WHO plans to rename monkeypox over stigmatization concerns

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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a daily press briefing on COVID-19 virus at the WHO headquaters in Geneva on March 9, 2020. – The World Health Organization said on March 9, 2020 that more than 70 percent of those infected with the new coronavirus in China have recovered, adding that the country was “bringing its epidemic under control”. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

LONDON — The World Health Organization says it’s holding an open forum to rename the disease monkeypox, after some critics raised concerns the name could be derogatory or have racist connotations.

In a statement Friday, the U.N. health agency said it has also renamed two families, or clades, of the virus, using Roman numerals instead of geographic areas, to avoid stigmatization. The version of the disease formerly known as the Congo Basin will now be known as Clade one or I and the West Africa clade will be known as Clade two or II.

WHO said the decision was made following a meeting of scientists this week and in line with current best practices for naming diseases, which aims to “avoid causing offense to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional, or ethnic groups, and minimize any negative impact on trade, travel, tourism or animal welfare.”

Numerous other diseases, including Japanese encephalitis, Marburg virus, Spanish influenza and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome have been named after the geographic areas where they first arose or were identified. WHO has not publicly suggested changing any of those names.

Monkeypox was first named in 1958 when research monkeys in Denmark were observed to have a “pox-like” disease, although they are not thought to be the animal reservoir.

WHO said it was also opening a way for the public to suggest new names for monkeypox, but did not say when any new name would be announced.

To date, there have been more than 31,000 cases of monkeypox identified globally since May, with the majority of those beyond Africa. Monkeypox has been endemic in parts of central and west Africa for decades and was not known to trigger large outbreaks beyond the continent until May.

WHO declared the global spread of monkeypox to be an international emergency in July and the U.S. declared its own epidemic to be a national emergency earlier this month.

Outside of Africa, 98% of cases are in men who have sex with men. With only a limited global supply of vaccines, authorities are racing to stop monkeypox before it becomes entrenched as a new disease.



Government Targets People’s Property For Election Graft

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Government Targets People’s Property For Election Graft


As the election extravaganza approaches, Antigua people’s property is being targeted to induce new money into the election coffers, much like the YIDA injection of $2M which those two irascible young men introduced to the Leader of the ABLP, when they could not sway the then PM Baldwin Spencer to take the bait.

At the YIDA launch at Barnacle Point, the words of the Chinese translated into English promised to see the the Political Opposition of the country ‘condemned to the waste bins of history!’ YIDA, not realizing his prophecy was about himself, is now crying when all his money had been begged, borrowed, and just ripped off by his new friends!

As a business person whose business is in the cross-hairs of the same power-hungry individuals who have now gone to Africa for their corrupt imports into Antigua, I wish to warn the good people of Antigua that oncemore we are about to be ripped off of our patrimony, which we have already paid for by V.C. Bird’s purchase of the lands owned by the Sugar Syndicate, and paid for by our hard earned taxes. We bought our lands, unlike the other islands!

In order to steal the lands and businesses of the local people the Government and the Cabinet targets the property, then decides how to get the property from the local in some nefarious manner, which leaves the Antiguan destitute and dependent on a delayed Court system which never gets their case heard before they are completely out of business.

Meanwhile, the Statutory bodies are given the powers to stop the business person from progressing, by placing barriers in their way so that their revenue is stalled and then stopped totally.

So perverse is this new ABLP leadership in their collusion with outsiders to ripoff the locals, that they even offer their wives and children to the foreigners as business partners, in an attempt to sweeten the pie and give confidence to the new owners of Antigua’s lands and patrimony. Gone are the days of pride and dignity when Antiguans bragged about their land ownership bought through the wisdom of the Father of the Nation.

One Leader once bragged that his grandfather was just as important as old Bird, and that he had never drawn down on his share of the investments made by his grand-dad, whereas the Birds had taken all their shares! Clearly he is making up for time lost by encouraging all who dare to join with him for the total ripoff of what is left of Antigua lands, self-enrichment being his watchword.

A warning to all who have property in Antigua and are abroad, please be aware that the plots left to you by your grand-parents are now in danger, because the land-Grabberment in charge has surreptitiously placed cautions and liens on on your vacant land, as a measure to stealthily seize your land without your knowledge! You will have to go to Court to establish your rights, and if you are late in knowing and forced to fight to claw back, you will spend the rest of your life tangling with Government in Court for what is rightfully yours.

