December 16, 2017

2017 hurricane season finally ends: How bad was it? Will the future bring worse?

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By PHIL MCCAUSLAND From NBC News Those living in the Caribbean and on the coasts can breathe a small sigh of relief for now: The 2017 hurricane season came to a close on Thursday. The billions of dollars in historic devastation it left behind remains a lasting problem for many, however. While analysts continue to […]

4 ways drones are saving lives

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By Gavin Hobbs Drones have received quite a bit of publicity and media attention since 2012, when the first consumer drone was unveiled at an electronics show in Las Vegas. Of course, the history of drones far precedes 2012, and actually begins as early as 1898, according to Fortune magazine. Unfortunately, much of the press […]

UM to accommodate faculty, students displaced by hurricanes in Caribbean islands

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From The Miami Hurricane The University of Miami will allow graduate students and faculty from the storm-ravaged Caribbean to continue their research in Miami until their respective institutions are reopened. The university has agreed to provide the opportunity for free, allowing the displaced faculty and students’ home institutions to keep tuition revenues. The university will […]

Royal Caribbean faces class action lawsuit for endangering passengers during Hurricane Harvey

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By Nedra Rhone From Talk of the Town AJC Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd. is facing a class action lawsuit which alleges that the company’s failure to issue a timely cancellation of a cruise scheduled to depart from the Port of Galveston during Hurricane Harvey put passengers at risk and caused them financial harm. The lawsuit […]

The ‘Red Cross was not there’: Texas official blasts the agency’s response after Hurricane Harvey

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By Justin Elliott, Jessica Huseman, Decca Muldowney, ProPublica From Business Insider This story was co-published with The Texas Tribune. The Red Cross’ anemic response to Hurricane Harvey left officials in several Texas counties seething, emails obtained by ProPublica show. In some cases, the Red Cross simply failed to show up as it promised it would. […]

At UN, Cuba urges relief to assist storm-hit Caribbean; cites ‘setback’ in bilateral relations with US

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From UN news Centre 22 September 2017 – In the wake of successive hurricanes Irma and Maria, which tore through the Caribbean and left communities in desperate conditions, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla urged the international community to “give the highest priority to this situation and mobilize resources to assist the small Caribbean Island […]

After Harvey, Texas’ massive piles of trash will take months to remove

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By Ala’a Ibrahim, The Texas Tribune From Business Insider In Houston and dozens of other Gulf Coast towns, piles of once-cherished belongings and flood-soaked sheetrock and furniture are everywhere, in isolated pockets outside apartment complexes and behind bricked subdivision walls in long piles that snake along street after street. And there’s no telling how long […]

Caribbean, USGC hurricanes could result in USGC fuel oil glut: sources

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From Platts Houston (Platts) An active hurricane season this summer in the Caribbean region has put strain on fuel oil storage and interrupted normal flows, which could result in an influx of supply headed to the US Gulf Coast, sources said. The landfalls of hurricanes Irma and Maria over the past two weeks damaged several […]

Members of NYPD, FDNY sent to Caribbean to help with Hurricane Maria recovery

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From ABC Eyewitness News NEW YORK (WABC) — New York City is lending a helping hand to the victims of Hurricane Maria. Mayor Bill de Blasio is sending 27 members of the NYPD and FDNY to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean region to assist in the recovery efforts. They include medics and disaster relief professionals. […]

All 5 living former presidents are teaming up to raise money for hurricane victims

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By Mark Abadi From Business Insider All five living former US presidents are teaming up to urge people to donate to the recovery and relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The “One America Appeal,” as it’s called, launched Thursday evening with a public-service announcement from Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy […]