AFC’s Beverly Alert tipped to replace Trotman as MP

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Beverly Alert

Alliance For Change (AFC) Executive Member, Beverly Alert, is among candidates being considered to replace Raphael Trotman in the National Assembly.

The AFC announced on Wednesday that Trotman will be resigning as a Member of Parliament next week to allow for rotation and space for new leadership training.

A party source confirmed to this publication today that Alert is the preferred choice of the candidates under consideration. However, the source indicated that the AFC Committee will be meeting soon and a decision is likely to be made then.

Parliament is currently in recess and is expected to resume sitting in early October, by which time the AFC is expected to have a new candidate selected to be sworn-in.

Alert has been a long-standing member of the AFC. Under the previous APNU/AFC administration, she served as Head of the Department of Public Information as well as Advisor to the Minister of Natural Resources.

She was also named as a potential candidate for the membership of the new Public Procurement Commission earlier this year but did not make the shortlisted-five names.

UWP Urges Government To Protect Public Access to Gros Piton, Anse L’Ivorgne Beach – St. Lucia Times News

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The United Workers Party is alarmed at reports that access to the Gros Piton trail andAnse L’Ivorgne beach is blocked by a developer and is calling on the Philip J PierreAdministration to make the protection of Saint Lucia’s World Heritage Site a priority.

The lack of attention and lackluster response by the Government to this significantissue blatantly exposes the continued hypocrisy of the St Lucia Labour Party; sayingone thing while in opposition and something else when in office.

Saint Lucians have a right to access our nation’s national treasures and the Gros Pitontrail should never have been obstructed in any way, preventing many who make aliving on this trail from earning their daily bread.

Saint Lucians and visitors have been using this trail for decades and it is a source of revenue for tour guides, water taxi operators, land and sea excursionists and vendors.

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Their livelihoods have been put at risk while the Government turns a blind eye.

The fact that this was allowed to happen is an indictment on the current MP for Soufriere, the current administration and the Soufriere Development Foundation.

Although the Department of Planning has stated there’s registered vehicular access to the beach and queen’s chain the access, the UWP is informed, this is still blocked by the developer.

It must be stated that while in Government, the United Workers Party paid carefulattention to the Pitons Management Area (PMA) and then Minister for PhysicalPlanning, and Soufriere/ Fond St Jacques MP, Honourable Herod Stanislas addressedin great detail the development in the area of Anse L’Ivrogne, explaining the historyof Anse L’Ivrogne development and the steps taken by the then Government toensure the development did not prevent local access or put the World HeritageStatus at risk.

The Minister at the time outlined the guidelines for the PMA contained in thenPMAand the Soufriere Region Integrated Development Plan, otherwise known as theHyder report, 2008, and The Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) Study of 2013.

The area in question was sold by Mondesir Estates to a business senior executive fromCanada in January of 2015 under the tenure of Dr Kenny Anthony, who also grantedthe proposed buyer the status of an “Approved Developer.”

The deed of sale for the property is dated 19th January 2016 also during the tenure of the Dr. Anthony administration.

In managing this situation, while in Office the UWP administration, worked with thedeveloper to ensure the proposed development site falls within policy area 1 of thePitons Management Area and according to the Design Guide of the Limits of Acceptable Change Study of 2013.

To that end the UWP administration rejected the initial plans of the developer due to the fact that it was not in keeping with the rules which govern the area.

The UWP only approved plans that kept to the guidelines and aesthetics of the area and monitored this development every step of the way.

Considering recent developments, it would seem that the SLP Government, MPEmma Hippolyte, the Minister for Planning, the Soufriere Development Foundation,the National Trust and so-called watch groups that were very active under the UWPadministration have dropped the ball and failed the people of Soufriere and SaintLucia.

The United Workers Party will challenge any moves to prevent locals from accessingour beaches, nature trails and protect our status as a World Heritage Site.

SOURCE: United Workers Party

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NBC’s Covid-19 Update – Thursday August 25th 2022

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The content originally appeared on: NBC SVG

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says the Government will continue to follow the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, as it has a responsibility protect the population.

Here’s more in today’s COVID-19 Update.


Three new positive Covid-19 cases recorded here in SVG

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Three new COVID-19 positive cases were recorded here from fourteen tests carried out yesterday.

The Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment says this bring the total number of active cases to 17.

There were no recoveries over the reporting period, and four persons are in hospital with the virus. One is fully vaccinated and three are unvaccinated.

Health Officials say 9,420 cases and 9,288 recoveries have been reported here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to date.

A total of 72,532 COVID-19 vaccines have so far been administered locally.  37,145 persons have received their first dose; 31,260 have received their second dose and 4,127 persons have received boosters.


