The New Academic Year begins today with virtual classes in the first instance, with a promise of physical learning for vaccinated students in October. Let's hear from one of the education stakeholders we were joined Mrs. Sherra Carrington-James, President of the Association of Principals of Public Secondary Schools of Trinidad and Tobago.

As reported earlier, the country has a confirmed its sixth case of the COVID-19 Delta Variant of Concern. According to the Ministry of Health, the national who returned to Trinidad from the United States on 8th August, provided a negative PCR test in keeping with existing protocols. The Ministry added that the patient will remain in isolation until the enhanced discharge criteria for persons with COVID-19 Variants of Concern is achieved.

We were joined by Dr. Nicole Ramlachan Geneticist Consultant / Associate Professor of Biotechnology at UTT.

In our Business Breakfast with the support of Value Optical, the Caribbean Lawrence Placide Award is scheduled for October 11th and is hosted by the Caribbean Export Development Agency and Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries. The Award's purpose is to recognize as well as assist services providers by offering coaching services funded by Caribbean Export and the European Union.

Deadline for submissions is on September 20th and joining us was Allyson Francis, Services Specialist, CEDA.

More hope for the business community as Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley announced on Friday, his plans to reopen Cinemas, Bars, Casinos and Gyms at the end of the month to vaccinated patrons if, the Covid-19 statistics improve.

We were joined by Ms. Melissa Senhouse - President, The Greater Tunapuna Chamber of Industry & Commerce and Vivek Charran - President of the San Juan Business Association.

Twenty four schools and over five hundred roofs were damaged during adverse weather activity late on Thursday night into Friday Morning. A report from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management states 'Apart from the 503 roofs damaged across municipalities, 179 trees fell and 31 roadways were blocked'.

Jerry David, Senior Disaster Management Coordinator of the Ministry of Local Gov't and Rural Development joined us for an update.