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No Public Parties or Fetes Yet In Trinidad and Tobago. PM Makes It Clear.

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Trinbagonians and those visiting the country will have to wait a while longer for entertainment in the form of parties and fetes. The country’s Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley made the assertion this afternoon as he spoke to the nation during a public health briefing.

The government will meet in the parliament on Wednesday to dissolve the State of Emergency, however the country’s leader made it abundantly clear that parties, fetes or any similar entertainment activities remains prohibited by law.

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley.

The country’s beaches and other water courses will also remain closed to public access. The Prime Minister said, “I’ve been hearing about parties and I am appealing to law enforcement to let the full weight of the law to come against those who are undermining the law.”

The PM said he has been hearing persons making their homes party zones on a nightly bases, and argued that these people are not concerned about the deaths, tired hospital staff and others who are being negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. “We are in a desperate situation. Don’t let it become more desperate and look for someone to blame,” he argued.

Dr. Rowley said that a lot of what is happening in Trinidad and Tobago now, has to do with personal responsibility. “We will not open up further, but we also will not roll back into a cocoon,” he said, in the same breath urging the population to be responsible in their actions.

Some 600,000 people in Trinidad and Tobago remain unvaccinated. Five children are now warded in the ICU at hospital, battling Covid-19.

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Swappi’s Staying Fit, Healthy and Building Muscle. It’s A Boxing Thing!

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It’s not necessarily a popular Caribbean pastime or sport of interest for that matter, however Boxing is suddenly becoming a big deal on the ground in Trinidad, this as soca artist, Swappi, along with residents of his hometown of Sealots in Port-of-Spain have been promoting boxing matches within the community.

The ‘Bucket’ singer who’s one of the few artistes still in Trinidad and Tobago, amid Covid-19 restrictions, has been challenging others in the community, known in Trinidad as a crime hot spot, to put down the guns and put on the gloves. The effort has been applauded by some, but for others, the apparent disparity between those who are allowed to gather in numbers and be entertained by such an activity during this time, and those who are not, is disturbing.

Despite the pull and tug over the national security allowances, the concept of boxing as a fitness routine for men and women in the caribbean is actually a great idea.

FITNESS BOXING

There’s no proof that fitness boxing is superior to any other types of exercise, but it does have many health benefits. One is strength. This is an activity that sees those involved in it swinging their arms, moving the muscles of their arms and shoulders and increasing their upper body strength. It also helps develop core muscles, the back and legs.

Fitness boxing is also an awesome aerobic exercise. It gets your heart pumping and helps lower the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. As an aerobic exercise, boxing can strengthen bones and muscles, burn calories, and lift anyone’s mood. All we can say is: way to go Swappi! Stay healthy, strong and build those muscles.

Would you try fitness boxing? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Health Buzz: Children 5-11 May Soon Be Rolling Up Their Sleeves for The Covid19 Vaccine.

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On Monday, multinational pharmaceutical company Pfizer said its two-dose Covid vaccine works for children between the ages of 5 and 11. The company now plans to seek authorisation from regulatory agencies in the United States.

In the Caribbean, vaccine hesitancy remains an issue and on Monday, Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Energy Industries, Stuart Young called on parents to have their teenage kids vaccinated so that they could be sent back out to school. The minister said his children had been vaccinated.

If regulatory review of Pfizer’s two dose vaccine for children under 12 goes well, this age group could start getting the shot very soon. There is however no sure timeframe for which this regulation would be approved.

Pfizer announced two other age brackets from the trial ― children ages 2-5 years and children 6 months to 2 years old are expected as soon as the fourth quarter of this year.

Researchers are said to be testing a lower dose of the two shots than 5- to 11-year-olds received.

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