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Jamaican toddlers taken to hospitals with ganja-related illnesses

Jamaican toddlers taken to hospitals with ganja-related illnesses

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Health officials in Jamaica are seeing children, some mere toddlers, turning up for emergency medical care at some of the island’s hospitals with high levels of marijuana in their bloodstream. The startling disclosure was made last week be Dr Tracy Evans-Gilbert, consultant paediatrician at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, as the debate about […]

Officials monitor yellow fever outbreak in Brazil

Officials monitor yellow fever outbreak in Brazil

ST KITTS — Health officials in St Kitts are monitoring reports of an outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil to ensure that the endemic does not spread to the Federation. Chief Medical Officer Dr Hazel Laws said the Ministry of Health was monitoring the situation after a traveller from the Netherlands went to Brazil and […]

Opposition leader banned from politics

Opposition leader banned from politics

VENEZUELA – A leading Venezuelan opposition leader has been formally banned for 15 years from public office. Henrique Capriles has been at the forefront of demands for a recall referendum on President Nicolas Maduro. There was no immediate comment from the government on the ban. However, Mr Capriles speaking at a press conference said he […]

Region loses top playwright

Region loses top playwright

Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott passed away at his home about 7:30 a.m. today after a prolonged illness. He was 87. The St Lucian poet and playwright received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013. His works include the Homeric epic poem Omeros (1990), […]

2016 – A year of highs and lows for the Caribbean

2016 – A year of highs and lows for the Caribbean

by Peter Richards BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Caribbean tourism remained on a high in 2016, but with threats such as Brexit and correspondent banking lurking dangerously close to its doorstep, the performance of the region’s economies remained at a worrying low. Politically, it was also a mixed year for the region in which several incumbent Governments […]

Lesser Antilles braces for heavy rains and winds

Lesser Antilles braces for heavy rains and winds

Barbados and its immediate Caribbean neighbours to the north remain under the influence of a strong tropical wave. At 8AM, the system was located near Barbados and was producing winds of 40 to 45 miles per hour. Forecasters say regardless of whether or not the system becomes a tropical storm before it moves through the Lesser […]

No Shanique Myrie repeat, assures PM Stuart

No Shanique Myrie repeat, assures PM Stuart

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has promised that two recent reported incidents involving Jamaican travellers to Barbados will be fully investigated, but he is already insisting that that there will be no repeat of the Shanique Myrie “mistakes”. The Barbadian leader, who has responsibility for immigration, also assured his Jamaican counterpart Andrew Holness that if it […]

Three Caribbean countries rocked by quake

Three Caribbean countries rocked by quake

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake rocked parts of Antigua, St Kitts and Nevis and Guadeloupe this morning. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre at the University of the West Indies said the quake occurred at 6:15 am and had a depth of 31 kilometres. It was located 35 […]

June 6 elections in St Lucia

June 6 elections in St Lucia

CASTRIES, St Lucia – Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony Thursday night announced June 6 as the date for the general elections in St Lucia. In a radio and television broadcast, Anthony said that Nomination Day will be May 27. In the last general election, the ruling St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) won 11 of the […]