Milady’s and Austin’s Bookstore partner to promote reading

first_imgReading corners are designed to create a stimulating space for children to focus on reading and as part of their corporate social responsibility, Milady’s House of Beauty has partnered with their clients, as well as Headmistress and senior staff of Comenius Primary School, to establish a reading corner for students.The management and staff of Milady’s broached the idea of launching a reading programme and corner at the Queenstown school after their clients were impressed with the Easter décor produced by the students, which was being displayed in the salon.“I think [it] is a fabulous idea to promote literacy. It provides an atmosphere where the kids can be relaxed… literacy helps with education,” said Colleen Reis, owner of Milady’s.Comenius Headmistress, Michelle Booker spoke of her gratitude for the programme at her school.“Today is a blessed day indeed, we are happy that Milady’s came on board to present these books and tokens to you,” Booker said.One of Milady’s clients, the wife of the proprietor of Austin’s Book Store, a book lover herself, donated scores of books to the school.“Contributing to the fundamentals for a successful future” was the recurrent theme mentioned by Alumnus of Comenius Primary, Mizana Gonsalves, also a client of the salon.The idea was birthed after the students created Easter decorations for the salon. This move prompted Reis to enquire from the Headmistress, what could be done to assist the school with the funds that her clients donated.In 2016, Milady’s donated several drinking water units to the school after there was growing concern over the young students crossing the busy road to access clean drinking water from the salon, which is located a stone’s throw away from the institution.They also donated caps, umbrellas and water bottles to the pupils. They also deliver drinking water.last_img read more

