Onde tropicale : Retour au vert en Martinique

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Le niveau de vigilance repasse en vert en Martinique selon le dernier bilan de suivi de Météo-France paru ce mardi 11 octobre à 17 heures 08.

Les communes de Trinité et de Sainte-Marie ont particulièrement enduré les fortes pluies de ce mardi. Une onde tropicale a traversé la Martinique aujourd’hui, apportant une masse d’air humide circulant dans des conditions atmosphériques toujours favorables aux développements d’averses pluvio-orageuses. Ces pluies se sont déversées sur des sols déjà détrempés occasionnant une augmentation rapide du niveau des rivières.

Les plus fortes averses s’accompagnaient de rafales de vent pouvant atteindre 60 à 70 km/h. En fin d’après-midi, après le passage de l’onde, le temps devrait rapidement s’améliorer.

La nuit devrait être plus sèche.

Précipitations relevés en une heure à 11 heures locales: 52 mm à Fond saint Denis deux choux, 37 mm à Gros Morne.

Précipitations relevés sur durant l’onde tropicale : 154 mm à Fond Saint Denis 2 Choux, 150 mm au Gros morne, 112 mm à Morne Rouge, 109 mm à Ajoupa Bouillon, 100 mm au Lorrain, 89 mm à Basse Pointe, 79 mm au François, 78 mm à Saint Esprit.


Angela Lansbury, ‘Murder She Wrote’ star, dies at 96 Loop Jamaica

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The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

Angela Lansbury, the scene-stealing British actor who kicked up her heels in the Broadway musicals “Mame” and “Gypsy” and solved endless murders as crime novelist Jessica Fletcher in the long-running TV series “Murder, She Wrote”, has died. She was 96.

Lansbury died Tuesday at her home in Los Angeles, according to a statement from her three children. She died five days shy of her 97th birthday.

Lansbury won five Tony Awards for her Broadway performances and a lifetime achievement award. She earned Academy Award nominations as supporting actress for two of her first three films, “Gaslight” (1945) and “The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1946), and was nominated again in 1962 for “The Manchurian Candidate” and her deadly portrayal of a Communist agent and the title character’s mother.

Her mature demeanour prompted producers to cast her much older than her actual age. In 1948, when she was 23, her hair was streaked with gray so she could play a fortyish newspaper publisher with a yen for Spencer Tracy in “State of the Union”.

Her stardom came in middle age when she became the hit of the New York theatre, winning Tony Awards for “Mame” (1966), “Dear World” (1969), “Gypsy” (1975), and “Sweeney Todd” (1979).

She was back on Broadway and got another Tony nomination in 2007 in Terrence McNally’s “Deuce”, playing a scrappy, brash former tennis star, reflecting with another ex-star as she watches a modern-day match from the stands.

In 2009 she collected her fifth Tony, for best featured actress in a revival of Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” and in 2015 won an Olivier Award in the role.

Broadway royalty paid their respects. Audra McDonald tweeted: “She was an icon, a legend, a gem, and about the nicest lady you’d ever want to meet.”

Leslie Uggams on Twitter wrote: “Dame Angela was so sweet to me when I made my Broadway debut. She was a key person in welcoming me to the community. She truly lived, lived, lived!”

But Lansbury’s widest fame began in 1984 when she launched “Murder, She Wrote” on CBS. Based loosely on Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple stories, the series centered on Jessica Fletcher, a middle-aged widow and former substitute school teacher living in the seaside village of Cabot Cove, Maine. She had achieved notice as a mystery novelist and amateur sleuth.

The actor found the first series season exhausting.

“I was shocked when I learned that had to work 12-15 hours a day, relentlessly, day in, day out,” she recalled. “I had to lay down the law at one point and say ‘Look, I can’t do these shows in seven days; it will have to be eight days.’”

CBS and the production company, Universal Studio, agreed, especially since “Murder, She Wrote” had become a Sunday night hit. Despite the long days — she left her home at Brentwood in West Los Angeles at 6am and returned after dark — and reams of dialogue to memorise, Lansbury maintained a steady pace.

She was pleased that Jessica Fletcher served as an inspiration for older women.

“Women in motion pictures have always had a difficult time being role models for other women,” she observed. “They’ve always been considered glamorous in their jobs.”

