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The morals and values that were instilled in the
citizens of T&T as children are failing them and
the 230 murders in only 197 days of this year is
evidence of this failure.
So said minister Carl Ramlal, who was officiating
at the funeral of murdered businesswoman Nesha
Espinoza, at Guide s Funeral Home, Coffee Street,
San Fernando, yesterday.
Espinoza, 44, was shot during a robbery in Point
Lisas on July 11, after her killers had already grabbed
her $50,000 payroll last Friday at Rivulet Road,
Ramlal called on mourners to take a stand against
hard-hearted people and engage them in a spiritual
"As a people we cannot lose hope, we have to
stand up against hard-hearted people like the ones
who did this. We need to get on our knees and cry
out for what they are doing to this nation, engage
them in a spiritual battle for our land."
Ramlal admonished those gathered to live spiritual
lives and not to be imitated and fearful.
"Let the devil and his imps know they have no
place in our land, we are taking back T&T."
In his eulogy, Espinoza s brother-in-law, pastor
Kiwi Calloo described Espinoza as the glue that held
her family together.
"Nesha was very family-oriented, there was no
limit to what she would for her family," said Calloo.
"She was the rock of her family and a most giving
Calloo said she was also a fearless person.
"There was nothing that could scare her. She loved
a challenge and would never back down."
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe is expected to arrive in T&T on
July 25, according to Japanese ambas-
sador to T&T Yoshimasa Tezuka.
Tezuka made the announcement at
a cocktail reception on board the JS
Kashima at the Cruise Ship Complex,
Port-of-Spain on Tuesday.
"This visit is a most historic occasion,
since it will be the first time a Japanese
prime minister is visiting the Caribbean
region," he said.
He said the visit this year had extra
significance, since it coincided with
the commemoration of the 50th
anniversary of diplomatic relations
between Japan and T&T, as well as two
decades since the first Japan-Caricom
The JS Kashima was part of a training
squadron of three ships.
"This is the first time Japanese naval
vessels have visited T&T since ten years
ago. Their presence here is a symbolic
event that shows the close relationship
between Japan and T&T," he added.
Japan prime minister
to arrive on July 25
Chief Justice Ivor Archie, left, acting Prime Minister Errol Mc Leod, Education
Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh, and Ambassador of Japan Yoshimasa Tezuka
perform the Kagamibiraki (Sake cask breaking ceremony) at a reception hosted
by the Ambassador and Rear Admiral Hideki Yuasa, commander of the Japan
Training Squadron on board the Japan Naval Vessel JS Kashima at the Cruise
Ship Complex, Port-of-Spain on Tuesday. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
Time to take a stand
Pastor at funeral of murdered woman
Shortly after the eulogy was read at the
funeral, members of the media were asked to
leave by two men dressed in civilian clothing,
who identified themselves as employees of
the Ministry of National Security.
One man, who identified himself as Cpl
Kirk Figaro of the Defence Force and another,
Faraz Kalloo, who said he was a police officer,
told reporters and photographers of the T&T
Guardian and Newsday to leave the building
and stop taking pictures.
Media personnel obliged and were
standing opposite the building, on the side of
the road, when Kalloo re-introduced himself
as a family member and said the family did
not want photos of themselves published, as
they were fearful for their lives.
Figaro then came across and told the
media they had two minutes to decide
whether they wanted the matter to get
When he was told that the roadway was
the public domain, Figaro replied: "I am
talking to all of you media. You have two
minutes to decide what you want to do. Is
either you leave or we could deal with this
official. Allyuh want to deal with rank, we
could do that.
"Allyuh want to see how far this could go? I
telling allyuh again, allyuh have two minutes
to decide how we handling this."
A report has been made to the police about
commanding officer of
the Japanese Naval
Vessel, Asagiri gives
members of the
Military Led Academic
MILAT, a tour of the
vessel which is docked
at the Port of Port-of-
PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
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