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"Come back, boy. Doh leave meh,"
were the heart-rending pleas of the
mother of 16-year-old Shivnarine
Manbodh yesterday during his funeral
service at their Barrackpore home.
Lynette Manbodh was inconsolable
as she sat near her son s casket, in which
relatives placed toy excavators, as he
loved excavators and dreamed of one
day opening his own business.
Manbodh was crushed to death after
he was buried by tonnes of dirt at a
construction site at No 2 Scale, Bar-
rackpore, on February 25.
In her eulogy at his Rees Road home,
Manbodh s sister Hema Manbodh-Singh
said she was the first whereas he was
the last of four siblings.
When Manbodh, fondly known as
Navin, was born, Manbodh-Singh was
17 years old. "When he came to us as
a baby he was probably the biggest joy
we had in the house because of the age
She said he grew up with older siblings
in an environment with trucks, backhoes,
old iron, grease and mud.
She believes he wanted to follow in
the footsteps of their late father and two
brothers and become a backhoe oper-
Manbodh-Singh fondly recalled that
while growing up her brother would
take the butter kit to use as his truck
and use anything he could find, including
the spoons, to dig dirt.
While he was not into academics, she
said, Manbodh dreamed of owning his
own business. Describing her brother
as a loving, helpful and strong-minded
person, she said her mother named him
after former captain of the West Indies
cricket team Shivnarine Chanderpaul
whom she was "ecstatic about."
Pundit Keeran Maharaj officiated at
the service for Manbodh.
Following the service, final rites were
carried out at the Shore of Peace, Mos-
quito Creek, before Manbodh was cre-
at teen's funeral
The Congress of the People
(COP) is boasting over 42,500
members and 50 new members,
despite the public walkout and
resignations of several high-pro-
file members. The coalition part-
ner met with some of its support-
ers at its Flagship House office,
St Clair, yesterday, and
announced a growth in its mem-
bership base at a media confer-
ence after the meeting.
General secretary Clyde
Weatherhead yesterday also
accused those who staged the
public walkouts of seeking him
out weeks ago to stage a "coup"
within the party.
"What has happened this week
(the walkouts) is not only for the
public s consumption but is in fur-
therance of something that was
happening months before," he said.
He said the few that resigned
took advantage of the former chair-
man Nicole Dyer-Griffith s walkout
to ride the tide and make a public
statement that was planned long
before Dyer-Griffith s exit last Sun-
day. Weatherhead said the walkouts
were orchestrated to make people
think that there was a massive
exodus from the COP, but that
was not true.
"In the past six days, I have
received four other resignations,
the three people who appeared on
the television last night (Friday
night), of these three only one sub-
mitted his resignation yesterday,"
"The other two submitted theirs
the night before and two nights
before," he said, referring to the
Friday walkout by former members
Joe Pires, Conrad Aleong and
He said two of the men had
already received acknowledgment
of the acceptance of their resig-
nations from the party.
"Their coming here was not for
the purpose of resigning, but for
the purpose of presenting a picture
of something," Weatherhead said.
Weatherhead said there was no
"flood" of resignations as suggest-
ed by those leaving the party.
"The membership of the party
as at the beginning of this month
is 42,500," he said, adding that the
five resignations were more like a
"The fact is that some of those
persons who resign after Sunday
utilised the unfortunate event of
the party chairman walking out
on the party to further pre-deter-
mined goals," he said.
"Unfortunately the chairman
resigned and other people decided
to piggyback on it," he said.
Weatherhead said he had also
received the commitment of more
new members from two con-
Senior T&T journalists have issued a call
for a special general meeting of the Media
Association (Matt) to discuss urgent matters
pertaining to the association.
A release from the association, yesterday,
said, "We, members of the Media Association
of T&T, wish to summon a special general
meeting of the organisation to address the
urgent need to regularise the status and oper-
ations of the association.
"We believe such an assembly should con-
sider the establishment of an interim committee
charged exclusively with the convening of a
meeting of the General Council at which a
new executive committee can be constitution-
The organisation also said the interim com-
mittee might also be charged with addressing
issues of urgent concern to the Matt mem-
bership during the course of its tenure.
The meeting will be held on March 7, 2015,
at the National Library, corner Hart and Aber-
cromby streets, Port-of-Spain, from 10 am
The association said it looked forward to
the attendance and support of all Matt mem-
Senior journalists want Matt meeting
COP boasts 42,000
Lynette Manbodh weeps over the casket of her 16-year-old son Shivnarine during
his funeral service at Barrackpore, yesterday. Shivnarine was killed while
operating an excavator at a sand quarry. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Sheldon Henville, husband of
Point Blank TV host Marcia
Henville, has been charged with
her murder and is expected to
appear before a Tunapuna mag-
The Director of Public Prose-
cutions Roger Gaspard yesterday
gave instructions to investigators
to charge Henville with the TV
host s murder.
Henville, who sustained burns
in a fire in which Marcia s body
was discovered in January, was
warded for several weeks at the
Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex, Mount Hope.
He was discharged from hospital
last week and kept under guard
by officers of the Homicide Bureau.
An autopsy showed that Marcia,
51, was repeatedly stabbed about
the face and neck, violently struck
in the back of the head, and her
Marcia was found lying face
down in the bedroom of her home,
which was set on fire at Fidelis
Heights, St Augustine, on January
charged with murder
Political leader of the Independ-
ent Liberal Party, Jack Warner,
yesterday confirmed that he held
talks with former chairman of the
Congress of the People (COP)
Yesterday, in a brief telephone
interview, Warner said he met with
Dyer-Griffith and her husband Gary
Griffith on Friday at his Sunshine
newspaper office in Arouca.
"Yes, I met with them. We had
a lengthy discussion...for about an
hour or so. However, the content
of that meeting I will not discuss
with the media," Warner said.
Warner said both Nicole and
Gary promised to have follow-up
discussions with him.
The meeting comes several days
after Dyer-Griffith resigned from
In an exchange of text mes-
sages with the Sunday Guardian
yesterday, Dyer-Griffith insisted
she had no intention of joining
any political party.
"I have been meeting with many
persons towards the same political
end who understand the impor-
tance of harnessing the politically
non-aligned and leveraging the bal-
ance of power. Also held another
such meeting today with other per-
sons. I am not going into any polit-
ical party," Dyer-Griffith wrote.
Public relations officer of the
PNM Faris Al-Rawi said if the Grif-
fiths desired to join the PNM, the
party would accept them.
Warner confirms talk with Nicole, husband
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