DG speaks: Civil servants encouraged to report wrongdoing, assault Loop Cayman Islands

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Deputy Governor, Franz Manderson

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson has issued the following statement in response to recent allegations in the media around civil servant employment contracts and reporting of wrongdoing.

The statement is as follows:

I am aware of recent media reports concerning allegations of assault by a Member of Parliament against female civil servants who were attending an official event on 13 September.

I am also aware of media conversations that have suggested that civil servant employment contracts restrict the ability of civil servants to report matters to the police or other official reporting bodies, which is incorrect. Our workplace rules both allow and encourage the reporting of wrongdoing.

As Head of the Civil Service, I wish to make it clear that we are committed to ensuring the safety of our employees and protecting their rights, including their right to report wrongdoing. The Civil Service has zero tolerance for misconduct.

The allegations of assault on 13 September are under RCIPS investigation, as confirmed by their statement on 14 September, I am therefore unable to comment further on the matter at this time. I will continue to exercise duty of care for all civil servants and will not abrogate my responsibility to provide a safe work environment where they feel cared for, protected and comfortable giving feedback including to senior leaders.

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Campion College student who drowned ‘will be deeply missed’ Loop Jamaica

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Campion College said its community is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of fifth-form student Jordan Gibson.

Jordan drowned in the school’s pool in St Andrew on Thursday afternoon.

The student, who was reportedly 16 years old and epileptic, was said to have died during a team training exercise.

“We grieve with his family, friends, and all who feel his loss,” Campion College said in a brief statement on Friday.

The school said its counselling colleagues are available to speak with those who need care at this time.

“Jordan will be deeply missed. We pray for God’s mercy and comfort for his parents and family. May his soul rest in peace,” the statement from Campion College read.

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Inna Di Mix with SammieRae will broadcast the grand finale of its breakout season later this month and will feature spirited competition and extraordinary concoctions from some of the island’s top mixologists.

Inna Di Mix is a talent-based, reality-tv style competition series, showcasing a dynamic group of seven Jamaican mixologists blending their way through an ultimate battle of skill and personality.

“Since the airing of the first episode on Saturday, August 20, each episode of this series has represented an exploration of Jamaica’s breath-taking scenery, colourful flavours and vibrant culture, against the background of our bar chefs’ unquestionable expertise,” said a release announcing the grand finale to be aired on TVJ at 8:30pm on Saturday, September 24.

Leading up to the final episode, mixers have gone through a series of fiery competitions showcasing their skills and seeing how they measure up to a list of judging criteria surrounding the taste, presentation, and creativity of their creations.

Four mixologists have been eliminated thus far. The top three finalists will compete against each other for the grand prize — $300,000 cash, an all-expenses paid trip to the 2022 Caribbean Food & Rum Festival in Florida, along with the coveted title of Season One’s ‘Master Mixer’.

Inna Di Mix promises viewers more than a demonstration of bartending capabilities. On the night of the Grand Finale, viewers will get a front-row seat to the inspirations, emotions, and interactions behind every product, giving more substance and meaning to each challenge. They will also get the chance to participate in the winnings, with an opportunity to win prizes and surprises from the comfort of their homes.

Host of Inna Di Mix with SammieRae, Samantha-Rae McLean, said: “The overall goal is to shift the perspective on the industry of mixology and highlight some of the best mixologists that we have in Jamaica. We aim to educate people about the career.

“These mixologists do more than just pour ingredients into a glass and stir…mixology is a science and an art with many eclectic elements to it. Once you jump Inna Di Mix your experience at the bar should never be the same, so tune in to see how we Flip it, Twist it and Shake things up Inna Di Mix.”


Flash flood watch goes into effect tonight for Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla

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…Flash flood watch goes into effect tonight for Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla…

The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service has issued a flash flood watch for flash-flood-prone areas of the above the mentioned islands.

The flash flood threat level is minor to moderate with the potential for limited to significant impacts in the watch areas. To be safe, implement your flood plan.

