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Trinidad & Tobago Health Minister warns against flouting COVID protocols

first_imgHealth Minister Terrence Deyalsingh Monday expressed disappointment with “some people” who were blatantly flouting the protocols and measures put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) after Trinidad and Tobago recorded its 15th death and crossed the 1,000 mark in positive cases. “We see six people on one bench with no masks on. You see four people around the table where they play draughts…not a mask in sight, but then outside the banks where the mask policy is being enforced everybody has a mask. “Although many sectors of the public are behaving responsibly and I congratulate them and thank them, there are still pockets of persons who feel that the measures do not apply to them and that they are immune to the virus. Story via CMC Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… Oct 16, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 He said the authorities were seeking to prevent such a scenario “‘without jeopardising the total economic activity of the country, without a harsh lockdown again when only essential services were open. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Oct 16, 2020 Deyalsingh, speaking at the Ministry of Health virtual news conference, warned of the possibility of another lockdown of the country, if persons continue to disregard the protocols and the virus continues to spread significantly.center_img They said the 24 cases being reported now are results of samples taken during the period August 20 to now and that ‘this figure is not representative of the positive cases over the past 24 hours”. He recalled that when Trinidad and Tobago had started to reopen its economy, the authorities had warned members of the public that they had a significant role to play in ensuring the virus does not spread. St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Health authorities said that there were now 1,031 positive cases with 851 active. The country has recorded 15 deaths from the virus, almost doubling the figure in the past four weeks. The elderly man, the authorities said had pre-health conditions. “You are not…the map of the virus is that we are not yet in the middle, we are still in the beginning and as the graph shows…as we open our economy we are following the identical global pattern of economies that are open with exponential spread and the only way to overcome this, is not be a total lockdown but by personal responsibility on the part of every citizen in Trinidad and Tobago,” Deyalsingh said. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC “We are asking once again the public to please abide by the low cost, slightly inconvenient measures,” he said, telling reporters that he had driven around the Brian Lara Promenade in the capital, where he observed many people, standing together without masks and observing the six feet social distancing protocol. “It just takes one person on that bench on the Brian Lara Promenade to start off a chain reaction which will again cripple the country. The fight of the coronavirus is not only in the hospitals, it is not only at the Ministry of Health”. Oct 15, 2020 Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more


Canadian Company Eyes Tidal Energy Potential off Vancouver

first_imgAt the beginning of March, Vancouver-based Weyl Power Ltd submitted an application to BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to investigate the tidal energy potential of two sites off Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Following concerns raised over safety of whales during the investigation, the company said that the applications are only for the acoustic survey and the equipment to be used is not going to harm the whales, writes The Victoria Times Colonist.The company added that it has not determined yet what technology would be used to generate ocean power.Click to enlargelast_img read more


Hyundai Mipo to build LNG bunkering vessel for Bernhard Schulte

first_imgImage courtesy of Hyundai MipoHyundai Mipo Dockyard of South Korea has secured an order from Germany’s Bernhard Schulte to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel.The contract includes an option for an additional sister vessel, Hyundai Mipo said in a statement issued on Sunday.The 7,500-cbm LNG bunkering newbuild will be 117 metres long and 20 metres wide. It is slated for delivery in the second half of 2018.Hyundai Mipo did not reveal the value of the deal.Hamburg-based LNG supplier, Bomin Linde and Klaipedos Nafta, the owner and operator of the Lithuanian LNG terminal in Klaipeda, will charter the bunkering vessel as part of a contract signed back in September.The vessel will be used to supply marine customers and small-scale LNG terminals along the Baltic Sea coast. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more



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Liberty heads to Court of Appeal over facial recognition technology ruling