On the trail of polio viruses

first_imgA child is given an oral polio vaccine during a vaccination drive in Niger, West Africa. Shelina Moonsamy isolates a wild polio virus for genetic sequencing at South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases. (Images: Irin News)Like a forensic detective, Nicksy Gumede-Moeletsi, a virologist who heads the sequencing section at the Polio Molecular Unit of South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), tracks her “criminal”, in this case a virus, by studying variations in genotypes instead of fingerprints.The sequencing unit in South Africa is one of seven centres in the world tracing the origin of polio outbreaks. Gumede-Moeletsi traced a 2005 outbreak in Angola – which had remained polio-free since 2001 – to a polio strain prevalent in India by determining the genetic constitution of the polio virus.From Angola, the Indian virus strain travelled south to neighbouring Namibia, north to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and from there reached the Central African Republic in 2008.Polio, a highly infectious non-curable disease that can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours, is easily spread by contact from person to person. Flies can also passively transfer the polio virus from faeces to food.According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, spearheaded by the World Health Organisation, Rotary International, the US-based Centres for Disease Control and Unicef, most people infected with polio virus have no signs of illness, and are unaware that they are infected.The disease can be prevented by orally giving children aged under five a live weakened Sabin polio vaccine, named after its developer Albert Sabin, or by a trained health worker injecting the inactivated Salk polio vaccine.Uncovering the route along which a virus spreads is critical. Polio outbreaks can be caused either by a wild polio virus type, or a vaccine-derived polio virus (VDPV).On rare occasions, strains of the live virus contained in the oral polio vaccine given to children are known to have changed, reverting to a form with the capacity to circulate, and which can cause paralysis in humans.Gumede-Moeletsi said it was essential for a country experiencing an outbreak to know what it was up against, and sequencing helped detect the possibility of a new strain, as well as determining whether it was a wild polio virus or a VDPV.Sequencing also helped to find gaps in the affected country’s immunisation coverage. For example, if sequencing picked up a mutated form of the virus that seemed newer than a strain prevalent before the country’s last vaccination drive, it might indicate that the coverage of the immunisation programme had not been that effective, said Dr Adrian Puren, deputy director of NICD.Finish the jobThe polio detective work has also been used to actively encourage Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Nigeria – the only four countries in which polio is still endemic – “to finish the job of complete eradication”, said Mark Pallansch, who heads the polio laboratory at the Centres for Disease Control. He has worked on the polio eradication programme since 1985 and has traced frequent outbreaks to a virus originating in the four countries.In August 2003, radical Muslim leaders in three northern states of Nigeria suspended polio immunisation campaigns after rumours that the vaccine was laced with agents causing Aids and sterility.A new outbreak, originating in the state of Kano, subsequently occurred and infected previously polio-free areas of Nigeria as well as eight formerly polio-free countries in West and Central Africa.The strain then travelled from Sudan to Saudi Arabia, “probably during Haj”, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Pallansch said. In 2005 it spread to Yemen as well as Indonesia – a country that had been polio-free for 10 years.These outbreaks underline the importance of being vigilant. “You need a good surveillance system and a regular immunisation programme,” said Pallansch. “As long as polio is endemic, even in one country, everyone has to keep up with their immunisation programme.”He pointed out that Nigeria’s neighbour, Cameroon, had managed to keep the disease from developing into an outbreak with an effective immunisation campaign. This was in contrast to its other neighbours, such as conflict-ridden Sudan.Polio can be eradicated, “if you have the will,” said Pallansch. “If a developing country like Bangladesh, with a huge population and challenges, can do it, anyone can do it.”The threat posed by VDPV is mounting: in 2008 Gumede-Moeletsi picked up 18 cases in DRC and four in Ethiopia. She is concerned about the threat posed by VDPV, which is mounting. In 2008 Gumede-Moeletsi picked up 18 cases in DRC and four in Ethiopia.Her concern supports calls for wider use of the inactivated polio vaccine, which eliminates the risk of VDPV as it does not contain live virus, once wild polio has been eradicated. But according to Sona Bari of WHO, “Only the oral polio vaccine has been proven to stop polio circulating within a community.” So the debate on which vaccine to use continues.Polio factsAs long as a single child remains infected, children in all countries are at risk of contracting polio.Between 2003 and 2005, 25 previously polio-free countries were reinfected by new imports of the virus.One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis, usually in the legs.Among those paralysed, 5% to 10% die when their breathing muscles become immobilised.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]: Irin NewsRelated articlesVaccines for a healthier Africa ‘The end of meningitis in Africa’ High-price vaccine for all SA kids TB vaccine in SA clinical trial Booster for child health in SA Useful linksNational Institute for Communicable DiseasesGlobal Polio Eradication InitiativeWorld Health OrganisationRotary InternationalCentres for Disease Control and PreventionUniceflast_img read more

Football in Africa: a visual quiz

first_imgAfter Cote d’Ivoire’s dramatic 9-8 win on penalties over Ghana in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations final in Equatorial Guinea earlier this year, we bring you a visual quiz to test your knowledge – and maybe teach you something – about Africa’s rich tradition of football.Click on the image you think is the correct answer.Who scored the very first goal in the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa? Read more: Bafana, Mexico in thrilling opener In what year did South Africa return to international football, after decades of exclusion during the apartheid regime? Read more: Learn the language of South African football Who was the first black African to play professional football in Europe? Read more: The stars of diski: South Africa’s footballing greats What is louder than the blast of a vuvuzela, the plastic trumpet much loved by South African football fans? Read more: Learn the language of South African football What South African football slang term means to pass the ball between an opponent’s legs? Read more: Learn the language of South African football In what decade was the first official recorded football match played in South Africa? Read more: When football became Africa’s game Which of these teams has NOT made it to the quarter-finals of the Fifa World Cup? Read more: When football became Africa’s game Who is the most expensive African footballer in English Premier League history?  Which African team’s nickname is NOT that of a wild animal? Read more: Africa Cup of Nations: facts and figures The first Africa Cup of Nations was held in 1957. Which country hosted the tournament? Read more: Africa Cup of Nations: facts and figures Which iconic South African footballer has an English indie rock band named in his honour? Read more: The stars of diski: South Africa’s footballing greatslast_img read more