In the series’ first season, Jessica wore clothes that were almost frumpy. Then she acquired smartness, Lansbury reasoning that, as a successful woman, Jessica should dress the part.

“Murder, She Wrote” stayed high in the ratings through its 11th year. Then CBS, seeking a younger audience for Sunday night, shifted the series to a less favorable midweek slot. Lansbury protested vigorously to no avail. As expected, the ratings plummeted and the show was canceled. For consolation, CBS contracted for two-hour movies of “Murder, She Wrote” and other specials starring Lansbury.

“Murder, She Wrote” and other television work brought her 18 Emmy nominations but she never won one.

She holds the record for the most Golden Globe nominations and wins for best actress in a television drama series and the most Emmy nominations for lead actress in a drama series.

In a 2008 Associated Press interview, Lansbury said she still welcomed the right script but did not want to play “old, decrepit women”, she said. “I want women my age to be represented the way they are, which is vital, productive members of society.”

“I’m astonished at the amount of stuff I managed to pack into the years that I have been in the business. And I’m still here!”

She was given the name Angela Brigid Lansbury when she was born in London on October 16, 1925. Her family was distinguished: a grandfather who was the fiery head of the Labour Party; her father the owner of a veneer factory; her mother a successful actor, Moyna MacGill.

“I was terribly shy, absolutely incapable of coming out of my shell,” Lansbury remembered of her youth. “It took me years to get over that.”

The Depression forced her father’s factory into bankruptcy, and for a few years the family lived on money her mother had saved from her theater career. Angela suffered a shattering blow when her beloved father died in 1935. The tragedy forced her to become self-reliant — “almost a surrogate husband to my mother.”

When England was threatened with German bombings in 1940, Moyna Lansbury struggled through red tape and won passage to America for her family. With the help of two sponsoring families, they settled in New York and lived on US$150 a month. To add to their income, Angela at 16 landed a nightclub job in Montreal doing impersonations and songs.

“The only thing I ever had confidence in is my ability to perform,” she said. “That has been the grace note in my sonata of life, the thing that has absolutely seen me through thick and thin.”

Moyna moved the family to Hollywood, hoping to find acting work. Failing that, she and Angela wrapped packages and sold clothing at a department store. An actor friend suggested Angela would be ideal for the role of Sybil Vane in “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” which was being prepared at MGM. She tested, and studio boss Louis B Mayer ordered: “Sign that girl!”

She was just 19 when her first film, “Gaslight”, earned her an Oscar nomination, but MGM didn’t know what to do with the new contract player. She appeared as Elizabeth Taylor’s older sister in “National Velvet”, Judy Garland’s nemesis in “The Harvey Girls”, Walter Pidgeon’s spiteful wife in “If Winter Comes”, Queen Anne in “The Three Musketeers”.

Tired of playing roles twice her own age, she left MGM to freelance but the results were much the same: the mother of Warren Beatty in “All Fall Down”, of Elvis Presley in “Blue Hawaii”, of Carroll Baker in “Harlow”, and of Laurence Harvey in “The Manchurian Candidate”, in which she unforgettably manipulates her son and helps set off a killing spree.

In the mid-1940s, Lansbury had a disastrous nine-month marriage to Richard Cromwell, a soulful young star of the 1930s. In 1949, she married Peter Shaw, a Briton who had been under an acting contract to MGM, then became a studio executive and agent. He assumed the role of Lansbury’s manager. They had two children, Peter and Deirdre; he had a son David by a previous marriage.

The 1950s were a troubled time for the Shaws. Angela’s career slowed down; her mother died after a battle with cancer; Peter underwent a hip operation; the children were on drugs; the family house in Malibu burned to the ground.

Lansbury later said of the fire: “It’s like cutting off a branch, a big, luscious branch of your life and sealing it off with a sealer so it doesn’t bleed, That’s what you do. That’s how the human mind deals with those things. You have to pick up the pieces and go on.”

Weary of 20 years of typecasting, Lansbury tried her luck on Broadway. Her first two shows — “Anyone Can Whistle” and “Hotel Paradiso” (with Bert Lahr) — flopped.

