Renee Ali

Mosquito researcher Renee Ali checks a tyre trap for mosquito larvae.

For many of us, mosquitoes are a daily annoyance, and one that we would happily stay far away from for the rest of our lives. But Renee Ali looks at these flying nuisances a little differently. A self-proclaimed “mosquito girl”, Renee is one of a devoted team of local researchers studying these tiny flying vampires to find out more about where they live, what they eat, and how we can better protect ourselves from the many diseases they carry.

Mosquito research in Trinidad and Tobago has a rich legacy passed down by the late Prof Dave Chadee— known to many as the original “mosquito man”. Ever been on a plane and saw the flight attendants spraying the cabin before takeoff? You have Prof Chadee to thank for that, as he was responsible for implementing the spraying to cut down on the spread of mosquitoes across countries (by hitching a ride on planes).


The Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Carissa F Etienne, said the response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the Region of the Americas must include chronic disease care, as one in four people are at increased risk of poor outcomes from Covid-19 due to underlying noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

The show must go on. Even in a pandemic.

Veteran actresses/producers Penelope Spencer and Cecilia Salazar are determined to make that old show business adage true as they prepare to debut their latest theatrical production online.

THE medieval emperor Charlemagne once said, “To know a second language is to possess a second soul.”

Family practitioner Dr Visham Bhimull has personally experienced the truth of those words. He speaks several languages but two languages in particular—Caribbean Hindustani and Hindi speak to his soul because they are the languages of his ancestors. Having a command of those languages has helped the physician to fully embrace his Indo-Trinidadian identity and honour the legacy of those who came before him.