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The last of the beloved band of parang broth-
ers, Willie Lara, died yesterday afternoon at
the age of 84.
Lara, along with siblings Tito, Toy and Victor,
comprised the legendary Lara Brothers, whose
indigenous music was popular during the Christ-
Lara died at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex, Mt Hope, after going for medical tests
His step-daughter Antoinette Pereira told the
T&T Guardian that the family observed the cul-
tural icon s hands swollen and wanted to ensure
all was okay with him. Part of the procedure
while he was hospitalised, she said, was to insert
a camera that would look at his heart to ensure
there were no abnormalities.
However, Pereira said when Lara was coming
out of the anesthesia, he experienced an irregular
heart rate and another dose of anesthesia was
used in order to sedate him. He was then taken
to ICU for monitoring and on Thursday he was
transferred to the High Dependency Unit.
Lara passed away at 1.15 pm yesterday.
"He was not ailing. So this is a shock for all
of us," Pereira said.
She said the family was devastated by the loss.
Lara was the father of eight children
Last of the Lara
Brothers passes on
An illegal firearm and a large cache of ammu-
nition were found by police during a raid on
a Mosque in Rio Claro yesterday afternoon.
According to reports, around 2 pm officers of
the North Eastern Divisional Task Force led by
Insp Roger Alexander and Cpl Sunil Bharath
received information about the weapon and made
their way to the Mosque.
When they arrived and began searching they
found a 9mm Luger pistol and 100 rounds of
9mm ammunition hidden in a room at the back
Investigators said although there were more
than a dozen people in the building at the time
no arrests were made as the items were found
in a public area and it could not be linked to
The gun will be taken to the Forensic Science
Centre in St James where ballistic testing will
be conducted to determine if the gun was used
in recent shootings.
Investigations are continuing.
Gun, ammo found in
Rio Claro mosque
Shouts of "Ramjack-and-PNM
coalition" were tossed at the Oppo-
sition in Parliament yesterday after
PNM whip Marlene McDonald pre-
sented a question on behalf of the
absent ILP leader, Jack Warner.
Anil Roberts and other Govern-
ment MPs made the remarks when
McDonald presented a question on
the agenda on behalf of Warner as
he was not in the chamber at the
time. The question was about CAL
executive management posts.
As soon as McDonald presented
the query, PP MPs yelled, "Whaaat!..
"Coalition! Ramjack and PNM!"
Warner entered Parliament short-
ly afterwards, just after PNM leader
Keith Rowley arrived.
Yesterday s "coalition" incident
came the day after Warner criticised
Rowley, saying he would never be
On Thursday Warner condemned
comments Rowley made at a Diego
Martin meeting about statements
on a Warner radio programme about
the PNM s internal election.
Rowley had claimed a party
leader had bought out radio air time
and it was being made out on Warn-
er s programme that subterfuge was
being used in the PNM election.
But Warner retorted, "I ve tried
my utmost to stay very far from Dr
Keith Rowley and his PNM elections.
I didn t utter a word when I was
accused of sponsoring Penny s cam-
paign because I didn t think that
any useful purpose would have been
served by dignifying Rowley s non-
sense with a reply. Neither Penny
(Beckles) nor her campaign team
has ever asked me for any support
of any kind.
"I stayed quiet when Rowley went
after me in his campaign meetings,
especially at the Russel Latapy
School and again at Moka a day
later, for I said to myself that I have
no intention of going down to Row-
ley s level."
Warner added, "However, in one
daily newspaper, Rowley accused
me of interfering in PNM s internal
elections. It is beyond dishonest for
Dr Rowley to accuse me of inter-
fering in PNM internal elections.
"Contrary to his delusion, I am
not his enemy nor his opponent;
Pennelope Beckles- Robinson is."
Warner also said he hadn t
bought out airtime on any radio sta-
He said he had "no interest in
whether Dr Rowley or Pennelope
Beckles-Robinson is PNM political
leader," but added, "I know that
whether or not Dr Rowley is elected
as PNM political leader, he ll never
be elected as Prime Minister of this
Warner said Rowley should focus
"where his greatest threat lies, and
that s within the PNM. He should
be more concerned with uniting the
PNM since he failed to unite the
12 PNM MPs. What happens on
May 1 is PNM s business but what
happens after is of national con-
cern....come May 19, it will be a
different ball game."
As PNM whip presents question in House for Warner...
Govt MPs claim Ramjack/PNM coalition
San Fernando East MP and former prime minister Patrick Manning shares a joke with his parliamentary colleagues Arouca/Maloney
MP Alicia Hospedales and St Ann's East MP, Joanne Thomas, left, during yesterday's sitting of Parliament. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
A 27-year-old Carapichaima woman is
dead after being warded at the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope for
complications after delivering a baby and
her family is now demanding answers.
Dead is Aldella Gill, 27, of Lennard Street,
According to her younger sister Akeila
Rogers, the woman gave birth to a baby boy
23 days ago but was suffering with breathing
problems during her pregnancy.
Rogers said when her sister was pregnant
she had a constant cough and went to the
Couva District Hospital less than a month
ago and was told that it could not be treated
because she was pregnant.
Rogers said after giving birth Gill was still
in a lot of pain and her chest was hurting,
so she went back to the Couva hospital and
was sent home with medicine. When the
medicine brought no relief, Gill returned to
the Couva hospital eight days ago and was
sent to the EWMSC where she was admitted.
Rogers said the doctors told them that Gill
was suffering from a swollen heart and also
had a chest and throat infection and would
have to stay at the facility to receive proper
But Rogers said Gill called her mother 20
times on Thursday and said she could not
walk. When relatives visited the woman at
the hospital her foot was swollen. During
that visit, Rogers claimed that a nurse attend-
ing to her sister threw down all her pills and
Gill was later given substitute drugs on the
advice of a doctor.
On Friday, Rogers said, their mother went
to see the doctor before their first rounds in
the morning before going to check on Gill.
Her mother sat waiting to see Gill for four
hours, Rogers said, and was later told that
her daughter had died around 11.35 pm on
Rogers said they now want Health Minister
Fuad Khan to undertake an investigation into
the matter to see if negligence was responsible
for her death.
Rogers said an autopsy is carded for Mon-
This is the second tragedy to hit the family
in less than a year.
It was only last November that Andy
Rogers, Gill s father, who was a prisons officer,
was murdered in Malabar.
Attempts to contact Khan yesterday were
unsuccessful as calls to his cell phone went
Family wants answers as woman dies at EWMSC
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