Prisons Equipped to Fight COVID-19

Prisons Equipped to Fight COVID-19

Prisons Equipped to Fight COVID-19

Regional Security System | Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Members of the Barbados Defence Force transferring sanitizing supplies for shipment. (Photo: RSS)

Prisons in Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are now better equipped to combat the infection and transmission of COVID-19.

Executive Director of the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS), Lt. Col. Michael Jones and Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS), Captain (N) Errington Shurland, handed over various basic sanitation supplies to Superintendent of the Barbados Prison Service, Lt. Col. John Nurse, during a brief presentation at the RSS Air Wing, earlier today. Lt. Col. Jones then made a similar presentation to the Superintendent of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prison Service, Brenton Charles, along with British Resident Coordinator, Steve Moore, at the Argyle International Airport.

Executive Director of CARICOM IMPACS, Major Michael Jones and Executive Director of the RSS, Captain (N) Errington Shurland, handing over sanitation supplies to Superintendent of the Barbados Prison Service, Lt. Col. John Nurse. (Photo: RSS)

The items which were donated include infrared thermometers, cleaning products such as disinfectant, liquid soap, bleach and hand sanitizers, among other necessary supplies, all in accordance with guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation for the prevention and control of the pandemic in prisons.

The Prison Service of Suriname also benefited from the donations, and their supplies were recently airlifted from the Grantley Adams International Airport by Surinam Airways. Nine other CARICOM Member States will also receive supplies over the next week.

The handover of the supplies are a joint effort of CARICOM IMPACS, the British High Commission in Port of Spain and the RSS, which will be transporting the items to the various Member States.

Regional Security System / CARICOM IMPACS

Regional Secondary School Essay Competition Winners Announced

Regional Secondary School Essay Competition Winners Announced

Regional Secondary School Essay Competition Winners Announced

Regional Security System | Monday, May 11, 2020

Students in the CARICOM region are commended for the high quality of essays the CCC received.​ (Stock photo)

The CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) is pleased to announce the winners of its Inaugural Regional Secondary School Essay Competition, which concluded on March 31, 2020. The competition was a key component of the advocacy drive by the CCC to foster a competition and consumer culture in the region, from the ground up. Students were challenged to think about the importance and benefits of competition and consumer protection laws to the region. The CCC received 50 entries from students across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Students in the CARICOM region are commended for the high quality of essays the CCC received, and for their creativity in the use of pictures and videos in some instances to articulate their views on the benefits of competition and consumer protection laws.

There were two age categories for students: ages 12-15 and 16-19.  They were asked to write on one of two topics:

  1. “How does fair competition among businesses benefit me and my region?” and
  2. “How does consumer protection law benefit me and my Region.?”

It gives the CCC great pleasure to announce the winners of the two age categories as follows:

Ages 12-15 students

First place USD $1000: Hadassah Cuffy, Basseterre High School, St. Kitts & Nevis

Second place USD $750: Hadiah McBean, St Joseph Secondary, Guyana

Third place USD $500: Hayley-Shai Kassie, Montserrat Secondary School, Montserrat

Ages 16-19 students

First place USD $1000: Jerome Samuels, Jamaica College, Jamaica

Second place USD $750: Celeste Samuel, ASJA Girls’ College San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago

Second place USD $750: Simone Ann Cruz, Sacred Heart College, Belize

Given the high level of essays submitted, the Commission also wishes to identify the following students whose quality essays need special mention:

Ages 12-15 students

Kya Knight, Deighton Griffith Secondary School, Barbados

Lorenzo Cuellar, Belize High School, Belize

Darius Payne, Naparima College, Trinidad & Tobago

Jude Mahase, Naparima College, Trinidad & Tobago

Jamal Mosely, Deighton Griffith Secondary School, Barbados

Ages 16-19 students

Toushanae Norris, Campion College, Jamaica

Zachary Ramsumair, Naparima College, Trinidad & Tobago

Raheed Gilzene, St Jago High School, Jamaica

Serena Blair, Black River High School, Jamaica

Jahmari Beecher, St. Mary’s College, Jamaica

The CCC specially thanks our judges and all independent regional experts who contributed in no small way to the competition’s success:

