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Sabga lovingly remembered
at Awards for Excellence
Dr Anthony Norman Sabga was
lovingly remembered at the Caribbe-
an awards ceremony bearing his name
which was held in Guyana last night.
Sabga, 94, chairman Emeritus of ANSA
McAL, passed away on May 3.
Last night, the Anthony N Sabga Car-
ibbean Awards for Excellence was held at
the Guyana Marriott Hotel in Georgetown.
It was the first time the ceremony has
been held outside of T&T.
At the start of the ceremony, a moment
of silence was held in memory of Sabga.
When Nabeel Hadeed a director of the
ANSA McAL Foundation delivered the
opening prayer he thanked God for Sab-
“We thank you for the life of Anthony
Norman Sabga by whose generosity and
inspiration the notion of the Caribbean
Awards for Excellence had come to fruition.
May he enjoy eternal life,” Hadeed said.
When Sir Shridath Ramphal, chairman
of the Regional Eminent Persons Selection
Panel and former Commonwealth secre-
tary general took to the stage he too paid
tribute to Sabga.
“My very first words must of course be
about Tony Sabga, Dr Anthony N Sabga.
The ironies of history have ordained that
we are here without him this evening for
he passed on over a week ago. It had been
his wish that these 2017 awards should be
held in Guyana,” Ramphal said.
“Anthony Sabga was not only a great
businessman of Trinidad and Tobago, he
was an illustrious son of the Caribbean. We
dedicate these awards, these 2017 awards,
to his memory and you have already by the
silence you observed participated in that
process,” he said.
Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs
in Guyana Sydney Allicock asked those
present to close their eyes and remember
the first time they may have interacted
Among those in attendance were Presi-
dent of Guyana David Granger and chair-
man of ANSA McAL A Norman Sabga.
The Laureates honoured last night were
Winslow Craig (Arts & Letters) from Guy-
ana, Kwame Ryan (Arts & Letters) from
Trinidad& Tobago, Shadel NyackCompton
(Entrepreneurship) from Grenada and Dr
Christopher Arif Bulkan (Public & Civic
Contributions) from Guyana.
Last night’s ceremony represented the
ninth awards ceremony staged by the
Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for
The reason it was held in Guyana was in
recognition of the eight laureates Guyana
has contributed over the awards so far.
The awards were initiatedin 2005 in T&T
and so far has honoured 31 exceptional in-
dividuals in all countries throughout the
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Silly. Stupid. Ridiculous.
Asinine. That’s how attor-
ney Jagdeo Singh, who heads
Fortis Chambers, described
the Government’s position
on citizens’ failure to fill out
the valuation return form.
Fortis Chambers and Liber-
ty Chambers, headed by Anand
Ramlogan, are seeking to protect
citizens’ interest in the court.
He told residents of Bamboo
No 2 that on pure matter of law,
if a form was not addressed to
them, they could not be prose-
cuted for failing to submit prop-
erty tax documents.
“So it is a silly, stupid, ridic-
ulous and asinine thing for the
minister to say that he can pros-
ecute somebody in the criminal
court for failing to fill out a form
that is not addressed to you.”
Singh told them they should
not fear that police will “come in
the middle of the night and cart
you off to some police station.”
He did urge them, however,
to exercise restraint and be re-
spectful of the law.
Singh and St Augustine MP
Prakash Ramadhar addressed
close to 80 residents yesterday
at a property tax meeting at the
Bamboo Government Primary
Singh said: “Under the Valua-
tions of Lands Act, the Commis-
sioner of Valuations is the only
person in Trinidad who could
ask a citizen to supply details
about your property for valu-
“However, there is a process
to do that. It is not simply by
slipping a flyer in your mail
which is not addressed to you
and asking you to supply the
Meanwhile, Ramadhar said it
was “a double-headed attack”
on the law.
He said: “There are those
working on behalf of your in-
terest to protect us all from the
“I feel confident that we shall
and we will succeed.”
Dr Anthony N Sabga
PHOTO: MARK LYNDERSAY
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