More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said that he was especially making reference to the wearing of a mask in public spaces as the island recorded its 29th case over the last weekend. The woman’s death came less than 24 hours after the Ministry announced that a 61-year-old woman of Region One died at her home as a result of the virus. Oct 15, 2020 “To date, 24,502 tests have been completed. Hospitalized cases decreased by two to tally at 110. Further, there were 85 recovered cases so that the recovered cases now total 2,900. Oct 16, 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC “We have unfortunately, another death to report, this is in a female in her late 60s from Orange Walk who had been hospitalized at KHMH’s ICU. Our case fatality rate now stands at 1.46 per cent,” the authorities added. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Story via CMC – The Saint Lucia government Monday warned that the police would adopt a zero tolerance approach to enforcing protocols aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that have been linked to deaths in Guyana, the Bahamas and Belize over the past 24 hours. “Effective October 15th paid Government quarantine applies to all returning nationals. You are encouraged to anonymously report any known breaches to the COVID-19 protocols to the police. This includes breaches to home quarantine and illegal entry of persons,” he said, adding that he is convinced that contact with someone who entered this country illegally, was responsible for the island’s latest COVID-19 case. “The Ministry of Health (MOH) regrettably informs that as of October 11th, one more person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has died. The Ministry is also appealing to the general public to respect the confidentiality of the deceased and her family, and to allow them to mourn their tragic loss in peace.” The Ministry of Health also confirmed the death of a 6) year old male of New Providence bringing the death toll to 107. It said there were 3,861 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Providence, 654 in Grand Bahama, 157 in Abaco and 56 in Bimini. You may be interested in… As a result the number of positive cases there is 2,531 with 946 being active. In Guyana, a 40-year-old female of Region Four has been recorded as Guyana’s latest COVID-19 death pushing the death toll to 104. Earlier, appearing on a television programme with Chastanet and the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry said that the maximum penalty for non-compliance of the regulations is EC$1,000 (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) or six months in prison, or both. Belizean authorities said that a total of 163 samples were processed on Sunday resulting in 35 new cases. “Beginning today, the police will have a zero tolerance approach to enforcing of protocols, especially with the wearing of a mask in public spaces. Statutory Instrument Number 152 of 2020 speaks to who is exempted from masks; limitations in mass crowd events will continue to be enforced, and the issue of overcrowding on public buses will also be strictly enforced,” Chastanet said. According to the official figures, Guyana now has 3, 469 positive cases after 64 new cases were recorded on Sunday. According to the Ministry’s dashboard, there are 16 persons in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit. So far, 2,318 persons have recovered while 1,032 persons are in isolation. “I am certainly convinced that it was contact with someone who came in illegally that has initiated this and if they have affected one person, which is a bus driver, they can easily affect other people,” Chastanet asserted. “I will be speaking with my officers. We will be meeting together Monday, God willing, and there will be full enforcement,” he told television viewers on Sunday night. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak CDC reduces Saint Lucia’s COVID-19 rating to Level 1Saint Lucia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in ensuring a safe and strategic approach to the reopening of the economy, is receiving rave reviews the world over. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has now reduced Saint Lucia’s COVID-19 rating to the lowest, Level 1, as one of only eight…August 26, 2020In “General”Guyana Government to set up COVID screening units in communities(Guyana Chronicle) In addition to the setting up of COVID-19 hotlines across the country, steps are being taken to operationalise COVID-19 screening units at “hot spots” where a significant number of reports come from, according to officials from the Health and Emergency Operations Centre (HEOC), which is coordinating the country’s…April 15, 2020In “CARICOM”CARPHA Turnaround Time for COVID-19 Testing Remains Consistent with No Test Results PendingAs the regional reference laboratory, the CARPHA Medical Microbiology Laboratory (CMML) continues to conduct tests for suspected COVID-19 cases for 18 of its 26 Member States. Throughout the pandemic period, CARPHA has been guiding laboratory action through science-based testing protocols based on the latest recommendations by the World Health Organization…August 14, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 15, 2020 St. Lucia records more cases of COVID In the Bahamas, the Ministry of Health confirmed 55 additional cases, bringing the total to 5,078. Oct 16, 2020
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Ingen Ideas, an upstream oil and gas engineering consultancy and an Amec Foster Wheeler company, has announced the award of a contract worth approximately £8 million ($12.1 M) by Marathon Oil. The five-year multi-discipline engineering contract covers Marathon Oil’s Brae Complex in the North Sea.The contract started in October 2015 and will run for five years, with the potential for two further five-year extensions, Ingen said on Monday.The company notes that the contract covers subsea and topsides, including onshore operations support, projects and modifications engineering, as well as technical consultancy.Ingen says it will call upon engineering services from across the Amec Foster Wheeler group. This will provide the ability to rapidly mobilise and demobilise engineering resource with the flexibility to suit the workload needs as well as access to alternative similar high quality resources when availability, timing and duration demands, said Ingen.Wayne Strachan, Ingen General Manager, said: “This is the first contract award of this scale for Ingen. It signifies how in the current economic climate, Ingen’s approach to consultancy engineering, with the global support of Amec Foster Wheeler, can add value by being agile, responsive and proportionate to the exact requirements of the project.”
