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A talented Trini tassa player was
killed in a hit-and-run accident in
Queens, New York, on Sunday.
The victim was identified as
Doodnath Lalchan, 43, also known
Lalchan, who was originally from
Debe, Penal, was said to be one of
the best male tassa drummers in
Queens. New York police are cur-
rently looking for the driver of a
black SUV who drove off after the
According to a CBS New York
report, at about 2.30 am Lalchan
was struck at the intersection on
115th Avenue and 131st Street in
South Ozone Park in a hit-and-run.
Lalchan was seen on CCTV sur-
veillance video about to walk across
115th Avenue when he fell on the
The footage showed him lifting
his head in the direction of an
It showed the driver brake sud-
denly before rolling over Lalchan's
body. It also shows that the driver
kept going as other cars drove
around the injured man.
Almost five minutes after Lalchan
was struck, footage showed another
driver stopping to prevent other
vehicles from running over Lalchan
and the police were summoned.
Lalchan died at the scene.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian
yesterday, Lalchan's close friend,
Anil Raghoonanan, described the
incident as a tragedy.
Raghoonanan is also the man-
ager for the Major League Tassa
group, where Lalchan had been a
member for the past 12 years while
living in Queens.
Lalchan began playing tassa when
he was seven years old. He was
never married and had no children.
He migrated to New York on Sep-
tember 9, 2011.
"It is a tragedy for someone who
is so loved in the community here
in Queens. Phantom was one who
would have put smiles on people's
faces and he always wowed the
crowd whenever he beat that tassa.
He was a genuine person and one
who will never be forgotten,"
Raghoonanan said he was in fre-
quent contact with the police and
has been told that the officers have
some good leads, "But, I am still
waiting to find out what is the next
New York police officers have
already notified Lalchan's relatives,
who reside here in T&T, of the inci-
Raghoonanan confirmed that
Lalchan's sister was on her way to
New York to organise his funeral,
which will take place in Queens,
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Doodnath Lalchan was killed in a
hit-and-run accident in New York
Tragedy in Queens, New York
Trini tassa player
killed in hit-and-run
The effects from various mosquito-
borne diseases represent a "big hole"
in regional health security and there
must be a collaborative approach to
eradicate this scourge.
So said Dr James Hospedales, executive
director of the Caribbean Public Health
Agency (CARPHA), while speaking at
the launch of the Caribbean Mosquito
Awareness Week held at CARPHA's head
office, Federation Park, Port-of-Spain,
"If a mosquito-borne disease can
spread so easily it is a hole in our health
security," Hospedales said, adding that
there were no specific treatments, vac-
cines or preventative drugs for such dis-
eases as treatment was mainly for the
The event which was a collaboration
between CARPHA, the Caricom Secre-
tariat and the Pan American Health
Organisation (PAHO) was themed, "Small
Bite, Big Threat: Fight the Bite, Destroy
Mosquito Breeding Sites."
Hospedales urged that all mosquito-
breeding sites be eradicated, especially
with the advent of the rainy season,
adding that this would assist in reducing
the negative economic impact on the
He said Zika virus transmission has
been reported in 37 countries of the
Americas and since then the virus has
been reported in 14 CARPHA member
The latest statistics released by the
Ministry of Health last week revealed
that 23 people had tested positive for
the Zika virus in T&T and a second con-
firmed case of a pregnant woman had
Regional corporations throughout the
country have been on campaigns to rid
potential breeding grounds of the Aedes
aegypti mosquito, which transmits the
virus, and the programmes are expected
to be boosted in the coming weeks as
the rainy season has already begun.
The virus, Hospedales said, has been
reportedly spread at the same rate as
chikungunya, which was one infection
"Despite much increased public edu-
cation, despite vector control, this virus
has just been rolling on through.
"Zika shows that we could never let
our guard down where infectious diseases
are concerned, particularly as we are a
very tourism-oriented part of the world,"
He said throughout the Caribbean this
week various governments would be
stepping up their eradication campaigns
with a particular emphasis on protecting
Chief Medical Officer at the Health
Ministry, Dr Clive Tilluckdharry, who
also spoke, said this country has been
battling mosquito-borne diseases for
many years including dengue which has
He warned that chemical spraying
must be limited as careless and ad hoc
use could have disastrous consequences.
Dr Douglas Slater, assistant secretary
general of Caricom who welcomed the
initiative, said Caricom was, however,
concerned about the cost associated with
such diseases including the risk associated
with long-term costs like that of micro-
cephaly, a condition where babies are
born with unusually small heads.
He said a recent proposal was made
to have taxes suspended from equipment
to combat such diseases including mos-
This proposal, Slater added, was sub-
mitted to individual member states for
consideration and approval.
a security threat
Health officials concerned:
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