Government ups monkeypox surveillance

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The content originally appeared on: The BVI Beacon

Although no cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in the territory, the Ministry of Health and Social Development is increasing its surveillance of the threat as a response to cases elsewhere in the region.

“It is critical that the British Virgin Islands raises its awareness and enters into a state of heightened vigilance and readiness so that the territory can respond quickly to reduce human-to-human transmission,” the ministry warned in a Friday press release.

Monkeypox is a viral disease with symptoms that are similar to those caused by smallpox, but less severe, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronald Georges.

Symptoms include fevers, headaches, back pain, muscle aches, exhaustion, and swollen lymph nodes.

The virus can progress to a widespread rash on the face and body that can eventually turn into pus-filled blisters that crust over. Symptoms can take five to 21 days to appear.

“Monkeypox disease is usually mild and rarely fatal,” Dr. Georges said. “Most people recover in a few weeks without treatment. The current mode of transmission is predominantly through close human-to-human contact. Direct contact with infectious skin lesions, blood or body fluids and respiratory droplets (e.g., coughs and sneezes) and handling of contaminated clothing, linens or bedding of those used by an infected or sick person can also serve as sources of infection.”

He encouraged residents to practise good hygiene, to avoid contact with infected or sick people, to wear face masks around anyone with symptoms, and to practise safe sex.

The ministry cited increased travel and the relaxation of Covid-19 suppression measures as reasons why it is increasing its vigilance against monkeypox.

Premier updates Caricom on reforms

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Premier Dr. Natalio “Sowande” Wheatley updated leaders from around the region on his government’s progress with the Commission of Inquiry recommendations last week at the 43rd Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in Paramaribo, Suriname.

“Government reforms are progressing well,” Dr. Wheatley told the regional meeting of presidents, prime ministers and other leaders during the July 3-5 event. “Previously initiated reforms have been integrated into our reform programme mutually agreed with the United Kingdom.”

The premier also committed to keeping Caricom updated on future progress, according to Government Information Services.

Additionally, he thanked the leaders for their support during the territory’s recent political turmoil, and he pledged to reciprocate as Caricom works to respond to regional and international challenges.

“The British Virgin Islands is a proud associate member of Caricom and will remain fully engaged as we tackle challenges together as a region,” he said.

UN leader

In the margins of the conference, Dr. Wheatley also met with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and thanked him for the UN’s support with sustainable development and the Covid-19 response in the territory.

“I was also very pleased that he is aware of our ongoing ef- forts to achieve the [UN] Sustainable Development Goals by 2030,” the premier said.

Additionally, Dr. Wheatley held a courtesy telephone call with Didier Trebucq, UN resident coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

They discussed continued cooperation between the VI and UN on a joint programme for social protection and youth economic empowerment, according to GIS.

They also pledged to explore other areas of technical assistance where the UN can assist the VI in achieving the SDGs, GIS stated.

Dr. Wheatley was joined in Suriname by Benito Wheatley, his special envoy; and Dwynel Davis, assistant secretary for external affairs.
Suriname currently holds the chairmanship of Caricom under the leadership of President Chandrikapersad Santokhi.

Wayne Marshall, Tami Chin check out Trendzy At Femme Creative Pop-up Loop Jamaica

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The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

The group of Jamaican girl bosses, who banded together under the moniker Femme Creative (FC), in 2020, joins forces yet again for a 2022 iteration.

Since the global pandemic has affected businesses and many Jamaicans, creatives Debra Edwards and Summer Jarrett formed a partnership to celebrate, uplift and support female creatives. They called it Femme Creative.

This collection of creative Jamaican women has pooled its resources and partnered with Toyota Jamaica to bring the anticipated pop-up back to the brand’s showroom at 93 Old Hope Road.

Femme Creative co-founders Summer Jarrett (L) and Debra Edwards. (Photo: Contributed)

And, they are set to showcase fine artisanal Jamaican wares from their respective businesses.

For many, the most inspiring thing is independence.

So, naturally, the Femme Creative team realised an opportunity to partner and empower each other, while doing what they do best – commerce.

“At the height of the pandemic in 2020, everything was shut down which made it that much harder for creatives to sell their products,” Edwards told Loop News, “so I thought to myself why not create a collective geared towards female creatives that will be an opportunity to empower each other through our pockets and [I] reached out to Summer.”

The two were on a mission to revitalise the industry by building a safe space and marketing platform for women to promote and sell their products.

In partnering with Toyota Jamaica for the pop-up experience, Femme Creative presented its first tradeshow in August 2020.

This year, patrons have a chance to update their products, catch up with female creatives and stock up on more locally made Jamaican items.

The female artisans in participation include:



Mani Aesthetics


Trendzy by Ackeilia

Lee Creates

Mutamba International

Bonitto Bliss Scrub

Vessel Of Aloe Vera

K’s Golden SeaMoss

1 Naturalie Rooted

AWF & ON + BEING Lady Boss

Bits & Bobs

In case you miss the four-day experience, you can book an appointment to shop your faves at

Edwards started her career as a journalist covering fashion, lifestyle and entertainment. In 2019 she established DAE, a sustainable line of sandals ethically handmade by artisans in Jamaica. The budding maven is also extremely passionate about philanthropy, women’s rights and building a better Jamaica. Jarrett is the creative director of KAJ By Summer Jarrett, a fashion and accessory brand, which was established in 2011. She works professionally as a designer, artist and stylist, celebrating, uplifting and employing women – part of her brand’s ethos. For more information follow or visit @femmecreativeja on Instagram.

Thankful: Child found wandering in Cross Roads, reunited with family Loop Jamaica

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The child who was found wandering in Cross Roads, Kingston on Thursday, July 14 has been reunited with his family.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in a release said that the youngster has been returned to his mother, who saw the release about him seen on the road and reached out to local authorities.

The police in their release thanked Jamaicans for playing their part in having the child reunited with his family members.

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USA: Man who raped 5-year-old boy jailed for 10 years

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A Grenadian man  Treverson Roberts has beenjailed in the United States for 10 years, without thepossibility of parole.

Man who raped 5-year-old boy jailed for 10 years.Roberts pleased guilty in a US Court on charges of committing a sex crime in a foreign Country.

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