Then came “Mame”. Rosalind Russell declined to repeat her classic role as Patrick Dennis’s dizzy aunt in a musical version. So did Mary Martin and Ethel Merman. Others considered: Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland, Beatrice Lillie, Judy Garland. Composer Jerry Herman chose Lansbury.

The opening on May 24, 1966, was a sensation. One critic wondered that “the movies’ worn, plump old harridan with a snakepit for a mouth” could turn out to be “the liveliest dame to kick up her heels since Carol Channing in ‘Hello, Dolly.’”

After her “Sweeney Todd” triumph, Lansbury returned to Hollywood to try television. She was offered a sitcom with Charles Durning or “Murder, She Wrote”. The producers had wanted Jean Stapleton, who declined. Lansbury accepted.

During the series’ long run, she managed to star in TV movies, to be host of Emmy and Tony shows and even to provide the voice for a Disney animated feature. She played Mrs Potts in “Beauty and the Beast” and sang the title song. “This was really a breakthrough for me,” she said of her young following. “It acquainted me with a generation that I possibly couldn’t have contacted.”

In 2000, Lansbury withdrew from a planned Broadway musical, “The Visit”, because she needed to help her husband recover from heart surgery.

“The kind of commitment required of an artist carrying a multimillion-dollar production has to be 100 per cent,” she said in a letter to the producers.

Her husband died in 2003.

She was back on Broadway in 2012 in a revival of “The Best Man,” sharing a stage with James Earl Jones, John Larroquette, Candice Bergen, Eric McCormack, Michael McKean, and Kerry Butler. She also recently co-starred in Emma Thompson’s “Nanny McPhee” and with Jim Carrey in “Mr Popper’s Penguins.”

At the 2022 Tony Awards, Len Cariou — her “Sweeney Todd” co-star — accepted the lifetime Tony given to Lansbury.

“There is no one with whom I’d rather run a cutthroat business with,” Cariou said.

In 1990, Lansbury philosophised: “I have sometimes drawn back from my career. To what? Home. Home is the counterweight to the work.”

In addition to her three children, Anthony, Deirdre and David, she is survived by three grandchildren, Peter, Katherine and Ian, plus five great-grandchildren and her brother, producer Edgar Lansbury.___By MARK KENNEDY

AP Entertainment Writer


Santa Rosa First Peoples celebrate Heritage Week with river ritual

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The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


Tobacco leaves were smoked as part of the ritual during the First Peoples river ritual on October 11. – Photo by Jeff K Mayers

“Spirituality is a way of life.”

So said Santa Rosa First Peoples chief Ricardo Bharath Hernandez as he described the river ritual that was held by the Santa Rosa First Peoples Community at the Arima river, Blanchisseuse Road on Tuesday morning.

The river ritual is among the activities carded for Heritage Week, a week of festivities from October 10 – 15 to commemorate the first peoples annual day of recognition on October 14. This year’s theme is Acknowledging the Resilience and Creativity of Our First Peoples.

“We have been lobbying for quite a while for a day of recognition as the first people’s of Trinidad and Tobago. We had to choose a day of significance, so we chose the 14th of October.”

Bharath Hernandez said on October 14, 1637, Chieftain Hyarima of the Nepuyo people did his “most daring act” when he fought against Spanish oppression of his people by attacking the town of St Joseph – burning it to the ground.

“It is a day of resistance against the oppressors.”

Bharath Hernandez said his people revere water and as such pay homage at the river to honour its deep-rooted significance to their culture.

“Everything we do everyday is based on some aspect of our spirituality. The first peoples would have made their villages at the banks of rivers or near a watercourse because of the importance of water for life generally.”

“Water is sustaining, it is healing, it is cleansing, you cannot live without water and we respect the water. We sing praises to the water, we do offerings in the water with some of the traditional foods like the cassava bread and so on. And, through the flowers that we carry we make personal offerings.”

Bharath Hernandez said indigenous people contigents from Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Belize, St Vincent and Dominica travelled to TT to take part in Heritage Week festivities.

