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Probe launched into T&T national ID scam

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — National Security Minister Stuart Young says he has requested law enforcement authorities to launch an “urgent investigation” into what appears to be a photograph of a Venezuelan passport and a Trinidad and Tobago identification card belonging to the same person.

In a brief statement, Young said he had become aware of the situation after concerned citizens forwarded the photo which is being circulated on social media.

“I have requested an urgent investigation of this matter to determine the facts. I have communicated with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, the Immigration Division and the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC).”

The EBC has since said that it wanted to reassures the public that its national database, which has the biodata of every person, duly registered in accordance with the Representation of the People’s Act has not been compromised.

“The EBC advises that there may be other persons operating with fraudulent documents. If you are aware of anyone using fraudulent ID cards bring it to the attention of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the EBC.”

The photo on Facebook show a passport of a man from Venezuela and then a Trinidadian identification card with place of birth “Chaguanas”. A Trinidadian woman posted her identification card, and the registration number is identical to the one in the name of the Venezuelan man.

The EBC said that it has completed a thorough search of its database and can say no Trinidad and Tobago national identification card was ever issued to the Venezuelan man. It said that the man’s name does not even exist on its database.

“The EBC is aware that the minister of national security has issued a press statement and has initiated an investigation. The EBC will provide every assistance to the respective agencies in resolving this matter.

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Take a child home this Christmas

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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THE Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) is now accepting applications from Jamaicans for its ‘Take a Child Home for the Holiday’ initiative.

The annual programme provides an opportunity for families to open their homes to wards of the State during the festive season. It caters to children three to 18 years old who do not have parents or guardians to take them home during the holiday period.

Speaking with JIS News, public relations and communications manager at the CPFSA, Rochelle Dixon, said the agency recognises that children placed in a family environment produce better outcomes.

Initially, the ‘Take a Child Home for the Holiday’ programme was created for parents who have children in State care to take them home for the festive season.

However, over time, the programme was extended to individuals with good moral standing.

For the 2018 festive season, parents/guardians or other family members taking children home for the holidays totalled 182, while 154 applications from members of the public were approved.

Some 355 children were placed and from this amount 19 were foster- care prospects.

Dixon explained that people who qualify for the programme have the option of hosting a child for a day or during a holiday period.

Individuaols who are interested in participating in the programme are required to fill out an application form.

They are also required to provide two references from a police officer, a justice of the peace or a school principal; provide two passport-sized photographs, a valid identification card and must be 25 years or older.

The approval is granted based on the applicant’s ability to fulfil the criteria outlined, and in some cases approval is at the discretion of the children’s officer. The application may take up to 20 days to be processed.

For further information, interested individuals may visit any of the CPFSA regional offices, formerly the Child Development Agency (CDA), across the island.

The deadline for submission of application is Friday, November 29.

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Entries invited for child protection mascot competition

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THE Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) is inviting entries for its child protection mascot design and name competition.

The competition, titled ‘ProtekWiPickneyDem’, is being rolled out at primary-level institutions islandwide and is targeted at children between ages seven and 12.

Public relations and communications manager at the CPFSA, Rochelle Dixon told JIS News that the aim of the competition is to galvanise children to design a child-friendly character that they can relate to, while learning about child abuse and protection.

The mascot will make special appearances at schools on a quarterly basis and will be used, along with a jingle created in 2018, as part of the child-protection programme.

Dixon said participants will have a chance to win attractive prizes, including a tablet, book vouchers and gift baskets, along with accolades of having designed the CPFSA’s mascot.

The school that the winner attends will receive a smart television.

Children wishing to participate can download the competition rules and guidelines from the CPFSA’s website at http://childprotection.gov.jm/ mascotdesign.

Entries should be e-mailed to prunit@ childprotection.gov.jm or dropped off at any of the CPFSA parish offices no later than Friday, November 29.

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MPs’ call for more pay gets public sympathy

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A number of Jamaicans surveyed in the capital city yesterday have given conditional agreement to the call by some Members of Parliament (MPs) that they deserve more pay.

The Jamaica Observer sought the opinion of the public following this week’s Sunday Observer lead story in which several MPs lamented that their monthly salary of approximately $300,000 cannot suffice, as they have to use the money to support their families and help their constituents.


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