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‘Trinidad Express’ Editor Accused of Discriminating Against Indian Writers for their Weekly Columns

A letter, written by Kumar Mahabir who is an Assistant Professor at University of Trinidad & Tobago, explains the accusation in detail

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Trinidad, August 28, 2017: The Editor of a Trinidad & Tobago based newspaper called ‘Trinidad Express’ is accused of discriminating against Indian writers for their weekly columns.

A letter, written by Kumar Mahabir who is an Assistant Professor at University of Trinidad & Tobago, explains the accusation in detail.

As of now, there has been no response from Trinidad Express Editor Ms. Omatie Lyder. Kumar Mahabir’s letter can be read below-

The Secretary, Board of Directors
One Caribbean Media (OCM) Limited
Express House
35 Independence Square
Port of Spain
August 25, 2017
Dear Sir/Madam,
Bias against Indians by Express Editor, Ms Omatie Lyder
In keeping with its “national” mandate, the Express editor should be fair, balanced, diverse and objective.
Editor Ms Omatie Lutchman Lyder has been giving space to three Afro-centric columnists: Professor Selwyn Cudjoe, Keith Subero and Raffique Shah – the same three (3) Afro-centric columnists every single week.
She often provides space to a fourth Afro-centric writer, this time as a guest columnist – Professor Theodore Lewis. Ms. Omatie published Part 1 and Part 2 of his articles entitled “Kamal Persad trivialising history.” She published his two guest columns four days apart on August 11th 2017 and on August 15th 2017.
Ms. Omatie often publishes long letters by another Afro-centric writer, NJAC Chairman, Aiyegoro Ome.
Indo-oriented writers like myself (Dr. Kumar Mahabir), Kamal Persad, Dool Hanomansingh, et al. are not assured of a weekly space in the Express.
Is it time that we call for Indians to boycott sales and advertising in the Express?
If we are not given a complementary weekly space in the Express, a delegation of us plan to meet the Board of Directors of OCM to provide empirical evidence of the bias by Ms. Omatie against Indian writers with Indian perspectives.
Sincerely,
Dr Kumar Mahabir, Assistant Professor
University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT)
2011 National Award (Silver) recipient for education
Chairman, Chakra Publishing House Ltd (CPH)
Chairman, Indo-Caribbean Cultural Centre Co. Ltd (ICC)
Vice-Chairman, Indian Caribbean Museum
10 Swami Avenue, Don Miguel Road
San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: (868) 674-6008
Tel/fax: (868) 675-7707
Mobile (868) 756-4961
E-mail: dmahabir@gmail.com

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82% Indians believe technology is enhancing work environment

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Many Indians believe that technology is enhancing workplace and providing access to better jobs and opportunities. Pixabay

Smart technology has already transformed the workplace, and it is now helping to create more diverse work environments, as a new study on Thursday revealed that 82 per cent Indians believe that technology is enhancing work environment and providing access to better jobs and opportunities.

A new study conducted by Lenovo, surveyed over 15,000 individuals from around the globe including the US, Mexico, Brazil, China, India, Japan, UK, Germany, France and Italy, and found that employees share many positive opinions around the world regarding technology and its role in the workplace, such as its ability to improve job opportunities and job quality.

“Millennials & Gen-Z comprise — 60 per cent of the workforce and expect their employers to provide them seamless access to cutting-edge technology. At Lenovo, our vision is to provide smarter technology for all,” said Rahul Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Lenovo PCSD India.

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‘Smart technology’ encourages ‘smart workplace’. Pixabay

“Lenovo is well positioned to meet the demands of the new-age workforce and enable ‘smarter workplaces’,” Agarwal said.

The study revealed that 73 per cent respondents in India believe tech helps people like them get good jobs and enhance careers.

Worldwide, 56 per cent strongly believe tech is making it easier to advance to the next career level: this rang most true among workers in India (85 per cent ), Mexico (74 per cent) and Brazil (72 per cent), the study said.

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The survey also showed that 83 per cent of employees from India are happy for artificial intelligence (AI) to take over the ‘boring’ parts of their jobs, as compared to 52 per cent respondents globally.

This includes tasks such as paperwork, timesheets and invoices, cleaning and organising and notetaking. (IANS)