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            [post_content] => The Barbados Ministry of Health has disclosed that three women have contracted the mosquito-borne illness which has been linked to birth defects, Zika virus. The number of confirmed cases in the island is now brought to seven following these latest results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

In a statement, the ministry shared that the three women have been notified of the results and have been counselled.

“Specialized obstetrics care will also be provided to monitor the progress of their pregnancies,” it added.

In Brazil, there are thousands of cases where babies born to women who were infected with the Zika virus while pregnant were born with a rare condition called microcephaly, in which their heads and brains were unusually small, along with other abnormalities. Between October 2015 and last month more than 3,5000 microcephaly cases were reported in Brazil, according to Brazilian health authorities. The Barbados health officials however echoed the sentiments of the World Health Organization (WHO) that the suspected link is still under investigation and the relationship between the virus and microcephaly has not been established.

“The situation is still evolving and information is being updated regularly. The Ministry of Health will continue to roll out its response based on the local, regional and international experience,” the statement said. “As a proactive response, the Ministry has developed and disseminated guidelines to guide general practitioners, obstetricians and other health care providers in the clinical management of women who have the Zika virus during pregnancy.”

The Ministry of Health said that the guidelines were devise with the full cooperation and recommendation from the Obstetrics and Paediatrics Departments at the country’s only public hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
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Three Pregnant Women In Barbados Tested Positive For Zika Virus

February 10, 2016
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The Barbados Ministry of Health has disclosed that three women have contracted the mosquito-borne illness which has been linked to birth defects, Zika virus. The number of confirme...Continue reading

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            [post_date] => 2016-02-06 10:00:24
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            [post_content] => GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS) of the GraceKennedy Group and authorized agent of Western Union is expanding operations into the Turks and Caicos Islands. The new addition would bring GraceKennedy to serving as Western Union's agent in 11 countries across the Caribbean, including Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, the British Virgin Islands, and the most recent addition, the Cayman Islands. The Cayman islands saw four services centres open in November last year.

“This expansion is aligned with GraceKennedy’s strategic vision of becoming a Global Consumer Group delivering long term consumer and shareholder value, through brand building and innovative solutions in food and financial services, provided by highly skilled and motivated people,” GraceKennedy Group CEO, Don Wehby, said. “With two and a half decades of expertise in the money services industry, we look forward to meeting the needs of customers in the Turks & Caicos Islands.”

Chief Executive Officer of GKMS Michelle Allen said the computer would also continue its investment in robust compliance systems, which are critical to its business.
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GraceKennedy Money Services Being Expanded Into Turks & Caicos Islands

February 6, 2016
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            [post_content] => People of the Grenadine island of Carriacou have been disturbed by an "alien-looking" creature that is likened to "something out of a sci-fi horror film". Some fishermen were given quite a fright when they came across the strange-looking specimen that was caught in the port of Windward.

According to reports, the foot-long fish had humanoid "feet" complete with toes for allowing it to walk across the ocean floor, a "perfect human nose", wings and scales. The disbelieving fishermen were stumped by the apparent hybrid, whether fish or fowl.

One islander said “Everyone crowded round to look – nobody had ever seen anything like it.

“Quite a few people were pretty scared and thought it looked like something out of a sci-fi horror film.”

Veteran fisherman, 74-year-old Hope McLawrence, who found himself in contact with the "alien"creature when he hauled in his nets, expressed that he was bewildered. He explained that the foot-long beast had two feet with toes, no fin, a long bone on its back and “a perfect human nose immediately above its mouth.”

“I have never discovered anything like this before. The wings and tail look extremely complicated,” he added.

As a fisherman that had fifty years' experience in the industry, McLawrence speculated that: “By the look of the creature it cannot swim but apparently walks on the sea bed."

“This has shocked me to a considerable extent since I never thought that a creature like this even existed, much less in the harbour of these shallow, friendly waters. This is like a mystery and breathes a chill with this discovery,” he indicated.

The confounding creature is however believed to be a frogfish. It is an ambush predator that can eat almost anything that will fit into its mouth, which can expand to 12 times its normal size to accommodate prey such as fish, crabs and shrimp, as well as other frogfish. As atype of angler fish, the frogfish are masters of disguise and have a textured exterior that aids in their camouflage. They vary in colour and often have unique spines or bumps that change with their surroundings. The explanation behind why they have not been spotted by Carriacou fishermen before lies in the fact that they have an amazing ability to camouflage themselves for protection from predators. Unlike the Carriacou discovery, however, frogfish do not have scales.

According to the Carria, frogfish lack a swim bladder and use their modified pectoral fins to walk or run across the seafloor. They can be found in tropical and subtropical oceans and seas off the coasts of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia.
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Fishermen In Carriacou Bewildered By Walking Fish With Human Features Caught At Sea

February 5, 2016
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