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During his lifetime, pan icon Dr Jit Sukha
Samaroo straddled the "delicate balance
between dreamer and practical man."
This, according to his daughter Amrita
in a moving tribute read by Hollick Rajku-
mar during his delivery of the eulogy at
the Service of Comfort in solemn remem-
brance of the life and work of Samaroo,
held at the Aramalaya Presbyterian Church
on Cochrane Street in Tunapuna, yesterday
"He was a father who was firm but com-
passionate, a God-fearing man who respect-
ed all religions, and a man who faced adver-
sity with courage," she added in the tribute.
Samaroo was 65 years old when he died.
A close friend of Samaroo for more than
36 years, Rajkumar also made reference to
other tributes from friends inclusive of
Mark Lochan, Ainsworth Mohammed, Ray
Holman, Len "Boogsie" Sharpe, Michael
Marcano, and Sonilal Samaroo who all com-
mented on Samaroo s penchant for hard
work, his disciplined lifestyle, and com-
mitment to family.
"Jit was a proud Trinidadian who always
referred to himself as a panman," said Rajku-
"Pan was his life. He had no hobbies,
played no sports, and mentored many pan
players who have today become recognised
pannists in their own rights."
He contended that the Samaroo Jets Steel
Orchestra formed in the early years of his
life was "the laboratory" that tested Sama-
roo s musical abilities.
Attending the service was President
Anthony Carmona who, on arrival, was
greeted by Samaroo family members with
whom he spent some time in whispered
conversation before taking his place in the
church s front pew.
During the procession of the cortege up
the aisle, champion steelband music
arranger Duvone Stewart rendered a pan
solo of Jesu Joy of Man s Desiring, after
which there were readings from the scrip-
tures, followed by the congregation joining
in singing the hymn How Great Thou Art.
Fitzroy Gajar and Camille Bassie read the
Lessons after which Boogsie rendered his
interpretation of the Mighty Sparrow s
President of Pan Trinbago Keith Diaz
and Presbyterian Minister Rev Daniel
Teelucksingh also gave tributes, telling of
the individual experiences they shared with
Samaroo during his lifetime.
In delivering the sermon, Rev Harold
Sitahal said both Samaroo and the steelpan
instrument were holy revolutionaries that
defied the odds of their origin to become
The Samaroo family, in a message on the
printed programme, expressed sincere
appreciation and thanks to all who helped
in any manner during their time of need.
Following the service, the body was taken
to the Surrey Village Cemetery on Lopinot
Road for burial.
While news of the fifth confirmed H1N1
(swine flu) death swept the country yes-
terday, there has been a call for companies
and medical institutions not to capitalise
on the fear of citizens.
This comes from president of the San
Fernando Business Association, Daphne
Bartlett told the Sunday Guardian that
the price of the H1N1 virus vaccine was
$400 before the current breakout.
But Sureway Weightloss clinic put out
advertisements in the local newspapers in
the past week, offering the vaccine to mem-
bers of the public at $700 per shot.
"Usually in pharmaceuticals we are gov-
erned by the Food and Drug Administration,
which allows us to make anywhere between
25 to 30 per cent mark-up on injectibles,"
"It s not like we could get up one day and
say we are going to increase the price by 50
per cent or a hundred per cent."
"You should not capitalise on a desperate
situation, because if they are bringing in the
vaccines, that must mean they want to save
lives as well."
The Sunday Guardian called Sureway yes-
terday and enquired about the pricey vac-
A member of staff said the vaccines were
administered by a medical doctor, but
patients were asked to sign a consent form
"All of our nurses are registered nurses,
but the doctor herself gives the vaccine. She
would not risk having anyone else do it,"
the staff member said.
Because of a high demand for the vaccine,
the clinic is expected to open for several
hours today (Sunday) to accommodate
Checks at medical centres across the
country revealed that although there is a
shortage of the vaccine, waiting lists are
being compiled for when the vaccine is avail-
At the Gulf View Medical Centre, a mem-
ber of staff said the cost of the vaccine was
approximately $400 and there was a three-
week waiting period before it could be avail-
At the Southern Medical Centre it was a
similar response, but a price range was not
At Cross Crossing Medical Centre, the
price is between $250 to $300 and vaccines
are expected to be available as early as
A staffer at the St Clair Medical Centre
said the institution did not stock the vaccine,
but arrangements could be made to get vac-
cines for patients.
At both Rampersad s Medical Centre and
Freeport Medical Centre, receptionists told
this reporter that names were being taken
for a list as the vaccines are expected to
arrive within the next two weeks. Both med-
ical centres price the vaccine at $400.
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh had
said on Friday that those in high-risk groups,
which include infants, the elderly and preg-
nant women, would be given the vaccine at
the nation s health facilities as a priority.
Pallbearers carry the casket of Steelpan icon Jit Samaroo following yesterday's funeral service at the Aramalaya Presbyterian Church in
Tunapuna. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Jit was a dreamer
and practical man
Swine flu scare...
on fear of citizens'
The Association of Local Culinary
Ambassadors (ALCA) and Port-of-Spain
Mayor Raymond Tim-Kee have reached a
mutual agreement on vending at the
A release yesterday said after a cordial
meeting at the mayor s office and much
discussion, a satisfactory conclusion was
reached with ALCA president Neal Thomas
and Tim-Kee shaking hands to seal the
terms of the agreement for vending at the
It said: "Over the past few weeks, san-
itation issues in the area used by the group
of small entrepreneurs were brought into
focus as the Health Department of the Port-
of-Spain Corporation had deemed that the
area posed a possible threat to consumers
who purchased food items in the area."
At the meeting, Tim-Kee shared his vision
for the small entrepreneur who provided
food services at the Savannah, advising that
the vendors should re-brand to improve on
their offering to the public, embracing oppor-
tunities for training and money management.
He even suggested that they be uniformed
in clothing which would identify them as
"The Savannah Strip Vendors."
Tim-Kee pointed out that while the
Savannah had been maintained by the Min-
istry of Agriculture, it fell under the purview
of the corporation, hence his involvement
in the issue.
Both parties fully discussed the existing
MOU between the Ministry of Agriculture
and the vendors, and it was agreed that this
must be strictly adhered to.
This included that ALCA would be
responsible for daily garbage collection within
the designated area and they must remove
their property after sales each day.
The corporation will continue its daily
cleaning of all public areas to ensure that
the public is protected from illnesses related
to sanitation issues.
PoS food vendors, mayor reach agreement
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