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About King Charles Coronation

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By Rashaed Esson

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#UnitedKingdom, March 16, 2023 – The Coronation of King Charles III is incoming and is set to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Westminster Abbey, the historic British church that has housed coronations for the past 900 years.

It is set to be a three-day celebration across the country where the public will get an invitation to take part.

A coronation is a religious ceremony where a sovereign is crowned; a crown is physically placed on a monarch’s head.

The purpose of a coronation is to make official, to formailse the transfer of titles and powers of the Monarch as the head of the Church of England. But it is important to be aware that this is a symbolic gesture due to the fact that King Charles was naturally and by default given the title of King, when his mother, Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II died last September.

Concerning the attendees, Buckingham Palace has not specified who of the Royal family will make an appearance.  However, to address the question of Prince Harry’s attendance, especially following his scintillating memoir, it is said by the spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Prince Harry and Meghan) that Harry received an emailed invitation. However, the decision on whether they will attend has not been revealed.

Interestingly, King Charles will not be the only one crowned on the day of his coronation. In fact, his wife, Queen Consort Camilla will also be crowned.

The time of the coronation is unknown but what is known is that it is expected to be on television live, naturally, and they will have guest performers.   Buckingham Palace stated that there will be “global music icons and contemporary stars together.”

Australian singer-songwriter, Kylie Minogue is expected to perform as well as her sister, singer Dannii Minogue, British Band Take That, English composer and impresario of musical theatre Andrew Lloyd Webber, and American singer-songwriter Lionel Richie.

The coronation is very traditional, and it will stay that way but according to Buckingham Palace, the event will also represent the role of the monarch in today’s society.

In explanation, the Palace informs, it will be “a solemn religious service, as well an occasion for celebration and pageantry.”

It will “reflect the Monarch’s role today and look towards the future while being rooted in longstanding traditions,” they added.

Considering this, experts believe that it is an indication of a slightly different and more layback coronation compared to that of Queen Elizabeth II; one with shorter ceremonies and tweaks in some of the antiquated elements of the ritual.

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Yellow Fever Outbreak in Region and Beyond, Travellers Warned

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#YellowFever#Caribbean, April 10, 2024 – Reports say there is an outbreak of Yellow fever in the Caribbean according to the Department of Health and official government advice website, Travel Health Pro, and travelers are being warned to be vigilant. The authorities say the outbreak is also in parts of Africa, and Central and South America.

Guyana and Peru so far have seen two cases. Brazil reports the disease in monkeys, an indication that it is spreading across the ccounty. Colombia has seen 3 cases.

In South America, between January 1 and March 18 2024, there have been seven confirmed cases, four fatal.

Yellow fever is spread by mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus) and can cause potentially fatal hemorrhagic illness. Fortunately, it can be prevented with vaccination and so the World Health Organisation (WHO) is advising people ages nine months and older, traveling to the affected areas, to get vaccinated.

 

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Four Year Old Beheaded Trinidad 

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#Homicide#FourYearOld#TrinidadandTobago, April 9, 2024 – Trinidad was left in shock and sorrow with the beheading of a four year old girl, reportedly by her stepfather, early Tuesday April 9, at her home in Arouca, a town in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago. The Police informed that when they arrived on the scene, the head of the little girl, identified as Amarah Lallitte, was in one room and her body in another.  

 

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CariSECURE 2.0 Equipping Youth to Take Charge Against Crime

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Bridgetown, 9 April, 2024 – Amidst rising concerns over citizen security in the Caribbean, a deliberate effort is being made to empower the region’s youth to step into leadership roles and drive change from within. Through a free, online course by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), youth will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle pressing security challenges head-on.

The “Youth on the way to Peace and Security” course is being launched regionally as part of CariSECURE 2.0 (CS2.0), which works to reduce youth involvement in crime and trafficking in persons (TIP) in the region. It will run from 16 April – 3 May, with support from InfoSegura.

This course comes at a crucial time when security issues like crime and violence are on the rise in the Caribbean. By the end of the course, participants will have improved understanding of regional security challenges, enhanced leadership skills, and greater opportunity to network with peers and experts around the region, empowering them to take leadership roles in regional conversations and citizen security activities.

Maia Hibben, Project Manager for CariSECURE 2.0, underscored the significance of engaging young people in matters of citizen security.  ” Throughout the life of our project, input from young people has been invaluable,” she said. “Whether it be helping to craft national workplans to reduce crime, developing a roadmap for youth empowerment in the Caribbean, or creating digital solutions to improve crime reporting as planned for this year, youth have proven that their perspectives are indispensable. This course is just another way for youth to strengthen their skills to address regional security challenges.”

By building capacity of young leaders to address security challenges and promote social cohesion, the course contributes directly to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16, towards Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

The course will offer lessons in the current mechanisms that impact youth decision making, insight into youth citizen security challenges in the Caribbean, and give practical guidance on the positive roles participants can play in conflict resolution, with complementary webinars, podcasts and practical resources tailored to the English-speaking Caribbean. It is free of charge and open to participants from all backgrounds, regardless of age, nationality, or level of experience. A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

Register for the course by 15 April: escuelavirtualpnud.org/login/index.php?lang=en

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