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No $$ tribute for some musical legends

By Gary Cardinez

Not all the musical legends who were honoured by the International Caribbean Business Fair (ICBF) and Spectrum 1 Entertainment on December 28, last year at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port of Spain received the promised $50,000.

Several icons said they were shocked to see a letter in the envelope and no cheque. While they have not protested, some of them said they were surprised that no one told them of the

development.

When contacted about the situation Margaret James of ICBF said she was disappointed with the response from the sponsors but "We are working on settling this as soon as possible.

"Several legends received cheques but I would not like to call their names now, we only received the money to make these cheques at four o' clock. on Friday afternoon. I am truly sorry we were not able to call the legends in advance but I have since been calling them letting them know of the situation."

When asked about a report which appeared in another newspaper which stated that her husband Elsworth was the recipient of a cheque, Mrs James said, "I am not aware of this but as I say I would like to resolve this without any set of ole talk. We are working with the sponsors to get things in order."

The letter which was placed in the envelope for the recipients on December 28 states: "In this year 2012 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our nation's independence. Another chapter in history unfolds as ICBF Ltd and Spectrum 1 Entertainment pays homage to 50 Musical Legends of Trinidad & Tobago. We salute you as one of these legends with a commemorative plaque. In addition, you will receive a cheque for $50,000. However, this cheque was not made ready in time for this show, so it will be forwarded to you as soon as it becomes available from the sponsors." The letter is signed by "Elsworth James, CEO ICBF Ltd and Colvin Blaize, CEO Spectrum 1 Ent".

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