Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Is Frustrating and Amazing

first_imgStay on target I’ve often joked that the reason Final Fantasy VIII never got remade is because it’s a terrible game. That’s hyperbole on my part, but FFVIII is the most controversial of the PS1-era Final Fantasy games. Final Fantasy VII is an enduring classic and most hold Final Fantasy IX in high regard. FFVIII? To say it’s divisive would be an understatement. As someone who isn’t exactly fond of this entry, I find myself in the unique position of having to review its remaster. To get it out of the way: Yes, this is the best version of Final Fantasy VIII, but don’t expect it to change your mind if you were never a fan.Final Fantasy VIII is an inconsistent remaster. Let’s talk about the good first. Character models and cutscenes come to life in stunning, vivid detail. Gone are the comically pixelated faces that generated a thousand memes. Menus have gotten a bump in resolution, as have the character portraits. While the character’s textures look crisp and detailed, their polygon count isn’t any higher. Blocky arms and legs are very visible from certain angles. Small polygonal count aside, the characters look better than ever.While characters and cinemas are up to modern-day graphical standards, the same isn’t true of backgrounds. As before, FFVIII features static CG-rendered backgrounds. These backgrounds looked absolutely fantastic back in the day, especially compared to the characters. Unfortunately, the backgrounds are the most disappointing aspect of this remaster. Though given a resolution boost, backgrounds are noticeably blurry and washed-out. It’s a shame because they are among some of the best backgrounds from the PS1 games. They should have looked much better than they do here.Along with enhanced visuals, the remaster has a number of gameplay tweaks. Players can disable random encounters and explore the world at their leisure. They can also play at three times normal speed. This is a great way to level boost and grind for magic. Players can also enter battles with maxed out HP and ATB and enable Limit Breaks at any time. The Steam version lets users possess all items (with some exceptions), have all abilities, maximum Guardian Force level, maximum Gil and Magic, and possess all Triple Triad Cards. These features allow players to have a more tailored experience.Aside from better graphical and gameplay tweaks, this is still very much the same Final Fantasy VIII experience of old. As I said up top, this is one of the more controversial entries of the series. Gameplay-wise, the biggest point of contention is the Draw and Junction system. While there is still a traditional leveling system (to an extent), players can only get the most out of their characters by “junctioning” them to Guardian Forces. These powerful beings enhance attributes like attack and defense. Though one can automatically distribute magic and junction abilities, it is a more involved process compared to other FF games. The added complexity is great for some, annoying for others.I never had a problem with the Junction system because you can easily hit ‘Auto’ and call it a day. My main beef lies with the Draw system. You don’t automatically have magic like in previous installments. Instead, you draw magic from enemies. As with other entries (and most RPGs), you use magic to cast spells on enemies and on yourself. Magic also boosts your stats. The more magic you add to a stat, the stronger it becomes. This is where the problem comes in. If you want to max out your characters’ stats then you’ll have to spend a good portion of battles sucking up magic from enemies. Having to do this for every character is one of the most annoying grinds I’ve ever experienced in an RPG and it’s still a pain now.You’re free to use magic against enemies and to heal and boost yourself. However, since magic affects your stats, using magic will make you weaker. This effectively forces players to hoard their magic and rely on Guardian Forces to dish out heavy damage. You’ll have to watch the same summoning sequences countless times during battles since you cannot rely on magic. Yes, you can set the game to play three times faster, but it’s still annoying to repeatedly watch the same cinematics. Pun heavily intended, but the Draw system sucks.My other beef comes with leveling. Attaining a high level is almost not worth the trouble since enemies scale with you. That means foes from early parts of the game are every bit as strong as the ones in latter portions. You’ll have better equipment and stronger GFs at your disposal, but having enemies scale with you drains the fun out of an RPG for me. But I realize this is a personal grievance and that some players appreciate how enemies scale with them.Other than the Draw system and enemy scaling, I like everything else FFVIII has to offer. The cinemas still look awesome and the score is easily one of the best in the series. The more realistic art design still holds up and continues to conjure the same sense of wonder it did before. I even enjoy the convoluted storyline thanks to the colorful cast of characters that drive it forward. Everything people loved about FFVIII remains intact.Despite my qualms with Final Fantasy VIII, it has admittedly aged very well. It is still a unique JRPG experience even in 2019. It has a cool love story, an amazing soundtrack, and a gorgeous visual design. While this is the best way to play the game, the remaster isn’t on the same level as the ones FFVII and IX received. That’s sad since this is arguably the best looking of the PS1-era FF titles.If you’re a fan of FFVIII then this one is a no-brainer. If you’re like me, you can skip this remaster and spare yourself the headache. Final Fantasy VIII is an objectively good RPG but it’s still not an experience I wish to relive.Get Final Fantasy VIII – Remastered from the Humble StoreMore on Geek.com:Hands-On: ‘Ghost Recon: Breakpoint’ Has Something for EverybodyReview: ‘Gears 5’ Brings a Fresh Perspective to the Franchise‘Oninaki’ Is an Interesting Game Marred by Poor Design Choices Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