This week Pittsburgh, USA based research and consulting company SJ Consulting Group reported that the world’s 50 largest logistics companies generated nearly USD248 billion in revenue last year, up nearly 5 percent from the USD237.4 billion generated in 2013.DHL topped the revenue charts in 2014, with Kuehne + Nagel and DB Schenker taking second and third place respectively, and C. H. Robinson coming in not far behind them.The SJ Consulting analyst that compiled the list of 50 logistics companies noted that acquisitions contributed to a lot of the companies’ growth, but many also experienced organic growth in 2014.The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) also released its Annual Energy Outlook 2015 this week, which suggests that US energy consumption will grow at a modest rate, but that the country will heavily increase its production levels, reducing the amount of energy imports and increasing the USA’s oil and gas exports. In businessBurger takes away DALFollowing this week’s closure of Antwerp ship agency Van Doosselaere & Achten, HLPFI understands that the DAL agency representation in Belgium has transferred to VO Agencies.Cargolux in Oman Air dealOman Air has signed a joint venture agreement with Luxembourg based Cargolux Airlines International.AAPA hails bipartisan trade legislationThe American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has applauded introduction of The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015.Antwerp cargo traffic growsThe Port of Antwerp handled 51,023,670 tonnes of freight in the first quarter of 2015 – up 5.9 percent year-on-year over the same period of 2014.Good start to year at St PetersburgIn the first quarter of 2015 the Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg (SP SPb) handled 2 million tonnes of cargo, an increase of 5 percent compared with the same period in 2014. Throughput up, project cargo down at RotterdamThe Port of Rotterdam posted a 7.2 percent year-on-year increase in throughput for Q1 2015, but also witnessed a 17.1 percent drop in general cargo shipments.Long Beach sees cargo riseCargo volumes at the Port of Long Beach last month showed a 32 percent increase over the same period in 2014, making it the busiest March in the gateway’s history. Contractual obligationsBlue Water wins yard stay projectMaersk Drilling has chosen Blue Water Shipping to handle transportation and logistics services for the semi-submersible drilling rig Maersk Deliverer during its yard stay in South Africa. Capacity developmentsHydraulic filter innovation from MGRMGR Fluid Power has taken delivery of its first shipment of own-branded hydraulic filters from North America, which it says will help hydraulics operators save money on repair costs.Herbold takes new LiebherrRolf Herbold has acquired a new LTM 1070-4.2 mobile crane to replace its 14-year-old LTM 1060/2 model.Toll opens Ichthys baseAustralian logistics service provider Toll Group has officially opened its offshore logistics base in Darwin for the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG project.AV Dawson inks new yard dealUK-based multimodal supply chain specialist AV Dawson has signed a strategic deal with Network Rail to take control of its neighbouring Middlesbrough goods yard. Shipment of the weekVanguard has coordinated the relocation of a large hydraulic press plant from a factory near Johannesburg to its new facility in southwest Ireland. On the moveNew NYK president takes officeTadaaki Naito has been appointed as the new president of Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), effective yesterday, April 16. Network and association developmentsThe Project Professionals Group (PPG) appointed RBS Logistics as a new member in Georgia.Leman USA joined the Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN). The CLC Projects network welcomed Ebentina International as a new representative in Nigeria. All about EvieEvie was pleased to see that the giant graffiti mural (pictured below) on one of the walls of the Deurganck dock lock in the Port of Antwerp has been completed, and she is looking forward to seeing the work of art in person when she visits Antwerp in May for the Breakbulk event.Evie was amused this week when she received an issue of Verkehrszeitung that appeared to have been the victim of a grave publishing error. When she opened the magazine, she realised that half of the magazine had been printed upside down…oops.
The urban development project will create better links between the city centre and the port by erecting a bicycle bridge and walkway, says Blue Water Shipping.The transport was carried out for Valmont SM, a steel contractor and manufacturer of the bridge sections, the largest of which measured 23 m x 6.5 m x 1.5 m. In a separate project, Blue Water Shipping has transported a massive lower hull and other heavy components that will form part of a semi-submersible drilling rig, from Asia to South America.The 11,000-tonne lower hull measured 108 m x 73 m x 25 m and the supporting components, which included pontoons, the living quarters, upper derrick and lower derrick, had a combined weight of 7,537 tonnes.According to Blue Water Shipping, its involvement in the project included engineering for the sea fastening and load spreading design, as well as finding the right vessel for each shipment.A video of the project can be found here. www.bws.netwww.valmontsm.com
JAPAN: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has announced plans to construct what it says will be Japan’s ‘first comprehensive railway transportation system verification facility’, with the aim of strengthening the country’s international competitiveness.The MIHARA Test Centre at Mihara Machinery Works’ Wadaoki plant in Hiroshima prefecture is scheduled to open in the first half of 2014. It will feature a 3·2 km test loop, five times longer than the plant’s existing test track and suitable for speeds up to 100 km/h. The test loop is to be equipped with various signalling and communications systems, and would be suitable for testing vehicles built to international standards for export markets. MHI believes international competitiveness requires ‘elevating the level of Japanese companies as a whole’, and so the facility will be available for use by other companies and public bodies; several organisations have already expressed an interest.
