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            [post_content] => It is known across the Caribbean and the eastern world as Chikungunya, an unpleasant virus that is spread by the yellow fever mosquito and exhibits symptoms that are similar to that of the influenza virus. In Jamaica it has been called by many names, from "Chicken-Gun-Man" to "Chik V" among other variations. The Jamaicans have once again taken a bad thing and turned it into a joke. However, based on the research that I have conducted, the symptoms of this disease are very unpleasant, nasty even, so Chikungunya is no laughing matter.

Some native of the island are saying that they don't believe the disease is being transmitted by mosquitoes, some are actually of the view that it is airborne - a deliberate attack of some sort, while others believe it originates from the chicken that one would have for dinner. However based on the research, neither speculations are correct and the disease is in fact being spread by mosquitoes from person to person.

As a result of this, mosquitoes have become public enemy number one on the island. A few days ago I returned back to the island after a brief trip overseas, and as I exited the plane, I along with all the other passengers were met by a lady who gave us a card from the Ministry of Health and informed us of the Chikungunya outbreak on the island. The only instruction she gave us was "Protect yourselves from mosquito bites". At this point I think I came down with a case of 'mosquito terror'... This was the sort of news that would make one want to make an immediate 'U' turn.

There's no cure for the virus, however the symptoms (high fever, headache, joint and muscle pain) can be treated. And according to the doctors it will go away on it's own. Jamaicans are being encouraged to drink lots of liquid and take pills that are effective at combating symptoms such as paracetamol and panadol.

I guess on the up side, business is booming for those who sell mosquito repellents of all sort. So, if you have a business mind, get it in gear and source and start selling some powerful mosquito repellent, or better yet, find a cure. Until then, keep those mosquito destroyers burning and stay under those mosquito nets.
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Jamaicans Fight The Notorious 'Chik V'!

September 22, 2014
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It is known across the Caribbean and the eastern world as Chikungunya, an unpleasant virus that is spread by the yellow fever mosquito and exhibits symptoms that are similar to tha...Continue reading

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            [post_date] => 2014-09-20 10:00:30
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            [post_content] => Telecommunication giant Digicel has secured majority stake in the St. Lucia-based International Media Content Limited, the parent company of the popular SportsMax. The terms of the deal allow the founder and a set of lead principals to possess shares and be involved in the day-to-day running of the IMC operation. "It's going to be a revolutionary change for us within the market," said Oliver McIntosh, CEO of SportsMax.

SportsMax which is available in 23 Caribbean countries is the region's first and only indigenous sports cable channel featuring a variety of international, regional and local sports content.  “As a complete communications solutions provider, it’s all about ensuring our customers enjoy access to the best multimedia content on the best devices via the very best network and that we meet all of their communication, entertainment and networking needs.” said Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves.

The company plans to release a series of new applications which will allow customers to view content on their mobile devices. "What I think you can expect coming very soon is the various sport applications that will be available on the Digicel network. We will probably launch our first one in the next couple of weeks to probably in the middle of October, and then you will see a series of them coming right behind that," said McIntosh.

The company's entire staff will be retained with plans to increase the team as the company expands. "We employ 70 persons and that will remain. The reality of the situation is because of what we will be working on, the size of the company will likely grow. We are looking to take on more people as we develop our expanded strategy," the CEO said.

McIntosh sees the acquisition of the company as a step in the right direction citing its opportunity to boost its content growth and geographic reach through Digicel's large capital base. "We both have things to contribute from our own industries. From our own perspective our content is in 25 countries. Digicel has multiple platforms that SportsMax can immediately utilise, whether for broadcast via broadband or for marketing and distribution via their retail network (and) putting content unto mobile platform," he said

SportsMax now has 67 shareholders all of which are now minority owners. The percentage or fee related to the deal has not been made available to the public. The acquisition comes shortly after Digicel’s entry into the cable TV market with recent purchases in Anguilla, Dominica, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 
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Digicel Secures Majority Share in Caribbean Broadcaster SportsMax

September 20, 2014
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Telecommunication giant Digicel has secured majority stake in the St. Lucia-based International Media Content Limited, the parent company of the popular SportsMax. The terms of the...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The United States has named three Caribbean countries as major drug transit and or major illicit drug producing companies. The White House issued a statement indicating that the appearance of the respective Caribbean nations is not a reflection of its government's negligence. The statement further revealed that the primary reason for nations which appear on it's list of major drug transit and or illicit drug producing companies is a combination of factors including geographic, commercial and economical.

The other countries which made the list include Afghanistan, Belize,  Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela. The list highlights significant U.S. domestic drug control issues and foreign assistance approaches to drug control. It also examines policies and programs shared by most countries to counter the destabilizing effects of illegal drugs and transnational organized crime.

“The combined aim of these undertakings is to foster sustainable citizen security to advance social welfare, safety, and economic prosperity of vulnerable communities around the world,” said a representative from the White House, adding that international cooperation remains the cornerstone for the reduction of threat posed by the illegal narcotics trade and related crimes carried out by such organizations.

 

 
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September 19, 2014
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