Bangladesh beat England by 2 wickets

first_imgBangladesh relied on their tail-enders to return from the dead and pull off a sensational two-wicket upset victory over England in a World Cup group B match to keep their quarter-final hopes alive at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Friday. ScoreChasing a modest 226, the hosts were precariously were placed at 169 for eight before Shafiul Islam (24 not out) combined with Mahmudullah (21 not out) to steer their side to a dramatic victory with six balls to spare.It was England’s second upset defeat in the tournament as their experienced bowlers buckled under pressure in the thrilling final moments to make the task easier for the hosts.England had suffered a humiliating three-wicket defeat at the hands of Ireland in an earlier league match.Bangladesh had bowled out England for a modest 225 after electing to bowl as their bowlers, specially the spinners, did a fantastic job.Bangladesh were staring at defeat as they were 169 for eight in the 40th over but Shafiul and Mahmudullah batted with grit under intense pressure with a match-winning 58-run unbeaten partnership for the ninth wicket.With this win Bangladesh have moved to fifth place in the points table with four points and England are standing at third with five points.England now must win their last encounter against the West Indies while Bangladesh have two more match to play against The Netherlands and South Africa. Bangladesh almost messed up the run-chase by slumping to 169 to eight from a comfortable 155 for three, rasing hopes of England, but Shafiul and Mahmudullah ensured that the hard work done by their bowlers does not go waste.advertisementAjmal Shahjad (3/43) and Graeme Swann (2/42) did well for England but could not save their side from defeat. The 33 extra runs, including 23 wides, also cost England dearly.Bangladesh’s chase could not have started better as the openers raised a-run-a-ball 52 stand with Tamim Iqbal playing a quick-fire 38-run knock.Iqbal was cleaned up by Bresnan in the ninth over and his side suffered two more jolts in form of Junaid Siddique (12) and Raqibul Hasan (0) within 30 balls.Imrul Kayes (60) though was rock solid on the other end and was well supported by his skipper Shakib Al Hasan (32) as they raised 82 runs for the fourth wicket.The runs came in singles and twos and there was a time in their partnership when not even a single boundary was scored in nine overs. Yet, importantly for the hosts, the scoreboard was ticking and the asking run-rate was never out of reach.Kayes raised his seventh half-century with a single off James Anderson and then ended the boundary drought with a cover drive off Ravi Bopara. With that boundary he became only the 17th Bangladeshi batsman to score 1000 ODI runs.However, the well-set Kayes ran himself out when he attempted a double, which never was, and that brought a twist in the match, with England now hoping for a turnaround.At that stage, Bangladesh needed 71 runs from 114 balls but wickets fell in a heap after that.Skipper Hasan edged one off Graeme Swann onto this stumps and paceman Ajmal Shahzad bowled Mushfiqur Rahim (6) and Naeem Islam (0) to reduce Bangladesh to 166 for seven.Swann took his second wicket when he had Abdur Razzak caught by Tim Bresnan, much to the shock of the home crowd, but Shafiul hit the same bowler for a four and six to bring back the match alive.Bangladesh took the final powerplay in the 46th over needing 33 from 30 balls. James Anderson leaked 11 runs in the first over of the powerplay which he started by bowling wide.Mahmudullah suppported Shafiul well with his sensible batting and hit the winning boundary four off Bresnan, sparking wild celebration at the packed stadium.Earlier, Jonathan Trott (67) and Eoin Morgan (63) hit fifties and shared a 132-ball 109-run fourth-wicket stand to save England the blushes as they were struggling at 53 for three at one stageThe 24-year-old Morgan, drafted in the team as a replacement for Kevin Pietersen, hit eight fours en route to his 72 ball knock, while Trott’s innings came off 99 balls with two fours.England, however, lost their way, suffering another collapse in the face of a disciplined Bangladeshi bowling and lost their last six wickets for just 63 runs.Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak and skipper Shakib Al Hasan accounted for two wickets each, while Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam and Mohammad Mahmudullah got one apiece.Sent into bat, wicketkeeper batsman Matt Prior walked out with skipper Andrew Strauss to open the England innings and combined for a 32-run partnership before losing his wicket in a bizarre fashion in the seventh over.advertisementStrauss, too, was dismissed in the 11th over with Junaid Siddique taking a brilliant catch at slip off Naeem Islam. A lot was expected of Ian Bell but the right-handed batsman became Mohammad Mahmudullah’s victim as England slipped to 53-3 in 16.4 overs.However, Trott and Morgan steadied the ship, adding 109 runs to lift England to 162.The duo shrugged extravagance and toiled hard on the field, taking singles and twos to keep the scoreboard ticking.Morgan, who is returning from an injury, picked up his first boundary in the 21st over when he lofted Mahmudullah over mid-wicket, before welcoming skipper Shakib Al Hasan with a boundary over mid-off.The left-handed batsman showed excellent footwork and sent Mahmudullah for another four over midwicket, before pulling him along the carpet for another boundary.Trott picked his first boundary in the 28th over off Rubel Hossain, bisecting the fine leg and deep square boundary. Morgan, meanwhile, swept Islam for another four, before using his feet to good result against Rubel.In the 35th over, Morgan brought up his fifty with a single off Shafiul Islam, while Trott cantered to his individual half-century in the next over.However, Naeem Islam brought Bangladesh back into the game, removing Morgan in the 39th over with Imrul Kayes taking a brilliant diving catch running in from deep fine leg.After the 41st over, England took their batting powerplay but couldn’t utilise the five overs. With pressure mounting, Trott went for a big shot and holed out at long off to trigger another collapse.Graeme Swann and Paul Collingwood took England across the 200-mark but, in pursuit of quick runs, wickets kept tumbling, as Bangladesh held things back in the end.last_img read more

