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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Slain security guard John Adams was
hailed a hero yesterday at his funeral at
the Duke Street Pentecostal Church, Port-
Adams, 41, of Trou Macaque Road,
Laventille, was killed in a robbery attempt
on May 27 when gunmen stormed the Port-
of-Spain jewelry store where he worked.
Children from the Tranquillity Govern-
ment Primary School attended the funeral
as a show of support for Adams son,
Shaquille, a Standard Four student at the
Adams wife, Janelle Sutton, and others
wept during the ceremony and had to be
consoled by friends and relatives.
"Oh God, somebody bring him back
please. I have to be alone, I don t care, I
want him back. Wake him up and let me
tell him I love him. It ain t fair," Sutton cried.
John Dyett, who gave the eulogy, said the
service was the celebration of a hero and
described Adams as a devoted, committed,
loving father with a sense of humour.
Elder Gordon Monroe, who officiated at
the ceremony, said faith was needed.
"Everyone wants this nation to come out
of the corner. We are losing our children,
we are losing everything. We are losing
hope, we are losing everything. Look at the
divorce statistics, who can we turn to? We
need somebody to help us out of this. It is
a deadly situation we are in. I watch the
drivers on the road. Madness. Everything
is falling apart," he said. Monroe said people
were living without hope.
"There is hope. We can only make it if
we try. Humans fail you. What hope are we
going to give those children tomorrow? My
grandmother taught me to pray," he said.
Monroe said there was a lot of technology
but faith and hope in Jesus were necessary.
"Cell phone batteries can die, but Jesus
is alive. He could take that grief and turn
that around. Encourage your children to
know Jesus. If you don t know Jesus then
you have no guidance," he said.
Meanwhile, investigators said they are
looking for two suspects but claimed yes-
terday that the investigation might have
been compromised because CCTV footage
of the robbery was aired on television.
Police believe the suspects have gone into
hiding or left the country as a result of the
airing of the footage.
Slain guard remembered as hero
apart, says elder
Janelle Sutton, centre, wife of slain security guard John Adams weeps as she views the body of her husband during the funeral service at
the Duke Street Pentecostal Church, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
Leader of the Opposition Dr Keith Rowley says
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is com-
mitting "serious breaches of protocol."
In a statement yesterday, Rowley said over the
past weeks Persad-Bissessar had arrived at major
events after the President and on occasion she had
also addressed major functions after the President
"These actions are wholly unacceptable and we
feel the Prime Minister needs to be reminded of
her role and function as Prime Minister and that
of the President as Head of State," Rowley said in
his statement. Rowley said last weekend Persad-
Bissessar committed even more serious breaches
in protocol during the visit of the President of China
"It was most appalling to see our Head of State
trailing behind not only the Prime Minister, but
also behind lesser dignitaries, almost lost in the
crowd." Rowley said such protocol errors should
not occur since they fell within the ambit of the
public service. He said the breaches called into
question "whether the requisite public service func-
tions are being exercised by public servants or are
being usurped by persons unknown to the embar-
rassment of the nation."
Rowley accuses PM
of breaches of protocol
Yesterday s Tobago Organisation of the People s
"next move" national executive meeting had to
be put off to a date to be fixed, as party leader
Ashworth Jack had to meet for most of the day
with lawyers seeking advice on whether to file
an ex-parte injunction against two members who
took legal action against the party last weekend.
That earlier legal move, filed by members Glad-
stone Solomon and Trevor Gardiner, effectively
halted the party s fourth executive elections on
Sunday. Solomon and Gardiner filed a High Court
injunction seeking to prevent the executive elections
from proceeding. After Sunday s aborted proceedings
the party scheduled a special meeting for yesterday
to discuss the next move. That meeting did not
take place, however, as Jack met with lawyers instead.
Sources say neither was a new date set for the
crisis meeting. Reports are that yesterday there was
a virtual shouting match among members both for
and against Jack.
"It was horrible, the worst I have seen in years,"
another source said. Sources say the party remains
divided and many want Jack to step down, especially
after the TOP s humiliating 12-nil defeat by the
People s National Movement in January s Tobago
House of Assembly election. Jack was unavailable
for comment yesterday as he was meeting with
Jack, lawyers planning
Legislators are expected to debate a bill
to enhance border control when the Senate
meets at 1.30 this afternoon.
Finance and the Economy Minister Larry
Howai will present the Customs Amend-
ment Bill, which seeks to enhance border
security by providing advance passenger
and cargo information to the Comptroller
Before that, he will also table the National
Insurance (Contribution) (Amendment) Reg-
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan is listed
to table the Emergency Ambulance Services
and Emergency Medical Personnel Regu-
Trade Minister Vasant Bharath is expected
to answer a question on the Order Paper
relating to the food import bills for the years
That question is being asked by Oppo-
sition Senator Pennelope Beckles.
Khan is also expected to answer a question
by Opposition Senator Fitzgerald Hinds,
who wants to know the amount of money
in the Children s Life Fund as at the end of
last year; the number of children who have
benefitted; the single largest donation, and
There is also a question for written
response about the Boxing Board of Control
that has remained unanswered for almost
Border security bill on Senate agenda
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