Yenk’sé Tour 3 : un voyage chorégraphique dans la danse caribéenne

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The content originally appeared on: Guadeloupe FranceAntilles

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Mahé Yenksé, danseuse, chorégraphe, professeure de dancehall et naturopathe, a créé en 2021 le Yenk’sé Tour, en pleine crise sanitaire, afin de permettre à ses élèves de ne pas être en rupture avec leur activité sportive qu’est la danse. Ce week-end, à l’AJSF de Saint-Félix, la troisième édition a eu lieu, un évènement que le public n’a pas boudé.

Mahé Yenksé est d’excellente humeur ce samedi matin-là, avec de bonnes raisons : son Yenk’sé Tour 3 est sur le point de s’achever et c’est une réussite ! Durant deux jours, la danseuse a invité, pour la troisième fois, sept profs de danse et/ ou chorégraphes spécialistes de styles de danses différents pour animer sept ateliers d’une heure chacun. DHQ Jahnyss (Dancehall gyal), Eve (Samba), Ludovic Bibeyron (Afro ka), Lady V. (Afro fitness), DHQ Doudou (Shatta style), Keïsha et Lady V. (team…

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Deadly coral disease ravaging country’s reefs ‘makes Covid look like drop in the bucket’

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The content originally appeared on: Antigua News Room

OBSERVER: A highly contagious coral disease – said to be the deadliest the world has ever seen – has been confirmed in Antigua and Barbuda.

And environmentalists say its effects in some areas are already devastating.

Stony coral tissue loss disease was first detected off the Florida coast in 2014 and has since spread rapidly throughout the Caribbean.

It affects more than 20 different species of important reef-building corals – and its high mortality rate means it wipes out most of those infected within weeks.

Local experts have been keeping a close eye out for signs of the disease with several samples sent to conservation body, the Atlantic Gulf and Rapid Reef Assessment (AGGRA) which has been tracking its spread, for assessment earlier this year.

Its presence here was confirmed last month.

“In July, we were conducting some marine surveys in Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, looking at marine life and biodiversity. We started to notice it on a couple of species,” marine ecologist Ruleo Camacho tells Observer.

“We reached out to a couple of dive shops and asked them to keep a look out. We’ve since had several reports – not only from Antigua but also off the coast of Barbuda – and it seems to be spreading pretty rapidly.”

Camacho says the sickness has been observed in several locations around the twin islands and up to 30 percent of some coral colonies have already been destroyed.

“It’s affecting a number of different species and is something we are quite concerned about.

“The unique thing and the reason why stony coral is being considered as the most dangerous and deadly coral disease that we have seen in the Caribbean region is that it can kill a coral within a matter of weeks to a couple of months, depending on the kind of species that it is,” he explains.

“Most other coral disease progression takes multiple months, sometimes years, and most of the time they stop.

“Stony coral is unique in that it can progress through these colonies extremely fast.”

Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth. They act as a vital buffer from storms and floods, they provide jobs for local people and they are home to more species than any other marine environment.

The sickness affects coral colonies differently, for reasons that are currently unclear. While some are quickly annihilated, the illness appears to stop in others.

Neither does anyone know quite what causes the disease but it’s thought to be due to bacteria, passed to other corals through direct contact and water circulation.

Some countries have used an antibiotic paste to treat infected creatures, a process which has seen some success in places including Florida and the Turks and Caicos Islands, but it is both costly and labour-intensive.

The illness typically appears as lesions, or patches of white exposed skeleton, and is particularly recognisable by its rapid-fire contagion.

Camacho is urging local divers to be vigilant.

“We welcome any reports that you’ve seen of corals displaying lesions. We are trying to ensure we get a better idea of where it’s happening and what’s happening,” he says.

There are also important guidelines that divers should follow such as washing gear in a one percent bleach solution before entering the water and between dives.

“If you don’t have one percent bleach solution, leave your gear out in the sun for the day and that kills most of anything that might be on it,” Camacho advises.

With government already grappling with Covid-battered coffers, forking out for expensive treatment such as amoxicillin seems unlikely. The pricey penicillin antibiotic must also be laboriously applied to individual infected coral heads.

But studies such as those by Karen Neely of Florida’s Nova Southeastern University, which has been studying the disease, report success rates in some trials of more than 90 percent.

For now, Camacho and his team will be monitoring the disease’s spread and striving to raise public awareness.

Reducing other stressors on the reef – by avoiding pollution and abiding by local fishing regulations, among other things – is also crucial, he says.

