T&T National Security Minister: Not trying to muzzle the media

(Trinidad Express)  Minister of National Security Gary Griffith said yesterday he wanted to clarify that the Cybercrime Bill, 2014 tabled in Parliament, Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, on Friday is designed in no way to muzzle or control the operations of the media but rather to treat with harassment, cyber-bullying, damage to reputation and extortion via the use of a computer system.

“It must be noted that Clause 21 was not intended to muzzle the media but was intended to protect our citizens from any person who seeks to harass or publish false information or extort money from another by publishing information via a computer system. Furthermore sub-clause 2 requires that the information is disseminated via a computer system knowing the same to be false, which is still in keeping with section 8 of the Libel and Defamation Act and sub-clause (4) requires that the person intends to extort a benefit by threatening to publish the information via a computer system,” he said in a statement.

“Clause 21 in no way intends to limit the freedoms of the media as the freedom of the press is not only respected but is vital in today’s world, but rather to protect our citizens from those who lurk online and seek to harass our citizens, who cyber-stalk them, who extort money by threatening to publish information obtained either in contravention of sections of this Bill or obtained legally.”

He said this offence would carry a fine of TT$100,000 and three years’ imprisonment on Summary Conviction or a fine of TT$250,000 and five years’ imprisonment on conviction on Indictment.

 

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Shareholders plan sees Clico retaining six companies

(Trinidad Guardian) The United Shareholders Limited’s plan to deal with Clico’s residual debts to Government envisages that CL Financial retain control of six companies—including Angostura Holdings Limited, Colfire Ltd and Home Construction Ltd—and that there be a joint approach among shareholders and Government to steer Clico’s future.

Camille Robinson-Regis

T&T Cabinet agrees to pay cane farmers final TT$58m payment

(Trinidad Guardian) Cabinet has decided to pay cane farmers the final settlement of TT$57,965,675 of the compensation package promised back in 2007.

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T&T petrol dealers facing crisis – association head

(Trinidad Guardian) President of the Petroleum Dealers’ Association of T&T, Robindranath Naraynsingh, on Thursday said the country’s 170 gas stations were on the verge of collapse due to poor profitability margins from the sale of fuel.

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U.S., Cuba hold ‘substantive’ second round talks on claims

WASHINGTON/HAVANA July 29 (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba have concluded a “substantive” second round of talks on multibillion-dollar claims against one another in Washington and agreed to hold more regular meetings on the matter, a State Department Official said yesterday.

Pleased with victory: Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) Information Technology Officer, Kerwin Simmons, who claimed to have faced racial discrimination and victimisation at his work place, is all smiles following an Equal Opportunity Tribunal (EOT) judgment in his favour at the EOT’s office on Manic Street, Chaguanas on Thursday.

T&T Equal Opportunity tribunal rules: Employee of African descent discriminated against in favour of East Indian

(Trinidad Express) A Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) employee who had accused the State agency of racial discrimination was on Thursday awarded TT$186,000 plus interest in compensation by the Equal Opportunity Tribunal (EOT).

Robindranath Naraynsingh

T&T petrol dealers facing crisis – association head

(Trinidad Guardian) President of the Petroleum Dealers’ Association of T&T, Robindranath Naraynsingh, yesterday said the country’s 170 gas stations were on the verge of collapse due to poor profitability margins from the sale of fuel.

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