Trinidad and Tobago has lifted a ban placed on travellers from Nigeria with immediate effect following a declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO), that the African nation was free of Ebola. This was announced at yesterday’s post Cabinet press conference in San Fernando by the country’s Health Minister Dr. Fuad Khan. On October 16, the twin-island republic placed the ban on travellers coming from Nigeria however following consultations involving Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and the Cabinet the travel restrictions have been lifted.
Three persons who were shot and killed in a section of Rockfort, East Kingston last night have been identified. They are 32-year-old Adean Strawn, 31-year-old Terrence Dixon, and 32-year-old Loxley Brown o/c “Ricky”. All three were among a group of persons sitting along a section of St. John’s Road, Rockfort sometime after 7 pm, when armed men approached them and opened fire on them. There are conflicting reports on how many persons were shot. Strawn, Dixon, and Brown were pronounced dead at hospital.
Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, the Rwandan Health Minister has reversed a decision which requires travellers from the United States, and Spain to report their medical condition to Rwandan officials daily. In a post on Twitter, Dr. Binagwaho said that the decision to screen travellers was solely her decision, and no the government’s. The Rwandan health minister apologised for the inconvenience.
Around 1,000 suspected cases of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus is now in Trinidad and Tobago, according to the Chief Medical Officer at the Health Ministry, Dr. Colin Furlonge. The Health Official stated, that on Tuesday, several key stakeholders held a meeting aimed at appointing a multi-sectoral task force to combat the disease.
15-year-old Sarah-Grace Griffiths of Cedar Grove, Manchester, has been missing since Saturday, October 18. She is of dark complexion, slim build and is about 157 centimetres (5 feet 2 inches) tall. Contact the Mandeville Police at 625-3423, Police 119 or Hear the Children’s Cry 929-0431, 822-0483, 294-8123, 294-8124, 294-8125. No photograph of Sarah-Grace Griffiths was available.
A male suspect was held shortly after the shooting deaths of three persons in East Kingston last night. Several other persons were also injured in the shooting incident. Police have not released the name of the suspect pending further investigations. The three persons killed have been identified as 32-year-old Adean Strawn, 31-year-old Terrence Dixon, and 32-year-old Loxley Brown o/c “Ricky”. All three were among a group of persons sitting along a section of St. John’s Road, Rockfort sometime after 7 pm, when armed men approached them and opened fire on them. There are conflicting reports on how many persons were shot. Strawn, Dixon, and Brown were pronounced dead at hospital.
An unidentified man was mowed down by a bus operated by the Jamaica Ubran Transit Company (JUTC) bus near Cross Roads, Kingston today. Information surrounding what led to the incident is unclear. The condition of the male pedestrian is also unknown. If you have further details post.
At 4:00 a.m. the eye of Hurricane Gonzalo was located near latitude 29.3 degrees north and longitude 66.8 degrees west or about 385 kilometres south-southwest of Bermuda.
Gonzalo is moving toward the north-northeast at 24 kilometres per hour. A continued north-northeastward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected through Saturday. On the forecast track, the eye of Gonzalo will be near Bermuda this afternoon and tonight.
Maximum sustained winds are near 215 kilometres per hour, with higher gusts. Gonzalo is a category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Slow weakening is forecast today but Gonzalo is expected to be a dangerous Hurricane when it moves near Bermuda. Faster weakening is forecast to begin to begin tonight.
Hurricane Gonzalo is not a threat to Jamaica.
The US State Department has revealed that a Texas health worker who may have handled specimens from the Liberian man who died from Ebola in the US, has been placed under isolation on a Caribbean cruise ship, despite showing no symptoms of the disease. Local reports in the US, say the worker attached to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, who did not have direct contact with the Liberian patient identified as Thomas Eric Duncan, but could have processed his body fluids 19 days ago, left on a cruise from Galveston on Sunday. The employee has been self monitoring since October 6 and has yet to develop a fever or show any other symptom of Ebola, the US State Department said. The worker and a companion voluntarily isolated themselves in their cabin. US authorities are arranging for the ship to return to the country.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has threatened to take sue the West Indies Cricket Board over the reported decision by its players to abandon their tour of India. The West Indies players decide to withdraw from the series due to an ongoing dispute with WIPA President Wavell Hinds, over payment isssues. In a statement it said “"This is a unilateral decision taken by the WICB and its players, in spite of several appeals to the WICB to honour its commitment and complete the series." The BCCI would, "pursue all options available" and seek "appropriate action" from the ICC.
Nigeria’s military have announced that a truce has been agreed with Islamic militant group Boko Haram. The AFP News reported that Chief of Nigeria’s defence staff, Air Marshal Alex Baden stated that a ceasefire agreement was reached after talks concluded between the Federal Government and Boko Haram. Hostilities will now end during the ceasefire agreement, according to Hassan Tukur, the Nigerian President’s Principal Secretary.
More than 200 girls held at gunpoint and kidnapped by militant Islamic group Boko Haram are slated to be released, after a ceasefire was agreed with the government. This was announced by the Nigerian military which stated that a ceasefire was agreed after talks were concluded between the Nigerian Federal Government and Boko Haram. On April 14, Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 girls from a school in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria.
Registration is in full force as the riders prepare for the 158 mile ride, and the donation at the end of the journey, the culmination which makes it all worthwhile. “We have been working assiduously getting the details together, so everyone is rearing to go for Saturday,” said Martin Fong Kong of Jamaica by Bike. “It takes a lot of courage to stay committed to the cause yearly, but our riders are passionate because we can see the positive effects our contribution have on the health care system in Jamaica,” he said.
15-year-old Nyoka Craig of Sunderland district in St. James, has been missing since Thursday, October 9. She is of dark complexion, stout build and is about 168 centimetres (5 feet 6 inches) tall. Contact the Amity Hall Police at 804-6432, Police 119 or Hear the Children’s Cry 929-0431, 294-8123, 294-8124, 822-0483, 294-8125.
When did it come to this? Where do we begin to look for answers? Turns out that these are deep rooted psychological problems. And what the good Professor Hickling has concluded, might in fact be right. Jamaicans are mad people.
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