February 20, 2018

‘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 […]

Stunning images captured by aircrew at RAF bases in Oxfordshire

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By Katie Horsfall From The Herald UK An RAF Puma helicopter under lights and an A400M Atlas cruising over Belgium are among the stunning images captured by photographers in the armed forces during 2017. The Ministry of Defence’s ‘Best of Defence Imagery’ gallery contains 85 of the very best snaps over the past year. The […]

Books donated to support Caribbean hurricane recovery

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By Nadine WhiteFrom The Voice UK Libraries across Barbuda and Dominica will benefit from the thousands of printed works supplied by Book Aid International. THE UK’s leading library development charity will help Caribbean communities devastated by last year’s wave of hurricanes. Book Aid international donated 3,600 brand new books to help those affected by the […]

Photos: 2017 disasters

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Photos: The disasters we lived through in 2017 By Kainaz Amaria and Eliza Barclay From VOX In 2017, there were at least 16 natural disasters that each racked up over $1 billion in losses — one record-breaking catastrophe after another that made this year, by some counts, the most expensive disaster year in American history. […]

Solution to dual currency system cannot be prolonged, says Cuban president

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From Caribbean News Now HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Cuban President Raul Castro said last week in Havana that the solution to the country’s dual currency system cannot be prolonged any longer. During the Cuban leader’s closing speech at the most recent session of the National Assembly, he said that the elimination of the dual currency […]

American publication names hurricanes ‘Person of the Year’

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From Jamaica Observer NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — A prominent Caribbean American publication here has named hurricanes Irma and Maria, described as “the two mega, Category 5 hurricanes of 2017”, as its ‘Person of the Year”. The Brooklyn-based Everybody’s Magazine, owned and published by Grenadian Herman Hall, said it is the first time the 40-year- […]

Barbuda fears land rights loss in bid to spread tourism from Antigua

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By Gregory Scruggs in Codrington From The Guardian UK As the tiny island destroyed by a hurricane tries to rebuild, the PM of neighboring Antigua aims to revoke centuries-old rights Nearly four months after Hurricane Irma devastated the tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda, residents fear the central government on neighbouring Antigua is poised to revoke […]

Luxury retailer in cruise ports tackles ongoing need in Caribbean

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MIAMI, Dec. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma are slowly recovering, but still in crucial need of ongoing resources. Experts say it could take years, even decades before the affected regions can fully rebuild, and that the initial relief funding will not run the course. In response, Caribbean luxury retailer Diamonds International […]