This year’s Heritage Week programme will include:

October 10: Conference on Reparations, UWI St Augustine campus (10am – 12 noon)

October 11: River Ritual, Arima river (6.30am)

October 12: Remembering the Ancestors ritual, Red House (10am)

October 13: Youth Forum, University of Trinidad and Tobago, Point Lisas campus (9am – 11.30am)

October 14: Day of Recognition, gathering at Hyarima monument (6.30am)

October 15: Church service and procession to Santa Rosa First Peoples head quarters (6pm)

Parang festival (8pm)

Newsday’s chief photographer Jeff K Mayers captured these images from the Santa Rosa First Peoples river ritual.

The First People paid homage to water during the river ritual at the Arima river on October 11. – Photo by Jeff K Mayers

Drummer Sergio Bergmans of Suriname says a personal prayer while blowing smoke from the tobacco leaves at the First Peoples river ritual at the Arima River, Blanchisseuse Road on October 11. – Photo by Jeff K Mayers

Suriname Shaman Anesta Jagendorst adds the final cleansing by blowing smoke from tobacco leaves onto the special medicinal herb water at the First Peoples river ritual at the Arima River, Blanchisseuse Road. – Photo by Jeff K Mayers

Suriname Shaman Anesta Jagendorst blows the smoke from the tobacco leaves on Santa Rosa First Peoples Chief Ricardo Barath Hernandez which is a symbolic cleansing from bad energy at the First Peoples River Ritual at the Arima River, Blanchisseuse Road on October 11. – Photo by Jeff K Mayers

Suriname Shaman Anesta Jagendorst smoking tobacco leaves at the First Peoples river ritual at the Arima River, Blanchisseuse Road on October 11. – Photo by Jeff K Mayers

Suriname drummer Sergio Bergmans cleanses himself before the start of the festival while paying respect to the water at the First Peoples river ritual at the Arima River, Blanchisseuse Road. – Photo by Jeff K Mayers

Suriname Shaman Anesta Jagendorst, Santa Rosa First Peoples Chief Ricardo Bharath Hernandez and Queen Nona Lopez Calderon Galera Moreno Aquan make offerings after paying respects and saying a personal prayer during the First Peoples river ritual at the Arima River, Blanchisseuse Road on October 11. – Photo by Jeff K Mayers

Queen Nona Lopez Calderon Galera Moreno Aquan during the First Peoples river ritual at the Arima River. – Photo by Jeff K Mayers

Suriname drummer Sergio Bergmans from the Waiono Arowakaan group makes an offering after paying respects and saying a personal prayer during the First Peoples river ritual at the Arima River. – Photo by Jeff K Mayers

Suriname drummer Sergio Bergmans from the Waiono Arowakaan group, makes an offering after paying respects and saying a personal prayer during the First Peoples river ritual at the Arima River, Blanchisseuse Road. – Photo by Jeff K Mayers

Chief Ricardo Bharath Hernandez and his granddaughter 6-year-old Amaya Bharath Hernandez during the First Peoples river ritual at the Arima River, Blanchisseuse Road on October 11. – Photo by Jeff K Mayers

Santa Rosa First Peoples chief Ricardo Bharath Hernandez performs a ritual during the First Peoples water ceremony at the Arima River, Blanchisseuse Road, Arima on October 11. – Photo by Jeff K Mayers

Santa Rosa First Peoples performed their river ritual at the Arima River, Blanchisseuse Road on October 1. – Photo by Jeff K Mayers

Santa Rosa First Peoples performed their river ritual at the Arima River, Blanchisseuse Road on October 1. The ritual was a part of Heritage Week festivities. – Photo by Jeff K Mayers


PTSC passengers want more than a cheaper service

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The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


Passengers enter a PTSC bus at City Gate in Port of Spain.

The Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) has been heavily promoting its low-cost services, but commuters say cheaper does not necessarily mean better. The PTSC bus service is less than half the cost of all maxi and taxi services out of Port of Spain. But some PTSC users at City Gate complain about long wait-times, services cancelled at short notice and buses in need of upkeep.

The PTSC has posted on its social media a list of bus fares for various routes.

A PTSC bus (all stops) from Port of Spain to Arima costs $2.50, meanwhile, maxi-taxis cost $10 to any location on the priority bus route. Taxis to Arima cost a bit more at $13. From Arima, PTSC’s Malabar and La Horquetta services cost $3 whereas taxis cost $6 and $7, respectively.