first_imgA Cardiff resident who lost a High Court challenge over police deployment of automated facial recognition technology has begun the appeal process, his solicitor revealed this week.In Bridges v CCSWP and SSHD, the High Court ruled in September that South Wales Police’s use of the technology was lawful after a challenge was brought by Ed Bridges, who believed his face was scanned by South Wales Police at a protest and while he was doing his Christmas shopping. Bridges was represented by civil liberties group Liberty which says thousands of people have been scanned without their knowledge or consent at high-profile events such as the 2017 Champions League Final and Ed Sheeran concerts.Bridges’s solicitor, Megan Goulding, told the Public Law Project’s annual conference that an application has been submitted to the Court of Appeal.Goulding told a packed breakout session on automated technology that the judicial review had faced evidential difficulties because the police force immediately deletes data if no match is detected with a watchlist of suspects. ‘All we could prove is that the client had been in the range of cameras. The police’s answer was “you still cannot prove the camera was pointed towards the client, and the image was captured and processed”. On that logic, not many people could challenge facial recognition because their data would be deleted too soon.’Another problem was the lack of data on the total number of faces scanned at every deployment. ‘All we could do was estimate…that half a million faces had been scanned’. Liberty asked the court to be ‘bold’, Goulding said, and take into account the negative, as well as positive, impact of the technology on the community.Another evidentiary challenge was accessing information held by the manufacturer of the facial recognition system. Goulding said: ‘In terms of what we were arguing for our public sector equality duty challenge, the police should have investigated for the potential of indirect discrimination before using this technology. We were also saying to do that assessment, it is necessary for you to get access to the training dataset.’The use of automated decision tools could be limited, Goulding told the conference, ‘if you can establish it’s a breach of the public sector equality duty for a public authority not to get information or take steps to get information from its private manufacturer that will show whether the system will discriminate.’last_img read more


Assault – Brodie Avenue, Dumfries

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland want to trace the following described man following an assault on another man in Brodie Avenue, Dumfries, at around 2130 hours on Sunday 22 January 2017.At this time the 23 year old victim was approached from behind and punched a number of times to the head by the male. The male is described as being between 40-50 years, 5ft10, thin build with short grey hair. He wearing blue jeans, dark coloured top and trainers. The male attacker was also in the company of a female, describe as being short and aged about 19 years old.As a result of the assault the victim sustained minor injuries however did not require any medical assistance. Constable Richard Knox said “I am keen to hear from anyone that was in the area at the time and may be able to identify this male. Anyone with information can contact Dumfries Police Station on the 101 number”.last_img read more


EDITORIAL: Seriously enhance school security

first_imgUnderstandably, the recent deadly mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Broward County, has sparked renewed debate for “sensible” gun legislation nationally and in Florida. Whether or not these legislations materialize is left to be seen. In the meantime, it’s the responsibility of the community and its leaders to ensure the thousands of students attending schools from kindergarten through high school are safe and secure from any form of violence.No need for high-risk at schoolsChildren in the community shouldn’t be sent to school with a high risk they can be killed or injured. And, the staff at these schools shouldn’t have to endanger their lives protecting students from being killed or injured.One of the key factors compromising optimum security at public schools is insufficient funding. It’s extremely doubtful there’s any school superintendent in any school district unconcerned about effective security on the schools in his/her school district. But effective security comes with a cost.  The districts are dependent on state budgets to funds the cost of security and other expenses at public schools.Must be priority of state lawmakersIt should be the utmost priority of state legislatures, and in the context of the Parkland shooting, the Florida Legislature, that schools have the necessary security systems, both human and technical.There is this dubious thinking that schools in more vulnerable communities characterized by poverty, social disorder and crime should have tighter security, than schools in socially and economically advanced communities.  The shooting in Parkland, a relatively peaceful and affluent community rubbished that thinking.Comprehensive security code neededWhat is needed is a comprehensive security code applicable at all schools – elementary, middle and high schools. Several security professionals are of the consensus that schools should have a singular main entrance, with metal detectors, multiple-security patrol during school hours, and a full-time monitored visual security system with cameras placed strategically at school entrances, exits, corridors, classrooms and other sensitive areas.To reiterate, these measures are costly, and will require a significant increase in capital expenditure of school budgets.  But these funds can be secured both through state legislation, or public support, through voters approving bonds to finance these security measures, and even paying higher taxes. Funding can definitely be found to improve school security systems. Quite possibly if the Parkland high-school had more than the one security officer, who was reportedly absent when the perpetuator of the mass shooting entered the school compound, and metal detectors at the main entrance to the compound, the grave tragedy could have been averted.More than passionate debate neededAs a community, whether lawmakers, or ordinary citizens, residents cannot continue to just engage in passionate debate when things go wrong.  The repeated shedding of the blood of youth in our communities must stop, regardless of the source of violence that causes this bloodshed. As a community, everyone can play a role, and stop deferring to elected officials although they hold ultimate responsibility. Public schools in every US community should have effective security. This a necessity in the country, and the times, in which we live.In addition, it’s incumbent that the staff, and students, of schools be alert to adverse behavior of students. Students perpetually acting out of proper behavioral context could either have serious disciplinary or mental problems. School districts need programs that effectively identify and address behavioral problems seemingly resulting from mental challenges experienced by students.Baker ActThe perpetuator of the Parkland shooting was previously expelled from the school because of repeated indiscipline, but there are no reports he was determined, or reported, as having a mental problem. Are all school administrators aware if a student behaves in a manner suspicious of a mental problem they can act under the Florida Mental Health Act of 1971?  This Act is commonly known as the “Baker Act,” which allows the involuntary examination, and possible institutionalization, of people suspected of having mental problems.Neighborhood School Watch AssociationsThere are other possible ways the community could be directly involved in enhancing school security. For example, similar to  communities having Neighborhood Watch associations to deter criminal activities, they could consider developing ‘Neighborhood School Watch’ associations that focus on potential threats to schools from their peripheral surroundings. Possibly a member of such an entity would have seen the perpetuator alighting from his Uber transport with a suspicious-looking duffle bag, and back- pack, and alert police and school authorities at the Parkland school.There are several ways in which security at public schools can be enhanced. Whatever it takes, steps should be taken immediately to ensure students and staff at these schools learn, and teach, in a more secure environment.last_img read more