1026 WWE RAW remains among the top 25 shows on cable

first_img Now Playing Up Next Last week’s 10/26 edition of WWE RAW saw all three hours remain among the top 25 shows on cable for the week ending 11/1/15. The hours placed at No. 9, No. 13 and No. 19. The show drew a 2.46 rating with 3.45 million viewers.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipKim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing MakeupVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Twitter Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey Launching ‘Office’ Podcast Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win Videos Articlescenter_img Kendall Jenner opens up about her insecurities Exclusive Interviews – Oscars buzz is rising at the Toronto Film Fest Now Playing Up Next Google+ Kanye West Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Now Playing Up Next Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Morning Press Sidewalk seating county jail death traffic

first_imgBe sure to keep the sunscreen handy, because the forecast says we’re in for a warm weekend.Here’s a look at several stories that were of particular interest to columbian.com readers this week.Top Shelf owner feeling fenced inAfter Daren Morgan got a permit from the city of Vancouver allowing him to build a brushed steel fence for a new outdoor seating area at Top Shelf, he was excited about the opportunity to expand his bar’s business.But after the fence went up — something required by the state Liquor Control Board — people started complaining about having to walk around it. City officials are now rethinking their decision to allow it.Two weeks after the fence was bolted into the sidewalk, city officials approached Morgan, asking him to alter the seating area, according to Morgan.City of Vancouver’s second thoughts about permit for outdoor seating area create problemsVideo to be released in death at county jailA Clark County judge ruled Monday in favor of releasing jail surveillance footage used in an investigation of an inmate killed while being restrained by corrections deputies in 2015.last_img read more

Kitchen fire sends one to hospital with burns

first_imgOne person was taken to the hospital for burns after a fire in a kitchen at an Orchards home Wednesday afternoon.Firefighters responded to the fire at 9907 N.E. 104th Court around 1:45 p.m.Vancouver Fire Department spokesman Raymond Egan said there was a fire in the home’s kitchen, and it took Vancouver and Fire District 3 firefighters about 10 minutes to bring the fire under control.The fire remained confined to the kitchen, he said, and did not extend into the home’s attic.The burned patient was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment.The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating the fire, Egan said.last_img

Wife seeks art for online event to help blind husband appreciate eclipse

first_imgSolar eclipse hype is already “a bittersweet experience for me,” said John Furniss. “I’d love to see the total eclipse. I’d love to see the sun’s corona.”But he can’t. Furniss has been blind since age 16. He’s a graduate of the School of Piano Technology for the Blind; he worked for a few years as a piano technician and rebuilder. He also does woodworking and other arts; he and his wife, Anni Becker Furniss, love turning out for arts festivals and demonstrating his talents and abilities despite his lack of sight. They even visit schools to smash stereotypes and talk about “the blind experience,” Anni Becker Furniss said.“It’s really important for children … to have a good example of a productive and active blind person living a full life without missing out on anything,” she said.Still, John Furniss was definitely feeling “bummed out about the eclipse. I didn’t want to go to any viewing parties or events,” he said.But Becker Furniss, an artist, came up with a great plan. She and her husband have lots of artistic, creative friends, so she invited all of them — and anyone else — to describe or portray the experience for John Furniss in whatever creative way they choose.last_img read more

