A man has been killed in an industrial accident on Valencia Drive in Bodden Town. Shortly after 1:00PM, 21 September, officers responded to a report of an industrial incident. A man had been inj...


Tensions are flaring in the Persian Gulf after President Donald Trump said the US is "locked and loaded" to respond to a weekend drone assault on Saudi Arabia's energy infrastructure that his aides blamed on Iran. The attack, which halved the kingdom's oil production and sent crude prices spiking, led Trump to authorize the release of US strategic reserves should they be necessary to stabilize markets. Trump said the US had reason to believe it knew who was behind the attack his secretary of state had blamed on Iran the previous day and said his government was waiting to consult with the Saudis as to who they believe was behind the attack and "under what terms we would proceed!" The tweets Sunday followed a National Security Council meeting at the White House and hours after US officials offered what they said was proof that the attack was inconsistent with claims of responsibility by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels and instead pointed the finger directly at Tehran. A US official said all options, including a military response, were on the table, but added that no decisions had been made. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the internal deliberations. Iran called the US claims "maximum lies" and threatened American forces in the region. The attack dimmed hopes for potential nuclear talks between Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the UN General Assembly this week. The US government produced satellite photos showing what officials said were at least 19 points of impact at two Saudi energy facilities, including damage at the heart of the kingdom's crucial oil processing plant at Abqaiq. Officials said the photos show impacts consistent with the attack coming from the direction of Iran or Iraq, rather than from Yemen to the south. Iraq denied that its territory was used for an attack on the kingdom. US officials said a strike from there would be a violation of Iraq's sovereignty. The US officials said additional devices, which apparently didn't reach their targets, were recovered northwest of the facilities and are being jointly analyzed by Saudi and American intelligence. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, did not address whether the drone could have been fired from Yemen, then taken a round-about path, but did not explicitly rule it out. The attacks and recriminations are increasing already heightened fears of an escalation in the region, after a prominent US senator suggested striking Iranian oil refineries in response to the assault, and Iran warned of the potential of more violence. "Because of the tension and sensitive situation, our region is like a powder keg," said Iranian Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh. "When these contacts come too close, when forces come into contact with one another, it is possible a conflict happens because of a misunderstanding." Actions on any side could break into the open a twilight war that's been raging just below the surface of the wider Persian Gulf in recent months. Already, there have been mysterious attacks on oil tankers that America blames on Tehran, at least one suspected Israeli strike on Shiite forces in Iraq, and Iran shooting down a US military surveillance drone. The attack Saturday on Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq plant and its Khurais oil field led to the interruption of an estimated 5.7 million barrels of the kingdom's crude oil production per day, equivalent to more than 5% of the world's daily supply. It remains unclear how King Salman and his assertive son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will respond to an attack targeting the heart of the Saudi oil industry. Crude oil futures shot up 9.5% to $60 as trading opened Sunday evening in New York, a dramatic increase. Saudi Arabia has promised to fill in the cut in production with its reserves, but has not said how long it will take to repair the damage. The Wall Street Journal cited Saudi officials as saying a third of output would be restored on Monday, but a return to full production may take weeks. In Washington, Trump said he had approved the release of US strategic petroleum reserves "if needed" to stabilize energy markets. The president said the final amount of the release, if any, would be "sufficient to keep the markets well-supplied." He later credited himself for expanding US energy exports in a Monday morning tweet, writing: "We don't need Middle Eastern Oil & Gas, & in fact have very few tankers there, but will help our Allies!" Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi dismissed the US allegation of responsibility as "blind and futile comments." "The Americans adopted the 'maximum pressure' policy against Iran, which, due to its failure, is leaning toward 'maximum lies,'" Mousavi said in a statement. Houthi leader Muhammad al-Bukhaiti reiterated his group's claim of responsibility, telling The Associated Press it exploited "vulnerabilities" in Saudi air defenses to strike the targets. He did not elaborate. Iran, meanwhile, kept up its own threats. Hajizadeh, the brigadier general who leads the country's aerospace program, said in an interview published across Iranian media Sunday that Revolutionary Guard forces were ready for a counterattack if America responded, naming the Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar and Al-Dhafra Air Base near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates as immediate targets, as well as US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea. "Wherever they are, it only takes one spark and we hit their vessels, their air bases, their troops," he said in a video published online with English subtitles. Trump insisted that unspecified conditions must be met before he would sit down with the Iranian leader, apparently rejecting the comments of two top advisers. "The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, 'No Conditions.' That is an incorrect statement (as usual!)." In fact, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last week that "the president has said that he is prepared to meet with no conditions." And Pompeo had told reporters days earlier that "the President has made clear he is happy to take a meeting with no preconditions." Iran has said it was unwilling to meet with Trump while crushing sanctions the American leader imposed on Tehran after unilaterally withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear accord over a year ago remain in place.

