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This now places Saint Lucia at a 100 percent recovery of all COVID-19 cases. Among the 15 cases Saint Lucia recorded were individuals who fell within the category of high risk by virtue of some being elderly as well as living with chronic illness. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC In the context of this we all need to be reminded that the threat of COVID-19 still exists and will continue to be with us for a while. Some of the national protocols include: stay at home as much as possible, unless it is for food or medical purposes, avoid mass crowd events and social gatherings, practice social distancing and good personal hygiene. Large scale public health and social measures have been implemented in an effort to break transmission of COVID-19 when in country transmission was noted. The face mask or scarf may be used for source control by reducing potential exposure risk from infected persons during the “pre-symptomatic” period. This measure will support current efforts to protect the health and safety of our citizens. Although, hardware stores are opened in an effort to facilitate household emergencies and increase water storage capacity, the public is reminded that we are still on national scale down. Only leave your house for essential goods. The public is also advised against going to public places with flu-like symptoms including fever, coughing and sneezing. The affected region includes Dominican Republic (4,964), Haiti (47), Barbados (75), Jamaica (196), Cuba (1087), Dominica (16), Grenada (13), Trinidad and Tobago (114), Guyana (63), Antigua and Barbuda (23), Bahamas (60), Saint Vincent and Grenadines (12), Guadeloupe (148), Martinique (163), Puerto Rico (1,252), US Virgin Islands (53), and Cayman Islands (61). The Department of Health and Wellness will continue providing regular updates on COVID-19. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Some of the measures that have been instituted include school closure, national zoning to manage population movement, the closure of non-essential businesses, travel restrictions, the partial national shutdown and instituting a 24-hour curfew. Saint Lucia has modified its testing strategy by testing an increased number of samples from community respiratory clinics; this would assist us in the assessment of COVID-19 locally. You may be interested in… As of April 22, 2020, Saint Lucia has a total of 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19. However for the face masks to be effective in reducing infection, they must always be used as recommended. These include: – regular hand washing with soap and water or alcohol based hand sanitizer where soap and water is not available. – cover mouth and nose with disposable tissues or clothing when coughing and sneezing. – avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing. – seek medical attention and share your travel history with your health care provider if you have symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness either during or after travel. The measures recommended to guide individual risks include the use of masks, the testing, isolation, treatment and care of sick persons and the adoption of hygiene and other infection prevention measures. Saint Lucia continues on the partial shutdown and on a 10 hour curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. We remain at a very critical position in the implementation of the national response to the COVID-19 threat. It is with the benefit of this information we note the necessity of conducting a risk assessment to arrive at evidence based approach in relaxing measures while ensuring the capacity to detect and manage a possible resurgence in cases moving forward. The public must note that many of these measures need to be sustained in an effort to achieve low COVID-19 levels in country. As seen in many of the more developed countries, even with an apparent decrease in the number of cases and the flattening of the curve, there have been periods of resurgence in their cases. St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Oct 16, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 When measures are relaxed and persons become more socially engaged this provides an opportunity for smaller epidemic waves which are characterized by low level transmission. To date, all of the positive cases of COVID-19 in Saint Lucia have recovered, with the remaining two cases who were in isolation receiving negative COVID-19 test results and since discharged from hospital. Everyone is asked to note that as essential services are made available to the public the guidelines for social distancing need to be adhered to at all times in the interest of the health and safety of the public. Oct 15, 2020 We continue to advise the public to focus on the maintenance of standard recommendations to prevent the spread of infection. When visiting the supermarket or public places refrain from touching items unless you intend to purchase them. We need to adopt behavior patterns moving forward in this new COVID-19 environment. Ministry of Health, Castries – As of April 21, 2020 the WHO reported a total of 2, 397, 217 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally with 162, 956 deaths. There are now 893, 119 confirmed cases in the region of the Americas. They too recovered well with no complications or needed critical care. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Laboratory testing for COVID-19 continues to be conducted both locally and with the support of the Caribbean Public Health Agency Laboratory. Oct 16, 2020 Another recommendation which the public is asked to adhere to is the use of face mask or scarf when going to public places such as the supermarkets. More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Saint Lucia records 100 percent recovery of COVID-19Saint Lucia has recorded a total of 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date. The last case recorded on Tuesday, August 18, was a 32-year-old female who travelled from the United States. She has recovered fully—both clinically and with negative tests. Presently all of the recorded cases of COVID-19 have recovered and…September 4, 2020In “General”Saint Lucia records first COVID-19 case in over a monthStory via CMC – St. Lucia recorded its first positive case for more than a month while Jamaica and Haiti recorded deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) over the last 24 hours. The health authorities in Jamaica said six additional COVID-19 related deaths and 196 new cases had been recorded in…October 12, 2020In “General”14 April update – 11 of Saint Lucia’s 15 COVID-19 cases have RecoveredAs of April 14, 2020, Saint Lucia has a total of 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Follow-up tests were also conducted on the confirmed cases in care and to date a total of 11 of the confirmed 15 COVID-19 patients have recovered. Presently there are 25 persons in quarantine and…April 15, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp
