Soei Len (12) maakt muurschildering met vogels en alakondre draak

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Het alakondre gedachtegoed houdt de twaalfjarige Shantanu Soei Len Tjon hoog in het vaandel. Het is deel van haar identiteit

La Martinique placée en vigilance Jaune : Une onde tropicale en approche

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Mercredi 24 Août 2022 – 17h16

Vigilance jaune forte pluies – DR

Notre île est placée en vigilance jaune ce mercredi 24 août, indique Météo-France, dans son bulletin de 16h54, en raison du passage d’une onde tropicale.

La Martinique est en vigilance jaune pour « fortes pluies et orages » à cause du passage d’une onde tropicale active. Celle-ci est « aux portes des Petites Antilles et intéressera particulièrement notre territoire à partir de la première partie de la nuit. De premiers passages pluvieux sont attendus en soirée, c’est à partir du milieu de la nuit que les fortes averses feront leur apparition et de rien diront plus fréquentes. Elles sont d’intensité modérée à localement forte et parfois accompagnées d’orage.

Météo-France prévoit des cumuls de pluie pouvant atteindre 50mm en 3 heures.

Une accalmie pluvieuse est prévue entre la fin de journée de jeudi et le milieu de nuit de jeudi 25 à vendredi 26 août.

Un nouveau bulletin sera publié ce jeudi 25 août vers 06h.

La fin de l’événement est prévue au vendredi 26 août en fin de journée.

Vigilance Jaune pour « Fortes pluies et orages » : soyez attentifs !

1 : Renseignez-vous sur les conditions météorologiques :

– Si vous devez pratiquer des sports à risque en extérieur,

– Si vous ou vos activités sont situées dans une zone exposée, sur terre comme sur mer.

2 : En cas d’orage, évitez l’utilisation des téléphones et des appareils électriques. Ne vous abritez pas dans une zone boisée.

3 : En cas de fortes pluies, soyez très prudent à proximité des cours d’eau. Les passages de gué peuvent devenir vite très dangereux. Attention à leurs traversées.

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Wray & Nephew adds the ‘spirit’ to downtown, Kingston for Ja 60 Loop Jamaica

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The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

The Kingston waterfront has a new look and several new colours.

Bordering the Kingston Harbour on Michael Manley Boulevard is the official “Spirit of Jamaica 60”, Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum’s first mural of 14 to be created across the island.

The project started in Kingston and will highlight Jamaican culture through artful displays in all 14 parishes islandwide.

J Wray & Nephew Ltd Marketing Manager Pavel Smith explained the significance of adding art to public spaces for the brand.

“When we [became] the Official Spirit of Jamaica 60, we had several thoughts on what shape our initiatives would take. The Wray Rum brand is Fi Wi Culture, and with this in mind, the process quickly became about showcasing our widespread cultural impact using the visual arts. We wanted every parish to have a reminder of who we are as a people as we immortalize this milestone which is our 60th year of Independence,” Smith shared.

Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum has partnered with local artist Anthony ‘Taozen’ Smith and Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) to complete the exercise.

Excited about the transformation of each mural location Smith expressed that a country such as Jamaica is known for many things including its beauty.

“With this mural project, we’ve decided to inject beauty into common spaces that we may all enjoy. We are also thrilled to be working alongside incredible homegrown talent to complete each mural,” Smith mentioned.

The Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum mural project joins the Paint the City project launched by Kingston Creative in developing Street Art Murals throughout downtown Kingston.

MP Seecharan tells Deyalsingh: Budget for covid boosters, monkeypox vaccines

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Caroni East MP Dr Rishad Seecheran. –

CARONI East MP DR Rishad Seecheran is calling for a budgetary allocation to be made for an adequate supply of monkeypox vaccinations and reformulated covid19 booster shots.

Seecheran reminded his audience at the United National Congress (UNC) Monday night virtual report meeting that covid19 cases are on the rise and monkeypox cases are getting closer to TT.

