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For 14-year-old Lilly Adiel Blaides,
the last chapter in her "book of life"
was written at 6.15 pm on Saturday.
The teenager died of massive head
injuries when a pirogue, driven by a
Las Cuevas fisherman, ploughed into
her.Up to late yesterday a 21-year-old
Las Cuevas man was assisting police
Police said the teenager was bathing
not too far from the shoreline when
the pirogue s propeller sliced her head
and parts of the body.
Instead of assisting the teenager, the
fisherman jumped ashore and ran into
the bushes, police said.
Lifeguards on duty pulled Blaides out
the water and took her to the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital in their ambu-
She died one hour later. An autopsy
is expected to be performed today.
The fisherman, however, was nabbed
around 1.30 am after a team of officers
from the North Eastern Divisional Task
Force headed by Insp Roger Alexander
got a tip.
The man was found hiding in a house
in Las Cuevas.
Blaides death, however, has been
accepted by her mother, Arlene, who
believed her daughter was in a better
In an interview at her Tacarigua home
yesterday, Arlene, who described herself
as an ardent believer in the Lord, said
despite the tragic circumstances it was
her daughter s time to leave earth.
"Everybody has a book of life and
her book was written. Some people
believe you have to be old to die but
I believe my daughter s time had come
and she had to go. I am a believer and
I have accepted what happened.
"God is good. I m coping," Arlene
She said she did not go to the beach
on Saturday but her daughter went
with other relatives including her broth-
er Adam, 19.
Praising the lifeguards for their efforts
Arlene said, "They really did all they
could but I believed my daughter passed
while she was in transit. When I saw
my daughter her head was bandaged."
Blaides, a student of the El Dorado
East Government Secondary School,
was expected to enter form four in Sep-
"She had already chosen her subjects
and was supposed to collect her books.
My daughter was looking forward to
Describing her as someone who loved
the water Arlene said her daughter learnt
to swim "from small."
Blaides also loved art and her mother
said the teenager also had a knack for
Asked if she believed the boatman
did not see Blaides in the water Arlene
said she could not make any pro-
nouncements as she was not present
when the incident occurred.
She believed the police were treating
the incident as a homicide.
But Arlene hoped such an incident
never occurs again.
"I believe things would be put in
place for something like this not to
happen again. They should really have
limits to where the boats could come
in because if you have bathers there
you should not be allowed there."
Narsaloo Ramaya would best be
remembered as a "gentleman and a
scholar" according to historian Dr
Ramaya, a self-taught violinist and
founding member of Trinidad s first
Indian orchestra, died on Friday. He
In a telephone interview yesterday,
Johnson said, "He (Ramaya) will be
remembered as a pioneer musician
and a very important researcher into
Indian culture in T&T. He was a very
generous man, who shared his research
and art with everyone. And even
though he focused on Indian music,
he was not exclusively Indian."
Johnson added, "He was loved and
admired by very many people and was
part of the group that gave Trinidad
Indians a sense of confidence in their
Johnson is the author of a forth-
coming book on Ramaya and will be
speaking at his funeral, which takes
place this afternoon in Tacarigua at 3
Ramaya was the son of indentured
labourers born on the Hermitage sugar
estate in 1919. In 1931, his family moved
to Port-of-Spain. In 1935, along with
Nazeer Mohammed, he formed the
Modern Indian Orchestra.
A few years later in 1943, they
formed another band named Naya
Zamana. Ramaya was also a teacher
and cultural researcher. He was a
founding member of the National
Council of Indian Culture (NCIC) and
founder and former leader of the
Triveni Indian Orchestra (JMC Triveni).
Ramaya also represented T&T at the
Commonwealth Arts Festival in 1965
and the Expo 67 in Montreal in 1967.
Chairman of the San Fernando Arts
Council, Torrance Mohammed, who
attended Expo 67 along with Ramaya,
said yesterday, Ramaya was a very
"He made great contributions to all
aspects of Indian culture and was very
community and family oriented. He
made a very significant contribution
to the promotion of arts and culture
For his contributions to the preser-
vation of Indian culture, Ramaya was
awarded the Hummingbird Bronze
Medal, a silver medal from the Sanatan
Dharma Maha Sabha, a gold medal
from the NCIC and was honoured by
the Nrityanjali Institute of the Arts.
Mohammed also worked with
Ramaya as a member of the National
Cultural Council. He described Ramaya
as humble and dedicated.
A distraught looking Arlene Blaides looks at a photograph of herself, her
husband Lyric and their 14-year-old daughter, Lily, who was killed by a boat
propeller while at Las Cuevas beach on Saturday evening. PHOTO: NICOLE
...Mom praises lifeguards
Ramaya remembered as gentleman, scholar and pioneer
Teen killed in boating accident
In August 2009 a US girl Paige
Welsh and her mother Raquel were
paddling in a two-man kayak when a
28-foot pirogue, operated by a soldier,
collided with them at Scotland Bay,
Raquel had part of her back (close
to her spine) ripped off and bones in
her left arm were also shattered.
Paige's arm was almost severed.
The accident involving the Welches
was similar to that which occurred in
Tobago in June, 2007. Yanik Quesnel,
17, of Cascade, Port-of-Spain, and his
girlfriend, Carolino Barry-Laso, 16, of
Spain, were seriously injured when
they were run over by a pirogue. They
were bathing several yards from the
shoreline at Pigeon Point at the time.
Yanik sustained a skull fracture, which
resulted in brain injury, while Barry-
Laso suffered a fractured skull, a
broken arm and leg.
leader in the Tobago
House of Assembly
(THA) Ashworth Jack
says he expects "nothing
new" in the THA s maid-
en budget presentation
by Secretary for Finance
Joel Jack today.
Chief secretary Orville
London said yesterday the
budget would seek to
honour the ruling Peo-
ple s National Move-
ment s January 21 election
manifesto and the devel-
opment programme of
There is no opposition
in the assembly following
the PNM s landslide 12 to
zero victory at the polls
Jack said the same
projects are expected to
be listed as major projects
in the presentation. He
said he expect more con-
tracts will be given to
workers as pay back for
the result in the last THA
"It will contain no eco-
nomic stimulus and there
will be no increase in tax
Jack said, "Tobago is at
a standstill as nothing
was happening econom-
ically to develop the
Meanwhile, Jack , who
is the leader of the Tobago
Organisation of the Peo-
ple (TOP) said he was
continuing to meet with
members to determine
the way forward.
The party s June 2
executive elections were
aborted as two members
initiated legal action over
the system of voting to
be used to elect the new
executive. An eleventh
hour decision by the party
to use the traditional del-
egate system did not find
favour with members and
the elections were called
off. No new date for the
polls has been set as yet.
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