19 september is eenmalige nationale vrije dag

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Op maandag 19 september is het 260 jaar geleden dat de Saramaccaanse marrons het vredesverdrag met de koloniale overheid ondertekenden.


Guyana offers land to ‘Save Soil’ Movement

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President Dr Irfaan Ali with world-famous yoga guru and spiritual master, Jagadish Vasudev, known as Sadhguru

President Dr Irfaan Ali says that the Government of Guyana is committed to supporting the Global ‘Save Soil’ movement.

The President gave this assurance during an engagement with world-famous yoga guru and spiritual master, Jagadish Vasudev, known as Sadhguru, at State House this afternoon.

The President told Sadhguru that Guyana is willing to work towards becoming the home of the ‘Save Soil’ Movement and is committed to providing land to start a pilot project.

Sadhguru was accompanied by world-renowned Soca artiste and ambassador of the Movement, Machel Montano.

The Movement aims to inspire people to support policy redirections to safeguard, nurture and sustain soil and drive national policy changes in 193 nations toward raising and maintaining the organic content of the soil to a minimum of 3-6%.

Agriculture Minister, Zulfikar Mustapha; Minister within the Housing and Water Ministry, Susan Rodrigues and Director of Projects at the Office of the President, Mrs Marcia Nadir-Sharma were also at the engagement. (Office of the President)


First local monkeypox case confirmed in Jamaica Loop Barbados

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Jamaica has confirmed its first locally aquired case of monkeypox, bringing the number of cases confirmed in the country to three in total.

The latest patient had no recent travel history and has not been linked to the two previously announced cases, the Ministry of Health and Wellness said in a release Friday. The patient is now in isolation at home and remains in stable condition.

The case is being investigated and contact tracing has begun, the release said.

“Especially during this festive season, Jamaicans are again being urged to remain vigilant by heightening their adherence to the infection prevention measures for COVID-19, which are effective in limiting spread of monkeypox, notably, frequent handwashing/sanitisation, maskwearing and physical distancing.”

Additionally, Jamaicans are encouraged to practice safer sex behaviours. The spread of monkeypox may occur when a person comes into close contact with an infected individual.

Person-to-person spread may occur through:

direct contact with Monkeypox skin lesions or scabs, including sexual contact and close personal contact

contact with contaminated personal items such as clothing, bed linen or towels used by an infected person; and

respiratory droplets by way of coughing or sneezing of an individual with a monkeypox rash.

Symptoms of monkeypox are usually mild to moderate and include fever, intense headache, swelling of the lymph nodes, back pain, muscle ache, and/or rash on the skin. People who experience these warning signs must immediately isolate and call ahead to their health centre or doctor before visiting.

For additional information on monkeypox, the public can visit the ministry’s website (www.moh.gov.jm) or contact their Parish Health Department.


CMO assures Bajans: Pfizer vaccines made in November 2021 still good Loop Barbados

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Chief Medical Officer, Dr The Most Honourable Kenneth George, is informing the public that Pfizer BioNTech, authorised by the Food and Drug Administration, has extended the recommended expiration dates of COVID-19 Vaccines from nine months to one year from the date of manufacture. This means that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines available in Barbados with the manufacture date of November 2021 have a 12-month shelf life until October 31, 2022.

The Chief Medical Officer assures the public that the Pfizer COVID Vaccines administered remain safe and effective and still offer an opportunity for controlling the spread of COVID-19. He states that the Pfizer vaccines for COVID-19 will therefore continue to be available until the end of October 2022. The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue to source COVID-19 vaccines on the open market.

The supporting documentation regarding this change in expiry date is entitled “Expiry Information for All Three Vaccine Presentations” and published on April 26, 2022. It may be found at https://www.cvdvaccine-us.com/images/pdf/Expiry_Doc.pdf.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness, in the best interest of the public, will continue to provide updates on important matters particularly as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Idées de sorties en Guadeloupe ce week-end

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Comme chaque semaine, la rédaction a répertorié les bons plans à faire ce week-end sur l’archipel. Il y en aura pour tous les goûts. 

