Ritchey twists new MTB & drop bars, aero stem, Break-Away refresh & more!

first_imgRitchey is synonymous with both high quality steel bike frames out of the mind of Tom Ritchey himself, and of reasonably priced performance alloy cockpit components. Both sides had new goodies on display in Taipei, from new curvy alloy bar shapes for upright mountain Kyote, to all-road dropbar Butano bikes, plus a new aero Chicane stem, new affordable Zeta wheels, and a refresh of the BreakAway, with all other bikes to get a more modern look in 2019 as well…Ritchey performance alloy cockpit componentsKyote MTB barThe biggest departure from what they’ve made before is the Comp Kyote (pronounced Coyote) mountain bike riser bar. Obviously its distinguishing feature is a generous 27.5° of backsweep for comfortable control of anything from your single speed to adventure touring bike.Besides just adding a ton of sweep, the 35mm rise Kyote first sweeps the bar forward so when you replace a standard flat bar, your hands will end up in the same position front-to-back relative to the stem. The Kyote is a super wide bar too at 800mm, with Ritchey saying it leaves plenty of room to cut to fit for riders who want something a bit more narrow. The 31.8mm bar has a nice wide section at the clamp so you can attach accessories like a GPS, lights, or bag setup too.The Kyote will be available in a few weeks, and for now only comes in this $40/42€ Comp Kyote level bar made from 6061 alloy. Ritchey says the single 355g Comp bar is a bit of a test to see the demand for the new shape, but is open to making it in lighter, high-end materials too.Butano dropbarThe Butano is Ritchey’s new gravel & adventure bike bar. Meant to go fast, it takes a compact drop (73mm reach, 118mm drop) and adds a gentle 12° outward flare from the hoods to the drops for stability & comfort off-road.The Butano is available in 38-46cm widths, measured c-to-c at the hoods. By the time you get to the ends of the drops the bar adds four centimeters, then measuring 44-52cm outside. Up top the bar also gets a small 4° backsweep after coming away from the clamping area. Like the Kyote, the Butano has 100mm of 31.8 clamping area to fit the stem plus accessories for your dropbar adventure.The bar does not feature internal routing, but is drilled for compatibility with Shimano’s newest Di2 bar end junction box.The Butano bar will be available in two versions starting later this month. The 7050 alloy Butano WCS sells for $95/100€ with a weight of 275g for a 42cm bar. Or the 6061 Butano Comp which adds around twenty grams, but cuts the price down to $50/53€.Baquiano dropbarRitchey had another bar called the Baquiano on display in Taipei as well, showing it for other bike companies to check out. It’s essentially the same shape as the Butano without the little backsweep on the bar tops, meant to hit a slightly lower price point. The Baquiano is now OEM-only, so expect to see it pop up on complete gravel bikes next season, and maybe hit the consumer market after that.Chicane aero stemThe Chicane is Ritchey’s latest take on the hard-working forged aluminum road bike stem. Designed to chip away at the drag on the front end of your bike, the Chicane uses a hinged faceplate with rear-facing bolts and a more sleek overall profile.A big part of that is a new-for-Ritchey hidden internal wedge-style steerer tube clamp, which is then covered by a flush-mount, snap-on magnetic top cap.The result of the aero design is that all bolts seem to disappear for a clean look, but also the back of the stem gets rid of the bolts and point shaping most likely to come in contact with your knees. Ritchey claims the design is just as stiff as their other current non-aero designs.Of course the proprietary top cap means you need to cut your steerer perfectly, and cannot install a spacer above the stem (as pretty much every stem & fork maker actually recommends for a secure clamp.)Update: We talked more with Ritchey about the setup, and they said that the Chicane was specifically developed to not need an extra spacer on top. The stem’s steerer clamp stack height is increased over their core C220 stem to offer more secure clamping. And the internal wedge steerer clamp was also designed to provide smooth clamping over a larger area of the fork’s steerer tube, alleviating any concern regarding use on carbon steerers. Ritchey tested it extensively with carbon steerers, and assures us it won’t be an issue in regular installation. They also sent over this small detail photo of the stem with its low-profile top cap. The cap works just like any conventional top cap to compress the slack in the headset, but sits flush down in the recess on top of the stem to be covered by the magnetic cover with the Ritchey crest logo on it above.Claimed weight is rather heavy at 175g (100mm) for this forged, but not machined 2014 alloy stem with steel bolts. That’s a good 50g over a WCS C220 stem of the same material, or 70g over the forged & machined 7050 alloy WCS C260.The WCS Chicane aero stem will sell for $105/110€, and comes in 90-130mm lengths for 1.125″ steerers. It is pretty much exclusively targeted at road bike builds since it will only come in a -10° (80°) version and cannot be flipped.Logic-E headset & integration solutionAlso a part of that Chicane setup is Ritchey’s new Logic-E headset & integration solution. Designed to help cleanly integrate Di2 & STePS wiring, Ritchey has a new headset with an internal channel to get the wire inside the headtube even on frames that are not drilled for Di2. While this is again most important for OEMs looking to create an integrated solution (either external of the stem or together with special spacers), it could also be nice for cyclists looking to upgrade an older bike to Di2.Comp Zeta wheelsOn the rolling stock front, the new Comp Zeta wheels offer a ton of value for road, gravel, even some light XC riding. With a 19.5mm internal, the rims are hooked & tubeless-ready (requiring tape) with a shoulder bead-lock.The build uses Ritchey’s alloy Comp level hubs with standard j-bend flanges, 6-bolt disc interface, sealed cartridge bearings, 64-point engagement, and an alloy freehub body, plus  DT Swiss spokes & brass nipples.Disc brake wheels have a claimed 1750g weight (795g front, 955g, rear) and will sell for approximately $380/420€ when they land mid summer 2019. A rim brake version is also coming at the same time for roughly $280/320€ offering even more value.2019 Ritchey Logic Break-Away & other steel frames refreshedAs for the Ritchey frames, for 2019 it is going to be a simple refresh. The always popular Ritchey heat-treated, butted chromoly steel Break-Away Road frameset is the first to get the new look in black & tan.Gone are the more traditional panels, in favor or a new single color look with just one main logo on the downtube.Then the new design adds the logo contrast color on the inside of the accompanying fork blades with an inverted Ritchey logo. The new 2019 Break-Away Road frameset is already available in Ritchey’s revamped EU website, with direct to consumers sales in both the US & Europe for $1600/1700€The rest of the bike line is slated to roll out with the more modern look this year as well. We’ve seen new paint jobs for the Road Logic , Swiss Cross, and Ultra, with more on the way.Oh, and if you want to buy one of those new black Break-Away Road framesets or anything else currently in stock, Ritchey is offering a one-time 15% off discount on your entire first new order at on their newly expanded/revamped consumer-direct e-commerce site. Check out the details here and order before April 30!RitcheyLogic.comlast_img read more

