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


A total of 200,000 Sinopharm vaccines from China arrived in Trinidad yesterday.

Trinidad and Tobago had received a gift of 100,000 Sinopharm vaccines previously from the Chinese government, bringing the total to 300,000 so far. A plane touched down at Piarco International Airport yesterday with the vaccines.

The online mockery generated from a social media post from the US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago announcing that it had donated 80 vials of Covid-19 vaccine to this country was reported on international news site Business Insider.

THE Ministry of Health was aware of an incoming donation of 80 vials of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine “just prior” to its arrival in the country, but the necessary documents for the United States’ gift to the Ministry of National Security were up to yesterday not yet sorted.