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            [post_content] => On Tuesday a new Governor General was sworn after new administration admitted that Sir Edmund Lawrence's retirement took effect two weeks early at Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris' request. Replacing Sir Edmund is Samuel Weymouth Tapley Seaton Q.C, who acted as his deputy. Even though his retirement date had been approved to be the 31st of May, the government announced that it would be brought forward to the 14th of May instead. The post was however held by Sir Edmund for just over two years.

In an statement that was issued on Tuesday by the Harris administration, they said: "Her Majesty The Queen had previously given her consent and approval since 13th March, 2015 to Sir Edmund’s request to retire effective 31st May, 2015. However, as of today’s date 19th May, 2015 the Palace has now informed Sir Edmund that on a formal request from the Prime Minister, Dr. The Honourable Timothy Harris, the retirement date has been brought slightly forward to 14th May, 2015."

Initially, Sir Edmund had refused to swear in Harris after the February 16, 2015 general elections was won by Team Unity, a coalition of the Concerned Citizens' Movement, the People's Action Movement, and the People's Labour Party. He said he was unable to make this move until he had a hard copy of the election results from the supervisor of elections, Wingrove George, to view. The swearing took place afterwards.

The prime minister said that at the first sitting of Parliament on the 14th of May following Team Unity's election victory, Sir Edmund was also absent because he had requested and was granted leave from May 12 to 17.

His attendance was covered and his Throne Speech was delivered by Seaton. The opening was boycotted by the opposition St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP), levelling several allegations against the government, which included that Attorney General Vincent Byron had manipulated the circumstances that led to Sir Edmund's absence from Parliament.
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St. Kitts Governor General Retirement Occurs 17 Days Earlier At PM's Request

May 21, 2015
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On Tuesday a new Governor General was sworn after new administration admitted that Sir Edmund Lawrence's retirement took effect two weeks early at Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Brazil, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has issued a warning to citizens of the Caribbean to take the necessary precautions. The admonition is made following a meeting at the World Health Assembly that is currently taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. Last Friday, Premier Alden McLaughlin said that the government will continue to employ novel techniques in the upcoming fiscal year to prevent residents and visitors from contracting mosquito-borne illnesses.

"By the end of this fiscal year we will have conducted a three-month ground trial using a novel technique against the mosquitoes that cause Dengue and Chikungunya," McLaughlin said in his policy statement.

As they await the moment for this trial to take effect, the organization is urging people to take the necessary precautions to rid their surroundings of any place mosquitoes could breed. These places would include old tyres and containers in which water can settle and tanks containing water. You can also punch holes in tins before disposing them.

It is said that the carrier of this Zika virus, the Aedes aegypti mosquito is generally found in and around places where people inhabit. The Zika virus is from the same family that causes dengue and as such will have similar symptoms such as fever, joint and muscle pain, conjunctivitis, headaches, weakness, rash and swelling of the lower limbs. If a person is bitten by an infected mosquito, the symptoms of the virus will usually appear following the incubation period of 3 - 12 days. The symptoms will then last for 4 - 7 days. To date, no deaths due to the Zika virus have been recorded worldwide. The first case of the virus was recorded in May this year, in Brazil.

The announcement comes against the background of the chikungunya virus (ChikV) epidemic that affected thousands of persons in the Caribbean and other regions of the world.
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Here We Go Again... New Mosquito Borne Virus in Brazil 'Zika' May Head To The Caribbean

May 20, 2015
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Amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Brazil, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has issued a warning to citizens of the Caribbean to take the necessary pre...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => After several government websites were hacked, the Bahamas administration leaded by Perry Christie has adopted a plan to set up a committee to advise it on cyber security matters. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Tourism sites www.bahamas.com and www.bahamasfilm.com were purportedly attacked by member of a Tunisian Islamist  activist group called the Fallaga Team.

The government shared in a statement that since the attack, all defaced sections of the website were quickly removed and the functionality of the sites was restored.
"The evidence collected has been turned over to the relevant local authorities and the matter is currently under active investigation," it said. "All government websites have been checked for possible breaches, safeguarded and reinforced against potential vulnerabilities by the implementation of software patching." While this plan may have been put in place for a short-term measure, the government said that it is also looking to plan for the long-term. They were able to share that it will convene a meeting of web experts to review the entire government-owned internet related infrastructure to determine what, if any, additional measures could be taken to have the strongest possible cyber-security protocol. "It is the intent of the government to cause to be established a permanent public/private sector committee that will meet regularly, conduct regular audits of public internet infrastructure and advise the government on matters of cyber security, so as to inform public policy going forward," the statement continued. The Minister of Tourism, Obie Wilchcombe lamented that "opportunistic and unscrupulous individuals" were using legitimate communications, trade and commerce platforms for nefarious purposes. "This matter has been given serious attention and we will spare no effort in protecting and safeguarding these valuable assets," he said. The Bahamas' neighbouring island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, was also a victim of this same web attack earlier this month. The site, www.gov.vc. was hacked by a group claiming to be affiliated with radical Islamist group ISIS. Even today, the site remains unavailable.
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May 16, 2015
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After several government websites were hacked, the Bahamas administration leaded by Perry Christie has adopted a plan to set up a committee to advise it on cyber security matters. ...Continue reading