CANU rank testifies in ‘cocaine in engine oil bottle’ trial

first_imgRawle Mohan, an agent of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), on Thursday testified before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan against Mark Gomes, the son of Andre “Zipper” Gomes, and Mohammed Kadir, also called ‘Puddock,’ another accused in a narcotics trafficking charge.The two men have been charged after they were caught with a quantity of cocaine hidden in an engine oil bottle.Gomes and two other men were arrested as agents of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) intercepted the vehicles in which they were travelling during a drop-off along Sheriff Street.Officer Mohan told the court that on March 29, 2018, he received from his superior officer information and instructions to swoop down on the men.“Officer Roberts, another officer and I entered the CANU vehicle and proceeded to Sheriff Street, where I carried out a search of two vehicles, PMM5807 driven by Gomes and PNN7906 driven by Kadir, both cars white in colour”.According to Mohan, at 19:15h on the day in question, CANU ranks had positioned their vehicle in a southerly direction on Sherriff Street when they noticed motor car PMM 5807 parked in front of a bar in front of John Smith and Tinning Cup Streets in Campbellville.“From the position I was in, I could have seen Mark Gomes, who is known to me, sitting in the said car with the vehicle glass (wound) down,” Mohan testified.After 27 minutes of surveillance, Mohan recalled, he saw a white motor car, PNN 7906, approaching, and it suddenly stopped and parked in front of Gomes’s car, after which Kadir excited with a yellow bottle in his hand.Mohan noted that Kadir proceeded to the front seat of Gomes’s car and handed him the said bottle. “It was at the time I told officer Roberts (that) I had my target in sight,” he testified.Mohan then proceeded to the parked vehicle and identified himself as a CANU officer, then he instructed Gomes and Kadir to exit.“As I conducted the search, I found a 4-litre 20-50 Shell engine oil bottle in the front passenger seat. As I picked it up, I felt that it was weighty, then I noticed that the bottom of the bottle was partially cut open. I looked inside and I saw two bricklike objects wrapped in a clear plastic,” Mohan testified.Photographs of the scene were taken, and the men were subsequently arrested and taken to CANU headquarters for questioning. The suspected cocaine was examined, tested and weighed. It amounted to 2.25 kilograms.In January this year, Andre “Zipper” Gomes was arrested and remanded to prison after he was busted with a large quantity of cocaine.‘Zipper’s’ reputed wife was, in 2017, sentenced to four years in jail after she had pleaded guilty to stashing a large quantity of cocaine in a cooking gas cylinder.last_img read more

O’Meara set for York Hall return

first_imgSteve O’Meara is set to return to action on 14 September at York Hall – the venue where his last two fights have ended in spectacular first-round wins.The light-middleweight beat fellow West Londoner Ryan Toms there to become southern area champion last September and flattened Nathan Weise three months later.O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, will feature in a six-round bout at the iconic Bethnal Green venue with his opponent yet to be confirmed.A victory would be another step towards a British title shot for the 28-year-old.“I’m on a roll at the York Hall at the moment with winning my last two fights in a round so it would be great to make it three in a row next month,” said O’Meara,“Saying that, if it it doesn’t come in the first round then I won’t be too gutted. I prefer to get in the rounds so that I’m building up the experience as I build towards a British title shot.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Africa’s biggest supercomputer