Citing rising rents downtown art galleries closing

first_imgThis week, two different downtown Vancouver art galleries issued virtually identical statements about closing up shop: “Economic and other factors beyond the gallery’s control have made it necessary to leave.”After two years occupying the lower level of the big Boomerang cafe and resale shop on Main Street, the gallery curated by abstract painter Tom Relth will move out. Relth will hold a final moving sale during this weekend’s Clark County Open Studios tour. “My dream was exposing Vancouver to all different kinds of art,” he said. “Creating some new patronage for art and for Boomerang.”But business was never enough. Developer Ryan Hurley, who owns the Boomerang real estate, said by email that plans are still under wraps, but the gallery’s departure will “make way for a new concept we are rolling out at the first of the new year.”A few blocks away, Gallery 360 will leave the historic Slocum House, in the southwest corner of Esther Short Park, at the end of this year — after a final “Deck the Halls” show and sale. While that won’t be the end of the nonprofit Mosaic Arts Alliance, which has leased and operated the space, it will be the first time since 2005 that Mosaic has no gallery and no base.“Three 10 percent increases in rent in the last 2 1/2 years,” Mosaic’s Susan Williams said. “It’s taken all our reserves.”Gallery attendance was great when doors opened three years ago, she said, but it’s steadily declined — even during monthly First Friday Art Walk events. Art lovers don’t seem willing to venture away from Main Street and across the park in the dark, she said.last_img read more

Ridgefield towing company pulls big rig out of Columbia River

first_imgA Ridgefield towing company had the job of cleaning up after a Monday rollover crash on Interstate 84 in Oregon that left a tractor-trailer in the Columbia River.“This was a very top-level recovery,” said Justin Bellcoff, who works at Ridgefield’s TLC Towing. “It was far from par for the course. … The height difference, where the tractor-trailer was located, how mangled the trailer was, the contents in it and getting them out.”Early Monday evening, the Oregon State Police responded to a call about a tractor-trailer crash on westbound Interstate 84, just east of Corbett, Ore.The vehicle and load went off the roadway, crashed through a guardrail and rolled down a steep embankment before landing on its side along the riverbank, the police said.The truck driver drifted out of the right lane while checking to move into the fast lane, then struck a disabled Chevy Tahoe parked on the shoulder, the Oregon State Police said. The tractor-trailer then rolled off the roadway.The big rig’s driver, and the two people with the disabled Tahoe, were hospitalized with minor or non-life threatening injuries, the state police said.last_img read more

Bishop Curry at St Lukes in Vancouver Love is the cure

first_imgSt. Luke’s Episcopal Church nearly packed both Sunday morning services for a visit from the Most Rev. Michael Curry, who sermonized on the power of love, keeping with a theme from his sermon at the royal wedding in May, where many first discovered his ebullient style.Curry is the presiding bishop and primate, the elected chief pastor and senior most bishop, of the Episcopal Church of the United States.Millions outside the church first heard Curry in May, as he presided at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and shared a powerful sermon at Windsor Castle in England.Curry’s last visit to the Vancouver church was in 2007, said St. Luke’s Rev. Jaime Case. At the time, Curry was the bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, and the church rented out the hangar at Pearson Field.They managed to pack the event into St. Luke’s this time, Case said, which was a feat considering the interest.“We certainly have a lot of people here today who are not part of this congregation. People from All Saints and St. Michael’s and Holy Spirit and St. Anne’s and, oh my God, just everywhere,” he said. “They all came to hear him preach.”Curry’s sermon mirrored some themes from his royal wedding homily, namely the power of love and compassion, and was based around the week’s assigned reading, from Chapter 5 of the apostle Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians.last_img read more