Totally focused

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Fernandez was promoted to chief trainer when Pacquiao clashed with Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse last year, but the rehiring of Roach for the Broner bout has obviously put his best buddy in the back seat again.Pacquiao, though, was quick to dismiss this, saying that his team is stronger than ever.“We know each other very well. Team Pacquiao is strong,” said Pacquiao when somebody asked why he rehired Roach for the Jan. 19 fight despite dropping him following a disastrous loss to Jeff Horn in 2017.Pacquiao said he wanted to give Fernandez a chance to become the head trainer for the fight against Matthysse. And Fernandez passed with flying colors as Pacquiao scored his first knockout win in nine years to revive his career.Roach said he was willing to yield the reins to Fernandez, who was his lieutenant in so many triumphs.ADVERTISEMENT Even his rumored bid for the Philippine presidency is far from his mind at the moment.Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao’s best friend, sat in the far corner of the crowded Wild Card Gym while Freddie Roach held the mitts for the world’s one and only eight-division champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsClearly, something is wrong.And when Pacquiao noticed this, he asked Fernandez to join them in the ring, although the Hall-of-Fame trainer Roach continued holding the mitts. PH Azkals, China Dragons coaches put friendship aside MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “Manny told me ‘I want him (Fernandez) to be better known as a trainer and when he (Pacquiao) retires, he will have a future in boxing,” said Roach. “So I said I have no problem with that. We will work on that, we have worked together as a team.”Meanwhile, Pacquiao played down reports linking him to a bid for the presidency, insisting he remained solely focused on the twilight of his boxing career.The 40-year-old, already a member of the Philippine Senate, has been repeatedly linked to a future run for the presidency in his homeland where he remains a national hero.However, Pacquiao told reporters on Wednesday he had put any future political aspirations on hold as he prepares to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) regular welterweight title against Broner at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.“A lot of people are saying that I can be the next president,” Pacquiao told Agence France-Presse.“But I’m not thinking about that. Whatever path that God gives to me, I will fulfill it.”“I haven’t spoken to him about running for president but he wants to help the people and the best way to help people is to be the boss,” Roach told reporters.For the time being though, Pacquiao insists he is not looking past Broner.Broner on Wednesday put a touch of drama to his upcoming fight with Pacquiao by not showing up for media workout day.Broner, the 29-year-old nicknamed “The Problem,” flew over from South Beach, Florida, where he had his training camp. —WITH A REPORT FROM AFP SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Manny Pacquiao, right, works out with trainer Freddie Roach at a boxing club in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Pacquiao is scheduled to defend his WBA welterweight title against Adrien Broner on Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)HOLLYWOOD—Manny Pacquiao doesn’t want to be distracted by the antics of Adrien Broner.Neither is he paying much attention to a seeming animosity brewing in his corner.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

