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Reputed calypso king of the world, the Mighty
Sparrow (Slinger Francisco), 78, returned home
yesterday, after being in a coma in New York,
to do Carnival performances and visit his family.
Singing his calypso, Sparrow Dead, he appeared
in good spirits and health as he spoke with mem-
bers of the media at a news conference at Piarco
Sparrow arrived on a Caribbean Airlines flight
around 1 pm. His wife, Margaret, daughter, Karen
and baby grandson were with him.
He said he may perform at tents and at the
Mas Camp Pub. "I am ready for whatever hap-
pens," he added.
Sparrow said he was also hoping to raise some
funds to pay for expenses incurred over the past
Describing his illness, he said he was at death s
is near death. I went through the wrong door
and they send me back. They want to kill me
now. When I was behaving bad, they didn t want
to kill me," he joked.
Sparrow said he can now walk and "dance a
little bit" and was the happiest man alive.
He said he was glad to be back home because
there was no snow here. New York has been hit
by severe snow storms. "I ain t able with the
kind of snow they have up there."
He said he would return to New York just after
Carnival to see his doctors and replenish his
medication which he has to take twice a day.
He said he believed he could perform around
the schedule, since an alarm on his medicine kit
tells him when it s time to take it.
After he came out of the coma at Queen s
Hospital in New York last September, Sparrow
was taken to a therapy facility where he had been
Students of the University of
the West Indies s (UWI) Depart-
ment of Creative and Festival
Arts (DCFA) lined the pavements
outside their campus yesterday
afternoon as they continued
protest action against the quality
of the facilities where they are
being relocated once their orig-
inal department building is torn
They taped their mouths and
queued up side-by-side with
placards condemning moves to
have their department building
torn down after 25 years.
Some signs read Cars Can t
Dance and Banks Need Artists,
in reference to the car park which
is to take the place of the school
compound and the rumours of
the unconfirmed bank they
believe is funding the project.
One of students said with the
Continuous Assessment Com-
ponent (CAC) introduced into
primary schools, pupils would be
required to study drama and
music for the exams but there
would be no proper facility in
UWI afterwards for children who
wished to become certified in the
According to Robert Noel, a
member of UWI s Student Asso-
ciation and final year student of
the DCFA, there was a 2009-2017
plan for a leasable performance
centre which students previously
believed was intended for them
and they had been willing to
It was later revealed they were
mistaken and the centre was
meant for international perform-
ers and people willing to pay to
use the space.
Noel said the students used the
Learning Resource Centre in lieu
of a centre but they have to pay
Chad Cumberbatch, a DCFA
protester, claimed students were
told the DCFA campus was "too
expensive to maintain."
Noel and fellow student,
Pamela Bain, later told the T&T
Guardian the Faculty of Law
building was erected a little lower
on that street recently although
the DCFA had been complaining
about their situation for about
Some students expressed con-
cern for their safety and worried
about being potentially robbed at
their future Gordon Street facility
when leaving after rehearsal at
The chances of flooding and
the sewerage problem at the facil-
ity is also a pressing issue for the
students who also complained
there was not enough space at
the school for performances and
The students have been con-
tinuously protesting and pleading
They are asking for proper con-
sultation so that they can speak
to those who have a say in the
faculty arrangements and come
to a mutual agreement.
Clement Sankat, UWI princi-
pal, was unable to comment on
yesterday s protest, saying he only
recently returned to Trinidad.
He said: "I thought the depart-
ment was engaging in discussions.
I don t know about any of this
going on today."
UWI arts students protest facilities
Finance and the Economy Minister Larry
Howai is expected to present the Miscel-
laneous Provisions (Licensing Committee)
Bill 2014 for debate and approval in the
Senate this afternoon.
One of the clauses of the legislation seeks
to establish licensing committees and to
impose a duty on members of licensing com-
mittees to declare possible or perceived con-
flicts of interest for applications and to with-
draw from considering those applications
for liquor licences.
There are no questions for oral answer on
the Senate order paper but one of the papers
expected to be laid today is the response by
the Commissioner of Police to the report of
a Joint Select Committee on the adminis-
tration and operations of the Police Service.
That relates to efforts at maintaining law
and order. Today s sitting begins at 1.30 pm
at Tower D, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain.
Hours after WASA contractor Howard Lal-
loo received a phone call from someone ask-
ing him to meet at Couva, a passersby found
his body slumped inside his SUV.
Lalloo, 44, of Southern Main Road, La
Romaine, was shot once in the head while in
his black Toyota Prado Land Cruiser which
was parked on Milton Road yesterday.
Senior Supt Johnny Abraham said police
received an anonymous call around 2.30 pm
saying a man was slumped behind the steering
wheel of vehicle on the roadside. When officers
responded they found Lalloo dead.
Investigators said they have no motive for
the killing as it did not appear he had been
robbed. They believe Lalloo knew his killer.
However, his brother, Stephen, suspects his
brother s death might be linked to one of sev-
eral private contracts he had.
According to Stephen, Lalloo did other
plumbing and construction work throughout
the country and was owed by several of his
"My brother did not have any enemies or
death threats to my knowing but I know he
had a lot of contracts and he dealt with a lot
of people. It could be something to do with
"All I can say is that with his contracts,
there are a lot of people owing him money
from all over and it could be related to some
payments that was owed to him," Stephen
Up to yesterday morning, Lalloo s colleagues
said he was overseeing WASA repair works at
Temple Street, La Romaine. While there, he
received a phone call from someone asking
him to meet them at Couva.
Stephen described his brother as a good
person who never had problems with any of
"He was a good fellah. We never had any
problems with him. We grew up together as
The murder is the fourth recorded in Couva
recently. His death pushed the toll for the year
to 59. See Page A6
Students at the Department of Creative and Festival Arts protest
outside the department on Agostini Street, UWI, St Augustine,
yesterday. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco)
Licensing Bill in Senate today
...and raring to go for Carnival
Sparrow back home
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