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Ministry of the People and Social Development
Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Disability and Public Assistance
Increase To Take Effect From February 1st 2015
The Ministry of the People and Social Development notifies recipients of
the Public Assistance and Disability Grants that the $300 increase will be
disbursed on February 1st 2015.
Recipients who were on the system as of 1st October 2014 will be
entitled to payments of arrears. These payments will cover the period
October 2014 to January 2015.
The Ministry of the People and Social Development helps, empowers and
transforms the lives of citizens through the delivery of social services
including rehabilitative and skill enhancement initiatives.
MELBOURNE---It was difficult to tell who was more
pleased with reaching the Australian Open semi-
finals: No 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, advancing to
his 25th at a Grand Slam tournament, or 19-year-
old Madison Keys, who beat Venus Williams to get
into her first.
Djokovic was simply overpowering as he beat Cana-
dian Milos Raonic 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2 in exactly two
hours at Rod Laver Arena in a night match on
Wednesday, never facing a break point.
The four-time champion, who has dropped his
serve only once through five matches, lined up defend-
ing champ Stan Wawrinka tomorrow.
"I m a self-critic, but tonight there was not much
I could complain about," Djokovic said. "From the
first game until the last, I played the way I wanted.
I feel very good about my game at the moment."
Keys overcame a left thigh injury to beat Venus
Williams 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, and will next play a five-
time Australian champ also named Williams---top-
Keys, who said watching the Williams sisters
inspired her to take up tennis, talked about the sheer
thrill of being in the final four of a major for the first
"It s amazing," said Keys, who was coached by
three-time major winner Lindsay Davenport. "And
I get to enjoy another moment next round."
Serena Williams beat last year s finalist, Dominika
Cibulkova, 6-2, 6-2, but she was not 100 per cent---
she has a cold that made her voice hoarse.
"I ve been sick the past few days, and it s just
getting worse and worse, but hopefully it will get
better," Williams said. "I heard there s a virus going
around with a lot of the players, and I caught it."
There had been some hope that the semis might
feature an all-Williams match-up at a major for the
first time since the 2009 Wimbledon final.
Williams win didn t bode well for the other three
women left---No 2 Maria Sharapova plays Ekaterina
Makarova in the other semi---as in the five past times
Williams has advanced to the semis at Mel-
bourne Park, she s won the tournament.
Venus loss ended an encouraging ten days
for the seven-time Grand Slam singles cham-
pion. She hadn t advanced to the quarter-
finals of a Grand Slam since the 2010 US
Open, and struggled to recapture her form
after being diagnosed in 2011 with Sjogren s
syndrome, an auto-immune disease that
causes fatigue and joint pain.
"It already feels like a long season already,
so many matches in a row," said Williams,
who won the WTA event in Auckland to
open the year. "Hopefully, I ll be able to keep
The other men s match yesterday was also
a three-setter, but it got interesting at the
end. Wawrinka beat US Open finalist Kei
Nishikori 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (6), letting slip a
6-1 lead in the third-set tiebreaker and even-
tually needing six match points to close the
Nishikori made a big error at the wrong
time, attempting a drop shot from the back
of the court that bundled into the net. That
set up another match point for Wawrinka,
which he converted with an ace, his 20th
of the match.
"Phew, I m still nervous," Wawrinka said
in his post-match interview on court. "It s
never easy with his returning. You have to
go for it."
Nishikori said he had a difficult day.
"I was struggling with my serve...I couldn t
get good rhythm in the first and second set,"
Nishikori said. "He was a little bit better
Djokovic also looks impressive as he pro-
gresses towards a fifth Australian Open title.
He won the title here in 2008, his first major,
and three years in a row from 2011. With
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal gone from
the other side of the draw, his major oppo-
sition for another trophy could be Andy
Murray, if he beats Tomas Berdych in the
other semifinal on Thursday.
One match away from that opportunity,
Djokovic was pleased to have added to his
Grand Slam semifinal tally that started at
the French Open in 2007.
"It never gets old being in the last four
of a Grand Slam," Djokovic said.
Djokovic, Keys into Australian Open semis
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates a point won
against Milos Raonic of Canada during their
quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis
championship in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday
Madison Keys of the US reacts to a lost
point to her compatriot Venus Williams
during their quarterfinal match at the
Australian Open tennis championship in
Melbourne, Australia, yesterday. AP PHOTOS
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