Meanwhile as the Court Registry is administered by the Ministry of Legal Affairs, and the fat grey minions who collaborate with the Leaders in land grabbing, and robbing people of their patrimony, files get changed and missing, and what ultimately gets before the judge after many years, is defeated by lies, mis-representations of bad lawyers, and corrupt heads of the Court’s administration.

Depending on the law and the Court to resolve land and other corrupt government administration issues is like searching for needle in a stack of sugarcane. Everything is stacked against the local Antiguan as the government has been very selective in their choice of administrators, making sure they are born elsewhere and not in Antigua. Our administrators of justice as born elsewhere, our police for the most part are born elsewhere, our chief talkers to America are born elsewhere, the holders of big money in the Private Sector are born elsewhere, even our criminals are born elsewhere!

The time has come to expose all those who have come to Antigua, gotten rich from graft and corruption, established their children and families in the frontline of all opportunities while the local Antiguan continues to fight for their political parties, remain poor, and soon landless!



CXC results return first week of September Loop Barbados

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Results for examinations offered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC(R)) will be available for students online on Monday, September 5, 2022.

In a press release, CXC stated that it has been working assiduously at completing the Marking and Grading process for the timely release of this year’s examination results. Consistent with the announced schedule for release during the last week of August or the first week of September.

Available from September 5, will be the preliminary results for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination(R) (CAPE(R)), Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate(R) (CSEC(R)) and Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence(R) (CCSLC(R)).

Candidates can access their preliminary results online at https://www.cxc.org/student-results.

Regional Ministries of Education will receive the preliminary results on Thursday, September 1, 2022, to review and provide feedback as necessary, in preparation for a joint meeting of Ministries on Friday, September 2, 2022.

In instances where requests for early release of results were made, preliminary results will also be made available to universities at the same time as the Ministries of Education, to facilitate the matriculation of candidates.


Le Baccha festival en chiffres, avant la fête

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Le Baccha festival qui débute ce samedi 13 août à la Pointe Faula, au Vauclin, est une grosse machine. Tour d’horizon en chiffres.

Après deux années d’absence, la production du Baccha festival met les bouchées doubles pour cette 7e édition. Le site de 25 000 m2 accueillera 15 000 festivaliers par jour, de 12 heures à minuit. 

Pour cette édition d’envergure, les producteurs du Baccha Festival ont engagé les moyens nécessaires au confort et à l’optimisation de l’expérience des festivaliers. De leurs côtés, ils sollicitent un effort des festivaliers en termes de bonnes pratiques pour une édition réussie. 

Ce week-end, pour une sécurité optimale, 160 agents seront mobilisés. 400 professionnels constitueront l’équipe du festival. 200 bénévoles des associations Dousinn’, My Kartel et Hommes et Territoires seront mobilisés. 

Du côté des prestations musicales, 2 scènes accueilleront les 40 artistes et DJs, ce qui équivaut à plus de 300 m2 d’espace scénique.

50 000 gobelets et 40 000 flûtes à champagne réutilisables ont été commandés afin que chaque festivalier puisse consommer, tout en limitant sa production de déchets. 

Les festivaliers auront accès à un réseau internet optimisé pour l’occasion. En 2019, plus d’un terra de données mobiles ont été échangées au cours des 2 journées. 

Pour un festival de bon augure, la collaboration des festivaliers est également de mise. Pour cela, la production a établi les commandements du festivalier. Des recommandations qui incitent les festivaliers à arriver tôt afin de fluidifier l’accès au site, et à covoiturer afin de limiter les engorgements de véhicules. 


FBI seized top secret documents in Trump estate search Loop Jamaica

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The FBI recovered “top secret” and even more sensitive documents from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, according to court papers released Friday after a federal judge unsealed the warrant that authorized the sudden, unprecedented search this week.

A property receipt unsealed by the court shows FBI agents took 11 sets of classified records from the estate during a search on Monday.

The seized records include some marked not only top secret but also “sensitive compartmented information,” a special category meant to protect the nation’s most important secrets that if revealed publicly could cause “exceptionally grave” damage to US interests. The court records did not provide specific details about the information the documents might contain.

The warrant says federal agents were investigating potential violations of three different federal laws, including one that governs gathering, transmitting or losing defence information under the Espionage Act. The other statutes address the concealment, mutilation or removal of records and the destruction, alteration or falsification of records in federal investigations.