He said TT should not have a repeat of the 4,100 deaths owing to covid19, and protect citizens at all cost from dying from monkeypox, should it get here.

TT only has access to Sinopharm and Johnson & Johnson covid19 booster shots as all Pfizer vaccines acquired by TT have expired.

Seecheran noted this leaves TT between a rock and a hard place as the Sinopharm is tailored against the original Wuhan strain and not the Omicron BA.5 strain.

“I call on the Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh to make the necessary budgetary allocation for the purchase of an adequate supply of reformulated covid19 booster vaccines from Pfizer or Moderna, pending the regulatory approvals.”

Noting that monkeypox is a global concern, Seecheran suggested Deyalsingh work with the Minister of Foreign Affairs to secure doses of vaccines and therapeutics for the virus from TT’s allies in the US or European Union.

He warned against relying on the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for the indicative order of 2000 vaccines, with no arrival date, which can only vaccinate 1,000 people.

“Vaccines must be sourced to protect our citizens.”

Deyalsingh, Seecheran said, must also state his views on fractional dosing approach endorsed by US and EU regulators. This method entails using one vial of the drug via an intradermal injection to administer to five people, as a short-term measure to protect at-risk individuals while the supply of the vaccine remains limited.

Covid: 47 new cases recorded

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Guyana has recorded 47 new cases of the novel coronavirus, taking the total positives detected to date to 70,888.

There are 11 persons in the hospitals, two of whom are in the ICU while 296 individuals are isolating at home.

Recoveries stand at 69,301 while the death toll is 1,278.

$566.9M contract signed for reconstruction of North Ruimveldt School

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Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand, Headteacher, Ms. Allison Cosbert, Permanent Secretary, Mr. Alfred King and representative of Kares Engineering at today’s sod turning ceremony

On June 19, 2021, the North Ruimveldt Secondary School was destroyed by fire. On that day, Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand said that the school will be rebuilt. Today, a contract with a project sum of $566.9M was signed for the reconstruction of the school.

Following a public tendering process, the project was awarded to Kares Engineering Inc. Permanent Secretary, Mr. Alfred King signed on behalf of the Ministry of Education. The Project Consultancy was awarded to Marcel Gaskin.

Minister Manickchand said today that every time a school is destroyed, there is a domino effect of actions that have an adverse effect to learning. She said that ordinarily 150 students are placed at the school every year following the National Grade Six Assessment but due to the classrooms being destroyed the placement total was reduced to approximately 50 students.

“This is the top school for South Georgetown. So, it means many families in South Georgetown whose children ordinarily could have come here will have to travel further to access the quality of education that was being delivered here,” she noted.

She explained that from the day of the fire, some sections of society contiuously doubted that the school will be rebuilt. However, she reminded those in attendance today that on the day of the fire, even while the building was still burning, the Government of Guyana and the Ministry of Education committed to rebuilding the school which she said was the first school to have a smart classroom installed back in 2014.

Moreover, the Education Minister said that though the project will be supervised by the consultant and the Ministry of Education, she wants the South Georgetown community to play an integral role in ensuring that the work is done according to contract.

In the presence of representatives of the contracting firm, Minister Manickchand said that when contractors fail to do what they are supposed to do, children and communities suffer.“It is very important that we complete this at a high quality in the time that we said we woulsd complete it so that we can make sure that the children of South Georgetown see what we intended for them to receive,” Minister Manickchand said.

Further, she said that moving forward, wherever there is a school being built, it will not be the engineer’s responsibility alone to ensure work is done properly. She said that each project will have an Education Officer attached to the construction of that building who will stress the importance of the project being completed on time and at the highest quality. Further, she said that the details regarding construction will also be made public so that members of the community can also hold contractors accountable.

With Education Month 2022 about to begin, under the theme “Transforming Education”, Minister Manickchand said that this project will have significant and that she hopes to see its completion so that learners can benefit.

Special Projects Officer, Mr. Ron Eastman said that the Ministry is happy to arrive at the juncture where the contract has been awarded following a competitive tendering process. He thanked Minister Manickchand for driving the project forward so that today work can begin. He said that the Buildings Department of the Ministry will play its role to ensure that what is built is exactly what was designed and that students and teachers receive the school they deserve.