Timing: Tonight 8 pm until Saturday 8 am.

Synopsis: Tropical Storm Fiona is expected to pass through the area starting this evening until later tonight.

This will result in heavy showers. Rainfall rates of 65 mm (2.6 in) per hour or more are possible with isolated higher totals that could produce moderate or worse flash flooding.

Potential Impacts: Localised disruption to transportation; localised population displacement; erosion; environmental degradation; localised damage to dams, embankment, irrigation and drainage facilities; high sediments transport into reservoirs; localised disruption to communication; localised contamination of potable water; localised loss of livestock; financial losses; injuries; temporary stoppage of health services and damage to infrastructure.

Precautionary/preparedness actions: A flash flood watch means that flooding is possible but not imminent in the watch area.

Residents in these areas should make preparations to protect life, property and livelihood against flooding and be prepared to move to higher ground, if heavy rains develop.

Stay tuned to updates coming out of the ABMS Met Office via antiguamet.com, hotline: 463-4638, facebook.com/abmetservice and twitter.com/abmetservice.

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Tropical Storm Fiona is very close to the Leeward Islands

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At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Fiona was located near latitude 16.4 North, longitude 61.1 West.

Fiona is moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/h).  A westward to west-northwestward motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through early Monday.  A turn toward the northwest is forecast later on Monday.

On the forecast track, the center of Fiona is expected to move across the Leeward Islands during the next few hours, near or just south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Saturday into Sunday, and approach the southern or eastern coast of the Dominican Republic Sunday afternoon.

Fiona is forecast to move across the Dominican Republic Sunday night and Monday.

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WIND:  Tropical storm conditions are beginning across portions of the Leeward Islands within the warning area and will continue through Saturday.

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Puerto Rico Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.  Tropical storm conditions are possible on Dominica this evening or tonight and cross the watch area in the Dominican Republic beginning Sunday afternoon.

RAINFALL:  Fiona is forecast to produce the following rainfall totals:

Leeward Islands and Northern Windward Islands: 3 to 6 inches.

British and U.S. Virgin Islands: 4 to 6 inches

Puerto Rico: 4 to 8 inches with maximum totals of 12 inches,

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Dominican Republic: 6 to 10 inches with maximum totals of 16 inches


Haiti: 1 to 3 inches with isolated maximum totals of 5 inches

Turks and Caicos: 4 to 8 inches

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Another Covid death recorded

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Fiona Set To Bring Heavy Rain To The Caribbean – St. Lucia Times News

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Experts expect Tropical Storm Fiona to bring heavy rain to the Caribbean starting Friday night before moving near Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

According to the predictions, Fiona will pass North of Saint Lucia Friday night or Saturday.

A Tropical Storm watch was in effect for Dominica and the British Virgin Islands and Tropical storm warnings for the Leeward Islands.

In its noon weather forecast, the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services said Fiona was near latitude 16.0 North, longitude 59.4 West or 265 miles or 425 kilometres East-Southeast of the Leeward Islands.

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And Meteorological Services Director, Andre Joyeux, has advised sea bathers and small craft operators to be cautious.

Joyeux noted that the storm covers more than 100 square kilometres with winds extending about 100 miles from the centre.

He disclosed that Fiona should dump about three inches of rain on the Leeward Islands and less than one inch over the Southern Islands.

“Since the system is away from us and we have pretty warm conditions, we expect that heat to continue,” the Meteorological Services Director observed.

“We are in the month where we get the highest temperatures during the day and night and that is expected to continue,” he explained.

However, he said Saint Lucia is not currently experiencing higher than normal temperatures.

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Administrador de ASSMCA exhorta a mantener la calma y cuidar su salud emocional ante llegada de un evento atmosférico

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El administrador de la Administración de Servicios de Salud Mental y Contra la Adicción (ASSMCA), Carlos Rodríguez Mateo, exhortó el viernes a la ciudadanía a mantener la calma y cuidar su salud emocional ante la posible llegada a la Isla de un evento atmosférico.