The Jamaica government says the anti-visitor harassment measures being implemented in resort areas are bearing fruit and that positive outcomes are evidenced in Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) visitor opinion surveys which show 60 per cent of the tourists visiting Jamaica recently were satisfied with their experience.Significant repeat visitors“Also noteworthy is the fact that 42 per cent of our visitors are repeat guests. Our intention is for those numbers to be even higher as the visit should resonate so well with those who land on our soil, that they will unhesitatingly and consistently give us an A+ rating,” said Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett.The government said the anti-visitor harassment measures include training programs and sensitization workshops for frontline industry representatives interacting directly with visitors; and heightened vigilance and patrols by resort security officers.Visitors are moving around freelyThe government also reported the anti-visitor harassment measures are enabling guests to move around more freely, which contributed to Jamaica being recently voted the number one Caribbean destination and among the top 20 globally, by the highly respected American travel and restaurant website company, TripAdvisor, Inc.These developments are welcomed news for the government, in light of industry stakeholders’ concerns that unless visitor harassment is decisively addressed, it could potentially erode brand Jamaica’s renowned as a highly sought after destination of choice for tourists, and overshadow the sector’s record visitor arrivals and foreign exchange earnings.Ten percent of national GDPBartlett said that destination assurance, resulting from the creation of a safe and comfortable environment for visitors, is crucial to the tourism industry’s ongoing expansion. He said Jamaica can proudly boast that tourism contributes to approximately 10 per cent of the national gross domestic product (GDP), and impacts sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, construction and entertainment.“It is our goal (to ensure) that visitors who step on our soil will feel a sense of peace of mind. This will allow them to traverse the nooks and crannies of the island and experience the rich taste of our culture and the many unique and diverse offerings,” Bartlett said.
A 30-year-old former Dallas police officer, who shot and killed an unarmed St. Lucian national in his own apartment in September, was on Friday indicted on a murder charge.Amber Guyger, shot and killed 26-year-old Botham Jean, after claiming that she got off the wrong floor and went to Jean’s apartment by mistake.She was arrested on September 9, three days after the incident and according to the arrest warrant, , Guyger said it was dark, she saw a figure she did not recognize and believed “she had encountered a burglar.”The former police officer also said that the person did not follow her commands.Jean died at the hospital and his mother, Allison Jean, a former senior public servant in St. Lucia, said her son had moved to Dallas to work at PricewaterhouseCoopers.Guyger was initially arrested on a manslaughter charge and was released from jail on US$300,000 bond the same day she was arrested. She was also fired from the Dallas Police Department.Jean attended Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in St. Lucia, before migrating to the US in 2011 to study accounting and management information systems at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.After a brief internship and graduation from college, he accepted a permanent job in the Dallas office of auditing firm, Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2015.At the time of his death he was a risk assurance associate at Price Waterhouse Coopers.
One of Zimbabwe’s biggest poultry producers, Irvine’s Private Limited, has culled 140,000 birds following an outbreak of avian influenza at its premises which killed 7,000 others, as the government quarantined the affected site to prevent the spread of the virus.A press statement published by the company Tuesday said that the company had identified and contained a form of avian flu on an isolated site just outside Harare.“Irvine’s, together with the Zimbabwe Veterinary Department, have responded by placing the affected site under quarantine and the entire flock that was affected has been culled and disposed of in accordance with the relevant veterinary regulations,” the company said.Avian flu is a virus that occurs naturally among wild aquatic birds and affects domestic poultry and other birds and animals.Principal director in the Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services Unesu Obatolu-Ushewokunze told state media that the outbreak involved the serotype H5 N8 of the avian flu virus which had been spreading around the world since 2010 but had not shown any risk to humans.“All trade partners, veterinary authorities of neighboring countries and the World Organization for Animal Health have been notified as necessary,” she said.
Image Credit D&G Police Division AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPOLICE Officers are appealing for witnesses following an incident in Dumfries town centre in the early hours of Tuesday 25 June 2019. Around 4.10am on Tuesday morning an 85 year old woman was walking in the High Street in Dumfries, near to the Midsteeple, when she was approached and then attacked by a man who took hold of her, knocking her to the ground. The man then took hold of her bag before he made off from the scene. Police were alerted and the woman was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary were she was treated for a head injury.Detective Sergeant Graeme Roberston said “This is a very unusual type of attack to have happened in Dumfries and whilst we know that the streets would have been quiet at this time, we are appealing to the likes of delivery drivers or people going to work to get in touch if they were about the area, saw this man or can help in any way. We are reviewing CCTV images from the town centre cameras at this time. The man we want to trace is described as approximately 5 – 5’ft in height wearing dark trousers and white trainers. Enquiries are in their infancy and further details may be furnished at a later time. Fortunately the woman in this attack was not seriously injured and is recovering from what must have been a horrific ordeal for her. Anyone who can help should call police on the 101 number, quoting the reference number 0421 25/6. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers on the 0800 555 111 number.