Bride searches for answers after Sarcoa closes

Ann Jennings booked and has been busy planning her wedding at Sarcoa. It’s been more than three weeks since the Hamilton Waterfront restaurant was forced to close after its lease was terminated, and she still doesn’t know where she is getting married.Ann was watching CHCH News when she learned Sarcoa had its lease terminated by the Hamilton Waterfront Trust after claims they racked up $226 000 in unpaid rent and violated their lease. At this point though Ann and her fiance haven’t been contacted by JEM Hospitality- which handles special events at Sarcoa- even though they have a contract, a wedding date set for November 7th and have put down a $500 deposit.More than two weeks ago JEM Hospitality said it would be announcing a new arrangement which would include access to three different venues not far from hereShe says she has looked at other venues but this spot is special.She’s also relying on her $500 deposit to secure another venue, but two weeks ago when we spoke to JEM Hospitality we were told those deposits wouldn’t be returned and they were working on finding new venues for their clients.In the fine print the contract states if the facility has been changed for whatever reasons “the caterer reserves the right to substitute an alternate facility for the event at its sole discretion.” read more

Facing meningitis outbreak UN and South Sudan announce vaccination campaign in Upper

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and South Sudan today announced they will carry out a vaccination campaign to address a meningitis outbreak in the Upper Nile state that has killed three people.The campaign will target 150,000 people out of 220,000 living in the city of Malakal. The first case was reported by health officials on 12 April and the state ministry of health declared the outbreak on 30 April. Eighty-seven people are currently receiving treatment. “Partners are boosting capacity at the Malakal hospital, including by establishing an isolation ward, and are monitoring neighbouring counties for an eventual further spread of the outbreak,” the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarians Affairs (OCHA) in South Sudan said in a report. WHO medical officer Tesfaye Zewde said the agency is supporting the health ministry with testing and drugs. “WHO has supported the state ministry of health in taking samples to Nairobi for testing,” said Dr. Zewde. “We are also helping in transporting the vaccines.” A community outreach campaign would also be implemented to increase communities’ awareness of meningitis and help identify new cases as early as possible, OCHA said. read more