“Reconocemos que la salud emocional de nuestra gente está marcada por experiencias dolorosas vividas en el pasado con eventos atmosféricos que tocaron fuerte y dejaron huellas profundas.  No es extraño pensar que el solo hecho de que un evento climático se aproxime pueda generar en el individuo preocupación, estrés, inseguridad, miedo e incluso, rememorar los momentos acontecidos que trastocaron su rutina y marcaron su vida”, expresó el doctor Rodríguez Mateo en comunicación escrita.

Ante esta realidad, Rodríguez Mateo reconoció la importancia de prepararse apropiadamente y evitar que la ansiedad, estrés, así como el temor afecten la salud emocional. “Es normal experimentar una serie de emociones.  Sin embargo, debemos aprender a manejarlas y lograr un mayor control, de manera que no provoque otras complicaciones”, dijo.

El funcionario recomendó, como primer punto, desarrollar un plan de emergencia con anticipación y que cada miembro de la familia lo conozca en detalles. “Ciertamente, esta acción puede ayudar a reducir la ansiedad que provocan estos fenómenos.  También, es vital mantenerse informado, pero a través de boletines oficiales”, añadió.

Algunos consejos adicionales provistos por el galeno incluyen despejar la mente escuchando música, meditar o realizar técnicas de respiración y relajación.  Otro aspecto de gran ayuda es desarrollar actividades pasivas dentro del hogar que entretengan a cada miembro de la familia.  A modo de ejemplo juegos de mesas, libros de pintar o leer y crucigramas. En la medida en que pueda, es conveniente tener en el hogar olores que ayuden a nivelar el estrés. Evite consumir alcohol o medicamentos para dormir que puedan afectar que actúe adecuadamente ante una emergencia.

En cuanto a la población de menores, el doctor Rodríguez Mateo recomendó a los padres dialogar con sus hijos y reforzar el mensaje de que lo protegerá para que pueda sentirse tranquilo y confiado.  “Siéntese con el niño.  Explíquele breve y sencillamente qué son las tormentas o huracanes.  Bríndele el espacio para que haga preguntas y aclare sus dudas.  No es conveniente exponerlo a imágenes fuertes sobre eventos atmosféricos que le provoquen miedo. Hágale cuentos, léale algún libro, dibujen juntos o realicen manualidades. Evite hablar sobre desastres naturales ocurridos en el pasado que puedan alterar sus emociones”, explicó.

Finalmente, el administrador de ASSMCA le recordó a la ciudadanía la disponibilidad de la Línea PAS para buscar ayuda emocional.  A través de la Línea PAS un grupo de profesionales le atenderán con sensibilidad y respeto. Este servicio está disponible 24 horas al día, los 7 días de la semana y es libre de costo. Las personas pueden comunicarse al 1-800-981-0023, 9-8-8, y el TDD 1-888-672-7622, así como al chat lineapas.assmca.pr.gov para buscar ayuda profesional.


Un oso polar no volverá a caminar luego de recibir múltiples heridas de bala en un pueblo del Ártico ruso

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Un oso polar, que fue encontrado con los cuartos traseros paralizados en el pueblo de Dixon, en el norte de la región rusa de Krasnoyarsk, no podría caminar más, comunicó esta semana Svetlana Akúlova, la directora del zoológico de Moscú, donde fue trasladado el animal para recibir atención médica.

El depredador, que presenta múltiples heridas de bala, tiene una fractura vertebral y una contusión de la médula espinal. Estas lesiones, de acuerdo con los veterinarios, no se curan con una intervención quirúrgica, lamentó Akúlova.

No obstante, los médicos no se dan por vencidos y esperan que la fisioterapia y la natación mejoren el estado del oso. Para ello, se instalará en el zoo una piscina especial baja y con una rampa, ya construida, para que el animal pueda desplazarse al recinto contiguo durante las tareas de limpieza.

