OECS and CDEMA Partner to Launch a Webinar on Shelter Management

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet LifestyleLocalNewsRegional OECS and CDEMA Partner to Launch a Webinar on Shelter Management by: – June 29, 2020 Sharecenter_img 25 Views   no discussions Share The OECS Environmental Sustainability Cluster and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) partner to launch a webinar on “Shelter Management: Best Practices and Tools for Preparedness” on June 30, 2020. The general public is invited to register in advance and to join the online discussions.Emergency shelters provide vital spaces for impacted, vulnerable or unhoused members of the community prior to, or post a hazard event. The management of disaster shelters is evolving as managers and practitioners integrate learning and upgrades from research, experience and technology.In CDEMA Participating States, including OECS Member States, many existing emergency shelters, in particular in smaller and more remote communities, were not originally designed as shelters, thus presenting functional and operational challenges and constraints.The current COVID-19 pandemic also presents an additional layer of issues, constraints and protocols for consideration and adaptation for relevant authorities, agencies and communities.The webinar will enable participants to explore the intricacies and challenges of developing and coordinating an effective emergency shelter management programme within communities in the Member States of the Eastern Caribbean. The Webinar will pursue four main objectives, namely:identifying key policy recommendations and protocols for undertaking sheltering including in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak;sharing experiences on implementing successful Shelter Management Programmes and addressing potential challenges;highlighting best practices (tools and tips) that may assist with the enhancement or the expansion of OECS Member States’ Shelter Management Programmes and the involvement of communities in this process; andproviding an orientation to guidelines for sheltering during the 2020 hurricane season.The following speakers will provide insights on shelter management during the 2020 hurricane season, recognizing the multi-hazard environment:Denisse Solis, Emergency Shelter Senior Officer America’s Regional Office, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC);Captain Robert Harewood, Senior Programme Officer, Preparedness & Response, CDEMA; andMs. Audrey Mullings, Disaster Risk Management Specialist, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)The general public is invited to participate in the webinar.Registration link of the webinar  Theme: Shelter Management, Best Practices and Tools for PreparednessDate and time: June 30, 2020 10:00 a.m.Registration link: https://oecscommission.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eEWMsJkDTZGUuTWDMKBxFglast_img read more

Ministry of Health Issues Health Alert

first_imgLimit outdoor activity; 118 Views   no discussions A thick plume of Saharan dust haze will continue to blanket the island chain over the next few days resulting in reduced visibility. People with respiratory illnesses should take the necessary precautions to minimize complications: Health Alert Clean surfaces in living areas frequently with a wet cloth; Share And drink the recommended 8 to 10 glasses of water per day. Tweetcenter_img Continue to use face masks as you have been doing for COVID-19; Sharing is caring! LifestyleLocalNews Ministry of Health Issues Health Alert by: – June 22, 2020 Ensure you have a sufficient supply of your medications for respiratory conditions; Share Sharelast_img read more