first_img15 October 2008The Department of Science and Technology and multinational technology company IBM launched the Blue Gene for Africa initiative in Cape Town last week, giving the country access to supercomputing power not previously seen on the continent.The BG4A is hosted by the Centre for High Performance Computing, an initiative of the department, and is managed by the Meraka Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).Addressing representatives from the government, academia and the industry, IBM vice-president Mark Dean said that Africa needed to invest in human capital development, infrastructure and increased research and development in order to spur further socio-economic development.With research infrastructure also being key to development, IBM said its donation of the Blue Gene supercomputer was its contribution towards sparking scientific and socio-economic progress on the continent.“There is going to be some fascinating work done on this computer. It will not only contribute to the advancement of science in the Africa region but also help grow economies in the region,” a statement by the CSIR quoted Dean as saying last week.“It is just a tool – the true difference for the region is the people. The tool will enable people to make a difference.”Fastest on the African continentThe donation of the supercomputer forms part of a US$120-million (about R1.1-billion) investment in sub-Saharan Africa announced by IBM in December 2007, and followed a series of meetings on economic development opportunities convened by IBM that year as part of its Global Innovation Outlook strategy.This donation has given impetus to the Blue Gene for Africa initiative, which has three interlinking thrusts: infrastructure, promoting collaborative with a major impact on the African continent, and human capital development – building of high-end computing capacity in Africa.The $2-million (about R18.4-million) Blue Gene/P system is capable of 14-trillion individual calculations per second, and is five times more powerful than the fastest research computer currently on the African continent, the Blue Gene/L in Egypt.Potential projects which could benefit from this initiative are environmental simulations (water management, climate and atmospheric simulations), plant genomics and agricultural modelling, energy, information analytics and complex systems modelling (such as business systems, risk management, financial models, transportation management and health).Frontrunners among the flagship projects, which are subject to a formal review process, include the following:A mineral beneficiation project, which will focus first on manganese, and then on other mineralsA project on global change impact, with a strong focus on climate, specifically the large-scale impact of climate change in certain regions of the African continentA project on food security and research into the nutritional values of cassava rootAn African supercomputerAs the Blue Gene is for the whole continent, Dean invited African higher education and research institutions to take advantage of the fastest research supercomputer in Africa to conduct cutting-edge, socially relevant research.Potential users who wish to access the high performance computing are encouraged to contact the Centre for High Performance Computing to find the optimal fit for their requirements.“There is a positive link between the nature of research enabled by the Blue Gene for Africa initiative and the prospect for improving the quality of life of ordinary South Africans and African citizens, particularly poverty alleviation,” said CSIR chief executive Sibusiso Sibisi.He also confirmed the importance of the Blue Gene for Africa initiative in promoting collaborative research internationally, adding that it also conformed to the CSIR’s aims.“The initiative underpins the power of partnerships in addressing the challenges that require urgent attention, and which are beyond the power of a single person, institution or country to address,” he said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Featuring New Mexico Building Healthy Military Communities

first_imgSusie Galea is the project coordinator in New Mexico for the new pilot program, Building Healthy Military Communities.Susie is the most former Mayor of Alamogordo, NM, where proudly Holloman AFB and a NM Guard Armory are hosted. She also volunteered as an ESGR Area Chairman for Guardsmen, Reservist, transitioning active duty, disabled Veterans, and their spouses.Susie has firsthand knowledge of all Service Member/Veteran resources, programs, and benefits related to employment, family programs, service delivery, diversity, small-business development for entrepreneurs, and more.  Recognizing the needed services for Guard members that are not yet classified as Veterans under federal legislation, she looks forward to especially coordinating resources for those NM Guard members who are underserved.Her motivation to serve through Building Healthy Military Communities comes from being a former military spouse of fourteen years.  Susie acutely aware of the sacrifices by those that are Service Members and their supporting family members.Prior to serving as the mayor of Alamogordo, Susie owned and operated a small childcare development business from her home for 5 years, and also has 15 years experience in accounting management and bookkeeping.  Her bachelors degree is in Organizational Management from Ashford University’s Forbes School of Business.Over the last five years Susie has established rapport with statewide leaders, to include New Mexico’s Governor, and her state cabinet members that support the military community.  Susie believes in building and maintaining key business relationships, and statewide networks, which will lend to her ability to quickly develop an overall BHMC state action plan addressing identified gaps of services. Today we interviewed Susie Galea, State Coordinator for the Building Healthy Military Communities Program in New Mexico. We had the chance to talk to Susie about the current work & challenges in New Mexico.  Next week we will take a closer look at the community assessments taking place across New Mexico so that we can better understand how the program works.last_img read more