On the ground, climate change is hitting us where it counts: the stomach — not to mention the forests, plants and animals. A new United Nations scientific report examines how global warming and land interact in a vicious cycle. Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the land, while the way people use the land is making global warming worse. Thursday’s science-laden report says the combination is already making food more expensive, scarcer and even less nutritious. “The cycle is accelerating,” said NASA climate scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig, a report co-author. “The threat of climate change affecting people’s food on their dinner table is increasing.” But if people change the way they eat, grow food and manage forests, it could help save the planet from a far warmer future, scientists said Earth’s landmasses, which are only 30% of the globe, are warming twice as fast as the planet as a whole. While heat-trapping gases are causing problems in the atmosphere, the land has been less talked about as part of climate change. A special report, written by more than 100 scientists and unanimously approved by diplomats from nations around the world at a meeting in Geneva, proposed possible fixes and made more dire warnings. “The way we use land is both part of the problem and also part of the solution,” said Valerie Masson-Delmotte, a French climate scientist who co-chairs one of the panel’s working groups. “Sustainable land management can help secure a future that is comfortable.” Scientists in Thursday’s press conference emphasized both the seriousness of the problem and the need to make societal changes soon. “We don’t want a message of despair,” said science panel official Jim Skea, a professor at Imperial College London. “We want to get across the message that every action makes a difference” The report said climate change already has worsened land degradation, caused deserts to grow, permafrost to thaw and made forests more vulnerable to drought, fire, pests and disease. That’s happened even as much of the globe has gotten greener because of extra carbon dioxide in the air. Climate change has also added to other forces that have reduced the number of species on Earth. “Climate change is really slamming the land,” said World Resources Institute researcher Kelly Levin, who wasn’t part of the study but praised it. And the future could be worse. “The stability of food supply is projected to decrease as the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather events that disrupt food chains increases,” the report said. In the worst-case scenario, food security problems change from moderate to high risk with just a few more tenths of a degree of warming from now. They go from high to “very high” risk with just another 1.8 degrees (1 degree Celsius) of warming from now. Scientists had long thought one of the few benefits of higher levels of carbon dioxide, the major heat-trapping gas, was that it made plants grow more and the world greener, Rosenzweig said. But numerous studies show that the high levels of carbon dioxide reduce protein and nutrients in many crops. For example, high levels of carbon in the air in experiments show wheat has 6 to 13% less protein, 4 to 7% less zinc and 5 to 8% less iron, she said. But better farming practices — such as no-till agricultural and better targeted fertilizer application — have the potential to fight global warming too, reducing carbon pollution up to 18% of current emissions levels by 2050, the report said. If people change their diets, reducing red meat and increasing plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables and seeds, the world can save as much as another 15% of current emissions by mid-century. It would also make people more healthy, Rosenzweig said. The science panel said they aren’t telling people what to eat because that’s a personal choice. Still, Hans-Otto Portner, a panel leader from Germany who said he lost weight and felt better after reducing his meat consumption, told a reporter that if she ate less ribs and more vegetables “that’s a good decision and you will help the planet reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” Reducing food waste can fight climate change even more. The report said that between 2010 and 2016 global food waste accounted for 8 to 10% of heat-trapping emissions. “Currently 25-30% of total food produced is lost or wasted,” the report said. Fixing that would free up millions of square miles of land. With just another 0.9 degrees of warming (0.5 degrees Celsius), which could happen in the next 10 to 30 years, the risk of unstable food supplies, wildfire damage, thawing permafrost and water shortages in dry areas “are projected to be high,” the report said. At another 1.8 degrees of warming from now (1 degree Celsius), which could happen in about 50 years, it said those risks “are projected to be very high.” Most scenarios predict the world’s tropical regions will have “unprecedented climatic conditions by the mid to late 20th century,” the report noted. Agriculture and forestry together account for about 23% of the heat-trapping gases that are warming the Earth, slightly less than from cars, trucks, boats and planes. Add in transporting food, energy costs, packaging and that grows to 37%, the report said. But the land is also a great carbon “sink,” which sucks heat-trapping gases out of the air. From about 2007 to 2016, agriculture and forestry every year put 5.7 billion tons (5.2 billion metric tons) of carbon dioxide into the air, but pulled 12.3 billion tons (11.2 billion metric tons) of it out. “This additional gift from nature is limited. It’s not going to continue forever,” said study co-author Luis Verchot , a scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia. “If we continue to degrade ecosystems, if we continue to convert natural ecosystems, we continue to deforest and we continued to destroy our soils, we’re going to lose this natural subsidy.” Overall land emissions are increasing, especially because of cutting down forests in the Amazon in places such as Brazil, Colombia and Peru, Verchot said. Recent forest management changes in Brazil “contradicts all the messages that are coming out of the report,” Portner said. Stanford University environmental sciences chief Chris Field, who wasn’t part of the report, said the bottom line is “we ought to recognize that we have profound limits on the amount of land available and we have to be careful about how we utilize it.”


