Clever viruses jumping species to humans

Four out of five of the new and emerging viruses that have gone global over the past decade or so, have originated in animals and jumped to humans.

Professor of Veterinary Virology at UWI, Professor Christopher Oura, made the connection between animals, humans and transmission of Dengue, Ebola, Chikungunya and Influenza, on today’s Morning Brew show on CNC3.

According to Professor Oura, when viruses are in a place where there is close contact between humans and animals, it is easy for them to make that jump.

UWI hosts forum today on coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) will be hosting a Vice-Chancellor's Forum titled “Demystifying the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)”, Thursday 30 January 2020.

The Forum can be viewed via UWItv’s livestream (at from 1 pm local time. Those watching the broadcast can send their questions in via the chat feature for the livestream.

Health Minister: “Try not to go to China…”

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh is urging citizens who were planning to travel to china, to avoid doing so, unless it is absolutely necessary.

The minister issued the public advisory on CNC3’s The Morning Brew today:

“I am urging everyone who is thinking about going to China for non-essential travel to please, not go. It is not in your best interest to go to China at this point in time.”

The health minister is encouraging citizens who have recently travelled to China, or who know someone who has, to get themselves to the nearest health facility.

Health Minister: “We’re taking no chances with new coronavirus…”

If you are travelling to this country from the United States or the Asian continent, then prepare to be screened.

Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh, has confirmed that screening has begun at the Piarco International Airport and the ANR Robinson International Airport as the first line of defence against the deadly coronavirus—2019 NCOV—which first presented in Wuhan, China.

200 more patrol motorbikes for cops

The Po­lice Ser­vice will re­ceive a boost of an ad­di­tion­al 200 pa­trol mo­tor­bikes.

This was made pos­si­ble as Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young signed a pro­to­col on be­half of the Gov­ern­ment giv­ing ef­fect to the pro­vi­sion of Gratis Aid to T&T by the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of Chi­na.

Sign­ing the pro­to­col on be­half of the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of Chi­na was Am­bas­sador Ex­tra­or­di­nary and Plenipo­ten­tiary of the Peo­ple's Re­pub­lic of Chi­na to the Re­pub­lic of T&T Song Yu­min.

Caribbean to Chinese media: Treat us as equal partner, not an after-thought

The government of China has given its commitment to foster and develop meaningful and productive media relations in the Caribbean and Latin Ameria.

The wording of the communique issued at the end of the China-Latin America and the Caribbean Media Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Tuesday evening, is a blueprint of hope.

It promises greater collaboration on new media platforms and shared future content exchange strategies. 

The statement was another step in formalizing the media path for the future between both regions.

China sees key role for media in partnership with Latin America & Caribbean

"We want trade, not war. We want growth and cooperation, not poverty. We don't want more hurdles or challenges. Our doors are open."

That was the closing statement delivered by Jiang Jianguo, the Deputy Head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China today, at the opening ceremony of the China- Latin America and the Caribbean Media Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

This is the 3rd edition of the meeting which is meant to foster greater cooperation between the Chinese media and their Western Hemisphere counterparts.

Gov't meets with potential Chinese investors

Minister of Trade and Industry Paula Gopee-Scoon a has met with potential foreign investors targeted for the new Phoenix Park Industrial Estate.

The meetings took place in Beijing, China on Wednesday. 

A statement by the ministry says the investors are mainly involved in light manufacturing activities such as the manufacture of bus products, electrical equipment, medical supplies and green building materials.

UWI students in China for Huawei’s work-study programme

Five undergraduate students of The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine are in China for Telecom Seeds for the Future 2018, a two-week work-study programme sponsored by the Chinese information and communication technology (ICT) giant Huawei.

The programme helps in bridging the gap between classroom learning and real-world work experience in the ICT and telecommunications field.

PM invites Mayor of Shenzhen to official visit of T&T

The Trinidad and Tobago delegation in China, led by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, left Shanghai today and traveled to the city of Shenzhen in the  Guangdong Province, as the official visit to China continues.

Shenzhen is located in southeast China and links mainland China to Hong Kong. The city's economy is firmly rooted in the high tech industry and is a buzzing metropolis.

Prime Minister Rowley and his delegation were officially received by Chen Rugui, Mayor of Shenzhen, and other Shenzhen Municipal People's Government representatives at the Wuzhou Guest House.