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Mosquito-borne chikungunya virus spreads in the Caribbean

A painful mosquito-borne virus spreading quickly through the Caribbean is causing alarm in Haiti and neighboring Dominican Republic, where health officials are scrambling to respond to a surge of new patients.

Chikungunya, a virus more commonly found in Africa and Asia and transmitted by the same daytime-biting aedes aegypti mosquito that causes the more deadly dengue fever, was first detected in the eastern Caribbean five months ago.

Since then, it has jumped from island to island, sending thousands of patients to the hospital with painful joints, pounding headaches and spiking fevers.

“These mosquitoes know no borders,” said Phyllis Kozarsky, a physician with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Seven deaths have been associated with the virus, but those people likely suffered from other health problems, health officials say. Chikungunya is normally not deadly and symptoms begin to dissipate within a week.

The Pan-American Health Organization reports more than 55,000 suspected and confirmed cases in the Caribbean. Officials say the number is likely much higher due to unreported cases.

Florida health officials confirmed at least three cases, though Reuters is aware of at least two other unreported cases.

In Haiti, where the virus was first detected early this month, the Health Ministry estimates 5,500 people have been sickened.

“My 22-year-old son is brave, but now he’s crying like a kid. His arms, his neck, his back, every part of his body is in pain,” said Marco Dorival in Port-au-Prince.

There is no vaccine or treatment that can cure the virus. Paracetamol, an over-the-counter painkiller, is used to treat high fevers.

The price of the medication has doubled in Haiti, leading the Ministry of Health to order 400,000 doses of acetaminophen, the ingredient in many non-prescription painkillers, be distributed around the country.

World Health Organization representatives in Haiti said chikungunya will continue to spread as the mosquitoes breed in standing water and open water containers used in many Haitian homes that lack running water.

“Thirty to 35 percent of the population will get sick,” WHO representative Dr. Jean-Luc Poncelet said.

The Dominican Republic’s Public Health Ministry suspects 14,000 cases. Both Haiti and the Dominican Republic said they would spray pesticides to kill mosquitoes and urged residents to destroy breeding grounds, such as pools of standing water.

“There was a period of time that I couldn’t walk, and when I could walk again I was bent over,” said Richard Barbour, a pastor at Advent Lutheran church in Boca Raton, Florida, who believes he and another church volunteer contracted the virus, after a trip to Haiti last week.

Gunmen trick, rob foreigners – Pretended to be Good Samaritans.

An American family visiting the island who were robbed at gunpoint in July along the Penn Hill Road in Manchester is pleading with those responsible to return their travel documents and house keys.

The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, natives are scheduled to return home shortly, and are appealing for the return of their documents, house and car keys.

G’nadine Grant, who was with her husband, daughter and friend when the ordeal took place on July 20 about 10:15 p.m., explained that the car they were travelling in had broken down when the gunmen pounced.

“A friend came to pick us up at the airport but the car broke down on the Penn Hill Road and we were there about one hour. Other persons stopped to help us but my husband is a mechanic so when they stopped he asked for a pliers but when they realised they had none, they would say they couldn’t help us,” she said.

Soon, another car stopped. The occupants seemed to be Good Samaritans but they had other intentions.

“The car passed to go up the hill and then shortly afterwards the same car came back down the road. They parked behind us on the road and pretended they were going to help us get the car started,” Grant recalled. ” My husband asked if they had a pliers and one pretended to go and look for a pliers while the others were there just lingering. Soon afterwards, one of them held a gun to my husband’s head and pushed him over into a ditch.”

Grant said there were four men but it seemed only one was armed with a knife and a gun. She said she and her husband were standing outside during the attack while her friend and daughter were seated in the car.

She said they were robbed of jewellery, cash, gadgets, their travel documents and keys. However, she is only concerned with the return of the documents and other more important items.

She estimated the attack lasted about five minutes. “It happened so fast,” she remarked.

Grant explained that shortly after the men left, a wrecker company they had been in contact with, her pastor, and the police arrived.

She is asking anyone who may assist with the return of their travel documents and house keys to contact 433-2057, or 896-0899, or any police station.

“Any police station, anywhere on the island, we will drive. That’s how urgent the matter is right now,” she remarked.

The Mandeville police confirmed the robbery and said the probe is still in progress.

