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COVID-19 Update Turks and Caicos Islands

first_img Oct 16, 2020 Confirmed positive cases continue to stand at twelve (12); with the total number of recoveries from covid-19 at ten (10), and the TCI continues to record one covid-19 death. The number of persons in quarantine/observation has increased to 100. This includes: one person experiencing symptoms but not meeting the case definition (1), travellers (98) and a contact (1) – thirty-eight (38) of the travellers are currently being quarantined at a non-medical facility. One person is now under hospital care. Persons under observation/quarantine, that are not confirmed or suspected cases, are either not displaying symptoms or have not met the case definition. St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Oct 15, 2020 For more information, please visit the Ministry of Health website,; email:; or call our hotline numbers, (649) 232-9444 and (649) 333-0911, if you or someone you know has symptoms or signs of COVID-19. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 15, 2020 The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 9th June, 2020: You may be interested in… No new positive or negative test results have been recorded. Local testing is now being conducted for persons in a range of categories, including those that may need to travel locally to other islands, travel for treatment abroad and other reasons. These persons would not have been in quarantine. To date, the TCI has recorded a total of one hundred and ninety-six (196) test results, with one hundred and eighty-four (184) confirmed to be negative and twelve (12) positive confirmations. All persons confirmed not to have COVID-19, and any contacts, (if quarantined, will be removed from quarantine/observation status) are asked to continue following proper guidelines from the Ministry of Health. Oct 16, 2020 Share this on WhatsApp The increase in quarantine numbers is as a result of one person experiencing symptoms; this individual has been placed in quarantine/observation status. To date, a total of 683 individuals have been released from quarantine/observation status.  CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… The Turks and Caicos continues to experience some change in its covid-19 position. No new positive or suspected cases have been recorded since the previous update. The public is advised to continue following the health advice and guidelines from the ministry, especially as we progress with the phased reopening. Persons are also reminded of offenses committed under section 34 of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (no.4) (AMENDMENT) (NO.5) Regulations 2020 in regard to false Statements/information. You do not have to be the originator of the statement/information in order to be charged under the law. A suspected person is someone who meets the case definition as outlined by WHO and CARPHA – and is experiencing symptoms.A person in quarantine is an individual on island who may have come in proximity to suspected or confirmed cases – and have not exhibited symptoms. Please note the following definitions: Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Let’s continue to reduce the risk by: 1. Washing our hands for 20secs or more 2. Practicing social distancing 3. Prepare your home, office and other surroundings by following the advice of the Ministry of Health and other credible health agencies.last_img read more

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Wellness For Seniors At Ashawagh Hall

first_imgRosie Orlando led a couple of dozen enthusiastic seniors in a class focusing on stretching and strength last week. Independent/Richard LewinAshawagh Hall and the Springs Improvement Society frequently provide a home for the arts, particularly during the summer season’s various exhibitions. Now, Ashawagh is also providing space for wellness sessions for seniors.“We were looking to see if there was a need for more, and it sure looks like there is,” Diane Patrizio, the East Hampton Town director of Human Services, said as she watched the debut session of the Core Strength Class, led by Rosie Orlando, the health and wellness director of the East Hampton YMCA RECenter.There were at least two-dozen seniors, aged 60 and older, mostly from Springs, following Orlando’s lead. “Come on, lift those feet up,” she called out. At the same time, since it was her first class with some of those on hand, she was checking on any conditions or limitations those exercising might have. A few took the class seated in chairs. Orlando encourages the students to only do what they feel comfortable doing. Most, though, were going enthusiastically full out. “By spring, we are all going to get out our bathing suits,” Orlando promised.“I’ve been in Springs a long time, since the late ’80s,” one of those taking the class, Doris Wray, said. “I know Rosie from the YMCA.”The free Wednesday classes are broken down into two sessions. The first is called Core Strength, and runs from 12:30 to 1:15 PM, and the second, Balance and Strength, goes from 1:30 to 2:15 PM.The town is also partnering with Southampton Stony Brook Hospital to bring wellness sessions to Montauk on Mondays, as well, Patrizio said.On Mondays at Ashawagh Hall, there now is a one-hour class of QiGong, the ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique led by Margaret Iannaccone of Bamboo Roots Acupuncture. About four-dozen people attended the first session on February 11, Patrizio said. Patrizio said the town is going to continue expanding wellness programs, partnering with different organizations and reaching out to seniors.East Hampton Town Board member Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, the board’s liaison to the town’s human services division, said “we are excited about this new collaboration” and the town’s ability to offer free wellness classes to seniors, in a press release announcing the program.Donna Wagner has lived in the hamlet for 34 years. She said that Springs is increasingly becoming home to retirees. “If you don’t offer something for people to stay up and mobile, it is going to be a problem. This is not an easy place to get help, or get someone to do something for you, so you need to stay mobile as long as you can.” Sharelast_img read more