The property receipt also shows federal agents collected other potential presidential records, including the order pardoning Trump ally Roger Stone, a “leatherbound box of documents,” and information about the “President of France.” A binder of photos, a handwritten note, “miscellaneous secret documents” and “miscellaneous confidential documents” were also seized in the search.

Trump’s attorney, Christina Bobb, who was present at Mar-a-Lago when the agents conducted the search, signed two property receipts — one that was two pages long and another that is a single page.

In a statement earlier Friday, Trump claimed that the documents seized by agents were “all declassified,” and argued that he would have turned them over if the Justice Department had asked.

While incumbent presidents generally have the power to declassify information, that authority lapses as soon as they leave office and it was not clear if the documents in question have ever been declassified. And even an incumbent’s powers to declassify may be limited regarding secrets dealing with nuclear weapons programs, covert operations and operatives, and some data shared with allies.

Trump kept possession of the documents despite multiple requests from agencies, including the National Archives, to turn over presidential records in accordance with federal law.

The Mar-a-Lago search warrant served Monday was part of an ongoing Justice Department investigation into the discovery of classified White House records recovered from Trump’s home earlier this year. The Archives had asked the department to investigate after saying 15 boxes of records it retrieved from the estate included classified records.

It remains unclear whether the Justice Department moved forward with the warrant simply as a means to retrieve the records or as part of a wider criminal investigation or attempt to prosecute the former president. Multiple federal laws govern the handling of classified information, with both criminal and civil penalties, as well as presidential records.

US Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, the same judge who signed off on the search warrant, unsealed the warrant and property receipt Friday at the request of the Justice Department after Attorney General Merrick Garland declared there was “substantial public interest in this matter,” and Trump said he backed the warrant’s “immediate” release. The Justice Department told the judge Friday afternoon that Trump’s lawyers did not object to the proposal to make it public.

In messages posted on his Truth Social platform, Trump wrote, “Not only will I not oppose the release of documents… I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents.”

The Justice Department’s request was striking because such warrants traditionally remain sealed during a pending investigation. But the department appeared to recognize that its silence since the search had created a vacuum for bitter verbal attacks by Trump and his allies, and felt that the public was entitled to the FBI’s side about what prompted Monday’s action at the former president’s home.

“The public’s clear and powerful interest in understanding what occurred under these circumstances weighs heavily in favour of unsealing,” said a motion filed in federal court in Florida on Thursday.

The information was released as Trump prepares for another run for the White House. During his 2016 campaign, he pointed frequently to an FBI investigation into his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, over whether she mishandled classified information.

To obtain a search warrant, federal authorities must prove to a judge that probable cause exists to believe that a crime was committed. Garland said he personally approved the warrant, a decision he said the department did not take lightly given that standard practice where possible is to select less intrusive tactics than a search of one’s home.

In this case, according to a person familiar with the matter, there was substantial engagement with Trump and his representatives prior to the search warrant, including a subpoena for records and a visit to Mar-a-Lago a couple of months ago by FBI and Justice Department officials to assess how the documents were stored. The person was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

FBI and Justice Department policy caution against discussing ongoing investigations, both to protect the integrity of the inquiries and to avoid unfairly maligning someone who is being scrutinized but winds up ultimately not being charged. That’s especially true in the case of search warrants, where supporting court papers are routinely kept secret as the investigation proceeds.

In this case, though, Garland cited the fact that Trump himself had provided the first public confirmation of the FBI search, “as is his right.” The Justice Department, in its new filing, also said that disclosing information about it now would not harm the court’s functions.

The Justice Department under Garland has been leery of public statements about politically charged investigations, or of confirming to what extent it might be investigating Trump as part of a broader probe into the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol and efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

The department has tried to avoid being seen as injecting itself into presidential politics, as happened in 2016 when then-FBI Director James Comey made an unusual public statement announcing that the FBI would not be recommending criminal charges against Clinton regarding her handling of email — and when he spoke up again just over a week before the election to notify Congress that the probe was being effectively reopened because of the discovery of new emails.

The attorney general also condemned verbal attacks on FBI and Justice Department personnel over the search. Some Republican allies of Trump have called for the FBI to be defunded. Large numbers of Trump supporters have called for the warrant to be released hoping it will show that Trump was unfairly targeted.

“I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked,” Garland said of federal law enforcement agents, calling them “dedicated, patriotic public servants.”