Tevez, Verón and Kuyt named as using TUEs at 2010 World Cup

first_imgThe Football Association and Fifa have condemned the latest hack by the Fancy Bears group after details of failed drug tests and therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) among footballers were made public.A small cache of emails between Fifa staff and doping officials were leaked by the Russian hacking group on Tuesday. Alongside the correspondence, which has not been verified by the Guardian, Fancy Bears claimed that 25 players had been allowed to use TUEs at the 2010 World Cup, including the former Premier League players Dirk Kuyt, Juan Sebastián Verón and Carlos Tevez.Tevez, his Argentina team-mate Verón and Holland’s Kuyt were apparently prescribed corticosteroids, a class of steroid hormone. These TUEs are legal under World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) rules and there is no suggestion that any of the players have done anything wrong.In a statement the FA said it was disappointed at the information having been made public, after the leak included conversations between the FA’s head of integrity, Jenni Kennedy, and colleagues at Fifa. Share on LinkedIn Read more Topics Carlos Tevez Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Drugs in sport … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Share via Email news Share on Twitter World Cup 2010 Wada Fancy Bears further claimed that 150 players had failed drug tests in 2015, including four in the UK where three tested positive for cocaine and one for ecstasy. Information regarding two ongoing doping investigations by the FA is also believed to have been leaked.“The Football Association is disappointed that strictly confidential information has been released into the public domain,” the FA said in a statement. “The details of ongoing cases cannot be discussed or disclosed until due legal process has been completed.“Additionally, it is inappropriate to publish information relating to personal medical conditions or medications and we will work alongside our partners to ascertain the extent of this matter.”Fifa was strident in its criticism of the leaks. “Fifa condemns in the strongest terms the publication by the Fancy Bears group of information obtained illegally, particularly personal and medical data from athletes.“The release of such information constitutes a clear violation of the athletes’ privacy and puts at risk the ongoing fight against doping.”This is the first time the Fancy Bears group has released information about footballers. The group, which is believed to be acting as an extension of the Russian intelligence agencies, first came into public prominence last year after revealing a tranche of medical records stolen from the Wada database.Three key questionsWhat is a TUE?It is an exemption that allows an athlete to use medication that is on Wada’s prohibited substances list because of an illness or condition.What is the issue with TUEs?Some believe that athletes are granted TUEs when they are not needed, allowing them an edge in performance. Dr Ross Tucker, an exercise physiologist and high-performance sports science consultant, points to the high use of corticosteroids, which are given to athletes to help them breathe better yet can also be performance-enhancing.How can we be sure that TUEs are being assessed accurately?In theory an athlete should get a TUE only after an independent committee – which, according to Wada, should have at least three sports medicine physicians on it – has met and made a recommendation to a sporting body or a national anti-doping organisation, which then either approves or refuses the request. When making their ruling, the doctors must take into account a number of factors – including the need to protect a competitor’s health, ensure a substance is not performance-enhancing and that there is no other reasonable non-banned alternative. 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England full-back Anthony Watson ruled out for six months

