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over Barbados trip
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has denied
that he snuck off to Barbados for medical rea-
sons. In response to texts from the T&T
Guardian, Rowley said he was in Barbados
over the weekend to attend the wedding of
the daughter of his friend. His friend is also
the president of the Barbados Golf Associa-
tion. He also confirmed that both Housing
Development Corporation chairman, Newman
George and his wife, house speaker Bridgid
Annisette George were also in attendance.
"I shared the event here with my wife and
man friends from Trinidad, Barbados and else-
where," he texted on Saturday night.
"What else is there to confirm?" he asked.
Rowley questioned why there was any need
to inquire about the nature of his personal trip.
"Am I missing something? he asked.
Rowley said "rumormongering" that he was
left the country because he was "seriously ill"
"I played golf with Sir Gary Sobers, Brian
Lara and Elvis, the pro from the Sandy Lane
Country Club," he said.
Rowley he will continue golf into the week-
end, with games with his Barbados/ Trinidadian
traveling group "which has existed for years
and continue to function".
Prime Minister Dr Keith
Rowley is expected to present
a reality check to citizens when
he addresses the nation on
That is according to Finance
Minister Colm Imbert.
Rowley told a function hosted
by the Women s Institute for
(WINAD) last week that he was
scheduled to address the nation
shortly. He said then that the
quality of life of citizens were
in danger, adding that his Gov-
ernment would be brutally hon-
est about it to save them from
what was pending. Rowley had
expressed concern about the
reducing price of oil on the inter-
national market in the past sev-
eral weeks. He said citizens must
behave properly if there were to
maintain their existing quality
The PM did not elaborate but
sources say his address would
relate to the state of the econ-
Imbert, questioned on the
matter during a function to dis-
tribute 250 Christmas hampers
to needy citizens at his Diego
Martin Northeast constituency
office yesterday, said the PM s
address will "deal with people s
expectations going forward over
the next couple years."
Imbert said: "It is just some
sort of a reality check. So stand
by. It is a reality check, that is
all."And as the Christmas shop-
ping period draws to a close this
week, Imbert is advising citizens
to be cautious in their spending.
he said that in the wake of pre-
vailing economic conditions
locally. "Be conservative. The
retailers may not be too happy
but I would just ask people
(shoppers) to be conservative,
conserve whatever cash you have
(and) keep it for a rainy day."
Asked if he shared the view
of some businessmen that
Christmas sales were slow this
year, Imbert said he didn t know
because has was not monitoring
that. "It is difficult to say, it may
be so but only they can tell. They
record what their sales are. But
if sales are slow it means people
are being conservative." He said
that was "not good for the retail-
ers but it is good for the con-
sumers, at least they are holding
bad some of the savings they
have (and) that is not as bad
Imbert urges cautious spending as
Rowley to give nation 'reality check'
Acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert presents a Christmas hamper to Petti Valley resident Debra
Caresquero during his annual hamper distribution, at his constituency office in Maraval yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
More than two weeks after being
admitted to the Eric Williams Sci-
ences Complex in Mt Hope for pains
related to her pregnancy, 28-year-
old Stacy Ramkissoon has died.
Ramkissoon had contracted the
H1N1 (swine flu) virus, but the cause
of her death hasn t yet been deter-
mined. An autopsy is scheduled for
Ramkissoon s relatives received
news of her death on Saturday night,
in the hospital s Intensive Care Unit
Family members suspect swine flu,
but Medical Chief of Staff of the North
Central regional Authority Dr Andy
Bhagwandass said the hospital would
await the post-mortem report before
making any statement.
"We don t have the confirmed
cause of death. It is known that she
had H1N1 but there were other issues
so we have to wait on the report,"
The young woman had delivered
her baby via a Caesarean section.
The baby died one day after deliv-
ery.In an interview yesterday,
Ramkissoon s father Kelvin said his
daughter, who lived on Mohammed
Street in Tunapuna, went to the hos-
pital early this month after experi-
"She didn t seem to have any flu-
like symptoms when she went in but
they kept her for observation. Then
they told us pneumonia, after that
they said tuberculosis and then finally
H1N1," Kelvin said.
He said his daughter, who would
have been 29 on January 25, was
responsive shortly after going to hos-
pital but took a turn for the worse
and was moved to the ICU.
"I would go and see her but then
I got sick and well I couldn t go into
the ICU. I tested positive for dengue,"
He said hospital officials had given
the vaccine for the virus to relatives.
Ramkissoon praised the doctors at
the hospital, saying he knew they had
done all they could.
"The doctors really worked, They
really tried their best. They were talk-
ing to us and giving us information
but it seemed like whatever was wrong
was too much for them."
Health Minister Terrance Deyals-
ingh, in a press conference on Friday,
said three people had died as a result
of the H1N1 virus in 2015.
He said their had been a total of
29 lab-confirmed cases so far.
Deyalsingh told media there was
enough vaccine shots and Tamiflu
doses for the at-risk population in
Children, the elderly, hospital work-
ers and pregnant women are consid-
ered to be at-risk.
Mom who had contracted
swine flu dies at Mt Hope
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