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SBM Offshore selects Blue Water Shipping

first_imgThe FPSO is being converted from a tanker,which is 400 m long and 70 m across. After conversion, Cidade de Ilhabela will be the world’s largest FPSO, says Blue Water Shipping and will operate for the oil and gas sector off the Brazilian coast.The project comprises several thousand shipments and involves Blue Water’s offices in Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Singapore, Esbjerg, Rotterdam, Aberdeen and Houston. The first phase of the project will take place in China where the preliminary, basic changes of the tanker will be carried out.Subsequently the vessel will sail to SBM’s shipyard in Brazil where the final part of the conversion will take place. The entire conversion project is expected to be completed in 2014.SBM Offshore is a leading player in the construction, production, installation and operation of FPSOs. The company operates a fleet of more than 20 FPSOs worldwide and employs 6,000 people.Blue Water Shipping has experience with oil and gas projects worldwide and is already involved in projects for SBM Offshore, McDermott, Keppel Fels and Odfjell Drilling among others.Thomas Bek, global manager for oil & gas at Blue Water Shipping stated: “We have developed a good cooperation with SBM Offshore through our previous projects, where Blue Water’s expertise in transport and logistics to the oil and gas industry has been a decisive factor in successful projects.”He added: “Blue Water offers high reliability of delivery and our incorporated IT systems ensure a unique service which will be of benefit to our clients. On top of this, we have a strong set-up in Brazil with local representation and profound expertise within the oil and gas industry.”www.bws.dkwww.sbmoffshore.comlast_img read more

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Low Commission ‘to be wound up’

first_imgAn independent commission set up to examine the impact of legal aid cuts and develop a strategy to help ensure access to justice is to be wound up because of a lack of funds. The Low Commission’s future was revealed by its chair, crossbench peer Lord Low of Dalston (academic and campaigner Colin Low, pictured), in the commission’s latest newsletter.Lord Low said: ‘The commission, as a formal body, is now going to start a process of winding up – but there will still be ongoing work to secure the commission’s legacy and influence.’The commission told the Gazette that its ‘funding cycle has run out and we have completed the mandate of work we were funded to do’.The commission’s first report, Tackling the advice deficit – a strategy for access to advice and legal support on social welfare law in England and Wales, called for the reintroduction of legal aid for all housing cases.Its second report, Getting it right in social welfare law, warned that a growing shortage of social welfare advice was undermining how the welfare system worked and was leading to poorer health outcomes.The commission called for joined-up action between local government, the NHS, and central government departments such as the Ministry of Justice.Its latest report, Manifesto for Advice in Wales, warned that legal services could cease to exist in rural Wales if current trends continued.In the newsletter, Low says: ‘We have looked at undertaking a further tranche of research work to update ourselves, policymakers and our stakeholders on what is happening with services on the ground – in particular we are interested in developing projects that can realise and evidence the potential of integrating advice services into NHS and care pathways.‘However, this would require further resources and funding which is increasingly hard to secure.’ The commission is currently funded by private donors the Baring Foundation, Lankelly Chase Foundation, Barrow Cadbury Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Trust for London.Low said the commission’s meetings with policymakers and engaging in advice sector events ‘will be ongoing’.Its website, with access to all the commission’s work, ‘will stay online’, Low added.The commission was established by the Legal Action Group in 2012 with funding from major trusts and foundations and support from law firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance.Legal Action Group director Steve Hynes paid tribute to Low for the ‘leadership’ he had shown.’Because [Low] is a crossbencher, he has not got any particular political axe to grind. He’s fantastic with ministers,’ Hynes said.Following the commission’s report on social welfare advice and health outcomes, Hynes said the group ‘hoped to have another project’ around that theme.The report, The Role of Advice Services in Health Outcomes, found that good welfare advice led to a variety of positive health outcomes.last_img read more

