The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 71 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 46. Courtesy/NWS
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The Turks and Caicos has experienced little change in its covid-19 position since the previous update. You may be interested in… There are no new suspected cases recorded. Suspected cases continue to remain at four (4). These are TCI residents experiencing relevant symptoms without a history of contact with confirmed cases. One suspected case passed away and one suspected case is currently hospitalized. All suspected cases have met the WHO case definition for a suspected case of COVID-19. Samples have been collected and sent for testing. Oct 15, 2020 CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak 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. Oct 16, 2020 Please note the following definitions: Oct 15, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 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. The Ministry of Health takes this opportunity to remind the public to continue following the advice and guidelines from the ministry. Persons are also reminded of offenses committed under section 27 of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (no.4) 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. The decrease in quarantine/observation numbers is as a result of the quarantine/observation period having expired for several individuals; these individuals have been removed from quarantine/observation status. To date, a total of 636 individuals have been released from quarantine/observation status. The number of persons in quarantine/observation has decreased to 46. This includes: suspected cases (3), contacts of suspected cases (23), symptomatic persons not meeting the case definition and their contacts (4), and travellers (16) – Seven (7) of the travellers are currently being quarantined at a non-medical facility, and are not sick. 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 No new test results have been received over the PAST 24hrs. To date, the TCI has received a total of one hundred and twenty-six (126) test results, with one hundred and fourteen (114) confirmed to be negative and twelve (12) positive confirmations. Persons confirmed not to have COVID-19, and their contacts, were moved from quarantined status and asked to continue following proper guidelines from the Ministry of Health. More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… For more information, please visit the Ministry of Health website, www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus; email: COVID19@gov.tc; 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… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC There continues to be no new positive cases recorded. Confirmed positive cases continue to remain 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. COVID-19 Update Turks and Caicos IslandsThe Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 14th May, 2020: The Turks and Caicos has seen no change in its COVID 19 position over the ast 24 hours. No new confirmed cases have been recorded. Confirmed positive cases currently stand at twelve (12);…May 15, 2020In “General”COVID-19 Update Turks and Caicos IslandsThe Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 6th July 2020: The Turks and Caicos Islands has seen some change in its covid-19 position since the previous update. One new confirmed case of covid-19 has been recorded over the past 24hrs; this case is…July 8, 2020In “General”COVID-19 Update Turks and Caicos IslandsThe Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 27th May, 2020: The Turks and Caicos has experienced little change in its covid-19 position since the previous update. There continues to be no new positive cases recorded. Confirmed positive cases currently stand at twelve (12);…May 28, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp
Preparing for the remainder of hurricane seasonWith Hurricane Florence having pummeled the Carolinas, and Isaac, Joyce, and Helene on their way, it is a grim reminder that we are not immune. Almost without exception, we get the tail, shoulder, or rump of one or two of the dozen or so that form up in the Atlantic between the Caribbean and Africa and bring so much destruction and misery with them as they thunder west and north. And hurricane season isn’t over . . . We live on an island. This column is about that.Tidal SurgesFor Islanders, as bad as the winds will be (more on that below), it is the tides and tidal surges that will do most of the damage, which is why even these tails that go by every