Jamaicans sell sex abroad – Women fly overseas for lucrative ventures

Aboard the Carefree Isles in the Bahamas
Aboard the Carefree Isles in the Bahamas (Photo credit: State Library and Archives of Florida)
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Jamaica 1971 (Photo credit: rickpilot_2000)
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A panoramic view of Prince George Wharf, the facility serving passenger cruise ships in Nassau Harbour, off the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. Seen docked along the wharf, left to right, are the MS Carnival Fascination, MS Disney Wonder, MS Carnival Sensation, and Royal Caribbean International’s MS Majesty Of The Seas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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US Navy 081026-N-4515N-065 Lt. Cmdr. Tracy Branch checks the blood pressure of a women at the Arima District Health Facility (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Bahamanian Prime Minister Hubert Ingr...
English: Bahamanian Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham at the 5th Summit of the Americas in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Prostitution has become a lucrative venture for many Jamaican women who travel to other small islands, THE STAR understands.

Despite the illegality of the hustling, it is reported that some of these women go to do prostitution under the pretence that they are strip dancers, while others are trafficked.

The police in several of these Caribbean islands have arrested several Jamaican women for their alleged involvement in prostitution or the trafficking of young girls.

Countries such as The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua have been reportedly listed as destinations for this kind of business.

It is even being suspected that some of the young girls who have been reported missing, may have fallen victim to human trafficking.

Our news team found several contacts to women who travel to some of these islands to do prostitution or ‘strip dancing’, however, only one of the females was willing to speak to us.

The woman who spoke to THE STAR on condition of anonymity, said that the least amount of money that she has made in one of her visits to Antigua to do strip dancing is $300,000.

Anita Bellsaid that she would not disclose if she went to Antigua to sell sex, but that she was only willing to admit that she has travelled to the small island to do strip dancing.

“I have been to Antigua three times, the last time I went was in August and I came back in Christmas. It is a secret to my family and I was introduced to it through some contacts. The first time I went I was very nervous and shy, but I got over it. Sometimes business is good and you can make like $300,000 or so,” Bell said.

She added that she intends to travel to the Bahamas next as she believes that country has a wider range of clients who would be interested in her strip dancing.

Meanwhile, in February of this year, it was reported that a 23-year-old Jamaican woman made history in the Bahamas when she became the first person to be charged with trafficking in persons for the purpose of prostitution in that country.

soliciting clients

According to a report on http://www.bahamaslocals.com, Chevaneese Sashagaye Hall was charged with unlawfully withholding the Jamaican passports of those women on Grand Bahamas between January 10 and January 28. She was also charged with transporting the women through The Bahamas for the purposes of prostitution between January 10 and January 28 in contravention of the Trafficking in Persons Act.

In March, the Trinidad Guardian reported that two Jamaican women were among nearly so other women found by immigration officers soliciting clients at Elizabeth Street, in Marabella, Trinidad.

It is reported that the two Jamaican women, one Colombian, a Guyanese and 72 Dominican nationals were arrested and charged along with two Chinese nationals.

Head of Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, Superintendent Gladys Brown, said some persons gravitate towards prostitution due to unemployment and the lack of opportunities.

As is relates to the human trafficking aspect, the senior cop said she is not aware of any recent local arrests, but it is a fact that around 60 per cent of the females who are being trafficked are older women.

“I do know that 60 per cent of the females who are being trafficked are older women. Boys and girls are being trafficked as well and they are being used for sexual purposes especially oral sex. Due to the closeness of the Bahamas to the United States, that country is a popular one,” Supt Brown said.

Simpson Miller urges stronger bonds with Africa

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Parade, Union Station to Blair House, honoring Emperor of Ethiopia. President Kennedy, Emperor Haile Selassie, Chief… – NARA – 194270 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Jamaica, quoting a rural woman’s response on what she wants most from representatives, at the United Nations General Assembly 2012 (Photo credit: UN Women Gallery)
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Bob Marley live in concert in Zurich, Switzerland, on May 30, 1980 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: Disciple of the Rastafari movement encountered on a bridge in Barbados. The Wharf St. & HWY 7, Bridgetown, Barbados. Former musician, Artist, Rastafarian. Believes in Ganja and accepts “Haile Selassie I” as God Incarnate (Jah). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Flag of Organization for African Unity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: Coat of arms of Jamaica. Español: Escudo de Jamaica. Русский: Герб Ямайки. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jamaica‘s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller was due to return to her homeland yesterday after participating in the 50th anniversary events of the African Union.
A government statement said that Simpson Miller, accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister A J Nicholson, held bilateral talks with the presidents of Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and South Africa on a range of strategic cooperation issues including airlift, trade and investment.