  1. Mr. Bevan Narinesingh- Trinidad and Tobago Fair Trading Competition
  2. Prof. Emerita Hazel Simmonds McDonald – University of the West Indies (recommended by the CXC)
  3. Dr. Brian Francis- Barbados Fair Trading Commission
  4. Mr. Hans Lim A Po – Former CCC Commissioner
  5. Ms. Annmarie Grant from Jamaica Fair Trading Commission

All essays were second marked by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) who are commended for a thorough and timely job:

  • Dr. Dickson Osuala
  • Mr. Antonio Fletcher

This regional essay competition would not have been possible without the partnership of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) who funded the competition and provided the consumer videos used to sensitise students across the region,; the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and Barbados Fair Trading Commission (BFTC) who provided sponsorship; the excellent advocacy by the national competition and consumer authorities in the CSME in promoting the competition in their respective jurisdictions; the Ministries of Education in each participating Member State; and the teachers who ensured that as many students as possible participated in this inaugural competition. Thanks also to Naparima College, Trinidad for hosting live lectures by the CCC and sharing the live coverage on their Facebook page.

CARICOM Competition Commission

RSS 10th EDF Project – Newsletter

RSS 10th EDF Project – Newsletter

RSS 10th EDF Project - Newsletter

Regional Security System | Friday, April 30, 2020

The RSS 10th European Development Fund Project of activities sought to contribute to capacity-building and institutional response to illicit trafficking by strengthening capacities of law enforcement and other border security agencies to address illicit trafficking, and enhance existing rehabilitation initiatives in correctional facilities for inmates. The project also sought to build public support for law enforcement initiatives and promote public understanding of other social and criminal aspects which contribute to the criminogenic environment and remain part of the contemporary regional crime environment by hosting a series of panel discussions on key areas of national and regional security.

Below is the RSS Newsletter highlighting the various programmes and activities executed under the 10th EDF Project. 

It Takes Teamwork

It Takes Teamwork

It Takes Teamwork

Regional Security System | Friday, April 24, 2020

The BDF and RSS have been instrumental in facilitating distribution of critical COVID-19 related supplies and equipment, procured by PAHO. (Photo courtesy PAHO)

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has a long-standing working relationship with the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) and the Regional Security System (RSS), especially in response to public health emergencies. It is no surprise that with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, both entities are once again collaborating with PAHO.

The BDF and RSS have been instrumental in facilitating distribution of critical COVID-19 related supplies and equipment, procured by PAHO, and destined to its Member States in the region. The logistics for this process is coordinated through the Public Health Emergency (PHE) Unit at the PAHO Barbados Office.

This is just an example of how the team has been functioning…PAHO procured essential health supplies for COVID-19 response for Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

A total of 162 boxes containing 3,919 PPE kits were delivered to the PAHO Barbados Office on Monday 20 April 2020, they were collected by a team of BDF soldiers on Tuesday 21 April 2020, and by Wednesday 22 April 2020, many countries acknowledged receipt of their donations, ably delivered by the RSS.

Click here for full details.

PAHO

 

 

CARPHA Only CARICOM Lab To Test For COVID-19

CARPHA Only CARICOM Lab To Test For COVID-19

CARPHA Only CARICOM Lab To Test For COVID-19

Regional Security System | Tuesday, March 17 2020

The Caribbean Public Health Agency’s laboratories are fully equipped and ready to test samples of suspected cases of COVID-19. (Stock photo)

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has the only CARICOM regional reference laboratory accredited to test for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and also the only laboratory that can confirm positive or negative results in Trinidad and Tobago.

We continue to actively work with Ministries of Health in our Member States to provide confirmatory tests for COVID-19.

This is undertaken in strict accordance with guidance and recommendations of the Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Caribbean Public Health Agency’s Medical Microbiology Laboratory (CMML) does not participate in any process of verification or validation of tests with any private laboratories in the Caribbean, nor has it endorsed any tests from any private laboratory, manufacturer or distributor.

Our laboratories are fully equipped and ready to test samples of suspected cases of COVID-19, and Member States have specific protocols to follow in their investigation process which includes sending the samples to CARPHA.

We therefore advise the public to be extremely careful and vigilant when using private laboratory services as conflicting or inconsistent results (false- positive or negative) can be obtained. Please check with your Ministry of Health to verify which laboratory is authorized for testing COVID-19 samples.

CARPHA also urges everyone to take proper precautions for protecting their health.

More information about protective measures against the new coronavirus can be found on the CARPHA website.

Caribbean Public Health Agency