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Couple charged with
killing cop back in court
A State prosecutor is yet to be appointed for
the preliminary inquiry into the murder of WPC
Joseph's ex-boyfriend Kenneth "Miller" Browne,
38, and his 28-year-old ex-wife Melissa Browne re-
appeared in Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court yes-
terday for the first time since being charged with the
crime last month.
During the brief hearing before Deputy Chief Mag-
istrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle, police prosecutor
Insp Winston Dillon indicated that the police com-
plainant who charged the Brownes needed two weeks
to transfer the file on the case to the Office of the
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The prosecutor
will be appointed once the file is received.
The Brownes are accused of murdering Joseph on
a date unknown between March 8 and 16.
Kenneth is separately charged with illegally dis-
posing of Joseph's body.
Joseph, who was last assigned to the Morvant Police
Station, went missing on March 9.
Her body was found on March 16 by two shrimp
fishermen in the Gulf of Paria at the mouth of the
Caroni River. Her autopsy was deemed inconclusive,
but there were marks of violence on her face and neck.
The Brownes will reappear in court on May 16.
ministry's claim of
The Trinidad and Tobago
Unified Teachers Association
(TTUTA) has dismissed claims
by the Ministry of Education
that there has been a marked
reduction in violence and in-
discipline among secondary
school students within recent
Responding yesterday, presi-
dent of TTUTA, Lynsley Doodhai,
said he did not believe the data
collected by the ministry truly re-
flected what was happening with
students at both the primary and
Doodhai's comments followed
claims by ministry officials that
efforts had led to a reduction in
the number of incidents of school
violence and indiscipline, thus re-
sulting in a decline in the num-
ber of suspensions and extend-
ed suspensions being sought by
Instead, Doodhai said TTUTA
intended to carry out their own
investigations to determine the
truth, after they were informed
by members that the ministry
had instructed school principals
some time ago, to cut down on
the number of suspensions being
Discounting the data being used
by the ministry, Doodhai said,
"The teachers who are in schools
have been telling us there is no re-
duction with respect to violence
and indiscipline as they point out
situations in which students are
engaged in deviant behaviour."
He added, "Some matters are
not being dealt with in a forthright
manner as some students are not
being suspended or penalised as
they should for infractions."
Alluding to a "cover up" by
some administrators, he was un-
certain if it was a move to protect
the respective school's image or
an unwillingness to complete the
requisite paper-work - hence, his
claim that the data was not repre-
sentative of what was happening
in schools today.
Regarding efforts to rehabilitate
students, Doodhai commended
the ministry for introducing the
Learning Enhancement Centre
(LEC) initiative which he de-
scribed as, "An improvement from
However, he said much more
still needed to be done to reform
Doodhai said although the
Student Support Services Divi-
sion was tasked with counselling
these students, other efforts were
also needed such as curriculum
President of the National Parent
Teacher Association, Zena Rama-
tali, declined to comment as she
said their executive was due to
meet today and therefore would
be unable to say anything until
after it was discussed.
The ministry said suspensions
were reduced from 5,257 in 2015,
to 3,940 in 2016.
Melissa and Kenneth Browne charged with the
murder of WPC Nyasha Joseph.
Call for women to
participate in Hackathon
'Be bold for change!'
That was the theme for Interna-
tional Women's Day celebrated last
month across the world.
Now, on April 27 as preparations
are being made to celebrate Interna-
tional Telecommunications Union's
'Girls in ICT Day'
, young women
across three Caribbean islands are
being encouraged to be just that.
A statement from organisers of the
vent said in a move to empower girls
from innovation to impact, the girls
will participate in a regional one-
day Hackathon held simultaneously
in Jamaica, Barbados and T&T. The
initiative is supported regionally by
platinum sponsor, Scotiabank; Gold
Sponsor Loop and locally by Gold
It said in T&T , the event will be held
at the CARIRI Microsoft Innovation
Centre for Enterprise Development
(CARIRI-CED) from 9 am to 5 pm.
Members of the public are welcome
to attend at no cost. Endorsed by the
Ministry of Public Administration and
Communication and the Office of the
Prime Minister, Gender and Child Af-
fairs, this event gives girls a chance to
use and more importantly experience
ICT in a fun, accessible and educa-
tional way. Participation in the event
is hoped to encourage more girls and
women to pursue studies and careers
The inaugural year participants will
represent: Chaguanas North Second-
ary, Holy Name Convent, COSTATT,
Animae Caribe-UTT, SBCS and North
Eastern College. Young women from
these institutions will be engaged in
several technology activities, namely:
mobile app building, animation, ro-
botics, digital video production and
digital art works, and web develop-
ment. The event features over 25 local
and international speakers and over
200 live participants and guests.
Divided into 25 teams of four to five
students across the three islands, the
young women will also benefit from
the technical guidance and support of
local and international mentors who
will guide them through the challeng-
es, problem solving, and encourage
them to not only be users of technol-
ogy but creators.
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