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School’s Music Programme and Families’ Back-to-School Efforts Bolstered with Donation from BTC & the Sandals Foundation  

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, July 6, 2023 — The sound of music will be more melodic as the Wesley Methodist High school music department recently received a donation of more than 50 recorders from a guest at the Beaches Turks and Caicos resort (BTC). A retired music teacher, who stayed at the resort, took time to share with the eager students, teachers and administrators on the Reading Road Trip the value and benefits of music.

“These instruments were donated by colleagues and friends who have interest in the Pack for a Purpose programme with the Sandals and Beaches resorts. Being able to share with the students was a nostalgic feeling as the traditional musical appreciation is becoming a fading memory.  The recorder is one of the most dynamic musical instruments that can be added to an orchestra or group or be done in solo,” Judith Coniglio shared.

Performing Arts Director at the institution, Lavern Ferreira admitted that the donation will go a far way in improving the quality of their programme. Said Ferreira: “For us to be considered a worthy recipient by the Sandals Foundation team is remarkable.  Our students are passionate about delivering quality music and with this gift, we will be able to have more practice sessions and this will help in the quality of music that we deliver and what our students are exposed to.”

Lesha Lightbourne, a second form student shared, “We are grateful for these instruments. As a small group, the creative activities that we are involved in will certainly be bolstered as we seek to create a positive impact on the performing arts here in Turks and Caicos Islands. This is the commitment from the student group along with our teachers to ensure that these instruments will help in improving the educational component of the students here at Wesley Methodist High school.”

Additionally, with the resort’s continued drive to support families in the communities that they serve, the Holy Family Academy also received a wide assortment of educational supplies donated by guests through the Pack for a Purpose initiative.

James McAnally, general manager said supporting parents in their preparation for the upcoming school year is a deliberate effort of the resort team. “As a resort, we are always conscious of ensuring that we give back to our communities. The opportunity to give back to families at this time of the year is a deliberate initiative as this will enable parents to meet some of their needs and lessen the expenses that characterize the back-to-school shopping.”

Sister Maria Ellena Vasquez in sharing her appreciation for the educational item noted: “As an institution we are grateful. These items will definitely allow for the teaching and learning at this noble institution to improve especially for the new academic year. We appreciate the partnership from Beaches Turks and Caicos in looking out for the wellbeing of every student here in Providenciales and the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

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Yellow Fever Outbreak in Region and Beyond, Travellers Warned

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Rashaed Esson

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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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Rashaed Esson

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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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