Tropical Storm warnings have been issued for Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and its Dependencies as Tropical Storm Karen formed at 5am on Sunday. The Met Office in an advisory at 6am said the National Hurricane Center has upgraded an area of low pressure located east of Trinidad and Tobago into Tropical Storm Karen. At 5am, the centre of the system was located 80 kilometres northeast of Tobago. As a result, the Government has placed Trinidad and Tobago under a Tropical Storm warning. Further to this, the Met Office has placed Grenada and its dependencies under a Tropical Storm warning. Tropical Storm Karen is currently moving toward the west-northwest at 15 kilometres per hour. Maximum sustained winds are 65 kilometres per hour with higher gusts. Tropical Storm force winds extend to approximately 120 kilometres from the centre. A turn toward the northwest is forecast to occur on Monday, followed by a turn toward the north on Tuesday. On forecast tract, Karen will move across Trinidad and Tobago later this morning and emerge over the south-eastern Caribbean sea.

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw (left)., shakes hands with Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Tian Qi. Occasion was the signing of a protocol governing the export of frozen lobster to China, at the Ministry’s Hope Gardens offices in St. Andrew.

The Governments of Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China, on Thursday (September 19), signed a protocol governing the export of frozen lobster from the island to the Chinese market. The agreement outlines the sanitary and hygienic conditions necessary to facilitate such export and the responsibilities of the local competent authority/veterinary services division in coordination with the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC). Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries, Audley Shaw, in his remarks at the signing ceremony held at the Ministry’s Hope Gardens offices in St. Andrew, said that the agreement is “a big step in the right direction because it further expands the market for the export of frozen lobsters into China”. He urged potential exporters and other stakeholders to comply with the requirements. Minister Shaw said the new agreement expands on the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the countries on September 22, 2017, for the export of other fisheries products into China. “Under that agreement, our two countries agreed to cooperate regarding the promotion of the export of [live] spiny lobster and queen conch in the first instance, and, thereafter, other fishery products from Jamaica to China with a view to expeditiously establish an effective and mutually beneficial trade relationship,” he noted. Minister Shaw said that since that MOU signing, a protocol for the export of live lobster was developed and ratified by both countries, and there has been steady export of live spiny lobster from Jamaica to China. “In 2018, over 23,700 kilograms (kg) of live spiny lobster were exported to China. The expectation is that over 28,000 kgs of live lobster will be exported in 2019,” he said. China’s Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Tian Qi, who signed on behalf of his Government, said that the protocol for the export of frozen lobster is indicative of the countries’ longstanding cooperation and friendship. He noted that last year, trade between the two countries reached US$600 million, adding that Jamaica’s export to China doubled. “Jamaica is the largest trade partner of China in the whole Caribbean, and total investment from China to Jamaica reached to $2 billion and created more than 20,000 job opportunities to the local society,” he added. He said with the signing of the protocol, trade between the two countries will continue to increase.


Chef, Peter Ivey and an appreciative student.