Earlier Thursday, an armed man wearing body armour tried to breach a security screening area at an FBI field office in Ohio, then fled and was later killed after a standoff with law enforcement. A law enforcement official briefed on the matter identified the man as Ricky Shiffer and said he is believed to have been in Washington in the days leading up to the attack on the Capitol and may have been there on the day it took place.


Man shot dead during ‘shootout with cops on Back Road’ in Portmore Loop Jamaica

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The man who was shot and killed during a reported confrontation with the police on Port Henderson Road in Portmore has been identified.

Police said the deceased has been identified as 25-year-old Tavaughn Taylor.

Reports are that members of a police team conducted an operation along the popular ‘Back Road’ strip when they saw a man acting in a suspicious manner.

The man was approached and during a reported confrontation, the man was fatally shot and an illegal gun seized, the police reported.

The matter has since been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations.


Jordon Reign’s to rule in Reggae Trophy Loop Jamaica

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Saturday’s Reggae Trophy at Caymanas Park pits Ian Parsard’s stablemates, imported JORDON REIGN’S and last year’s classic-winning filly, SHE’S A WONDER, in a speed duel at five furlongs straight.

JORDON REIGN’s is aiming at a third win in three months, having started his run with a 7-1 upset victory at six and a half furlongs in which SHE’S A WONDER was the favourite but weakened into fifth place after dueling LURE OF LUCY on the lead.

After that June 18 come-from-behind win, JORDON REIGN’s returned July 16 to easily beat LURE OF LUCY for the second consecutive race, clocking 1:12.3 at six furlongs in an open allowance/graded stakes event.

SHE’S A WONDER also returned as a winner but against the lower class, overnight allowance, on July 30, making all to beat United States-bred THE GOOD WITCH at seven and a half furlongs.

Though she was an impressive winner, SHE’S A WONDER really had no speed to test her, finishing clear of THE GOOD WITCH, who is yet to win locally from five starts.

JORDON REIGN’s is proven at five furlongs straight, twice clocking 58.3 at the distance, his only loss at the trip being a fourth-place finish behind NUCLEAR NOON in which he bled.

Dick Cardenas partners JORDON REIGN’s whereas leading rider Dane Dawkins replaces Reyan Lewis aboard SHE’S A WONDER.


Race 1 – 1100mThe nextbigthing (4)

Race 2 – 1400m Purposely (3)

Race 3 -1100mRun Jaya Run (1)

—-Race 4 – 1000m StFresh Cash (4)

Race 5 – 1100mLala Diva (6)

Race 6 -1100mThegoodlife (9)

Race 7 – 1600mShe’s My Destiny (4)

Race 8 – 1000m RdFunometer (10)

Race 9 – 1000m StJordon Reign’s (5)

Race 9 – 1000m StMidnight Blue (4)


Race 7 – 1600mShe’s My Destiny (4)

Race 8 – 1000m RdFunometer (10)

Race 9 – 1000m StJordon Reign’s (5)


Euro de triathlon: triplé français emmené…

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Le Français Léo Bergère a été couronné champion d’Europe de triathlon samedi à Munich, où l’équipe de France a réalisé le triplé.

Avec Pierre Le Corre, deuxième, et Dorian Coninx, troisième, les Bleus ont fait main basse sur le podium au bout d’une course totalement maîtrisée.

Après avoir pris les devants dans un groupe de douze échappés à vélo, le trio tricolore a provoqué la sélection dès les premiers kilomètres de course à pied. Léo Bergère s’est envolé à deux tours de l’arrivée dans une côte du parcours très accidenté.

Derrière Pierre Le Corre, intercalé, le Hongrois Csongor Lehmann, dernier à accompagner les trois Bleus, a cédé dans le final face à Dorian Coninx.

L’Isérois de 26 ans a signé sa première victoire au plus haut niveau senior après de brillants derniers mois.

En l’absence du champion olympique norvégien Kristian Blummenfelt, Léo Bergère s’est affirmé cette saison comme l’un des tout meilleurs du circuit mondial (WTCS) dont il occupe la deuxième place.

Passé à côté des Jeux olympiques de Tokyo (21e) comme le reste de l’équipe de France, Bergère n’était pas membre du relais mixte médaillé de bronze au Japon.

Avec sept podiums en neuf courses WTCS depuis, celui qui était plutôt spécialiste du cyclisme à ses débuts a ressenti un “déclic” de ses propres mots.