Kristin Stokes on Breaking Ribs & ‘Breaking Ground’ with The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

first_img Kristin Stokes has been bringing Annabeth Chase to life on stage for the past three years, and now she’s making her Broadway debut as the wise demigod in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. Based on Rick Riordan’s uber-popular series, the new musical follows the adventures of Percy Jackson, played by Chris McCarrell, and his fellow children of gods at Camp Half-Blood. To celebrate the show’s long quest to Broadway and its recent opening night, Stokes stopped by Broadway.com’s #LiveatFive to talk all about her love for the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, breaking a rib and more. “It’s so magical to be a part of the Broadway community and to come to work every day and be with all the people that I love,” she said to Ryan Lee Gilbert. “We’ve been doing this show off-Broadway, we toured with it, it feels like one big camp. When we were on tour, it felt like a literal quest. Now getting to be on Broadway is the most fun.”This isn’t the first time the popular books series has been adapted. While the two Logan Lerman-led movies are notorious for going off-book, the new musical has a blessing from author Riordan. “One of the things that really appealed to me when reading these books is that Rick Riordan does a really fantastic job presenting a character that you immediately know and relate to. The tone and the humor that is captured in the book, and that I think we capture in our show, is so fun. It takes itself just seriously enough, but then you’re sprayed by toilet water. It’s the best.” View Comments Related Shows  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 22:59Loaded: 0.00%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -22:59 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Although there’s toilet paper guns and water sprays, The Lightning Thief musical is still ready for battle. “We are really fighting with swords and climbing up scaffolding,” Stokes said. “It does feel like we’re breaking ground. I don’t know if I can think of a musical that is has rockin’ music and is this epic with a very traditional hero’s journey story. To have this all breaking into musical theater is so fun. There’s something special about it.”Having gone on the theatrical quest for three years now means Stokes has gone to Hades and back again too many times to count, and sometime those trips are more dangerous than others. “The bruises on my legs right now tell the story of this show,” she said. “I can’t tell you how many times my fingers have gotten smashed by these spears that we’re using. The first night of previews on tour, I broke a rib. I was like, ‘It’s fine, let’s just tape it and keep going.’ That’s what Annabeth would, do right? It’s all par for the course with this show. It’s the most exciting thing to get to do.”See Stokes in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, playing at the Longacre Theatre!Watch the full #LiveatFive episode below! Star Filescenter_img The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Kristin Stokes (Photos: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 Kristin Stokeslast_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims fall to nearly 300