Teyat douvanpòt,  vendredi 5 aout, 19 h avec Faya, Booly, Lékouz, Lilian Romuald Duport, Elvina, Eveil 4, Adékwat et bien d’autres, avec l’association Ambition Plus- Espace Clodéon – section Terrasson,  Les abymes – Contacts : 0690 55 94 90- 0690 54 86 84

Théâtre Braquage à l’Antillaise,  vendredi 5 aout, 20 h,  écrite et mise en scène par Jérôme Boécasse avec Christian Geoffroy et Pascal Moesta, Sarah Moiret et Diana Glandor – Palais des sports du Gosier – billetterie Allmol.com et…

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‘What recession?’: US employers add 528,000 jobs in July Loop Jamaica

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US employers added an astonishing 528,000 jobs last month despite flashing warning signs of an economic downturn, easing fears of a recession and handing President Joe Biden some good news heading into the midterm elections.

Unemployment dropped another notch, from 3.6 per cent to 3.5 per cent, matching the more than 50-year low reached just before the pandemic took hold.

The economy has now recovered all 22 million jobs lost in March and April 2020 when COVID-19 slammed the US.

The red-hot numbers reported Friday by the Labor Department are certain to intensify the debate over whether the US is in a recession.

“Recession — what recession?” wrote Brian Coulton, chief economist at Fitch Ratings. “The U.S. economy is creating new jobs at an annual rate of 6 million — that’s three times faster than what we normally see historically in a good year.”

Economists had expected only 250,000 new jobs last month, in a drop-off from June’s revised 398,000. Instead, July proved to be the best month since February.

The strong figures are welcome news for the Biden administration and the Democrats at a time when many voters are worried about the economy.

Inflation is raging at its highest level in more than 40 years, and the economy has contracted for two quarters in a row, which is the common — but informal — definition of a recession and does not take into account a host of other factors economists consider, such as the job picture.

At the White House, Biden credited the job growth to his policies, even as he acknowledged the pain being inflicted by inflation. He emphasized the addition of 642,000 manufacturing jobs during his watch.

“Instead of workers begging employers for work, we’re seeing employers have to compete for American workers,” the president said.

Biden has boosted job growth through his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package and $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law last year. Republican lawmakers and some leading economists, however, say the administration’s spending has contributed to high inflation.

The president has received some other good economic news in recent weeks, as gasoline prices have steadily fallen after averaging slightly more than $5 a gallon in June.

On Wall Street, stocks dropped after the employment report came out. While a strong job market is a good thing, it also makes it more likely that the Federal Reserve will continue raising interest rates to cool the economy.

“The strength of the labour market in the face of … rate-tightening from the Fed already this year clearly shows that the Fed has more work to do,” said Charlie Ripley, senior investment strategist at Allianz Investment Management. “Overall, today’s report should put the notion of a near-term recession on the back burner for now.?

The Labor Department also reported that hourly earnings posted a healthy 0.5 per cent gain last month and are up 5.2 per cent over the past year. But that is not enough to keep up with inflation, and many Americans are having to scrimp to pay for groceries, gasoline, even school supplies.

Job growth was especially strong last month in the health care industry and at hotels and restaurants.

The number of Americans saying they had jobs rose by 179,000, while the number saying they were unemployed fell by 242,000. But 61,000 Americans dropped out of the labour force in July, trimming the share of those working or looking for work to 62.1 per cent from 62.2 per cent in June.

New Yorker Karen Smalls, 46, started looking for work three weeks ago as a member of the support staff for social workers.

“I didn’t realize how good the job market is right now,” she said after finishing her fifth interview this week. “You look at the news and see all these bad reports … but the job market is amazing right now.”

A single mother, she is weighing several offers, looking for one that is close to home and pays enough to let her take care of her two children.

