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            [post_content] => Following a devastating earthquake in Haiti five years ago that claimed a quarter million lives, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a three-year aid programme that provides US$69.7 million to help the country with its continued recovery. With about US$10 million already paid out under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF), the remainder will be phased in, subject to semi-annual programme reviews. The IMF said that though growth has been positive since the earthquake which occurred in January 2010, it was not significant enough to reduce poverty.

"Haiti’s pursuit of macroeconomic stability in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake is commendable – growth has been positive, inflation has remained moderate, and international reserve levels adequate," IMF’s deputy managing director, Min Zhu, said. "Going forward, continued efforts are needed to support sustained and inclusive growth, strengthen institutions and the policy framework, and maintain adequate buffers to absorb shocks."

The IMF said that the new three-year programme seeks to entrench macroeconomic stability, improve competitiveness to spur inclusive growth, and preserve buffers, through streamlined policies that have full country ownership. In that case, the programme aims to reduce the non-financial public sector deficit from 7.5% last year to 3.25% of GDP in 2015, and 2.5% in the medium term to preserve sustainability.
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Haiti Receives US$69.7 Million In Funds From IMF To Help With Earthquake Recovery

May 22, 2015
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Following a devastating earthquake in Haiti five years agothat claimed a quarter million lives, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a three-ye...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => On Tuesday a new Governor General was sworn after new administration admitted that Sir Edmund Lawrence's retirement took effect two weeks early at Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris' request. Replacing Sir Edmund is Samuel Weymouth Tapley Seaton Q.C, who acted as his deputy. Even though his retirement date had been approved to be the 31st of May, the government announced that it would be brought forward to the 14th of May instead. The post was however held by Sir Edmund for just over two years.

In an statement that was issued on Tuesday by the Harris administration, they said: "Her Majesty The Queen had previously given her consent and approval since 13th March, 2015 to Sir Edmund’s request to retire effective 31st May, 2015. However, as of today’s date 19th May, 2015 the Palace has now informed Sir Edmund that on a formal request from the Prime Minister, Dr. The Honourable Timothy Harris, the retirement date has been brought slightly forward to 14th May, 2015."

Initially, Sir Edmund had refused to swear in Harris after the February 16, 2015 general elections was won by Team Unity, a coalition of the Concerned Citizens' Movement, the People's Action Movement, and the People's Labour Party. He said he was unable to make this move until he had a hard copy of the election results from the supervisor of elections, Wingrove George, to view. The swearing took place afterwards.

The prime minister said that at the first sitting of Parliament on the 14th of May following Team Unity's election victory, Sir Edmund was also absent because he had requested and was granted leave from May 12 to 17.

His attendance was covered and his Throne Speech was delivered by Seaton. The opening was boycotted by the opposition St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP), levelling several allegations against the government, which included that Attorney General Vincent Byron had manipulated the circumstances that led to Sir Edmund's absence from Parliament.
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St. Kitts Governor General Retirement Occurs 17 Days Earlier At PM's Request

May 21, 2015
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On Tuesday a new Governor General was sworn after new administration admitted that Sir Edmund Lawrence's retirement took effect two weeks early at Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Brazil, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has issued a warning to citizens of the Caribbean to take the necessary precautions. The admonition is made following a meeting at the World Health Assembly that is currently taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. Last Friday, Premier Alden McLaughlin said that the government will continue to employ novel techniques in the upcoming fiscal year to prevent residents and visitors from contracting mosquito-borne illnesses.

"By the end of this fiscal year we will have conducted a three-month ground trial using a novel technique against the mosquitoes that cause Dengue and Chikungunya," McLaughlin said in his policy statement.

As they await the moment for this trial to take effect, the organization is urging people to take the necessary precautions to rid their surroundings of any place mosquitoes could breed. These places would include old tyres and containers in which water can settle and tanks containing water. You can also punch holes in tins before disposing them.

It is said that the carrier of this Zika virus, the Aedes aegypti mosquito is generally found in and around places where people inhabit. The Zika virus is from the same family that causes dengue and as such will have similar symptoms such as fever, joint and muscle pain, conjunctivitis, headaches, weakness, rash and swelling of the lower limbs. If a person is bitten by an infected mosquito, the symptoms of the virus will usually appear following the incubation period of 3 - 12 days. The symptoms will then last for 4 - 7 days. To date, no deaths due to the Zika virus have been recorded worldwide. The first case of the virus was recorded in May this year, in Brazil.

The announcement comes against the background of the chikungunya virus (ChikV) epidemic that affected thousands of persons in the Caribbean and other regions of the world.
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Here We Go Again... New Mosquito Borne Virus in Brazil 'Zika' May Head To The Caribbean

May 20, 2015
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Amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Brazil, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has issued a warning to citizens of the Caribbean to take the necessary pre...Continue reading