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            [post_content] => Last week United States law enforcement officials arrested a Guyanese national after it was discovered that he was smuggling over US$600,000. Puerto Rican media house, Primera Hora, said Guyanese Khamaraj Lall was detained on the 22nd of November after US$620,000 was found on the private aircraft. Reports state that during routine investigations, US federal agents at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport detected the money stashed in plastic bags.

According to an affidavit by a federal agent, Lall, who migrated to the United States 30 years ago, was the passenger of the private plane that landed in Isla Verde. Primera Hora also reported that Customs Officers asked the detainee to report the sum of money he was carrying. Lall, who was travelling with the his father and the pilot of the craft, however initially reported only US$5,000 between him and his father, but later reiterated that the two had US$12,000.

The information from the electronic file of the Federal Court also states that the plane had stopped at the airport to refuel with the intention of continuing to Guyana. The arrest warrant for Lall issued by Judge Marcos Lopez, states that he will face charges of falsely filing federal reports and smuggling more than US$600,000.

 
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Guyanese National Arrested For Smuggling US$620,000 On Private Plane

November 27, 2014
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Last week United States law enforcement officials arrested a Guyanese national afterit was discovered that he was smuggling over US$600,000.Puerto Rican media house, Primera Hora, ...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => St. Lucia has initiated a temporary ban on the importation of all poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom due to a outbreak of bird flu in the country.

After being informed by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the United Kingdom that the country recently experienced an outbreak of a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), the ban was enforced by the Ministry of Agriculture.

“The start date of the outbreak event is November 14, 2014 and pertains to the entire country,” the Ministry said in a statement.

Reports state that the importation ban is imposed with immediate effect and applies to all poultry, poultry meat products, and processed internal organs of poultry raised, slaughtered or processed in the United Kingdom that were manufactured 21 days prior to the start date of the outbreak.

“These importation restrictions are part of quarantine measures aimed at preventing the entry of the Avian Influenza Virus into St Lucia and will remain in effect until further notice,” the Ministry stated.

One local supplier expressed to reporters that the temporary ban could help local farmers that have been complaining about a backlog of local products significantly.

An importer, speaking on the condition of anonymity however disagreed saying that local poultry suppliers do not provide "specialized cuts", such as chicken wings, which are imported into the island. The importer also explained that St. Lucia buys over a quarter of a million pounds of chicken from the United Kingdom annually at a cheaper price than imports from the United States.
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Temporary Ban Of UK Poultry Importation Initiated In St. Lucia

November 26, 2014
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St. Lucia has initiated a temporary ban on the importation of all poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom due to a outbreak of bird flu in the country. After being ...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => After heavy rainfall that lasted for over 48 hours and leading to flooding, the Guyana government issued a warning to citizens to be wary of various diseases on Friday.

Areas including the capital and areas along the coastal belt, have been deluged by water as a result of the heavy rainfall. The Guyana Information Agency (GINA) shared that 186 millimetres (7.25 inches) of rain fell within a 24 hour period.

The statement issued by the Ministry of Health on Friday, warned residents, especially those living in areas that are gravely affected such as along the coastal belt, to avoid contact with the water caused from flooding as much as possible as this will greatly reduce "your chances of contracting diseases such as skin infections, leptospirosis, diarrhoeal diseases and other water-borne diseases."

Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, Chief Medical Officer urged people that “if you or any family member experiences any fever, coughing, vomiting, diarrhoea, skin rash, cuts, sticks, bruises or other conditions, please seek medical attention immediately."

“Georgetown Public hospital and other hospital outpatient departments in the affected regions are all fully operational and equipped to provide adequate care. Health centers around Georgetown will be open for extended period and mobile sites in affected areas will be established and published soon,” he added.

The Ministry of Health also urged people to use water that has been boiled for 5 minutes, containing bleach or bottled from a pure water source for drinking, brushing the teeth, making drinks and ice, and cooking purposes. They also warned that they watch out for animals and insects such as roaches, snakes, and rats which may appear because of being flooded out of their homes.

In addition, nationals should be aware of faulty electrical wiring and store important documents and valuables in plastic and in a safe place.
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Guyana Health Ministry Issues Health Warning Following Heavy Rainfall & Flooding

November 22, 2014
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After heavy rainfall that lasted for over 48 hours and leading to flooding, the Guyana government issued a warning to citizens to be wary of various diseases on Friday. Areas in...Continue reading