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A Mayaro mason was shot dead and two others injured at a job site on Tuesday.

The attack happened at Mafeking shortly after 9 a.m.

The deceased was identified as Joel Ellis, of Logwood Village, Mafeking.

Ellis and two other men - Michael Singh, 25, and Roland Belcon, 35 - both labourers, also of Mafeking, were constructing a wall, police said.

The killer was dressed in a red coverall, white face mask, a fisherman’s hat, and carried a firearm and a cutlass.

He walked up to the men and opened fire, then ran off into the bushes and escaped.

The three men were taken to the Mayaro District Health Faciity, where Ellis was pronounced dead.

Officers of the Mayaro CID, Eastern Division Task Force and Eastern Division Homicide responded.

The motive for the killing is not yet known, police said. 

The killing took the murder toll to six.


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The demand is made in a legal letter to Young and co­pied to Health Mini­ster Terrence Deyal­singh on behalf of 74-year-old pensioner Radhikar Ramoutar, who has been stranded in Canada since March 2020.

The former Petrotrin refinery is on the market again.

For the second time in three months, the Government has rejec­ted an offer by Patriotic Energies and Technologies, the company owned by the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU), to acquire the Pointe-a-Pierre based refinery.

It follows 14 months of negotiations between both parties, with the liens (debt) of the assets being the sticking point.

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The action comes on the heels of a Sunday Express expose which revealed a barrage of patient complaints over long delays for appointments and treatments and serious shortcomings in the primary health care system.

We were misled.

That was the position advanced by Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) president general Ancel Roget yesterday following a decision taken by Cabinet to reject the bid by the OWTU-owned Patriotic Energies and Technologies Ltd for the acquisition of the former Petrotrin refinery assets.

It’s hardly the grand entrance Joe Biden might have dreamed of. The US president-elect arrived in the nation’s capital yesterday, ready to assume power as the nation reels from the coronavirus pandemic, soaring unemployment and grave concerns about more violence as he prepares to take the oath of office.