Pierre Le Corre était tenant du titre, Dorian Coninx, médaillé de bronze avec le relais mixte à Tokyo. Le double champion du monde Vincent Luis avait choisi de se préserver pour la fin de saison après une tachycardie en course en mai

Avec ce titre, la valeur montante Léo Bergère s’affirme comme l’un des meilleurs triathlètes du monde sur ce format olympique (1.500 m de natation, 40 km de vélo et 10 km de course à pied) avec le Néo-Zélandais Hayden Wilde, qu’il talonne au classement WTCS, et le Britannique Alex Yee, absent après sa victoire sur Wilde aux Jeux du Commonwealth.

Il reste deux manches mi-octobre puis début novembre avant la grande finale à Abou Dhabi où Bergère sera en course pour décrocher le titre mondial.


Police find abandoned car, bank card of missing correctional office Loop Jamaica

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The police reportedly found an abandoned car belonging to missing correctional officer Shannon Briscoe in Trench Town in Kingston yesterday.

“We are hoping for the best but expecting the worst,” Briscoe’s girlfriend who asked not to be named, told Loop News.

“We are just trying to cope right now. The bank called his workplace to let them know they found his bank card downtown in an ATM so we just don’t know…we just don’t know,” she added.

“I don’t know how his two girls are doing right now but I am over my sister’s house,” she said.

Briscoe, otherwise called ‘David’, of Seaview Gardens, Kingston 11, has been missing since Thursday, August 11. He had reportedly been running a taxi at the time of his disappearance.

The 38-year-old is of dark complexion, slim build and about 170 centimetres (5 feet 7 inches) tall.

Reports from the police are that Briscoe was last seen about 5pm en route to Half-Way Tree. At the time, he was wearing a white T-shirt, black pants and a pair of black shoes.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Shannon Briscoe is asked to contact the Seaview Gardens police at 876-997-9372, 119 police emergency number or the nearest police station.


Le Tour 2022 Sixième étape du Tour cycliste de la Guadeloupe : Florian Rapiteau victorieux à Gourbeyre !

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13h57: Florian Rapiteau signe sa 3ème victoire d’étape et est virtuellement second du classement général.13h50: Attaque de Rapiteau qui prend une longueur d’avance sur Sénicourt.13h47: Bennett et Brunel sont entrés dans Palmiste.13h40: Il reste 10 kms Florian Rapiteau est en tête avec Kylian Sénicourt. Les deux coureurs s’observent ne personne n’attaque avant la dernière ascension de Dolé.13h17: Alexis Brunel repart en chasse suivi de deux autres coureurs. Il reste 16 kms.13h: Sénicourt et Rapiteau sont repris  par le groupe Brunel-Bennett.12h53: Le maillot jaune rattrappe son retard. Plus qu’une minute 10 le sépare du groupe de tête.12h50: Echappée de Rapiteau et Sénicourt .12h40: Le groupe de tête se rapproche de la tête de course, à Village dans la commune de Vieux-Habitants.12h20: Le maillot jaune Donnenwirth est en grande difficulté et se fait dépasser par de nombreux coureurs. 12h09: Bennett est parti seul, ensuite suit un groupe composé d’Alexys Brunel de l’USL, Boris Carène et Cédric Eustache.Brunel est virtuellement le nouveau maillot jaune.11h58: Dans le peloton, le maillot jaune est lâché. Alexis Brunel a pris les devant, suivi de Boris Carène.11h45: La tête de la course arrive à l’entrée de la route des Mamelles. Deux coureurs sont partis à l’attaque et ont lâché le groupe de tête. Plamondon semble avoir été victime d’une crevaison. Hermann Keller est distancé.11h39: Plamondon s’est échappé du peloton et est parti en chasse du groupe de tête11h21: L’écart entre le peloton et les hommes de tête est d’1min57.11h03: Le peloton accuse toujours 1 minute de retard.10h56: Le groupe intermédiaire est rattrapé par le peloton.10h49: Le groupe de tête compte plus d’une minute d’avance sur le peloton.10h39: Trois coureurs tentent de sortir du peloton pour rejoindre le groupe de tête.10h37: Latouche (Martinique) Alidor (USR) et Guillon (Laval) mènent le groupe de tête composé d’une douzaine de coureurs.10h26: Plusieurs groupes de coureurs se sont echappés du peloton pour la première ascension de Vernou.10h10: Le peloton roule pour l’instant très groupé.10h: C’est parti pour cette sixième étape!