Deyalsingh: Trinidad and Tobago more than ready for monkeypox

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The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh. Photo by Ayanna Kinsale

HEALTH Minister Terrence Deyalsingh is confident that Trinidad and Tobago is more than ready to deal with the monkeypox virus.

He made this declaration during the virtual covid19 news conference on Wednesday.

Noting that Guyana reported its first case of monkeypox on Monday, Deyalsingh said, “We can’t be any more vigilant than we are.”

In May, he continued, “I took a note to Cabinet to have Her Excellency (President Paula-Mae Weekes) declare monkeypox a dangerous infectious disease.”

This allowed the ministry to deal with monkeypox under the public health regulations and the Quarantine Act.

Deyalsingh said the Caura Hospital has been designated as a treatment and isolation centre for monkeypox patients.

He added, “We are making steps to get the (monkeypox) vaccine in.”

The public has also been advised of countries with confirmed monkeypox cases.

He reiterated, “It is difficult to be any more vigilant than we have been since May 20.”

Deyalsingh reiterated that 12 samples sent overseas to test for monkeypox have all returned negative. He was hopeful that a 13th sample now being tested would also prove negative.

He said the ministry had received correspondence from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which is taking the lead role in negotiating with Bavarian Nordic, the only company worldwide that is manufacturing a monkeypox vaccine.

Deyalsingh explained, “Bavarian Nordic will not be negotiating with individual countries.They will be negotiating with PAHO, and individual countries in the Americas will go to PAHO (to procure their monkeypox vaccines). TT was one of the first countries to sign (for this).”

He said Attorney General Reginald Armour, SC, is reviewing the documentation on procuring the vaccines.

The process will be the same one used to procure covid vaccines, Deyalsingh said.

There are 38,888 confirmed monkeypox cases in 93 countries to date. Europe constitutes 51 per cent of those cases. There are 48 cases in the Americas and there have been two deaths.

About monkeypox

Monkeypox is usually a self-limited disease, with the symptoms lasting from two-four weeks. It may be severe and lead to a range of medical complications. In recent times, the case fatality ratio has been around three-six per cent.

Typical symptoms are fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes.

Caused by monkeypox virus, the disease is spread to humans from animals and then from one person to another by close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding.

It occurs mainly in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa, but is occasionally exported elsewhere.


Deputy Chief Sec calls for Tobago’s self-determination

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The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


THA Deputy Chief Secretary Watson Duke. FILE PHOTO/JEFF MAYERS –

THA Deputy Chief Secretary Watson Duke is calling for self-determination for Tobago.

Duke, the electoral representative for Roxborough/ Argyle, was delivering the feature address during the Caribbean Diaspora Investment Forum’s Invest Tobago town hall meeting at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, on Monday.

He said there is a need for Tobago to be on equal status with Trinidad.

“Tobago is not an equal island with Trinidad. Since 1889, we have never been – and that is a legal issue – we are never equal: we are a ward of Trinidad.”

“The Tobago problem is not Trinidad, because our families exist there. They are our brothers and our sisters. The Tobagonian problem is the PNM.

“We want equal rights and justice. Give us our equal rights and justice with Trinidad.

“Although we are a ward of Trinidad, what that simply means, they take care of us. If we want an ID card, that has to be made in Trinidad. If you want a glasses, that has to be made in Trinidad – anything (imported), it has to come through Trinidad. The flour you eat: it comes through Trinidad. The sugar you eat: it comes through Trinidad.”

He said deep within him, there is a dream for Tobago to be equal.

“I never wanted to be the normal politician, I wanted to be myself I don’t want to be no ANR Robinson, I don’t want to be no Patrick Manning, no Eric Williams, I don’t want to be no Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela – I just wanted to be myself.”

He said in his mind, independence in 1962 and Republic status in 1976 should have elevated Tobago.

“Then again, the PNM was in charge, they don’t care.

“As long as we are one, we can’t plan our budget, we can’t do anything. They have to give us whatever they feel to give us, whenever they feel to give us – that is what they’re going to do.

“But as an island on (an) equal footing, we may just have the right to solicit elsewhere. We may have the right to come up with our own economic plan, our own social development, etc.”

He said as a result Tobago needs self-determination.

“Self-determination is really a cardinal principle rooted in international law. Self-determination really says that the people of Tobago…would sit and could determine for themselves their political status.”

