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Mason freed on narco charge

first_imgA mason of Lot 3 Mandela Avenue, Georgetown, walked out of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts a free man after a narcotic charge against him was dismissed by Magistrate Fabayo Azore.The case was dismissed on the grounds that the Prosecution failed to prove its case against Frank Kowlessar, 36.Magistrate Azore told the court that she found the statements by witnesses conflicting and confusing.It was alleged that Kowlessar had 34.5grams of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.Kowlessar made his first appearance on July 5, 2016 before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan where he pleaded not guilty to the charge and was placed on remand.The Prosecution’s case had stated that Kowlessar threw a black bag on a neighbour’s roof when he saw Police ranks approaching him. The ranks got the black bag from the neighbour’s roof which revealed several small Ziploc bags that contained stems, leaves and seeds.Defence Attorney Paul Fung-A Fat had relayed to the court that his client bears no knowledge of the cannabis and in fact it was found two lots away from where the accused resides.last_img read more

Education key to oil, gas sector development − T&T professor

first_imgGuyanese packed the Savannah Suite of the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown, to capacity on Thursday at a public lecture on, ‘The importance of education in the development of the oil and gas sector – experiences and perspectives of Trinidad and Tobago’. The lecture was delivered by Professor Andrew Jupiter.Hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources in celebration of Mining Week, Professor Jupiter’s hour-long presentation examined how linking the emerging oil and gas sector with education is critical to maintain the international standards required in the sector.A section of the gathering at the lecture by Professor Andrew Jupiter“A possible first step to the development of the required human resource for the sector could be the establishment of energy based apprenticeship programmes,” Professor Jupiter said.These programmes could provide a continuous supply of craftspeople and technicians, the professor added. As the sector begins to develop, a large cadre of highly trained personnel with transferable skills will emerge.“When you start you have to look beyond. You have to look at local capital and public training; it has nothing to do with engineers, that’s where you want to go,” Professor Jupiter pointed.The role of the state is very important in facilitating this development through education, the Professor said: “Education will play a significant role in filling the human capital gap in Guyana’s energy sector. Developing human capital is one way to convert below the ground non-renewable petroleum resources into above the ground renewable human resources.”Education is critical to Guyana’s sustainable energy sector and overall economy. As the sector grows, spending on education can increase: “You are at the top bracket in terms of resource development as a country at this time. This is an exciting time in Guyana; go back to school and learn something.”Professor Jupiter urged that contract arrangements be negotiated to the benefit of the people.Professor Jupiter served as Trinidad and Tobago’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries from 1998 to 2004. He served as President of National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago 2009-2012.He holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences, Post Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering from the University of the West Indies (UWI). He also holds a Master’s of Engineering Degree in Mineral Engineering Management from the Pennsylvania State University.Currently, Professor Jupiter is attached to the department of Chemical Engineering, UWI, serving as the Energy Consultant with Trinidad and Tobago Methanol Company and Chairman of the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago.Guyana is strengthening bilateral arrangements with the Caribbean nation in the areas of education, infrastructural development, oil and gas, eco-tourism and agriculture, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman informed.last_img read more

La Grange residents benefit from medical outreach

first_imgMore than 100 residents from the village of La Grange on the West Bank of Demerara received medical treatment as part of an outreach organised by the La Grange People’s Progressive Party Group.A resident donating bloodThe medical outreach is the second of its kind organised by the PPP Group and saw numerous residents benefiting.Secretary of the Group, Anjanie Narine, told Guyana Times that the outreach was their way of giving back to the community as well as aiding the National Blood Bank in its calls for more blood donations. Just two hours into the activity, the Group was able to secure 20 units of blood, and members hoped to collect in excess of 75 units by the end of the day.“Our outreach today so far has been very successful. Apart from the medication giving out, we are also giving a hamper to 50 senior citizens in the area and this is in commemoration of the 100th birth anniversary of our founder, Dr Cheddi Jagan and all year we will be having activities. So, the La Grange PPP Group did this sort of activity in remembering Dr Cheddi and he would have wanted us to do this if he was here,” Narine said.The residents were able to benefit from regular medical check-ups, dental care as well as preliminary eye tests. Narine said that as long as the support is available, the Group intends to make the activity an annual one and on a larger scale.The team of doctors included former Culture, Youth and Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony; Opposition Member of Parliament, Dr Vishwa Mahadeo; Dr Bheri Ramsarran along with representatives from the Blood Bank.One resident, Golyn Persaud, thanked the Group for the initiative, noting that she was able to receive her diabetes medication without visiting the clinic. In addition, she and her grandson each had a medical check-up. The Group also prepared lunch for the 50 senior citizens to whom hampers had been distributed.last_img read more