“Jamaica and indeed the entire Caribbean community are proud of our African heritage and the strong links that we have forged with many African countries,” she earlier told the 50th anniversary Summit of the Organisation of African Unity.
She also took the opportunity to renew Jamaica’s commitment to the nations of Africa, recalling the role Kingston played in the non-aligned movement and the anti-apartheid struggle.
The Jamaican prime minister told the summit that although separated by distance and water, the countries and people remain connected by the blood bonds of ancestry.
She said Jamaica was firmly committed to ensuring that the relations with the African Union become a stronger priority on the Caricom (Caribbean Community) agenda and that “the commonality of our shared African history and legacy must now be channelled into tangible projects that will harness the energies of our peoples to build our societies and economies”.
She said that the tune Redemption Song by the late Jamaican reggae superstar, Bob Marley “is for us in the African Diaspora a reminder of the dehumanising experiences our ancestors suffered and evokes the spirit of Pan Africanism and the African Renaissance.
“When people of African origin were seen as less than human and deemed only fit for domination, Marcus Garvey saw (them as) people with a rich history and culture, and a people with a bright future,” she added.
Prime Minister Simpson Miller, who has been in Africa since last Friday, met with members of the Jamaica Diaspora, many of whom journeyed over 150 miles away from the town of Shashamane, where members of the Rastafari movement and other persons from Jamaica and the Caribbean have settled.
In 1948, Emperor Haile Selassie I, donated 500 acres of his private land for the purpose of creating the town of Shashamane in central Ethiopia.

Multiple shooting incidents rock downtown Kingston

Massacre in Tivoli Gardens
Massacre in Tivoli Gardens (Photo credit: freestylee)
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Jamaica-Suzuki SX4 Sedan(Jamaican Constabulary Force Motorized Patrol) (Photo credit: JLaw45)
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The Kingston Central Police Division yesterday had their hands full yesterday with a number of shooting incidents.

Crime fighters had to first step in after receiving word of a robbery in progress in the commercial district. Two alleged robbers were shot in that incident by the police. Reports are that two other men escaped.

Not long afterwards, panic gripped a section of East Queen Street, central Kingston, when two men were shot, one fatally, by unknown assailants.

The men reportedly ran into the Central Police Station before they collapsed and were rushed to the hospital. One was pronounced dead.

Later, another man with gunshot wounds was taken to the hospital in a brown SUV with three other occupants who released the injured man into the care of hospital attendants then sped out of the facility before the police could accost them.


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William Wallace Denslow’s illustrations for Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, from a 1901 edition of Mother Goose (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Baa, Baa, Black Sheep 2 – WW Denslow – Project Gutenberg etext 18546 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Kevin Epps (Photo credit: TheBlackHour.com)
Reginald Veal
Reginald Veal (Photo credit: Evert-Jan)

Reginald Hunter might be a comedian but at least he know’s what the real world is that we are living in.

I have grown up knowing the use of the word Nigger to be frequently amongst the communities within the Caribbean, but within the past 20 add years it has become on of the biggest talking point on the political front, only because some over educated narrow minded fool think’s that such word should be branded as racially ingress.

They even banned the use of Baa baa Black  sheep in children’s nursery rhyme as been Racially inclined. Trust me tell me not to teach my child these nursery rhymes and I will tell them where to stuck their heads.

To be frank the PFA and the Politicians are just a set of ignorance  overpaid,over educated idiots.

Well done Reginald just say you are also proud to be called an handsome blackman as a nigger.    


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Hot water tanks (Photo credit: VeloBusDriver)
"Nobody Loves a Hot Water Hog." - NA...
“Nobody Loves a Hot Water Hog.” – NARA – 513631 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Annona muricata, bought at the Binnenrotte market in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Soursop (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Annona muricata (Soursop) - tree with fruits
Annona muricata (Soursop) – tree with fruits (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A St Catherine mother who reportedly tied up her teenage son to a soursop tree, and poured hot water on him pleaded guilty when she appeared in court yesterday.

The woman, a 43-year-old labourer, of Guanoboa Vale, St Catherine, was before the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate‘s Court on charges of cruelty to child and assault occasioning bodily harm.

When the matter was mentioned, she pleaded guilty with explanation.

Your Honour, the bwoy just jumped up and decided that him want to go hussle. The cup of hot water was in my hand and it dash weh pon him head,” she said.

Resident Magistrate Marcia Dunbar-Green said she did not believe the accused. The accused was granted bail in the sum of $60,000 to reappear in court on June 18 for sentencing.

The court heard that on April 6, the accused tied the complainant to a soursop tree. She then poured hot water to the back of his head, forehead and also inside his mouth.

The matter was reported to Constable Damion Thompson, and she was charged with cruelty to child and assault occasioning bodily harm.