October 22, 2018

Screening, discussion of ‘Rise of the Superstorms’

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From Newbury Port News NEWBURYPORT – The Storm Surge group is hosting a screening on Monday of the Nova film “Rise of the Superstorms,” which documents the three monster hurricanes of 2017 – Harvey, Irma and Maria. One after another, they swept in from the Atlantic, shattering storm records and killing hundreds of people in […]

US Coast Guard arrests three for cocaine seizure in Caribbean Sea

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From RJR News The US Coast Guard has nabbed three drug smugglers and seized millions of dollars worth of cocaine in the Caribbean Sea. It has transferred the smugglers and the cocaine, which is valued at about US$3.3 million, to US Drug Enforcement Administration agents. This follows last week’s seizure of a go-fast vessel off […]

NEW UPDATE – ISAAC DISSIPATES – Isaac may become a hurricane after threatening Jamaica, impacting Lesser Antilles

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From HMCI Sep 15 2018 Great news – The NHC has advised that Isaac has dissipated and has now issued its last advisory on the remnants of Isaac! The Cayman Islands National weather service will continue to monitor the remnants of Isaac as it moves over the central Caribbean. The local forecast indicates an 80 […]

Judge: Bankruptcy applies to all Puerto Rico Catholic churches

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By Eva Lloréns Vélez From Caribbean Business SAN JUAN – Federal bankruptcy Judge Edward Godoy decided Friday that Archdiocese of San Juan’s bankruptcy filing applies to all Catholic churches in Puerto Rico. This means that both the Archdiocese of Mayagüez and that of Ponce can also get relief from chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Both archdioceses […]

Caribbean health agency: Zika risk ‘low’

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By Gay Nagle Myers From Travel Weekly The risk of contacting the Zika virus in the Caribbean region now is “low,” according to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (Carpha). Following a review of data over the past 30 months, Carpha said in a statement that the virus transmission has been “interrupted.” Its regional laboratory continues […]

University of Puerto Rico student council condemns approved budget

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By CyberNews From Caribbean Business SAN JUAN – The University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Río Piedras campus’ Student Council denounced that the school’s budget was approved behind closed doors, it said, amid a doubling of the tuition costs of enrollment and fewer exemptions. “Ultimately, they raised the budget of the Chancellor’s Office from $1.4 million […]

Law for Puerto Rico Government Development Bank’s debt-restructuring signed

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From Caribbean Business SAN JUAN – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has signed Senate Bill 908, which includes amendments to restructure the debt of the Puerto Rico Government Development Bank (GDB). “This agreement reaffirms our desire to reach agreements with our creditors,” Rosselló said in the announcing release. “These amendments will simplify the processes in the management […]

As a recovering Caribbean braces for hurricane season, new data tools promise smarter response

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By Colin Wood From State Scoop A data-fueled trend toward proactive emergency management could help the nation’s unincorporated territories this hurricane season, but many regions are still struggling with the basics. The 35-mph-winds and several inches of rain Tropical Storm Beryl brought to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands last week were puny compared […]

Harvesting rain could help Caribbean countries keep the water on after hurricanes

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By Cecilia A. Green, Syracuse University and Farah Nibbs, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, The Conversation From Latino Rebels After hurricanes Maria and Irma hit last September, it took Puerto Rico until this June to restore water to most residents. Those living in rural and hard-to-reach mountainous areas waited […]

Bishops vote unanimously to admit Cuba as a diocese

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By Lynette Wilson From Episcopal News Service [Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops voted unanimously on July 10 to admit – or re-admit, really – the Episcopal Church of Cuba as a diocese of the Episcopal Church. The Diocese of Cuba will become part of Province II. “I feel […]