Eight J’can designers to make your alluring wedding dress, dapper suit | Loop Jamaica

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Kadeem Rodgers

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L: A dress designed by Rednarim Creative Director Donald Mirander, and R: A bespoke suit from Spokes Apparel, designed by Dexter Huxtable. (Photos: via Instagram)

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This edition of #WeddingWeek brings destination travel into focus. And, what better destinations than the isle of the tropics would Loop News highlight?

We reckon, there’s nary a couple, so engrossed with planning a wedding that they forget their outfits – if that couple is Jamaican, the theme of the wedding and the outfit top the list.

While shopping around, patriots (or those so inclined) are likely to opt for local designers. With a market of fashion designers so expanse, look no further than our trained, Jamaican sartorialists.

Styling the Groom

From Bill Edwards to Mark Anthony Designs in the laidback tropical arena, and from Carlton Brown to Dexter Huxtable for tailored, bespoke attire, these top menswear designers may not be able to guarantee your happy ever after, but will ensure you look spiffy saying ‘I do’.

Bill Edwards

Mark Anthony Designs

Carlton Brown

Spokes Apparel by Dexter Huxtable

Styling the Bride

Expectations are often high for the dress the brides finally selects for her wedding. But, when it boils down to bridal wear, the dress is expected to stand the test of time, be perfect in the bride’s eyes, make her feel special the first time she tries it on, and above all, be something exceptional. So, in our quest to find the best and chicest wedding dress designers locally, we present: Rednarim by Donald Mirander; Kadian Nicely Exclusive; drennaLUNA Bridal; and Cochen Bridal.


Kadian Nicely

drennaLUNA Bridal

Cochen Bridal

Naturally, there are several other designers who could’ve been shortlisted, so if you or your favourite designer didn’t make the cut, please comment or e-mail kadeem@trend.media those designers that top your list.

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The content originally appeared on: Antigua News Room

This story was first reported by: realnewsantigua.com

Police are investigating three separate wounding incidents which left all the victims seeking medical care at the hospital.

Reports say that a 38-year-old Liberta man was injured by a fellow villager, who grabbed his money while they were at a local supermarket.

Reportedly, the man went to Spencer’s Supermarket with $52 in hand at around mid-morning on July 10. While there, the alleged perpetrator pulled the cash away and the victim took it back from him.

The alleged offender then went into a bag he was holding, pulled out a cutlass, and reportedly used it to inflict a wound to the victim’s head.

The man had to be treated at the hospital; and although his injuries were not life threatening, he was kept for observation.

The attacker was taken into police custody after the incident.

In another instance, a man of no fixed place of abode, but who frequents Percival’s Service Station, was punched in the face during an altercation on the premises.

Reportedly the victim was speaking to a driver who, at the time, was filling his vehicle’s tank with petrol.

The victim then went to the front passenger door, from which a man allegedly exited the vehicle and struck him in the face with his fist.

As a result, the victim reportedly fell to the ground, hit his head, and sustained a wound to the back of his head.

The Emergency Medical Service was summoned to the scene and transported the man to the hospital, where he was treated for his injury.

This offence reportedly occurred on the night of July 9.

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The older man refused, allegedly angering the young man, who reportedly armed himself with a stone, which he used to inflict a wound to the elderly man’s head.

The senior citizen was taken to the Liberta Health Centre, where nurses assessed the wound; but he was later transported to the hospital by the EMS.



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In the last 24 hours, 91 new cases were recorded, taking the total positives registered to date to 68,500.

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Vaccination will take place tomorrow Thursday July 14, 2022 at various Wellness Centres as per the published COVID-19 vaccination schedule. Vaccination will be available from 9am to 4pm.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs will continue providing daily updates to the public as new information becomes available.

Source: Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs. Headline photo: Stock image. 

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Las autoridades informaron el martes, que sometieron cargos contra Zaida Morales Santiago de 48 años, residente de Añasco, por dos cargos menos graves por Resistencia y Obstrucción a la Autoridad Pública, ocurrido el pasado domingo, 3 de julio del año en curso, en una manifestación realizada en el Condominio Sol y Playa de Rincón.

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“El Gobierno de Puerto Rico reconoce la importancia de la banda ancha en el desarrollo económico de la Isla y sus municipios, por lo cual considera que es indispensable desarrollar un plan a corto, mediano y largo plazo para garantizar el acceso de este servicio a todos los ciudadanos. A esos fines, mantenemos un claro compromiso de construir la infraestructura necesaria mediante la implementación de planes de acción, dirigidos a que dichos fondos sean utilizados debidamente y con premura para aumentar la calidad del servicio de banda ancha en la Isla  en aras de continuar cerrando la brecha digital para el beneficio de los sectores más desventajados”, destacó Pierluisi en la Orden Ejecutiva que requiere que la Oficina de Gerencia y Presupuesto (OGP) coordine, autorice y ejecute el desembolso de los fondos locales y federales asignados a Puerto Rico.