Los exámenes mostraron que el oso tenía entre 40 y 50 agujeros de perdigones en su cuerpo, particularmente en la cabeza, la cavidad torácica, los tejidos blandos y la columna vertebral, señaló la jefa del Servicio Federal de Supervisión de Recursos Naturales de Rusia, Svetlana Radiónova.

Pese a las lesiones, el personal del zoológico destaca que el apetito del animal es de un depredador sano. Solo de desayuno, el oso come cereal, carne de res, huevos de codorniz, además de zanahorias ralladas.
El hecho se dio a conocer el pasado 5 de septiembre, y según las autoridades de Dixon, el animal mostró agresividad hacia un hombre que le disparó para defenderse, reportó NGS24. Radiónova, por su parte, indicó que se desconocen las circunstancias del incidente, y que las autoridades pertinentes de la región de Krasnoyarsk están investigando para dar con los responsables.
Nota original de RT Español.
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Gobernador activará el COE en la mañana del sábado

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La secretaria de la Gobernación, Noelia García Bardales, dijo que el gobernador Pedro Rafael Pierluisi Urrutia activará oficialmente el Centro de Operación de Emergencias (COE) el sábado a las 8:00 de la mañana.

“El gobernador va a estar citando a su gabinete a las 9:00 de la mañana y a las 10:00 de la mañana habrá una conferencia de prensa”, dijo García Bardales en conferencia de prensa.

La secretaria mencionó que el gobernador solicitó a la Junta de Control Fiscal y se le autorizó el uso de la Reserva de Emergencia, por 15 días a partir de hoy viernes. Al momento, tiene 550 millones de dólares.

De otra parte, el meteorólogo Ernesto Morales expresó que la mayor preocupación tiene que ver con la cantidad de lluvia y los vientos de tormenta tropical en toda la isla.

“Lo mas que nos preocupa en este momento es que va a ser un evento de lluvia. Estamos hablando de hasta 10 pulgadas de lluvia. A medida que el centro de Fiona se vaya moviendo por el sur de Puerto Rico y sobre el Pasaje de la Anegada y sobre el Pasaje de la Mona, vamos a ver que el cambio de viento mas del sureste va a estar arrastrando esta gran masa de humedad. Y es ahí cuando esperamos estos grandes eventos de lluvia. ¿Cuándo es esto? Mas o menos temprano el domingo. Domingo en la noche, el lunes en la madrugada todavía vamos a estar bajo esta región de fuertes lluvias y ya para el lunes, debemos ver una leve mejoría y ya para el martes debemos tener una mejoría significativa. Pero lo que nos debemos estar preparando, es para la noche del sábado, el domingo en la madrugada y el domingo específicamente”, expresó Morales.

“Fiona es una tormenta tropical. Y es bien importante aclarar esto, porque sabemos que a las personas les cae mucho el estrés durante la temporada de huracanes luego del 2017. En las pasadas 48 horas, el sistema ha estado en un ambiente bastante hostíl para su desarrollo. El Centro Nacional de Huracanes no piensa que el sistema se va a estar intensificando tanto. Pero hay una tendencia, de que este sistema se esté acercando un poco mas a Puerto Rico” sostuvo  Morales quien añadió que el comportamiento del sistema ha sido errático y complicado para pronosticar.

García Bardales explicó que al momento, la Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados realizaron descargas preventivas en el Embalse Carraízo y La Plata, para evitar situaciones por desbordamiento.

En caso de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica, las plantas de generación están en funciones , mientras que LUMA Energy activó su plan de emergencia.

El Departamento de la Vivienda tiene listos 365 refugios con capacidad para atender a 75 mil personas. Los viajes en lancha para Vieques, Culebra y Cataño fueron suspendidos. El Tren Urbano, la Autoridad Metropolitana de Autobuses y el Metrobus continúan en servicio. Las citas en el Centro de Servicios al Conductor del sábado fueron canceladas.

Los sistemas de telecomunicaciones tienen generadores en el 95 por ciento de sus instalaciones.

En el caso del Departamento de Corrección y Rehabilitación, se suspendieron