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Designed specifically for the heavy lift and logistics industries, and barge owners in particular, the Seaforth BWTS is a portable treatment solution housed in a 20 ft shipping container.The Seaforth system is designed to complement existing barge ballasting operations. It does this through the treatment of the sea-going ballast intake or discharge using a mobile deck mounted solution.This ensures that existing barge equipment, such as portable deck mounted ballast pumps and load out/in operations, remain largely unchanged.Each system can treat up to 500 cu m of ballast water per hour which provides more than enough capacity for typical heavy lift sea-going ballasting operations, which usually have a pumping requirement of approximately 200-300 cu m per hour.The system also has the in-built capability of treating multiple ballast tanks at once via auto flow balancing technology.To minimise the risk of non-compliance, the Seaforth system incorporates continuous monitoring technology to automatically re-circulate ballast water that does not meet the necessary discharge criteria.For larger projects, where higher flow rates are required, multiple Seaforth units can be controlled remotely.The portability of the Seaforth system enables one unit to be shared between a number of vessels, or a number of operations, which provides a more flexible and cost efficient method of compliance than with a permanently retrofitted system.The Seaforth system utilises off-the-shelf treatment technology. This ensures that BWC is not reliant on just one technology or one manufacturer to build the ballast water treatment system, giving the company the flexibility to use all the available U.S Coast Guard-approved technologies.BWC plans to provide more than just a BWTS by providing trained operators, compliance documentation and engineering support. Coupled with Malin Group’s expertise in the heavy lift sector, the group can offer a complete turnkey ballasting solution.The company is also working on other modules, including a Seaforth 100 type, which has a treatment capacity of up to 100 cu m per hour for smaller units, and Bute – a simplified version of the system.Being part of a large group, finance and expertise has not proved to be a problem in designing and building units and BWC also has the backing of Scottish Enterprise.Malin Group’s managing director, John MacSween noted: “The IMO Ballast Water Management Convention will enter into force in September 2017 leaving many barge owners with a real headache around compliance. In the current depressed freight market, the cost for outfitting every barge with a complaint, on board system is, in many cases, prohibitive, and in some, impossible. Our system offers an alternative means of compliance and allows owners to buy time and either defer or remove significant portions of capex altogether.”www.ballastwatercontainers.com
County Solicitors, Herne BaySource: Google Street ViewThe Foster Partnership had already been made subject to intervention in October by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers, effectively resulting in its closure. The CLC cited breaches of its code of conduct and protection of clients’ interests as reasons for the action. Local media reports suggested the intervention could result in as many as 100 job losses.Wigan firm Stephensons Solicitors has been appointed to handle matters relating to both County Solicitors and The Foster Partnership.The original Fosters had been incorporated to take over another solicitor’s practice in 2011 and had grown to a turnover of almost £4m in 2015/16. But profits were hit following an attack by online fraudsters in August 2015, resulting in the theft of £1.1m from the client account. Although the company’s professional indemnity insurers covered these losses, the premium rose sharply the following year.The Kent firm had no connection with similarly named practices in Hertfordshire and Norfolk. The Solicitors Regulation Authority stepped in on Christmas Eve to shut down a Kent-based firm, it revealed today. The regulator said its decision-making panel was satisfied that grounds existed to exercise its intervention powers over County Solicitors Ltd in order ‘to protect the interests of the firm’s clients’.The order applies to County Solicitors’ head office in Herne Bay as well as branch offices in Broadstairs, Margate and Rainham.The firm itself ceased trading in March last year. On the basis there were no facilities to store client files and deeds, a request was made by the directors for the SRA to intervene in the remainder of the practice. This request went before an adjudication committee on 23 December and an order made. No client funds were held at the time of the intervention.County Solicitors had been incorporated in 2016 around the same time as the administration of conveyancing firm Foster Mackay (trading as Fosters Law). Under the terms of the pre-pack sale, another firm, The Foster Partnership, paid around £120,000 while County Solicitors acquired its share of the collapsed business for £80,000 and was led by six directors previously involved with Fosters. The terms of the acquisition meant that creditors collectively lost almost £1m in unpaid debts.
