September 25, 2017

Hurricane Maria: Implications for travellers to the Caribbean

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By SIMON CALDER TRAVEL CORRESPONDENT From The Independent UK Hurricane Maria has swept across the northern Caribbean, causing huge disruption to travellers. As with the previous major storm, Hurricane Irma, airlines have cancelled and re-timed flights to and from the Caribbean. The Foreign Office said: “The US Virgin Islands were severely impacted by Hurricane Irma […]

CHTA stands with Caribbean leaders in call to build climate change resilience

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ST. LUCIA (September 21, 2017) – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is backing calls by Caribbean leaders for the international community to keep the devastating impact of climate change on the global development agenda. As the region’s prime ministers and presidents gather in New York for the annual meeting of the United Nations […]

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

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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. […]

Richard Branson setting up green energy fund to rebuild Caribbean

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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 […]

Cruise passengers who joined relief effort in Caribbean return home

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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 […]

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. […]

De Niro: Help rebuild Barbuda paradise destroyed by Irma

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BY EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press From Myrtle Beach Online Two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro came to the United Nations on Monday to appeal to all countries and organizations to help rebuild the devastated Caribbean island of Barbuda and ensure that “paradise is not lost.” De Niro spoke at a hastily called meeting on […]

Richard Branson warns Hurricane Maria will be worse for British Virgin Islands than Hurricane Irma

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From Caribbean News Service Richard Branson has warned Hurricane Maria is going to bring even more “catastrophic damage” to the British Virgin Islands than the devastating Hurricane Irma. The Virgin boss bunkered down in his mansion’s wine cellar in the Caribbean during Irma and shared videos of the aftermath to social media. “Having just gone […]

The Editor Speaks: Who said the Caymans were the islands time forgot?

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Once upon a time as all good stories start there were three islands that time forgot? Over the years there have been a number of islands given that title and when I first came to these shores nearly 36 years ago the Caymans were one of these. How quickly over those 36 years has time […]

U.S. rushes Hurricane Irma aid to Caribbean islands, but not to Cuba

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By Doug Stanglin,From US Today Cuba’s cash-strapped economy has suffered this year from a decline in aid from its chief ally Venezuela, lower exports and a brake on market reforms. And then came Hurricane Irma – the strongest storm to hit the island in more than 80 years. Sonia Legg reports. Video provided by Reuters […]