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EBOLA STORY OUT OF THE BAHAMAS

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In the region, big scare in the Bahamas for the past two days as reports were that an Ebola outbreak had taken over a wing of a popular Nassau hospital, Doctors Hospital. That turned out, according to officials not to be the case, but it still has Bahamians hopping mad over what did transpire. A US Coast Guard helicopter was reportedly sent to collect a man gravely ill on a freighter near Cuba but in Bahamian waters… the US tried to gain medical help for the man in Cuba but was denied entry…. They tried The Bahamas for the same, and was given permission to bring the patient in. That man, a 34 year old white male from the Ukraine was en route to New Orleans from Congo, West Africa. A rumour spread that the man had the deadly Ebola virus… it turns out he had malaria and died just before 8pm on Tuesday. Dr Perry Gomez, Bahamas Health Minister said: All the necessary precautions were taken by all staff that attended the patient. Full infection control precautions were put in place and followed … and that a blood sample has also been sent to the CDC in the United States. The hospital, the US Coast Guard crew and the chopper were all quarantined and scanned, all returning negative results for Ebola. This happening as the western world is put on high alert about evolving Ebola. It was on Tuesday that Caricom and CARPHA announced more serious and stringent measures to containing both Chikungunya and Ebola in the Caribbean. So far ChikV has killed over 113 people in the region according to CARPHA’s statistics released September 15; those stats still showing the Turks and Caicos with 17 confirmed cases of Chikungunya… that figure for the TCI was issued to media since July 9th; we await current numbers on suspected cases from the TCI Ministry of Health.

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Morgan Heritage Member dies

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Rashaed Esson

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#MorganHeritage#PeterMorgan, February 26th, 2024 – Peter Morgan, member of the Grammy Winning Jamaican Reggae Band Morgan Heritage, died on Sunday February 25th at the age of 46. His family made the announcement on Instagram, however the cause of his death was not mentioned. Morgan Heritage, an all family group, children to Jamaican reggae artist Denroy Morgan, was known for hits like “She’s Still loving me.”

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Jamaica Local Govt Elections held

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Rashaed Esson

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#Jamaica#LocalGovElections, February 26th, 2024 – Jamaica’s long awaited local government elections were held today February 26th, after being postponed on several occasions since November of 2020. Reports indicate that just over two million Jamaicans are eligible to vote and that the electoral system was well prepared with a total of 6,726 polling stations in 2,148 locations across the island, open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Voters selected from 496 nominated candidates across the island. The date for results is yet to be announced

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Ariel Henry to Finalize Agreement with Kenya for Multinational Force – Could Bring Political Tensions.

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Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti#Kenya#ArielHenry, February 26th, 2024 – Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry is flying to Nairobi Kenya on Tuesday February 27th, to finalize the paperwork with Kenyan authorities for the deployment of the multinational force. However, the legitimacy of anything he agrees to or signs is already being questioned because Haiti currently has no parliament and Henry should have demitted office since February 7.  

 

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