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"A true soldier; a caring
man with a tender con-
science; a gem of a gentle-
This was how journalists
described popular Radio 610
talk show host John Cum-
berbatch, who died yesterday
after a prolonged illness.
Cumberbatch lived alone
at Morton Street, Tunapuna.
He never married, having
devoted his life to the media,
working as a sports editor in
Radio 610 during the 1970s
In a statement, Cumber-
batch s close colleague, Jones
P Madeira, now editor-in-
chief of Newsday, described
him as a true soldier.
"John weathered the storm
of ill health for a long time
but it never deterred the
impact of his booming voice
and his toothy smile when-
ever we met, wherever we
met," Madeira said.
"John was a true six-ten-
ner and it was like yesterday
when I met him first in the
lobby of our beloved station
as he was being initiated into
the world of 610 sports. If I
am not mistaken it was on
my return from the BBC in
1974...that s a long time ago...
may he rest in peace."
Former sports anchor
Anthony Harford said the
National Broadcasting Service
(NBS) family was thrown into
mourning by the news.
"John was completely affa-
sports editor and he really did
well from the start," Harford
"He was part of the NBS
family. He has participated in
all the activities of the NBS
family. He came to all the fete
match games. He was always
a crowd favourite.
"He was unusually tall,
about six foot ten-and-a-
half. Apart from that, he was
a social butterfly. He was one
of the first to go to some-
body s house to spend time.
He was a caring man with a
Boundary changes are ahead for
next year s general election.
Confirmation comes with today s
marking of the fourth year since the
current Tenth Parliament began on
June 18, 2010, formalising the approach
of the end of the five-year term and
start of the general election stretch.
After today, no more by-elections
can be held even if a seat becomes
The Elections and Boundaries Com-
mission last Saturday said the Con-
stitution s Section 69 (3) precludes
by-elections after the fourth year of
Yesterday the T&T Guardian con-
firmed from other sources that con-
stituency boundary changes would be
made in a handful of seats all over
Trinidad, owing to increasing popu-
lations in some areas.
Regulations state that Tobago must
have two seats and to get Trinidad s
district allocation, Trinidad s electorate
is divided by 39. According to the
resulting figure, each constituency
must then house no more than ten
per cent above or ten per cent below
A report is expected to publicise
boundary changes soon as well as
another on local government bound-
aries after that.
House Leader Dr Roodal Moonilal
said last Sunday, he expected T&T
would continue to have 41 seats and
could not say anything about changes.
Acknowledging internal changes
around the Congress of the People
(COP) and Independent Liberal Party
(ILP), he added:
"The UNC is very confident that
in general election we will retain seats
we currently hold and we are working
with partners to ensure we deepen
our potential work. We are also deep-
ening the strength of our performance
and delivery of key goods.
"General expectation is current
marginal seats will continue as mar-
ginals. We will have to devise political
strategies to treat with those. Anyone
about winning elections will focus on
Marginal seats traditionally include
San Juan/Barataria, St Joseph, Mayaro,
Tunapuna and San Fernando West.
"Any boundary changes," he added,
"may or may not inspire changes in
political strategy, depending on the
nature of any realignment."
Moonilal said the PP planned to hit
the road soon and would synchronise
that with completion of "our home-
work ensuring government delivery
and a strong image, sustainable until
He acknowledged the Opposition
People s National Movement (PNM),
riding a wave of success after elections
externally and internally, was pressing
for a snap poll.
"We are prepared for the new low
and Gestapo-type cyberspying induced
by technology which will continue by
those seeking political credit but people
are smart enough to see through this,"
PNM vice-chairman Colm Imbert,
who does not think boundaries will
be changed, based on 20-year histor-
ical trends and 2013 local government
voting patterns, said he expected "we
will win most if not all the margin-
He is particularly optimistic about
San Fernando West, currently held by
the COP s Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan,
which is perceived to be in jeopardy
owing to steady PNM attention,
including the PNM s 2013 possession
of the San Fernando Corporation.
He added: "It s historically a PNM
seat. We usually win by 1,000 votes
and should win it easily. The only way
it won t happen is if PNM does some
nonsense between now and 2015.
"(But) PNM s learned its lesson and
will never take the population for
granted again in any election. We
must be mindful T&T s a cosmopol-
itan society, comprising different
groups and we can t be wrong and
On possible alliances for the PNM,
Imbert said: "We present candidates
in all seats. The question of alliances
will have to wait till election results
arrive. If you win a clear majority, you
are in government.
But hypothetically, if you don t and
there are other parties willing to join
with us to run T&T, that s something
to look at."
coming for 2015 polls
Ex-Radio 610's John Cumberbatch dies
Association of Caribbean Media
Workers president Wesley Gibbings
lauded Cumberbatch, saying:
"Who will ever forget that
booming voice and the tall, slim
figure attached to it? I only knew
the voice before I joined Radio 610 in
1988. Thereafter I came to know the
"We bonded quickly as QRC old
boys and also shared similar views
on the practice of journalism in the
country at that time."
He said he did not see
Cumberbatch after he left Radio 610
in 1991 but Cumberbatch turned up
at his mother's funeral in 1995,
having read the notice in the
"We'd meet again from time-to-
time and recall the times, as the
newsroom head, I had caught
alcohol on his breath during his
"He would slouch over the old
manual typewriters and peer
through coke-bottle lenses at the
keyboard, silently mouthing his
"Then my father died in 2011 and
there he was, at the church offering
comfort and kind words. He was in
many ways a quiet militant with
strong views he stated clearly
without ever attempting to impose
"Glass in hand and with booming
voice, he had the ability to wax
warm on almost any subject you
chose with eloquence and great
fluency. Thanks for everything,
Sharmaine Baboolal said she
remembered Cumberbatch coming
to work during the 1990 attempted
"He had a booming voice and read
the sports news. He was a gem of a
gentleman," Baboolal said.
T&T Guardian columnist Mark
Lyndersay also remembered
Cumberbatch as a remarkable ole-
"He was a fearless masquerader
who was unafraid to use his
remarkable height to make
compelling points early on a Carnival
Monday morning," Lyndersay said.
His funeral arrangements have
not yet been finalised.
John Cumberbatch plays in the De Blue Boys'
presentation "Anthicks in T&T " for J'Ouvert
on Harris Promenade, San Fernando, earlier
this year. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
GEM OF A GENTLEMAN
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