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Korean Ambassador Wonkun Hwang stands with the chosen candidates for the
Korean Government Scholarship Program Devika Gooptar, right, and Ken
Alexander during a farewell reception for them at the Korean Embassy, St Clair,
Port-of-Spain, Monday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation chairman Alderman Nafeesa Mohammed holds a garbage bag filled
with plastics reportedly collected from a drain in Lower El Socorro, during the launch of the Separate 2 Create
programme at the corporation's office at MTS Plaza Aranguez Monday. With her are Arthur Lok Jack
Graduate School of Business sustainable energy management students Talya Mohammed, left, and Sherise
Seecharan, right, as well as Secure A Vibrant Environment (SAVE) chief executive Stephen Harris.
PHOTO: CHARLES KONG SOO
Two Trinidad and Tobago students
have been selected for the Korean Gov-
ernment Scholarship Program 2013.
Devika Cassandra Gooptar from the
University of the West Indies (UWI),
and Kena Alexander from the University
of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) were
the centre of attention at a small
farewell ceremony held at the Korean
Embassy on Elizabeth Street, St Clair
last Monday morning.
Wonkun Hwang, Ambassador of the
Republic of Korea, congratulated the
duo and expressed his confidence in
their abilities which, he said, would
ensure success in their undertakings.
Alexander, a systems engineer who
lives in Chaguanas, will be pursuing a
Masters degree in Computer Science
and Engineering at Hanyang University
for three years.
Gooptar, a disability affairs specialist
from Tunapuna, will be pursuing her
doctoral Degree in North Korea Studies
at Korea University for four years. Both
students will study Korean Language
for one year.
They are scheduled to leave for Korea
at the end of the month.
The Korean Government Scholarship
Programme 2013 implemented by the
National Institute for International Edu-
cation (NIIED) is designed to provide
higher education in Korea for interna-
tional students, with the aim of pro-
moting international exchange in edu-
cation, as well as mutual friendship
amongst the participating countries.
According to the 2011 National Com-
petitiveness Report of IMD in Switzer-
land, the education competitiveness of
Korea was 29th among 59 countries
that were subjects of the survey. Korea
ranked 4th in Asia following Singapore,
Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and higher
than Japan and China.
CHARLES KONG SOO
recycling initiative in the
Barataria area could
keep as much as 40 per
cent of waste out of
landfills, and generate
jobs in the process.
Chairman of the San
Mohammed expects the
Separate 2 Create pilot
recycling project to have
"a tremendous impact by
reducing the volume of
waste that will be taken
into the Beetham land-
Volunteers in the pro-
gramme will visit the
homes of area residents
and distribute clear plas-
tic bags to households.
encourage households to
start separating and dis-
posing their waste by
placing recyclable items---
mainly plastics, glass
bottles, tetra packs, card-
board and paper---in the
bags, which will be col-
lected on specific days
by one of the sanitation
contractors in the area.
Separate 2 Create is a
the corporation, the
Arthur Lok Jack Graduate
School of Business, West
Indies Recycling, and
Secure A Vibrant Envi-
ronment (Save) and sev-
eral corporate sponsors.
The two-month proj-
ect, which is fully spon-
sored, involves 4,000
residents, with First Cit-
izens Bank initially
donating 20,000 plastic
bags worth $20,000.
Speaking at the project
launch at MTS Plaza,
Aranjuez, on Monday,
Mohammed said the
project "will certainly
help in promoting a
encourage the employ-
ment of persons and also
the generation of new
businesses within the
"In the month of May,
public health workers
involved in cleaning sev-
eral drains and water-
courses in the region
recovered 300 bags of
plastics in the lower El
Socorro area that clogged
a drain preventing them
from further polluting
Save CEO Stephen
Harris said the project
can keep as much as 40
per cent of waste from
going to the landfills.
A sustainable energy
management student at
the Arthur Lok Jack
Graduate School of Busi-
ness who is involved in
the project, Talya
Mohammed, said the
data collected could be
used to form policy on
Fellow student Sherise
Seecharan said the proj-
ect was also to raise pub-
lic knowledge and aware-
ness of recycling and to
measure the volume of
waste produced by res-
idents to find solutions
to the landfill problem.
Recycling initiative may
reduce landfill waste
T&T students win
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