Two years ago, the pandemic brought economic life to a near standstill as companies shut down and millions of people stayed home or were thrown out of work. The US plunged into a deep, two-month recession.

But massive government aid — and the Fed’s decision to slash interest rates and pour money into financial markets — fueled a surprisingly quick recovery. Caught off guard by the strength of the rebound, factories, shops, ports and freight yards were overwhelmed with orders and scrambled to bring back the workers they furloughed when COVID-19 hit.

The result has been shortages of employees and supplies, delayed shipments and high inflation. In June, consumer prices were up 9.1 per cent from a year earlier, the biggest increase since 1981.

The Fed has raised its benchmark short-term interest rate four times this year in a bid to tame inflation, with more increases ahead.

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh conceded that businesses and consumers are worried about inflation but added: “Companies are still growing, and they’re looking for employees. And that’s a good sign.”

In a report filled with mostly good news, the Labor Department did note that 3.9 million people were working part-time for economic reasons in July, up by 303,000 from June. Department economists said that reflected an increase in the number of people whose hours were cut because of slack business.

Some employers are also reporting signs of slack in the job market.

Aaron Sanandres, CEO and co-founder Untuckit, an online clothing company with nearly 90 stores, noticed that in the past few weeks that it has been a bit easier filling jobs at the corporate headquarters in New York and part-time roles at the stores.

“We have had a plethora of candidates,” Sanandres said. He also said the labor market has been loosening up for engineers, probably as a result of some layoffs at technology companies.

Simona Mocuta, chief economist at State Street Global Advisors, was among those stunned by the strong hiring numbers when other indicators show an economy losing momentum.

Mocuta said it is possible that hiring rose so sharply last month because job candidates, seeing signs of an impending slowdown, are now more willing to accept jobs they would have balked at earlier in the year. Conditions may now be “shifting in employers’ favour,” she said.

Whatever the reason for it, the employment data released Friday shows an astonishingly strong and resilient job market.

“Underestimate the US labour market at your own peril,” said Nick Bunker, head of economic research at the Indeed Hiring Lab. “Yes, output growth might be slowing and the economic outlook has some clouds on the horizon. But employers are still champing at the bit to hire more workers. That demand may fade, but it’s still red-hot right now.”


Commonwealth Games: Thompson-Herah cruises into 200m final Loop Jamaica

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Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica crosses the finish line ahead of Beyonce Defreitas of British Virgin Islands, left, and Beth Dobbin of Scotland, right, to win her women’s 200 metres semifinal during the athletics competition in the Alexander Stadium at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup).

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Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah has qualified for the final of the women’s 200-metre race at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

Thompson-Herah ran 22.63 seconds on Friday to easily win her semifinal heat and move on to the medal round, which is scheduled for Saturday at 2:32 pm Jamaica time.

The time represents the quickest in the three semifinals.

The Jamaican sprint queen is looking for the sprint double after holding off Julien Alfred of St Lucia and Daryll Neita of England, to claim the 100m gold in 10.95 seconds on Wednesday.

She is the only one of Jamaica’s star trio in Birmingham as world 200m champion Shericka Jackson and 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce skipped the Games following last month’s World Championships in Eugene.

Thompson-Herah finished a disappointing seventh in the 200m in Eugene in 22.39 as 28-year-old Jackson set a new championships record and the second-fastest time in history, winning in a sensational 21.45. Fraser-Pryce took silver with a new season’s best time of 21.81.

Natalliah Whyte of Jamaica has also progressed to the final.

Whyte ran 23.09 seconds to qualify. She finished second in the first semifinal heat behind Favour Ofili of Nigeria who ran 22.66 and second overall.

Whyte’s 23.09 is the fourth quickest over the semifinal heats.

Also through to the final is Christine Mboma of Nigeria who won heat two in 22.93, the third quickest.

In the men’s 200m, Jamaica’s Kadrian Goldson failed to progress to the final after finishing sixth in the second semifinal. He crossed the line in 21.13.