DGS records success in sports; other inter-school competitions

first_img Share Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsSecondary DGS records success in sports; other inter-school competitions by: – March 27, 2012 Share 185 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Sports Teacher Neshara Sorhaindo during Phys Ed class at the DGSRoseau, Dominica – The Dominica Grammar School (DGS) is riding a wave of success in inter-school competitions held recently. The DGS recorded impressive wins in the Secondary Schools Athletics Championships held last week, capturing 25 gold medals, 17 silver medals and 6 bronze medals to take the top spot as overall champions.The U-14 netball team also defeated the Portsmouth Secondary School in the finals, 18-7, and the school is also the current volleyball champions after defeating the Dominica State College 3-2 sets earlier this month.The DGS is also the reigning U-15 Boys Football champion.Sports Teacher, Neshara Sorhaindo said these performances prove that there are hardworking students at the DGS who are striving to overcome the challenges posed by anti-social behaviour at their school.Winners of the Rotaract Club Literacy Competition with Literature teacher at the DGS Giselle Mondesire“The children have been working tirelessly to achieve their goals. I think this is a boost after all the negativity that has been attached to the school recently. The majority of students are very optimistic and are doing their best to excel in all disciplines,” she said.Sorhaindo said the DGS has also experienced success in disciplines other than sport.Earlier this month, Ashner De Jean and Dilano Miller won the literacy competition organised by the Rotaract Club and Cleopatra Christopher and Joanne Jno Baptiste competed in the semi finals of the Kiwanis Club Debating Competition.Last Friday Dimitri Raphael won the quiz competition organised by the Allaince Francaise de la Dominique as part of French Day activities and Kellin Juliana, Angel Joseph and Bernika Samuel won the song competition.Also, at the recently held Youth Parliament to mark Commonwealth Day 2012, Peaches Green was adjudged Best Role Player. By: Dionne DurandPublic Relations Specialist, Ministry of Education and Human Resource Developmentlast_img read more

Thanksgiving

first_imgAhhhhh, Thanksgiving!  A sport-loving man’s favorite day!  What could be better–a hardy meal with 5 or 6 football games to watch after you stuff yourself with turkey and all the trimmings?  This is great, right?  Oh, you are the lady of the house, and you don’t see it quite the same as your husband!  Just maybe he could take the kids outside and run some energy off of them while you clean up after the meal.  Or better yet, he and the kids could help mom clean up so that all can sit down and relax or go out and have some fun.  If you are the mom, you might even say “how about dad and the kids cleaning up this one time?”  Oh, come on, we all know that on Thanksgiving everybody likes the turkey and all of its trimmings, and I suppose, most people don’t begrudge watching a game or maybe two.  I do find it hard, however, even as much as I like sports, to believe that the TV is the man’s possession and the kitchen is his wife’s.  Come on, guys, give your wife a break.  Happy Thanksgiving!last_img read more

Perseid Meteor Shower to peak this weekend

first_imgBatesville, In. — Scientists say the 2017 Perseid Meteor Shower will be most active on the Mornings of August 11, 12 and 13.This year activity could be more difficult to see due to the presence of the moon, which will be three-quarters full and will rise shortly before the shower hits its peak around midnight local time.Until August 24 the earth will be passing through the “Comet Swift-Tuttle. The densest and dustiest period is estimated to be on August 12. NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says that should mean there will be more activity in the sky. Regardless, he says activity will be visible before and after that time.No special equipment, other than insect repellent is required to view the Perseid Meteor Shower.last_img read more

Vela signs Sociedad deal until 2018

first_imgReal Sociedad have secured the services of Carlos Vela until 2018 after Arsenal opted not to take up their option to re-sign the Mexico striker, with the Gunners set to receive up to 15million euros from the deal. The 25-year-old Mexico international initially joined Sociedad on loan from Arsenal in 2011 before making the switch permanent in 2012, with the Gunners retaining the option to buy the player back. Arsenal have now decided against bringing Vela back to London and have agreed a deal with the Spanish club understood to be worth up to 15million euros (£12million) for Vela to become Sociedad’s player exclusively. A statement on www.realsociedad.com read: “Real Sociedad have reached an agreement with Arsenal for Carlos Vela to continue at the txuri urdin club. “Real Sociedad have also reached an agreement with Carlos Vela to renew his contract for the next four seasons. The previous agreement finished in 2016. The Mexican striker has already signed his new contract.” Vela has scored 47 goals in 126 matches for Sociedad, helping them finish fourth in La Liga in 2013 and seventh last term. Vela said: “I’ve also said that this is my home, I’m very well in San Sebastian, which is what I told the president when he asked my about my intentions. “We knew it wouldn’t be easy, but fortunately things have turned out well and all parties are happy. “This club, this team, have the ambition to carry on improving and I’m convinced we’re going to have an exciting year. Now I’m going to enjoy the last few days of holiday with my family and then be able to prepare for the season in the best fashion.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