“Whether we want to be fully independent, we have that right– whether we want to be in a relationship: interdependent like Trinidad and Tobago, or whether we want to have an association like the European Union – they are an association; the UN – they are an association. We never had the chance to decide.”

He said all of the diasporas must stand and say to the PNM in Trinidad,“It is time to free our people back home.”

“We are not asking for separation. We are not asking to go alone. We want to be linked to Trinidad, if possible linked to the rest of the Caribbean.

“(But) we must have the right to determine ourselves, our political status. We must have the right to freely develop our economic, our social and cultural development – we must determine that.”

In 2019, Duke said at a press conference it was time to free Tobagonians from “bondage” – not through internal self-governance, but through full independence from Trinidad. He said this separation was not a call for war, but instead for Tobago to have the chance to unlock its ability to grow its economy.

Deyalsingh weighs in on Judiciary ‘covid exposure’ issue

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The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh. –

HEALTH Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has said county medical officers of health (CMOHs) are responsible for advising any person or entity about what to do either to prevent a covid19 spread or deal with a spread after it happens.

During the virtual covid19 news conference on Wednesday, the media asked Deyalsingh whether the ministry hadcommunicated with or advised the Judiciary about how to deal with a reported superspreader event at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain that resulted in the building’s being closed from August 16-22.

He said, “Any event in any location, the protocol is for the event or the issue to be under the management of the county medical officers of health, not the Ministry of Health.”

Deyalsingh said the CMOHs “will liaise, whether it is a business place or whatever, advise them what to do to prevent superspreader events or, if there is an event, as is alleged (in the case of the Hall of Justice), what to do.”

He added that the CMOHs give this advice once they have been invited in or asked to give that advice by any person or entity wanting to prevent covid19 spread or dealing with one after it has happened.

Deyalsingh made no comment as to whether or not this had happened in the case of the Judiciary.

In a letter to Chief Justice Ivor Archie on August 20 , High Court Justice Carol Gobin claimed the temporary closure of the Hall of Justice directly interfered with her judicial independence.

In a brief response to questions from Newsday on Tuesday , the Judiciary’s Court Protocol and Information Unit said, “Please be advised that that the Judiciary has no comment on this issue. There is no news in this matter. “

Hosein advises AG against resurrecting bail bill

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The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


Barataria/San Juan MP Saddam Hosein. –

THE rejected bail bill which Attorney General Reginald Armour, SC, is seeking to resurrect is not the answer to controlling spiralling crime, says Barataria/San Juan MP Saddam Hosein.

“What we need is a working minister of national security, a working commissioner of police and a competent prime minister.”

Hosein was speaking at Monday night’s United National Congress (UNC) virtual report meeting and was responding to statements by the AG that a new bail bill is being framed, in consultation with criminologists, to ensure its passage when he takes it back to the Parliament.

Independent and UNC senators rejected the bill when it was taken to the Senate in July.

During an interview on TTT over the weekend, Armour admitted insufficient consultations were done, and this time around he wants the process to be more engaging with both the opposition and independent senators.

Hosein rejected the idea.

“While this bail bill was law, 450 of our citizens died. While this bail bill was law, we lost Andrea Bharath. While this bail bill was law, we lost Ashanti Riley. The bail bill simply does not work.”

On the issue of staffing shortage at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Armour also spoke about the hiring of 20 new state prosecutors during his interview.

“I hear the AG boasting we hire 20 prosecutors. Get real, you spent over $400 billion and come to boast you hire 20 prosecutors?

“Where are you going to put them?” Hosein asked, referring to his brief stay at the DPP’s office when he had to share a small cubicle with three prosecutors.

The opposition MP said while staffing is important, space constraints must also be addressed.

He said buildings were being rented to accommodate the Office of the DPP at Park Street, Port of Spain; Gulf City Mall, San Fernando; and Gulf City Mall, Tobago, “and up to now you cannot relocate these offices there.

“I am beyond tired of the PNM’s bag of tricks. I am sick of hearing the PNM party spewing nonsense about how the country is getting better when indeed things are getting worse.

“On the eve of the 60th anniversary of Independence, when this country should have been proud to boast that crime is down, food prices are low, the cost of living is affordable, and of a technology-based government system and national unity, the alternative is the reality.

