first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInHigh value housebreaking – DumfriesPolice officers in Dumfries are investigating a break-in to a house in Troqueer Road in the town which happened sometime between 0800 hours and 1700 hours on Tuesday 1 December 2015. Jewellery with a value of around £5000, including diamond rings and a pendant were stolen in the raid.Constable Alison Burke at Dumfries said “this break-in happened in broad daylight and we are asking anyone who may have been in the Troqueer Road/Pilgrims Way footpath area at anytime on Tuesday to get in touch with us if they saw or heard anything suspicious. Information can be passed to us through the 101 number.last_img read more

Jamaica and St. Lucia PMs condemn attacks in France

first_imgJamaica’s Prime Minster Andrew Holness and his St. Lucian counterpart, Allen  Chastanet, have condemned the terrorist attacks in France that left at least 88 people dead in France.In a letter to his French counterpart, Manuel Valls Holness said “this atrocious act, perpetrated against the French Republic during the festivities on the occasion of the 227th Anniversary of your National Day in the city of Nice, has left Jamaica and the international community in dismay and anguish.“The attack seeks to undermine the principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity championed by the French in 1789 which have been accepted by the civilized and peace-loving world as core tenets of democracy. “Today, it is clear that there are elements in the world that do not embrace these ideals; elements which are dedicated to inciting fear and hatred among others,” Holness wrote as he extended Jamaica’s condolence to the people of France and their bereaved families.Chastanet said “once again the world has to bare the pain of another dreadful attempt to terrorize innocent people”.He said the attack in Nice “was an attack against people on a day that celebrates Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. People across the world need to draw strength from the French people’s commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.“We are reminded in this time of tragedy that the bonds of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity are not only values that the French share but they are values that most of the world share. We implore the entire world to embrace those values to make certain that these ideals endure far beyond any act of terrorism or hateful crimes.”Chastanet said he St. Lucia was offering its “deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed and our hopes for a speedy recovery to those who were injured.last_img read more

Shoplifter pepper sprays security guard

first_imgA shoplifter pepper-sprayed a security guard at a store at The Palms at Town and Country, authorities said.The incident was reported at Forever 21’s even cheaper F21 RED store. According to an incident report, a woman saw the thief putting clothes into a shopping bag without paying for the items and notified the store’s security guard.Miami-Dade police recently released surveillance video that shows the shoplifter pepper-spraying the security guard before taking off with a bag full of stolen merchandise.It’s unclear how much the merchandise was worth. According to an incident report, the store was evacuated because of the chemicals in the air.last_img read more

BVI Governor to announce plans to boost security

first_imgGovernor Augustus Jaspert Governor of the British Virgin Islands, BVI, Augustus Jaspert says plans aimed at boosting the country’s national security will be announced this week.In a recent statement, Jaspert said cabinet has forged plans to bolster national security through collaboration with Police Commissioner Michael Matthews and members of other local law enforcement agencies.“These (plans) will be explained in detail next week,” Jaspert said in a media release last Friday.He noted that re-establishing streetlights around the police station in the capital of Road Town, will be included in the plans.“I am grateful for the UK’s support in funding extra electrical teams to support our efforts here. Security is everyone’s responsibility and we must all do our bit to keep the territory safe,” Jaspert added.He made the statement amid a series of successive shootings on the main island of Tortola.last_img read more