Father’s Delight concert to feature Jamaican artiste

first_img Share 19 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img EntertainmentLocalNews Father’s Delight concert to feature Jamaican artiste by: – June 14, 2013 Share There is the view that more emphasis is placed on Mother’s Day than on Father’s Day, however, this will certainly not be the case this year.Fathers are being catered to in a exceptional way this year as Mira Entertainment features its Classic Concert, Volume 4, dubbed the “Father’s Day special featuring reggae legend Lovindeer” on 15th June, a day ahead of Father’s Day.The event which is carded for the Harlem Plaza, Newtown from 9:00 p.m., costs $40.00 in advance, $60 at the gate and $80 for VIP.Event promoter and director of Mira Entertainment, Miguel Labadie told Dominica Vibes News that “a lot of thought has been placed into selecting just the right artiste for this special occasion and the Classic Concert will feature one of the old school legends and one of the greatest masters of dancehall reggae”.Lovindeer, whose name is actually Lloyd Lovindeer is a Jamaican artiste, best known for his song “Wild Gilbert” which humorously described the experiences of Jamaica during 1988’s Hurricane Gilbert.This single remains the island’s biggest selling single with over 50,000 copies sold.He has been around for about 40 years and is also known for his hits in the 80’s to include, One Day Christian, Pocomania Day and Man shortage.According to Labadie, the concept of the show is to feature artistes who have been around for some time, who have given memorable hits which are still popular in this day and age.The Director noted that although it may appear that all of the artistes featured on the Classic Concerts so far are reggae artistes; this does not mean that the show is focused only on this genre of music.He would like to feature a Dominican act that can be considered a “class act” sometime soon.“We would like to make it more diverse but it is just a matter of getting an artiste who is well loved and one persons would look forward to seeing perform,” he said.Classic Concert volume 4 will also feature Vibes Radio DJ, Daddy Cecil and Mickey Moreau.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more