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J’ca 60: Agro-Investment and Forestry Department to plant 6,000 trees Loop Jamaica

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The Agro-Investment Corporation, the Agribusiness investment facilitation arm of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, is partnering with the Forestry Department an Agency of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to plant 60 trees islandwide in commemoration of Jamaica’s 60th Anniversary of Independence.

The 6,000 seedlings, including fruit, timber and ornamental trees, will be provided by the Forestry Department and planted by the Agro-Investment Corporation’s team on the Agro Parks and Production Zones across the island. This tree planting project will also contribute to the National Tree Planting Initiative launched by the prime minister with a target of three million trees in three years.

The islandwide tree planting activity is expected to begin on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, with an official launch and symbolic tree planting at the Amity Hall Agro Park in St Catherine.

Chief Executive Officer of the Agro-Investment Corporation, Dr Al Powell, has stated that “he has a passion for agricultural investments including investments in orchard and tree crops. The objective is to pay tribute to the 60th Anniversary of our country’s independence as well as to support the National Tree Planting initiative announced by the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Honourable Andrew Holness.”

“Tree planting is about investing in our future,” said Conservator of Forests and Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Department, Ainsley Henry.

“As we reflect and celebrate the 60 years of our nation’s independence, we must continue to ensure that we make the necessary investments to safeguard our environment for future generations. We welcome this partnership to plant 6,000 trees with the Agro-Investment Corporation as one of our activities to celebrate Jamaica’s 60th anniversary of independence.”

The 6,000 trees to be planted will be spread across the Amity Hall Agro Park in St Catherine, Ebony Park and Spring Plain Agro Parks in Clarendon, New Forest/Duff House Agro Park in St. Elizabeth, Yallahs and Plantain Garden River Agro Parks (PGR) in St Thomas, Holland Estate in St. Elizabeth, and New Pen Production Zone in St Mary.

The National Tree Planting Initiative (NTPI) was officially launched on National Tree Planting Day in 2019, with completion targeted within three years. Planting three million trees is aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change while providing an opportunity for everyone to contribute to increasing the island’s forest cover and beautifying their surroundings through tree planting. As of March 2022, more than a million trees have been planted/distributed in support of the Initiative.


Ministry of Health dismisses social media claims of confirmed cases of monkeypox in Antigua and Barbuda

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The Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment wishes to state that, contrary to social media posts, there are no confirmed monkeypox cases in Antigua and Barbuda. The Ministry is outraged that any personwould disseminate false information suggesting the presence of monkeypox in the twin island state. This act became even more egregious when it was established that the perpetrator is a current employee of the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre. We strongly condemn any such act creating alarm and distress in the public.

We would urge all members of the public to be responsible at all times in disseminating information and to desist from circulating false information that undermines our public health system.

All laboratory investigations for suspected monkeypox cases have been negative both at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre that commenced monkeypox testing last week. We therefore reiterate that THERE ARE NO CONFIRMED CASES OF MONKEYPOX IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA.

Please be assured that if and when a monkeypox case is confirmed the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment will promptly report this information to the public. This is consistent with the Ministry’s commitment to transparency, particularly with regard to public health matters, as demonstrated in the past.

In the meantime, members of the public are reminded that monkeypox is a viral disease characterized by a fever, enlarged lymph nodes and a rash. Monkeypox is spread from person to person by direct contact with the rash, bodily fluids (fluid, pus or blood from skin lesions), and scabs. Clothing, sheets, towels and other objects can also be a source of infection. The virus is also transmitted from pregnant a mother to her unborn child. Physicians are reminded to report any suspected cases monkeypox to the MOHWE’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.

There is no specific treatment for monkeypox. However, the public is advised that social and physical distancing, frequent handwashing and wearing facemasks may prevent infection. Persons are therefore strongly advised to practice these public health and social measures to avoid becoming infected.



Depositor is suing a local bank and Lovell wants the government to come clean

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