“Coral reef ecosystems are really the backbone of our marine ecosystems; they’re one of the major hubs for biodiversity. And especially right now in hurricane season, these reefs are able to reduce up to 90 percent of wave energy and storm surge, so doing everything we can to support and promote their recovery and healthiness is extremely important,” he says.

“I don’t like to say this,” Camacho adds, “but stony coral makes Covid look like a drop in the bucket; it makes most diseases that we face look like a drop in the bucket.”

Judith Lang, AGGRA’s scientific coordinator, advises Antigua and Barbuda’s marine experts to “think strategically about how the government, assisted by local conservationists and water-associated business communities, should respond”.

In other parts of the region, such as the Turks and Caicos, environmentalists are experimenting with new treatments.

“But no treatment currently exists to replace the amoxicillin that some Caribbean governments remain unwilling to touch with a 10-foot pole,” she warns.

“At best it’s very expensive, takes a huge amount of time and energy to execute, and can only save a small fraction of the affected population.

“However, over 15,000 corals in Florida later, Karen Neely still thinks the effort is worth it.”

Lang says large-scale coral rescue is one approach AGGRA is promoting. That includes collecting corals susceptible to the illness and holding them in captivity for future reintroduction to the wild.

The method requires hefty start-up costs plus significant outside help and funding, but can be used to eventually rebuild populations.

She adds that controlling fishing activities and disinfecting dive gear can also play a key role in protecting the region’s reefs.

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LUMA está en probatoria según gobernador

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The content originally appeared on: Radio Isla TV

El gobernador Pedro Rafael Pierluisi Urrutia dijo el lunes que LUMA Energy está en probatoria.

“LUMA, desde mi punto de vista, está en probatoria. Yo estoy pendiente de que los cambios que anunciaron el otro día y que la información de la gerencia de LUMA dé resultados. Están en probatoria hasta que yo vea que mejore el desempeño, que no tenemos tantas interrupciones y si se da alguna, que se atienda con mayor premura”, dijo el gobernador a preguntas de la prensa.

Cuestionado sobre si el plazo vence el 30 de noviembre o si va, o no, a mantener el contrato suplementario más allá de esas fechas, el gobernador contestó: “El contrato suplementario está relacionado con la quiebra de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica. Esas son las reglas que le aplican a LUMA, mientras la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica permanezca bajo el título 3 de la Ley PROMESA… Ahora mismo hay una mediación con los principales directores de Energía Eléctrica y hay que ver dónde termina esa mediación. Y cuando eso suceda, no hay necesidad de tener un acuerdo suplementario”.

“No hay una fecha específica. Yo los pongo en probatoria porque no estoy satisfecho con su desempeño. Ha pasado muy poco tiempo desde que ocurrieron esas últimas interrupciones para que yo diga que estoy satisfecho”, concluyó.

Sobre las protestas que se llevan a cabo frente a La Fortaleza, el gobernador insistió en que no se oponen a que ocurran siempre y cuando no ocurran eventos de vandalismo.

Cuestionado, además, si las protestas provocarán su renuncia como gobernador, contestó: “eso no tienen ni pie ni cabeza”.

Se reporta “carjacking “ en San Juan

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The content originally appeared on: Radio Isla TV

Agentes del precinto de Puerto Nuevo fueron alertados este lunes, de un robo de auto ocurrido a las 9:45 de la mañana en la calle 42 de la urbanización Reparto Metropolitano, en San Juan.

Según la Uniformada, alegó el querellante, que un individuo mediante fuerza lo despojó de su Jeep Grand Cherokee, del año 2017, color gris, y con tablilla IZJ-655.  Además, se apropió de un teléfono celular iPhone, 230 dólares en efectivo, unas llaves y unos espejuelos. 

El perjudicado describió al asaltante como un hombre de unos 28 años, tez blanca, 5’10” de estatura aproximada, cara perfilada, cabello ondulado, 160 libras de peso, y ojos marrones.   

El agente Obdulio Vélez, adscrito al precinto policiaco, investigó preliminarmente el incidente y refirió el caso a personal de la división de Robo del CIC de San Juan para que continúen con la investigación.   

La Policía exhortó a la ciudadanía, que de poseer información que ayude con el esclarecimiento de casos, llamen al  787-343-2020, o a través de Twitter en @PRPDNoticias y en Facebook www.facebook/prpdgov

Salud reporta tres muertes y 1,853 casos nuevos por COVID-19

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The content originally appeared on: Radio Isla TV

El informe de COVID-19 del Departamento de Salud (DS) reportó el lunes, sobre 442 casos positivos confirmados, 1,411 casos probables y tres muertes.