An Exclusive Day of Fishing for Kids

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis If you’re looking for something fun for your kids to do this summer, tomorrow is your chance. They’ll be able to enjoy a day of fishing exclusively for kids!Alpena’s Optimist Club is hosting an event just for kids, and allowing them to reel in some big ones.“We put about 400 fish in there and there’s some browns and there’s some bruck trout,” said Jim Seguin, Optimist Club VP.For over twenty years the club has hosted the free event, giving kids the opportunity to enjoy a safe day of fishing.“We really felt that there was a need for activities for the children and that’s what our main goal is to do stuff for the children and we thought what a great way to do this than to introduce the kids to fishing,” said Seguin.Guests won’t have to worry about bringing any fishing poles or bait, just their children!“There’s nothing better than to see a big smile on children’s face you know what I mean and they’re just so happy to get that fish,” said Seguin.The event will take place tomorrow at Culligan Plaza from 10am until 2pm. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Trial Date Set for Ossineke Twp. Clerk Accused of Sexually Assaulting GrandchildNext Suspect Identified in String of Vehicle Thefts Around Rogers Citylast_img read more

Angels outfielders Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout get first looks at lower right-field fence

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros It means there are likely to be a good many more home runs that used to go for extra base hits in past seasons. It could mean video replays might be needed more often than in the past in order to determine whether a ball cleared the yellow line or not.Pitchers might come to loathe it.Calhoun, a left-handed hitter, and Trout, a prolific chaser of balls at the top of the fence in center and left-center, each said it would benefit them at the plate and in the field. They agreed it would take some getting used to, though, starting Sunday.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ANAHEIM — There was no ribbon-cutting ceremony or red-white-and-blue bunting or marching band Sunday. The Angels unveiled their new right fence at Angel Stadium without any fanfare before their Freeway Series opening against the Dodgers.It didn’t not go without notice for Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun and center fielder Mike Trout, the two players most impacted by the change. They got a sneak peek at how the lowered fence plays during a batting practice session Saturday before they tried it for real in Sunday’s exhibition.As part of the Big A’s offseason scoreboard and sound system renovations, the Angels installed a new out-of-town scoreboard on the right-field wall and lowered the height for a home run from 18 feet to 8, making it a standard height from the old bullpen gate in right to the one in left.A yellow line now serves as a home-run line of demarcation.center_img “Learning as we go, really,” said a shrugging Calhoun, who along with designated hitter Luis Valbuena were the only left-handed hitters in the Angels’ starting lineup Sunday against Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda, a right-hander.Trout said the change was “going to be weird, but it’s going to be pretty cool.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Neither planned to change his approach at the plate. The biggest change for them will be in the field, where they can try more leaping and catching at the fence than before, when they played balls hit off the high wall more conservatively. New padding on the fence will aid their attempts, too.“It’s way different,” Trout said of the makeup of the fence, which is made of a different material than the high wall. “You can run full speed into it. You run full speed into it last year and you were going to hurting. I’ll definitely try to get after a few more balls year.”Said Calhoun: “I’m going to go try and catch it. It’ll change the way some games end up. We’ll just have to see how it plays out, really. I have no idea (why there was a change in the height of the fence). It wasn’t my decision.”UNANSWERED QUESTIONSManager Mike Scioscia wouldn’t name his opening-day starter, although it’s assumed Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs will take the mound for the first two regular-season games Thursday and Friday at Oakland. There was no firm date for Shohei Ohtani’s major league debut.Scioscia was equally vague about the makeup of the Angels’ bullpen. He declined to name a closer, for instance. Bud Norris led the Angels with 19 saves last season, and Blake Parker had eight after inheriting the closer’s role last in 2017. Norris joined the St. Louis Cardinals in the offseason.Parker could get the job again to start this season.“There are some things we’re fine-tuning the last couple of days,” Scioscia said. “Much like last year, these guys understand what their job is when they get the ball and that’s to get outs. If roles develop, great. We definitely need a group of guys who can pitch and hold leads.”Asked specifically if he had a closer in mind, Scioscia said, “You mean a closer, like, one guy designated for the whole year? We have a number of guys we feel can pitch in the ninth inning with a lead. We’ll wait to see how the game plays out on the back end.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