PNP against move to recover Petrojam shares by legislative means

first_imgBut PNP spokesman on energy, Phillip Paulwell, said the party is against the move which he described as “particularly premature”.Paulwell said that the government should await the report of the Zacca Committee, which was appointed to look at the future of the Petrojam Refinery. The committee is scheduled to report in May 2019 on its findings and recommendations.He said also no apparent effort was made to use any international arbitration organizations to settle any dispute which may have arisen between the two governments, especially in light of reports that a settlement price was the only outstanding issue.Could affect international investments“The expropriation will cause ripple effects to be felt in the local and international investor community for some time. This hostile approach is uncharacteristic of Jamaica, and may, in fact, be detrimental to our future negotiating capacity with other foreign investors.“The expropriation of investor property must always be a last resort, demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society, and only after exhausting all reasonable avenues for an amicable settlement,” Paulwell added.PDV Caribe, an affiliate of the state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) entered into a joint venture agreement which resulted in the sale of PetroJam shares in August 2006 and February 2007 respectively.The agreement had called for the upgrading and expansion of the refinery to improve its competitiveness and meet local and international market demands, but Johnson Smith said these objectives were not met and that this poses a risk to the economy.Commitment given by CaracasJohnson Smith told reporters that Prime Minister Andrew Holness had led a delegation including then energy minister Dr Andrew Wheatley that held talks with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in May 2016 where Caracas gave a commitment to upgrading Petrojam.Did not fulfil obligationsThe Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister said after signing a Letter of Intent in January 2017 and a refinery upgrade agreement in February 2018, Venezuela has not fulfilled its obligations and that Kingston had made a formal offer to buy back the Petrojam shares in March 2018.Paulwell is calling on Prime Minister Holness, in his capacity as head of Government and as minister of energy, to report to the nation on what role he played in the negotiation and to disclose immediately the factors which led to this urgent action of forcibly acquiring the shares of a non-hostile foreign partner.Negotiating effort was weak claims PNP“The Opposition strongly feels that the negotiating effort was weak, having been left almost solely to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. This present situation requires further explanation, particularly as it relates to the country’s energy security and our future relationship with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”.In March last year, a government statement said that the attempt to take full control of Petrojam followed the decision by US President Donald Trump to issue an Executive Order imposing sanctions targeting the Government of Venezuela and its state-owned entities.Former energy minister Andrew Wheatley told Parliament then that since the Trump announcement “the relationship between Petrojam Limited and PDVSA has come under intense scrutiny, both locally and internationally.”The Ministry of Finance has set aside J$35 billion in the 2018/2019 budget to repurchase the shares. KINGSTON, Jamaica,  CMC – The opposition People’s National Party (PNP) says it does not support the move by the Jamaican government to enact special legislation that would allow it to forcibly retake the 49 per cent stake held by Venezuela in the state-owned oil refinery Petrojam.Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith told a news conference Tuesday that “it will not be a general piece of legislation which allows for acquisition of property rights, other than land, beyond the scope of the transfer of ownership of the 49 per cent shares in PetroJam currently held by PDV Caribe”.Premature movelast_img read more

Jamaica, Antigua and Barbados Suffer From the Collapse of Thomas Cook…

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Three of the major tourist destinations in the Caribbean have shared contrasting views on the impact the collapse of the British-based travel company, Thomas Cook, would have on their tourism industry.Thomas Cook, which had struggled against fierce online competition for some time and blamed Brexit uncertainty for a recent drop in bookings, declared bankruptcy after failing to secure £200 million (US$250 million, 227 million euros) from private investors.Chief executive officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James said that the impact of the collapse would be insignificant.He said Thomas Cook has been operating a once-weekly service into Antigua and Barbuda since December 2013.“There are no passengers stranded in Antigua and Barbuda at the moment because that service operates only from November to April. But we have approximately 992 bookings that have already been on the books,” James said, noting that while island enjoyed a good working relationship with the company, passengers utilizing its service sonly represent a small fraction of the United Kingdom market.“Last year, for example, Thomas Cook did approximately 1,600 passengers to Antigua and Barbuda out of a total of 70, 670 from the UK, so it is less than a half percent impact. So the impact will be very negligible. Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, who held talks with the British High Commissioner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad on Monday, is expected to lead a delegation to London on Tuesday as part of the efforts to mitigate the impact of the closure of the company.“We will be working feverishly over the next few weeks to mitigate the impact of it and to ensure that the fallout to our market will be minimised,” he said, acknowledging that the closure of the British tour company will negatively affect Jamaica’s tourism.Bartlett said Thomas Cook was responsible for bringing up to 14,000 passengers to Jamaica annually.“The impact on our tourism industry will be huge because they have long-staying guests averaging 14 days. When you multiply that, it is a couple hundred million dollars,” Bartlett said.In Barbados, tourism stakeholders acknowledged that the collapse would have an impact on the industry.“We were aware of the company’s ongoing financial challenges for some time. It is a major blow to the industry to lose the world’s oldest travel company,” the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) said.It said it was working closely with other stakeholders including the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport and the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) to minimize the impact to Barbados’ tourism business.“Our first priority is working with the BHTA to facilitate solutions for the visitors currently on the island who would have booked Thomas Cook packages. While customers are entitled to refunds from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), we are committed to ensuring minimal discomfort and disruption to their Barbados holidays due to the fallout.“It is estimated that there are currently only 44 Thomas Cook guests on the island, all booked through scheduled airlines and it is likely that they will not be considered as stranded passengers,” the BTMI said.Thomas Cook currently operates three flights to Barbados from Manchester in the winter, as well as a direct flight from the London Gatwick airport, providing a total of approximately 24,000 seats to the destination each year.The 178-year-old company officially ended its operations on Sunday after last-minute negotiations aimed at saving it failed.The BTMI said it estimated that about 60 percent of Thomas Cook’s winter business to the island would have been booked in advance and that it was already working on a strategy to assist any displaced passengers.“The Honourable Kerrie Symmonds, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, is already in the UK meeting with other airline partners who currently service Thomas Cook’s routes,” the BTMI said.The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (NHTA) has also expressed concern at the closure.“The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association is very concerned about the recent failure of Thomas Cook and its impact for the winter season when the service would be operating,” said BHTA chief executive officer, Rudy Grant, who is also part of the Barbados delegation in the United Kingdom.last_img read more

