September 21, 2017

iNews Briefs & Community Events

  Cayman Islands Labour and Pensions closing early The Department of Labour and Pensions (DLP) would like to notify the public that their office will close at 12:30 p.m. this Friday (22 September 2017), to facilitate a staff meeting. The DLP will resume normal business hours on Monday, 25 September 2017. DLP staff apologise for […]

21 Sep Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report, 1 H/cane, 1 TS, 1 Dist (Atlantic)

Sep 21 Thu 2017 Tropical Report Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 200 AM EDT Thu Sep 21 2017 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Jose, located a couple of hundred miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and on […]

Cayman Islands government announces temporary provisions for evacuees of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria

In light of the current circumstances, due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria on the British Overseas Territories (BOTs), namely the British Virgin Islands,  the Turks and Caicos Islands and Anguilla, the Cayman Islands Government acknowledges the difficulties faced by  persons wishing to relocate temporarily with their children and pets. As […]

Hurricanes may threaten future of tourism in Caribbean islands

By Amber Grigley From abc3340 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —  Just weeks apart, two Category 5 storms have impacted the Caribbean Islands. For an entire region that depends on tourism, this is a major blow. Those planning cruises this fall might have their travel plans impacted as well. With back-to-back storms ravaging some of their most booked […]

Mexico earthquake: Children killed at collapsed primary school

From BBC At least 21 children and five adults died at a primary school which collapsed in Mexico City during Tuesday’s quake, the government says. The shallow, 7.1 magnitude quake killed at least 225 people in total and caused major damage across states in the centre of the country. Desperate searches for survivors under the […]

Hurricane Irma’s wake: Caribbean’s scars will likely last years

By Andrea Thompson, From Live Science The Caribbean is used to hurricanes, but not hurricanes like Irma, one of the strongest storms on record in the Atlantic Ocean basin. The top-end Category 5 hurricane, which had winds of 185 mph (298 km/h) at its peak, raked across successive islands, leaving catastrophic damage in its wake. […]

What you can do to help the Caribbean now—and later

By DAVID K. GIBSON from AFAR The images from the Caribbean following Hurricane Irma are horrendous and heartbreaking. Barbuda is now uninhabited, and 99 percent of its buildings destroyed. The normally lush Virgin Islands now look brown from space. Anguilla, St. Maarten, St. Bart’s, Cuba, and Turks and Caicos have all suffered extensive damage and […]

Richard Branson setting up green energy fund to rebuild Caribbean

Reuters From MSN The British billionaire Richard Branson said Tuesday he is in talks to set up a fund to help Caribbean nations recently ravaged by Hurricane Irma replace wrecked fossil fuel-dependent utilities with low-carbon renewable energy sources. The British business magnate has approached governments and would rally support among financial institutions and fellow philanthropists […]

Hurricane Maria unleashes flooding, knocks out power in Puerto Rico

From CBS News Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico early Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 storm with winds of 155 mph, and it was expected to punish the island with life-threatening winds for 12 to 24 hours, forecasters said. The storm weakened slightly overnight, but officials there predict entire towns will have to […]

Cruise passengers who joined relief effort in Caribbean return home

Cruise ship passengers who unexpectedly spent more than two weeks helping Hurricane Irma victims are finally going home. Royal Caribbean sent some of its ships to the Caribbean to help with the relief effort. One of them, the Majesty of the Seas, was in the middle of a five-day cruise when the focus of the […]