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The future looks dim for 19-year-old
Kavita Rampersad who has trouble find-
ing a job to help save her family's home.
A landslip is threatening to destroy the
Rampersad family's home at #24 Mantacool
Second Branch, George Village, Tableland.
Rampersad, a successfully CAPE grad-
uate, is interested in pursuing a career in
nursing. In the interim she has tried, unsuc-
cessfully, to find a job to finance her train-
ing and assist in saving her home, which
provides shelter for herself, her widowed
mother, two brothers, one of whom has a
wife and child.
Rampersad said the landslip is on their
private land, but her family just does not
have the $35,000 to build a retaining wall.
She said since her father died nine years
ago, her mother has been working with a
doubles vendor to take care of her family. She
said her two brothers do not have permanent
jobs and just cannot raise the cash needed.
She said they recently invested in the re-
building of the wooden structure to a more
stable concrete structure, but about four to
five months ago, the land started caving,
affecting the main supporting posts in the
front and back of the house.
Attempts were made to backfill the prob-
lem area, but that to has caved in.
"Money is a major problem right now. My
dad died when I was writing SEA and my
mom has been taking care of us ever since.
"We have applied to the National Self Help
Commission, the Princes Town Regional
Corporation (PTRC) as well as to our Member
of Parliament, Minister in the Ministry of
Education Dr Lovell Francis for assistance.
"To date we have had no favourable re-
sponse. I keep calling the offices but they
keep telling me I have to wait, but time is
against us as the house is already on the
verge of collapse."
She sent a number of photographs show-
ing leaning front posts, movement of the
cesspit as well as the impact it has had on
the main supporting post at the back of the
She said having failed to get assistance
from the authorities, she decided to bring
attention to their plight through the media.
Calls to Dr Lovell's phone went unan-
PTRC vice chairman, Clifton De Co-
teau, said he was unaware of the situation
but would draw it to the attention for the
councillor for the area Michelle Benjamin.
De Coteau said they would bring it up in the
council when it meets.
Calypso exponent George Maharaj and Ru-
dolph Ottley have both suggested that the
Calypso Monarch be crowned at the Calypso
Fiesta held at Skinner Park, rather than at the
Dimanche Gras show.
The duo chose social media to weigh in on the de-
bate taking place since the official Calypso body, the
Trinbago Unified Calypso Organisation (TUCO) an-
nounced that competitors will be judged on one song.
Maharaj, who resides in Toronto, sparked off a string
of supportive as well as dissenting voices with his
"So I heard that there will be one song sung by 16
contestants in the Dimanche Gras and the same song
has to be performed as in the semis so if this is the
case then why not chose the monarch at the semis?
Am I missing something here? Please enlighten me
to the real decision."
Ottley, owner and operator of the Divas Calypso
Cabaret International, was one of those lending sup-
port to the idea of choosing a monarch at the semi
"It was very interesting listening to 'Calypsoni-
ans' voice their opinions on Calypso related mat-
ters...However, as a non-calypsonian I want to offer
the perspective that since forty semifinalists will be
singing one Calypso at Calypso Fiesta and fifteen will
selected to sing the same Calypso at the Calypso Mon-
arch finals why not crown the Calypso Monarch at
fiesta and have the winning Calypsonian appear as a
guest performer at the Dimanche Gras show.
"In effect their will be forty finalist instead of 16,
inclusive of the reigning monarch. Given this new
format it will make economic sense to convert Calyp-
so Fiesta into the Calypso Monarch finals...then the
Dimanche Gras show will have five Calypsonians; the
Calypso Monarch, the three categories champions,
the ex-tempo champion; the panorama champions
and the King and Queen of Carnival/mas."
He further suggested, "In the absence of a second
Calypso why would I want to go to Dimanche Gras
to hear the same Calypso that I have already heard
at Calypso Fiesta. I know some of you are saying it's
a different night and a different performance at the
Dimanche Gras but this new arrangement could make
the Calypso category at the Dimanche Gras very ir-
Reigning Calypso Monarch, Devon Seales, said he
was totally against the one song stipulation. Seales
who won the 2016 Calypso Monarch competition
with his rendition of Respect God's Voice and Spirit
of Carnival, said he had already prepared a defence
with two selections and having to settle to perform
one song was a bit difficult to accept.
Calypsonian Llewlyn Mc Intosh, better known as
Short Pants expressed some reluctance to the Skinner
Park monarch idea.
"Dr Ottley's suggestion is an interesting perspec-
tive. I see that George and Devon agree. I hesitate,
though. Before enacting such a suggestion, I would
like to see what the data indicates. Can we go back
ten or fifteen years, perhaps--- I am sure that the data
is available? Let's discover how many times did the
Monarch of any given year occupy the first position
(from Sinner Park) going into the finals.
"It seems to me that the various singers tweak
and improve/adjust their performances from Tent,
to Skinner Park to the Savannah. Each forum de-
mands a particular set of performance skills. It is to
the calypsonians' credit that many adjust so well. I am
not certain that Skinner Park is the best performance
venue and I would be therefore reluctant to support
the finals at that venue."
A front view of the Rampersad family's home at
#24 Mantacool Second Branch, George Village,
Tableland, which is threatened by a landslip.
Landslip at eroding the foundation of the Rampersad family's home at #24 Mantacool
Second Branch, George Village, Tableland.
19-year-old begs for
help to save home
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