Buju Banton Cops Seven IRAWMA Awards

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Buju Banton scored big at the recent International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA). The popular deejay won a total of seven awards at the event which was held as an online event and media announcement of winners as the restrictions of the spread of the coronavirus necessitated the cancellation of the regular award show.Buju won the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award; Best R&B/Hip Hop collaboration for Holy Mountain featuring DJ Khaled; Best Dancehall Stagecraft Entertainer; Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer and Best Caribbean Entertainer for which he tied with Beenie Man.Buju Banton’s Til Shiloh Band also won Most Outstanding Show Band, while Long Walk To Freedom, his first show after his return from a 10-year jail sentence in the US, was named Concert of The Year.Popular Jamaican female Grammy award singer Koffee won four awards – Best Female Vocalist, Best Song for Toast, Best Album (Rapture); and Best Music Video for “Toast”.IRAWMA’s, producer Ephraim Martin, told the Jamaica Observer despite the COVID-19 pandemic he decided that awards had to be presented.“Yes, the coronavirus pandemic was a setback for us. We had lots of people scheduled to come in from all over the world for the event. There was a big delegation coming from Africa this year, as the awards is very popular there,” he said. “But we decided that we just had to go ahead given the importance of these awards to the entertainment industry. So, we had to do our best. We missed the glitz and glamour of the red carpet and the energy of the audience, but I believe we were able to manage and deliver under the circumstances.”Martin shared that the situation presented an opportunity to widen the IRAWMA reach to those unable to be in Jamaica for the event.“I believe we have set a precedent in these times. Rather than cancelling events, we have been able to show others how you can go ahead in these times. More than 100,000 persons tuned in to hear the announcements. This is great. Especially at this time when many persons are at home with nothing to do, these online events provide a great form of entertainment,” he noted.Other award winners included Entertainer of The year — Popcaan; Recording Artiste of The Year – Vybz Kartel; Best Male Vocalist — Chronixx; Best Gospel Song — No Weapon by Jermaine Edwards; Best Male Deejay — Vybz Kartel; Best Female Deejay — Spice; Best New Entertainer — Chronic Law.Veteran Freddie McGregor was named Most Consistent Entertainer; Stone Love was voted Best Sound System, and Ding Dong and Ravers Clavers won for Most Outstanding Dance Group.last_img read more

