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2 Trinis among 4 to get honours

By SASHA HARRINANAN Saturday, February 16 2013

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AWARDED: From left, Prof Dave Chadee, Rhonda Maingot, Prof Anslem Hennis and Prof Caryl Phillips, the 2013 awardees of the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean A...
AWARDED: From left, Prof Dave Chadee, Rhonda Maingot, Prof Anslem Hennis and Prof Caryl Phillips, the 2013 awardees of the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean A...

TWO Trinidad and Tobago nationals are among four persons selected for the 2013 Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence.

The two are entomologist and parasitologist Professor Dave Chadee in the Science and Technology awards category and founder of the Living Water Community and Trinity Communications Network (TWN) Rhonda Maingot, in the Public and Civic Contributions category.

The other winners are Professor of English at Yale University, Caryl Phillips in the Arts and Letters category and Barbadian Prof Anselm Hennis, the latter being a joint winner, along with Prof Chadee, in the Science and Technology awards category.

Born in St Kitts and Nevis but having lived most of his life in Britain, Phillips was recognised for his continuous advocacy for Caribbean people via his novels, teachings and work as an editor and critic.

Hennis who is a Professor of Medicine and a medical research scientist at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill campus, has done ground-breaking work on chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs) and glaucoma.

The awards are scheduled to take place at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port-of-Spain on April 20. The winners were announced yesterday by Chairman of the Eminent Persons Panel (EPP) and Executive Chairman of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, Michael K. Mansoor, at a function held at the TATIL Building, Maraval Road, Port-of- Spain.

Mansoor said the most important factor in choosing a winner is knowing that person “will make major contributions in their areas of expertise in the future.”

“This is not a lifetime achievement award. It basically seeks to identify individuals who have done extremely well in their areas of expertise. The award is meant to encourage them to use the financial resources (TT $500,000) and perhaps more importantly, the prestige that comes with it, to help them to serve Caribbean communities in the future,” Mansoor explained.

Each laureate receives TT $500,000, a medal and citation. However, in the case of a tie, the prize money is split in half. This means Chadee and Hennis will each receive $250,000 at the award ceremony on April 20.

Further information on the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence is available at www.ansacaribbeanawards.com

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