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T JOHN’S, Antigua, VereBird Jr, the elder brotherof former prime ministerLester Bird, has died. He was 76.Bird, the first son of the island’sfirst prime minister Vere Corn-wall Bird, died of an apparentheart attack at the Joey John’sclinic on March 31.Bird, an attorney, entered poli-tics in 1981 and served as minis-ter of agriculture, as well as min-ister of aviation, information andpublic service. He also served aschairman of the Antigua LabourParty (ALP).As Public Works and Commu-nications he oversaw the recon-struction of the V C Bird Inter-national Airport, which was thesubject of controversy after it wasdiscovered that he had granted acontract for the con-struction of a new run-way to a company inwhich he was a share-holder.He was later fired af-ter a scandal in whichIsraeli weapons soldto Antigua and Barbu-da, were found in thehands of the Medellincartel, Colombian drugsmugglers, and a reportby Sir Louis Blom-Cooper recommendedthat he be prohibitedfrom holding public office again.But despite that report, Birdreturned to government in 1996serving as minister of science,technology and communica-tions and after the 1999 generalelection he served as minister of trade, industry, agriculture, landsand fisheries.The ALP lost the general elec-tion in 2004, and five years laterBird, along with six other seniorALP members including hisbrother, was arrested for partici-pating in an unauthorised MayDay rally. The seven politicianswere found guilty of public or-der offences, although the trialwas delayed following a seizuresuffered by Bird. He sufferedtwo more seizures in 2010, afterthe completion of the trial.
oca Legends David Rudderand Denyse Plummer, alongwith Pan Maestro Ken “Pro-fessor” Philmore, will be the mainattractions of the Drupati’s Rotisponsored May 5th Ultimate Moth-er’s Day Show. The brand new andluxurious Scarborough ConventionCentre will be the venue for theshow which will also feature per-formances by Cane Fire, the Con-nector-Joanne Davis connectionand steel pannist Mark Mosca.Popular Caribbean communityDeejays, Soca Vibes, D’Bandit andBad Lad will also be on site to en-tertain members of the very largeaudience the top class cast Show isexpected to attract. SKF and Emanwill alternate as Show hosts.Ticketshave been priced at $40 early bird,$45 regular advance and $50 forspecial reserved seating.Rudder is considered to be one of the most successful calypsoniansof all time. Having started 1977 asa lead vocalist for Charlie’s Roots,one of Trinidad and Tobago topbands, he came to prominence in1986 with his album The Hammer,which produced two big hits: “TheHammer” (a tribute to the late pan-nist Rudolph Charles) and “BahiaGirl”. This was followed in 1987with “Calypso Music”, a brilliantencapsulation of the history of ca-lypso. In 1988 Rudder released whatis widely considered his best albumto date, Haiti, which included thetitle track, a tribute to the glory andsuffering of Haiti; “Engine Room”,which captured the energy of thesteel band; and “Rally ‘Round theWest Indies”, which subsequentlybecame adopted as the anthem of West Indies cricket.Denyse Plummer was enlistedby Phase II Pan Groove steel-band arranger Len “Boogsie”Sharpe in 1986 to sing his band’sPanorama entry. It was thenthat Plummer started making aname for herself as a calypso-nian. In 1988, with yet anotherLen “Boogsie” Sharpe pan tune,“Woman Is Boss,” she arrived atthe National Calypso Monarchyfinals and also won the CalypsoQueen crown. Since then she hastaken the Calypso Queen crowna total of four times and has wonthe World Calypso Crown threetimes.Considered one of the world’stop steel-pan soloists, Ken “ Pro-fessor” Philmore has performedand recorded with numerous illus-trious international artistes, includ-ing Ella Fitzgerald, Tito Puente,Nancy Wilson, Tina Turner, AndyNarrell, Ralph McDonald, LionelHampton and the Duke Elling-ton Orchestra. He was honouredin 1989, by Pan Trinbago, as thecountry’s most outstanding musi-cal arranger.
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