December 16, 2017

Three months after deadly hurricanes hit Caribbean islands, thousands of children still in need of assistance

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From UNICEF PANAMA CITY/GENEVA, 13 December 2017 – Three months after two category-5 hurricanes – Irma and Maria – barreled through the Caribbean, causing widespread damage and loss of life, thousands of children remain in need of support across the region. Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, caused extensive damage […]

TRT Exclusive: Queer and Caribbean: LGBTQ+ Culture & The Island Identity

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By: Mike Givens/TRT Assistant Editor From The Rainbow Times In part one of a two-part series, The Rainbow Times examines the LGBTQ culture through the lens of Caribbean lifestyle. Not too long ago, Erick Diaz and a few of his friends visited a Latin nightclub in Providence, Rhode Island. While socializing together, Diaz overheard a comment […]

Protestors attack police station near Haiti-Dom Rep border

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From Jamaica Gleaner PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC): At least one person was reported to have died after people in the Border Commune of Beladère attacked a police station demanding the release of a man arrested on Friday. Beladère is one of the four main land crossings to the Dominican Republic. Media reports said that […]

World Bank says Haiti needs to invest more in health care

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From The Jamaica Gleaner WASHINGTON (CMC): The World Bank says the health sector in Haiti needs more public investments and better allocation of resources so as to improve access to health care for all Haitians. In a report titled ‘Better Spending, Better Care: A Look at Haiti’s Health Financing’, the financial institution notes that public spending […]

Canada can’t deport illegal foreigners as countries are refusing to take them [Jamaica is on list]

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Agence France-Presse From Global News Ca Canada’s attempts to send up to 1,000 foreigners who are here illegally back to their home countries are being stymied by nations refusing to take them back, officials said Monday. International and domestic laws in most countries require governments to allow their own citizens entry. “But some countries are […]

Caribbean can only ‘build back better’ with international support and urgent climate action, UN, CARICOM Chiefs and Heads of Government

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Over US$2 billion pledged, half of which in loans and debt relief, to support affected women and men for long-term recovery in hurricane-affected Caribbean during CARICOM-UN Conference New York, 21 November 2017 – In view of the urgent needs of Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the “CARICOM-UN High-level Pledging Conference: Building a […]

Insurance for small islands in the Caribbean: The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF)

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From Insure Silence In September 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused severe devastation in the Caribbean: on the island of Barbuda, 95 per cent of all buildings were destroyed. Thousands of people in the Caribbean lost their homes. Such events often also cause enormous financial damage. Economic losses caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti in […]

Caribbean Youth Environment Network and Solar Head of State launch partnership

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Plans to educate youth about renewable energy across the region During this year COP23 climate conference, the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) and Solar Head of State (SHOS) launched a partnership to promote education on renewable energy across the Caribbean region. The CYEN is a non-profit, civil society, charitable body that focuses its resources on empowering […]

Towards the establishment of the “Haiti-Dominican Republic Binational Arbitration Platform”

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Port-au-Princ, Haiti, November 6, 2017: The Chamber of Conciliation and Arbitration of Haiti (CCAH) and El Centro de Resolución Alternativa de Controversias (CRC) of the Dominican Republic, signed on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to improve the business relations between both countries. It is envisioned that the MOU will enable greater […]

TPS makes ethical sense for immigrants amid Caribbean recovery | Opinion

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By Kathleen Bergin and Ediberto Roman From Sun Sentinel A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to protect immigrants in the U.S. from being deported to hurricane-battered islands in the Caribbean. The group petitioned the Trump administration to grant “Temporary Protected Status” to immigrants from islands where, a month after two monster storms, basic life necessities […]