June 25, 2018

Tourism in the Caribbean Netherlands down in 2017

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From cbs.nl In 2017, inbound tourism on Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba declined by 5, 5 and 9 percent respectively. Although the first eight months of 2017 were good for tourism, on Saba and St Eustatius this positive development was completely offset by Hurricane Irma. On Bonaire, the decline in inbound tourism compared to 2016 […]

‘Dirty money’: U-turn as Tories back plans to make tax havens transparent

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By Dan Sabbagh From The Guardian UK Government says it will support bill amendment to introduce public ownership registers in Britain’s overseas territories Britain’s overseas territories will have to introduce public ownership registers, after a minister announced the government would support a backbench amendment designed to stem the global flow of “dirty money”. Sir Alan […]

Loss and damage costing and financing mechanisms: Caribbean outlook

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By Adelle Thomas, Inga Menke, and Olivia Serdeczny From Climate Analytics As global temperatures continue to increase, Caribbean SIDS face significant levels of both economic and non-economic loss and damage. The region has seen an increase in the number of recorded weather and climate hazards and resultant impacts on biophysical and human systems. Loss and […]

Hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate now ‘officially retired’

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By Travis Fedschun From Fox News The names of four deadly hurricanes that caused significant amounts of damage to the United States and Caribbean last year are being retired, officials announced Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate are being taken off the list by the […]

St Martin before & after

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From Los Angeles Times Before-and-after views of the Caribbean island of St. Martin six months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria Before-and-after views of the Caribbean island of St. Martin six months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria Six months after the passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September, the island of St. Martin is slowly […]

Slaves were given an island over 150 years ago. Then Irma struck

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By Jean Chemnick, From E&E First of a two-part series. Click here to read the second part. Last year’s devastating hurricanes may have swept away one of the world’s few examples of slavery reparations. The 1,800 residents of Barbuda can trace their ancestry to slaves who worked on the Caribbean island to the late 17th […]

Caribbean telecoms – How do you solve a problem like Maria?

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By Chris Kelly, From Total Telecom In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, telcos are having to club together to repair infrastructure and ensure that vital communications channels remain open Last September, the most powerful hurricane to ever hit the Caribbean ripped through the region, causing unprecedented levels of destruction. Hurricane Irma produced sustained […]

‘Destruction everywhere’: Caribbean medical school student reflects on ‘desperation, camaraderie’ after Hurricane Irma

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Written by Alyssa Rege From Becker’s Hospital Review Prior to making landfall in Florida last September, Hurricane Irma blew through the Caribbean islands, battering an estimated 1.2 million people with roughly 185 mile-per-hour winds. Medical school students at the American University of the Caribbean Medical School in Sint Maarten witnessed the hurricane’s destruction firsthand before […]

Dutch to help tourism firms on storm-hit Caribbean isles

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AFP) — The Dutch government Thursday unveiled a 2.48-million-euro (US$3-million) plan to compensate tourism businesses on two Caribbean islands, left reeling after last year’s hurricane. “I saw with my own eyes the devastating effect that Hurricane Irma had” on the islands of Saba and Sint Eustatius, deputy interior minister Raymond Knops said. […]

IAAF to help rebuild Caribbean countries after hurricane devastation

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From InsidetheGames The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have pledged $500,000 (£363,359/€409,669) to help North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Federations recover the damage to local sports facilities caused last year by four hurricanes. The hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, Maria and Jose, caused Federations across the region to lose communications, offices, training facilities and […]