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Although there has been an
increase in banking malware
over the past two years, Sco-
tiabank has seen growth in its
online banking services, district
general manager Rory Bick-
harie told the T&T Guardian.
In an interview following the
official launch of Scotia s Pre-
mium Banking Centre at High
Street, San Fernando, Bickharie
said internet safeguards allow
more financial transactions to
be done securely online.
"I won t say that there is a
distrust with online banking.
We have a diverse generation
and people have become accli-
matised to online banking.
There is a distinct group who
would not want to engage in it
but the rate of online customers
is growing. More people are
trusting technology and
embracing the efficiencies that
it creates for them," he said.
"We have won the top Inter-
net bank platforms for consec-
utive years. We have technology
backed by our international par-
ent bank in Canada, so these
platforms are pretty safe within
Through the Premium Bank-
ing Centre, retail customers
will be able to access private
banking services and enjoy a
range of facilities including a
designated lounge, designated
parking, a private attendant and
a premium credit card which
allows access to 600 airports
across the world.
"It s all about customer serv-
ice and putting the customer
first. We try to build a relation-
ship through good times and
bad times," Bickharie said.
He said anyone can apply to
be a premium customer.
"Once the client meets the
requirements and the premium
banking offer meets that per-
sons needs we will entertain the
request," he said, adding that
the services are geared at assist-
ing young professionals and
business people who do not have
time to stand in line.
Managing director Anya
Schnoor also encouraged cus-
tomers to apply for the service
to get access to a dedicated pre-
mium banking officer who will
provide financial advice.
Guests at the launch included
San Fernando Mayor Kazim
Hosein and independent can-
didate for San Fernando West
Jowelle De Souza.
San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein, centre, chats with Scotiabank
executives in a lounge of the bank's newly launched premium
banking facility in San Fernando. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Clico Policyholders Group (CPG) chair-
man Peter Permell yesterday described as
"the height of insanity" reports that former
Clico directors and senior managers are to
be paid $48.5 million.
In response to news reports, Permell said
in a statement: "Our feedback is that many
policyholders are beginning to feel betrayed
since these Clico directors are persons who
would have contributed in one way or the
other by their mismanagement, negligence,
in-action or being complicit in the collapse
of Clico in 2009; and in some instances
against whom legal action has been initiated,
never appeared before the Clico Commission
of Enquiry and to whom Salmon letters out-
lining the case against them would have
already been sent."
He said money is still owed to the 15,000
assenting policyholders who co-operated
with the Government and the Central Bank
by accepting the offer of zero-coupon bonds
and Clico Investment Fund units in 2012
and "helped save the financial sector from
contagion and systemic risk."
Permell called on Central Bank Governor
Jwala Rambarran and the Minister of Finance
Larry Howai to "place an immediate halt to
all payments to related parties and to move
post haste to ensure that the balance due
from Clico to all assenting policyholders is
paid prior to the up-coming general elec-
MILPITAS, California--- Her electronic
waste is someone else's treasure.
A recycling centre in the Silicon Valley is
looking for a woman who dropped off an old
Apple computer that turned out to be a
collectible item worth US$200,000.
The computer was inside boxes of
electronics that she had cleaned out from her
garage after her husband died, said Victor
Gichun, the vice president of Clean Bay Area.
She didn't want a tax receipt or leave her
contact information, and it wasn't until a few
weeks later that workers opened the boxes
to discover an Apple I computer inside. The
San Jose Mercury News reports it was one
of only about 200 first-generation desktop
computers assembled by Steve Jobs, Steve
Wozniak and Ron Wayne in 1976.
The recycling firm sold the Apple I for
US$200,000 to a private collection, and
because the company gives 50 per cent of
items sold back to the original owner, Gichun
said he wants to split the proceeds with the
mystery donor. (AP)
Woman tosses Apple computer worth US$200K
premium banking service
to Clico directors
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