At least 62 dead, hundreds hurt, in Indonesian earthquake Loop Cayman Islands

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The content originally appeared on: Cayman Compass

A strong, shallow earthquake toppled buildings and walls on Indonesia’s densely populated main island on Monday, killing at least 62 and injuring hundreds as people fled into the street, some covered in blood and debris.

Officials were gathering information on the toll of those injured and killed by the quake in the remote area.

Emergency workers treated the injured on stretchers and blankets outside hospitals, on terraces and in parking lots in the Cianjur region, about three hours drive from the capital, Java. The injured, including children, were given oxygen masks and IV lines and were being resuscitated.

“I fainted. It was very strong,” said Hasan, a construction worker who, like many Indonesians, uses one name. “I saw my friends running to escape from the building. But it was too late to get out and I was hit by the wall.”

Residents, some crying and holding children, fled damaged homes after the magnitude 5.6 quake shook the region in West Java province in the late afternoon, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). It also caused panic in the greater Jakarta area, where high-rises swayed and some people evacuated.

Rescue teams and civilians in Cianjur were looking for people buried in collapsed brick homes. In many homes, chunks of concrete and roof tiles fell inside bedrooms.

Shopkeeper Dewi Risma was working with customers when the quake hit, and she ran for the exit.

“The vehicles on the road stopped because the quake was very strong,” she said. “I felt it shook three times, but the first one was the strongest one for around 10 seconds. The roof of the shop next to the store I work in had collapsed, and people said two had been hit.”

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that the death toll reached 62 and hundreds were injured. More than 5,000 people are being evacuated.

Twenty-five people were still stuck buried in the debris in Cijedil village, said agency spokesman Abdul Muhari.

Several landslides closed roads around the Cianjur district. Among the dozens of buildings that were damaged was an Islamic boarding school, a hospital and other public facilities, the agency said. Power outages were reported.

Ridwan Kamil, West Java governor, said that the local government, national police and Indonesian military were still gathering information.

“Because Cianjur is characterized by many places that are very remote, so we need that data to determine the situation,” Kamil said.

Most of the victims and survivors were taken to the government hospital in Cianjur.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency recorded at least 25 aftershocks.

“The quake felt so strong. My colleagues and I decided to get out of our office on the ninth floor using the emergency stairs,” said Vidi Primadhania, a worked in the capital, where many residents ran into the streets and others hid under desks.

The country of more than 270 million people is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

In February, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed at least 25 people and injured more than 460 in West Sumatra province. In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed more than 100 people and injured nearly 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.

A powerful Indian Ocean quake and tsunami in 2004 killed nearly 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia.


Raheem Sterling helps England rout Iran 6-2 at World Cup Loop Cayman Islands

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When Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford last walked off the field at a major international soccer tournament, they were bombarded with racist abuse.

Three goals for England in the team’s opening match at this year’s World Cup was their immediate riposte.

Saka scored two before giving way to Rashford, who added another in the second half of England’s 6-2 rout of Iran on Monday.

The jubilant scene at the Khalifa International Stadium was in contrast to the tears shed following England’s penalty shootout loss to Italy in last year’s European Championship final. Saka and Rashford both failed to convert from the spot and were targeted on social media.

“It is a moment that has been with me and will be with me forever,” said Saka, who was only 19 during Euro 2020. “But I am so blessed and so grateful to have the coaching staff, not only here with the team at England, but also at Arsenal.

“My friends and my family put their arm around me along with my teammates and the nation supported me to help me get back to a good place. I feel that love from everyone around me.”

England’s Bukayo Saka (right) celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s fourth goal against Iran during the World Cup group B soccer match between England and Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium, in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

The win also provides encouragement for coach Gareth Southgate, who has faced the most troubled period of his England tenure over the last year. In a difficult buildup to the tournament in Qatar, he was booed after a 4-0 loss to Hungary in June and was humiliated by his own fans when they chanted, “You don’t know what you’re doing.”

Hundreds of fans missed the start of Monday’s match because of an issue with digital tickets. When they eventually made their way to their seats, they witnessed an utterly dominant display from England.

Jude Bellingham’s first international goal opened the scoring in the 35th minute.

Saka then got his first of the match in the 43rd and Jamaican Raheem Sterling added another in first-half stoppage time. Saka scored his second shortly after the hour, but Mehdi Taremi pulled one back for Iran in the 65th minute.

Rashford struck six minutes later to extend England’s lead to 5-1, and Jack Grealish also stepped off the bench to score a sixth in the 90th. Taremi added another for Iran from the penalty spot deep in stoppage time after John Stones was penalized for holding Morteza Pouraliganji’s shirt in the box.

The game was delayed for several minutes in the first half when Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand clashed heads with a teammate. He was eventually taken off the field on a stretcher with the score still 0-0.

Iran’s goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand collides with Iran’s Majid Hosseini (right) during the World Cup group B soccer match between England and Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

His replacement, Hossein Hosseini, was left with the unenviable task of facing England’s potent attack.