The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution to host a week of activities

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The content originally appeared on: NBC SVG

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution will host a week of activities from September 3rd to 10th

Assistant Director of Public prosecutions, Tammika Da-Silva-McKenzie says the activities will be held with the theme “Exploring Sexual Assault Cases through Medicolegal Lens from report to Court.

She says one of the highlights of the week will be a Sexual Assault Symposium to be held on September 7th and 8th.

President of the Lions Club of St. Vincent South, Lion Dionne John this morning presented a cheque to Mrs. DaSilva-McKenzie to support the activities.


Unvaccinated travelers entering SVG will no longer be required to quarantine once tested negative

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The Ministry of Health has announced that effective Immediately: Thursday August 25th 2022

Unvaccinated travelers to St. Vincent and the Grenadines :

Will Not be required to complete the Pre-Arrival Form at
MUST ARRIVE WITH a negative SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 test result as per the following: A negative result of a COVID-19 RT-PCR done no more than seventy-two (72) hours or three (3) days before arrival.


A negative SARS-CoV-2 antigen test done 24 hours before arrival may be retested for COVID-19 on arrival in SVG.

Will NOT be required to quarantine in a Tourism Authority/MOHWE approved facility once the arrival COVID-19 test is negative. If the arrival COVID-19 test is positive, the traveler will isolate in a Tourism Authority/MOHWE approved Transition/Quarantine Hotel at their cost. A reservation for a Tourism Authority/MOHWE approved Transition/Quarantine Hotel is therefore no longer required for travel to SVG.

Vaccinated travelers to St. Vincent and the Grenadines:

Will Not be required to complete the Pre-Arrival Form at
Fully vaccinated travelers to St. Vincent and the Grenadines DO NOT NEED TO ARRIVE WITH A SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) TEST: MAY be tested for COVID-19 on arrival in SVG as determined by the Port Health Officer.


Weather Update: Flash flood warning for the North Loop Barbados

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The content originally appeared on: Barbados News

UPDATE: 9am, Thursday, August 25, 2022

This alert message is valid from 9:00 am and will be terminated at 6 pm on Thursday, August 25, 2022, or sooner if conditions warrant.

A flash-flood warning is issued when rapid flooding due to heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time (generally less than 6 hours) is occurring or is imminent in the warning area.

**** Hazard Info ****

A tropical wave continues to affect the island, however convective activity associated with this feature has diminished over Barbados resulting in mostly sunny conditions this morning. Lingering instability coupled with light winds and an abundance of atmospheric moisture will result in a high probability of localized activity across northern and northwestern districts.

This activity is forecast to generate cloudy to overcast skies, moderated to heavy showers and thunderstorms over St. Lucy, St. Peter, St. James, sections of St, Andrew and St. Thomas during the late morning into the afternoon. Rainfall accumulations of one (1) to two (2) inches are forecast across the above-mentioned sections of the island during heavy showers. Conditions across the remainder of the island are expected to remain generally sunny and therefore the previously issued flash-flood warning has been discontinued.

UPDATE: 6:30 am, Thursday, August 25, 2022

The Barbados Meteorological Services have issued a flash flood warning for Barbados.

The alert message is valid from 6 am, today, Thursday, August 25 and will be updated at 9 am today or sooner if conditions warrant.

A flash-flood warning is issued when rapid flooding due to heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time (generally less than 6 hours) is occurring or is imminent in the warning area.

**** Hazard Info ****

Over the last hour, moderate to heavy rainfall and thunderstorm activity have been observed as a tropical wave affects Barbados. Further accumulations of 15mm to 50mm in moderate to heavy rainfall are possible within the coming hours.


Residents and visitors should be prepared for the following possibilities if this alert level elevates to red –

Significant runoff from higher elevations

Significant soil erosion is likely on exposed or scarred land surfaces

Large water settlements on roads and fields

Significant adjustments to water levels of existing water bodies (ponds etc.)

Significant delays on traffic routes with some roads possibly impassable

Large objects or debris from higher elevations may also become embedded within fast-moving water flows

Significant flooding at the foot of hillsides and coastal roads is possible.

[Original story: 1:30 pm, Wednesday, August 24, 2022]

The Barbados Meteorological Services is monitoring a tropical wave of immediate interest to the southeast of Barbados.

As of 8 am, this morning, the wave was near 55W or 460 km (290 miles) off the island.

The Met Office said in a midday alert that the tropical wave remains disorganized with an elongated area of low pressure to the southeast of Barbados.

However, the update also shared that the current model guidance is now suggesting the tropical will bring some moderate to heavy showers, rain and thunderstorms during the night, tonight, Wednesday, August 24, and continue into Thursday, August 25, 2022.