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PC fee frozen – but compensation fund levies soar

first_imgThe practising certificate fee is set to be frozen next year, but solicitors face a huge hike in their contributions to the compensation fund. The Law Society Group, which includes the Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority, announced today that it plans to freeze the PC fee at £278, subject to approval from the Legal Services Board. Separately, however, the SRA has determined that solicitor and firm contributions to the compensation fund will more than double. The proposed PC fee is enabled by efficiency savings in both organisations and represents a reduction of 28% since 2014, Chancery Lane said. Law Society president Joe Egan said: ‘Around the world we promote England and Wales as a global legal centre, open new markets and defend human rights. Our work helps underpin a growing legal services sector worth £25.7 billion annually to the economy. By making considerable efficiency savings across the Society, along with an increase in the number of solicitors on the roll, we are able to freeze fees while delivering greater value to members.’The fee covers the cost of regulation work undertaken by the SRA, as well as the levy for the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, the LSB, the Financial Conduct Authority (to focus on money laundering activity) and the Legal Ombudsman. The PC fee does not, however, cover contributions to the compensation fund, which reimburses people who have suffered financial hardship because of a solicitor’s dishonesty or failure to account for client money. In 2018/19 contributions by individual solicitors will more than double, from £40 to £90, while firm contributions will increase by nearly the same proportion, from £778 to £1,680. The levies will be collected in October as part of the renewals process. Those amounts are determined by the SRA taking into account historical and existing claims, and analysis of future claims. ’In the light of key risks to the profession, including solicitor involvement in dubious investment schemes, it has [been] decided to increase the levy for the second year running,’ the regulator said.SRA chief executive Paul Philip added: ‘The extra layer of protection the compensation fund provides helps maintain trust and confidence in regulated law firms. We are responsible for making sure there are enough funds to cover potential future claims and the rise in contributions reflects the forecasts of increased pressure on the fund.’Speaking at a conference in March, Philip warned that that ‘get-rich-quick’ schemes fronted by law firms pose a real threat to the integrity of the profession’s client redress arrangements. He cited schemes that ‘offer a 15% return in a year from investing in car parking spaces, hotel rooms, or housing estates in Bulgaria that don’t exist’. Just one dodgy scheme could wipe out the entire £48m compensation fund, he said.The SRA is currently consulting on changes to client redress arrangements. Its proposals include transforming the fund into a ‘hardship’ pool for those wronged clients who are most in need.The proposed PC fee is now open for consultation and the results will be considered at the Society’s annual general meeting on 5 July. If approved, the fee passes onto the LSB to be rubber-stamped.last_img read more

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Minneapolis breaks ground

first_imgWITH A large tent sheltering them from the cold, elected officials and civic leaders in Minneapolis broke ground for the Hiawatha Avenue light rail line on January 17. Led by Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, the ceremony was held at the site of the future maintenance depot just south of the city centre, with over 750 people present.Costed at $675m, the 18·6 km line will connect central Minneapolis with the regional airport and the Mall of America shopping centre in Bloomington when it opens in 2004. An initial segment as far as Fort Snelling is expected to be ready for revenue service by 2003.The following week, Minneapolis Metropolitan Council confirmed its base order for 18 low-floor LRVs from Bombardier Transportation at a cost of $56m, with options for another 24. The design will be developed at Bombardier’s LRV Centre of Expertise for America, in Mexico, utilising technology transferred from Europe. Bodyshells will be manufactured at Sahagún, with final assembly and static testing at Barre, Vermont (RG 9.00 p522).last_img read more

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GTR launches £55m Electrostar refurbishment

first_imgUK: Govia Thameslink Railway and leasing company Porterbrook have begun a £55m five-year programme to modernise 214 Bombardier Transportation Class 377 Electrostar electric multiple-units operated on Southern services, and 56 similar Class 387 units used on Gatwick Express and Great Northern services.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The newest of the EMUs are around five years old, but most have been in service for between 15 and 20 years.To be undertaken at GTR’s Selhurst depot, Project Aurora will include the installation of real-time passenger information screens, USB and power points, energy-saving LED lighting, passenger counting equipment and on-board diagnostic systems including an upgraded on-train data recorder. Forward-facing CCTV cameras will help GTR and Network Rail investigate incidents that cause delays.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The first modernised EMU is expected to be completed this autumn, with one unit per week to be completed once the programme is fully underway.‘Taking on board our passengers’ feedback, this multi-faceted upgrade by our own team at Selhurst depot will provide a better on-board experience and more reliability’, said GTR’s Engineering Director Steve Lammin on September 16.last_img read more