“Instead, the PNM has given us a runaway crime situation, a population living pay check to pay check and a divided nation.”

Amidst a public outcry for safety, “The issue of national security has fallen on deaf ears as the crime rate continues to raise just like the price of flour.

“Safety is a right every citizen should be afforded despite socio-economic status. People want to feel safe. People are locked up in their homes because they are afraid of being gunned down.

“Every year, billions are allocated to fund the protective services, yet the murder toll cannot seem to go down. Business owners operate in fear, homeowners spend thousands on home security systems and or fashion their houses with impenetrable burglar proofing.

“We have the worst minister of national security – Fitzgerald Hinds – in the history of this country.

“Fitzgerald Hinds you need to go. You have no plans to fight crime.”

Raphael Trotman resigns from National Assembly

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The content originally appeared on: INews Guyana
Raphael Trotman

Former Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC) and Member of Parliament to the 12th Parliament of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Mr Raphael Trotman, leaves the parliament next week.

In a press statement released today, the AFC said Mr Trotman had indicated before the staging of its National Conference that he would not be available for nomination as he would be resigning mid-term in the life of the present Assembly, which commenced in 2020, to allow for rotation and space for new leadership training.

Accordingly, Mr Trotman has now officially communicated to the Party Leader that (in keeping with his commitment in August 2020), he will resign from the 12th Parliament immediately to honour his promise.

“The AFC is proud of the work that Raphael provided over the years as a valuable member of our team and a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly,” the AFC said.

Trotman has served as a Member of the National Assembly continuously from 1998 to present, and during that time, has been the 10th Speaker of the National Assembly, and served on many Standing and Select Committees including – Constitution Reform, Security, Foreign Affairs and Natural Resources, and contributed to the passage of scores of critical pieces of legislation.

He also led several parliamentary delegations to international conferences and meetings in the United Kingdom, Sri Lanka, Peru, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Barbados, Mexico, and New Zealand, among others.

Although leaving the National Assembly, Trotman will remain a member of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the AFC and continue to provide counsel to the leadership of the AFC on a range of national and regional developments. He will also continue to render his expert counsel on the nascent oil production sector.

During the tenure of the last APNU/AFC administration, Trotman served firstly as Minister of Governance and then as Minister of Natural Resources.

$64.9M to rehabilitate Vlissengen, Lamaha intersection

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The content originally appeared on: INews Guyana
The intersection of Vlissegen and Lamaha Roads, which needs to be rehabilitated

A $64.9 million contract has been awarded for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the Vlissengen Road and Lamaha Road intersection.

Minister of Public Works Juan Edghill said with works commencing on Saturday, commuters will soon have improved access when the stretch of road, measuring more than 100 metres, is rehabilitated.

“The part of Lamaha Street to Vlissengen Road that is sinking, the contract has already been awarded and that work should begin this week,” Minister Edghill stated.

The works are expected to be completed within four months and will be executed by Devcon Construction and Contracting Services.

Kester Hinds, Manager-Traffic/Safety/Maintenance at the ministry explained that a concrete revetment will be built to retain the existing road. The thoroughfare will also be widened to facilitate a left turning lane at the intersection, and the pedestrian walkway will be affixed to the revetment.

The PPP/C Administration continues to place heavy emphasis on ensuring Guyanese have access to quality roads. In 2022 alone, $76.7 billion was allocated through the national budget for roads and bridges.

Of that sum, $15.2 billion was earmarked for miscellaneous roads. This facilitated the upgrade and rehabilitation of roads in Regions, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, and 10.

The Ministry received another $3 billion in supplementary funding in July to continue development in 70 local authority areas across the country. [Extracted and Modified from DPI]

The Richmond Vale Academy continues to welcome international students to participate in Climate Change programme

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The Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) is continuing to welcome students from across the world, who are participating in programme relating to sustainability and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation.

Director of the RVA, Stina Herberg said St. Vincent and the Grenadines is now one of the leading countries in the world in relation to programmes of this nature.

Miss Herberg said several organizations and groups are also hosting projects which focus on Conservation and Climate Change.


Offset Accuses Quality Control Music Of Blackball Amid New Lawsuit

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The content originally appeared on: Urban Islandz

Offset is taking his ex-Label Quality Control to court after the Atlanta-based label tried to claim a share of the earnings from his first solo song, “54321,” released last Friday.

