facebook blasted the organizing committee for “disorganization”, the committee apologized in an official statement yesterday.
“Our headline act Alison Hinds was unable to perform due to contractual obligations to the stadium and the financial repercussions that would follow the extension of the event scheduled. We were [therefore] unable to permit a time extension,” the statement, prepared by committee chairman Mario Zamora and public relations manager Yvette Harris, said.
They added that the inclement weather had presented delays and other challenges, causing the show to go beyond its scheduled time.
The statement added: “We want to apologize for not being able to deliver the complete entertainment line-up that our patrons were looking forward to and expected on Carnival Sunday . . . .
“We take full responsibility for the logistic and presentation quality of all the cultural elements of the carnival. Since the onset of these disappointments, we have communicated with all parties to express our sincere apologies.”
But, Hinds, who spoke to the MIDWEEK NATION yesterday, said she was still awaiting an apology and explanation.
“I haven’t had any kind of communication with the organizers since I left Miami (Monday).  “They have not reached out to me,” she said. “I want a personal and public apology because this wasn’t good enough, especially since I did all I was asked to do, including every piece of media.  I was punctual – everything, so I’m not at fault at all.”
Hinds, who had promoted the event on NBC and via social media, said she was supposed to headline the show at Sun Life Stadium Miami Gardens Sunday but encountered “total chaos” in the coordination of the show and poor backstage arrangements.
“There was a total lack of control. Backstage there was one tent in the corner with no light, no drinks or anything,” she said.
She said the best part of the carnival was the exposure through interviews with the Miami Herald, along with two appearances on NBC. “I was very excited, and the fans were excited,” she added.
“The Miami Broward One Carnival needs to do better,” Hinds said.

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