first_imgRugby union Six Nations 2018 verdict: Guardian writers on their highs and lows Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp England’s woes were compounded on Monday night with confirmation that Anthony Watson has sustained a torn achilles and faces around six months out of action.Eddie Jones revealed after the defeat by Ireland on Saturday that he was prepared to rest some of his British & Irish Lions contingent against South Africa in the summer despite three consecutive defeats but Watson’s enforced absence is still a considerable blow, depriving England of one of their most potent attacking weapons. Topics Share via Email Six Nations Share on Facebook Bath Ireland rugby union team Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Bath confirmed on Monday that Watson has been ruled out for the rest of the season and it is understood that, with surgery and a lengthy period of rehabilitation, the 24-year-old will face a race against time to be fit for the start of the 2018-19 campaign.“Anthony has been in superb form this year and we’re obviously really disappointed to have lost him at a critical part of the season,” said Bath’s director of rugby, Todd Blackadder.Watson, who has scored 15 tries in 36 Test appearances, had only just displaced Mike Brown as England’s first-choice full-back but left the field on Saturday on an electric cart after sustaining the injury towards the end of the first half. England are already set to be without Courtney Lawes and Nathan Hughes for the three-Test series against South Africa after both underwent knee surgery last week. Six Nations 2018 England rugby union team Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Possibly 90 of Victoria Library contents gone

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 9, 2017 – Grand Turk -Some 80 to 90% of what was in the historic, Victoria Public Library is gone; gobbled up in that early morning fire today at the Grand Turk public library.Magnetic Media just moments ago spoke to former Chief Minister, Hon. Derek Taylor, who said he has seen the damage at the burned building and believes that almost everything work anything is gone.  Taylor, like so many others lamenting on the fire, is saddened about the incident which he says cast a dark cloud over the Capital today.“When I got the call I was in shock.  That someone would – because from all accounts it seems to be arson – that someone would get rid of our institution, a building that has been here for ages and that has served the total community.  Not only the school children.”Mr. Taylor explained that gifts to the library from the United States, Canada, the U< and from around the Caribbean were consumed by the blaze, despite valiant attempts by people darting into the burning building to save the twelve decades of books and memorabilia.  Hon Taylor said shelves which had been there from the library was opened, books, research papers, desks and so much more are all gone and only a art of the building remains now after what is strongly suspected to be arson.“The library was built with curry limestone and next to the library, I think it can be salvaged because it still had the roof on it when I left earlier this morning.  The main library, the roof has been destroyed and what has been salvaged in terms of books, pamphlets and that sort of thing is what we are trying to get stored.  We are asking those who would have plastic containers to bring them so that we can store the books elsewhere.”  It was shared that the books and other items salvaged are dry.Grand Turk has no domestic fire unit and has not had one for over a decade now.   Despite promises to correct the situation on the island which sees the largest traffic of people in the country due to the Grand Turk Cruise Center, there remains no remedy.  Police confirm that the fire was reported around 4:41 am but as late as 8aam, there was still a fire at the small iconic building which is located on Duke Street.Hon Taylor said he believes the process is prolonged when it comes to fire response due to a number of factors including: where the fire fighters have to come from, the permissions the airport fire crew has to receive and that tit is not a unit dedicated to fighting domestic fires.  “We are dealing with fire fighters who are stationed at the airport and I take it that they have to seek permission from their supervisors and what have you in order to come to town.  I think that is the normal procedure.”In January 2016, the country was horrified by a fire, intentionally set at HJ Robinson High which consumed a newly constructed block including the school’s computer lab.  It is a crime yet solved and a set-back of $2 million for the country.  Months later, in November, one of the homes recently completed by the EU Hurricane Ike funding was destroyed by fire.  It was also reported that the fire of Beatrice Gardiner’s home in Grand Turk, was intentionally set.The Victoria Public Library saw construction start in 1887 and was opened in 1889, and was dedicated to Queen Victoria on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee.#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for youlast_img read more