CDB predicts slower economic growth for region

first_imgNewsRegional CDB predicts slower economic growth for region by: – February 25, 2016 44 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday February 25, 2016 – Caribbean governments have been urged to speed up legal and regulatory reform amid predictions of slower economic growth for the region, following last year’s mixed fortunes.The advice came yesterday from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) which said that overall growth remained sluggish.In its annual review of the performance of regional Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs), the Bank said the global economic difficulties of 2015, including the slowdown in China and its effect on markets elsewhere, had an overall negative impact on the region.The vulnerability caused by a heavy reliance on overseas markets, as well as the impact of natural disasters such as storms and drought particularly in Dominica and The Bahamas, stymied growth. In some BMCs, the reduction in Correspondent Banking Relationships (CBRs) threatened the financial systems and real economies.Recovery in the regional tourism market continued last year with most destinations seeing increases in visitor arrivals; and many reported higher numbers of the more lucrative stay-over visitors. Along with these positive trends, there was an uptick in tourism-related construction. As a result, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) each experienced growth of more than four per cent. For some of the larger countries, such as The Bahamas and Barbados, the positive tourism impact on growth was more modest.At the same time, the region’s five major commodity exporters – Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago – had lower growth than in 2014 as commodity prices fell. Significantly, Trinidad and Tobago grew by just 0.2 per cent. The main reason was a decline in petroleum output, as falling oil prices led to a cut back in some exploratory activities; some oil and gas fields matured; and there were prolonged periods of maintenance activity. LNG output also fell.The CDB noted that joblessness within the region remained high.“Many BMCs for which 2015 labour force data were available continued to experience double-digit rates of unemployment. On the other hand, unemployment fell in Jamaica, Belize and also in Barbados, despite that country experiencing public sector layoffs and constrained employment creation in the private sector,” it said.In the area of trade performance, the region’s biggest oil and gas exporter, Trinidad and Tobago saw its surplus in 2014 become a deficit in 2015. Suriname’s deficit deteriorated on the back of weaker oil and gold prices. These movements also lowered the value of Guyana’s exports, but the trade deficit narrowed due to a reduced import bill.The non-oil producing BMCs saw reductions in their import bills.The CDB said that with high debt servicing remaining a big challenge for a number of countries, some continued to see improved performances.In its overall assessment, CDB said that a number of global uncertainties will continue to impact the Region. It’s projecting the region will grow by just 0.3 per cent in 2016, but noted that this growth rate was insufficient to address employment, equality and poverty reduction issues. The Bank said higher rates of economic growth are needed, as well as other measures.CDB suggested that its BMCs need to be Dynamic, Export-oriented, Competitive, Inclusive, Diverse and Environmentally-resilient economies (DECIDE), in order to achieve rates of growth on a par with other fast growing developing countries.“This will require that BMCs focus on private sector led growth; developing educated and flexible workforces, regional integration to maximise gains; governments becoming business facilitators and efficient regulators; and the region achieving a high level of energy security,” it said.“CDB’s 2015/2016 research programme – looking at poverty; helping MSMEs; and improving port operations – will identify a number of policy actions that could advance the region’s sustainable growth agenda. In addition, CDB will continue to work with its BMCs to address the other measures identified, helping them towards DECIDE.”last_img read more


Where to, Jimmy Butler?

first_imgCHICAGO’S 30th pick during in 2011 Draft spent the first year and a half coming off the bench. An injury to the then very productive Loul Deng made him a starter, and from there began the Jimmy Butler show where he averaged at least 15 points and above 35 minutes per game.As a Bull, he set a franchise record of playing 60 minutes in a triple OT win over Orlando in June 2014. He also broke Michael Jordan’s team record of most points in a half. While in Chicago, he was named to the All-Defensive Second Team three times (2014 to 2016), the league’s Most Improved Player in 2015 and was named an All-Star twice. Traded to Minnesota in June 2017, he continued to be productive, earning two more All-Star nods and again earned a spot at the All-Defensive Second Team.But things had gone sour in Minny that he refused a four-year, $110-million deal. Although Coach Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden don’t want to let go of him, Butler demanded for a trade and Wolves owner Glen Taylor is making him available and said that team owners and managers should contact him personally.Reportedly, Toronto, Miami and Cleveland are the frontrunners, but would it be worth for them to take the risk considering that Butler becomes a free agent by 2019 and he could walk away at the end of the season? Unless the team that he eventually will land into gets to the Finals, then maybe he will decide and agree to a long-term max deal. In Toronto, he could form a deadly trio with Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry. The Raptors, if ever, will then have a pair of very productive and defensive All-Star wings. Question is: who will the Raps let go in exchange for Butler? Minnesota needs defense and won’t be settling for less than Serge Ibaka and maybe OG Anunoby or perhaps CJ Miles and Danny Green. Toronto also has no guarantee that both Leonard and Butler won’t be walking away from them when free agency comes.Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert was seen talking privately with Minnesota counterpart Taylor. LeBron James again took his talents somewhere and the team needs a new go-to-guy. The Cavs had made Kevin Love their new face of the franchise and dealing him away is highly unlikely. Rookie point guard Collin Sexton is an attractive option but in him they just found a replacement to Kyrie Irving. The team has plenty of young talents but it would be unwise of them to let go of. They could offload on their old-timers like Kyle Korver, JR Smith and Channing Frye with a combined average age of 35, plus Tristan Thompson.Reportedly, Pat Riley is “aggressive as any team in pursuit of a Jimmy Butler trade.” Miami needs another scorer, and if they do have Butler, he would lessen the offensive load on their top-scoring option Goran Dragic. The Heat lack depth at the 4 and 5 spot, so probably they would offer maybe a combination involving Justice Winslow, Rodney McGrudder, James Johnson and some Draft picks. If Butler ends up in Miami, it would be interesting to see how Dwyane Wade would welcome him, considering their issue that involved D-Wade’s wife.Minnesota want things to be settled by the time they start training camp, and whoever presents the juiciest offer can then have Jimmy Buckets and his season per game averages of 22 points, five assists and five rebounds./PNlast_img read more