Vancouver man banned from cruise line after leap

first_imgA Vancouver man is in hot water with a cruise line after leaping from the 11th floor of a ship into the sea.In a video posted to his Instagram account, Nick Naydev, 27, is seen climbing onto a railing Friday on a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship docked in the Bahamas. With other men laughing behind him, Naydev then hops off the railing and begins flailing his arms and legs before the camera loses sight of him.He sustained minor injuries but could have swum to shore, Naydev said. The crew of a small boat passing by picked him up, however.Ship security later found Naydev and his friends, telling them they needed to pack their bags and leave immediately, he said. They also were permanently banned from the cruise line.“This was stupid and reckless behavior, and he and his companions have been banned from ever sailing with us again. We are exploring legal action,” said Owen Torres, a spokesman for the cruise line.The video had attracted nearly 65,000 views by Wednesday night. Naydev said in a written statement that he did not “think this through” before jumping.last_img read more

Clark County reaches 50 measles cases Oregon confirms three new cases

first_imgClark County Public Health Director Dr. Alan Melnick again stressed proper protocol after three new measles exposure locations at medical facilities were identified Wednesday.“If you think you might have measles, don’t just go to a health care facility. Call them first so they can see you safely,” Melnick said. The Clark County measles outbreak has risen to 50 confirmed cases, and the Oregon Health Authority confirmed three new Multnomah County cases Wednesday, bringing that county’s total to four cases. One other case was identified in King County last month. Public Health reported in a news release that two of the confirmed 50 patients have moved to Georgia. Three of the 11 suspected cases identified Wednesday were in people unimmunized when exposed to measles, according to the news release.Visit this link for a list of exposure sites: www.columbian.com/news/2019/jan/29/measles-exposure-sites.last_img read more

Defence Continues CrossExamination of Police Detective in GNPC Trial

first_imgBy Rohey JadamaLawyer Ebrima Sanneh, Attorney for Momodou O.S Badjie, Fafa Sanyang, Seedy Kanyi, Noah Touray and Madun Sanyang yesterday 28 November 2016 continued the cross-examination of   detective Sergeant   Alagie K. Manneh in the ongoing trial of Gambia National Petroleum Company staff (GNPC).The   accused persons are Sira Wally Ndow_Njai, Momodou O.S Badjie, Fafa Sanyang, Cherno Marena,    Seedy   Kanyi, Muntaga Momodou Sallah, Momodou Faal, Louie Moses Mendy, Noah Touray and Madun Sanyang.When the case was called before Justice Otaba of the Special Criminal Division of the Banjul High Court, the   Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) appeared for the state, while Lawyer Antouman AB Gaye, Sheriff  Marie Tambedou, and Omar MM Njie  announced their representation for Mrs-Ndow-Njai, Lawyer E-Sanneh appeared for the   2nd,   3rd,5th  ,8th,9th and 10 defendants, Lawyer A.N.D Bensouda, Rachel Y.Mendy and Yassin Senegore appeared for the 4th accused, Lawyer E. Chime for the 6th accused and C.E Mene, S. Taal and S. Sillah for the 7thaccused.They are being tried on charges of Economic Crime, Conspiracy to commit Felony, neglect of official duty, disobedience of statutory duty, and destroying evidence, they however denied any wrong doing.When the witness was asked by Lawyer Sanneh  whether he told the court in his last testimony that he has been a police officer for seven years, he responded in the positive.The witness further told the court that he   recorded the cautionary statement of Mr. Badjie.When asked by Lawyer Sanneh whether he informed the court that it is a requirement to have his name on the cautionary statement, the witness responded in the positive.At this juncture, Exhibit K1 which is a cautionary statement of Mr. Badjie was given to the witness and he was told to show the court where his name was written on it. The witness responded that he earlier told the court that his name is only on K5.“Mr. Manneh are you familiar with the investigation leading to the arrest of the 2nd defendant?” asked Lawyer Sanneh. “I am not part of the investigation, I only recorded the statements”, responded the witness.Counsel asked, “Mr. Manneh as you claimed to have cautioned the 2nd accused, do you know the circumstances that led to his arrest?” Witness replied, “I cannot remember that, my task was only to record the statements”.“Mr. Manneh if you cannot remember the circumstances that led to the arrest of the 2nd defendant how can you be certain that you accorded him his rights”, enquired defence counsel Sanneh?”. Witness answered, “The investigation team will be able to tell as I was only assigned to record statements”.“Mr. Manneh have you ever worked for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA)?” asked lawyer Sanneh. “I am a traditional police and an original officer”, responded the witness. This evoked laughter in the courtroom.When asked whether he was present at the NIA at the time the 2nd accused was arrested, the witness responded that he was told to meet them at the NIA.“Mr. Manneh do you want this court to believe that a detective Sergeant   will record a statement of a high profile person as the 2nd defendant in the offices of the NIA?” asked Barrister Sanneh.He replied, “I recorded it at the NIA”.“Mr. Manneh, is this the reason why your name is not on the cautionary statements of the 2nd defendant because those statements were recorded by intelligent officers at the NIA and not you?” enquired Lawyer Sanneh. “These statements bear the logo of the Gambia Police Force and they are recorded by police officers”, responded the witness.Counsel asked, “Are you saying that anyone who works at the police or security could have recorded the statement of the 2nddefendant?”“As far as this issue is concerned all statements that bear the police logo are recorded by myself and others”, answered the witness.At this juncture the case was adjourned till today 29 November, 2016 at 3-4pm for continuation of hearing.last_img read more

