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After standing quietly
for nearly a minute facing a
waiting audience, 14-year-
old Antonio Waithe, without
music or backup singers to
give support, started sing-
The teen belted out a love
song, eyes level and trained on
the judges, a solo act, until his
peers and their parents began
clapping out a beat.
It was moments like
this one, sweet and
pure, which made
inary round of the
tion for the
Arts (CPF) Na-
tional Schools' Soca
Over 34 competitors,
eight in the junior category for
primary schools and 25 in the
senior category for secondary
school students, auditioned at
new sponsor Chuck E Cheese's
Chaguanas location, yesterday
The eight finalists in each cat-
egory will go on to perform at the
Queen's Park Savannah on Awe-
some Friday, February 17, against
junior winner Stefan Camejo and
senior champion Aaron Duncan.
This year's preliminary compe-
tition saw an increase in partici-
pants in the senior category but a
significant decrease in the juniors
Project co-ordinator for the
competition Latoya Latapy said
the reason for the decrease was that
many of the juniors from last year's
competition had moved on to the
At least one competitor in
this year's competition will
also compete in
the adult version
of the competition,
Fatima College's Ser-
gio Camejo, who
will join a for-
Queen's Royal Col-
lege's Aaron Duncan.
CPF uses the competi-
tion to keep the soca mu-
sic industry alive by nurturing
and developing the next wave of
entertainers, and frequently hosts
workshops for students from ages
seven to 19.
Some of the junior soca monarchs
who have established themselves
in the soca industry are Kerwin du
Bois, Patrice Roberts, Erphaan Alves
and Orlando Octave.
Jerimiah James during his performance for the judges.
PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
Less singers in
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across the country and equipped
with modern, high-end medical
equipment to ensure the most
progressive medical treatment
is made available.
"Among the departments and
services offered by the Couva
Medical and Multi-Train-
ing Facility are Diagnostic
& Imaging, Surgery, Burn &
Plastics Programme, Critical
Care, Mother & Child Care,
Birthing, Paediatric Outpatient
Clinic, Adult Outpatient Clin-
ic, Paediatric Rehabilitation, a
Pharmacy and Laboratory, and
a Helipad to provide helicopter
access for emergency patients,"
The facility will focus on
Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacol-
ogy and Optometry which will be located
in an adjacent building to the hospital
block connected by a covered pathway.
The facility is environmentally ac-
commodating and takes advantage of the
site's natural topography, views and ex-
isting tree lines. It is also self-sufficient,
with a single Central Utility Plant and
Tertiary Level Waste Water Treatment
Plant to ensure reliability.
External works also include 620 park-
ing spaces, roads, and landscaping.
Former minister of health Fuad Khan
yesterday said he anticipated the med-
ical facility will take an additional two
or three years to be opened by the Gov-
He said under the People's Partnership,
the hospital was anticipated to open in
March 2016 at the latest.
"They are doing what we were going
to do but they are taking long to do it,"
He said any change to the name of the
facility from "Couva Children's hospital"
was just semantics.
"It was a children's hospital more than
anything else, but the adult hospital was
equipped to be a training centre, that was
the initial approach. It was made accord-
ing to British and American standards.
Naming the thing something else doesn't
change what it is," Khan said.
Khan said he was disappointed that he
had heard nothing about the proposed
rehabilitation unit from the present
"We had plans for the rehabilitation
unit, with Point Lisas so close by so we
wanted an international burns centre.
There was also supposed to be an area
of the hospital earmarked for abnormal
haemoglobin patients, but I have not
heard anything about that."
He said Government had the option
of changing the policies which governed
the Regional Health Authorities so that
staff could be moved between regions in
order to fill the vacancies at the hospital.
He added that staff should not be much
of a problem as there were many junior
doctors out of jobs and looking for work.
Govt will take
two to three
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