year leave so much trouble behind. The storm tide is added to the astronomical tides. And when those waves hit something solid, they generate force dozens of times more powerful than wind of the same speed. Andrew generated a storm tide of 17 feet. Camille, in 1969, 24 feet. And of course, there was Sandy, who just sat there, at high tide, during a full moon . . .Add to that the population growth in our area and the increase in the value of homes and it can spell either “an absolute disaster” or “they were prepared.”What Is It?A hurricane is, in the words of scientists, an organized rotating weather system that develops in the tropics. Technically, it is a “tropical cyclone” and it is classified as one of three states, with hurricanes being further classified into levels of destruction . . .Tropical Depression: sustained winds of 38 mph (33 knots) or lessTropical Storm: sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph (34 to 63 knots)Hurricane: sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or greaterHurricanes are called typhoons in the western Pacific and cyclones in the Indian Ocean. Six of one, a half dozen of the other . . .Categories of HurricanesWe’ve all heard the weather reporter state that “Hurricane ‘X’ is now a Category 3 hurricane and headed for ________.” What does that mean?Category Winds (mph) Type of Damage Expected ExamplesUSCG hurricane aircraft reported Andrew and Katrina had generated winds over 200 MPH at various times of the storms.When looking at Cat-5s, no one is saying that there is no difference between a storm that brings 160-mile-per-hour winds and one that reaches 190. The force of the winds goes up with the square of the velocity. In layman’s terms, that means a hurricane with 200 MPH winds has four times — not just double — the force of one with 100 MPH winds.Are You Ready For the Glancing Blow?Look, if a Category 4 or 5 gets up here, there are no levels of preparedness except evacuation. A storm surge like Camille’s basically means that everything “south of the highway,” as real estate agents like to classify the choicest properties on Long Island, is gone for all intents and purposes. But what if the glancing blow like Ivan’s in 2004 or, Earl, who came by earlier, in 2012, came in head-on? How can you be ready?Before the Storm Arrives1. Have a family action plan — If you’re at caught at school or at work, who do you call? To grandmother’s house we go?2. Flash lights working? Canned goods and water supplies? Cash? Portable radio?3. Where ARE you going to move the boat? Don’t even THINK about staying on her . . . (More on that next week!)4. How about your prescription medicines? A first-aid kit is WHERE…!?During the Storm1. Have the radio or TV on. If power goes out and you don’t have a portable radio, I’d get the kids in the car and “to grandmother’s house we go…!”2. Propane tanks on your property? Shut them off, completely.3. Turn the refrigerator up all the way and don’t open the door idly.4. Fill the bathtub with water. How about the big spaghetti pot? Anything that can hold water and keep it clean.5. If ordered to evacuate, do so. Immediately. And tell someone where you are going.6. When evacuating, don’t drive across flowing water. Two feet of flowing water can carry your car away. Yes. Only two feet of moving water. Turn around and go another way. If there is no other way, call 911 or the U.S. Coast Guard.After the Storm1. If you’ve been ordered to evacuate, don’t go back until the area is declared safe.2. If you see someone that needs rescuing, unless the threat of loss of life is imminent, call 9-1-1.3. See standing water? Do you know if any power cables lie in it?4. Never use candles and other open flames indoors. Keep the flashlight at your side.This is by no means an exhaustive list. But Florence just sent us a wake-up call. And next week, we’ll talk about prepping your boat.BTW, if you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department, who are in charge of new members matters, at DSO-HR and we will help you “get in this thing…” Share