Mourinho bemoans Uniteds missed chances

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho once again criticised poor clinical nature in front of goal for their shocking Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Derby.Goals from Juan Mata and Fellaini scored for United while an exquisite Harry Wilson free-kick and substitute Jack Marriott ensured a stalemate before the Rams won from the spot.“We didn’t score when we could and we could in the first half,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.“We had good situations to kill it, we didn’t and at half-time I repeated the same words I did in the last match, telling the players that their dressing room was a dressing room with belief because the result was open and because they were playing quite well.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We needed to go and kill the game, which we didn’t. We couldn’t be dominant at the beginning of the second half and only after their equaliser we had again that reaction I don’t like.“I prefer to be proactive and to go for it, but we go for it only at 1-1 and after the red card, we are in a bit of difficulty. Then even with one man less, it was a reaction of pride, a reaction of a group that didn’t want to lose the game and tried until the last second.“Then the penalties come and someone has to miss. When I saw us going after the sixth, the seventh I knew we were going to be in trouble with (Phil) Jones and with Eric (Bailly). I knew we were going to be in trouble then.”last_img read more

Eriksen Opening goal was key for Spurs 50 win

first_imgTottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen revealed the significance of his opening goal in their 5-0 thrashing of BournemouthFollowing their 6-2 win at Everton on Sunday, Mauricio Pochettino’s side cruised to another dominant victory on Boxing Day at Wembley.Right-back Kyle Walker-Peters set up Eriksen for Spurs’ opener from a deflected effort in the 16th-minute of the game.The 21-year-old later assisted Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura to put Spurs firmly in control before Eriksen set-up Harry Kane for the fourth goal.Son then capped things off with his second of the game with 20 minutes of play left.But, for Eriksen, his opening goal was key behind Spurs’ big win on the night which moved them up to second in the Premier League.“It’s always nice to know that you will score at some point,” Eriksen told the club website.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“With the players we have, someone will score at any point, even in the first 10 minutes not playing as well as we could and still scoring and leading – that gives you the confidence and the trust in your team that you can sit back, be professional, be focused and that you will win the game.”Pochettino added: “I’m very happy. We had one day less to prepare for the game and the condition we arrived in made us very happy,” he said.“We showed unbelievable energy and then the quality we have… we are playing with very good quality and to keep the momentum is so important for us.“We were clinical, we had patience and we did our job in the way we needed to.“For different periods we played very good football and the players (should) take big praise.”Spurs will next host Wolves at Wembley on Saturday.last_img read more

