Mighty Sparrow ‘hospitalised in NY’

(Trinidad Express) There were reports yesterday that legendary calypsonian the Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) is at a New York hospital in serious condition.
A note on the Timeline of the Muzic Playerz DJ duo Facebook page stated that sources close to them informed them of his condition.
The Express was told by someone who knows Sparrow that he was “very depressed” last week.
Calls to Sparrow’s home and mobile phones in New York went unanswered, as well as calls to his home in Trinidad, where his wife, Margaret Francisco, spends much of her time.
General secretary of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation Wayne “Kassman” McDonald, told the Express they had not been informed that Sparrow was in hospital and could not confirm such.
Sparrow was supposed to be presented a lifetime achievement award last Thursday by the Trinidad and Tobago Consulate in New York.
The calypsonian did not attend the ceremony and instead sent his son, Richard Francisco, to receive the award on his behalf, with a message that he was unable to attend the function.

 

Logs placed across the road at Moblissa to prevent vehicles from accessing the Baishanlin site.

Baishanlin operations at standstill

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The windmill that once provided all of Huis T' Dieren with water is still standing tall.

Huis T’ Dieren

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Economy was sluggish through first half of year

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The window the perpetrators broke to enter Doorasammy’s home

Bandits threaten to take off with toddler during robbery

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Foreign mission heads to be changed every three years

No Guyanese envoy will remain head of the same mission for more than three years, according to President David Granger. “Rotation of diplomats is of paramount importance [since] if a diplomat is kept in his or her position for too long they lose their effectiveness,” Granger said, when asked during the recording of last week’s edition of The Public Interest interview programme whether his government will be rotating heads of missions, in light of criticism that they remained for the most part static under the previous administration.

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GGMC not doing enough to monitor removal of sand, loam at Linden – Trotman

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