The 43rd Regular Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government has come to an end

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The need for a significantly enhanced transportation system throughout the region was among issues addressed by CARICOM Heads at the 43rd Regular Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government.

The meeting was held in Suriname from July 3rd to 5th, under the chairmanship of the President of Suriname.

Speaking at the Closing Press Conference yesterday, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says the establishment of a new Regional Air Carrier is being discussed between the Caribbean Community and Guyana.

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Prime Minister Gonsalves said the issue of Fast Ferry Transport was also discussed by the CARICOM Heads.

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, speaking at Closing Press Conference of the 43rd Regular Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government.

The 34th Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference will take place in The Bahamas in February 2023.

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UN: 2.3 billion people severely or moderately hungry in 2021 | Loop Barbados

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World hunger rose in 2021, with around 2.3 billion people facing moderate or severe difficulty obtaining enough to eat — and that was before the Ukraine war, which has sparked increases in the cost of grain, fertiliser and energy, according to a UN report released Wednesday.

“The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World” paints a grim picture, based on 2021 data, saying the statistics “should dispel any lingering doubts that the world is moving backwards in its efforts to end hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in all its forms.”

“The most recent evidence available suggests that the number of people unable to afford a healthy diet around the world rose by 112 million to almost 3.1 billion, reflecting the impacts of rising consumer food prices during the (COVID-19) pandemic,” the heads of five UN agencies that published the report said in the forward.

They warned that the war in Ukraine, which began on February 24, “is disrupting supply chains and further affecting prices of grain, fertiliser and energy” resulting in more price increases in the first half of 2022. At the same time, they said, more frequent and extreme climate events are also disrupting supply chains, especially in low-income countries.

Ukraine and Russia together produced almost a third of the world’s wheat and barley and half of its sunflower oil, while Russia and its ally Belarus are the world’s No. 2 and 3 producers of potash, a key ingredient of fertiliser.

According to the report, hunger continued to rise in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean in 2021, but at a slower pace than from 2019 to 2020.

“In 2021, hunger affected 278 million people in Africa, 425 million in Asia and 56.5 million in Latin America and the Caribbean,” it said.

UN development goals call for ending extreme poverty and hunger by 2030, but the report says projections indicate that 8 per cent of the world’s population — nearly 670 million people — will be facing hunger at the end of the decade. That’s the same number of people as in 2015 when the goals were adopted.

The gender gap in food insecurity, which grew during the COVID-19 pandemic, widened even further from 2020 to 2021, the report said.

Driven largely by widening differences in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as in Asia, it said that “in 2021, 31.9 per cent of women in the world were moderately or severely food insecure compared to 27.6 per cent of men.”

In 2020, the report said, an estimated 22 per cent of children under the age of 5 — or 149 million — had stunted growth and development while 6.7 per cent — or 45 million — suffered from wasting, the deadliest form of malnutrition. At the other end of the scale, it said 5.7 per cent of youngsters under 5, or 39 million, were overweight.

“Looking forward, the gains we made in reducing the prevalence of child stunting by one-third in the previous two decades — translating into 55 million fewer children with stunting — are under threat by the triple crises of climate, conflict, and the COVID-19 pandemic,” the five UN agency chiefs said. “Without intensified efforts, the number of children with wasting will only increase.”

The heads of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Program, UN Children’s Fund, World Health Organization and International Fund for Agricultural Development said the intensification of these three crises combined with growing inequalities require “bolder action” to cope with future shocks.

With forecasts for global economic growth in 2022 revised downward significantly, the five agencies expected more limited financial resources to invest in “agrifood systems” — the production, handling, transportation, processing, distribution, marketing and consumption of agricultural products.

But the agency chiefs said the almost $630 billion annually that governments spend to support food and agriculture globally can be invested “in agrifood systems equitably and sustainably.”

Currently, they said, “a significant proportion of this support distorts market prices, is environmentally destructive, and hurts small-scale producers and indigenous peoples, while failing to deliver healthy diets to children and others who need them the most.”

The five agency heads said evidence shows that if governments redirect their resources to prioritise consumers of food and give incentives for producing and supplying nutritious foods “they will help make healthy diets less costly and more affordable for all.”

