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The confirmation of a new chair-
man of the North Central Regional
Health Authority (NCRHA) is expected
to take place within a week, Health
Minister Dr Fuad Khan says.
He said he submitted the name of
the new nominee to Cabinet last Thurs-
day and approval was given. But he
said before he publically discloses the
name of the new chairman he has to
await confirmation from Cabinet.
"Just before Christmas or right after
Christmas the confirmation should be
made. No later than that," Khan said.
Dr Nalini Kokaram-Maharaj, who
had been named to head the new board
and replaced former chairman Dr She-
henaz Mohammed, refused to take up
the chairmanship of the NCRHA after
claiming she received threats to her life
and that of her family.
A typewritten note warning: "We
are watching you. Decline the post at
NCRHA or else..." was allegedly placed
on the windscreen of Kokaram-
Maharaj s SUV.
The tyres were also slashed.
Asked if he was concerned whether
there may be a similar occurrence with
the appointment of the new chairman,
Khan said: "I live one day at a time.
I can t predict the future. Whatever
occurs we will deal with it.
"But the new candidate is well qual-
ified and very well versed and has
agreed to take up the mandate of devel-
oping the NCRHA and its services."
On the reason why Mohammed s
contract was not renewed, Khan said
he did it in the best interest of the
"That is a decision I took in the best
interest of the NCRHA. There was
nothing at all personal in it," Khan
On how Kokaram-Maharaj has been
since the purported threats Khan said
he had not spoken to her since.
" I haven t heard from her since the
incident happened. I think she has been
very quiet and the whole incident has
been very unfortunate," Khan added.
The date for the election of a new
executive for the Agricultural Society
of T&T has been postponed from Jan-
uary 4 to a date to be set before Jan-
Food Production Minister Devant
Maharaj said so when he distributed
hampers donated by ministry staff to
needy people in Arima on Friday.
The court had ordered on December
3 that elections should take place within
35 days but Maharaj said the postpone-
ment allowed for more measures to be
put in place.
Justice Frank Seepersad had quashed
the election results because of serious
irregularities in the filling out of ballots
after it was challenged by members
Sylvester Pino and Hassanali Yatali.
The judge also ordered the society
to ensure all relevant reports, including
financial reports, were produced to its
membership prior to the casting of
votes in the election.
The Mighty Sparrow (Dr Slinger Francisco) says
he is glad Government has chosen to present a
Sparrow display and hopes it will do more to honour
more of T&T s icons.
At last Thursday s post-Cabinet press conference,
Arts and Multiculturalism Minister Lincoln Douglas
announced Government would pay the calypsonian
$2 million over ten years for the use of the mem-
orabilia, currently being stored at Sparrow s house.
The memorabilia includes 52 certificates, 42 CDs,
eight citations, four DVDs, 176 medals, 98 trophies
and 78 videos.
Government has not found a location for the display
yet but the calypsonian said he was hoping it would
be ready for Carnival next year.
"I hope all goes well and that they will preserve
my legacy and the legacy of calypso," Sparrow said
in a telephone interview.
He said he was approached earlier this year and
had several discussions with the ministry.
He said while he was happy with the initiative, he
had also lobbied the minister to preserve the legacy
of other calypsonians.
"One of the things we spoke about was that they
should do something to ensure certain calypsoes
were played on the radio stations. They should be
pushing calypso on a regular basis," Sparrow said.
He said he would love to hear calypso played on
all radio stations even if it was just late at night.
"This is the land of Calypso. Don t let calypso be
a relic of the past," he said.
Policewomen look on as members of the public help an unidentified man at the corner of High and
Penitence Street, San Fernando, after he suffered an epileptic seizure last Thursday.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
New NCRHA chairman in a week
Play more kaiso
on radio stations
Agri Society election postponed
The calypsonian made news last year after
newspapers (not the T&T Guardian) falsely
reported that the icon had passed away after
surgery in the United States.
Following those reports Government
intervened and provided assistance with
payment of Francisco's medical bills. Douglas'
announcement followed another attempt to
preserve a musical legacy by a local musician
Soca artiste Machel Montano launched his
own museum this week and in a speech also
hoped Government would do more for local
icons. Montano's mother, Elizabeth, said all the
arrangements for the museum had been done
"We approached several ministries but it was
something we didn't want to wait for," she said.
She added she was happy and hoped that
Machel's museum opening would spark the
urgency for more celebrations of local artistes
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