Emergency starter Nick Tropeano roughed up in Angels’ loss

first_imgThat loss, as it turns out, was doubly crushing for the Angels, because it required them to use scheduled Friday starter Griffin Canning, which in turn meant they had to call up Tropeano to start. Tropeano has slipped far down the organizational depth chart because of injuries and ineffectiveness over the past few years.Tropeano was at one point one of the pitchers the Angels hoped would become a core of their rotation.In his first 25 games with the Angels, from 2014-16, he posted a 3.81 ERA. Then he had Tommy John surgery, followed by continued shoulder trouble, and he hasn’t been the same.Tropeano has been healthy since late April, but his results have been disappointing. In 49-1/3 innings in Triple-A, Tropeano posted a 7.66 ERA. Even adjusting for the extremely hitter-friendly environment of the Pacific Coast League, that’s a disturbing number.Tropeano had pitched two previous games in the big leagues this year, both when circumstances left the Angels desperate for a pitcher. He had allowed eight runs in 8-2/3 innings in those games. PreviousAngels catcher Dustin Garneau looks on as the Orioles’ Trey Mancini, left, is greeted by teammate Jonathan Villar after hitting a two-run home run in the ninth inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Angels left fielder Justin Upton dives but can’t catch a ball hit for a double by the Orioles’ Anthony Santander during the fourth inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 26: Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsANAHEIM, CA – JULY 26: Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts on the mound as Anthony Santander #25 of the Baltimore Orioles rounds first after hitting a three run home run in the second inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 26: Dustin Garneau #13 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on as Renato Nunez #39 and Trey Mancini #16 celebrate after scoring on a three run home run by Anthony Santander #25 in the second inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 26: Dustin Garneau #13 and Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels look back before the go on to the field for the start of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 26: David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels waits for the throw as Jonathan Villar #2 of the Baltimore Orioles is safe at third after he stole second in the first inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 26: Anthony Santander #25 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a double past a diving Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 26: Anthony Santander #25 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a double past a diving Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, hits a triple as Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco watches during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 26: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a triple in the fourth inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels staring pitcher Nick Tropeano throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Baltimore Orioles’ Renato Nunez, left, is informed by second base umpire Jeff Nelson that he hit a three-run home run as he stands on second during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Baltimore Orioles’ Renato Nunez, right, hits a three-run home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Dustin Garneau watches during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Baltimore Orioles’ Renato Nunez, center, is congratulated by Trey Mancini, left, after hitting a three-run home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Dustin Garneau stands at the plate during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Matt Thaiss throws out Baltimore Orioles’ Stevie Wilkerson at first during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Baltimore Orioles’ Jace Peterson, right, steals second as Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons loses the ball during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Matt Thaiss, right, hits a two-run home run as Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Matt Thaiss, right, is congratulated by Luis Rengifo, left, after hitting a two-run home run as Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco kneels at the plate during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Angels’ Mike Trout drops his batting gear at the plate after striking out with a man on base to end the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Orioles at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Angels catcher Dustin Garneau looks on as the Orioles’ Trey Mancini, left, is greeted by teammate Jonathan Villar after hitting a two-run home run in the ninth inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Angels left fielder Justin Upton dives but can’t catch a ball hit for a double by the Orioles’ Anthony Santander during the fourth inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 21Angels left fielder Justin Upton dives but can’t catch a ball hit for a double by the Orioles’ Anthony Santander during the fourth inning of Friday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ExpandANAHEIM — When the Angels, desperate for a starting pitcher, called on Nick Tropeano to pitch on Friday night, they had two objectives.They needed him to pitch well enough to give them a chance to win, and they needed him to pitch long enough for them to rest their bullpen, giving them a chance to win in subsequent days.At least Tropeano accomplished one of those.Tropeano gave up six runs in the second inning of a 9-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, but he still lasted five innings and allowed most of the other Angels pitchers to get a break after Thursday’s 16-inning loss. Trailing 7-0, Tropeano buckled down after that. He got through the fifth inning, which certainly had to qualify as a victory after the way he started.Justin Anderson and Luís García then pitched two innings apiece to rest the other relievers.The Angels had time to get back in the game, but they did little with right-hander Asher Wojciechowski.Coming off a game in which he’d held the Boston Red Sox to one hit over 7-1/3 scoreless innings, Wojciechowski held the Angels to two runs and three hits in seven innings.The Angels didn’t have a baserunner until Shohei Ohtani’s triple in the fourth, and they didn’t score until Matt Thaiss hit a two-run homer in the fifth.“I thought he looked good,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus. “I thought he had two good breaking balls, the slider and the curve, that are both good pitches. He has enough velocity, certainly, to have an effective fastball. I felt he looked good. I thought he looked particularly tough on right-handed hitters.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img This time, the Angels were desperate again after using Canning for the 15th and 16th innings early Friday morning. Tropeano, who was in Salt Lake City, said he’d gone to sleep and was awakened at 2:30 a.m. with the news that he’d be coming to the big leagues.Tropeano gave up a run in the first without allowing a hit, but in the second he was blasted for six runs.Two of the first three hitters to reach base in the inning were walked. Third baseman David Fletcher then made a backhand stop down the line and tried to get an out at second instead of first, and got no one.Tropeano then allowed a two-run single to Anthony Santander and a three-run homer to Renato Nunez, who went the other way with a 1-and-1 sinker at the knees.“It kind of stemmed from walking people,” Tropeano said. “Two of those walks scored. It gets back to first-pitch strikes, executing pitches and getting behind in the count. … I shot myself in the foot with three walks and a hit by pitch. That’s not a recipe for (success).”Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

