#KINGSTON, Jamaica – October 22, 2020 – The Ministry of Justice’s Victim Services Division (VSD) has received play therapy tools from the Jamaica National (JN) Foundation to be used as therapeutic aides in the recovery process for children who are victims of crime.
The provisions, valued $1 million, include books, dolls, and puppets that will be used to outfit the play therapy area at a VSD service point in Trelawny. They were handed over during a virtual ceremony on Friday (October 16).
Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, who spoke during the ceremony, thanked the JN Foundation for the donation, describing it as a “significant boost” to the intervention programmes underpinning the healing process for children who are victims of crime.
“This donation…will, no doubt, help to minimise incidents of trauma, and provide much needed therapy,” he added.
Minister Chuck also commended the VSD for its innovative response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, through the continued provision of client support virtually.
The VSD has expanded its operations by offering e-counselling services, audio-visual communication such as videoconferencing and virtual meetings, to provide real-time therapy and consultations.
Director, Osbourne Bailey, said the unit has responded to the challenges posed by the pandemic by moving much of its client interactions online, to facilitate the continued providing counselling services for children.
“These tools can be used face-to-face or in e-counselling. It is the counsellor who will be using the tools to work with the children. For example, we have anatomically correct dolls that will allow a child to explain if they have [inappropriately touched]. These items can be used virtually as well as in-person, because we still see some clients while observing [physical] distancing and safety protocols,” he said.
Mr. Bailey also thanked the JN Foundation for its support, noting that “the provision of counselling for children requires specialized resources”.
This, he added, “because children require a medium that will allow them to communicate in a language familiar to them, and play is language of communication for a child”.
JN Foundation General Manager, Onyka Barrett Scott, said proceeds from the entity’s annual ‘Heroes in Action’ Run/Walk were used to procure the play therapy tools.
“With this donation, which includes furniture to help outfit the play therapy room, we have no doubt that this will help the VSD to better administer counselling to children exposed to trauma and crime,” she said, while lauding the agency for its stellar work “at such a critical time in our society”.
The Victim Support Division provides therapeutic intervention for persons impacted by crime, through its network of 14 parish offices.
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Cruising should slow down says PAHO
By Dana Malcolm
‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.
“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”
Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.
Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.
A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.
Cayman gets its second ‘Sir’; former Premier Alden McLaughlin knighted on Jan 1
By Dana Malcolm
#Cayman, January 20, 2022 – Former Premier of Cayman Alden McLaughlin was knighted at the start of 2022; named in the Queen’s New Year Honors List. He is only the second Caymanian to have ever received a knighthood from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Current Governor, Martyn Roper extended congratulations saying, “This is an outstanding personal achievement for former Premier McLaughlin, one of the most important and impactful political leaders in Cayman over the last 21 years. It is a significant moment for our islands. This historic award is only the second ever Knighthood to a Caymanian since the first in the 1990s. It is a strong signal of the respect in which Cayman is held and a visible demonstration of the progress Cayman has made as a vibrant democracy with strong good governance foundations.”
Sir McLaughlin, who is also now a QC attorney, served two terms as premier and had a career in politics that spanned 21 years. McLaughlin is known for his role in modernizing Cayman’s constitution.
Current premier G. Wayne Panton described the occasion as a unifying moment for the country saying, This is a day of celebration and great pride for all Caymanians as a son of our soil has been bestowed one of the highest honour. Today marks a new and most unique storyline in the history of the Cayman Islands. In considering the rarity and magnitude of this occasion, this is certainly a unifying moment for our community.”
Sir Alden McLaughlin, 60, was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George on January 1, 2022.
Understanding Sargassum with help from the TCI’s Department of Environment & Coastal Resources
By Sherrica Thompson
#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – Sargassum, also known as seaweed, is a natural brown macroalga that lives in temperate and tropical oceans of the world. The floating micro eco-system is important to many species, including baby turtles, little crabs, and tiny fish. All these animals use the floating rafts of the sargassum for protection, shelter, and food.
Over the years, sargassum has been increasing its quantity in the Caribbean due to climate change. As water temperatures increase, sargassum blooms, and as this continues, it occurs in large amounts. This can be dangerous for some marine life because when seaweed washes up on the shore, some species become trapped in the sargassum mat.
“In the Turks and Caicos Islands, we have not seen the full severity of sargassum blooms. Our neighbours in Bonaire, for example, experience up to six feet of sargassum, and they have found stranded dolphins, sea turtles, and sometimes even birds,” said Amy Avenant.
“When the sargassum washes up on shore, it starts to decompose, and when it decomposes, it emits methane, and that is the stinky sulfuric eggy smell that you can smell when you walk past it on the beach. It is a bad thing for climate change because of the methane, but it is not harmful to your health.”
Turks and Caicos saw this in extreme amounts in October; so severe, resorts were forced to bag and bury the stinky seaweed which for over a week covered the usually sandy white stretch of Grace Bay beach.
Avenant noted that in the TCI, we have a balance between managing the influx of sargassum and impacting the areas where it lands because its influx is correlated to the cycles of the moon.
She also said sargassum can be used as a fertilizer in farming. If you collect it, the advice is to spread it out and ensure you wash the excess salt off before adding to your gardens or farms.
There are also hidden dangers and habitat threats to the piles of sargassum on shorelines.
Avenant informed, when you see sargassum on the beach, ensure you watch out for wildlife that might be stuck and species which might have made a home of the ocean’s deposit which has washed up, this is heightened on rocky shores.
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