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Online search giant Google is
shutting down its Google News
service in Spain before a new
intellectual property law is
Google will shut the service
on December 16 before the law
comes into effect in January,
the firm said.
The law allows Spanish
publications to charge services
like Google News if their
content is shown on the site.
But Google has argued
against the ruling, saying that it
makes no money from its
"It's with real sadness that
on 16 December we'll remove
Spanish publishers from Google
News, and close Google News
in Spain," said Richard Gingras,
head of Google News in a blog
post on Wednesday.
He went on to add that the
law which would allow Spanish
publishers to charge Google
"for showing even the smallest
snippet from their publications"
was not sustainable.
"Google News itself makes
no money (we do not show any
advertising on the site)," he
The Spanish legislation,
nicknamed the "Google Tax",
did not specify how much the
tech giant would have to pay
Google to shut Spanish news service
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In addressing graduands who witnessed her receiving her honorary
doctor of laws degree from the University of the West Indies UWI),
St Augustine, last month, Rhonda Maingot urged them, as
expected, to "love and show the world how to love," and to
strive beyond mediocrity.
However, in urging the Christian virtues, Maingot, who
was the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence
Public & Civic Contributions Laureate, 2013, also struck a
secular note, a warning about the effects of predator cap-
italism, and encouraging them to act.
She urged the graduands to commit themselves to
"improving yourselves and society, making the world more
human and fraternal", as the world was becoming immured
in individualism and people were required to speak for "the
poor and vulnerable and those who have no voice."
All this is properly in the realm of the religious
exhortations of her faith, and those practised
by the Living Water Community, which
she co-founded with Rose Jackman in
1975. However, in the present, where
more and more people are noticing and
railing against economic and social
inequality, they strike equally a non-
This is a point Maingot is pleased
to elaborate upon and relate directly
to society, economics, and politics.
The sentiment comes from nearly five
decades of experience in caring for
the less fortunate. The number of peo-
ple coming to the Living Water Com-
munity for help has not waned in these
times of plenty, she says---in fact, the
number of people who access the food
bank has doubled in the last year alone.
"Generally speaking," she says, "we have
seen a huge increase in people coming for
help. A lot of people have jobs but they
still cannot make it. Especially people
like single parents and whatnot. Last
year we had more than 600 people
(accessing our food bank), which rep-
resents a doubling over the previous
year. Even the State sends people to
She is very clear on the cause of this:
the way society and economy are
arranged, which the present Pope, Fran-
cis, and John Paul II have spoken explic-
itly about. "This is the result of unbridled
capitalism," she says. "The way it s set
up, the rich get richer and the poor get
poorer. It never trickles down." However,
"it s not necessarily the fault of any single
rich person. It s the system."
And things seem to be worsening all
over. Living Water is now T&T s official
refugee processing institution, recognised
by the United Nations High Commission
on Refugees. There are about 150 refugees
in the country (from Africa, Asia, and Cuba,
among other places) and Living Water helps
them by processing their paperwork and pro-
viding whatever assistance (housing, medical,
and basic needs) it can.
Outside of this new area of activity, the Living Water Community comprises
a number of different ministries, from the traditional assistance---like half-way
houses, help for the poor, the terminally ill, or the abandoned---to entrepreneurial
activities, like a garment factory (Vision of Hope). It has most recently branched
into media: its newest venture is the launch of its continuously broadcasting
channel, Trinity TV.
Trinity airs local, regional and international content.
"We have alternative television, providing content ranging from inspirational
devotional, social, family life, youth, social justice, and we bring foreign pro-
grammes," saye says. "From Rome Reports from the Vatican, and material from
the region. We have one from Guyana and are getting one from Barbados."
Living Water sees the media as a platform to proselytize, and the message is
clear, a call for people to awaken to the realities of present social ills, and the
increase in the suffering of the most vulnerable.
"Generally, people in
Trinidad are very kind, and
think of others, but this needs
to be channelled. Many peo-
ple have no idea as to the
extent of suffering in the
Institutional communication, however,
is even more important.
"A government a few years ago removed
the deed-of-covenant instrument which
gave a tax break to those who helped the
poor," she says. "I
remember going to the
PM at the time and say-
ing to him, You are
removing from thou-
sands of people the oppor-
tunity to give to the poor.
"Any government in power
has to do things to encourage
people to help people. They
have done many good things,
like education, healthcare, and
removing vat on certain food
Living Water is also uniquely
positioned to see firsthand the
fallout of changing social and
"The social situation is feed-
ing the gangs," she says.
"Homeless young men have
different paths now than a few
years ago. When young men
were dislodged from home and
school, we could go to them
and offer them shelter and a
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The social situation is feeding the gangs. Homeless young men have
different paths now than a few years ago. When young men were
dislodged from home and school, we could go to them and offer them
shelter and a second chance.
Now, they join gangs. We are now working on a new ministry to take in
children who have been expelled from school, and get them back into
the school system.
The general public is removed from the plight of the poor. They don't
understand how poor people exist. Members of my own family are
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