Sojourner Truth provides Beckford with first winner

first_imgONeil Beckford, one of 17 apprentice riders who graduated from the Jockeys’ School in September of last year, rode his first winner when 4-1 chance SOJOURNER TRUTH romped the eighth race for $180,000 conditional claimers over the straight five course at Caymanas Park yesterday. A past student of Tacius Golding High in St Catherine, Beckford, 26, could not hide his glee when he passed the post first aboard his 58th ride, standing tall in the saddle with his whip hand raised high in celebration. Having secured three rides on the 10-race programme, Beckford said that he was looking forward to his first winner in SOJOURNER TRUTH, especially when it was learnt that the hot ante-post favourite, BARS OF GOLD, was a late non-starter. “She had shown improved form in her last two races, and with Bars of Gold out, I knew this was a golden opportunity for me to finally win a race. SOJOURNERTRUTH usually runs her best races over the straight when fully fit, and she delivered today by three lengths,” he explained. SOJOURNER TRUTH is owned by All-Stars Pro and trained by Paul Hylton. The 8-y-o bay mare by Skipping out of Augus Mawnin was winning her first race in well over a year. Beckford, who is apprenticed to veteran trainer Vin Edwards, thus became the 12th graduate from the last batch to ride a winner. Looking ahead, the young rider said he would work even harder to maintain his weight (51.0kg) and establish himself as a go to claiming apprentice. Meanwhile, BRAVE PROSPECT, running as the 2-1 second favourite, ran on strongly to beat long-time leader and 3-2 favourite FRANKENSTORM by three lengths in the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup feature over 1100 metres. The 4-y-o colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 1999 derby winner Good Prospect, was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson for in-form trainer Neive Graham and leading owner O’Shaun Connection. Eleven ran. – O.C.last_img read more