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims in Vermont fell to their lowest level in memory last week. There were 309 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont, a decrease of 37 from the previous week’s total and 89 fewer than they were a year ago. Generally, claims have been running below last year’s totals. Total claims were down in most regions of the state. By industry, claims fell in manufacturing but otherwise held steady with very low total. As has been the trend, Services led all categories with 48 percent of all claims.Altogether 3,212 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 267 from a week ago, and 336 fewer than a year ago. The Department processed 0 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08). The total for all programs was 3,212 claims, 267 fewer than last week, and 339 fewer than the same time last year.For the week by industry, Services claims were up slightly in number and as a percentage from the prior week and still represent the preponderance of claims for any one sector, at 53 percent of all claims. Manufacturing claims were down after a spike the previous from the prior week. By region, Total Claims in every region of the state was down for the week and mostly down from last year. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)Vermont’s unemployment rate held at 3.6 percent in August, as total employment fell and unemployment was up, but the total labor market was also down. SEE STORY.NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment.last_img read more

Delaney named ‘All-Classes Coach of the Year’ by Sports in Kansas

first_imgMore than a month after their season ended in the 6A state title game, the honors keep rolling in for Dustin Delaney and his SM East football team.Gang: Given what happened on Saturday, I think we could all use a reminder about some of the positives that came out of this past football season, particularly at the local level.Which is why I’m particularly grateful to the good people at Sports in Kansas for releasing their Coaches of the Year list on Friday – especially since SM East’s own Dustin Delaney won both the 6A category and the “All-Classes” honor, the top distinction given.“East may have not won the 6A state title in 2013, but its hard to argue with the job first year head coach Dustin Delaney did for the Lancers this season,” said the editors. “Look for many more bright years for the Lancers.”Sports in Kansas also released a list of the Top 100 senior players in the state, including the Lancers’ Dominique Atkinson, Mitchell Tyler, Luke Taylor and Ryan Carter.Junior defensive end Kyle Ball received Underclassman Defensive Player of the Year honors, while James Woolridge, Devin Price and Charley White all received honorable mentions on the underclassmen list.last_img read more

Bill would allow lawyers to serve as part-time deputies

first_imgBill would allow lawyers to serve as part-time deputies April 1, 2007 Regular News Bill would allow lawyers to serve as part-time deputies Practicing lawyers would be able to serve in reserve contingents of county sheriff’s departments if a bill making its way through the legislature becomes law.The House Committee on Courts March 7 unanimously endorsed HB 179, sponsored by Rep. Mitch Needelman, R- Melbourne, a retired Florida Marine Patrol officer. The Senate companion, SB 174, sponsored by Sen. Steve Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, was unanimously passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 13.“The main reason for HB 179 is to enable a sheriff to allow a practicing attorney to participate in what is commonly referred to as a reserve unit, which is made up of part-time and auxiliary law enforcement officers,” Bill Johnson, Needelman’s legislative assistant, told the committee.Currently, F.S. §454.18 prohibits the elected sheriff or clerk of the court from practicing law. The same law also prohibits deputy sheriffs and deputy clerks from practicing law. Johnson said this bill amends the statute to limit the restriction related to deputy sheriffs and deputy clerks to full-time employees. Thus, the bill has the effect of allowing attorneys to work as part-time deputy sheriffs or part-time deputy clerks.Johnson also noted the current statute, enacted in 1925, does not prohibit practicing lawyers from serving as auxiliary municipal police officers or reserve state law enforcement officers.The bill’s next stop is the House Safety and Security Council and the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.last_img read more

