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Apart from their physical differences men and women brains are wired (the way cells connect) differently. So says clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Yvette Taylor-Kanarick.

She says men brains are wired front to back whereas women brains are wired left to right. This causes a man act quickly and a woman to be more of a thinker.

Dr. Kanarick has partnered with the Freewoman Foundation which is a NGO designed to help women find workable and doable solutions to life’s issues.

The Caribbean Public Health Agency and the Tourism Development Company have collaborated on a health/tourism programme to respond to health, safety and environmental threats that are impacting tourism. The Inter-American Development Bank Regional Health Programme is a pilot programme that includes the partnership of Trinidad and Tobago and five other regional countries.

The theme of this year’s Calypso History Month is ‘Calypso: The Mother Music.’ Despite the availability of music from different modern mediums Contender says Calypso still has the same effect on persons as it did years ago. And the key to being a good Calypsonian? Black Sage says it reading and keeping up to date with current affairs.

The five Trinidad and Tobago nationals that have been detained in Venezuela are on the 14th day of their hunger strike. This according to spokesperson Umar Abdullah.

Mr. Abdullah said the detained men appeared before a judge four times before and are currently awaiting the ruling of the judge in the matter.

He says the men were initially charged with conspiracy to assassinate the Venezuelan President and to destabilize the government. The charges were however dropped and two new charges were filed: espionage and intent to commit a crime.

Imam Yasin Abu Bakr said when he first heard of the Muslims being detained in Venezuela he contacted a Venezuelan General who later told him that they would be released. Two days later only the women and children returned home.

“Madness and St. Anns” - those are the things that come to mind when mental health is mentioned says Dr. Yansie Rolston. But she says mental health actually exists on a spectrum from mental well-being/wellness to mental illness.

Dr. Rolston, a disability and mental health specialist, says there’s been a long standing stigma and prejudice attached to mental illness and that a lot of it has been borne out of superstition and religious beliefs.

An outreach programme has been launched in Laventille that targets the young black male. Pastor Clive Dottin says the programme has a lifespan of two years and will focus on health and family life in the area. Pastor Dottin called on citizens of T&T to accept where they are as a nation for failure to inform the young black male of his history.

The illicit trade (of tobacco) is not a victim-less crime because government loses millions of dollars of legitimate taxes which in turn affects the provision of schools and social support etc. That's the view of Sir Ronnie Flanagan, the Crime Stoppers Conference featured speaker.

Sir Flanagan says government ought to pass legislation that takes the illicit trade seriously; implement laws with serious punishments.

There appears to be a disconnect between the presentation of the budget and what the man on the street thinks it means to him. So says Hanif Benjamin, Executive Director at the Centre for Human Development. Speaking on the 2016/2017 budget Mr. Benjamin says the budget conversation seems to be “pegged on economics.”

Agri-Economist Omardath Maharaj isn’t surprised by the incentives offered by the Ministry of Finance in the 2016/2017 fiscal package. However he says the budget should’ve included how to preserve food and nutrition security at a household level.

President of the Tableland Farmers Association also had his say on what the 2017 budget means for farmers. Ramash Ramsumair says the increase in diesel will affect farmers. Also that he is sympathetic towards the Agriculture Minster but that more needs to be done at the public service level. He is calling for increased productivity.

Former Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine says the impression gotten from the 2017 budget presentation is that the Finance Ministry is preparing for winter but says the ministry should be preparing for an ice age. Ramnarine says that T&T is in a new economic environment where citizens now have to live with less and the country has to find new foreign exchange earning avenues.

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