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  • Jamaica's general election set for February 25, 2016

    It's official!

    Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has announced that Jamaica's next general election will be held on  Thursday February 25, 2016.

     

    Nomination day has been set for next Tuesday February 9, 2016.

     

    The Prime Minister made the announcement at a PNP mass rally in Half Way Tree, St. Andrew on Sunday evening.

     

    "Are you ready to step up the progress?" asked Simpson Miller before she made the much anticipated announcement to the orange sea of supporters that flocked the streets of Half Way Tree.


    The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) also hosted an area council meeting in Spanish Town, St Catherine on Sunday.

     

    JLP leader Andrew Holness seemed unperturbed by the Prime minister's announcement, stating that his party has been preparing for the election since September 2015.

     

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  • Milk opens up about being Bounty Killer's side chick for seven years

    Popular media personality, Amelia 'Milk' Sewell confessed on national TV that she was Bounty Killer's 'side chick'.

    In an interview on the 'Saudicka Diaram Show' on Saturday night, Sewell said she was one of the many women the artiste had at the time.

    "Yes, I was a side chick when I was with Bounty Killer," she frankly expressed.

    "Me did check fi Bounty still. We were together for like about seven years," she added.

    Sewell also expressed that Bounty Killer made it clear from the get go that he was seeing other people.

    "My major competition at the time was Angel. I mean her and I are friends now but at the time both of us knew about each other. Angel was the wife to me but I think there was somebody ahead of Angel also," she said.

    But though she was only a side chick she said she never lacked attention from Bounty. She added that she always made herself a place of solace for him.

    "Me as a side chick, I made sure that I'm the comfort zone because the situation at home with the wife is always some kind of tumultuous kind of thing, so I always try to keep my atmosphere and my vibe really cool because at the end of the day, if he wants comfort zone, the first person he is gonna think of is me," she said. 

    "I don't get involved in the drama. I'm not going to pick up my phone and call wife and mek she know wah gwaan. I'm not going to cause a scene and I can't cause a scene, being a side chick, being Milk either. I have to keep myself circumspect," she added.

    And though Sewell has moved on from the side chick life, she believes most women become side chicks because it makes life easier.

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  • Jamaican High School girl force boy to do oral in classroom

    The Jamaican classroom seems to be turning into a place where the students are no longer engaging in the relevant activities that should be taking place at school.

    A video was posted online with a young man engaged in oral activities in a corporate high school. The video was four minutes long with shows the young lady putting the boy’s head under her skirt.

     

    The video was later removed from facebook because of angry viewers. it is not clear has to which high school they attended. persons gave their comment on the issue saying that “them school gyal yah nasty eeeh man, wah dat them a put pon facebook” the video had 290 comments on facebook where everybody lashing out.

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  • Jamaica confirms first case of Zika virus

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Health has confirmed one case of the Zika virus in Jamaica.

    The patient, who has now recovered, is a four-year-old child from Portmore, St Catherine.

    In a news release Saturday, the ministry said the child began showing symptoms on January 17 after earlier returning to Jamaica from travel to Texas in the United States.

    The child was investigated at the Bustamante Hospital for Children and samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing on January 26, 2016. The ministry said it received the positive Zika virus test result from CARPHA late yesterday.

     

     


    The ministry said the case is being investigated to determine the source of infection and the child’s parents and family have been contacted and briefed by a team from the Ministry of Health. No other family member is ill at this time, the news release said.

     

    As part of its investigations, the Ministry of Health has undertaken the necessary community interventions in and around the area where the child lives to determine whether there are other cases and has heightened vector control activities.

    Minister of Health Horace Dalley will provide a full update to the nation at a press briefing to be held on Monday, February 1, 2016.

    In the meantime, the ministry is advising people, particularly pregnant women, to take extra precaution to prevent being bitten by the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which transmit the Zika virus.

    There is adequate medication available in the public health system at this time to treat the symptoms of Zika virus infection in the event of additional cases being identified, the ministry said.

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  • Zika virus 'spreading explosively, in the Caribbean' WHO leader says

    The Zika virus is "is now spreading explosively" in the Americas, the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday, with another official estimating between 3 million to 4 million infections in the region over a 12-month period.

    "The level of concern is high, as is the level of uncertainty," Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO's director-general, told her organization's executive board members. "We need to get some answers quickly."

    The lack of any immunity to Zika and the fact that mosquitoes spreading the virus can be found most "everywhere in the Americas" -- from Argentina to the Southern United States -- explains the speed of the virus' spread, said Dr. Sylvain Aldighieri, an official with the WHO and Pan American Health Organization.

    Aldighieri gave the estimate for Zika infections (including people who do not report clinical symptoms) based on data regarding the spread of a different mosquito-borne virus -- dengue. He acknowledged the virus is circulating with "very high intensity."

    Some 80% of those infected with the Zika virus never know they have it. But there are major worries about the dangers pregnant women and their babies face.

    Chan said that, where the virus has arrived, there's been a corresponding "steep increase in the birth of babies with abnormally small heads and in cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome." Having small heads can cause severe developmental issues and sometimes death. Guillain-Barre is a rare autoimmune disorder that can lead to life-threatening paralysis.

    Dr. Bruce Aylward, another WHO leader, cautioned that no definitive link has been established but said there's legitimate reason to be concerned.

    Zika potentially poses a dire health threat to areas with millions of people, but it's far from clear what to do about it.

    Pregnant women, their babies at high risk

     

    After first being detected in 1947 in a monkey in Uganda, Zika was most often found along the equator from Africa into Asia. Nine years ago, new cases popped up in islands in the Pacific Ocean.

    Last year, the virus made its way to the Americas -- with devastating results.

    The number of cases there has grown exponentially, prompting public health measures aimed at curbing it and protecting those most endangered, particularly women who could become pregnant or who already are.

    Brazil alone has reported more than 4,000 cases of microcephaly -- a neurological disorder resulting in the births of babies with small heads -- in infants born to women infected with Zika while pregnant.

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