T&T falls 5 places on World Press Freedom Index

Trinidad and Tobago has fallen five spots on the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, from 39 in 2017 to 34 in 2018.

The index and accompanying report was released by Reporters Without Borders today.

It notes that Trinidad and Tobago’s controversial Libel and Defamation Act was partly amended in 2014, but “malicious defamatory libel known to be false” is still punishable by up to two years in prison as well as a fine.

It states that most media outlets are privately-owned but those regarded as favorable to the government get the lion’s share of state advertising.

T&T, Cuba sign bilateral health agreement

The Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh and the Minister of Public Health of Cuba Dr. Roberto Morales Ojeda have signed a bilateral agreement on health matters, in Havana, Cuba. 

The Health Ministry says the agreement falls within the framework of the 2018 Health Convention for all, taking place in Havana. 

It says both parties previously held an exchange and verified the good development of bilateral relations in health matters.

Minister Deyalsingh also completed an extensive work programme during his stay in Cuba.

MATT retains attorney Dr Emir Crowne in response to propose Cybercrime Bill

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) has engaged the services of attorney Dr. Emir Crowne in its response to the proposed Cybercrime Bill, 2017.

Crowne, is a barrister and attorney-at-law admitted to practice in Ontario, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago.

He is also a senior lecturer in law at the University of the West Indies’ Faculty of Law, Mona Campus in Jamaica.

352 in arrears at four HDC developments

Acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert says there are 352 persons in arrears at four Housing Development Corporation (HDC) complexes at this time.

Imbert was speaking in the Senate in the capacity of acting Minister of Housing.

He said there are 56 in the East Grove community, 132 in the Oasis development, 18 at Eden Gardens and  146 at Cashew Gardens.

The minister says the HDC has increased resources in a bid to recover the arrears and also to set up payment plans to help those who find it difficult to pay.