Digicel will cease all paid advertising activities on Facebook platforms globally for the month of July, as the company takes a stand against hate speech and racism online.

In a statement on Tuesday, Digicel said the move is in solidarity with Coca-cola, Pepsi, Adidas and Starbucks who have moved to send a strong message to Facebook for failing “that enough is enough and force it into affirmative action instead of idly standing by as its platforms are used to spark and spread negative, damaging and violent messaging.”

Commenting on the decision to join the movement, Group CEO Jean-Yves Charlier, said: “Everything we do across our 31 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific is with the aim of helping to create a world where no one gets left behind. And there’s no room in that world for the promotion of hate, bigotry, racism, antisemitism and violence.”

He said the company always seeks to lead with positivity and the spirit of inclusion and on behalf of its 7,000 diverse employees globally, its customers and communities, “we’re hitting pause on hate.” “By standing together with the world’s best companies, our hope is that Facebook will be forced to put people above profits and do the right thing to help build a society where all people are respected and valued equally – as is their basic human right.”

The Stop Hate for Profit campaign is organised by US-based activist groups the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP, and other organisations that are advocating that businesses help them to hit pause on hate by pausing their paid advertising activities on Facebook platforms for the month of July.

Digicel also added that it would donate US$30,000 to advocacy group Jamaicans For Justice to assist in its work to ensure the rights of all Jamaicans and that there is equal opportunity for citizens to realise their full potential and enjoy a sense of wellbeing so that the culture is enhanced and respect shared.


Thirty-eight-year-old Arima resident Allan Stoute was fatally shot by a close relative yesterday in front of three of his five children and wife.

His last words were: “...You shot me?”

He then fell to the ground, holding his stomach.

His wife Tiffany Khan ran to his side, leaving their three children in the gallery looking on, as the relative stood next to the dying man.

Cabinet has approved US$1 million (TT$7 million) to assist citizens stranded abroad.

“Just today Cabinet took a decision with respect to the replenishment of that sum of money... a million US dollars has been allocated,” National Security Minister Stuart Young said yesterday during the Parliament’s Standing Finance Committee on the 2020/21 budget.

Two more people have died from Covid-19, increasing Trinidad and Tobago’s death toll from the virus to 103.

The two people are elderly males with pre-existing medical conditions, the Ministry of Health reported in its daily update yesterday.

As the Government’s tax collection drive goes into high gear, it plans to hire qualified chartered valuators from the private sector to speed up the process of valuing properties for property tax.

So said Finance Minister Colm Imbert yesterday during the meeting of the Standing Finance Committee.

TWO men were shot and killed by the police while one escaped during a shoot-out near a brick factory in Chaguanas yesterday.

The two dead men remained unidentified up to last night.

Police said around 10.30 a.m., Vishnu Seebalack, a 40-year-old “PH” driver, was sitting in his car in the car park of a bar known as Jackie’s at the corner of Jagessar Street and Old Road, Longdenville.