Las personas fallecidas fueron una mujer de 84 años de la región de Arecibo, con vacunas al día; una mujer de 86 años de la región de Mayagüez, sin vacunas al día; y un hombre de 60 años de la región de Ponce, con vacunas al día.

El monitoreo cubre el periodo del 13 de agosto de 2022 al 27 de agosto de 2022.

La tasa de positividad está en 25.23 por ciento.

Hay 286 adultos hospitalizados y de ellos, 46 están en intensivo. Mientras, 39 menores están hospitalizados y ningún menor están en intensivo. 22 adultos están en ventilador y ningún menor.

Las personas con vacunas al día son 1,031,630 personas.

El total de muertes atribuidas es de 4,955.

Schools to reopen on September 5th 2022

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The content originally appeared on: NBC SVG

Schools throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines are expected to reopen Monday September 5th, following the Summer Vacation.

Minister of Education, Curtis King said on Radio yesterday that all stakeholders are working to ensure that everything is in place for the reopening of schools.

Minister King said a significant amount of work is being done on the St. Vincent Grammar School, but he is hopeful that the school will be ready for the new school year.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves again addressed the issue regarding the re-employment of unvaccinated Teachers, while speaking on Radio yesterday.


NBC’s Covid-19 Update – Monday August 29th 2022

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The content originally appeared on: NBC SVG

Parents and Guardians here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are being urged to ensure their Children are vaccinated as they prepare to return to School on Monday September 5th.

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


The Back to School Health Fair continues on the leeward side of the island this week

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The content originally appeared on: NBC SVG

The Back to School Health Fair will continue in the Chateaubelair Health District tomorrow.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment will host the event at the Troumaca Primary School from nine tomorrow morning.

Health Promotion Officer, Shanika John says the Health Fair will provide free health screening for the children.


Two new positive COVID-19 cases recorded here in SVG

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The content originally appeared on: NBC SVG

Two new positive COVID-19 cases were recorded here yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to eighteen (18).

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment says the two cases were recorded from four tests carried out yesterday.

Health officials say to date there are 9,428 COVID-19 cases here and 9,295 total recoveries

Currently, four people are hospitalized, one of whom is fully vaccinated and three are unvaccinated.

A total of 72,531 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered here.  37,146 persons received their first dose. 31,257 persons had their second dose and 4,128 received boosters.


Summer camps kept kids busy

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The content originally appeared on: The BVI Beacon

On a recent Monday afternoon in the Multipurpose Sports Complex, several children took off their shoes and tossed them in a pile.

Then they split into teams and turned their attention to Coach Carldon Morton. When he gave the go-ahead, they ran to the pile one at a time, found their shoes, and put them on as quickly as possible.

The race was one of many team-building exercises held in recent weeks as part of the first summer camp in Road Town hosted by the Youth Empowerment Project, which has held similar free camps at its East End location for 16 summers.

“It’s a tester to see whether or not the community is interested in it and whether or not we can actually find support to build a [new] centre” in the capital, YEP Executive Director Stacy Mather said.

The demand, he believes, is high. By adding the Road Town camp, the YEP summer programme more than doubled its size this year with the help of the Rotary Club of Tortola and other sponsors.

About 120 students attended in Road Town and about 100 attended in East End, making the YEP summer programme the largest in the territory, according to Mr. Mather.

But many other children were turned away for lack of capacity.

“In East End for the last 15 years, we’ve had to turn away in excess of 60 to 80 children per year during our summer camps, and that’s just those who actually formally apply,” he said.

In Road Town this year, he added, the unmet demand was even higher.

“We anticipated and were only targeting 100 children, but we had over 220 applications,” he said. “So undoubtedly based on the numbers and the enrollment demand, right, we know that there is a need for pro- grammes in the BVI that offer free — first of all free — but also a certain level, a certain quality, of programming for children.”

Duration is also important, he said, noting that the YEP programmes ran for about two months.

“That gives parents the ability to have their children enrolled in a programme for a lengthy duration,” he explained.

The BVI Arts Company, also known as Killi Killi, hosted another camp this summer where children put on plays and made art. (Photo: SARIAH LAKE)

Gov’t programmes

In recent years, Mr. Mather noted, free after-school and summer programmes hosted by government have been in short supply for the ages targeted by YEP. He believes the 2015-2019 Virgin Islands National Youth Policy, which targets ages 15-29, may have refocused government’s priorities on older children.

