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Apple's Tim Cook: Fake news is 'Killing people's minds'
(AP) --- Apple chief executive Tim Cook
says fake news is "killing minds," and gov-
ernments and tech firms must act to stop
it.Cook told the Daily Telegraph newspaper
that falsehoods are being spread by people
who want "to get the most clicks, not tell
the most truth. It's killing people's minds in
Tech companies have been criticized for
doing too little to weed out fake news. Cook
says firms have a duty to "create some tools
that help diminish the volume of fake news"
without curbing free speech.
In an interview published Saturday he calls
for a "massive" campaign to raise awareness
of untrustworthy news stories.
Cook says "we need the modern version
of the public service announcement campaign.
It can be done quickly if there is a will."
Good conversations Mr Chief Secretary
We are heartened that newly
installed Chief Secretary Kelvin
Charles is engaging in conversations
in an attempt to restore our pride
Firstly, the motion he moved ,at
the last Plenary Sitting, calling for a
code of conduct to be drafted for and
by Assemblymen, seeks to ensure
that matters at the Plenary Sitting
are conducted in a manner befitting
the hallowed halls of the Chamber.
We are not suggesting there was
no dignity and integrity exhibited in
the Chamber prior to now. Rather,
we can now use the code of conduct
as a yard stick to judge anything tak-
ing place at the Sitting, from now
on.Thus the code of conduct is the
beginning of the conversation.
However, we hope the set of rules
go beyond activities at the Sitting
and include actions outside of the
Mr. Chief Secretary as Tobagonians
we watched as all kinds of alternative
facts were presented to us about the
conduct of former Assemblymen. And
depending on which side of the fence
we sat we agreed with their actions.
Frankly, some of the conduct bought
the Sitting into disrepute and made
a mockery of the word 'honorable'.
Sadly, some of the actions placed
intelligent people in awkward posi-
tions. Case in point is the Tobago
House of Assembly's Chief Admin-
istrator - Raye Sandy - explanation
to a Judicial Review Committee, in
Trinidad, on Assemblymen defaulting
on their loan payments for their high-
ly subsidized luxurious vehicles. The
administrator stuttered and did not
identify the sums outstanding. Need-
less to say the issue left Tobagoni-
In the real world one is not allowed
to default on loan payments without
incurring a penalty. So far, we have
not heard of an Assemblyman's vehi-
cle being repossessed.
You see Mr. Charles we live
in the real world and people
look at Assemblymen as role
models. Think of the messages
sent by those behaviors particu-
larly to the young generation.
Invariably, Assemblymen help
to set Tobago's moral and eth-
Mr Charles we are also pleased
you have begun talking to the
Tobago Division of the Trinidad
and Tobago Police Service about
crime. We were a bit dismayed
when nothing was forthcoming
from the Assembly about plans
for reducing the present crime
surge. We are now heartened
the conversation has begun.
Therein lays the intent of our
comfort. You are new in office
however you have been part of
an establishment governing the
island for the last sixteen years.
Therefore you have to hit the
Enough talking we want the
code of conduct completed and
implemented. We want
crime-fighting measures bearing
fruit immediately. We want our
peaceful and respectful way of
life restored and we have chosen
you to lead us in this charge.
Tobago demands dignity and
sanity be restored.
"There are four interest groups in
Carnival, we have been operating in
the delusion in Trinidad and Tobago
that they are just three mas, pan and
calypso... there is also the
George Leacock, Chairman --- Tobago
Carnival Committee at a press conference
outlining the committee's plans for
THA Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles, second from left, speaks with
delegation members, from left, British High Commissioner Tim Stew,
leader of the European Union Delegation to T&T Arend Biesebroak and
THA Deputy Chief Secretary Joel Jack during the lunch meeting.
PHOTO: THA INFO DEPT
THA welcomes European Delegation Leaders
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