How to Recognize Sinusitis

first_imgA sinus is a hollow, air-filled cavity, or the hollow cavities in the skull connected to the nasal airway by a narrow hole in the bone (ostium). Humans have four pairs of these cavities. These are the: In many people, allergic sinusitis develops first, and later, bacterial infection occurs. For these individuals, early treatment of allergic sinusitis may prevent the development of secondary bacterial sinusitis. Source: frontal sinus (in forehead),maxillary sinus (behind cheeks),ethmoid sinus (between the eyes), andsphenoid sinus (deep behind the ethmoids). The cells of the inner lining of each sinus are mucus-secreting cells, epithelial cells and cells that are part of the immune system.  A sinus infection occurs when a virus, bacterium, or a fungus grows within a sinus and causes intermittent blockage of the sinus ostium. Drainage of mucus often occurs when the blockage is relieved. The drainage usually goes from the nasal passages to the throat or out the nostrils. Such infections also cause inflammation of one or more sinuses. This adds to blocking the openings of the sinuses and causes discomfort. While spring is regarded as the season flare-ups of the sinuses, a number of people suffer from that bothersome and sometimes painful infection of the sinuses known as sinusitis when the climate in South Florida gets cooler. Sinusitis is the Inflammation of the air cavities within the passages of the nose. This can be caused by infection or an allergy and irritation of the sinuses. The common symptoms include headache, facial tenderness, pressure or pain,  in some cases fever, cloudy, discolored nasal drainage, nasal stuffiness, sore throat, and cough. Some people may experience tooth or ear pain, fatigue, or bad breath. In noninfectious sinusitis, symptoms include itching eyes, frequent sneezing and a clear or whitish colored nasal drainage. What is a sinus infection?center_img Sinusitis caused by virus infection can be treated by pain and fever medications,  decongestants and mucolytics. A common treatment is to inhale the steam of water vaporized with ingredients like Vicks vapor rub, Tiger-Balm, and eucalyptus. The various treatments help to drain the sinuses and offer relief. Symptoms of a sinus infection? Stagnated mucus provides an environment for bacteria, viruses and in some circumstances fungus to grow within the sinus cavities. In addition, the microbes can initiate and exacerbate sinus blockage. Treatment Acute sinus infection from bacteria is usually treated with antibiotic therapy aimed at treating the most common bacteria known to cause a sinus infection, Antibiotic therapy is usually required for 10-14 days, and in more stubborn infections for 14-21 days. Functions of the sinuses include humidifying and warming inspired air, insulation of surrounding structures (eyes, nerves), increasing voice resonance, and as buffers against facial trauma, and decreases the weight of the skull The drainage of mucous from the sinuses can also be impaired by thickening of the mucous secretions, by a decrease in water content of the mucous brought on by disease, drying medications (antihistamines), and lack of sufficient humidity in the air. The epithelial cells have small hairlike fibers, called cilia, which move back and forth to help the mucus move out of the sinuses. These small cells may be damaged by many irritants, especially smoke and prevent them from helping the mucus to drain from the sinuses. Sinusitis commonly occurs when environmental pollens (from plants) irritate the nasal passages. It can also result from irritants, like chemicals or the use and/or abuse of over-the-counter nasal sprays, and illegal substances snorted through the nose. About 30 million adults have “sinusitis.”last_img read more

African Union considering a number of options to address migrants crisis

first_imgAfrican Union (AU) says it’s keen to address the migrants issue and is putting measures in place. CCTV’s Girum Chala sat down with the AU Director for Social Affairs,Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko , to discuss the AU strategies.Dr. Kaloko, AU Director for Social Affairs: Where you cannot manage conflicts there will be forced migration …where there are religious or political persecution there will be migration.So the challenge of managing migration is the case…yet migration in the context of development has far far benefits than they are often perceived for us at the African union yes we want to see we want to see migration in the context of development and we also increasingly try to increase capacity of our member states to be able to manage migration and of course the consequences of irregular migration…Question – Time and again the African union has called on its member states to pursue policies to keep their youth at home. Do you see those policies being implemented across the continent?Dr. Kaloko, AU Director for Social Affairs: The definition of keeping them at home at continental level means keeping them in Africa.not just keeping them in Ethiopia, in Nigeria, Egypt or South Africa ….keeping then at home is keeping them in Africa.And how do we do that Yes we need to create jobs but Africa economy has been doing well there is a tendency to say there has been growth without jobs it’s not so there has been growth with jobs all over the place.Can the African economies do more …of course we need to create more to keep up with our youth bulge…so that we can have the benefits of demographic dividend.But when we consult with the youth while developing agenda 2063 the youth told us to remove barriers in the continent to allow mobility …so AUs contribution is how do we enhance mobility on the continent.Question –what is AU’S prediction for the African migration in 2016 should countries fail to provide the right policies and other recommendations that you have made for the youth to remain in the continent?Dr. Kaloko, AU Director for Social Affairs: We have the African institute for remittances based in Nairobi,we want to continue to make sure that the institute work to bring down the cost of remittance fee..This part of managing migration for development.we realised that in 2014 we were able to account for 64 billion US dollars in remittance flow to the continent but measurement is still very poor …that is about a third we will account for.we want to move many of them to the financial system.last_img read more

Algeria reinstates two-term limits on presidency

first_imgAlgeria has reinstated a two-term limit on its presidency, seven years after the limit was lifted to allow President Abdelaziz Bouteflika run for a third term.The limit is part of a package of constitutional reforms that authorities say will strengthen democracy in the North African nation.Opposition leaders have however dismissed the changes as superficial.Among other reforms are the promise of an independent electoral commission and recognition of the roles of women and youth.The president will also be required to nominate a prime minister from the largest party in parliament.The changes are among the reforms promised by President Bouteflika following the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011.Presidential term-limits were scrapped in 2008, allowing Bouteflika to bid for a third term in 2009. The 78-year-old was re-elected again in 2014, but has rarely been seen in Public since suffering a stroke the previous year.last_img read more