Buses between Port of Spain and Tunapuna cost $3, otherwise maxis charge $10.

Similarly, travellers to San Juan also pay $10 on the maxi while taxis cost $5 and will increase to $6 on Thursday. Maxis to San Juan cost four times as much as the PTSC bus and the taxi costs twice as much as the bus.

Taxis to Diego Martin cost $7, the maxi costs $6 and the PTSC bus charges $3. The taxi stand is located on South Quay, Port of Spain, in front of the Museum of the City of Port of Spain and the maxis are further west on South Quay.

On Broadway near KFC, there are taxis to Chaguanas from Port of Spain which cost $15. Comparatively, PTSC buses cost $4 and maxis at City Gate cost $9.

On October 3, at City Gate, commuter Shanice Edmund, 28, was waiting for a bus to Chaguanas, but “the bus does not run on time so it forces you to use private transport. Today I trying to see if it will run on time or if I would have to pay for maxi or taxi, like normal.”

Edmund said that the bus runs every hour, “but most times when I come here, it either now gone or half hour late. Last time I waited nearly three hours, and I still had to take a taxi.

“Even though gas increase, the PTSC is not reliable enough to say, I’d give up the maxis and taxis.”

Edmund said she usually has a better chance to catch the morning service from Chaguanas.

“But from town, that is where the problem is.”

Also on Broadway is the Port of Spain to San Fernando taxi stand. Taxis cost $22, whereas the bus to San Fernando costs $6.

Ariane Vialva Smith travelled to Port of Spain with her sister Ms Noel on the bus from San Fernando last week. They parked their car and took the coach in an effort to save fuel. This was their first time in many years using the PTSC service. Smith said the bus is always efficient – no complaints. Noel’s eyes opened wide.

“We came up on the coach and the bus is deplorable.”

Referring to Smith, Noel said, “The seat so bad, she nearly fall off. The seat rock back and she had to hold on to stay on the seat.

“The windows on the bus rattling and flapping in the wind. That was my experience. The time it took to arrive was good but they need to upkeep the bus.”

Heading further south, passengers commuting between Port of Spain and Point Fortin via taxi face a hefty cost at $42, one way. Commuters first pay $22 to San Fernando then $20 to Point Fortin. Buses to Point Fortin cost $12 in comparison.

Commuters to Princes Town pay $30 for a direct taxi or they travel to San Fernando then to Princes Town for a total of $34. The bus costs $8.

To Fyzabad, commuters pay a taxi fare to San Fernando then an additional $15, totalling $37, whereas buses routed Port of Spain to Fyzabad cost $10.

Oftentimes, those taking the south-bound journey use the water taxi which costs $10 to San Fernando and sails twice in the afternoon.

Heading east, the PTSC bus service between Port of Spain and Sangre Grande costs $6, direct taxis cost $20 and maxis cost $15.

The PTSC bus from Sangre Grande to Toco costs $6, whereas the taxi costs $18.

From Sangre Grande to Guayaguayare, PTSC charges $8, but taxis cost $20 to Mayaro and then an additional $10 to Guayaguayare.

These are among the 79 routes Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan boasted about at Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives on Monday.

Sinanan said the PTSC fleet has 385 buses, of these 244 were operational while 141 buses were in some stage of maintenance with 21 requiring disposal. He said there were 24 types of buses in service with many requiring different parts and problems sourcing some. He added that the PTSC will buy 300 more buses and electrical buses, as he aimed to bring the fleet to a total of 550 working buses.

Attempts to contact PTSC chairman Edwin Gooding to discuss the low fares and service were unsuccessful.


Chamber: Starting talks on work-from-home ‘wouldn’t hurt’

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The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


Source: www.thebalancecareers.com

Panellists at a TT Chamber of Commerce virtual workshop said while there are still things to be considered while looking into a work-from-home policy for both the public and private sectors, it wouldn’t hurt to start the conversation about working from home, what is needed, its benefits and its drawbacks.

“It wouldn’t hurt to seed the idea and move toward it,” said Jonathan Cumberbatch, vice president at the University of TT (UTT). “I appreciate that there are difficulties, but having said that, it wouldn’t hurt to raise the topic and get it out there.”

Cumberbatch said the issue of traffic has reached crisis levels.

