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Chris Sinanan, of Chaguanas, died
after he reportedly fell from the back
of a pickup van in the area on Tuesday
night. He was found on the road with
a wound to his head.
Police reports said the pickup was
being driven along Xavier Street,
Orchard Gardens, Chaguanas, when
the driver felt movements on the tray
of the van, then heard a noise like
something hitting the road.
Upon checking, he saw his co-work-
er, Sinanan, on the road with a head
injury. Sinanan died at the scene.
The driver told the police he was not
aware Sinanan, with whom he had
worked earlier in the day, had jumped
into the tray.
Central Division head Senior Supt
Johnny Abraham and a team of officers
from the Chaguanas police visited the
scene. Sinanan s weeping relatives stood
nearby as his body was removed.
Abraham said riding in the back of
pickups was dangerous and sometimes
he even had to caution police officers
for putting arrested people in pickup
Abraham urged people to desist from
that form of transportation, saying it
can lead to their deaths.
Minister of Science, Technol-
ogy and Tertiary Education Fazal
Karim says participation in ter-
tiary education has increased to
65.23 per cent as at December 31,
He said the increase was due to
expansion of the Government
Assistance for Tuition Expenses
The minister, who spoke at a
symposium on The Future of
Learning through Technology at
the Hilton Trinidad and Confer-
ence Centre, added:
"Approximately 67,000 students
access the Gate programme. The
Government of T&T, in our man-
ifesto commitment, indicated that
one of the targets for accomplish-
ments would be a participation
rate of 60 per cent in the tertiary
sector by the beginning of 2015.
"When I became minister and
I assumed responsibility for the
ministry the participation rate in
the tertiary sector was 42 per cent.
As of December 31, 2013 we are
now at 65.23 per cent."
Karim said the increase did not
include students participating in
technical vocational education.
"We are now in the process of
calculating that additional figure
for the vocational sector and I am
sure it will be very impressive," he
He said the St Augustine Cam-
pus of the University of the West
Indies had just started offering a
masters degree in vocational edu-
cation and training and there were
plans to have a PhD in technical
and vocational education and
Delivering the keynote address
at the conference was Prof Sugata
Mitra, a professor of educational
technology at the School of Edu-
cation, Communication and Lan-
guage Sciences, Newcastle Uni-
versity, United Kingdom.
He suggested that broadband
technology be offered to children
free of charge.
A police officer from the St Mar-
garet s Police Station has been charged
with driving under the influence of
alcohol after he reportedly collided
with a vehicle driven by another police-
man. Both were off duty at the time.
Police reports say PC Bansee of the
Brasso Police Station was driving along
Sum Sum Hill Road, Claxton Bay,
around 8.45 pm on Monday.
Shamila Gunness of Point Lisas,
Couva, was in the car with him.
On a green traffic light, he turned
into Diamond Cemetery Road but his
vehicle collided with a Nissan B13 driven
by Constable Ramdhan of the St Mar-
garet s Police Station.
Both vehicles ended up in a drain at
the side of the road. Bansee and Gun-
ness received minor injuries.
Ramdhan received minor injuries to
his head, nose and legs and was taken
to the Couva District Health Facility in
an Emergency Health Service ambu-
lance, treated and discharged.
After consulting with Dr Lallan, WPC
Evans of the Freeport Police Station
administered the breathalyser test to
Bansee and Ramdhan at the health
facility. She got a positive result for
Ramdhan and a negative for Bansee.
Cpl Lalchan of the Couva Police Sta-
tion charged Ramdhan for driving under
the influence of alcohol.
When the matter was called at the
Couva Magistrate s Court on Tuesday
Ramdhan pleaded not guilty.
He was placed on $10,000 bail and
the matter was adjourned to December
Cop collides with
cop; one charged
Minister: More looking
for tertiary education
Tertiary Education Minister Fazal Karim, right, chats with Professor Sugata Mitra of Newcastle University,
United Kingdom, during yesterday's symposium. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Work at the refurbished Licensing
Office, Wrightson Road, Port-of-
Spain, is expected to return to normal
within days, says Transport Minister
Staff there have been working for
only five hours a day for several months
as renovations to the dilapidated build-
ing were being done.
Cadiz said a new roof had been con-
structed and leaks were no longer a
He said the entire building was
rewired and the electrical inspectorate
certificate had been received.
Work was also done on the fire alarm
and safety system and the certificate
of approval had already been granted,
Cadiz said the "last approval, which
we are hoping to get today (Wednesday)
or tomorrow (Thursday) is the OSH
He said when that certificate was
received the office "will be fully com-
pliant with all the regulations. Once I
have the OSH certificate, Wrightson
Road will open regular hours."
Meanwhile, the new administrative
building for the division and the head-
quarters of the Road Transport
Authority in Caroni is almost com-
Cadiz said all that was required was
the outfitting of the building which
should be completed later this month.
He is to visit it next week.
President of the Public Service Asso-
ciation (PSA) Watson Duke was unavail-
able for comment.
Licensing Office back
on track soon---Cadiz
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