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Will Prime Minister
Keith Rowley be golfing
during his overseas trip?
That's what Opposition MP
Barry Padarath would like to
Rowley left on Wednesday
for energy meetings with four
oil companies --- including Shell
--- in Houston, and a week's vacation
Tuesday's release from the Prime
Minister's office which announced
his departure, didn't say when Row-
ley would return to T&T. Nor could
Government officials say when this
would be. They could only confirm
Rowley would be proceeding
on his planned week long
vacation after the Houston
meetings. The meetings ended
Padarath said Rowley didn't
make public his itinerary for
the Houston meetings.
"Nor did he give details of
who from Shell (for instance)
he'd be meeting and what
would discussions entail, Pa-
"The timing of the Prime
Minister's visit to Houston to
meet Shell is peculiarly coin-
cidental since it's the same
week when Shell would be
hosting its premier Golf Pro
tournament in Houston."
"The Shell Houston Open tees
off this week on the Golf Club of
Houston Tournament Course with
an all-star, international player
field that includes four of the top
ten ranked players in the world."
Noting Rowley "has a particu-
lar affinity" for golf and is an avid
player, Padarath questioned whether
Rowley "was in Houston truly for his
own personal enjoyment or whether
he was using meetings with Shell as
an excuse to be in Houston during
the golf tournament."
Padarath called for full disclosure
of Rowley's daily schedule while in
Houston. He expressed concern
acting Energy Minister Colm Im-
bert (also acting as PM currently)
hadn't accompanied Rowley to the
US energy meetings. Padarath will
seek answers on the queries during
Parliament, he added.
Give Crazy an
Calypso researcher, archivist and author George
Maharaj has started an on-line advocacy, which
could soon turn into a petition, for Edwin Ayoung,
who sings under the sobriquet Crazy, to receive
an honorary doctorate.
The call, all the way from Toronto, has sparked over-
whelming endorsement for not only Crazy, but Winston Bai-
ley, aka calypsonian Shadow, who has not been enjoying the
best of health.
Some have gone further, requesting national awards be
bestowed on the duo. The last calypsonian to receive an hon-
orary doctorate by the University of the West Indies is Leroy
Calliste, the Black Stalin.
Dr Slinger Francisco, The Mighty Sparrow, has re-
ceived a similar award in the past.
Maharaj, who now resides in Toronto, wrote on his
Facebook page earlier this week that he thinks its time
Dr Edwin "Crazy" Ayoung become a reality. He said the
Loveable Lunatic's track record over the past 40 years, he
has been entertaining and educating not only nationals
but the international community, speaks volumes as
to why he should be considered for such an accolade.
He said, Crazy, 73, has been singing calypsoes for the
past 40 years and has produced over 40 albums, three
EP's and 12 - 45's. Crazy has been credited being one of
the founders of Parang Soca and Chutney/Soca, even
before they were considered musical genres.
"He captured the National Road March title in 1985
and was in the Calypso Monarch semi's and finals many
times. He is one of our Calypso ambassador who tours
the world promoting our culture and country in his
colourful uniforms and hairstyles," Maharaj wrote.
He also commented on Crazy's humility and willingness to
assist all artiste. Well known people in the industry such as
Winsford Devine, Leston Paul, Carl Beaver Henderson have
given their support to the plea.
Paul also said that Crazy, who has gift for recognising tal-
ent, has been underrated and treated very badly in the land
of his birth. Keith Denalli credited him with popularising
the singing of calypsoes in Carnival fetes, which featured
only brass and steelband at one time. Denalli recalled at one
such fete held at the Arima Tennis Club many, many years
ago, Crazy added the voice element when he performed The
Mechanic with Mano Marcelin and it took root from there.
Humble to a fault, Crazy thanked, "all the beautiful peo-
ple who want to see me get something for our Calypso art
form which I devoted my whole life to. But get it or not, that
don't bother me. I don't even think about getting any rewards."
The Arima man said his love for the art form is much greater.
"I love my calypso and parang soca and glad to be doing it for
my people who enjoy it so much. I thank the Almighty for
giving me the health and strength to do what I do."
He said he intends to come out strong in 2018, to mash up
the place in the same way MX Prime did this year.
Calypsonian Crazy (Edwin Ayoung)
PHOTO: DARREN RAMPERSAD
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