Booking.com introduced a new product: Booking Expirience

first_imgBooking.com has unveiled a pilot edition of its new Booking Experiences product that represents the latest technology response to relieve any tension during the experience and stay at the destination. Booking Experiences will allow travelers to discover the best that the destination has to offer, all via a mobile device, and your smartphone will soon be all we need for a unique experience wherever your travels take you.Booking Experiences is the first mobile technology experience of its kind to ultimately leverage artificial intelligence and powerful machine learning technologies to anticipate individual traveler intentions and create a truly convenient and personalized destination experience – all on demand, with hassle-free payments. Alright. “Unlike other experience-seeking tools, the Booking Experiences platform is fully managed through Booking.com, without relying on or redirecting to the websites of others. ” point out from Booking.com and add that after travelers have booked a stay in one of the first cities offered by Booking Experiences, through a single QR code in the Booking.com application, the traveler can get quick access to reservations at all included destinations and attractions that are there.Booking.com turns to selling destinations as a motive for coming by targeting emotions and experiences A clever move by Booking.com, which has clearly realized that in the long run it will not be able to hold the lead in the market only as a site to search for accommodation, but adds a new element – selling a destination as a motive for coming, ie selling experiences and emotions. Of course, from that point of view, it is important to personalize the whole process so that each traveler brings an offer tailored just for him, in accordance with his wishes and needs. Artificial intelligence will be in charge of that, which will collect all the information about you.Booking Experiences eliminates the need to book in advance or wait in lines to buy tickets and tickets – travelers simply have to show up at the place they are interested in, scan the code from their smartphone and enjoy. “With Booking Experiences technology, our passion for data collection, our deep knowledge of travel and our ambition to smartly incorporate artificial intelligence technology into our product combine to create a new and unique travel experience that is fully personalized. The technology supported by Booking Experiences will continuously advance and gather knowledge, both from your travel-related preferences and other travelers like you, to ultimately offer you options that have been carefully selected just for you. Our ultimate goal is to inspire you whether it’s your first or fifth stay at a particular location. “Pointed out Goran Pleše, Area Manager of Booking.com and added that at the moment the Experiences platform is available to travelers visiting London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome and Dubai, and new destinations will soon arrive, as well as in Croatia.last_img read more

