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December 8, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
"Mandela Day" will not be a public holiday.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Fri-
day said T&T would pay tribute to the interna-
tional icon and freedom-fighter Nelson Mandela
on a date to be fixed next year. It was reported
as a public holiday in an article on Friday. The
error is regretted.
Persad-Bissessar is expected to meet with lead-
ing scholars and historians to decide on a date
next year to honour Mandela. She also said there
would be a public symposium on the life and les-
sons of Mandela. There would also be presen-
tations, enactments, video clips, photographs,
and all of the material, including a specially com-
piled booklet, will be made available for posterity
and study, particularly by younger politicians,
students and teachers.
Mandela passed away on Thursday after pro-
longed complications with a lung infection. He
The PM said she also planned to travel to South
Africa for Mandela s funeral on December 15 and
extended an invitation to Opposition Leader Dr
Keith Rowley to join her as part of the delega-
is not a public
After failing to reconcile with
his wife, Gasparillo father
Christopher Joseph set his
home on fire, killing himself
and his eldest son, a 17-year-
old, yesterday morning.
Joseph s other son, a 16-year-
old, narrowly escaped death by
jumping through a window of
the blazing house.
Joseph, a 40-year-old welder,
had first gone to his wife Therika
Mc Cain s workplace at Chagua-
nas, on Friday night, and pleaded
with her to return home.
When she refused, Joseph
went to his mother-in-law s
home at Pleasantville, where his
sons were staying and took them
back to their Semper Street,
home at Gasparillo.
Joseph s mother Maureen
Thomas told the Sunday
Guardian that Mc Cain called
and told her that he had threat-
ened to kill the children.
"Last night, I was in my bed
sleeping and Therika called me
and said Christopher said he
was going to end it; he was going
to kill those children. So I
changed my clothes and while
I was leaving, Christopher called
me and asked what Therika told
"I did not want him to know,
so I told him I was coming
across. By the time I ran down
there, I smelled pitch oil. As I
pulled the door, flames burned
my feet. I told those children to
jump through the window and
the 16-year-old jumped first.
The older son jumped after, but
was already on fire," Thomas
When officers---including ASP
Mohammed, Inspectors Gajad-
har and Yearwood, and Cpl
Ramdial---arrived, the wooden
house was already ablaze. After
extinguishing the fire, officers
found the charred remains of
the father, Joseph, in the rub-
ble.Thomas and her two grand-
children were taken to the San
Fernando General Hospital.
The older son, a Form Five
student, died shortly after 9 am.
He was supposed to write the
Caribbean Secondary Education
Certificate (CSEC) examination
The younger son was in hos-
pital up to late last night in seri-
Speaking at her Caratal Road,
home yesterday, the grieving
Thomas said Joseph and Mc
Cain separated several weeks
ago. She said Mc Cain had called
Joseph s mobile phone and when
a woman answered, the married
couple had a heated argument;
Mc Cain then left.
She said the two had many
arguments. Thomas would
always warn her son against
harming his wife, she said.
Joseph was a welder at the
Chancery Lane Teaching Hos-
pital, San Fernando.
"This is my brother, you
know, but I don t know what
got into this man s head. This
is total madness to me. I am not
saying I am glad he passed, but
I would have felt better if he had
killed himself alone and not
involved the children," his broth-
er Trevor said.
Death by fire...
Jilted dad kills self, son
Works and Infrastructure Minister Dr Surujrattan
Rambachan says work on a major landslip near
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar s Siparia
Constituency Office should be completed by this
Last Tuesday, part of the SS Erin Road, at Charlo
Village, Penal, became almost impassable when the
southern lane eroded due to a massive landslip.
According to Rambachan, the landslip was caused
by a leaking WASA line under the road, which has
since been repaired.
"We have been working on it since it occurred on
Tuesday night. We were there up to 5 am every morn-
ing working hard to shore up the area. By Sunday
that road will be paved. I want to congratulate the
contractors for such a speedy job.
"That is not the only work we are doing right now;
we are repairing several other landslips. We just did
one at St Julian s Village in New Grant, another at
Guaracara and several other areas," Rambachan said.
Rambachan explained that the retaining wall being
built at Charlo Village is permanent.
The SS Erin Road links San Fernando, Debe, Penal,
Siparia and Erin. (KF)
SS Erin Road to be
A distressed Trevor Joseph looks at the burnt home
where his brother Christopher Joseph and nephew
Jelani perished in a fire on Saturday morning at
Semper Street, Gasparillo. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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