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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, July 11, 2015
Enterprise residents have
turned down an invitation to
participate in a "peace walk" in
the area tomorrow (Sunday)
organised by the Inter-Religious
Organisation (IRO), which is
expected to be attended by sen-
ior police officers and politi-
One group of residents who
said they would not take part
were planning their own walk for
Their event will be sponsored
by Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) leader Jack Warner.
"We heard (Johnny) Abraham
and the police will be in this
march. I doubt I will take part,"
Taky Ifill, one of the organisers
of the July 25 walk, told the T&T
She said they had initially
planned their walk for today but
postponed it because more spon-
sors wanted to come on board
and they wanted to have a mini-
football match at the end.
Ifill said alleged gang members
in Enterprise were approached
to participate in their march and
Central Division head Sen Supt
Johnny Abraham, Supt Bedassie
and acting Commissioner of
Police Stephen Williams were
invited to Sunday s peace walk
and have accepted, IRO president
Harrypersad Maharaj confirmed.
"We need protection in the
area," he said.
Abraham, contacted on the
matter, said by Saturday night
he would know if he was going
As for rumours that a plan was
afoot to disrupt the peace walk,
Ifill said she honestly had not
heard of such.
Ifill said even though the ILP
was sponsoring their walk, res-
idents did not want it to be polit-
ical and asked for purple jerseys.
"It s a non-political colour."
She said residents wanted to
make their own statement.
Maharaj said Chaguanas East
MP Stephen Cadiz and Chagua-
nas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan
would take part in the peace walk
Asked if the IRO invited Enter-
prise residents, Maharaj said, "We
didn t go around the area with a
"We invited the community
through the media and through
the four mosques in Enterprise,
the Presbyterian and Baptist
churches, and the Esmeralda
Sports Club. I think people have
been very cooperative. Our peace
walk is not connected to politics.
We will be wearing our religious
garb, not jerseys."
JENSEN LA VENDE
Jadon Long, the 11-year-old boy
who was killed the day he registered
at St Augustine Secondary School,
was remembered as a instinctive
caregiver for his family.
At his funeral service at the Church
of God, Woodbrook, yesterday, his
father Shirwin Long said his son
always wanted to take care of people.
He said that his son took pride in
seeing those around him happy. He
idolised his brother and was the
embodiment of love.
Overcome with grief, the father
had to allow his cousin Sherwin Long
to continue the eulogy.
He told the mourners that young
Jadon, although 11, was selected for
the football team over his older and
bigger relatives because of his drib-
bling abilities. His loving smile, he
said, won over everyone he encoun-
Pupils of the Dinsley Trincity Gov-
ernment Primary School paid tribute
to Long in song and poetry. Nine
pupils did an acrostic poem using the
letters of his name as their muse.
His standard five class also did a
special rendition of Wiz Khalifa s See
You Again featuring Charlie Puth.
The rendition made both the pupils
and members of the congregation cry.
Long, a lover of music, was also
remembered by his uncle Gary Cord-
ner who penned a song entitled Smile
to both Jadon and his father. Cordner
said Jadon had an infectious smile
and encouraged the mourners to sup-
port the family, particularly Shirwin,
during their period of mourning.
During the sermon, pastor Clinton
Providence said he presided over
Jadon s christening and his funeral,
a first for him. He told the packed
mourners that God s grace was all
that the family needed now. He said
that the family instituted family devo-
tions and the first time was the night
before Jadon died.
Providence said Jadon led the family
in prayer that night.
Long, of Dinsley Gardens, Arouca,
stepped out of a maxi taxi on the Pri-
ority Bus Route at the corner of Dins-
ley Junction around 10.30 am on July
3. Police said, in attempting to cross
the road, Long stepped into the path
of an oncoming 25-seater maxi which
was heading east. Long was taken to
the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex where he was pronounced
dead on arrival.
blank peace march
Participants will assemble
at Esmeralda Recreation
Ground, Enterprise, at 6 am
and pray for one hour. Hindu,
Muslim, Bahai and Orissa
prayers will be offered.
Participants will then proceed
in a westerly direction along
the Southern Main Road,
north into Connector Road,
then east along the Southern
Main Road to finish at the
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11-year-old killed crossing road
Family bids farewell
to caring son
Shirwin Long is consoled during the funeral service for his son, Jadon, at the
Church of God, Carlos Street, Woodbrook, yesterday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
The Law Association was yesterday forced to
abandon its meeting to determine the organisation s
stance on replacing the Privy Council with the
Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as T&T s final
court of appeal, after several senior members object-
ed.Over 200 lawyers crammed into the Convocation
Hall at the Hall of Justice, Port-of-Spain, yesterday
to cast their vote on the controversial issue, but
minutes after the meeting was convened Senior
Counsel Douglas Mendes moved a motion to adjourn
the meeting to facilitate further consultations and
discussion between its members and the public.
The special general meeting was reportedly the
largest in recent memory, even eclipsing annual gen-
eral meetings in which its executive are elected.
Mendes motion was supported by Dr Claude
Denbow, SC, and former attorney general Ramesh
Lawrence Maharaj, SC, who had written to the asso-
ciation this week calling for the meeting to be
Speaking with reporters after the meeting, asso-
ciation president Reginald Armour, SC, said he and
other executive members were not disappointed by
the adjournment, but pleased because it would now
serve as a catalyst for focused discussion on the
issue before a vote was eventually taken.
"We have to respect the will of our membership,
who have said we want to engage in this discussion
Law body abandons CCJ meeting
but we know we need to study it carefully to make
a responsible decision. We are happy with that,"
Stating that discussions on the issue in the past
were not focused, Armour said he and other executive
members called the meeting for members to discuss
the major factors affecting the decision---an analysis
of the structure of the court, the pedigree of the
judgments that it had delivered in its ten-year exis-
tence, the court s funding and the selection of its
In a brief interview after the meeting was adjourned
to a date to be fixed in the new law term, which
opens in September, Maharaj said he was happy his
fellow members supported his position at the meet-
"If you are going to abolish appeals to the Privy
Council, a court which has been in existence for
hundreds of years, you cannot do it in a meeting
that lasts a few hours," Maharaj said.
While several lawyers who attended the meeting
said they were satisfied with the adjournment, the
move did not win the approval of Attorney General
Garvin Nicholas, who said the Government was
looking foward to the association expressing its views
on the issue.
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