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A spiderman towel, a cap and his
favourite toy are among the things which
will be placed in the casket of 13-year-
old Nyron Ramcharan today at his
Rochard Road, Penal home.
A song that he and his parents---Nanda,
36, and Mahadeo Ramcharan, 47---loved
will also be played during their funeral
service under Hindu rites.
All three were killed in an accident on
Nanda s elder sister Marilyn Sundar-
Rampersad said the mother and son would
arrive in one hearse while Mahadeo in
another, but all the caskets would be placed
side by side.
Nyron and his parents will then be cre-
mated in one pyre at the Shore of Peace
at Mosquito Creek.
The tragedy touched the hearts of many,
including Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar who visited Nyron s two siblings
Rikash, 17, and Nigel, 12, and other relatives
at their Ramsabad Trace home on Thursday
Pledging her government s support to
the family, Persad-Bissessar held the chil-
dren s hands as she tried to comfort them.
She said: "I am not happy to be here..I
would have been happy if I came for some-
thing other than why I am here this evening.
So I do not share your happinesss minister,
that my presence here came about because
of the tragedy for his family."
She was referring to Moruga/Tableland
MP Clifton De Coteau who, in his wel-
coming remarks, expressed happiness for
Persad-Bissessar said her purpose of her
visit was to share in the family s grief, but
at a time like this there is little words of
comfort I can share."
The Prime Minister asked family and
friends to give all their support to the sur-
viving children. "We will do all we can to
help them. I know my office has already
been in touch with them and they have
been making certain arrangements...but
all of us will now have to close and bond
together to give these two main children
all the support."
Saying the children were blessed since
they had a big family, she urged relatives
to guide the children in the right way.
She also encouraged the children to move
forward, study hard and honour their par-
"Your parents will want you to grow
and be strong and do well and if you are
to honour your parents and show your love
for them, because they will know, then you
are to continue to be strong and work hard
and do well. You have to continue for the
sake of your parents because you are all
that they have left here."
Expressing thanks for Persad-Bissessar,
her government and all the other support
they have received were Sundar-Ramper-
sad, one of Nanda s six surviving sisters
and Harricharan Cassie, state counsel with
the Customs and Excise Division. Cassie
said their pain will never be erased.
Describing Nyron as an angel loved by
all and his parents as loving people, Sun-
dar-Rampersad said they would never be
Before leaving, the Prime Minister spent
a few minutes speaking privately with
Rikash, Nigel, their grandmother Bernadette
Sundar and other family members.
PM visits family of
highway crash victims
Increasing the competitiveness of T&T s soft-
ware industry should be a priority for the sus-
tainable development of the nation s nascent
information technology (IT) sector. This was
the call from Bevil Wooding, Executive Director
of BrightPath Foundation.
Wooding was speaking at an interview after
the closing ceremony of TechCamp 2014, a two-
week technology education camp targeting 10 to
15 year olds.
"Software development is an essential skill for
the digital generation. Education in the funda-
mentals coding helps us secure our place in the
technology-based economies of the future."
Countries like the UK, India, South Korea, Japan
and China put a high premium on teaching com-
puter programming to students, he said.
"Technology education is viewed as a critical
part of the diversification of their economies and
the safeguarding of future growth opportunities.
Countries in the Caribbean have to step up training
in software and technology education in primary,
secondary and tertiary levels."
The TechCamp was held at the Cipriani College
of Labour & Cooperative Studies. 50 participants
were given an opportunity to interact with industry
practitioners and real-world tech innovators. They
were exposed to a range of hands-on activities
from digital photography and music production
to digital animation and building robots.
BrightPath Foundation is already working with
the Caribbean Examination Council, and Ministries
of Education across the region to share both the
content and approaches used to present technology
concepts to youngsters across the region, he said.
"Without deliberate steps being taken at the
national policy level, we simply will not realise
the potential we have to develop the inventions
and innovations that take us into our future. And
unless technology education is integrated into
national education curricular, it will be difficult
for students to find the motivation or support to
develop their full potential. We must all do our
part help them create the future."
SEE STORY ON PAGE A 18.
essential to help
youth create future
Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, centre, prays with orphan brothers Rikash
Ramcharan, left, and Nigel during her visit to their home at Rochard Road, Penal on
Thursday. The brothers lost their parents and brother in an accident along the Uriah Butler
Highway on Tuesday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Tenders have gone out for barrier cable
installation project along the nation s
highways, said Prime Minister Kamla Per-
She was responding to concerns by
Arrive Alive president Sharon Inglefield
who questioned whether enough was being
done to prevent cross-over collisions.
On Tuesday Mahadeo Ramcharan, 48,
his wife, Nanda, 36, and their 13-year-old
son, Nyron, were killed along the Uriah
Butler Highway, near Endeavor Flyover,
A garbage truck spun out of control,
after being hit by a white Lancer, crossed
the median and landed on top the family s
car, crushing them. The driver of the lancer
was detained by police, but has since been
released pending further inquires.
Questioned by the media during her visit
to bereaved relatives at Ramsabad Trace,
Rochard Road, Penal on Thursday evening,
Persad-Bissessar said the question about
the barrier s installation programme was
posed to Works and Infrastructure Minister
Dr Surujrattan Rambachan in Parliament.
"The minister said there were three ten-
ders at the moment so that is in train for
further work with respect to the barriers."
Asked how long it would take, "I would
ask you to speak to Minister Surujrattan
because that is his line ministry but we
did ask him today."
With regards to the speed guns for the
police, she said the law was only passed
a few days ago and it has to go to President
Anthony Carmona to sign off. "Thereafter
we will work on it very swiftly."
Commenting on the release of the driver
of the white Lancer, Nanda s sister Mar-
ilyn Sundar-Rampersad said the family
was not blaming anyone.
She said their focus was on today s
funeral service at the house of mourning
and thereafter the well-being of the two
surviving children, Rikash, 17, and Nigel,
"So right at this point we are not accus-
ing anyone. We are not pointing fingers
at anyone. We just have to deal with one
thing at a time," the Prime Minister said.
She thanked BK Holdings, the owner of
the garbage truck in the accident, for their
She said the Penal Debe Regional Cor-
poration had also organised a police escort
from the house to the Shore of Peace, Mos-
quito Creek, South Oropouche where the
parents and their son will be cremated on
a single pyre.
Mahadeo Ramcharan, employed as a
medical orderly supervisor at the South
West Regional Health Authority, and was
returning home with his wife and son after
taking his son for dialysis treatment at the
Mt Hope Hospital.
Four years ago Nyron s mother had saved
his life after giving him one of her kidneys.
...promises better safety measures on highways
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