Investigations continue into death of 46 year old Labante of Phillipines

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:bobby labante, cheshire hall medical center, marlon gripa Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Dec 2015 – Police are still working the fatal stabbing of Sunday night where 46-year old Bobby Lubante of the Philippines was killed when someone attacked him at home.Police issued a statement the day after the horrifying incident at Bryant Cox Apartments in Five Cays, but have been relatively silent since; saying then that they have had some information but that they need more. Meanwhile the Filipino Community has been delicately trying to handle the news of the violent death, especially to Lubante’s family back home. Marlon Gripa, who was injured, treated and released from the Cheshire Hall Medical Center shared the apartment unit with Lubante; both men work for Bishop Cox. Man charged with New Years Day shooting JetBlue passenger dies in Provo en route to Dominican Republic Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Memorial held for slain Filipino, $8,000 to get him homelast_img read more

Canada issues health notice Zika baby born in USA

first_img CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to region Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Jan 2016 – The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a formal notice to its citizens, pregnant women travelling to the region, with particular emphasis on South America – the warning is about the mosquito borne Zika virus. The health agency in Canada explains in a posted notice that it is not advising against travel, but warning at the risk involved for pregnant women. Zika is found to impact babies in the womb, in fact, the US now records its first baby born with Zika virus and the baby has Microcephely, or is born with an abnormally small head. The mother was living in Brazil, and had Zika virus while there.Canada says it has no cases of Zika recorded in country. Recommended for you Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM Related Items:Public Health Agency of Canada, ZIka No Zika reports for TCIlast_img read more

20 Year old shot treated Police looking for shooter

first_imgThe 20 Year old was rushed to hospital where he was treated for what Police call, non life threatening injury. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The shooting happened around 4:50am and investigators need help to solve the crime. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPolice are investigating an early morning shooting in Blue Hills; the passenger of a car driving along Mary Jane Lane was shot in the shoulder. Shots reportedly rang out of nowhere; two, one hit the car and one hit the man. Related Items:last_img

Police Investigate Burglary

first_img Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia #MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Forcecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 3, 2017 –  On Friday 30th December 2016, Investigators of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have confiscated a large quantity of alcoholic beverages and other items for investigation purposes from a home in the Five Cays area of Providenciales.Around 9:35 am that date, police officers responded to the Williams Storage located on Industrial Park to a unit own by Kishco and met the complainant who told officers that someone broke into the storage and stole the property mentioned above.As a result of information received, a search warrant was executed at the home where a number of the items were recovered.  No one has been arrested, and Investigation into this matter is ongoing.If you have any information that assists police with the investigation, you should contact Chalk Sound police station at 338-5901 or to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477-tips. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

Press Release Marine Police intercepts two Haitian sloops

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 30, 2017 – As Police and Immigration Officials continue to search for corpses that may still be in the waters of the North West Point area of Providenciales from an illegal Haitian Sloop that capsized last week Tuesday, two illegal Haitian Sloops were intercepted late last night and the early hours of today (Monday 30th January 2017) as they attempt to make landfall.Around 11:30 pm on Sunday 29th January 2017, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Marine Police intercepted a blue and brown 36-foot wooden boat three (3) miles from South Dock. The boat which was powered by two engines had one hundred and twenty-five (125) souls on board (ninety-eight males (98), twenty-seven females (27) and two (2) juveniles).Marine Police later intercepted a green, red and gray 25-foot wooden boat around 4:15 am this morning, at the time it was 2 miles away from Five Cays. It was powered by one Tohatsu engine and had a total of fifty-three (53) souls on board (forty-six (46) males and seven (7) females.  A total of 178 persons from both sloops were taken to the Detention Centre and handed over to Immigration officials for further detention and processing for repatriation. A thorough search was conducted on the sloop for drugs and weapons, but nothing was found.The Enforcement agencies of the Turks and Caicos Islands are asking that anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of any illegal migrants who came off any sloop or the planned arrival of other sloops to contact the Police anonymously on 911 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1-800-8477. Tips can also be submitted anonymously in English, French or Spanish on eitherwww.crimestoppers.tc or on Facebook as a fan of Crime Stoppers Turks & Caicos. Crime Stoppers tips are received in the USA. Related Items:#magneticmedianews Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNewscenter_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

