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November 22, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
JENSEN LA VENDE
Do not seek revenge, leave it in
the hands of God. That was the
advice given to the parents and, in
particular, the father of Keyra Singh
who was gunned down as she slept
in the family’s Good Session, Patna
Village, Diego Martin, home last
During the sermon delivered by
Gerard Toby at the New Vision Min-
istries, Western Main Road, Diego
Martin, Toby repeatedly called on the
congregation not to seek street justice
as that would lead to further killing
and more revenge killings.
“It could have been worse, we
could have had four bodies here, but
the mercy of God saved the family.
Young men, I beg you don’t take up
the gun and seek revenge, change
that attitude. Let God deal with it,”
Toby said. Little Keyra was asleep on
a bed in the family’s wooden home
at Good Session, Patna Village, when
gunmen opened fire on the structure.
The child was on the bed with her
mother, father Kerron Paul and ten-
day-old sister, who has been named
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Ria Karim, the daughter of for-
mer minister of tertiary education
and skills training Fazal Karim,
was fired by phone on Friday as
CEO of the T&T Creative Indus-
tries Company Ltd (Creative TT).
Sunday Guardian has learnt that
Karim, who was appointed to the
post on January 5, 2015, received a
telephone call from Creative TT’s
chairman Neysha Soodeen inform-
ing her of the dismissal.
It was also learnt that hours after
Karim’s removal, a legal letter was
sent to Creative TT with regards to
“It’s now a matter of litigation.
This will go straight to the court,”
a close friend of Karim confided to
this newspaper yesterday.
Minister of Trade and Industry
Paula Gopee-Scoon, under which
Creative TT falls, said she was aware
that Karim had been dismissed, but
insisted it was “not politically moti-
vated” and that “no victimisation
was attached to it. I am making that
absolutely clear to you.”
When told that Karim had been
fired by phone on Friday, Gopee-
Scoon said she knew nothing about
“However, I will investigate,” she
Gopee-Scoon said the Creative
TT board “ought to run on its own.”
Having met Karim personally,
Gopee-Scoon said she could not
say anything negative about the
young woman, whom she described
as a lovely professional.
“I could never say anything of
disrepute. I would never do that.
Sometimes there are circumstances.
She has a whole life ahead of her.
I quite like her personality. I like
young professional people who like
to take a way forward. She has a
future. I don’t want to see anything
negative about that girl in the news-
papers. I don’t really speak like that
to reporters. It would give the wrong
Gopee-Scoon said she got along
well with Karim (Fazal), the Chagua-
nas East MP.
“I want you to know that.”
In June of 2013, Creative TT was
created under then minister of trade
and industry Vasant Bharath to over-
see the increased commercialisation
and development of the creative
Contacted on her cellphone,
Karim refused to comment about
“I prefer not to say anything,”
Yesterday, Soodeen’s phone was
answered by a woman who iden-
tified herself as her mother and
promised to relay the message.
“She (Soodeen) is in a meeting.
She is not available right now. I am
sorry.” Up to late yesterday, Soodeen,
who is CEO of MACO Investment
Group and the founder, owner and
managing director of Toute Bagai
Publishing Company, did not return
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Baby Asia-Marie Small who died on
November 9 is in heaven and will not have
to account for any sins. These were the
words of comfort offered to her parents,
19-year-old Chelsea Robinson and Brian
Small, family members and friends who
attended the funeral service yesterday.
Officiating minister Cleave Bascombe told
the young couple at Faith Assembly Inter-
national, Five Rivers Junction, in Arouca, that
even though they went through a period of
adversity and God took their baby, he pre-
served their lives.
Pointing at the couple, Bascombe said,
“Go forth and multiply.”
Asia-Marie died in her mother’s womb
before an emergency delivery at the Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Complex after
medical staff discovered faeces had entered
her mouth. Robinson spent three days in
labour. Reports said she was turned away by
hospital staff who told her she was not ready
to give birth. The family intends to take legal
In spite of the tears and hurt, Bascombe
said, he had good news.
“That good news is that Asia-Marie is in
heaven right now. Parents and family mem-
bers, be comforted that Asia-Marie is having
a good time with the angels in heaven.”
As she entered the church and saw her
baby in the little white casket, Robinson
started to cry. Small, however, remained
composed throughout the service.
Poems were read by Asia-Marie’s maternal
grandmother, Mary, and her aunt, Elisha.
The eulogy took the form of a poem and
was read by Dixie-Ann Gabriel.
Bascombe told the young couple not to
allow the baby’s death to adversely affect
their lives. Despite Universal Children’s Day
being observed on Friday, the minister said
there was a cycle of abuse against infants.
He referred to the shooting death of two-
year-old Keyra Singh and the stabbing inci-
dent which left three-year-old Arti Ramkha-
lawan in a critical condition last week. Singh’s
funeral was also yesterday.
“If we trace back at the other weeks gone
by, we see a process where infants are the
targets of unscrupulous adults,” Bascombe
‘Asia-Marie playing with angels’
Creative TT CEO
fired by phone
Family of murdered Keyra told
not to seek street justice...
Leave it in
Brian Small looks at the body of his deceased
daughter Asia-Marie Small at her funeral service at
the Faith Assembly International, Five Rivers
Junction, Arouca, yesterday. PHOTO:ABRAAHAM DIAZ
Neilya Singh weeps over the casket of her daughter Keyra with grandfather
Dereck Paul after the funeral service at the New Vision Ministries, Western
Main Road, Diego Martin, yesterday. PHOTO:DION ROACH
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