Morning Edition: January 31, 2022 | morning edition

We speak with a former Chairman of the Police Services Board, Professor Ramesh Deosaran, about the current state of the PSC, the contentious issue of gun licenses and the continuing problem of violence and of gang crime in the country. Professor Deosaran was also a former independent senator and former director of the Center for Criminology and Psychological Research at UWI. He was also Chairman of a Cabinet-appointed committee to investigate conditions at Reman Yard Prison, he was Chairman of the Cabinet-appointed Police Force Audit Committee.

it is not very often that we have the opportunity to speak with families personally affected by the covid-19 viruses but, for this Community Spotlight segment, we will do just that. The impact of the virus is having far-reaching consequences and for many families…it is one of the worst experiences they have ever had. ‘ covid is not a matter that laughs’ is the title of Malik by Sharbodie SEA Exam creative writing essay, telling the story of how his father…Officer Derrick shardody contracted the virus.

Officer shardody spent several weeks recuperating and her son not only wrote about the experience, but earned a distinction in last year’s exam. The room is now used as part of a UNDP covid-19 education campaign. Malik is now a freshman at St. Mary’s College, he now joins us with his father.

Scotiabank is the latest major company to announce a transformation exercise and says the move will affect 149 workers. Quoted in a newspaper article, the bank said the decision was not taken lightly and is committed to ensuring that all employees are treated fairly and with respect as they transition into employment. Scotiabank added that this has become necessary due to its digital transformation. Unions criticized the decision, calling it unfair.

The San Fernando branch at Cipero and Rushworth streets will close on March 18 and operations will be integrated into the High Street location. In addition, the Park and Pembroke Street branch will close on April 14. Operations will be integrated with the Independence Square branch in Port of Spain. Trevor Johnson – BIGWU General Secretary joins us.

on Saturday, T&T recorded a record 1,081 new covid cases, the previous highest record was reported on January 20, with 1,063 new cases. Yesterday, 449 new infections were reported and fourteen additional deaths. Today is the last day of January and so far more than 520 deaths have been recorded.

Let’s see the opposition’s assessment of what has happened so far for 2022 and how the A C do you think safe zone carnival events during a pandemic?. dr. Rishad Seecheran the member for Caroni East joins us.

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