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Venezuelan jailed, fined $7.3M for ganja trafficking

first_imgA Venezuelan was on Tuesday jailed for four years and fined $7.3 million by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after he admitted to a charge of trafficking in narcotics.Ganesh Das admitted to having a quantity of 6.150 kilograms of cannabis in his possession while he was in the presence of his two brothers – both of whom were charged jointly with him.However, after Das admitted ownership of the drugs, the charges against his brothers – Ruel Boodhoo and Richie Boodhoo – were withdrawn.Das admitted that on March 9, 2019, at Noval Hotel, Cummings and Robb Street, Georgetown, he had the drugs in his possession.In court on Tuesday in a plea of mitigation, Das explained to the court that he “only tek a chance” to provide for his family.“I am very sorry, but I only did it because it very hard back home in Venezuela. That’s the only reason mek I do duh”.Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) prosecutor, Konyo Sandiford informed the court that on Saturday last, CANU ranks, on a sting operation, conducted a search at the hotel where they unearthed the narcotics that was hidden in Das’ room.As such, he was arrested which led to him giving several written and oral statements to the police.Defense Attorney Keoma Griffith in asking for leniency, requested that the Chief Magistrate consider the economic crisis facing Das’ homeland.last_img read more

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Messi, Suarez to support South American World Cup host bid

first_img“We told him (Messi) about our aims, and he feels it’s doable.”Argentina’s minister of sport Carlos Mac Alister said “it’s important to know we have the support” of such high-profile players as Argentina’s five-time world player of the year Messi and Uruguay striker Suarez.“In 2030, we won’t be there any more, Messi will.“He showed great desire to help us. He will surely be the flag-bearer for the World Cup.”The very first World Cup in 1930 was held in Uruguay and won by the hosts, who beat Argentina 4-2 in a memorable final at the Centenary Stadium in Montevideo.Paraguay were also one of the 13 participants, but the World Cup has grown immeasurably since then and now features 32 teams, although that number will rise to 48 at the 2026 World Cup.In 1930 there were 18 matches, but that will become 80 in a 48-team tournament, making it far more difficult for a single nation to host alone.Before then the World Cup will be held in Russia later this year and then Qatar in 2022. The bid city for the 2026 edition has yet to be decided.The joint bid has the support of the heads of state of the three countries, all of whom were president of a football club before leading their country.Argentina’s Mauricio Macri used to head Boca Juniors, the country’s most successful club; Tabare Vazquez was in charge at Uruguay’s Atletico Progresso; while Paraguayan Horacio Cartes was once the boss at Club Libertad.The joint bid would see Argentina host eight of the 12 groups in the opening phase, with Uruguay and Paraguay given two each.The initial idea centred around a joint Uruguay-Argentina bid, which was announced in July.Paraguay were added to the bid in October with the backing of the South American federation, CONMEBOL.Uruguay and Argentina have both hosted the World Cup before, winning on home soil in 1930 and 1978 respectively.They have also both won the global football showpiece a second time — in 1950 for Uruguay and 1986 for a Diego Maradona-led Argentina.No other potential candidates have expressed an interest in hosting the 2030 tournament, but China are rumoured to be preparing their candidature.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000World Cup bid organisers hope Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will back a joint 2030 candidacy from Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Apr 9 – Stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are set to offer their backing to a joint bid from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to host the 2030 centenary World Cup, bid organisers told AFP.“Messi will join us in this initiative, and Suarez certainly,” Fernando Marin, the joint bid co-ordinator, told AFP on Monday.last_img read more