The match had a total of 29 minutes of stoppage time, 15 minutes in the first half and 14 in the second.

After the match, Iran coach Carlos Queiroz pleaded with fans to support the team following apparent boos during the national anthem amid protests in the nation for women’s rights.

“All the Iranians in the stadium are welcome, and feel free to criticise,” he said. “Those who come to disturb the team with issues that are not only about football opinions are not welcome. They are just simple football boys. They have one dream, to play football. It is not their fault that the World Cup happens at the moment.

The moral is: Let the kids play the game. They want to represent the country, represent the people.”

Brilliant BellinghamBellingham had not even made his senior debut by the time of the last World Cup in 2018. Now the Borussia Dortmund midfielder is one of the most coveted players in Europe and is expected to spark a major transfer battle at the end of the season. Monday’s performance is likely to see his reputation grow even more.

Kane’s okaySouthgate said Harry Kane was not injured despite concerns when he went down under a challenge in the second half and was later substituted.”I think Harry is fine,” the coach said. “It looked a bad tackle, but he carried on and we took him off because we thought it was a moment when we could do that.”

Up nextEngland faces the United States on Friday and Iran takes on Wales.___By JAMES ROBSON, AP Soccer Writer

Pooran after stepping down as Windies capt: ‘This is not me giving up’ Loop Jamaica

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The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

Nicholas Pooran has relinquished the white-ball captaincy of the West Indies men’s team following the team’s exit from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 tournament just completed in Australia.

The confirmation came from Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Monday.

According to Pooran, since the “enormous disappointment of the T20 World Cup”, he has given the captaincy a great deal of thought.

“I took on the role with great pride and dedication and have given it absolutely everything over the past year,” Pooran said in a release from CWI.

“The T20 World Cup is something that must not define us, and I will readily get involved in the upcoming reviews. And, whilst it will be several months until we reconvene as a squad, I want to give CWI plenty of time to prepare for the matches against South Africa in March and beyond,” he said.

Last year and earlier this year, Pooran led the West Indies in the absence of Kieron Pollard, enjoying a T20 International (T20I) Series win against Australia at home (4-1). He was officially appointed West Indies Men’s white-ball captain in May this year when Pollard stepped down.

Pooran was quick to point out that his relinquishing the captaincy is not him giving up.

“I remain ambitious and still view the captaincy of West Indies cricket as an honour that is bestowed upon you. There is no doubt I remain fully committed to West Indies cricket and I look forward to providing my services as a senior player in a supportive role,” Pooran said.

He said, too, that by stepping down now as the West Indies white-ball captain, he believes it is in the best interest of the team and himself, as he needs to concentrate on what he can deliver to the side as a player.

“I desperately want us to be successful and the most value I can give to the team is through fully focusing on the role of consistently scoring runs at crucial times,” said Pooran.

He thanked the CWI, his teammates, and his fans for their support during his time in the role.

“I know we have it in us to carry West Indies cricket forward and be proud,” he added.

Meanwhile, CWI Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams thanked Pooran for his time leading the two teams.

“On behalf of CWI, I want to thank Nicholas for his time leading our white ball teams. Having spoken with him, I know he remains fully committed to West Indies cricket and I am convinced he has a big role to play in our future,” said Adams.

Overall, Pooran led the team in 17 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 23 T20Is, recording series wins against the Netherlands (ODI 3-0) and Bangladesh (T20I 2-0).

The West Indies Men’s next white ball series is against South Africa in March 2023, directly after two Test Match Series, and consists of three ODIs and three T20Is.

West Indies Men’s tour to South Africa 2023

Thursday, 16 March: 1st ODI at Buffalo Park, East London (day/night)Saturday, 18 March: 2nd ODI at Buffalo Park, East London (day/night)Tuesday, 21 March: 3rd ODI at JB Marks Oval, PotchefstroomSaturday, 25 March: 1st T20Is at SuperSport Park, CenturionSunday, 26 March: 2nd T20I at SuperSport Park, CenturionTuesday, 28 March: 3rd T20I at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (night)

UK Provides Training To Immigration Officers And Police

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Over 20 Immigration and other law enforcement officials have begun a four-day trainingcourse run by the UK Government, which is expected to cover the main immigration risksand threats within the Eastern Caribbean and offer tools and guidance so participants canaddress those risks.

A total of 25 officers comprised of the Antigua and Barbuda Department for Immigration,Royal Antigua and Barbuda Police Force, and their colleagues from Montserrat are takingadvantage of the International Immigration Border Security Training, which began today.

In her remarks during the opening ceremony for the course, Resident British Commissionerto Antigua and Barbuda, Ms Lindsy Thompson, congratulated the Chief Immigration Officerand the Department for Immigration for its enthusiasm and engagement in ensuring thecourse went ahead.

To its participants she noted: “the knowledge and skills you will acquire over the next four days will send a clear message to organised immigration crime groups using the Caribbean as a transit point that you will not tolerate this activity through your borders.”