ROYCE Simmons paid tribute to his pack of forwards

first_imgROYCE Simmons paid tribute to his pack of forwards after they drove Saints to a 34-16 win over Hull KR on Friday night.A double from Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and James Graham’s third of the season on his 200th-club appearance led the way.“We did some good things,” Royce said, “and our forwards were very impressive. Over the last couple of weeks our halves and backs have come good but today it was the forwards that had good plays in them.“Jammer was good on his 200th appearance and Tony Puletua, Louie and Josh Perry did well too. They supported each other – which is good as in some games this season we have run one out and haven’t put enough plays on.“They have a lot of drive in their play and we won some good quick play the balls.”James Roby laid on four of Saints six tries and Simmons says the hooker is a pleasure to coach.“The things he is achieving are superb. He has played 80 minutes in pretty much every game so far this season so we took him off as a reward because we have lots of games coming up.“I knew he was a good footballer but it’s the energy he brings to the game. He is like a clock, you crank him up and he keeps on going. He just rolls along and is such as easy going fella.”He continued: “It is really starting to feel like home here now. The fans got behind us and were noisy and backed us. We know if we continue to play good football we will get more people here and so far the fans have responded. Their singing was excellent and certainly helps us get some momentum.”last_img read more

11 of the 17 came through the Academy Aaron Smith

first_img11 of the 17 came through the Academy, Aaron Smith made his debut and with the likes of Ben Barba and James Roby out, they all needed to stand up strong to secure a result.And that’s exactly what they did as Morgan Knowles sidestepped his way over with two minutes remaining to all but hand Saints the League Leaders’ Shield.Justin Holbrook’s side had to come from behind twice to seal a victory that was based on never giving up.Catalans led 10-0 after 15 minutes but Mark Percival crossed for his 22nd of the season to get Saints on the hunt.Percival and Kenny Edwards both had efforts chalked off shortly afterwards before Josh Drinkwater tagged on a penalty in the 27th minute to stretch Catalans lead.Saints didn’t hang around though and Theo Fages produced a sensational run from a loose ball to go under the posts.Aaron Smith made his Saints bow on the half hour mark – and was instantly involved after he was felled late by Sam Moa.That incident saw the Catalan prop sinbinned and Richardson duly added the penalty in front of the sticks to make it 14-12.After weathering the pressure, Saints suddenly had their tails up and looked to have increased their lead when Matty Lees bulldozed over from 10 metres out.But his effort was unluckily called back for a double movement even though his momentum seemed to have carried him over.Saints were 14-12 in front at the break but within five minutes of the second half, Iain Thornley had crossed in the corner to give the lead back to the hosts.Edwards then increased the lead in the 54th minute.Somehow, Saints hung on in there though and with 10 to go, Mark Percival scooted off down the left hand, sucked in the defence and found Jonny Lomax who put down.Richardson kicked the conversion – and then Morgan Knowles made his timely intervention.Fages supplied the pass but there was no stopping the hooker on his way to the line.Richardson tagged on the extras to take the lead out to 26-22 – and after Saints defended the short kick off, the fans who had made the journey over to France could finally breathe a sigh of relief.Match Summary:Dragons: Tries: Mead, Casty, Thornley, Edwards, Goals: Drinkwater (3 from 5)Saints: Tries: Percival, Fages, Lomax, Knowles Goals: Richardson (5 from 5)Penalties Awarded: Dragons: 7 Saints: 6HT: 12-14 FT: 22-26REF: Liam MooreATT: TBCTeams:Dragons: 31. Tony Gigot; 20. Lewis Tierney, 1. David Mead, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 3. Iain Thornley; 6. Samisoni Langi, 33. Josh Drinkwater; 15. Mikael Simon, 19. Michael McIlorum, 10. Sam Moa, 34. Kenny Edwards, 13. Greg Bird, 8. Rémi Casty. Subs: 14. Julian Bousquet, 17. Jason Baitieri, 24. Alrix Da Costa, 32. Mickael Goudemand.Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 30. Matty Costello, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 18. Danny Richardson; 16. Luke Thompson, 15. Morgan Knowles, 10. Kyle Amor, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 14. Luke Douglas, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 25. Aaron Smith.last_img read more