According to a recent report from the United Nations, 815 million people are currently hungry, 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry and 2 billion people are expected to be undernourished by 2050. “A Jamaican Charity Called Mission:FoodPossible (M:FP) Might Have The Answer To The World's Hunger Problem."So read the headline of an article featured in a popular magazine earlier this year. Mission:FoodPossiblewas establishedby The League of International Chefs Association in 2017 and has been progressing steadily in its efforts to train, empower and sustain communities, beginning with Jamaica, in the creative and inexpensive use of indigenous foods to tackle the hunger and food insecurity crisis. The M:FP initiative uses a proprietary Most Valuable Produce (MVP) scoring tool that determines a community's most critical indigenous produce which can be used to alleviate hunger and then teaches food leaders in the community (parents, school chefs, etc.) to make a variety of delicious dishes with those produce. At M:FP's pilot project in February 2019, Canteen Workers at the St. John’s Primary School were trained on how to use the MVPs to create tasty dishes. The project was geared towards helping children who were not being served by other school meal programs, to receive healthy locally inspired meals and to develop a greater sense of appreciation for indigenous foods which often go to waste. The Mission:FoodPossible team has begun to analyze the first set of data received from the school to gauge the project’s impact on the students’ academic performance as well as their attendance. On the heels of World Food Day 2019,the program will move to Portland, Jamaica’s agricultural mecca,from October 17 to19where several Canteen Workers from four Primary Schools in the parish will undergo a comprehensive two day training focused on food security, food safety and food preparation using the Most Valuable Produce. The third day will feature a Closing Ceremony where participants will showcase their dishes to the community and graduates will be badged. Students from the participating schools will become Mission:FoodPossible Agents, entrustedto play an integral role in caring for their schools’ gardens which will in the long run help to provide produce which can be used to augment their respective school meal programs. Peter Ivey, the founder of M:FP hassaid, “The lush parish of Portland is ideal for M:FP because so many of our indigenous foods grow and flourish there... I can’t wait to see what new dishes can come out of the event.” Ivey will deliver thetraining with Executive Chef, Patrice Harris-Henry. “To have the Mission:FoodPossible programme featured so extensivelyis a tremendous honour," says Ivey of various mentions in local and international media."It sends a clear message that projects worthy of exposure are coming out of our region and I hope that this trend continues." Ivey isscheduled to speak on the issue of Food Insecurityat the Food Tank Summit and Gala in New York this November. To learn more about M:FP 2019 or to donate to this noble cause please visit and share https://www.missionfoodpossible.com/. As global citizens weall have a role to play in making hunger and food insecurity a thing of the past.

This Feb. 15, 2018 photo shows the Jeep logo at the Pittsburgh Auto Show. U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of steering problems in about 270,000 SUVs made by Fiat Chrysler. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

US safety regulators are investigating complaints of steering problems in about 270,000 SUVs made by Fiat Chrysler. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it granted a consumer's petition asking for a probe into 2018 and 2019 Jeep Wranglers. The agency says more than 3500 owners have complained to the company and government about frame weld problems or steering issues including a shimmy or wobble, looseness, or locking up. No crashes or injuries have been reported. The Wrangler was recalled last year for misaligned welds that could cause steering problems. The government will determine if another recall is needed. Fiat Chrysler says it's cooperating. The company says dealers will install a hydraulic device to mitigate vibration in order to address customer concerns. The fix is free.


