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            [post_content] => The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has proposed a new plan to combat hunger in the Caribbean and Latin America at a summit of the region's leaders that ends on Thursday. The new regional Plan for Food Security, Nutrition and Hunger Eradication by 2025 was presented on Tuesday by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the summit of the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC).

"This proposal is a tool to help CELAC countries design national plans to transform their commitment to eradicating hunger and extreme poverty in the region into a reality," Graziano da Silva said. He later added that via social media that CELAC leaders were considering the plan.

"The plan was developed by FAO – with support from the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) – at the request of CELAC governments. It is based on four broad pillars: strategy coordination at the national and regional levels, with a special focus on gender issues; sustainably ensuring access to safe and nutritious foods; widening school feeding programmes with a priority on addressing all forms of malnutrition, from under-nutrition to obesity, and; tackling the challenges posed to food security by climate change," it added.

In linking family farming with school feeding programmes, the food agency stated that the plan seeks to identify and establish links that can generate "virtuous circles of development." The FAO stated that the Millenium Development Goal (MDG) goal which proposed to half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015, was first and only accomplished by the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

In addition to the already achieved, the FAO had also said that the region is also drawing near to accomplishing the more stringent World Food Summit goal of halving the total number of undernourished people in their region.
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FAO Presents New Plan To Battle Hunger In The Caribbean

January 30, 2015
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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has proposed a new plan to combat hunger in the Caribbean and Latin America at a summit of the region's leaders that ends...Continue reading

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            [post_date] => 2015-01-29 10:00:57
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            [post_content] => As rumors continued to circulate on the sites of social media about a possible case of Ebola in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Ministry of Health has confirmed that the reports are "untrue". The minister however confirmed that they were however treating a Nigerian student who has had a relapse of malaria.

“It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment that information is being circulated about a possible case of Ebola in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment assures the nation that this is untrue. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Simone Keizer- Beache says that there is no Ebola case being treated at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital,” the communications officer in the Ministry of Health, Neeka Anderson Isaacs, said in a press statement. “The Ministry can however confirm that a Nigerian Medical Student who has a history of Malaria is being treated for a malaria relapse at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital.

“The Chief Medical Officer, however, emphasises that because of the current surveillance system for Ebola, the Ministry was able to quickly determine that this person does not meet the criteria to be considered as a suspect case. Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, the Accident and Emergency Department at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital was temporarily cleared of all ambulant patients for a brief period,” she added.

“The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is working closely with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in the management of this patient who is currently being treated in the Isolation Unit at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, as is required for any malaria patient.”

Isaacs concluded that the Ministry and entrusted personnels will however continue to remain vigilant in this regard.
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January 29, 2015
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As rumors continued to circulate on the sites of social media about a possible case of Ebola in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Ministry of Health has confirmed that the report...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => On Tuesday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) confirmed that off spinner Sunil Narine has withdrawn from the regional squad for the Cricket World Cup that will be held next month. The released announcement confirms a statement that was previously shared by former West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president, Dinanath Ramnarine, on social media.

In September of last year, Narine, who is widely known for being one of the best spinners in the world, was playing in the Champions League Twenty20 Tournament and was banned for a suspect bowling action.

“Narine has undergone intense remedial work on his bowling action and preliminary tests have shown him bowling all his deliveries under the 15 degrees flexion allowance,” said the WICB statement. “However he requires more time to be able to confidently bowl for a sustained period in international cricket with his new action”.

In Sunday's Super50 finals, Narine took hold of six wickets that pushed the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to a tremendous win over Guyana Jaguars, and finished with 12 as the leading wicket taker in the tournament.

“Playing for Red Force and winning the NAGICO Super50 has been a big boost, but going in to the World Cup is a little too much too soon and, after consulting the WICB, for both West Indies and my sake we have decided to delay my return to international cricket until I am 100% confident in all that I do,” Narine said. “Whilst I am very happy with the progress made to date with my action, and I express my thanks to the coaches working with me in Trinidad and Dr. Daryl Foster in Perth, Australia, I am withdrawing from the World Cup”.

In supporting Narine's decision to withdraw from the CWC team, the WICB said that choosing to risk his exposure to “the intensity of the Cricket World Cup would be both unfair to him and the West Indies squad”.

His replacement will however be named by the WICB shortly.

Narine has taken 73 wickets at an average of 26.49 runs in 52 one-day international appearances.
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Sunil Narine's Withdrawal From Cricket World Cup Team Confirmed By WICB

January 28, 2015
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On Tuesday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) confirmed that off spinner Sunil Narine has withdrawn from the regional squad for the Cricket World Cup that will be held next mont...Continue reading