News Scan for Sep 03, 2019

first_imgGenentech reports promising findings for baloxavir flu treatment in childrenGenentech, part of the Roche Group, yesterday announced promising phase 3 trial findings for the use of one-dose baloxavir marboxil (Xofluza) to safely treat flu in children, according to results presented on Sep 1 during the Options X Congress in Singapore.Baloxavir, developed in Japan, is the newest novel flu treatment since oseltamivir and zanamivir and was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2018 for use in patients ages 12 years and older.The recent global trial was designed to assess tolerability and effectiveness in healthy children ages 1 through 11 years old, Genentech said in a press release. The one-dose treatment was administered as an oral suspension, and researchers evaluated patients up to study day 29.Regarding adverse events, findings were consistent with baloxavir’s known safety profile. Of kids in the trial who received baloxavir, 46.1% had at least one treatment-related adverse event compared to 53.4% of those in the oseltamivir arm. Efficacy findings were similar to that of oseltamivir. And similar to findings in adults and adolescents, baloxavir shortened flu virus shedding by more than 2 days compared to oseltamivir. The median time was 24.2 hours compared to 75.8 hours. The time to alleviation of flu symptoms was a median 138.1 hours for baloxavir, compared to 150 hours for oseltamivir.Sandra Horning, MD, chief medical officer and health of global product development for Genentech, said in the statement that each year one in three children develop flu, and their less mature immune systems mean they are slower to fight infection and are more susceptible to complications. “We are committed to developing new, more convenient treatment options for children with the flu and look forward to sharing these data with global health authorities.”Researchers are currently conducting phase 3 trials in other populations including children younger than 1 year and people hospitalized with severe flu. Teams are also assessing the drug for prophylactic use.Sep 2 Genentech press release Emergent BioSolutions awarded contract for stockpile smallpox vaccineEmergent BioSolutions today announced that it was awarded a contract worth about $2 billion over the next 10 years to deliver the ACAM200 smallpox vaccine to the US government’s Strategic National Stockpile.In a statement, the company said the contract was awarded by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), and that  the number of doses depends on timing and tiered-pricing terms that are subject to ASPR discretion. ACAM2000 is the only vaccine licensed by the FDA for active immunization against smallpox for those at high risk for infection.In early 2018, Emergent BioSolutions received a contract worth $26 million to supply the smallpox vaccine complications therapy vaccinia immune globulin intravenous (VIGIV) to the US government.For the ACAM2000 vaccine, the contract consists of a 1-year base period of performance, worth about $170 million, and 9 option years. The company said it expects to deliver the majority of the doses to the SNS under the base year by the end of 2019. The multiple-year contract is designed to replace the current vaccine stockpile and comes at the end of a 10-year $425 million contract to establish domestic manufacturing and procurement. The one-dose vaccine is the primary vaccine the government would use in the event of a smallpox emergency.Sep 3 Emergent BioSolutions press release Mar 2, 2018, CIDRAP News scan “Emergent awarded $26 million for vaccinia immune globulin treatment” Liberia declares Lassa health emergencyLiberia health officials yesterday declared a health emergency due to a Lassa fever outbreak that has affected four counties and resulted in 21 deaths so far this year, according to media reports.At a media briefing, Francis Kateh, MD, the country’s chief medical officer, said officials are worried about infections in health workers and that a lab technician is also among the people who have died, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported yesterday.Affected counties include Nimba, Grand Bassa, Bong, and Grand Cru. Officials said another cause for concern is that cases are expending outside an area already identified as the “Lassa belt”.The World Health Organization (WHO) regional office for Africa said in its weekly outbreaks and health emergencies report that Liberia has recorded 34 cases as of Aug 25, 25 of them confirmed and 9 of them fatal. It notes that there are 92 suspected cases, 21 of those fatal. It said the three most recent cases were from Bong County, including that of the lab technician, whose exposure is under investigation.In West Africa, Lassa virus—which can cause a viral hemorrhagic illness in humans—is typically spread by contact with urine or feces of African soft-furred rats. The virus can spread from person to person through contact with body fluids. The virus sickens about 100,000 to 300,000 people in Africa each year, about 5,000 of them fatally. No vaccine is available, though global health groups have prioritized the disease for vaccine development.Sep 2 Xinhua storyH5N1 avian flu outbreak reported at Nepalese poultry farmNepal’s agriculture ministry yesterday reported a highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza outbreak at a farm in Koshi zone in the eastern part of the country, according to a notification from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The outbreak began on Aug 19 at a facility housing mixed poultry, including turkeys, backyard chickens, ducks, and quail of different ages. The virus killed 195 of 417 susceptible birds. Authorities culled the remaining 222 birds. The team also destroyed feed ingredients. The event was declared as resolved yesterday.Nepal’s last H5N1 outbreak, which struck backyard birds in Bagmati zone, was reported in June.Sep 2 OIE report on H5N1 in Nepallast_img read more

NWS: Today’s High Near 69; Tonight’s Low Around 46

first_imgThe National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 69 with patchy fog before 10 a.m., otherwise, sunny and tonight’s low around 46. Courtesy/NWSlast_img

