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Woman among three
on gun, drug charges
A nursing assistant who
claimed she was just a passen-
ger in a car in which police al-
legedly found a gun, ammunition
and $20 worth of cocainehas been
granted $20,000 bail.
Nadine Shah, 44, charged togeth-
er with Barry Brown, 37, and Ken-
dell McIntosh, 42, appeared before
San Fernando Second Court Mag-
istrate Margaret Alert on Thursday
charged with possession of a pistol,
three rounds of ammunition and 0.2
grammes of cocaine.
They were arrested on Monday
at Gulf View, La Romaine, near Piz-
za Hut. The police stopped the car
they were in, searched it and alleg-
edly found the gun, ammunition and
They were charged by PC Trevor
McIntosh pleaded guilty to the co-
caine charge while Shah and Brown
pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutor Sgt Denzil Alexan-
der said around 11.20 am the police
stopped the car, searched it and
found the cocaine in the console in
the centre of both front seats.
Asking for leniency,attorney James
Philbert said McIntosh, employed at
the City Corporation has three chil-
dren and is the sole breadwinner in
He said McIntosh was not a cocaine
user, but applied cocaine on the skin
when doing tattoos.
McIntosh had no pending or previ-
ous convictions. Taking into consid-
eration the small quantum, the mag-
istrate said if he had three times the
amount it would just be worth $60.
She reprimanded and discharged him.
However, he was granted $50,000
approval bail or a $15,000 cash bail
alternative on the other two charges.
Attorney Subhas Panday, who repre-
sented both Shah and Brown, asked
for reasonable bail for his clients.
He said Shah had two children and
was a first time offender.
Panday said she boarded the car in
San Fernando to be taken to Gulf View
to do business. Brown, he said, also
works at the City Corporation, was
also a first time offender and has a
Brown was granted $75,000 ap-
proval bail or a cash alternative of
$20,000. They are to reappear in
court May 4.
Conwoman fined $3,000
for promising fake jobs
A woman who took money from
three woman on the pretext that she
was employed at a regional health
authority and could get jobs for
them was fined $3,000 yesterday.
Savitri Geetan, 36, of Penal pleaded
guilty to three charges of larceny by
trick when she appeared before San
Fernando Fourth Court Magistrate
Geetan took $950 each from the
women during January and March
claiming she was working at the South
West Regional Health Authority and she
was in a position to get employment for
them on contract as clerks.
Fraud Squad detectives subsequent-
ly set up a sting operation headed by
Snr Supt Totaram Dookhie, supervised
by Cpl Kent Ghiysawan and including
Cpl Buchoo and WPC Kissoon Singh
on Thursday in Tarouba and arrested
She was charged by WPC Kissoon
The magistate ordered that she pay
$1,000 fine on each charge in two weeks
or serve 30 days in jail.
Media body warns
Job cuts can affect
Outgoing president of the
Media Association of T&T
(MATT) Francesca Hawkins is
urging owners of media hous-
es to re-examine plans before
retrenching workers, warning
that the quality of journalism
can be negatively affected.
"We are calling on media houses
to take very seriously this question
of their strategic business model
realignment because on one hand
the quality of journalism is critical
to the democracy, and on the other
hand workers are operating in many
cases in an untenable situation,"
She was speaking to members of
the media after signing a memo-
randum of understanding between
COSTAATT and MATT held at the
college's Port-of-Spain campus
Saying that MATT has been very
mindful of the question of job in-
security, Hawkins added, "This has
a serious impact on the quality of
journalism and deep journalism
that the population can access
because you can imagine in an
environment of such uncertainty
it is very difficult to maintain the
high quality required for quality
news and journalism production."
"We are also very concerned
about the number of persons whose
contracts have been shortened in
more than one media house down
to three months and even month-
to-month which gives almost
no job security for journalists,"
She said, however, there was
no question that traditional me-
dia establishments were facing a
"catastrophic fall" in revenue due
to tough economic times coupled
with advertising revenue gener-
ated on social media which was
also affecting the "bottom line"
in a significant way.
But media houses, she said, must
be more proactive in implementing
different variety modules so as to
ensure job security.
"Generally speaking tradition-
al media houses have been slow
to take on board what would have
been an obvious change in the busi-
ness model," Hawkins said.
She said there have been a step-
ping up of strategies to work with
both traditional and digital media.
Regarding the prevalence of
wrong news and misinformation
widely communicated on social
media, the MATT president urged
that one way of dealing with this
was to always ensure quality jour-
"Journalists who operate profes-
sionally must recommit as well as
media houses to very high quality
of information, investigation and
informed opinion," Hawkins said.
She said various media houses
also needed to collaborate to raise
awareness and educate about what
was considered fake news from
quality and accurate journalism.
Using the BBC as an example, she
said the entity launched an educa-
tional campaign last week which
was a strategy which could also be
used by traditional media houses.
"For instance through the TTP-
BA (T&T Publishers & Broadcasters
Association) there can be an entire
education campaign about media
literacy and how to access and
recognise differences in quality
information," Hawkins said.
Chairman of COSTAATT's
Department of Journalism and
Media Joel Nanton said the MOU
was welcomed given the rough seas
the media industry was currently
"There remains power in unity
and there remains stability. This is
a critical marriage of practitioners
and educators and it is one for the
better and not the worse for the
practice of this sacred trust called
the fourth estate," Nanton said.
Journalists vote today to elect a
new executive of MATT.
June Alexis-Matthew, centre, vice president Institutional Advancement at Costaatt, looks on as MATT
president, Francesca Hawkins, left, exchanges documents with Costaat's president Dr Gillian Paul during the
signing of a memorandum of understanding yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
The MOU will formalise an exist-
ing relationship between MATT
and COSTAATT's Ken Gordon
School of Journalism and Com-
munication Studies aimed to lift
professional media standards and
strengthen T&T's media industry.
This will be established through
collaboration between academ-
ics and media practitioners and
will offer a range of academic
programmes including intern-
ship, workshops, and exposure
to techniques and technologies.
It would also set out a framework
to keep media practitioners up-
to-date with developments in
legal and ethical principles that
affect the media industry.
ABOUT THE MOU
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