Headteacher of the School, Ms. Allison Cosbert said that many persons had doubts about the project. However, she said that on many occasions she had to assure persons that the Education Minister promised the it will be rebuilt. “I can stand here today to see that promise is now a reality. So, today’s turning of the sod and contract signing is something that I welcome, and I can speak for my staff,” she said.

The building will measure 432ft (length) x 30ft (width) x 42ft (height). It will have three storeys and will accommodate 450 to 500 students. The school will be fitted with science laboratories, Information Technology Laboratories, new classrooms, teacher accommodation, a sanitary block and a modern external structure. The project period is 14 months.

Concern Over ‘Large Numbers’ Of Illegal High-Powered Weapons In Saint Lucia – St. Lucia Times News

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The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) is concerned over the presence of illegal high-powered weapons on the Island, two of which Customs and Excise officials discovered in a barrel at Port Castries on Monday.

The Customs officials found two AR 15 rifles, a 9mm Taurus pistol, and ammunition, including thirty 5.56 rounds.

One man is in police custody in connection with the find, but police say it’s early days in their investigation.

And they have not yet announced charges.

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The Head of the Major Crime Unit, Superintendent Luke De Freitas, declared on Wednesday that ‘serious carnage’ could result from high-powered weapons in the wrong hands.

De Freitas spoke during an appearance on the Hot 7 Television programme ‘Good Morning Saint Lucia’ with Host, Shannon Lebourne.

The senior police officer indicated that the importation of and access to high-powered weapons is a matter of grave concern.

“We are not seeing these weapons coming in you know, just a single weapon but what we have seen, people seem to have access to these weapons by the numbers, by the dozens and our intel would tell us that these weapons are here on Island in large numbers,” De Freitas explained.

He said in cooperation with other agencies the RSLPF is trying its best to curb the weapons influx.

However, De Freitas indicated that criminals and ‘bad elements’ find ways to go around systems that are in place.

“So we too need to be very innovative,” he asserted.

Nevertheless, he told ‘Good Morning Saint Lucia‘ that Saint Lucia could not go it alone.

“We need to also combine our efforts with our regional partners, with our international partners to deal with the situation,” De Freitas declared.

“The ideal would be to have these weapons intercepted even before they were to come on Island where we would not need to actually go looking for it here in Saint Lucia, but that we have the ability, with the assistance of our regional and international counterparts, to intercept these weapons, I suppose in the course of the importation or export from whichever country,” he told Host Shannon Lebourne.

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50-y-o sub-contractor charged in Clarendon; gun ‘found at his home’ Loop Jamaica

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Fifty-year-old Michael Salmon, otherwise called ‘Chaplin’, a construction sub-contractor of Love Lane in Canaan Heights, May Pen, Clarendon, has been charged with illegal possession of firearm following the reported seizure of an illegal weapon at his home on Monday, August 22.

Reports from the May Pen police are that about 2:45 pm., investigations led officers to carry out an operation at Salmon’s home.

A Lorcin .25 pistol was reportedly found inside a jacket in a room at the home.

His court date is being arranged by the police.

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Accepting help is part of self-care, says life coach Loop Jamaica

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Life coach and gender specialist, Carla Moore is encouraging people to practise more self-care by learning to accept assistance from others instead of trying to do everything on their own.

“Self-care is recognising that my dreams are bigger than this fear [of asking for help]. So, I’m going to ask for what I need so that my dreams can come out of my chest and begin to live in the world. Self-care is about having the courage [to admit that you need support],” she said, as she noted that one cannot expect to accomplish everything on their own.

Self-care is the process of taking care of oneself with behaviours that promote health and active management of illness when it occurs.

Moore was a guest on the JN Circle Thrive Together Life Class series, where she was participating in a discussion on the topic: ‘Me, myself and I: Selfishness or Self-care?’

