Daily Brief - Thursday 15th July, 2021


Employers vs employees rights: Why national vaccination policy necessary for covid19 recovery

Getting back to some type of normalcy as the world battles the covid19 pandemic requires vaccination, according to the medical experts both at home and internationally. Trinidad and Tobago as of Tuesday afternoon, the Ministry of Health indicated, has fully vaccinated 142,875 people while 226,939 people have received their first jab and were awaiting the second. The shipment of 800,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine from China on Tuesday was another step towards attaining herd immunity. As businesses reopen and employees return to the workplace, many people remain concerned about the requirements to continue employment, and the mechanisms in place to treat with the unvaccinated and vaccinated. Will vaccines become a requirement and is it enforceable? Read more here



Gang rivalry leads to eight murders in Arima, St Augustine

Two women were among eight people murdered yesterday in Arima and St Augustine as police fear gang warfare has now broken out over the murder of Kareem “Pinto Boss” Walters of Pinto Road in Arima on Monday. Police say that at 8.40 am, Dawn Mc Kenna, 40, of St John’s Road, St Augustine, was driving her Tucson motor vehicle east along the Arima Old Road in the company of her son, Jordan Mc Kenna, 19, and another man identified as Jeremy De Freitas, 18, when they were blocked by a silver Tiida. Another vehicle pulled up on the roadway behind them from which two men alighted opened fire on the three of them. Read more here



Young welcomes exploration strides by Touchstone

Energy Minister Stuart Young welcomed the progress being made by Touchstone Exploration Inc in its energy acreages in the Ortoire Block. Young made his statements during a visit to the Ortoire Block on Tuesday. A statement from the ministry said Young accompanied a contingent from Touchstone and the ministry in undertaking a seismic survey in the block. He visited the Royston 1 Well which is to be spudded later this month, as well as the Cascadura and Chinook discovery well sites. Read more here



Spinning straw into gold is no fairy tale

Unfortunately, it seems that one of the worst mistakes you can make in the workplace is letting on that you have the ability to spin straw into gold. For the avoidance of all doubt, I don’t mean that in the literal sense. I mean showing that you can produce something of substance with only the bare minimum being provided. The term spinning straw into gold comes from the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin by Wilhelm Grimm. The fairy tale tells of a miller, who in an attempt to impress the king, claims his daughter can spin straw into gold. This obviously piqued the king’s interest and he, therefore, tells the miller to bring his daughter to the castle so that the outlandish claim can be put to the test. Read more here



‘Because We Care’ cash grant distribution begins in Region Two

Following Wednesday’s commencement of the disbursement of the ‘Because We Care’ cash grant in Region Two, many parents have lauded the efforts being made by the Ministry of Education and the Government of Guyana to significantly improve the lives of their school-aged children. Scores of parents received the $15, 000 cash grant along with the $4000 School Uniform and Supplies Grant, immediately after Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand, officially launched the initiative at the Cotton Field Nursery School. Read more here



Germany floods: At least 33 dead and dozens missing after record rain

At least 33 people have died and many more are missing following severe floods in western Germany, police say. The worst of the flooding has been in the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, where buildings and cars have been washed away. At least four people have died in neighbouring Belgium, while the Netherlands has also been badly hit. It follows record rainfall in parts of western Europe that has caused major rivers to burst their banks. Malu Dreyer, chief of the Rhineland-Palatinate state, described the flooding as a "catastrophe". Read more here

15th July 2021


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