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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, February 13, 2015
Victoria Cooper (Queen Vic-
toria) will open the cast of Sun-
day s National Calypso Monarch
at the Dimanche Gras show.
Speaking at yesterday s draw for
positions for the competition
Cooper said singing at position
number one is what she wanted.
The draw took place at Kaiso
House, Queen s Park Savannah,
In an interview yesterday, she
said she felt good with the early
"The judges are fresh, the peo-
ple... they are fresh and they are
ready to take in everything that
they get, so actually I am happy.
The person who opens the show
leaves room and everyone else has
to catch up.
"I predicted I would get number
one and here we go. I feel confident
because the response on Saturday
"I was a favourite in the Calypso
Fiesta and I am going into
Dimanche Gras with that positivity
and all the best to me and blessings
to everyone," Cooper said.
Defending Monarch Roderick
Gordon (Chucky) felt numbers
were not really important but still
said he would have preferred to
perform at position number one.
"I think numbers are of no sig-
nificance to me but number 10...
I suppose, given the fact that a lot
of people will come before... so
the stage, the lighting everything
will be well organised so number
ten is a good number in that
regard," Gordon said.
Asked about the prevalence of
political songs in the competition,
Gordon said that was simply part
of the Carnival landscape.
"People talk about the fact that
the political songs are dominating,
the political songs have a space...
for example people like Devon
Seale, Mistah Shak... a number of
others have political songs but I
also think that the Dimanche Gras
is about balance so it is what you
bring in the second rounds that is
different that can show your cre-
ativity, your class, your versatility
as a calypsonian and that is what
I try to do every time I perform
on the Dimanche Gras stage."
Former prime minister Patrick
Manning has written to Peoples
National Movement (PNM) leader Dr
Keith Rowley telling him his state of
health was the reason for his with-
drawal from last Monday s screening
During the exercise on February 9,
constituency chairman Kenny Prescott
informed Rowley and the screening
committee Manning no longer had an
interest in offering himself as a can-
didate to be screened.
This was confirmed by PNM general
secretary Ashton Ford who said no
reason was given.
Manning was one of five candidates
nominated by various party groups to
face the screening committee in its bid
to select the most suitable candidate
to contest the San Fernando East seat
in the general election due this year.
Attorney and businessman Randall
Mitchell, one of the five candidates
screened, was given the nod to contest
the seat which Manning has held for
almost 43 years.
On February 10, one day after his
last-minute decision to end his career
as an elected MP, Manning penned a
formal letter to Rowley to explain his
absence from the screening process.
In the letter, which Manning has
posted on Facebook, he said he was
aware that the chairman would have
advised Rowley he would not be facing
the screening committee.
However, he said the letter repre-
sented his more formal and personal
account in keeping with expected
norms in matters of that nature.
Manning reminded Rowley of his
undertaking not to be a problem to
"I also indicated to you that I was
not well but if my health improved
and I am healed then I could face the
screening committee. I noted also in
our communications then that if on
the other hand my health does not
improve I would have no other alter-
native but to bow out of active politics,"
Manning, who suffered a stroke in
January 2012 which has affected his
mobility and speech, said it was now
clear that although there have been
some improvements in his condition,
his health had not improved suffi-
"I therefore have to bow out of pol-
itics under the circumstances. It is for
this reason that I did not face the
screening committee," he said in the
Manning, who had indicated that
upon his retirement from politics he
wanted to enter into the ministry of
religion, said: " I still, however, trust
the Almighty to fully restore my health
in His time."
He wished Rowley and the screening
committee well in "their future endeav-
Manning s decision has drawn sup-
port from both present and past politi-
cians from all sides of the political
The Carnival Cash winning num-
ber yesterday was 697137. If the
number on the back of your yester-
day s T&T Guardian was 697137 you
have won the prize of $1,000.
You now have until 3 pm today to
come to the T&T Guardian, 22-24,
St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, with
your copy of the T&T Guardian news-
paper (complete newspaper), con-
taining the winning mask at the back,
and a photo identification.
A 'queen' leads off the
Monarch finalists Sunday
Manning to Rowley on withdrawal:
It was a health issue
Carnival Cash Promotion
prize now worth $1,000
1. Victoria Cooper --- Queen
2. Karene Asche.
3. Heather Mac Intosh.
4. Myron Bruce --- The
incredible Myron B.
5. Devon Seales.
6. Neville Brown --- Bunny B.
7. Brian London.
8. Winston Scarborough --- The
Original De Fosto Himself.
9. Duane O'Connor.
10. Roderick Gordon --- Chucky
11. Joanne Rowley --- Tigress.
12. Selvon Noel --- Mistah Shak.
Calypso monarch finalists, from left, Neville "Bunny B" Browne, Devon Seales, Victoria (Queen Victoria)
Cooper, Karene Asche, Duane O'Connor, Joanne (Tigress) Rowley, Roderick (Chucky) Gordon, Winston
Scarborough, The original De Fosto Himself and Brian London pose for a photo after the official draw for
Calypso Monarch at Kaiso House, Queen's Park Savannah, yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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