Daily Brief - Monday 8th February, 2021


Mystery remains: Cops find more bones during Aripo sweep

Police are trying to determine whether skeletal remains found at the bottom of a precipice on Sunday are that of a human being, after a major police-led operation in the Heights of Aripo. If pathologists at the Forensic Science Centre in St James confirm the bones are human, it would be the third corpse found by police in that area over the course of a week. Read more here

‘We are not going to stop’

Two young men organised a protest at the Queen’s Park Savannah yesterday as the country continued to react to the kidnapping and murder of Andrea Bharatt. After her body was found on Thursday, citizens from all across the country have been finding ways to honour her legacy as well as press for change in the way women are treated and laws to prevent more women from suffering a similar. Read more here



PNM sticks with 15-seat proposal to resolve THA deadlock

The draft proposal to end the impasse of the deadlock of the Tobago House of Assembly will see an amendment to create 15 seats. Speaking at the PNM’s General Council meeting at the Government Campus on Saturday, Tobago Council leader Tracy Davidson-Celestine said after years of consultations it was agreed to change the 12 seats to 15 and Tobago had been seeking to have this done for some time. Read more here

UNC no new laws needed, won't make decisions based on emotions

As the call for the United National Congress (UNC) to support the Bail Amendment Bill continues to be made by both Government and private citizens, the party says it will not make decisions based on emotions. During a news conference at their Charles Street, Port-of-Spain office yesterday, the UNC said although emotions are high in the country, they will make sober decisions as they believe the country does not need laws to solve crime. Member of Parliament for San Juan, Saddam Hosein said there needs to be a complete reform of the Judicial system. Read more here



Global inflationary conditions

In 2020, the global Covid-19 pandemic presented numerous economic challenges to countries around the world. Read more here



Education chiefs differ over face-to-face lockdown

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge, the president of the Association of Principals and Vice-principals, Linvern Wright, has recommended that benchmarks be implemented for the shutdown of face-to-face classes because of the coronavirus pandemic. Concerns are mounting among education stakeholders over the recent spike in COVID-19 cases reported by the Ministry of Health and Wellness. The escalation of the crisis is staggering, with new one-day totals of 263 and 328, recorded on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Read more here

MACORP invests over US$1M

Resistance to change is common because of the uncertainty attached to this phenomenon, but Machinery Corporation of Guyana Limited (MACORP), one of Guyana’s leading suppliers of heavy-duty machinery and equipment, has withstood the test of time and has even positioned itself to absorb opportunities stemming from Guyana’s burgeoning oil-and-gas-sector. Read more here



America confronts Trump's destructive legacy

In a momentous week, America confronts a new reckoning with the negligent, destructive legacy of Donald Trump. The ex-President faces an unprecedented second impeachment trial over a historic insurrection against Congress and an attempt to steal an election that profoundly wounded US democracy. His successor, President Joe Biden, is meanwhile intensifying his national rescue effort from the other crises that Trump left behind, as new viral strains cloud recent good news in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic and with millions of Americans hungry and jobless and out of school. Read more here

Myanmar coup: Police use water cannon as thousands strike

Police in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw have used water cannon on workers conducting a nationwide strike against a military coup. Thousands are taking part in a third day of street protests, calling for the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and for democracy to be restored. State TV has warned protesters that action will be taken if they threaten public safety or the "rule of law". It comes a day after Myanmar saw its largest protest in more than a decade. Last week the military seized power after claiming without evidence that an earlier election was fraudulent. Read more here

8th February 2021


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