Offset, whose real name is Kiari Cephus, does have a deal with Quality Control (QC), but that is only as an artist as part of the rap group Migos with cousins Quavo and Takeoff. There have been recent rumors that the group might have fallen apart as Quavo and Takeoff have now formed their two-person group under the title Unc & Phew, and they have also released new music minus Offset.

In recent days, Offset has teased that his debut solo album is coming and has already released one track and will release another this week. However, the rapper claims that QC improperly tried to claim a share of earnings from his solo career despite not having a deal with them. He reportedly has a deal for his solo career with another label.

According to Radar Online, Offset filed the lawsuit this week against Quality Control Music, where he distinguished himself as a hip hop and rap artist who has “achieved worldwide commercial and critical success” both as a member of Migos and as a solo artist.

The rapper says that he had been under management with QCM, which he refers to as his “former label,” for over a decade and where “Quality Control also collected a sizable proportion of all the money that Offset made through his ingenuity and hard work.”

The lawsuit details Offset’s deal with QC in 2012, which gave the label control over his career and 50% of his profits. It added that the Migos deal is still in place but Offset has been working separately on his solo career since.

“When he came to understand the full ramification of the deal that he entered into, Offset set out to regain control of his solo career (notwithstanding Quality Control’s overreaching deal with Migos as a group, which remains in place.”

The rapper claims that he came to an agreement with QCM in January 2021, where the parties struck a deal for him to own the rights to his solo recording and songwriting. The rapper also said he paid millions to QCM to cut the deal.

However, QCM seems to have reneged on the deal as they tried to claim earnings from his latest solo track, “54321,” produced by Baby Keem.

The Atlanta label has not only claimed ownership of the masters in the song, but they also want ownership of all of his future solo recordings, the lawsuit says. The rapper claims that QCM this week demanded that Motown Records declare that QCM had an ownership interest in the new song. He now pretty much wants his fans to know he owns his music and not the label.

QCM is owned by Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “Pee” Thomas. On Wednesday, Thomas responded to the lawsuit in a tweet.

“The last lawsuit was filed publicly and dismissed quietly. Let’s see how this one go. Been to real for all this lame shit. Everyone know the real problem,” Thomas wrote on Twitter.

Offset also responded to Thomas with a direct response to the tweet as he claimed that Thomas allegedly blackballed him despite him paying millions to get his solo rights back.

“Ni**as act like im the problem I paid millions to get my rights back Ni**a you black balled me I ain’t said Sh*t one time homie I ain’t spoke to you in 2 years now I drop and you want ya name on my credit?” the rapper wrote in a tweet.


Meanwhile, Offset is getting ready to drop his upcoming track, “Code,” featuring Moneybagg Yo, this Friday, also with Motown Records, with whom he has his solo deal.

Offset had dropped another tweet earlier as he spoke about his solo career. “This new chapter for me is personal,” he tweeted.

Une rentrée scolaire sous tension face à la pénurie d’enseignants

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The content originally appeared on: Martinique FranceAntilles

Y aura-t-il « un professeur devant chaque classe », comme l’a promis Pap Ndiaye ? Moins de dix jours avant la réouverture des écoles, c’est un défi pour le ministre de l’Éducation nationale, qui fera sa première rentrée scolaire sous le signe d’une crise de recrutement inédite. 

“Il y a des difficultés structurelles liées à l’attractivité du métier, mais à ce stade nous sommes confiants pour que la rentrée se passe au mieux”, a déclaré le ministre mardi à l’issue d’une visite de la cellule de rentrée du rectorat de Créteil (sud-est de Paris). De telles cellules ont été mises en place cette semaine dans chaque académie pour régler les difficultés d’effectifs et répondre au mieux aux demandes des écoles et établissements.

Cette année, plus de 4.000 postes n’ont pas été pourvus aux concours enseignants, selon les chiffres du ministère de l’Education nationale. Dans le premier degré public, le taux de postes pourvus est de 83,1%, contre 94,7% l’an dernier; pour les collèges et lycées, il se situe à 83,4%, contre 94,1% en 2021, des taux historiquement bas.

