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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

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            [post_date] => 2014-11-21 10:00:37
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            [post_content] => The West Indies Cricket Board has announced that a task force has been organised to investigate the circumstances that led to the controversial withdrawal by senior cricketers of the West Indies team from their tour in India.

Comprised of Chairman Michael Gordon, and members Sir Wes Hall and Sir Richard Cheltenham, the task force team held its first meeting in Bridgetown on Monday, as reported by WICB.

The meetings are expected to include all parties which encompasses, the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) and the players, before the findings are finally reported to the board.

“While it is regrettable that the situation into which we are enquiring occurred, the Task Force recognizes the responsibility to West Indies cricket and is honoured to have been chosen for this assignment,” Chairman Gordon said.

“We commit to pursuing the facts and circumstances in a fair and unbiased manner and to allow for all the critical matters to be highlighted and ventilated”.

After the West Indies players went on strike, abandoning their tour to India with five fixtures still to play, including three Tests, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) cancelled tours to the Caribbean and demanded a compensation of US$42 million.

According to sources involved, the pull out was linked to a pay dispute with WIPA over a change in their Collective Bargaining Agreement with the WICB.

The WICB has reported that talks with the BCCI are progressing well so far, and that it remains confident that a resolution with India can be reached.

According to the WICB release, the task force was embarked to investigate the cause of the players’ actions, recommend measures to improve the relationship between WICB and the players, and design a fast-track dispute resolution mechanism.


 
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Task Force Organised To Investigate West Indies Cricket Team's Indian Tour Abortion

November 21, 2014
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The West Indies Cricket Board has announced that a task force has been organised to investigate the circumstances that led to the controversial withdrawal by senior cricketers of t...Continue reading