“Self-care is a part of your personal greatness,” Moore noted, then continued “because one form of self-care is allowing other persons to add their energy to what you are trying to [achieve].”

She broke it down… “think about it this way, one person trying to launch a business on their own, has a very different experience from a person who has a team of five,” she noted.

She further pointed out that it is important for people to be honest with themselves and seek external help.

“It is a deep and pure honesty to say ‘Am I caring for myself if I continue to act in the way that I’m acting? And if I continue like this, will all of the greatness in me make it out in this lifetime?’ If the answer is no, then you need to change tactics”.

Dania Beckford, publicist and chief executive officer of Broadtail Designs, who was also a guest at the session, said that communication is a key factor of self-care.

“Sometimes, your family members and your circle want to support you but might not be able to do it at that particular time, so that is why it is important that it is communicated that they are unable to do the task right now and indicate when they can…communication is ‘part of how we self-care and how we care for others,” she explained.

Season four of the JN Circle Thrive Together Life Class, started on July 22 and will continue until September 7.

The session, which is moderated by Kamala McWhinney, associate clinical psychologist, seeks to empower interested parties – primarily JN members and customers.

The discussion topics have so far included, ‘Spotting a Tinder Swindler: The Dos and Don’ts of Online Dating in Jamaica’ and ‘Vow: Yours? Mine? Ours? – A Look at Boundaries within Marriages’.

Persons can register to join the sessions here, or they can watch and participate via JN Group on Facebook.

The next session is scheduled for Wednesday, August 31 at 6:30 pm and the topic will be: ‘The Battle of the Sexes-What a woman wants (Part 1)’.

Bolans Woman Emergency Airlifted to Barbados by Calvin Ayre Foundation Recovering After Surgery

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The family of 71-year-old Gweneth George of Bolans, is breathing a little easier, after a medical emergency demanded that their loved one be airlifted to Barbados’, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, for specialized attention over the weekend. Thanks to the Calvin Ayre Foundation (CAF), which funded the US$31,500 flight, George was able to undergo emergency surgery on Tuesday, August 23, and is now in recovery.

Recounting her aunt’s ordeal, George’s niece, Rolanda Prince said that her aunt was visiting a family member’s home, when she started complaining of an excruciating headache, numbness in her left leg, intense nausea, and elevated blood pressure.

By the time she arrived at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre (SLBMC), by ambulance, Prince said her aunt’s pain and nausea had gotten worse, as she was experiencing what doctors refer to as “Thunderclap” headaches. A Computed Tomography, or CT scan, revealed she had suffered an aneurysm, which doctors confirmed required medical attention outside of Antigua.

According to CAF’s Media Relations Specialist, Jamilla Kirwan, the initial distress call on behalf of the family, came from a concerned Samantha Marshall, MP for St. Mary’s South, which prompted her to connect with George’s niece, Rolanda Prince. Prince was then able to quickly produce her aunt’s medical records detailing the urgency of the matter, and a submission was made to the Foundation’s board to fast track an approval. George was airlifted over the weekend and underwent surgery on Tuesday.

An update on Tuesday evening from George’s son, Carlton Henry, who accompanied his mother to Barbados, confirmed that the surgery went well. He also confirmed that she is responsive but that he is anxious to see her more active.

“Without the Foundation’s assistance, I don’t know how mom would have gotten the medical help she needed,” he said. “We are forever thankful!”

George’s niece, Rolanda Prince, also expressed gratitude. “The nature of her condition required speedy attention and getting the approval to airlift her that fast…we really appreciate it. We would not have been able to come up with those type of funds.”

According to Kirwan, Social Development, Sports & Education and Emergency Response, are the specific areas the Foundation chooses to support. “Truthfully, it is terribly difficult to make these kinds of decisions because we are not always able to help every cause,” she said. “But whenever we can, we are happy to see the difference we make in the lives that we touch. On behalf of Ambassador Calvin Ayre and the Calvin Ayre Foundation, I wish Mrs. George a speedy recovery.”