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Don’t blame Kamla

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar

[Trinidad Express] – FORMER ministers who are blaming former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for the general election loss need to embark on deep introspection.

United National Congress (UNC) youth arm chairman Nicholas Morris issued a release yesterday, stating that the UNC youth were “amused” by former ministers and MPs blaming Persad-Bissessar for the election defeat.

“The youth arm finds it very ironic as many of these former ministers held prominent positions both in the Cabinet and the national executive of the UNC,” stated Morris.

 

Prison Superintendent shot dead

POLICE INVOLVED SHOOTING[Trinidad Express] – A SUPERINTENDENT of the Prisons Service was gunned down outside his house at Morvant on Monday.

Dexter Millette, 50, was shot multiple times.

At around 8.30 a.m. Millette entered his vehicle parked in front of his home at Cipriani Avenue, Second Caledonia, when loud explosions were heard.

Residents found him slumped in the drivers seat, with the engine running and windshield wipers engaged.

Police are uncertain whether it was a lone gunmen, or several men who attacked Millette.

Police and prison officers are currently at the crime scene.

Millette had served more than 20 years in the Prison Service of Trinidad and Tobago, his colleagues said.

PRISONS officers killed or attacked :

July 17 – Andel Primus, 27, of Bagaloo Trace, Enterprise, was shot multiple times sometime and was thrown out of a vehicle in Red Hill, Morvant. Primus survived.

July 19 – Otis Johnson was shot moments after he left the Frederick Street Prison. Johnson was walking on Frederick Street occupants of a car shot him in the back and abdomen. A passing ambulance took him to hospital. He succumbed to his wounds.

July 29 – Robert Seecharan was shot dead with his service firearm by a close female relative during a domestic dispute in Penal.

 Biggest Lotto Jackpot

money[Trinidad Express] – THE bumper sum of 25 million tax-free dollars will be up for grabs on Wednesday night, in what will be the largest Lotto Plus payout ever. The elusive numbers no one thought of playing in the previous draw on Saturday night were 17, 22, 27, 31, 34, with the Powerball number 2.

So while a lot of Trinidadians and Tobagonians were asleep or at either a reggae concert or Halloween party on Saturday night, the jackpot rose to unprecedented proportions.

For matching five numbers without the powerball on Saturday, two players won $42,757.27 and the five out of 35 jackpot without the Powerball is now estimated at $10,000 for Wednesday’s draw.

A total of 47 players matched four numbers and the Powerball number to win $1,342.22 and 515 players matched four numbers to win $238.20; $21.05 was won by 1,814 players who matched three numbers, while 15,844 won a free QuickPick for matching three numbers.

And now it’s on to Wednesday’s huge jackpot. With $25 million, what will it be? A new house? Well, maybe two, with one to live in and another to store all the items you are going to purchase? Or what about a really fantastic car or a fleet of automobiles, or even perhaps a decision to stay rich for as long as possible by prudently managing your suddenly overflowing bank account.

You can tell a friend, a relative or no-one, but your bank will know as they suddenly acknowledge you as an important customer, making lines to the teller a thing of the past.

Within months, this Lotto Plus jackpot climbed as citizens dutifully shaded their slips or asked for a QuickPick at terminals around the country and when the figure crossed $20 million last Wednesday, the discussion on everyone’s lips was what one was going to do with so much money.

The previous highest Lotto jackpot was $20.4 million, won two years ago, on Wednesday May 15, 2013, with the numbers 3, 15, 19. 25 and 32 with a Powerball of 9. That went to one player who tried their luck by purchasing from agent Kamla Bhookal at Circular Road, Ste Madeleine.

The ticket was purchased at 10.23 a.m. on the day of that draw.

 Jun 16, 2014 – Dominique Bernard, of Jack Street, Claxton Bay was killed at the home of his girlfriend at Plaisance Park. His 23-year-old colleague surrendered to police two hours later.

 

Bolt nominated IAAF World Athlete of the Year

Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt

[Jamaica Observer] – Double World Championships sprint gold medallist Usain Bolt of Jamaica has been nominated on the long list of candidates for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award.

Bolt who shook off injuries and setbacks this year to win the men’s 100m and 200m titles at the World Championships in Beijing, China was nominated along with Holland’s Dafne Schippers – the women’s 200m champion in the sprints category.

The two athletes have amassed the most votes in the sprints category in the first round of voting for the 2015 IAAF World Athlete of the Year award, the IAAF website said.

According to the rules of the competition – a list of nine men and nine women – one from each of the following categories: sprints, hurdles, middle and long distance, road running, race walking, jumps, throws, combined events and multi-terrain – will firstly be selected by the IAAF family between October 7 and 25.

An international panel of 10 experts will then select the finalists – three men and three women – the names of whom will be announced on November 17 and 18.

From those finalists, the Council of the International Athletics Foundation (IAF) will select the male and female World Athletes of the Year.

The announcement of the winners will take place live on stage during a special ceremony in Monaco at the IAAF World Athletics Gala on Saturday 28 November.

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