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Family, friends and People s National
Movement (PNM) members yesterday
paid glowing tribute to former National
Security minister and party deputy cam-
paign manager Martin Joseph who
drowned on Monday after taking a last-
minute dip at Grange Bay, Tobago.
At his funeral service, Joseph was
described as patriotic, family-oriented,
trustworthy, loyal, humble and disciplined
by those dear and close to him.
Among the mourners attending the
service at the Holy Trinity Church, Port-
of-Spain, were PNM leader Dr Keith Row-
ley, National Security Minister Gary Grif-
fith, Speaker Wade Mark, former prime
minister Patrick Manning and former PNM
treasurer Andre Monteil.
In paying tribute, Rowley said Joseph
spent his formative years with and in the
PNM. He said Joseph was always on top
of his game, trustworthy, reliable, worked
hard, and demonstrated discipline in his
personal and public life.
"He carried himself with dignity. That
was Martin Joseph. There are things in
life we have no control over, as prepared
as we might be. Tomorrow is guaranteed
to no one. Martin was taken from us," a
sad Rowley said.
Rowley said the foundation Joseph built
for the PNM has remained solid to this
"He paved the way for the party. He
was a perfectionist."
Joseph s son Akili said his father s life
was built on successive steps.
"Dad was always guided by loyalty and
dedication. He was loyal to his family and
In retrospect, Akili said his father was
a stickler for education and pleaded with
his six children to never stop learning.
Akili said when he wanted to return
to Trinidad because where he went to
study was too cold, his father never gave
"He told me to keep focus and this
too shall soon pass."
A holder of a Masters of Science in
Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in
Geography and Regional Science, Joseph
worked night and day to repay the loans
he took to finance his studies, Akili said.
Akili said even though his father insist-
ed on humility, spoke softly, he always
carried a big stick.
"My father would always tell me to
measure twice but cut once. He also said
if you don t like the package don t seal
Akili said although his father seldom
said he loved him, his actions spoke
louder than words.
At the beginning of the year, Akili, a
motorcyclist said he received a phone
call from his father telling him about the
death of a Caribbean Airline pilot who
lost his life while riding a motorbike.
"He told me I tired talk to you with
In delivering the sermon, Rev Calvin
Bess said when he heard about Joseph s
death he was faced with momentary dis-
"We ask why when death strikes? We
will never get a satisfactory answer. What
we know is that tragedy never takes time
off or goes on a holiday," Bess said.
Bess said we are all given a bag of tools
at birth which we can use as stepping
stones or stumbling blocks.
"Joseph made a stepping stone in life.
What are we doing? Are we making step-
ping stones or stumbling blocks?"
The Caribbean corridor facilitates the
transit of over $17 billion worth of cocaine
to the United States. Author Trevor Munroe
writes in Caribbean Security in the Age of
Terror that this accounts for half their mar-
Trinidad is a well-documented transit
country for narcotics leaving the South Amer-
ican producers, but the interesting fact is
that researcher and criminologist Daurius
Figuiera said T&T has been "switched on"
as major transshipment point, increasing the
amount of drugs filtered.
According to Figuiera, there s a known
nexus between progressive crime and drugs.
Since guns are not manufactured in T&T, he
said that it was obvious it s brought in through
the narcotic trade, eventually making its way
to the streets. Unofficial statistics show that
71 per cent of murders in T&T for 2014 were
due to fatal shootings. According to the 2012
Small Arm Report, our figure is almost double
global average of murders committed with
firearms, standing at 42 per cent.
International organisations like the UN,
the United States DEA, and the International
Organization for Migration all document T&T
as a country with porous borders.
International Relations Prof Andy Knight
said more can be done to secure our borders,
while National Security Minister Gary Griffith
said our borders are comparatively secure.
Crack---the street form of cocaine---has
been the second most-preferred drug on the
street after marijuana. And addiction has
been a social problem for governments since
In this five-part series---"Cracks in our
Borders"---which starts tomorrow night on
CNC3 and on Tuesday in the Guardian,
reporter Urvashi Tiwari-Roopnarine takes
an in-depth look at T&T s role in transna-
She explores the connection between drugs
and crime, gets accounts from fishermen of
what happens at sea, and looks at what makes
our country an ideal transshipment point.
She also explores the effectiveness of the
Coastal Radar System, shares the story of a
convicted drug mule, and walks the streets
with a crack addict.
Former prime minister Patrick Manning yesterday kept
a far distance from the People National Movement (PNM)
family at the funeral service of former National Security
minister Martin Joseph.
Manning, who attended the service with his wife Hazel
at the Holy Trinity Church, Port-of-Spain, to pay their
last respects to Joseph, opted not to sit in the front pews
which were reserved for dignitaries---including government
ministers, opposition members and senators, and high
ranking officials of the PNM. Ably assisted by Hazel, Man-
ning entered the church just before 10 am to be greeted
with thunderous applause and cheers from party supporters.
PNM leader Dr Keith Rowley was also given a similar wel-
As Manning edged his way up the isle, he chose to sit
several pews behind the PNM members even though there
was available room in the first four rows. Among those
who were seated in the front were PNM leader Keith Rowley,
Faris Al-Rawi, Fitzgerald Hinds, Donna Cox and Howard
After the service, Rowley and Manning did not greet
each other. On December 5, Manning, who has represented
the San Fernando East constituency for 34 years wrote to
Rowley requesting an extension of the deadline for nom-
inations to January 2 because he proposed to make a decision
then on whether or not he would accept a nomination.
However, the PNM executive was adamant that the
nomination deadline would be December 22. Manning is
now out of the nomination process. After the service, Man-
ning who shook hands and chatted briefly with several
PNM grassroots members, refused to speak to the media.
PNM chairman Franklin Khan, who was at the funeral,
said he could not give a reason why Manning sat in the
back row. "I have no comment on that. I don t know what
is the reason for that." Page A6---Aloes cries for Manning
Joseph loyal to family, PNM
...mourners pay glowing tribute to party stalwart
Trinidad plays big role in $17B
Caribbean drug, guns trade
...be viewing 'Cracks in our Borders' on CNC3 tomorrow night
Former PNM minister of National Security Martin Joseph's sons---Amiri, left, and Akili---
bear the casket of their father after the funeral service at the Cathedral Church of the
Most Holy Trinity, Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
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Manning stays away from
high-ranking opposition members
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