“I watch that traffic every morning and I cannot comprehend how someone would do this every morning – the idea of seeing these cars in front of them, then the flashing brake lights for two hours both ways. That is some people’s version of hell. It is unacceptable.

“I cannot speak to every job being laptop-based or what have you, but we do know that so much of the tasks can be done at home with a minimal IT infrastructure.”

The statement came in the wake of the Prime Minister saying that TT was not “sufficiently prepared” for a work-from-home policy while responding to questions in light of the increases in fuel prices announced in the 2022-2023 budget read on September 26.

“I don’t know that we are sufficiently prepared for that to be a major initiative, largely because it requires certain technical infrastructure and a certain level of discipline,” Rowley said. “Some people not even working in the office, so we have to be careful how we talk about that.” The PM later clarified that he was talking about the public sector.

In 2021 Newsday reported that the Ministry of Planning was drafting a work-from-home policy. Minister Camille Robinson-Regis said working from home for public-sector employees would require a robust digital environment, including infrastructure, skill redevelopment and revamping systems. She added that the Ministry of Digital Transformation would be instrumental in such a transformation of the work environment.

On Monday, during the third session of the Standing Finance Committee, Minister of Public Administration Allyson West echoed Rowley’s statements while fielding questions from the opposition.

“The public service is not quite ready for work from home, because we need to ascertain what needs to be put in place to allow for that in a seamless manner,” West said. “There are rules, there are KPIs to be drafted, there are kinds of equipment that has to be secured to allow for work from home. We have to assess those who can work from home.”

The government allotted $1 million to assess the requirements fora work-from-home policy.

“The plan is to engage a service provider to investigate the situation and advise us on what the work-from-home policy is, craft one for the TT public service and roll it out as the circumstances allow us to, as the public service becomes ready to handle work from home,” West said.

She said a request for proposals had been drafted and would be published soon.


Berbice man caught on camera chopping friend remanded

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The content originally appeared on: INews Guyana

Mark Anderson,26, of Two Sisters Street Rise Hall Town Corentyne who was caught on camera chopping a friend over a bicycle was remanded to prison by Magistrate Rabindranauth Singh on Tuesday.

Anderson appeared at Albion Magistrates Court where an Attempt to commit Murder charge was read to him. He was not required to plea to the indictable charge and was remanded until November 7.

Mark Anderson

It was reported that the cane harvester of Rose Hall Town and 56-year-old Lawerence Rodrigues, a labourer of the same community were having ongoing feuds.

Rodrigues reportedly removed his pedal cycle from in front of his premises, which caused the cane harvester to arm himself with a cutlass and subsequently dealt the victim several chops about his body.

Video footage captured on the incident showed the cane cutter unleashing several chops at Rodrigues who lay helpless on the ground and using the bicycle to bar off some of the chops.


Vehicles weighing 18tonnes and under to access DHB from midnight

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The content originally appeared on: INews Guyana
The Demerara Harbour Bridge

Full statement from Public Works Ministry:

The Public is hereby notified that as of MID-NIGHT TONIGHT, October 11, 2022, vehicles weighing 18tons and under will be allowed to transit the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB), however, this will only be allowed under a special arrangement.

Hon. Bishop Juan Edghill, Minister of Public Works, says following another inspection of the bridge by Structural Engineers, the bridge’s Management Team has advised that the retractor span can accommodate 18tonnes with specific restrictions.

“Firstly, Structural Engineers are recommending that the weight of 18tonnes and under be allowed to cross the bridge, but only between the hours of 00:00hrs (12:00 PM) to 04:00hrs (AM), when there is far less traffic on the bridge.

“There is also a stipulation with the speed limit, drivers must adhere to the speed limit of 32KMH while traversing in ONE direction at a time,” The Minister has made clear.

Minister says Shift Supervisors, along with the Special Constabulary Ranks will be closely monitoring the transit of vehicles on the bridge to ensure adherence to the temporary special arrangements.

“I want to reiterate my gratitude to commuters and drivers for their patience during this unexpected ordeal and urge them to use the bridge with care, I implore you to follow the rules, your safety is very important, and we want you to reach your destination safely.