The report said a key recommendation “is that governments start rethinking how they can reallocate their existing public budgets to make them more cost-effective and efficient in reducing the cost of nutritious foods and increasing the availability and affordability of healthy diets.”

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COVID positivity rate jumps by 6 per cent to 31.2 | Loop Barbados

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Barbados posted a COVID positivity rate of over 30 per cent for tests conducted on July 5.

Results from July 4 yielded a positivity rate of 27.4 and it has increased by six per cent to 31.2 for tests done by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory yesterday.

Of the 673 tests conducted, 210 new COVID-19 cases were identified – 101 men and 109 women. Within the positive cases, 41 persons were under the age of 18, and 169 were 18 years and older.

There were 112 people in isolation facilities, while 1,432 were in home isolation.

As at July 5, there were 477 COVID-19 related deaths. No deaths were reported on July 4 as well.

The public health laboratory has conducted 708,472 tests since February 2020, and recorded 85,331 COVID-19 cases (39,053 men and 46,278 women).

Under the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19, the total number of persons with at least one dose is 162,658 (71.2 per cent of the eligible population). The total number of fully vaccinated persons is 153,604 (56.7 per cent of the total population or 67.3 per cent of the eligible population). The eligible population represents those persons who are 12 years and older.

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Airport invites members of the public to outreach sessions | Loop Cayman Islands

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Public being asked to provide feedback on on the future of Cayman’s airports

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The Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA), which operates the Owen Roberts International Airport (ORIA) on Grand Cayman and the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport (CKIA) on Cayman Brac, invites the public to Community Outreach sessions 11-13 July on the future of Cayman’s Airports.

The CIAA is in the process of planning the long-term, sustainable development of Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman, Charles Kirkconnell International Airport on Cayman Brac and Edward Bodden Airfield on Little Cayman and will be hosting community outreach sessions on each of the three Islands to ensure that everyone’s voice in the community is heard on building a brighter future for Cayman’s Airports.

Please join them at one of the following sessions between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm:

Monday, July 11, 2022 at the Aston Rutty Centre, Cayman BracTuesday, July 12, 2022 at the Little Cayman Beach Resort, Little CaymanWednesday, July 13, 2022 at the John Gray High School Hall, Grand Cayman

All are welcome to attend! Refreshments will be provided.

The sessions will also be streamed on Facebook Live and posted on the CIAA Facebook page.

The community is also invited to complete the Community Outreach Survey at https://forms.office.com/r/fCWSTWD5DK and have their say on the future of each Island’s airport infrastructure. The survey will be open for 30 days.

The future of Cayman’s Airports is on the horizon! Be a part of the discussion.

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Medals revealed in celebration of 10 days to go until World Champs | Loop Jamaica

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With 10 days until the start of the first World Athletics Championships on U.S. soil (July 15-24), the local organizing committee (LOC) on Tuesday unveiled the medals for the event.

The first medals will be won in the stadium and on the roads on the very first day of competition. On the opening night, Team USA looks to defend its world title in the mixed 4x400m relay, where a world record will likely be needed to take gold.

Medals will be won in 49 event disciplines and on each of the 10 days of competition, with fans able to watch finals in 12 of the 16 in-stadium sessions and in all six of the free road events.

“It was imperative that our medals were true to the unique, unmissable, unconventional nature of the first World Athletics Championships on U.S. soil,” said Niels de Vos, executive director of Oregon22, LLC. “Months of cutting-edge creative thought and experimentation into the latest manufacturing techniques went into the medals, designed and fabricated right here in Oregon. The medals are won by athletes as the result of a lifetime of dedication and commitment. They are the best in the world, and our team wanted to ensure a medal which reflected that status.”

In a first for track and field, instant medals will be awarded to the three medal-winning athletes in the immediate moments after their finals.

Full medal ceremonies with national anthems will still take place, but this additional celebratory component of instant medals is designed for athletes to commemorate their individual victory ‘in the moment’ and to share that moment with family and friends.

