December 12, 2018

New climate change report claims dire picture for Caribbean, world,

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From The Virgin Islands Consortium A major report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change has alarmed leaders the world over and sent a shock through global citizens on the near-future consequences of changing weather patterns caused by global warming. The changes threaten to destroy the current way of life for tens of […]

Solar PV + Energy Storage Systems take charge in the Caribbean

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By Livio Filice From Renewable Energy World The decreasing cost of solar PV and battery storage equipment coupled with high cost of electricity and grid outages are playing an increasingly important role in the future energy landscape of the Caribbean region. Most recently, Hurricane Maria devastated multiple islands including Puerto Rico, Dominica, USVI and BVI, […]

Eastern Caribbean destinations’ fast recoveries show region’s resiliency, popularity

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Source: Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association MIRAMAR, Fla., July 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The overwhelming majority of the Caribbean’s more than million square miles was unhindered following last year’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Nearly 100 ports were operating immediately after the storms and continuing to welcome guests to a region filled with diverse attractions, activities and […]

The View From Europe: The hidden cost of not complying with EU Data Rugulations

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By David Jessop Normally the private sector tends to respond to change far faster than the public sector. This is because it is bottom line oriented, has an impatient electorate in the form of shareholders who can vote by disinvesting at any moment. Moreover, they know that certain kinds of failure can result in reputational […]

Cruise Group lauds U.S. Virgin Islands partnership

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From South Florida Caribbean News MIAMI – Michele Paige, President of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), says the partnership with the Ports of the U.S. Virgin Islands is “at an all-time high”. Her comments came after this month’s FCCA Operations Committee meeting, which allowed the USVI delegation to exchange hurricane preparedness best practices and lessons […]

President Clinton Applauds Airlink Commitments to Disaster Preparedness and Response

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Airlink From reliefweb Airlink commits to pre-position relief efforts and transport school nurses for Caribbean recovery MIAMI — Former President Bill Clinton commended humanitarian response nonprofit Airlink and other organizations for their Commitments to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network Post-Disaster Recovery launch Tuesday. “I think they’ve made a remarkable commitment,” Clinton […]

FCC pledges $204 million to restore USVI communications network

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From Caribbean News Now ST CROIX, USVI — Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai on Friday pledged his agency’s commitment to help restore and expand the US Virgin Islands communications network. After meeting with USVI Governor Kenneth Mapp and members of the Hurricane Recovery Task Force, Pai announced $204 million in resources to advance […]

Bahamas, St Kitts-Nevis and USVI added to EU tax haven blacklist

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From Caribbean News Now BRUSSELS, Belgium — Despite a last-minute effort by deputy prime minister and minister of finance, Peter Turnquest, and minister of financial services, Brent Symonette, to prevent the country’s blacklisting, The Bahamas was on Tuesday included on the European Union (EU) list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. St Kitts and Nevis […]

St Kitts-Nevis, Bahamas and USVI set to be blacklisted by EU

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By Youri Kemp From Caribbean News Now BRUSSELS, Belgium — A decision by European Union tax experts to blacklist St Kitts and Nevis, The Bahamas and US Virgin Islands is set to be endorsed by EU finance ministers at a regular monthly meeting next Tuesday. The 28-member EU bloc is also expected to delist Bahrain, […]

Every destination in Caribbean will be open in upcoming weeks, says FCCA

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Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — Michele Paige, President of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), could not have stressed it enough: “The Caribbean is open for business,” she said repeatedly during a press conference that provided media with cruise industry updates following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. “The FCCA has been working tirelessly with partners in […]