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244 Views no discussions Share LocalNews Dominica reports increased HIV/AIDS cases by: – July 8, 2014 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Coordinator of the National Response Program for HIV/AIDS, Julie FramptonThe Ministry of Health Tuesday reported that there were fifteen new cases of HIV/AIDS on the island in 2013.Coordinator of the National Response Program for HIV/AIDS, Julie Frampton, has revealed that since the first HIV/AIDS case was reported here in 1987, there were four hundred and ten (410) cumulative cases at the end of 2013.“We have a male-dominated epidemic with over seventy percent of cases being male. So the 410, from 1987 up to end of 2013, doesn’t mean that all those people are alive,” Nurse Frampton said. The age group most affected by HIV/AIDS is 25-49. Moreover, Nurse Frampton reported that almost every year more males have been testing positive. “Last year we had fifteen new cases and ten of them were males”. “What is interesting though, about our new cases now, we see the older age group, out of the 15 of last year, 14 of them were over 30,” she said.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Helen RoyerSpeaking at the start of a stakeholder consultation meeting for Dominica’s National Strategic plan for HIV/AIDS for 2015-2019 on July 8, 2014, Nurse Frampton said participants should consider whether the correct people are being targeted, “or should we shift our focus, or are the older age group like me saying we’re safe and what it is we need to do address that”. The two-day consultation being held at the Flamboyant Hotel in Roseau, seeks to sensitize stakeholders on the HIV/AIDS strategic plan and mitigate the negative impacts of HIV/AIDS in Dominica. Meanwhile, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, Helen Royer said the existence of HIV/AIDS cannot be underestimated as it poses a “serious challenge to humankind as to date there is neither a vaccine, nor a cure for HIV/AIDS”.“We cannot sit idle by thinking that it’s not our business because HIV/AIDS is a human developmental problem fueled by many factors”.“In Dominica, we also have reasons to be concerned as we have over four hundred and ten infected persons at the end of 2013,” Mrs Royer stated. She added that the Ministry of Health realizes that this is very important and it needs to ensure that there are strategic directions to deal with the problem since the majority of persons infected come from the productive age group of 25 to 49.“The Ministry of Health realizes that for outstanding success, a multi-stage process would be required and before implementing, all stakeholders must be sensitized to the strategic plan, hence your presence today,” Mrs Royer said.She further stated, “I am confident that this strategic plan will serve as a framework for our practice in Dominica and will provide answers to the many of your questions”. The national plan she noted must be “owned” by all stakeholders and “more importantly” must be implemented.The Caribbean has the second highest incident of HIV/AIDS in the Americas, and the size of the epidemic is second only to that of the sub Saharan Africa.According to the 2005 assessment survey, there were approximately three hundred and fifty thousand to five hundred and ninety thousand people living with HIV/AIDS who come from the region. It further notes that seventy-nine percent of people living with HIV are from Haiti and the Dominican Republic. AIDS is now the leading cause of death among 15 – 45 year olds in the Caribbean.Dominica Vibes News
264 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share BusinessNewsRegional St Lucia places temporary ban on all UK poultry imports by: CMC – November 25, 2014 Share Tweet Share CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Tuesday November 25, 2014, CMC – St Lucia has slapped a temporary ban on the importation of all poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom, as a result of an outbreak of bird flu there.The Ministry of Agriculture said the ban was imposed in light of information received from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the United Kingdom confirming that the country recently experienced an outbreak of a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).“The start date of the outbreak event is November 14, 2014 and pertains to the entire country,” the Ministry statement said.It said the importation ban is imposed with immediate effect and applies to all poultry, poultry meat products and processed internal organs of poultry raised, slaughtered or processed in the United Kingdom from 21 days prior to the start date of the outbreak.“These importation restrictions are part of quarantine measures aimed at preventing the entry of the Avian Influenza Virus into St Lucia and will remain in effect until further notice,” the Ministry said.One local supplier told reporters that the ban could help local poultry farmers significantly, since they have been complaining about a backlog of local products.However an importer, speaking on condition of anonymity, disagreed, saying that local suppliers do not provide “specialised cuts”, such as chicken wings, which imported into the island.The importer disclosed that St Lucia buys over a quarter of a million pounds of chicken annually from the United Kingdom at a cheaper price than imports from the United States.
