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Caribbean news briefs

CARIBBEAN: Officials isolate crew on tankers from Mexico, seeking to prevent swine flu spread
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ Health authorities in the Caribbean are isolating dozens of crew members aboard tankers delivering oil from Mexico in an effort to prevent the region's first infection of swine flu.
In Trinidad and Tobago, crew on a Mexican tanker were cleared by the Health Ministry on Sunday after being confined since Friday on the ship docked at Point Lisas. Officials said tests showed the sailors were free of infection and the ship was expected to be released later in the day.
In the U.S. Virgin Islands, another tanker originating from Mexico, the epicenter of the flu outbreak, was due to arrive late Sunday at the Hovensa LLC oil refinery on St. Croix. Authorities said the crew would not be permitted to disembark under the territory's ramped-up surveillance efforts _ even though they had no symptoms of swine flu, or H1N1.
Crew quarantines are the strongest measures taken so far in the region as a precaution against swine flu. The World Health Organization said "social distancing," such as banning or restricting gatherings, can be a way to contain the spread of disease.
An ill 5-year-old boy from Texas who arrived in Puerto Rico to visit his grandmother on April 28 is quarantined in a San Juan hospital ward while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta tests samples to determine if he has swine flu. Results are expected by Tuesday, Puerto Rico Health Secretary Jaime Rivera Dueno said.
In other actions, health officials on Caribbean islands are urging people who display flu-like symptoms and have traveled recently to Mexico or any other affected area around the globe _ or have been in contact with anyone who has _ to promptly go to a hospital or clinic for testing.
GUANTANAMO: US asks Germany to take Gitmo prisoners
BERLIN (AP) _ The United States has asked Germany to accept some Guantanamo prisoners when the facility is closed, the Interior Ministry said Sunday, confirming German media reports.
An Interior Ministry spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with the ministry's policy, confirmed a report in Der Spiegel magazine that the U.S. has provided a list of names of prisoners it would like Germany to accept.
"There is a concrete request," the spokesman said, saying he could not provide any further details.
Der Spiegel reported, without citing sources, that the U.S. had asked Germany to accept 10 prisoners.
Top-selling Bild newspaper, meanwhile, reported the 10 were Chinese Muslims, known as Uighurs. It also did not cite sources.
President Barack Obama has ordered the military prison in Cuba shuttered in the next nine months.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said at the end of April that the U.S. Justice Department is still trying to determine how many of the 241 prisoners in Guantanamo will be taken by other countries.
Also at the end of April, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spent several days privately asking European leaders in London, Prague and Berlin for help relocating prisoners the United States wants to set free.
In Berlin, Holder said the United States had made decisions on a group of about 30 prisoners, but had not yet decided where it wants to send them.
TRACK: Olympic champion Dawn Harper wins 100 hurdles in Jamaica
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Olympic champion Dawn Harper won the women's 100-meter hurdles in 12.78 seconds at the Jamaica International Invitational in 12.78 seconds on Saturday night.
Jamaican Vonette Dixon was second in 12.80 behind Harper, who won in Beijing when American teammate Lolo Jones clipped the second-last hurdle in the final.
Olympic medalist Kerron Stewart won the 100 meters in 10.92, beating American Marshavet Hooker and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica.
American Darvis Patton won the men's 100 in 10.02, the same time Antigua and Barbuda's Daniel Bailey recorded for second. Patton came back and took the 200 with a time of in 20.49.
CRICKET: Kolkata and Gayle win toss, bats against Punjab in IPL
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) _ Kolkata Knight Riders captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to bat Sunday against the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.
Kolkata's Chris Gayle will leave the IPL after the match to captain West Indies in a test series in England.
"He is a great team man and it's sad to see him go," McCullum said. "I'm sure the boys would want to win for him."
Punjab dropped opening batsman Karan Gael for the 21-year-old Sunny Sohal.
"Most of the games have been won batting first," Punjab captain Yuvraj Singh said. "It's tough and the wickets are getting slower."
The match could also be a morale test for struggling Kolkata after an anonymous internet blogger claiming to be a Kolkata reserve player "leaked" details of off-field shenanigans in the team's camp.


Updated : 2021-03-07 07:43 GMT+08:00