Update On COVID-19, Monkey Pox & Hand Foot And Mouth – St. Lucia Times News

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Saint Lucia continues to register COVID-19 cases daily, while the Ministry of Health has disclosed that people are reluctant to get tested.

As a result, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George has indicated that the Ministry estimates that registered disease cases are under-reported.

Belmar-George spoke on Tuesday while providing an update on COVID-19, Monkey Pox & Hand, Foot, And Mouth disease.

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Sagicor offers free health checks Loop Barbados

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The content originally appeared on: Barbados News

Barbadians who wish to get in-tune with, and stay on top of their health, are being given the opportunity to receive a free health check, thanks to a recent partnership between Sagicor and the James Street Methodist Church.

The insurance and financial institution is providing monetary and human resource support to the Church’s health screening programme, offering free health checks to members of the public from 7:30 am until 12 pm on the first Saturday of every month. During this time, Sagicor’s in-house nurse, Rosanna Springer, along with representatives from the church will be on hand to test individuals’ cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure; capture weight, height and waist measurements; and provide tips and advice on maintaining good health.

Paul Inniss, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Sagicor Life (Barbados) Inc, said the decision to work with the Church on this programme was an easy one, as it falls squarely in line with Sagicor’s commitment to educating the public on ways to improve their health and reduce the risk of disease.

“Blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), hormones and waist circumference are key indicators of our risk for major illnesses, therefore, understanding this is the first step towards reducing our chances of developing medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. We therefore encourage Barbadians to take full advantage of this opportunity, and to stay on top of their numbers by making regular visits to their physician”, Inniss stated.

Speaking on the initiative and the church’s partnership with Sagicor, was Reverend Derick A. Richards, Superintendent Minister of the James Street-Speightstown Circuit and Bishop of the South Caribbean District of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and Americas, who thanked the financial institution for facilitating the recommencement of the programme, which had previously been derailed by the persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Barbados is known for having a high number of cases of heart disease, diabetes, and other medical conditions, many of which go undiagnosed for years. During the pandemic, Barbadians understandably were not making regular visits to their physician, therefore, there was a serious threat of more cases going undetected. Having Sagicor’s support on this initiative is key to our efforts to help our members and the wider public to get on top of their health, and we are so grateful for their assistance”, said Reverend Richards.


Notre Dame leads the goal feast in the BFA Republic Cup Loop Barbados

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The content originally appeared on: Barbados News

Last weekend it rained goals across the island as the Barbados Football Association (BFA) Republic Cup continued at various venues.

Eighty-eight goals were scored on two match days which featured 15 matches.

Zone 6 leaders and Premier League outfit Empire SC were the biggest winners of the weekend. The “Mighty Blues” hammered Hothersal Turning 10-0 at the Greens playing field.

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Fellow Premiership club Ellerton FC defeated WRBSSC 7-1 in the feature game at the same venue.

Weymouth Wales secured their qualification and top spot in Zone 5 with a 7-1 thumping of second-place Caribbean United in the opening fixture at the Bagatelle playing field.

Scotty’s Car Rental St Andrew Lions have one-foot into the playoffs

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Blackbirds played in the second match at the same venue and required just one goal to earn the three points versus Mavericks SC and a place in the next round.

Twenty-four goals were scored at Dover playing field on Saturday night.

In the first encounter Claytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame defeated Villa United 10-1 and, in the curtain-closer, home team Paradise FC were 9-4 victors over Greens United.

Over at Briar Hall on Saturday evening, Wotton FC continued their perfect run of form in Zone 7, when they won their fourth consecutive match by defeating Dayrell’s Road FC 4-1.

Both Empire SC and the University of the West Indies (UWI) Blackbirds progressed to the next stage of the competition, with victories last weekend

Deacons FC made lightwork of Chickmont FC, with a comfortable 5-0 victory.

Sunday’s results:

At Bridgefield:

Checker Hall 1 v United Stars Alliance 3

Barbados Soccer Academy 3 v Red Hill 0

At Greens:

Potential Ballers 1 v Hillaby FC 1

CL Spartans 3 v St Philip FA 2

At Dover:

Fitts Village FC 4 v Barbados Fire Service 2

Kickstart Rush 3 v Young Boyz 0

At Briar Hall:

Benfica FC 1 v Mega Ballers 4