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Drought threatening Guyana agriculture

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, February 15, 2010 – Drought conditions in Guyana, caused by a lingering El Nino, is threatening to cause billions of dollars in damage to the agriculture sector and officials say they’re doing all they can to, at least, limit the losses.

Like other countries in the region, Guyana is struggling with water shortages and Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud said the resultant losses could be around GUY$3 billion (US$14.7 million).

Caribbean battling water shortage

Caribbean countries have been implementing various measures to control the use of water as the region experiences a prolonged drought.

From Trinidad and Tobago in the south, to Jamaica in the north, governments and the various utility companies have announced stringent measures ranging from a ban on watering lawns, to washing vehicles as a means of dealing with the low volume of water in reservoirs as a result of the reduced rainfall.

CXC Staff Raises Funds for Haiti

Mildred Daniel of CXC presents cheque to Elizabeth Riley Deputy Executive Director (ag) of CDEMA. Witnessing the presentation are Dr Didacus Jules (L), CXC Registrar and Anderson Marshall(R), Head of Corporate Services and other CXC StaffBridgetown, Barbados Friday 12, 2010 ( CXC, CDEMA) - Members of staff of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) on Friday 12th February presented a cheque for BDS$6000.00 to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

The cheque was presented by Mrs Mildren Daniel, a Records Supervisor at CXC to Mrs Elizabeth Riley, Deputy Executive Director (Acting) of CDEMA.

The funds were raised by members of CXC staff over a two-week period through individual donations.

Dr Didacus Jules, CXC Registrar, who witnessed the presentation, said “the funds were collected from members of CXC staff who wanted to express their solidarity with our Haitian brothers and sisters in their time of need.”

Dome collapse has minimal effect

BRADES, Montserrat (February 11, 2010) – Dr. Paul Cole, Director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, reported that at 12:35pm 11th February 2010, a series of pyroclastic flows occurred on the northern flanks of the Soufriere Hills Volcano. The MVO Director said the flows were probably caused by a partial dome collapse.

More CARICOM Health Personnel for Haiti

Bridgetown, Barbados, February 11, 2010 (CDEMA) - CARICOM sends a regional eight member team of health personnel to Haiti. The team of specialists from Barbados and Saint Lucia left for Haiti today to begin two weeks of voluntary service. These individuals will provide emergency and specialized health care to earthquake victims and compliment the work of teams from the Sub Regional Focal Point Jamaica.

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