Meanwhile, Chief Immigration Officer Ms Katrina Yearwood not only expressed herexcitement that the UK Government facilitators were able to facilitate the training sessions,but also challenged the officers to utilize the knowledge gained in their daily tasks and“share with the other officers in [their] unit because it is an each one teach one initiative”.

Featured speaker, Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Trade, and Immigration, theHon. E.P. Chet Greene joined Ms Yearwood in thanking the UK government for its continuedsupport.

Minister Greene also charged participants to “absorb all you can,” underscoring that theimportance of their involvement in the training course stretched beyond what they hearduring the sessions and extends, more importantly, to how the knowledge is applied.


Crime: Pierre Cautions Against Creating ‘Environment Of Fear’ – St. Lucia Times News

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Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre, asserting that no one is happy about the crime situation, cautioned Monday about creating an environment of fear in Saint Lucia.

“An environment of fear doesn’t help anybody. We have to be alert. Law enforcement must do all they can do – we as citizens must do all we can do, but we cannot create an environment of fear,” Pierre, responsible for National Security, told reporters.

“We can’t politicise it or even be happy when there is a crime and say: ‘Crime still happening and you all in government’,” he asserted.

Pierre indicated that an environment of fear could stop economic activity and growth.

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Saint Lucia has recorded 62 homicides amid a spike in gun violence this year.

But the police have recently reported gun and ammunition seizures and arrests.

The Prime Minister thinks the police are doing a ‘very good job.’

Nevertheless, he told reporters that law enforcement officers must continue and not relax.

“They have to push with the resources that they have,” Pierre stated.

And he warned young people that having a firearm could land them in jail for 25 years, regardless of whether they use the weapon.

“I can only pass the laws – the courts have to do the rest,” was the Castries East MP’s response when asked whether the gun laws were working.

Pierre also disclosed that the government was giving the police, who have an operational plan for the Christmas season, two more patrol vehicles.

In addition, he indicated that there seemed to be a pandemic of crime in the region.

As a result, Pierre believes that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders, when they next meet, must make the discussion of crime a priority.

Headline photo: Philip J. Pierre (Stock image)

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2 Mass casualties involving PSVs is two too many, drivers cautioned Loop Barbados

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Drivers and operators of public service vehicles, as well as commuters, are being urged to be even more careful on the island’s roadways after today’s mass casualty accident involving two vans.

Noting that everything could be done right but due to unforeseen circumstances or changes in weather conditions, accidents can happen out of nowhere, the Marketing and Public Relations Officer of the Alliance Owners of Public Transportation (AOPT) Mark Haynes wants even more caution applied as 2022 comes to an end.

just try for God’s sake to do what is right

Speaking to Loop News today after the accident at Prospect, St James, which left 23 persons nursing injuries of varying degrees of seriousness, Haynes said, “It is unfortunate that this accident happened how it did.”

Noting that it is now under police investigation, he said he will not give a comment on today’s situation specifically, but in a general sense, he is encouraging all drivers to exercise due care and caution on the roads, especially when road cautions shift.

He said more people are on the roads post-pandemic, especially as the Holidays approach, so now calls for greater focus and attention. Haynes issued a general word of encouragement and caution to members of AOPT. He stressed that his words come after today’s accident but not in light of it.

The country had two mass casualty situations in 2022 so far, and both involved a PSV. Back in February, there was a mass casualty at the Brighton/Lower Greys/Boarded Hall junction which left 25 persons injured. That accident involved an omnibus and one vehicle.

safety for their commuters and themselves and their families

Haynes told Loop, “I would like to encourage and urge all the PSV operators to be overly careful. They must be mindful that more persons are on the road since the relaxation of protocols so the traffic has increased, therefore you’re going to have a large number of persons on the road, so I think they should make an effort to be as careful as possible…

“Try to be careful. Try to be cooperative. Try to not drive overly fast or speed or overtake unnecessarily unless you are sure you can safely overtake…

“Be mindful that we do not wish to have any road fatalities coming to the end of 2022 and we do not want commuters to have to suffer lacerations or abrasions as a consequence of any accident that occurs that could have been averted.

“It is imperative that the workers be more careful on the road, and more so when the road is slippery, sometimes brakes don’t always hold. You have to be mindful of all of these things and just try for God’s sake to do what is right.”

We do not want to lose anyone

He urged all drivers not to speed as well, not just PSV operators. He lamented, “Speeding is a problem in Barbados, with all vehicles, not necessarily PSVs. Speeding, unnecessary overtaking, not driving with due care and attention, which should be the remit of every driver, you should always drive with due care and attention, and I urge the PSV workers to drive with due care and full caution…

“I want the workers to do what is right according to the law and just be in full conformity with good driving habits.”

Haynes said that PSV operators must remain ever cognisant that they have the safety of commuters in their hands. “They are responsible for them as well as themselves, so, therefore, they have to look at the overriding situation in terms of safety for their commuters and themselves and their families…

“We do not want to lose anyone. A life lost is one too many… So each one has to be careful as they commute and as they move about.”

Haynes wished the injured parties speedy recoveries and insisted that he does not want to see any accident such as this replicated. “This is really unfortunate.”