Share 302 Views one comment Sharing is caring! A total of one hundred and seventy (170) cases of child abuse were reported in Dominica for the year 2014, coordinator of the Child Abuse Prevention Unit, Jemma Azille Lewis has revealed.Mrs Lewis, in addressing media practitioners at a ‘Media as Advocates for Children’ workshop on Tuesday 3 March 2015 at the National Development Foundation of Dominica (NDFD) conference room, said sexual abuse dominated the total number of reported child abuse cases for 2014.There were one hundred and thirty-five (135) reported cases of child sexual abuse here; fifteen (15) boys/males and one hundred and thirty (130) girls/females.“In terms of children within 0-5 years being abused twenty-four, 6 -10 years of age thirty-eight, 11 – 15 years one hundred and one and 16 -17 years of age, seventeen cases,” Mrs Lewis informed.“I broke down the sexual abuse seeing that [it] is the main form of abuse being reported; boys five, girls a hundred and thirty,” Mrs Lewis noted. She also informed that there were also other forms of abuse reported to include physical twenty-four (24), neglect seven (7), neglect and physical four (4), incest twenty (20) and teen pregnancy nine (9).“So keep in mind that we had a hundred and seventy cases of child abuse incidents reported for 2014, out of the one hundred and seventy cases, a hundred and thirty-five of that were sexual related matters,” Mrs Lewis reiterated.Mrs Lewis indicated that while the Unit has made some progress in protecting children from child abuse, they do have “a few challenges” which includes lack of human and technical resources and inadequate legislation.“We have the Sexual Offences Act which is of 1998, there needs to be a review of it to ensure that we are up to date we are in 2015”.“Weak enforcement of existing legislation, for example if…somebody is found guilty of a sexual offence and you can take up to twenty-five years or forty years, why is it that you only pay a fine of three thousand dollars, why is it that you only take a prison confinement of three months or six months and do community service for the rest,” Mrs Lewis questioned.Additionally, she noted that the absence of a family court is another challenge as “it takes a while before some of these cases reach the high court”, compounded by parental attitude towards the abusers “they refuse to testify or they take bribes”.– / 19 Tweet Share Share LocalNews Worrying child abuse statistics revealed by: Dominica Vibes News – March 4, 2015
Ilustrasi Bandara Ali Sadikin. Sumber: airportcheck.nl Mengingat pemintaan penerbangan yang meningkat pesat beberapa waktu ke belakang, Bandara Internasional Soekarno-Hatta diketahui tengah melakukan sejumlah persiapan untuk membangun landas pacu ketiganya dalam waktu dekat ini. Hadirnya landas pacu tambahan ini dipercaya dapat mengimbangi tingginya angka permintaan perjalanan via udara.Baca Juga: Tak Ada Pembagian Daerah, Angkasa Pura II Kini Kelola Bandara BanyuwangiSebagaimana yang dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari sejumlah laman sumber, runway ketiga bandara dengan kode CGK tersebut ditargetkan dibangun pada Maret 2018. “Tanggalnya belum dipastikan. Untuk progress-nya masih dalam persiapan groundbreaking,” tutur VP Corporate Communication PT Angkasa Pura II, Yado Yarismano, dikutip dari laman tribunnews.com (1/3/2018). Walaupun belum diketahui kapan pembangunan ini akan dimulai, namun Yado mempercayai bahwa estimasi pembangunan runway ini akan memakan waktu 16 bulan. Bukan tanpa alasan, Yado menyebutkan bahwa pembangunan runway 3 bandara tersibuk di Indonesia ini dilandaskan pada perkiraan lonjakan penumpang yang menyentuh angka 100 juta penumpang pada tahun 2025 mendatang. Terlebih mengingat aktifitas penerbangan yang terjadi saat ini di Bandara Internasional Soekarno-Hatta mencapai angka 72 pergerakan (take off dan landing) per jam.Yado menjelaskan bahwa pembangunan runway ini memerlukan lahan seluas 216 hektar, sedangkan hingga saat ini lahan yang berhasil diakusisi sudah mencapai 90 hektar. “Untuk saat ini tidak ada kendala apa – apa. Memang masih progress pelaksanaan. Target rampungnya di tahun 2019,” ucapnya. Dengan dimensi sebesar itu, bukan tidak mungkin runway baru ini mampu menampung pesawat berbodi besar seperti Boeing 777. Sedangkan untuk pendanaan runway berdimensi 3000m x 60m ini diperoleh dari Penyertaan Modal Negara (PMN).Senada dengan Yado, Menteri Perhubungan Budi Karya Sumadi mengatakan bahwa progress hingga saat ini masih berada dalam tahap pembebasan lahan. Namun, pembebasan lahan ditargetkan bisa rampung seluruhnya pada bulan April 2018. “Pembebasan tanah akan selesai April. Sekarang taxi way-nya sudah dibangun. Tinggal runwaynya bulan Juni mudah-mudahan. Panjangnya 3.000 meter,” tutur budi, dikutip dari laman terpisah.