New efforts should be made to promote the ‘unique selling point’ of the independent judiciary to ensure that the UK remains a jurisdiction of choice for dispute resolution after Brexit, the head of the Chancery Division has said. In a lecture to the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh this week, Sir Geoffrey Vos, chancellor of the High Court, said that Brexit will not harm the popularity of London as a centre for international arbitrations. ‘The UK will continue as a contracting state to each of the New York and Washington Conventions which govern the enforcement of relevant arbitral awards in both the private and public international law spheres,’ he said.He noted that the Arbitration Act 1996 is not part of the European acquis of legislation. Post Brexit, ‘It is impossible to imagine that there will be any impediment to arbitrators, legal representatives and parties visiting the UK for the purpose of participating in arbitration.’However, reinforcing recent statements by the lord chief justice, Vos warned that competing jurisdictions are ‘throwing a great deal of money’ at new commercial and business courts ‘with magnificent facilities’. He added: ‘If one were a cynic, one might think that some of them were hoping to capitalise on the uncertainties created by Brexit.’The key to remaining at the leading edge is ‘make sure that the independence of our judiciaries is properly understood and recognised amongst commercial parties globally’. While the UK ranks favourably when it comes to perceptions of judicial corruption, Vos noted that a recent survey suggested that 42% of UK judges did not think their independence was respected by the government and 59% thought the same about the media. ‘These figures were amongst the worst in Europe, so they are really something to be concerned about.’Another way to ensure English law remains as a gold standard is to embrace new technology, Vos said. ‘There is much to play for in the accelerating digital age,’ he said, citing the importance of ensuring that the code in which blockchain-based contracts are written is governed by UK-based law. ‘We need to be pro-active and we need to be prepared to take active steps to improve our offering if the clarion call that Britain is open for business post-Brexit is going to be taken seriously,’ he concluded.
Credit: Signature EntertainmentDetractors of Woody Allen will find little to care for in his latest film, and probably a lot to complain about. But for fans of that very distinct style of neuroses and romanticism, A Rainy Day in New York is like a comfy pair of slippers. Nothing new or fancy about them, and you know they’ve walked over the same ground again and again, but they feel like home.Which is exactly where Allen finds himself in this whimsical tale of young love. The jazzy old tunes, the autumnal colours, the long takes of unbroken dialogue, and a rogue’s gallery of artists, misfits and the elite of the Upper East Side. Allen is squarely back on home turf, with a vision of Manhattan so nostalgic it has been idolised, no, make that romanticised out of all proportion.Timothée Chalamet is Gatsby Welles, the ne’er-do-well son of a wealthy New York family, currently studying at an upstate liberal arts college. He’s not really interested in his education, and prefers to spend most of his time gambling in high-stakes poker games. The only reason he hasn’t dropped out of college is because of his girlfriend Ashleigh (Elle Fanning). When she gets the opportunity to interview the acclaimed filmmaker Roland Pollard (Liev Schreiber) in New York for the college paper, Gatsby tags along and plans a romantic few days for them both in the city that never sleeps.Unfortunately for Gatsby, Ashleigh’s encounter with the eccentric, alcoholic filmmaker sends their plans awry. As the rain pours down, the plot splits in two as Ashleigh finds herself caught up in a series of misadventures with older men—including beleaguered writer Ted (Jude Law) and movie heart-throb Francisco (Diego Luna)—whilst Gatsby, disgruntled that his romantic plans have been thwarted, reconnects with Chan (Selena Gomez), the younger sister of his ex-girlfriend.Credit: Signature EntertainmentThematically, A Rainy Day in New York covers much of the same ground that Allen has explored in the past, but that is hardly a criticism. Most of the Woody Allen canon from the late-70s onwards have been variations on the same themes and subjects. The question that always hangs over his late-period films is whether they fall into the “classic Woody Allen” category (Midnight in Paris, Blue Jasmine, Vicky Cristina Barcelona) or the “creatively bereft” (Scoop, Cassandra’s Dream). A Rainy Day in New York is somewhere in the middle.The characters are fun, and the cast are charming, delivering Allen’s dialogue and snappy one-liners with real zest. But the success rate of the dialogue is somewhere in the 50/50 range, as some of the lines—as you might expect when written by an 80-year old and spoken by a 20-year old—land with an almighty thud. The game cast, which also includes Rebecca Hall and Cherry Jones, have just enough breezy charm to pull you through.The film looks beautiful however, with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and Allen’s long-time production designer Santo Loquasto giving the film a golden, dream-like aesthetic, that perfectly fits with Gatsby’s (and Allen’s) fantastical nostalgia for this city. It won’t change your life in any way, but A Rainy Day in New York is a perfectly passable way to spend 90-minutes. Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Live Schreiber, Jude Law, Diego Luna, Rebecca Hall, Cherry Jones Director: Woody Allen Writer: Woody Allen Released By: Signature Entertainment Certificate: 12 Duration: 92 mins Release Date: 5th June 2020