No one is disputing it – it’s been pretty damn hot lately, even by Jamaican standards! The tropical climes can be extreme as we all know too well - when it's not raining due to a hurricane, it's a heatwave. Let's face it, our beautiful Jamaica is hot year-round so we’re well used to the sun. And of course tourists come seeking it. Maiden Cay sounds like a good idea, but what if it’s actually too hot to be outside? Or maybe you just want a break from the heat, without lying in a dark room glued to your phone? So what do you do? With this homebound starter pack, at-home activities are about to become your favourite pastime. Here's Loop’s list of 11 things to do in Kingston when it's too hot to go outside. 1.Invite friends over for games day/night session. Popular games that are likely to be a hit include Snakes & Ladders, Ludo, Kalooki, and ABC Fast or Slow (remember those?). 2. Get active, get nostalgic! Work up a sweat with indoor yoga/workout sessions, which may prove to be quite rewarding if you're in for the long haul. You could also grab a box of elastic bands and loop them together to play Chinese skip, or pack a box of paper for a good ol' game of Dandy Shandy (at least five friends needed). 3.Organise a Google Hangouts movie night with all your friends. There's a range of films like Shottas, Dancehall Queen, Cool Runnings, Better Must Come, Third World Cop, or other cult classics that will never get old, and are sure to make movie night a hit. 4. Start a new hobby. Google is at your fingertips and you can find several hidden talents you never knew you had. 5. Order in! Food is life, this is a no-brainer. Get authentic Jamaican jerk from Scotchies; Use take-out services like QuickPlate or Pekkish Food Delivery to order scrumptious meals. 6. Make a vision board! You will need scissors, glue, photos you admire, and your imagination. Be sure to include an AC unit, a beach bod, warm sunny days at the beach, and large water bodies. 7. Have some me time and soak away the heat with a bath. Potpourri bits, scented oils and your all-time favourite cocktail. 8.Give yourself, your aesthetician – and pockets – a break with a mani-pedi. All day every day please! 9.Make some rum-and-lemonade infused ice pops. As soon as the ice pops are frozen, the rewards are instantaneous. 10. Declutter... do away with the things you've been hoarding that you don't need. And if you happen to leave the house, donating these items to the Salvation Army or Kingston's number one thrift shop, Back on the Rack, is also a great idea. 11.Start an online course. There's a range of free online courses you can get started on that include learning new languages and self-help tips on starting a new business.

The Cayman Islands, which produces the 32ndlargest amount of plastic waste per capita in the world, generates more than twice the amount of plastic waste per person as China, which is the world’s largest plastic polluter in absolute terms. This is inline with trends in the region— the Caribbean is disproportionately represented in the list of the top global polluters per capita. (World Bank) In absolute terms, Cayman produces 5,106 tonnes of plastic waste per year, which is a relatively small amount, given the island’s small size, but on a capita level, at 0.252 kilograms of plastic waste per person per day, plastic waste production is quite high. Tourism cannot be overlooked as a cause of the high per capita levels of plastic waste. Although the island has a relatively small population of just under 62,000, these numbers can increase exponentially during the heavily frequented tourism months and when cruise ships come in— there have been 332,294 overnight visitors recorded to July 2019. In a report on the connection between plastic waste and tourism, the United Nations Environment Programme has indicated that “while tourism contributes 10 per cent of global gross domestic product and accounts for one in 10 jobs worldwide, UN Environment’s research has shown that the industry’s use of key resources, like energy and water, is growing commensurately with its generation of solid waste, including marine plastic pollution, sewage, loss of biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions.” Given that 80% of all tourism takes place in coastal areas, tourism-dependent countries are more susceptible to plastic pollution. Small island developing states such as Cayman tend to struggle with waste management issues and are typically more vulnerable to the effect of marine plastic pollution, given their high level of dependence on the blue economy. Fortunately, Cayman’s record with regards to plastic management appears to be relatively good in comparison to other countries. The island was ranked number 19 in the world, just a few spots away from countries such as Finland, France and the United Arab Emirates, with respect to size of improperly disposed plastic per capita, which in most cases ends up in the ocean. At 0.005 kilograms per person per day, the volume is relatively low, compared to the vast majority of other countries on the list. According to Cayman’s Government Information Services, 14% of the waste being sent to the landfill is plastic. (2016) The Department of Environmental Health only takes numbers 1 and 2 grade plastics, which include items such as milk jugs and food boxes, as recycling other grades has not proven to be economically feasible. The government is currently considering whether to put a single use plastics ban in place. Local environmental groups, such as Plastic Free Cayman and Journey to Zero Waste have been extremely instrumental in maintaining the high standard of cleanliness on Cayman Islands’ beaches. International Coastal Clean-Up Day is celebrated on the 3rd Saturday of September, which this year falls on the 21st of September and coincides with World Clean-Up Day. To celebrate, Plastic Free Cayman is collaborating with Red Sail Sports in a beach clean up from 8-10am at Rosetta, Little Cayman, Coconut Beach, Cayman Brac, Colliers Public Beach, East End and Barker’s Kite Surfing Beach, West Bay.