“Kita ingin memperbaiki movement di sini dengan melakukan berbagai hal. Kita nanti akan membangun runway ketiga, nanti kita akan mendapatkan keuntungan, mendapatkan movement yang jauh lebih tinggi di atas 100. Runway 3 itu sendiri tidak independen. Ada satu kondisi, jaraknya tidak lebih dari 250 meter. Tapi pada saat itu Soetta akan lebih baik, lebih safety terutama dari segi maintenance,” tambahnya.Baca Juga: April 2017, PT Angkasa Pura II Mulai Groundbreaking Pembangunan Runway Ketiga Bandara Soekarno HattaJika ditelusuri lebih lanjut, sebenarnya rencana pembangunan runway ketiga ini sudah muncul sejak beberapa waktu yang lalu. Pada 12 Februari 2017 silam, Direktur Utama PT Angkasa Pura II, Muhammad Awaluddin mengatakan akan melakukan groundbreaking runway ketiga Bandara Internasional Soekarno Hatta pada bulan April 2017.“Runway ketiga dibangun di sisi utara bandara dan saat ini proyek tersebut tengah dalam proses procurement sehingga kami targetkan pada April 2017 dapat dilakukan groundbreaking?,” imbuhnya waktu itu. Jika tidak meleset dari perhitungan waktu kala itu, diproyeksikan landas pacu ini dapat mulai beroperasi pada pertengahan tahun 2018.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedHang Nadim, Bandara dengan Landas Pacu Terpanjang di Indonesia07/02/2017In “Analisa Angkutan”Bandara Internasional Soekarno-Hatta Menjadi Hub Kedua Terbesar di Asia Pasifik02/10/2018In “Bandara”April 2017, PT Angkasa Pura II Mulai Groundbreaking Pembangunan Runway Ketiga Bandara Soekarno Hatta20/02/2017In “Bandara”
Namun, hal tersebut belum bisa dipastikan kapan akan kembali beroperasi secara utuh. Sebab, Menteri Transportasi Kamboja, Sun Chantol mengatakan, pihaknya masih melakukan negosiasi dengan Thailand terkait masalah perbatasan yang belum selesai.Diketahui, jalur kereta api yang selesai pada Februari 2018 lalu ini, menambahkan rute transportasi baru ke Southern Economic Corridor serta memiliki jalur yang akan menghubungkan Bangkok melalu iPhnom Penh ke kota Ho Chi Minh di Vietnam Selatan.Sebenarnya panjang bentang rel antara kota Phom Penh dan Poipet adalah 386 km yang selesai pada 1942 silam dengan waktu pengerjaan 13 tahun. Namun tahun 1973 lalu sekitar 48 km rel tersebut rusak berat yang menghubungkan Sisophon dan kota perbatasan Poipet karena perang sipil di Kamboja.Untungnya tahun 2009 lalu, Asian Development Bank memberikan US$13 juta atau sekitar Rp179 miliar untuk membangun kembali jalur sepanjang 42 km. Hal ini menyisakan enam kilometer, agar pemerintah Kamboja yang meneruskan pembangunan jalur tersebut.Baca juga: Museum Kereta Api Bondowoso, Saksi Sejarah Gerbong Maut Pengangkut 100 Pejuang KemerdekaanAwalnya segmen ini akan selesai pada pertengahan 2016 lalu, tetapi di tunda beberapa kali karena masalah hukum dan sengketa tanah. Menurut Direktur Jenderal Kementerian Pekerjaan Umum dan Transportasi Kamboja, Vasim Soraya, sengketa tersebut bermasalah dengan penduduk yang tinggal di sepanjang rel kereta api itu.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedDi Tengah Lesunya Pasar, Mulai Juni Citilink Buka Penerbangan Langsung ke Phnom Penh28/05/2019In “Bandara”Thailand Canangkan Kereta Peluru Trans-ASEAN, Hubungkan Cina, Laos, Malaysia dan Singapura11/07/2019In “Darat”Gunakan Armada ‘Sementara’, Menteri Transportasi Kamboja Resmikan Layanan Kereta Bandara13/04/2018In “Bandara” Jalur kereta api di Kamboja (The Cambodia Daily) Perang Sipil yang meletus di Kamboja pada 1970 membawa dampak besar, selain puluhan ribu nyawa melayang, infrastruktur transportasi pun ikut menjadi korban, seperti jalur kereta yang menghubungkan antara ibu kota Kamboja Phnom Penh dan Bangkok sebagai ibu kota Thailand. Dan setelah 45 tahun berlalu, jalur kereta sepanjang 48 kilometer tersebut dibangun kembali dan beroperasi pada Rabu (4/4/2018) melewati kota di perbatasan Kamboja, Poipet dan Sisophon.Baca juga: Gunakan Armada ‘Sementara’, Menteri Transportasi Kamboja Resmikan Layanan Kereta BandaraKabarPenumpang.com melansir dari laman scmp.com (4/4/2018), sayangnya beberapa bagian dari rel kereta antara Sisophon dan Phnom Penh masih dalam tahap renovasi dan pekerjaan tersebut diharapkan selesai akhir tahun 2018 ini. Sebenarnya renovasi ini juga dilakukan untuk membuka kembali jaringan kereta api dari ibu kota Phom Penh di Kamboja dengan Bangkok di Thailand.