By including the medals in the initial emotional aftermath of their medal-winning performance, athletes will be able to experience their triumph more fully, feeling the weight of their accomplishment around their necks right after earning it and proudly displaying their victory during a lap of honour and in post-event media interviews.

At the end of the mixed zone interviews, the medals will be taken back from the athletes for engraving ahead of the official presentation on the podium as scheduled.

The medals depart from the traditional die-cast variety, using instead the ultra-modern and durable material of Corian, which has been subsequently inlaid with the relevant precious metal.

The use of Corian enables the finely detailed carving of intricate relief work featured in the designs – something just not possible using conventional medal techniques.

While traditional in shape and weight, the medals will look very different, even down to the attachment of the ribbon, which uses a bar inserted inside the body of the medal to ensure both longevity and the maintenance of clean design lines.

One side of the medals is inspired by the cross-section of a tree, complete with seven rings to represent the seven regions of Oregon with the logo of WCH Oregon22 at its heart. The tactile experience is completed by the outer edge of each medal, which is textured to feel like tree bark.

The other side features one of seven landscapes that showcase the seven regions of Oregon. These dramatic scenes carry echoes of the marble sculptures and white Art Deco facades of the great public buildings in the United States, including Oregon’s State Capitol. These landscape elements are fundamental to WCH Oregon22’s brand as represented through its Oregon Tapestry. The tapestry is also showcased on the ribbon, juxtaposing a rich colour palette to the immaculate, striking form of the medal.

All seven regions are represented across each colour of medal – so if an athlete wins multiple medals, each one can feature a different Oregon relief. This innovation of making different medals was made for two reasons. First, to infuse each award with a sense of individuality and pricelessness – essentially, to heighten each medal moment with an opportunity for surprise and delight as the athlete discovers the distinct scene represented on their medal. Second, to highlight the beauty of the entirety of the State of Oregon, from its mountains and rivers to its coastline and forests.

“The primary goal that drove the design process was to create something truly innovative and glorious that would be immediately recognizable in years to come as Oregon’s medals,” said Jessica Gabriel, communications director of Oregon22, LLC. “We worked with Oregon-based companies to center the project in this place, and together we challenged ourselves to create works of art that would symbolize the significance of an athlete capturing the glory of a global medal here in the heart and home of track and field in the U.S.”

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21.6 per cent COVID-positivity rate; 68 new cases, 2 deaths recorded | Loop Jamaica

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Jamaica’s COVID-positivity rate increased to 21.6 per cent amid 68 new COVID-19 cases recorded over a 24-hour period up to Tuesday afternoon.

Two COVID-19 deaths that occurred in January were also recorded on Tuesday, bringing the overall coronavirus death toll in Jamaica to 3,147.

An 84-year-old man and an 86-year-old woman, both from St Catherine, are the latest recorded COVID fatalities nationally.

The separate death of one COVID-19 patient is under investigation by health officials.

There were 75 recoveries on the day, bringing that tally to 91,359.

The newly confirmed COVID-19 cases brought the total number on record for the island to 143,476.

Notably, the 21.6 per cent positivity rate was based on the samples that were tested on Tuesday.

Of the newly confirmed cases, 44 are females and 24 are males, with ages ranging from seven days to 89 years.

The case count was made up of Kingston and St Andrew (25), St Catherine (19), St James (seven), Portland (six), Westmoreland (five), St Ann (two), St Thomas (two), and Trelawny (two).

There are 19 moderately ill patients, eight severely ill patients and three critically ill patients among 1,289 active cases now under observation in Jamaica.

A total of 96 COVID-19 patients are now hospitalised locally.

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$10-m Scratchaz winner still in disbelief

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A Kingston man is basking in his winnings after purchasing a Supa Rich Supreme Scratchaz ticket at the Acropolis Gaming Lounge in Barbican, St Andrew, and copping $10 million.

Identified by Supreme Ventures as P Williams, a release from the company said he has been consistently purchasing Supreme Scratchaz tickets since its launch earlier this year.

Williams said he was in shock when his ticket turned out to have the grand prize.

