Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 19th 2014 Contents demanding answers.
"Who shipped it? Why
is it a secret?" The com-
pany said, "The public
needs to be informed."
The container was
seized on December 20,
but this was only revealed
to the US media by US
Customs and Border
Protection officials on
The cocaine was con-
cealed in 700 cans found
in the 20-foot container,
destined for New York.
It appeared to be man-
ufactured from Citrus
Growers Association, a
subsidiary of SM Jaleel.
US officials described it
as the largest drug bust
in the history of the Port
In an online statement
yesterday, SM Jaleel stat-
ed: "From all accounts,
the shipment was not
exclusively juice and was
a consolidated container
with other products from
Trinidad not associated
with SM Jaleel.
"We have been reliably
informed that the con-
tainer in question was
shipped from Port-of-
Spain to Norfolk, Vir-
ginia. SM Jaleel & Co Ltd
ships to the USA with
Seaboard Marine from
Point Lisas port to
Brooklyn," the company
The company stated
that the juice product
was not original and had
been tampered with.
"Our products are
being targeted since we
are this country s number
ical exporter and because
our brands are well
known and respected."
to help protect
In a press release yes-
terday, the T&T Man-
(TTMA) said it wants
to work with the local
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The public is hereby notified
that Robert Sheppard proposes
to apply to the Environmental
Management Authority (EMA)
for a variation in accordance
with the Noise Pollution
Control Rules 2001 for the
Event/Activity described below:
Date of Event/Activity:
28th February, 2014
Description of Event/Activity:
Carnival Cooler Fete
Address of Event/Activity:
315 Paria Ave., Lange Park
Duration of Event/Activity:
The Public is invited to submit
comments within two weeks
of the publication of this
notice to the EMA. 0118036
Stop the drinking and driving!
This was the emotional plea of grieving
relatives of the three co-workers who were
burnt in a car crash in Debe yesterday morn-
ing, after a night out drinking.
Loren Lochan, 24; Rick Nash, 45, both
of Reform Village, Gasparillo; and Reynold
Manoo, 43, of Garth Road, Williamsville,
were burnt beyond recognition.
They worked at Trinrico Steel and Wire
Products Ltd at Reform Village.
Police said the accident took place around
3 am near Fun Splash, along the M2 Ring
Police believe Nash, the driver, lost control
and crashed into a lamp post. The car burst
into flames. Lochan was seated in the front,
while Manoo was in the back.
It is not certain whether they died from
injuries, smoke inhalation, or from the
Autopsies are expected to be performed
on the bodies at the Forensic Science Centre,
'I begged her not to go'
At Lochan s home, her mother Chandanie
Boodlal said her daughter was accustomed
to drinking and liming.
She said she spoke to her on many occa-
sions, but she never listened.
In fact, she said she pleaded with Lochan
not to go anywhere on Friday. "She start
to quarrel and say we don t want her go
nowhere. She say her friends waiting for
she by the bar." She left around 3.30 pm.
When her daughter did not come home
around 3 am (the time she usually got home
after liming) and did not answer calls to
her phone at the time, Boodlal was not
"When she liming she doesn t answer
Two hours later, the police were at her
door telling her Lochan had burnt to death
in a car crash. Boodlal said she recognised
her daughter by the gold teeth in her mouth.
Lochan, a machine operator, had told her
mother she was going to stop drinking and
save her money to go for holidays abroad.
"But, it too late now. People have to stop
this drinking and driving," the mother said.
However, Lochan s friend Malina Singh
said she spoke to her around 1.30 am.
Lochan told her she attended the funeral
of teacher Avianna Ramraj-Karim, went
liming, and was heading home after drop-
ping off a friend in Penal.
'He did not want to listen'
A short distance away at Nash s home,
his sister Annmarie Dowry said her brother
lived alone, but every Christmas, she and
her children would stay by him.
When he left on Friday evening, Dowry
said she could tell he had been drinking.
"All he say is ah gone again , and he left."
She said her eldest daughter, 27, always
spoke to Nash about drinking and driving,
but he never listened.
"This is a lesson for people. It is not right,
stop drinking and driving. It have too much
accidents on the road."
'He wanted to change his life'
Manoo s girlfriend of 15 years, Angela La
Fortune said he was a nice person, but she
was "fed up" of talking to him about the
drinking. Last week, however, she said, "He
tell me he want to change and baptise, and
give his life to Jesus. I tell him whenever
he ready, make the first move."
As she tries to cope with her loss, La
Fortune called on people to wake up.
"Things happen in the twinkle of an eye.
You don t know when the master will take
you. Drinking and driving is not a nice
thing." Manoo was the father of a 13-year-
Alcohol destroying too many lives
Councillor for Reform/Manahambre
Ramesh Karapan, who visited the families
of Lochan and Nash, said alcohol was
destroying too many lives.
Expressing his condolences to the three
families, Karapan said, "I want to appeal to
drivers to slow down. Stop drinking and
driving. We are losing too many lives."
Meanwhile, San Fernando police arrested
and charged seven drivers in Golconda for
driving under influence.
As 3 killed, families plead:
Stop the drinking, driving
SM Jaleel & Co Ltd
can prove that the con-
tainer of canned juices
containing US$100 mil-
lion worth of cocaine
shipped from Trinidad
to Norfolk, Virgina, was
not exported by them.
In a statement on its
Web site yesterday, the
"ExportTT has con-
firmed that SM Jaleel did
not export the container
of juices with cocaine to
The company, which
claimed it is being tar-
geted by criminals in the
drug trade, is now
SM Jaleel: We did not export cocaine
One of the longest-serving elders of the
Presbyterian Church, Clara Rosamunde
Jurawan-Alexander, died yesterday at the
San Fernando General Hospital after ailing
for some time. She was 98.
A former student of Tranquility Govern-
ment Primary School and Naparima Girls
High School, where she won top honours in
Hindi classes, Jurawan-Alexander was born
in Tableland and lived in Woodbook and Bel-
mont before her married life in the South.
Jurawan-Alexander served as an elder after
the death of her husband Dickson Alexander,
who was also an elder. Headmaster of Reform
Presbyterian school, it was Dickson Alexan-
der s idea to build the Reform Presbyterian
Church next to that school. Clara Jurawan-
Alexander, as elder, worked on that project,
along with serving for many years in the pas-
toral charges of Marabella and Ben Lomond.
She had retired from active service and in
recent years was an honorary elder.
Rev Bruce Kramer of the Presbyterian
"In her lifetime, Mrs Alexander served at
all levels of the church up to the highest
body, the Synod. She was a faithful and ded-
icated person, always committed to ensuring
that things worked properly and to order---
she gave her all when she did something. I
met her at an engagement function last year,
and she was so full of life."
Jurawan-Alexander had also been involved
politically in her lifetime, running in county
council elections and serving with the Organ-
isation for National Reconstruction under
Karl Hudson-Phillips, and later, the NAR.
Clara was the mother of Edmond
(deceased), Loretta (deceased), Frederick,
Irwin, Dunstan and Gail. She was the grand-
mother of 12, great-grandmother of 14, and
a relative to the Alexanders, Jurawans, Jages-
sars, Boodoosinghs, Harananans, Sadaphals,
Mahabirs and many others.
dies at 98
was faithful, dedicated
Clara Rosamunde Jurawan-Alexander, retired
elder of the Presbyterian church died yesterday.
She was 96 at the time of the photo.
PHOTO: GAIL ALEXANDER
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