Daily Brief - Tuesday 16th March, 2021

NEWS

THA sells Hope Farm's excess eggs

The Division of Food Production, Forestry and Fisheries will be selling chicken's eggs at Hope Farm, Hope, Tobago to the public beginning on Tuesday and every Tuesday thereafter, between 8 am and 11 am. In a release, the division said the eggs will cost $7 a dozen, with a maximum purchase of three dozen. Read more here

Priest: Adeina gave her life to save children

As tears flowed for murdered mother of three, Adeina Alleyne, her children sat in the front pew of the Pro-Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, San Fernando, unaware that she had sacrificed her life for theirs. As he delivered the homily at Alleyne’s farewell yesterday, Fr David Khan told mourners that the greatest deception Alleyne received from the man who was supposed to love her was his intention to kill her two children. Khan revealed that her final act of love was to sacrifice herself in their place. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Minister on covid19 vaccine: safety trumps haste

Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh said he knows people are anxious to get the covid19 vaccine, but safety must trump expediency. Deyalsingh was speaking at his ministry’s virtual press conference on Monday. He said he noted commentators and certain opposition leaders have pointed out other countries which have started their vaccination rollout. Read more here

PNM, PDP to meet Wednesday

The People's National Movement (PNM) and Progressive Democratic Patriots(PDP) will meet on Wednesday to discuss a temporary power-sharing arrangement. The PDP invited the PNM for a face-to-face discussion on the way forward to govern Tobago following the six/six tie in the Tobago House of Assembly(THA) elections on January 25. On March 3, Dr Rowley called a meeting of all 12 members, asking them to get the island legislature to function. He said as Prime Minister, he will not allow all the current situation to continue. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

T&T suffers big decline in tourist arrivals for 2020

ACROSS the Caribbean, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the travel and tourism industry has been very apparent and Trinidad and Tobago is no different as from January to August 2020, there was a 65.2 per cent decrease in tourists’ arrivals, due to the closure of the borders. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Manufacturer willing to allocate two million jabs to Jamaica, but uncertainties remain

As the Government ramps up its efforts to secure COVID-19 vaccines amid a tight market as developed countries hoard jabs, National Health Fund (NHF) Chairman Howard Mitchell has disclosed that one supplier has expressed that it can allocate two...Read more here

National Assembly could decide Patterson’s fat

The persistent reluctance of members of the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) Coalition to entertain a motion tabled in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by members on the Government’s side for the removal of David Patterson as Chairman of the committee, is likely to result in the Government members seeking the intervention of the National Assembly. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

With UK police under fire, Boris Johnson pushes new bill that could end peaceful protests The UK government is attempting to justify flagship legislation that critics say would hand the police and ministers powers that could seriously curb the ability of citizens to protest, at a very difficult time. Uncomfortably for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the legislation is being debated in Parliament this week, just days after officers from London's Metropolitan Police physically restrained attendees at a peaceful demonstration mourning the death of a young woman, Sarah Everard. Disturbing images of police forcing women to the ground have led to public outrage. The man accused of killing Everard is a serving member of the same police force. Read more here

AstraZeneca vaccine: Safety experts to review jab

Vaccine safety experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) are meeting on Tuesday to review the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab, after a number of countries paused their rollouts. Countries including France and Germany said they were acting as a precaution amid reports of blood clots in some recipients in Europe. The WHO says there is no evidence of a link between clots and vaccines. It has urged countries not to pause their vaccinations. Read more here

16th March 2021

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