“I’m always buying Scratchaz tickets and have won up to $10,000 on one ticket before. I bought the Supa Rich for the first time to try my luck as it’s a new game. When I scratched this ticket and saw the amount that I won; I was trembling! I didn’t know how to react,” he shared.

Admitting that he is still in disbelief, Williams said he hasn’t “really made any plans” for the money yet.

“The only thing I’m sure of is that I’ll be treating my mom and getting her something extra special for her birthday, and I’ll definitely be investing some of it,” said an overjoyed Williams.

Xesus Johnston, CEO of Prime Sports, a subsidiary of Supreme Ventures, was thrilled at the news of yet another Supreme Scratchaz millionaire.

“Since we launched Supreme Scratchaz in March, our players have won over $2 billion in prizes. We continue to innovate and introduce more new and exciting games to allow them even more options to change their lives in an instant.

“Supa Rich is our newest game with the biggest top prize of $10 million, and we’re especially thrilled to have our first jackpot winner. It highlights that with Supreme Scratchaz, players do win nuff, win often and win right away,” he said. “They can look forward to even more winnings with Supa Rich as there are even more $10-million tickets to be won.”

Supreme Ventures said customers currently have a selection of 11 different instant win scratch games ranging from J$100 – J$1,000 per card and have the chance to win up to J$10 million instantly.

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$10-m Scratchaz winner still in disbelief

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A Kingston man is basking in his winnings after purchasing a Supa Rich Supreme Scratchaz ticket at the Acropolis Gaming Lounge in Barbican, St Andrew, and copping $10 million.

Identified by Supreme Ventures as P Williams, a release from the company said he has been consistently purchasing Supreme Scratchaz tickets since its launch earlier this year.

Williams said he was in shock when his ticket turned out to have the grand prize.

“I’m always buying Scratchaz tickets and have won up to $10,000 on one ticket before. I bought the Supa Rich for the first time to try my luck as it’s a new game. When I scratched this ticket and saw the amount that I won; I was trembling! I didn’t know how to react,” he shared.

Admitting that he is still in disbelief, Williams said he hasn’t “really made any plans” for the money yet.

“The only thing I’m sure of is that I’ll be treating my mom and getting her something extra special for her birthday, and I’ll definitely be investing some of it,” said an overjoyed Williams.

Xesus Johnston, CEO of Prime Sports, a subsidiary of Supreme Ventures, was thrilled at the news of yet another Supreme Scratchaz millionaire.

“Since we launched Supreme Scratchaz in March, our players have won over $2 billion in prizes. We continue to innovate and introduce more new and exciting games to allow them even more options to change their lives in an instant.

“Supa Rich is our newest game with the biggest top prize of $10 million, and we’re especially thrilled to have our first jackpot winner. It highlights that with Supreme Scratchaz, players do win nuff, win often and win right away,” he said. “They can look forward to even more winnings with Supa Rich as there are even more $10-million tickets to be won.”

Supreme Ventures said customers currently have a selection of 11 different instant win scratch games ranging from J$100 – J$1,000 per card and have the chance to win up to J$10 million instantly.

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Teen shot in fatal police shooting discharged from hospital.

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The 16-year-old boy who was hospitalised after being shot by police last Saturday was discharged from hospital on Tuesday.

Police said the teen was shot in the hand and grazed on the chest when officers of the Guard and Emergency Branch (GEB) shot at a car he was in.

He and two others, both released from police custody, survived an alleged shootout with police after a car chase from Diego Martin ended when the car crashed into Republic Bank, Independence Square. Three died in the incident. Those killed were identified as Fabien Richards, 21, Leonardo Niko Williams and Isaiah Roberts, both 17.

On Monday, protesters burned tyres and other debris to block off the east- and west-bound lanes of the Beetham Highway demanding justice for the three killed by police.

Hours after Monday’s protest, one of two of the survivors who was arrested was released without charge. The second was released a day later.

Both police and the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) are investigating the incident with the PCA calling on anyone with information to come forward.

As part of the police investigation, four GEB officers were placed on clerical duties.

Acting Police Commissioner Mc Donald Jacob at a media conference on Monday said police have video footage of what happened and will not be releasing it since that forms part of the police investigation.

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