Ronaldo ‘back’ against favourite enemy Atletico

first_img0Shares0000“I’m back,” said Cristiano Ronaldo (R) after training with his Juventus teammates in Turin. © AFP / Marco BertorelloTurin, Italy, Nov 25 – Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo warned he was ‘back’ and ready for Tuesday’s Champions League meeting with old rivals Atletico Madrid in Turin.Coach Maurizio Sarri said the 34-year-old Portugal international’s fitness still had to be assessed before the Group D clash as he battles a knee problem. But the 34-year-old showed his eagerness to play by posting a photo on Twitter with the caption: “I’m back,” followed by an emoji of a flexed bicep.Ronaldo has a long history with the Spanish side going back to his nine years with city rivals Real Madrid.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored 22 goals against Atletico for Real, including in the 2014 Champions League final triumph. He also hit the winning spot-kick as they were defeated in the final again two years later.In last season’s Champions League, the Spanish were 2-0 winners in the first leg of their last 16 tie, but a Ronaldo hat-trick in Turin in March denied them a quarter-final berth.“I have five Champions Leagues, these guys zero,” Ronaldo had declared after the defeat in Madrid, holding up five fingers to the home fans throughout the game.This season Ronaldo has scored just once in the Champions League and was furious after being substituted by coach Maurizio Sarri in their last game against Lokomotiv Moscow, also being hauled off before the hour in the following game against AC Milan.In characteristic defiant style he hit back with four goals to qualify holders Portugal for Euro 2020.But he was rested for Saturday’s Serie A game against Atalanta which Juventus won 2-1 thanks to a Gonzalo Higuain double to stay top of the Italian league.“Cristiano trained with his teammates yesterday (Sunday),” Sarri told a press conference at the Juventus Stadium. “It seems that his condition is improving but we still have to evaluate between today and tomorrow.“The positive thing he was able to play throughout the training session with his teammates.”– ‘Always suffered’ –Atletico coach Diego Simeone knows what to expect from a player who holds the record of Champions League goals with 127.“Ronaldo is a champion, we have always suffered a lot against him. He is number one, but I don’t think it’s Ronaldo against Atletico because Juve is a great team. “It’s always painful to play Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLO“I have no doubt, Juventus will be the protagonist again this year.”Atletico midfielder Koke added: “We consider the team as a whole, not just Ronaldo.“Ronaldo had scored a lot of goals against us, we’ll see if he will play one of his typical matches tomorrow.”Sarri said he had “a good relationship with Ronaldo” despite the player’s harsh words in his direction at being substituted.“If a player who has won so much is angry about being substituted, it means he still has a lot of motivation, and this is something positive,” said the former Chelsea and Napoli coach. Juventus are already through to the last 16 and want to finish top of their group with second-placed Atletico needing a win to guarantee their place.The Italian champions will be without defender Matthijs de Ligt, with a dislocated shoulder, with forward Federico Bernardeschi, who bruised his chest, in doubt.Atletico’s Portugal forward Joao Felix is also fighting for fitness.But Sarri conceded he was spoilt for choice up front between Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Higuain.“We have three very strong strikers for just two roles, I think it is an ideal situation,” continued the Juventus coach.“Playing Dybala, Higuain and Cristiano all together is difficult because of their characteristics, but all three know how to play really well and are comfortable with each other.” Higuain, who has scored five goals this season, said he was not trying to take Ronaldo’s throne.“I don’t have to steal anything from anyone,” said the 31-year-old, who played alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid. “We know who Ronaldo is, a winner. I try to help the team win, we are all important and crucial, both those who play and those who don’t play.“In the long run, this is what leads a team to winning things.”0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more