JAMAICA ODPEM Developing National Disaster Risk Management Volunteer Programme

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, January 15, 2018 – Kingston – The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has launched its National Disaster Risk Management Volunteer Programme, designed to strengthen community and parish level stakeholder response to catastrophes.   The initiative is rooted in the need identified to establish and provide a collaborative and coordinated approach to disaster management through volunteerism.Community volunteers, who are being invited to participate, will be trained in various emergency techniques that equip them to act as first responders in the event of disasters.   These include: cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, light search and rescue, and shelter management.Senior Director, Projects Development Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation at ODPEM, Pauline Brown, says the entity received approximately $8.94 million (€60,000) from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to undertake a nine-month project, ahead of the national programme’s development and implementation.   The project entailed designing of the programme’s logo and training of 117 volunteers in basic disaster management, shelter management, and initial damage assessment.“A national database was (also) created, with technical assistance through the Argentine South-South and Triangular Cooperation which, to date, has 1,165 persons registered to become national volunteers,” the Senior Director states.  She adds that other donor partners will be lobbied for funding support to provide the necessary training for the volunteers.The Senior Director was speaking at the launch of Earthquake Awareness Week at ODPEM’s New Kingston head office on January 8.   Mrs. Brown noted that while there are many groups established to deal with disasters in communities islandwide, their activities are not aligned with the mechanisms of the various parishes.  She explained that during the onset or occurrence of a disaster, community volunteers routinely report to the parish operation centre.“This centre then reports to the national emergency centre which will facilitate any need for deployment across the parishes as well as any support requested. The volunteer groups will operate in a similar manner,” she pointed out.In this regard, the Senior Director said the national volunteer programme is intended to provide the framework consolidating coordinated responses to all emergencies at the community and parish levels.   Mrs. Brown pointed out that the programme will focus on boosting the capacity of persons volunteering individually and in groups, adding that they will be managed and facilitated by under the parish mechanism in relation to the requisite attendant responses to disasters as well as planning at the national level.Meanwhile, volunteer and project participant, Honief Myrie from Portland Cottage, Clarendon, said the training he received has bolstered his ability “to assist my community members as a first responder”.Another volunteer, Paulette Coley, of Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine, noted that her community is prone to disasters, and as such “I want to be able to assist my community as a first responder; that is what I enjoy doing…that is my passion”.“In past times, by the time external agents come in (to) assist, persons are (faced with challenges) to their detriment. But because we (volunteers) are there, we are able to (act as) liaisons and we are the first persons who can get out there and help persons to better protect themselves,” she stated.Meanwhile, Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the persons offering to serve as disaster risk management volunteers are rays of hope for the country.“The volunteers come from all over Jamaica…from communities which include those officially assessed as being vulnerable to disasters.  I want to thank them for stepping forward to serve,” he said in a message read by Director of Urban and Regional Planning in the Ministry, Marsha Henry-Martin.Persons desirous of becoming volunteers must be Jamaican or legal residents, 18 years or older, and be able to manage challenging situations.   Individuals should be time and task-oriented; able to communicate well with persons of various ages and socio economic backgrounds; and willing to lend service to national duty without prejudice.   The advantages of becoming a member of the programme include opportunities for: learning or skills development; obtaining professional experience; contributing to national development; and network expansion.Interested persons should register online at www.odpem.org.jm; contact the ODPEM at (876) 906-9674; or send an email to: volunteer@odpem.org.jm. Related Items: By: Latonya Linton(JIS)center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more