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Mientras, el Consejo Asesor contará con la pericia en temas de Gobierno y administración pública de representantes de la Autoridad de Asesoría Financiera y Fiscal (AAFAF), la Oficina de Gerencia de Permisos (OGPe), la Autoridad de Carreteras y Transportación (ACT), la Federación de Alcaldes, la Asociación de Alcaldes y un representante de la Alianza Puertorriqueña de Telecomunicaciones.

El Comité Ejecutivo tendrá entre sus deberes y responsabilidades coordinar con las agencias que se definan en el Plan Estratégico los términos y condiciones, así como los contratos, guías y documentos con los que todo solicitante y beneficiario de los fondos debe cumplir. También, recomendar al gobernador la distribución de fondos entre programas e iniciativas, promover acuerdos de colaboración con entidades federales y locales y referir a la Oficina del Inspector General del Departamento del Tesoro y a otras agencias pertinentes cualquier irregularidad detectada en el uso de fondos.

En noviembre pasado, el presidente de los Estados Unidos, Joe Biden, a través del Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act propuso la inversión de un trillón de dólares para la construcción de infraestructura relacionada con carreteras, puentes, tránsito, ferrocarriles, puertos, aeropuertos, banda ancha e infraestructura de agua potable y alcantarillado a ser distribuido entre todo Estados Unidos.

En el caso particular de la infraestructura relacionada con banda ancha, la ley federal estipula ciertos requisitos indispensables para el desembolso de los fondos a nivel estatal o territorial, incluyendo a Puerto Rico, tales como los relacionados con asequibilidad para familias de bajos ingresos. También, provee para la otorgación de subvenciones a los estados y territorios para el despliegue de banda ancha a través de la National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) y los Departamentos de Comercio y del Tesoro. Asimismo, amplía los proyectos elegibles a través de inversión privada, fomenta los esfuerzos de construcción de las redes de acceso y transporte (“middle mile” y “last mile”) entre los abonados y las compañías de telecomunicaciones, e implementa requerimientos de etiquetas de información (“nutrition labels”) en los servicios otorgados.

La Orden Ejecutiva cobra vigencia de manera inmediata.


BARP advocates for more adult day care centres | Loop Barbados

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The content originally appeared on: Barbados News

The head of the Barbados Association of Retired Persons is advocating for more adult day care facilities.

BARP president, Marilyn Rice-Bowen made the appeal during a panel discussion on elderly abandonment on Monday, July 11 via Zoom.

Rice-Bowen insisted that too often “persons tend to exclude the seniors”. She asserted that in recognition of Barbados’ ageing population, facilities must be established to provide recreational, learning and socialising opportunities for senior citizens.

“There is a need for senior day care centres on the island and we are not looking to Government to supply all of these centres but we need to be able to take our grannies and great-granny to centres. Sometimes to give you that little reprieve that you want, we want them to mix with their peers,” said the BARP president.

“Nobody thinks of peers for seniors and they want to be in company with their own so that they can learn some craft, sit down and relax or just get outside,” she continued.

She noted that senior day cares were the perfect solution for both seniors and their caregivers. The activities and time with friends will help elderly adults physically and mentally, while also reducing the psychological and physical toll of caregiving on family members.

“I am looking ahead so when my turn comes I want to be comfortable and take me somewhere I can learn to play dominoes…let me mix…. don’t feed me, water me and leave me until you come home from work in the evening,” Rice-Bowen remarked.

The BARP president also stressed that there needs to be more training in elder care.

“We think that we should offer training in elder care because it is easier said than done. It is not the same with a baby….You are dealing with a totally different situation and I think we have reached a point where we must offer training in elder care and that way we may find a way to reduce abuse and abandonment,” she stated.

While reiterating her call for more senior daycare facilities to be established islandwide, she also called on the private sector to assist in the endeavour.

“We need to see more senior day care facilities and this is where the private sector should come in as well and offer such facilities. We know that they can’t be free but we are prepared to pay for the service,” she said.

The panel discussion also featured Minister of Elder Affairs and People Empowerment, Kirk Humphrey, human rights activist Felicia Dujon and psychologist Jennifer Ford.