T&T 12-year-old charged with ganja trafficking

(Trinidad Express)  A 12-year-old, who was found with marijuana in his bag at his primary school, appeared before a magistrate yesterday charged with possession of the drug for the purpose of trafficking.

The boy, whose father stood at his side, pleaded guilty to the offence. The court was cleared for the matter. Defence attorney Dane Halls represented the child.

Magistrate Siumongal Ramsaran heard from the prosecutor that it was around 12.20 p.m. on Wednesday that the standard five pupil’s bag was searched by a cleaner at the school after suspicions were raised by a teacher. Marijuana weighing 0.3 grammes was found. The child was charged by Constable Richard Guerra with having the drug for the purpose of trafficking as it was discovered on him within 500 metres of a school. The boy initially told officers he found the illegal substance at the school’s entrance. He later said a pupil had given it to him while he was at school.

In speaking on the child’s behalf before the court, Halls said given the boy’s age he was “unable to navigate from clear and present danger”. He said the child lives with his paternal grandmother as his parents were separated, and wants to become a mechanical engineer. Halls said the boy had his future ahead of him and asked the court to reprimand and discharge his client. Ramsaran said the boy ought to be allowed to focus on his upcoming Secondary Assessment Examination (SEA). He reprimanded and discharged him under section 71:1A. No record will be made by the court of the child’s court appearance.

 

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Venezuela gov’t aims to sink Maduro recall, opposition protests

CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government sought yesterday to scupper a push by the opposition to oust him this year via a referendum, while his opponents called for protests to demand the vote.

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No amnesty for war rapists: Colombia peace talks turn to women’s rights

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Colombia’s government and FARC rebels have pledged to improve access to land for women and ensure perpetrators of sexual violence, including rape, will not be eligible for amnesty as part of ongoing peace talks to end five decades of civil war.

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Colombia declares end to Zika epidemic inside country

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HOUSTON (Reuters) – A Chinese container ship hit a wall of the new lane of the Panama Canal, a Canal Authority official and a local ship agent said yesterday, the third such incident since the expanded waterway opened one month ago amid design concerns.

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Little enforcement of Jamaica Tobacco Control Act douses its relevance

(Jamaica Observer) It has existed on Jamaican law books for three years now, but the one-time much heralded Public Health Tobacco Control Regulations Act 2013, seems to have virtually gone up in smoke.

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Big battle set for key Clico beachfront property in T&T

(Trinidad Guardian) Battle for No Man’s Land. That is what is shaping up on all fronts—from Government to the Clico owners of the property—as the spotlight continues to increase on one of the last pristine pieces of beachfront in the English-speaking Caribbean.

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