Ces difficultés de recrutement particulièrement aiguës, notamment liées à une crise d’attractivité du métier, font craindre une rentrée scolaire sous tension. Le ministre de l’Éducation l’a toutefois répété: “Il y aura un professeur devant chaque classe dans toutes les écoles de France” à la rentrée.

Beaucoup de contractuels

Dans l’académie de Créteil, particulièrement affectée par les difficultés de recrutement, “à ce stade, la situation est comparable, voire légèrement meilleure à celle de l’année dernière au même moment”, selon Pap Ndiaye. Mais “il y a des difficultés dans certaines disciplines” du secondaire, en particulier pour les lycées professionnels, et “nous y travaillons”.

Dans le premier degré (écoles maternelles et élémentaires), de sérieux déficits aux concours ont été enregistrés dans les académies franciliennes, et plus particulièrement dans celles de Créteil et Versailles. A peine plus de 900 candidats ont été recrutés sur 1.665 postes ouverts à Créteil, et pas plus à Versailles, pour 1.600 postes ouverts.

Dans le second degré, plusieurs matières sont de leur côté loin d’avoir fait le plein aux concours, comme l’allemand, les lettres classiques, la physique-chimie ou les mathématiques.

Le phénomène n’est pas propre à la France: un rapport du Sénat publié en juin dernier soulignait que “l’ensemble des pays européens (était) confronté à des difficultés croissantes de recrutement laissant présager une réelle crise d’attractivité européenne”.

Lors de ce déplacement, le ministre n’a pas évoqué les revenus des enseignants, inférieurs à la moyenne des pays de l’OCDE (notamment pour les professeurs des écoles). Avant les vacances, il avait promis des augmentations de salaires, tout en soulignant que la rémunération n’était pas la seule explication du manque d’attractivité de la profession.

Pour pallier le manque d’enseignants en France, des contractuels ont été embauchés dès juin lors de controversés “job-dating”, entretiens organisés dans plusieurs académies. D’autres continuent d’être recrutés dans les jours précédant la rentrée.

“Il est vrai que nous avons recours à une proportion d’enseignants contractuels qui est importante”, a reconnu Pap Ndiaye: 1% des enseignants dans le premier degré et entre 8 et 10% dans le second degré, avec des variations selon les académies.

– Enseignant en 30 minutes –

Les personnes retenues enseigneront dès la rentrée, avec souvent quelques jours de formation seulement, proposés à partir de cette semaine.

Ces efforts sont loin de convaincre les syndicats enseignants, qui se disent inquiets.

“On peut déjà affirmer que +non, il n’y aura pas un enseignant dans chaque classe à la rentrée+ sauf à considérer qu’un contractuel embauché en trente minutes est enseignant en trente minutes”, a souligné mardi Guislaine David, secrétaire générale du SNUipp-FSU, premier syndicat du primaire.

“Il y aura des adultes dans les classes, mais dans certains cas ce ne seront pas des enseignants, et c’est ça qui est inquiétant”, a-t-elle ajouté lors d’une conférence de presse, qualifiant les cellules de rentrée dans les rectorats de “poudre aux yeux”.

Pour Sophie Vénétitay, secrétaire générale du Snes-FSU, premier syndicat du secondaire, “c’est la rentrée de la pénurie”.

“On a bien vu que les rectorats et le ministère bricolaient dans tous les sens pour pouvoir afficher un prof devant chaque classe à la rentrée”, a-t-elle poursuivi. “Mais quand bien même cet objectif serait atteint, on peut se demander quel en sera le prix, si ce sont des professeurs qui ne sont pas formés”.

L’Intrépide, 77 ans d’existence et une santé de fer

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The content originally appeared on: Guadeloupe FranceAntilles


Les deux assemblées générales de l’association révèlent une entité qui traverse le temps contre vents et marées, avec pourtant de grandes réalisations effectuées grâce à l’abnégation des bénévoles.

Dimanche dernier, l’Intrépide de Gourbeyre que préside l’inoxydable Julien Guims, tenait deux assemblées générales après deux années de crise sanitaire qui aura vu partir quelques-uns de ses membres. En effet, afin de préserver sa communauté, le conseil d’administration avait choisi de repousser la tenue des assemblées. Deux assemblées générales réussies dans la bonne humeur, et dont la tenue a été saluée par les membres et les invités, à l’instar de Fabienne Thomas (conseillère…

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