Antigua confirms first Zika case

first_imgNewsRegional Antigua confirms first Zika case by: Dominica Vibes News – May 4, 2016 20 Views   no discussions Tweet Minister for Health and Environment in Antigua and Barbuda, Molwyn JosephAntigua and Barbuda’s Minister for Health and Environment, Molwyn Joseph has confirmed that the island has recorded its first case of Zika virus.Joseph revealed this while addressing the opening ceremony of the third meeting of the OECS Environment Ministers at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau on Wednesday 4 May 2016. “Just before leaving Antigua last evening, I had to engage in a press conference because Antigua and Barbuda had its first case of Zika Virus,” Joseph said.These challenges he added will forever affect the OECS states and working together is the only way to negotiate and respond effectively. “I know sometimes we get caught up in issues to the point we overlook the value of sharing information”.Antigua and Barbuda are “struggling right now to pass legislation to meet the international health regulation requirement, which this June, will represent the third time that we have been given the opportunity to get ready. I am not sure that we will be ready and that is unfortunate,” he said. Tighter collaboration and coordination could have made the OECS the first region or sub-region to meet these requirements he lamented. “It’s urgent, it has implications for the market place [and] our economic viability because we all are in the tourist industry and unless we can clearly demonstrate that we have the capacity to deal with these challenges of health and the environment, there will be doubts as to whether or not we are in control of the most important industry, and that is tourism.”Moreover, Joseph indicated that one case of Zika in any Caribbean island is a negative in the market place. “We just don’t understand, it can happen in the United States but that’s okay, but if it’s in a small island, then the impression is that the small island is just not ready to handle to situation. We have to overcome this and my message;[is] I am a strong believer that going forward, our success is inextricably linked to our ability to share information, to support each other and to collaborate on important issues affecting our citizens,” he proposed.Joseph hailed the OECS Commission for being “a tremendous source of support” over the last several months on all levels, especially in the field of health and the environment. Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Library to host panel discussion on marijuana legalization

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share LocalNews Library to host panel discussion on marijuana legalization by: Dominica Vibes News – January 10, 2017 Sharecenter_img Share 243 Views   one comment Marijuana trees (file photo)Should Marijuana Be Legalized? That’s the topic to be discussed at a panel discussion organized by the Roseau Public Library on Thursday 12 January 2017.This panel discussion, which will be held at the Pointe Mitchel Community Center from 7PM, coincides with Drug Awareness Month which is observed in January annually.“This would afford people the opportunity to gain knowledgeable information on marijuana and legalization whether it should or should not,” Librarian at the Roseau Public Library Renata Charles told Vibes Radio.The panelists will include Superintendent of Police Claude Weekes, Attorney at Law Henry Shillingford, Dr Phillip St. Jean, Martha Jarvis of the Drug Prevention Unit and Kester Toussaint of the House of Nyabinghi and will be moderated by Officer In Charge at the University of the West Indies Open Campus, Kimone Joseph.The Public Library is also offering free transportation to those who require that facilitation as according to Charles, this is a very important, interesting and educational topic and that there are those who are for and against the legalization of marijuana.“So we are therefore, seeing that we’ve taken the time to put this panel discussion together, we would be very grateful for a large turnout of persons, particularly adults and young adults to this discussion,” Charles stated.last_img read more

Hamilton’s Skondras banned for five matches after fracas

first_imgHamilton’s Ioannis Skondras has been banned for five games after angry scenes during their match against Ross County.The defender has been given the suspension after being found guilty of excessive misconduct, though he has already served two games as a result of his red card and one match will be suspended.Another excessive misconduct charge this season would trigger the suspended one-game ban.Drama unfolded in injury time of Accies’ 3-2 win after Georgios Sarris fouled Davis Keillor-Dunn near the dugouts and County’s Kenny van der Weg clashed with the Hamilton player in response. The player will now miss the Scottish Cup derby against Motherwell as well as the Premiership match against Hearts.As he left Hampden, Skondras said that he felt he had been given a fair hearing and accepted the punishment.Both clubs were fined for the behaviour of their players. Hamilton, who had been warned about their conduct following an incident between Darian McKinnon and Hearts assistant boss Austin McPhee earlier this season, were fined £2500 and Ross County were fined £2000.Accies and County had both been charged under rule 204 which calls clubs to account: “Where three or more players and/or members of Team Staff from one team are involved in a confrontation with opposing players and/or members of Team Staff of the opposing team during and/or directly after a match”. Both sets of players piled in and match officials struggled to separate them, with Skondras appearing to throw punches at both Van der Weg and Chris Routis.Skondras was sent off for violent conduct and Van der Weg and Sarris were both booked by Gavin Duncan, who was taking charge of his first Premiership match.After studying the footage and referee’s report, the Scottish FA compliance officer brought three charges, one against Skondras and one for each club.Skondras was cited under disciplinary rule 202, which covers excessive misconduct and has a recommended ban of between four and 16 matches.last_img read more