Recommendations to the public:- Download the BMS insight app for Android or CAP.CAP for significant weather alerts.- Continue to monitor the BMS website and Social media pages for official weatherupdates.- Prepare yourself well in advance in case this alert elevates to orange or red.

This is the final information statement on this tropical wave, however, due to the already saturated nature of some areas across the island, flood watches or warnings may be required at short notice.

The Barbados Meteorological Service continues to monitor a number of tropical waves in the Atlantic.

Casos de viruela símica en Puerto Rico aumentan a 92 y Salud hace llamado urgente a la vacunación

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The content originally appeared on: Radio Isla TV

El Departamento de Salud hizo un llamado a las personas elegibles a vacunarse contra la viruela símica a que asistan a un centro fijo de vacunación o a una de las actividades de este fin de semana. Se estarán realizando eventos: el viernes, 26 de agosto, en Waves Ahead en Maunabo desde las 9:00 de la mañana hasta las 1:00 pm; el sábado, 27 de agosto, en Migrant Health Center en Mayagüez desde 9:30 a.m. hasta las 3:00 p.m. y el domingo, 28 de agosto, en el Edificio F, Departamento de Salud de Puerto Rico desde las 9:00 a.m. hasta las 3:00 de la tarde. No se requiere cita previa. 

“Hoy se reportan 13 casos adicionales para un total de 92 casos confirmados para el virus Orthopox. De los casos confirmados, 90 son residentes de Puerto Rico, el 98% son hombres, 56% residen en la Región Metropolitana y la edad promedio es 40 años. Aún podemos contener la propagación del virus si las personas a riesgo se vacunen y se limita el contacto cercano piel con piel con individuos que desconozcan su estado de salud respecto a la viruela símica”, manifestó el secretario de Salud, Carlos Mellado López.

Las personas elegibles para vacunarse deben cumplir con uno de los siguientes criterios: tener el virus de inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH); o ser hombre que tienen sexo con hombres, gay, bisexual, persona trans, género no conforme o género binario o ser participantes de programas de PrEP para VIH. Igualmente, si la persona en los pasados 21 días: ha tenido sexo con personas que presentan lesiones en la piel características de viruela símica o, ha tenido sexo con un desconocido o, ha tenido más de una pareja sexual o, tuvo contacto cercano con una persona con sospecha o confirmado de virus Orthopox por el equipo de Epidemiología o asistió a algún evento donde se reportó un caso de viruela símica. También aplican criterios ocupacionales para personal de laboratorio, clínico o destacado para trabajar la respuesta de salud pública contra el virus de la viruela símica.

“Queremos identificar los contactos y vacunarlos rápidamente. El que más personas se vacunen, nos puede ayudar a detener este brote de viruela símica. Por otro lado, si tiene sospecha de haber tenido contacto con alguien con la enfermedad o tiene algún síntoma como, por ejemplo, una lesión en la piel que desconoce su origen aísle y haga una consulta con su médico lo más pronto posible” añadió la Dra. Melissa Marzán. 

Para conocer los centros fijos de vacunación contra la viruela símica y si cumple con los criterios de elegibilidad, visite las redes sociales del Departamento de Salud o llame al 787-522-3976 o 939-227-9400 lunes a viernes de 8 de la mañana a 4:30 de la tarde. Por otro lado, los proveedores de salud podrán consultar al Departamento de Salud 24/7 al 787-404-5361. 


Relevan de su cargo a juez por investigación por supuesto caso de violencia de género

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La Oficina de Administración de los Tribunales (OAT) informó el jueves que el Juez Superior del Tribunal de Primera Instancia de Guayama, Josian Rivera Torres, fue relevado de su cargo en relación con un supuesto caso de violencia de género.

“Advinimos en conocimiento de una querella presentada ante la Policía de Puerto Rico contra el juez Josian Rivera Torres, Juez Superior adscrito al Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala de Guayama. Se reporta que el asunto se encuentra en una etapa investigativa y se le dará espacio a las autoridades concernidas para que realicen las gestiones que correspondan. Como medida cautelar, la Jueza Presidenta, Maite Oronoz Rodríguez, relevó al juez Rivera Torres de su cargo de subadministrador interino de la Región Judicial de Guayama y se ordenó a la Oficina de Asuntos Legales iniciar una investigación al respecto.

La Oficina de Administración de los Tribunales se mantiene atenta a este asunto y tomará las medidas que estime necesarias conforme al desarrollo de la investigación”, dijo el director administrativo de los Tribunales, Sigfrido Steidel Figueroa.

Según publicó El Vocero, la exesposa del juez Rivera Torres acudió a las autoridades donde presentó una querella contra éste por violencia de género. Supuestamente, los hechos ocurrieron el martes.

The Myztikalz brengt grote boodschap

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