Saint Lucia Announces Updated Travel Protocols Beginning 9 July

first_img(Office of the Prime Minister, Saint Lucia) Following a reassessment of travel protocols based on market conditions, The Government of Saint Lucia will introduce several new and updated protocols for arrivals from July 9, 2020. Travellers will be required to obtain a negative PCR (Polymerised Chain Reaction) test within seven days of travel unless they are arriving from countries in the Travel Bubble designated by the Government of Saint Lucia.  Oct 15, 2020 Visitors travelling only from destinations that have zero or a low instance of COVID-19 cases will be exempt from the seven day pre-testing requirement. These destinations currently include Antigua, Barbuda, Aruba, Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Monsterrat, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Martin, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos. Visitors with a travel history from these areas in the last 14 days will also be exempt from quarantine. You may be interested in… Pre-Arrival Registration of Travel ·         All arriving passengers will be screened, including temperature checks, at the airport. Any symptomatic passengers will be isolated and tested. They will be required to remain in quarantine/isolation at their hotel or Government Operated Quarantine Facility until the test result is obtained. If the test is positive they will be transferred to a treatment facility until they receive two negative test results and are clinically stable. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC New Protocols Include Mandatory COVID-19 Pre-Test Within Seven Days of Travel, Exemptions for Visitors Traveling from Designated ‘Travel Bubble’ and Pre-Arrival Online Registration Hotel, Accommodation and Transportation Updates  For more information about Saint Lucia’s COVID-19 response, all protocols and details of requirements prior to entry, please visit www.stlucia.org/covid-19. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading…  To keep visitors informed on the island, health and safety protocols have been reinforced with new signage at airports and other public places. That includes QR codes navigating travelers to a landing page for more information and FAQs.  Oct 15, 2020 The Government of Saint Lucia introduced its first Phase One protocols on May 18, including new health and safety rules to protect its citizens as borders opened for international travel from June 4. Since then, Government and tourism officials have continuously monitored global health updates and have assessed protocol options for reopening.  All visitors and returning citizens to Saint Lucia must complete a Pre-Arrival registration form prior to arrival. Visitors can go to www.stlucia.org and click on the COVID-19 page to find a link to the form. Visitors must fill out details including proof of negative PCR testing and indicate which COVID-19 Certified hotel they will be staying in.  Share this on WhatsApp Oct 16, 2020center_img Returning Citizens: ·         Pre-testing prior to travel is now mandatory. Visitors must provide a negative test result taken seven days or less before travel to Saint Lucia. This comes into effect from July 9, 2020 and will be reviewed after 30 days.   Mandatory On-Island Safety Protocols New Testing Protocols: To mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19 for visitors and Saint Lucian communities, all safety protocols introduced for Phase One of reopening remain in place. Visitors will be required to follow the local regulations in Saint Lucia, including the wearing of masks during on-island transportation and when in public places. Visitors are advised to also check with accommodation properties regarding individual hotel safety and wellness policies. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak ·         Anyone arriving without proof of a negative PCR test will be subject to immediate isolation and testing with possible quarantine or treatment should a passenger test positive – at their own cost. It is recommended that visitors check their local government websites to identify PCR testing locations. U.K. travelers need to check with an accredited private healthcare provider for PCR testing options.  St. Lucia records more cases of COVID More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,…  During Phase One, visitors can stay only at hotels that are COVID-19 Certified. Amongst the required protocols, accommodations must sanitize luggage upon check in; maintain a fully equipped nurses station; observe strict detailed sanitization protocols for housekeeping; maintain required distance with tables for dining; and have hand sanitizer stations installed throughout the property. Sanitizing stations and showers for staff must also be installed for use prior to reentering the public.  ·         Passengers arriving with proof of a negative PCR test may be exempt from on-island testing and advance through immigration, baggage claim, customs and arrivals for transportation to their COVID-19 certified hotel, pre-approved home quarantine facility or Government Operated Quarantine Facility.  Oct 16, 2020 All returning Saint Lucia citizens and residents must also complete the Pre-Arrival registration form as above (insert link).  On arrival, they are required to quarantine for 14 days at a pre-approved home quarantine address, Government operated quarantine facility or a COVID-19 certified property. A key part of Saint Lucia’s responsible reopening is the COVID-19 compliance certification process for the accommodations sector.  To date, hotels that have received COVID-19 Certification include Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa, Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Stonefield Resort Villas and Sugar Beach – A Viceroy Resort. Several other hotels and resorts are on track to receive certification in July. Visitors can select COVID-19 certified hotels through direct booking, tour operator or airline provider. last_img read more

Monitors key to LNG safety

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