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  • Delay Becoming Pregnant – Health Ministry Cautions Women As ZIKV Gets Closer To Jamaica

    Jamaican women are being encouraged to delay becoming pregnant for the next six to 12 months as the zika virus (ZIKV) comes closer to the island.

    The Ministry of Health also says pregnant women should take extra precaution to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes.

    ZIKV has been linked to microcephaly.

    Microcephaly is an abnormal growth of the brain and stunting of the growth of the head of the foetus arising from infection in the first months of pregnancy.

    Babies who develop microcephaly in the womb may not live to full term, may be born prematurely, may be still born or may survive, but with life-long disability. 

    A number of cases have been reported in Brazil and this has triggered concerns.

    Permanent Secretary in the health ministry, Dr Kevin Harvey, says while the evidence of a link between microcephaly and ZIKV are inconclusive at this stage, the local health authorities decided to issue the advisory to Jamaican women as a precautionary measure.

    Noting that there is no specific treatment for ZIKV, Dr Harvey says it is critical that pregnant women do everything possible to avoid contracting the virus.

    He emphasises that there could be severe outcomes for a pregnant woman who becomes infected with ZIKV

    Meanwhile, Health Minister, Horace Dalley, says the country’s health authorities are seeking to prevent any possible adverse outcome to pregnant women in Jamaica.

    Dalley is calling for every Jamaican to play their part in taking the necessary steps to rid their communities of mosquito breeding sites and to protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes.

    Persons can protect themselves from mosquito bites by using insect repellent containing DEET, putting mesh on windows and doors and wearing long sleeved clothing where possible.

    The health ministry has heightened its alert and is scaling up its vector control activities.

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  • Boston Jerk Centre Closed Over Health Violations


    Boston Jerk Centre Closed Over Health Violations

    A look at the empty jerk stalls at Boston Jerk Centre in Portland.

    The internationally renown Boston Jerk Centre in Portland has suffered a major setback, following the closure of that facility by a team from the Ministry of Health.

    The health ministry team cited, among other things, poor sanitation and preparation of meat which was not approved for human consumption.

    "This comes as no surprise to me," said Derron Wood, who is seeking to represent the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in Eastern Portland.

    "It cannot be that lovers of jerk pork must be subjected to some of the most unhealthy surroundings at a place that is internationally recognised. For far too long jerk men have been providing food to patrons with dirty finger nails. The practice of handling cooked meat with bare hands is a thing of the past, and it is high time that they (jerk men) improve on their standards."




    Wood added: "They have been warned for many years now to ensure that soap and water is available at each stall, but those requests have been ignored. The Ministry of Health must be lauded for taking this decision."

    An official at the health ministry, who asked not to be named, told us that during a visit to the Boston Jerk Centre earlier this week, the jerk men were warned about the pending closure.

    The health ministry official said that despite the warning, it was business as usual for the jerk men, who appeared to have made no attempt to improve the conditions and address the concerns which had been pointed out to them.

    According to the ministry official, one of the major problems in relation to jerking of meat, was that pigs were being slaughtered and prepared for human consumption without being inspected and approved by a public health inspector.

    Port Antonio Mayor Wayne McKenzie, who also weighed in on the matter, told Downayaad yesterday that he was not informed about the shutdown, but was only made aware of the situation during a function for the opening of the Boston beach, which was also attended by Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill.

    "It is my belief that health-related issues were the main cause for the closure," commented McKenzie. "It is rather unfortunate that this has to take place, but nevertheless, it will serve as a wake-up call for those jerk men to make the necessary improvement, so as to enhance their operations," he said.




    In the meantime, jerk vendor Carven Anderson said the collapse of a septic pit at the front of the jerk centre was also a major concern highlighted by public health inspectors.

    "I am also affected, as I was non-compliant in the area of not having a valid food handler's permit," Anderson admitted.

    "However, I have since ensured that my workers, along with myself, are now fully compliant. That process was completed earlier today. We now have in our possession receipts for our food handler's permit and there was never an issue with tap water and soap, as that was already in place."

    Approximately 10 jerk men and 20 other employees are affected by the closure.

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  • Chin hold on to Gully Bop visa "Chin return mi visa"


    Dancehall artiste Gully Bop is asking ex-girlfriend Shauna Chin to return his travel documents so that he may proceed with his career, following their controversial split earlier this week.

    According to the artiste, Chin has been making calls to the embassy to have his visa revoked in an attempt to damage his career, which she no longer stands to benefit from.

    Chin said yesterday  that Gully Bop has no visa. However, Gully Bop says Chin has the visa in her possession and has refused to return it.

    "I don't know where my visa is, she hide mi visa and a tell mi sey a man have it, and when I went to the man he says Chin don't give him nothing. So what is she doing with my passport? I need to go away by weekend and I don't have my passport. I want you to know that the passport is not mine, a just mi picture on it, it belongs to the Government.

    Mi want the people know seh a nuh Chin look bout my visa, and the person hasn't cancelled nothing. Even last night me and the person on the phone, so Chin stop lock up mi career. You have been using me to buss yourself and yu fren dem ... You are just a cheater who bring man in my house," Gully Bop said.

    Gully Bop also said if his visa is not returned by 9:35 a.m. today, he will be seeking the assistance of the police.

    "If mi see 9:35 a.m. and mi passport nuh reach, Chin you are in big trouble. I don't want to put you in jail Chin, so please return my visa. You are telling lies on the embassy and yu better know the embassy don't like that. Mi all deh America a beg Obama fi give back Chin visa ... old deportee. Mi a beg fi di likkle old deportee and look what happen. Mi nuh do no wrongs in America, the only thing I do is love people and people love me back," Gully Bop said.

    The 51-year-old artiste says he has been suffering abuse at the hands of Chin for quite some time. He also showed us several bites and other wounds said to have been inflicted by her. Condemning domestic abuse, Gully Bop said he would never put his hands on a woman and has no record of being violent.

    "I am not stupid, am not a girl beater. I view abuse as a wicked thing. Man powerful enuh, and I wouldn't want to hurt Chin. Even when she a bite mi, the most I will do is tickle her so that she let go," he said


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  • Fern Gully penis carvings being stolen

    Fern Gully retailers of wood carvings, particularly those that showcase exaggerated male sexual organs, say that the carvings have recently come under attack.

    According to the retailers, the 'penis carvings' as they are called colloquially are frequently being stolen and vandalised; as such they have had to make a special attempt to secure their products.

    One retailer says that given the prevalence of theft and vandalism during the holiday season, he had a special penis carving made, one in which the “private part”, which he called the “source of the contention”, is movable.

    “I remove it each night and take it home then reattach it in the morning, “said the retailer.

    Other vendors have been forced to take their entire carving home while others have secured it to the ground.

     Apart from the recent surge in theft and vandalism of the particular carving, the vendors have reported decent holiday sales, calling it “better than last Christmas”, reporting more traffic passing through the area and more people spending. 

    The 'penis carvings' which are displayed all along the Fern Gully roadway in St. Ann tend to have an egregious effect, the carvings are usually not for sale but passer-bys are encouraged to feast their eyes and leave a tip.

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  • Lady Saw is Now a Grandma

    Minister Marion Hall formally known as Lady Saw is now a proud grandmother , she posted on her instagram page if he would just sleep and not cry See pic   


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