Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 23rd 2015 Contents SASCHA WILSON
People and Social Development Minister Christine
Newallo-Hosein has sought to dispel fears, particularly
among the elderly, that her ministry s biometric card
is not associated with the devil.
Speaking at the fourth ICT for Seniors programme
at Skinner Park, San Fernando, yesterday, Newallo-
Hosein spoke about problems they were having in
enrolling the elderly in the biometric card programme
because of their belief that it had something to do with
the mark of the beast.
"Soon we will be launching our biometric card and
you would not believe how many problems people are
encountering because they are associating it with this
666 and that has nothing to do with anything.
"There is this fear, you have to understand you have
to overcome your fear of technology because it is only
going to improve your lives and through this programme
we will reinforce the great value of our senior citizens
and arm them with the technology to continue con-
tributing T&T beyond age 60," she added.
Interviewed afterwards, Newallo-Hosein said the
enrolment started last year.
She added: "We called people in to be registered. I
mean there was this fear among some people that this
was the mark of the beast 666. You know the biometric
card you have to put your thumbprint, which of course
is furthest from the truth.
"It has no chip being implanted or anything like that.
It is a completely safe form of carrying cash, every grant
that you are accustomed to accessing will be available
on the card."
She said several groceries, pharmacies and even Pen-
nywise have come aboard so it allows people to shop
freely and comfortably.
Asked if the fears have caused any delay in the enrol-
ment, she said: "It is coming along but you find, par-
ticularly among the elderly, and that is why I raised it
here. I want to dispel those fears and rumours that it
is the mark of the beast, it is not."
Thus far, she said 40,000 people have already enrolled
and registered for the card.
Also urging the elderly to grasp the opportunity to
become tech savvy, Science and Technology Minister
Dr Rupert Griffith said in the coming months eight
Star.tt Centres will be launched in traditionally under-
"There, you will have access to training, the Internet
and computers all for free and at your disposal so I
encourage you, if you live in the vicinity of the present
centres or those to be opened, to take advantage of
them and put them to good use."
Assuring ICT for Seniors programme is here to stay,
he said 1,800-plus seniors attended the previous pro-
grammes and another 500 to 600 were registered for
yesterday s event.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 23, 2015
Minister assures elderly:
No devil links in biometric card
The Ministry of The People and Social Devel-
opment has offered to assist relatives of the
murdered Chatham family with funeral expens-
es.Minister Christine Newallo-Hosein confirmed
this yesterday, during an interview with reporters
at the ICT for Seniors programme at Skinner
Park, San Fernando.
"We sent a member of staff out and they offered
to them, in collaboration with the Ministry of
Gender, Youth and Child Development, coun-
selling for the community and the Ministry of
the People has offered a funeral grant to the fam-
Funeral arrangements have been tentatively set
for Monday at 10 am, at the Open Bible Church,
Last week Thursday the Chatham community
woke up to the shocking news that Grace Tou-
ssaint, 55, her husband Peter Baptiste, 59, son
Jeremy Toussaint, 24, and her mother Leena
Peters, 75, were murdered.
Their bullet-riddled bodies were found at their
Chatham South Trace home by Grace s father
Patrick Juba, 79, who is requesting protection as
he fears for his life.
It was reported that the family was murdered
because of information Jeremy Toussaint passed
to the police in relation to the murder of another
villager Stephon Sinnette.
Up to yesterday no one was arrested in con-
nection with the murders. (SW)
Govt offers funeral help for
Chatham murder victims
the basics of
at the Ministry
of Science and
launch of its
Day at Skinner
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