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


National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds says there’s no secrecy surrounding a small gift of Pfizer vaccines given to the National Security Ministry by the United States government.

In a telephone interview with the Express yesterday, the minister said the small vaccine gift of 80 vials of Pfizer amounted to about 400 doses of the vaccine.

However, the arrival of these vaccines generated curiosity in the country as to exactly how the batch came to Trinidad and the handover process as well as who exactly will benefit from the shots.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar stands accused by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the People’s National Movement (PNM) of appealing for civil unrest like the 1990 attempted coup.

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At least five households are stuck behind near crumbling slopes and a muddy path used as an access route to and from the village.

As trucks filled with material leave and enter the area, clumps of mud are left behind, sometimes blocking the road.

A&V Oil and Gas Ltd stands to receive an estimated $84 million in cash being held in escrow, at the close of an arbitration ruling involving the now-defunct State-owned energy company Petrotrin.

PART 11 of an interview with Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Port of Spain Shante Moore with journalist Andy Johnson, first aired on television station WESN last Friday.

Moore has been with the US Foreign Service for more than 20 years in such postings as Kuwait, Qatar, Kosovo, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, and Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.