Navin and Ravi Kalpoo

Navin and Ravi Kalpoo

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The Kalpoo brothers, Navin and Ravi, became local heroes following last October's unprecedented flooding in Central Trinidad, rushing out to help rescue over 300 people in distress in Kelly Village. This instinct to serve those in need was born through their mother, Doolarie Kalpoo, who was know for her tireless community work. When she lost her battle to cancer, the brothers continued their humanitarian work, always lending a hand where needed with no exptectation to be rewarded with fame or fortune.

Here's a list of the past recipients of the Express Individual of the Year

2018: The Kalpoo Brothers

2017: Men’s 4 by 4 Relay Team

2016: Akeem Stewart

2015: Keith Rowley

2014: Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco)

2013: George Bovell

2012: Keshorn Walcott

2011: Shanntol Ince

2010: Kamla Persad Bissessar

2009: Veera Bhajan

2008: Just Because Foundation

2007: Gregory Solis

2006: Sookoo Sonnylal

2005: Soca Warriors

2004: Anand Ramlogan

2003: George Daniel

2002: Sr. Rosario Hackshaw

2001: Darrel Brown

1999: Diana Mahabir- Wyatt

1998: Wendy Fitzwilliam

1997: Earl Lovelace

1996: Peter Minshall & Ato Bolden

1995: Basdeo Panday

1994: Zalayhar Hassanali

1993: Brian Lara

1992: Derek Walcott

1991: Patrick Manning

1990: Dennis McComie

1989: Everald Gally Cummings & Strike Squad

1988: Dr. Romesh Mootoo

1987: Rhonda Maingot

1986: ANR Robinson

1984: Selwyn Richardson

1983: Dr. Bal Ramdial

1982: Nesta Patrick

1981: Sir Ellis Clarke

1980: Fr Gerry Pantin

1979: Michael de Labastide

1976: Hasley Crawford


Cabinet has approved a contract to Bridgemans Services Group (BSG) for its Cabo Star cargo vessel to service the inter-island seabridge for two years at a reduced cost of US$16,000 a day.

Property tax appears increasingly to be a fait accompli for this October 5 national budget.

Asked about the implementation of property tax yesterday, Minister of Finance Colm Imbert said: “We had committed in our manifesto to continue with the Revenue Authority and the property tax system. That is there in black and white. We didn’t hide from anybody with that. We put it there—that we were doing the valuation of properties and preparing the valuation rolls in order to allow the implementation of that particular tax. And also we were continuing our work on the Revenue Authority.

The complaint against Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith by the chairman of the National Security Council, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, has been submitted to the Police Service Commission (PolSC).

A failure as a father.

This is how Bryan Whittier, a Trini­dadian who has been stuck in Japan for the past eight months, says he feels every time he speaks to his children on the phone and cannot give them an answer as to when he will be home.

Whittier left Trinidad for Japan on January 26, where his plan was to purchase auto parts and equipment for the company he is employed with.