“After-school programmes and summer camp programmes have become somewhat privatised,” he added.

Related issues have been exacerbated since 2017, when hurricanes devastated the territory’s infrastructure, according to Mr. Mather.

“Our children are still reeling in my opinion where that’s concerned in terms of education and recreation, but also where youth development is concerned,” he said. “The programmes that have been established over the last couple years are there, but they’re paid programmes. … And coming out of Covid and everything, we know the economy in the BVI has had its struggles.”

Moving forward, he believes a free programme like YEP is needed on a “national level” in the VI.

“We in the territory need to start thinking about how are we really invested in young people and at what age are we invested in young people?” Mr. Mather said.
YEP, he said, works to bridge a gap, but more is needed.

“The children are my customers. What must be done must be done for them,” he said. “There needs to be a programme in the BVI that is done on a national level. … The question is whether or not the community cares enough to do so.”

YEP camps

This year, the YEP camps started July 5 and ended yesterday in time to allow time for back-to-school preparation.

Shawn Smith, whose two sons took part, said he would recommend it to other parents.

The annual M.A.L.E. summer camp included girls for the first time this year. Some of them worked with stylist Sophia Barriffe to learn about hairstyles. (Photo: SARIAH LAKE)

“They learn crafts, arts, get to interact with other kids, and it builds their self-esteem,” he said.

Participants agreed. Seven-year-old Shailene Griffit said she has enjoyed taking part in the camp with her cousin.

“My favourite part is doing all kinds of fun stuff,” she said.

Each day’s activities ran from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., timed similarly to a school day.

Both YEP summer camps offered various activities designed to get children “involved and out of the house,” the executive director said.

Arts-and-crafts projects included making tie-dyed shirts and jewellery, while sports included volleyball, dodgeball, basketball and more.

Campers also learned about cooking and culinary arts, horticulture, and computer literacy and coding.

Some even went on sailing excursions, and they were encouraged to participate in team activities. The camps, Mr. Mather said, also provided opportunities for teens and young adults to volunteer and “learn responsibility.”

Other camps

Other summer camps were also held across the territory in recent weeks, with many of them offering assistance for students whose parents can’t afford to pay.

The group M.A.L.E. held its usual camp but included girls for the first time since the organisation’s inception in 2014.

“The main theme behind camps like these is camaraderie. The theme is unity,” said Shammah Tittle, a longstanding volunteer.

This year’s programme — which was held from Aug. 8-19 — hosted about 90 students between the ages of 6 and 16. Twenty-seven were girls.

The idea to include girls was spearheaded by Carthy Ann Tittle, director of the female students.

A prince and princess were crowned during an award ceremony at the end of the camp. (Photo: SARIAH LAKE)

In partnership with a committee of “big sisters,” organisers hope to continue integrating females going forward, said M.A.L.E President Henderson Tittle. K’moya Boyea, 13, said she enjoyed the camp and would “definitely” return next year.

“My favourite part of the programme is when we travel,” she said. Under the theme “above and under the water,” the students took part in activities including sailing, learning about the environment with Green VI, practising culinary skills, and more, said Mr. Tittle.

Some of the girls also got to practise hairstyling with local stylist Sophia Barriffe.

“It’s a programme that I think the community should get behind,” Mr. Tittle said, encouraging more parents to enroll their students and more people to volunteer. “Let’s help to shape the next generation.”

The camp ended with an awards ceremony, where Kassidy Titley and Jeremiah Hermanstyne were crowned the prince and princess.

Killi Killi camp

Another summer programme was hosted by the BVI Arts Company, which is commonly known as Killi Killi.

In July and August, the camp organised two-week slots, each offering a range of activities designed to accommodate students who attended from the beginning as well as those who joined midstream. Company Director Claudia Knight said she tried to offer “something for everyone.” In the first two weeks, students presented a drama production of “The Lorax,” learning lines, painting the set, and designing the costumes themselves.

In the following two weeks, they presented a new production of different Roald Dahl stories. In August, they focused more on art projects.

Ms. Knight intends to continue this style of camp during other school holidays.
“Whenever school’s out, we are in,” she said.

She added that she pushes her students to express themselves artistically.
“I really like people to get messy, because where else are you allowed to do that?” she said.

‘On my feet’

Aria John, a recent H. Lavity Stoutt Community College graduate who volunteers with the programme, said this year’s camp was her first time working with this age group and she enjoyed the experience.

“They keep me on my feet,” she said of the campers, who ranged in age from 4 and 14.

The camp was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an optional “after-camp care” session for children of working parents.