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No medals for Caribbean in women’s 100 meters

first_imgJamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson congratulates American Tori Bowie after Bowie won the London World Championships 100 meters finals on Sunday Aug 6. Jamaica experienced unusual double trouble in London over the weekend. For the first time since 2009 Jamaican athletes failed to strike gold in the men and women 100 meters in the World Championships.The United States regained complete dominance of the sprint events after Tori Bowie became the world champion of women’s sprinting at the London World Championships on Sunday.Bowie lunged at the line to take top honors in a season’s best time of 10.85 over the Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Talou and the effervescent Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers.Elaine Thompson finished down the trackPre-race favorite and defending champion, Elaine Thompson finished surprisingly down the track in fifth place. Trinidadians Michelle Lee Ayee and Kelly-Ann Baptiste finished sixth and eighth respectively. Thompson was never a factor and could not reproduce the form that saw her burning up the track on the Diamond League circuit. The way she lost led to speculation she was still suffering from an ailing Achilles that has been bothering her recently.Jamaica’s sprinting dominance wiltsBowie’s victory firmly shook the foundation of Jamaica’s dominance over the sprints following Justin Gatlin’s shock victory in the men’s equivalent the day before. Neither Bolt nor Thompson are down to contest the 200 meters.Earlier in the day, 400 meters hurdlers Jaunder Santos of Dominica, Jaheel Hyde, Ricardo Cunnigham and Kemar Mowatt of Jamaica qualified for the semifinals, while Bahamaian Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Roxano Gomez of Cuba and Jamaicans Novelene Williams-Mills, Stephanie Ann McPherson, Shericka Jackson and Chrissan Gordon all qualified for the women’s 400 meters.Three Caribbean men make 110 hurdles finalsIn the 110 meters high hurdles, favorite Omar McLeod and Hansle Parchment of Jamaica joins Barbadian, Shane Brathwaite as finalists.last_img read more

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Mothers urged to breastfeed even if infected with COVID-19

first_imgBotswana researchers, entrepreneurs urged to innovate against COVID-19 FILE PHOTO: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference organized by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERSAs the world marks world breastfeeding week, the World Health Organization now implores mothers to continue breastfeeding even if contracted with COVID-19. While addressing a news conference World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the risk of infection.“WHO recommends that mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged the same as all other mothers to initiate or continue breastfeeding,”The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2020 is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”.Health Minister Zweli Mkhize assured South Africans on Tuesday that the COVID-19 virus has not been found in breastmilk.Research evidence has shown that the virus is not transmitted through breastmilk or by giving breastmilk that has been expressed from a mother who is confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19, Mkhize said in a statement commemorating the World Breastfeeding Week which started on August 1.“This year we continue to commemorate World Breastfeeding Week under the difficult challenge in dealing with the COVID-19 global pandemic,” said Mkhize.He said there has been growing concern over the possible transmission of the COVID-19 virus through breastfeeding.Meanwhile South Africa’s Health Minister Zweli Mkhize assured South Africans on Tuesday that the COVID-19 virus has not been found in breastmilk.Research evidence has shown that the virus is not transmitted through breastmilk or by giving breastmilk that has been expressed from a mother who is confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19, Mkhize said in a statement commemorating the World Breastfeeding Week which started on August 1.“This year we continue to commemorate World Breastfeeding Week under the difficult challenge in dealing with the COVID-19 global pandemic,” said Mkhize.He said there has been growing concern over the possible transmission of the COVID-19 virus through breastfeedingIn line with this theme, WHO and UNICEF are calling on governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling, a critical component of breastfeeding support.Related 3 Egyptian doctors die of COVID-19, 43 infectedcenter_img Over 22,000 healthcare workers infected by COVID-19: WHOlast_img read more

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Twenty sustainable houses being built in St. Joseph

first_img Sharing is caring! 324 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Twenty sustainable houses being built in St. Joseph by: – November 23, 2018 Sharecenter_img Tweet Minister Responsible for Science, Information, Telecommunications and Technology Kelver DarrouxTwenty sustainable houses are currently being built in the St. Joseph village as part of the Government’s goal to rehouse persons after Hurricane Maria.This was announced by Parliamentary Representative for the St. Joseph Constituency, Kelver Darroux during an interview with Vibes Radio News on Wednesday. According to Mr. Darroux, the houses are currently in the foundation stage and are being built in the Hillsborough Gardens. “We also have some other works in the community as we speak,” he said noting that post Hurricane Maria that the Housing Stock had been damaged throughout the entire country. “We’ve begun work on 20 sustainable homes in the Hillsborough gardens Area,” he then mentioned that this was an important project he wanted to work on in his constituency while pointing out how these homes will also be hurricane shelters for the future residents and occupants. “These homes will be fully concrete with concrete roofs.”Mr. Darroux then encouraged residents of St. Joseph to apply for the houses so that the chosen residents can be moved in as soon as the houses are completed. “We will finalize the arrangements for these homes<' said Darroux as he encouraged person in St. Joseph to go through the application process so that "we can continue to address the housing needs of our people." Sharelast_img read more

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