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Video piracy rampant

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The new front in the anti-piracy war is illegal streaming and downloads of television shows and according to officials of the Telecommunications Authority of T&T (TATT) it has already resulted in a loss of about $30 million in tax revenue to the country.

The easy availability of Android boxes means that some people have been able to bypass legitimate cable and television programme providers and don’t have to pay monthly fees for the service. As a result, there has been a marked decline in subscriptions for paid television. By one estimate, there could be as many as 80,000 households where rampant piracy is taking place through the use of android boxes.

TATT has sounded a warning that it will be taking action in the matter, which could include banning the importation of android boxes into T&T. While the news is not welcomed by many who were happy to access content for free, they should be mindful of the fact that video piracy, like all other illegal activities, inflicts a heavy toll in the long run. Movie and television content should be accessed in a legal, user-friendly way.

Schoolyard safety

The Ministry of Education should treat with urgency the latest incident in which a primary school student was seriously injured on a school compound.

The eight-year-old pupil from south Trinidad is hospitalised with a broken leg after he was allegedly attacked by a fellow pupil.

There have been other such incidents at schools in recent months and while Education Minister Anthony Garcia maintains that it is the responsibility of the principal and staff to ensure the safety of children on a school compound, it is important to find out how and why these incidents are taking place.

Where are the gaps in supervision of the youngsters which allows situation where pupils are suffering these very serious injuries? In cases of bullying, are the necessary systems and policies fully in place to address this very destructive behaviour?

It is worrying that these types of incidents are taking place. In the current case, get to the root of it quickly and take firm action to ensure there is not a repeat there or on any other school compound.

Ready for World Cup mania

Sporting enthusiasts will be in their glee today when the 2018 FIFA World Cup officially kicks off in Russia. Some 31 teams will be seeking to dethrone defending champions Germany to get their hands on the world’s most prestigious sporting title. Some of the world’s best football stars will be on show, making it an exciting month of action ahead. Of course, fans can catch all of the action live on our sister station CNC3, which has the exclusive free to air broadcast rights for the event and will also be airing the matches on our website and radio stations.


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