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            [post_content] => One man dies and others are injured as Nomination Day in Jamaica on Tuesday was blighted with a motorcade supporting the opposition Jamaica Labour Party being shot at and supporters of the two campaigning parties clashing. As shared by the police who says that there is warring between gangs Sparta and Rebel in the Flanker community, the death of the unnamed man in that same community in St. James came two days after a shooting at a JLP rally.

As officials from both parties in the country pleaded with Jamaicans to avoid violence when campaigning leading up to the February 25 general elections, three people were killed and six others injured in a Sunday night incident. Police say that gunmen opened fire on the JLP motorcade on Tuesday evening.  Over 40 spent shells were retrieved from the scene.

“We had a team in the area and they responded promptly and were actually engaged by the gunmen,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Steve McGregor, said.

The Jamaica Gleaner also quoted that he said no permission was granted for the motorcade to pass through the area.

“We are aware of the tension in the community and asked specifically that no motorcade should come through Flanker. I am really sad that our instructions were not followed, and I would really like to know who authorized this motorcade,” McGregor said.

In the North Central Clarendon constituency, PNP’s nominee Desmond Brennan and the incumbent Pearnel Charles of the JLP arrived to be nominated at the same time and a clash spiraled between supporters of the two main political parties. Though the candidates urged their backers to be calm and regrain from violence, the groups threw objects at each other, and police and military strengths had to intervene to restore order. The Director of Elections Orrette Fisher however said that apart from thos incidents, the nomination process went well.

A total of 152 candidates were nominated, with the PNP and JLP fielding candidates in all 63 constituencies, and a few minority parties and independent candidates throwing their hats into the ring. Seven candidates were nominated from the National Democratic Movement; six from the Marcus Garvey People’s Political Party; two from the People’s Progressive Party; and one from Hope For Portland East. There are 10 independent candidates.
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One Dead & Few Injured As Violence Erupts On Nomination Day In Jamaica

February 11, 2016
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            [post_content] => The Barbados Ministry of Health has disclosed that three women have contracted the mosquito-borne illness which has been linked to birth defects, Zika virus. The number of confirmed cases in the island is now brought to seven following these latest results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

In a statement, the ministry shared that the three women have been notified of the results and have been counselled.

“Specialized obstetrics care will also be provided to monitor the progress of their pregnancies,” it added.

In Brazil, there are thousands of cases where babies born to women who were infected with the Zika virus while pregnant were born with a rare condition called microcephaly, in which their heads and brains were unusually small, along with other abnormalities. Between October 2015 and last month more than 3,5000 microcephaly cases were reported in Brazil, according to Brazilian health authorities. The Barbados health officials however echoed the sentiments of the World Health Organization (WHO) that the suspected link is still under investigation and the relationship between the virus and microcephaly has not been established.

“The situation is still evolving and information is being updated regularly. The Ministry of Health will continue to roll out its response based on the local, regional and international experience,” the statement said. “As a proactive response, the Ministry has developed and disseminated guidelines to guide general practitioners, obstetricians and other health care providers in the clinical management of women who have the Zika virus during pregnancy.”

The Ministry of Health said that the guidelines were devise with the full cooperation and recommendation from the Obstetrics and Paediatrics Departments at the country’s only public hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
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February 10, 2016
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            [post_content] => GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS) of the GraceKennedy Group and authorized agent of Western Union is expanding operations into the Turks and Caicos Islands. The new addition would bring GraceKennedy to serving as Western Union's agent in 11 countries across the Caribbean, including Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, the British Virgin Islands, and the most recent addition, the Cayman Islands. The Cayman islands saw four services centres open in November last year.

“This expansion is aligned with GraceKennedy’s strategic vision of becoming a Global Consumer Group delivering long term consumer and shareholder value, through brand building and innovative solutions in food and financial services, provided by highly skilled and motivated people,” GraceKennedy Group CEO, Don Wehby, said. “With two and a half decades of expertise in the money services industry, we look forward to meeting the needs of customers in the Turks & Caicos Islands.”

Chief Executive Officer of GKMS Michelle Allen said the computer would also continue its investment in robust compliance systems, which are critical to its business.
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