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A man who beat and bit his girl-
friend because he believed she was
"horning" him has been placed on his
own bail in the sum of $20,000.
Dillon Reyes, 41, a painter from Fyz-
abad, pleaded guilty to assault by beating
when he appeared before San Fernando
magistrate Adia Mohammed.
He was charged by WPC Nicholas-
Persad, who arrested him shortly after
the incident last Wednesday.
Around 10.30 pm the couple was
heading home when they had an argu-
ment on Independence Avenue.
Reyes hit her several times and bit
her on her right cheek and left shoulder,
court prosecutor Sgt Denzil Alexander
When the policewoman cautioned
him, Reyes said: "Officer, she horn me."
Reyes told the magistrate they had
both been drinking and he was talking
to her about being unfaithful because
she had an affair in the past.
He said: "It ended up being a big
thing. She cuff me in my eye and she
He complained that his left eye was
paining him. The police complainant
confirmed that there was a scuffle.
Reyes said he had no other matters
in court but the prosecutor said he had
a common assault case in 2008 and
another charge of assault occasioning
actual bodily harm.
The magistrate ordered a probation
officer s report to determine if Reyes
was suitable to do community service.
The magistrate told the police com-
plainant to have the girlfriend in court
at the next hearing.
Reyes was granted his own bail and
the matter adjourned to February 5.
Man accused of biting lover granted bail
It s the "screen of death" that invokes feel-
ings of frustration and horror. But this black-
out screen is popping-up more and more on
your favourite channels.
Television programmes generate advertising
revenue for broadcasters such as CNC3 and
TV6. While customers pay cable providers for
premium channels, it should be noted that the
programmes which occupy the schedules on
these channels are governed by separate con-
The Caribbean is one of the few markets in
the world where mainstream US networks are
offered to cable subscribers. Canadian cable
providers also carry American networks on their
line-ups. But just because these channels are
offered, it does not mean that their programming
is part of the deal.
Local broadcasters are being offered exclusive
contracts by content owners. For example, new
episodes of the popular American sitcom Mod-
ern Family which airs on the ABC network in
the United States have been sold to CNC3 for
exclusive broadcast in Trinidad & Tobago. The
show has also been sold by its owners to CityTV,
for exclusive broadcast in Canada. Both ABC
and CityTV are offered on the channel line-
ups of local cable companies. CNC3, however,
owns the exclusive rights to broadcast the show
in its primetime schedule. As a result, the cable
operators must "block" the show from ABC
Canada is the only market in which television
networks generally air their programmes at the
same time as their US counterparts. Everywhere
else in the world, programming schedules are
determined by local networks. Canadian cable
providers are also obligated to block the Amer-
ican version of the show. This is because Cana-
dian stations who own exclusive rights to the
show in Canada would not be able to meet
their contractual obligations to their advertisers
if the American feed was allowed to be trans-
mitted at the same time.
But because the Canadian television networks
air their programmes at the same time as the
American networks, instead of a blank screen,
the US feed is substituted for the Canadian
version for the duration of the programme.
In the Caribbean, however, local stations do
not always air the programmes at the same
time as the US networks. As a result, the US
version of the programme is blocked by the
cable providers for the duration of the show.
So if your favourite programme has been
blocked by your cable provider, note that this
is to protect local stations, and to ensure that
when you do in fact watch the show, that it is
local advertisements that reach the consumer.
Perhaps this inconvenience and disruption
is worthwhile, in order to preserve the local
• This column is not legal advice. If you
have a legal problem, you should consult
a legal adviser.
Co-ordinator: Roshan Ramcharitar
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