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Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

APPEAL FOR AID

Dominica: Dominica’s embattled government Wednesday threw out a region and worldwide appeal for help after Category Five Hurricane Maria pulverized the Caribbean trade bloc nation that is wedged between the French dependencies of Guadeloupe and Martinique, killing six people and setting the country back by millions, two years to the month when Hurricane Erica had also battered the island of 72,000. Comment

UN $15.1 million humanitarian plan for Caribbean countries

Environment: Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres voiced his sadness at the destruction caused across the Caribbean region by Hurricane Maria stating “where many islands are already working to respond to the devastation and suffering arising from Hurricane Irma earlier this month.” Comment

The Caribbean to get its own hub in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: Visiting the Caribbean is about to get a lot easier. Local pols will designate the city’s first-ever “Little Caribbean” district on Sept. 28, officially commemorating parts of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Flatbush for their robust community of immigrants from the region. The recognition will ensure the fast-gentrifying neighborhoods retain their Caribbean history and identity, according to the woman who spearheaded the naming initiative. Comment

Carib cricket champs

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinbago Knight Riders (KKR) defeated the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the finals of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to claim the title before a 15,000-strong partisan crowd at the newly opened Brian Lara Cricket Academy in South Trinidad on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2017. Comment

Reports say BVI’s ‘knocked down, but not knocked out’ by Irma

Environment: Jost Van Dyke, a little island in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) that draws boats from all around the globe to its powdery beaches and ebullient bar scene, has been “knocked down, but not knocked out” by the recent passage of Hurriance Irma, according to reports. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

Bajans face increased levels of poverty

Barbados: A report on living conditions in Barbados might have given the current administration a failing grade as it showed more people falling into the poverty band during seven of the nine years that the government has been in office. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance (CCRIF) will pay US$15.6 million to the governments of Antigua and Barbuda; Anguilla; and St. Kitts and Nevis for damage caused by hurricane Irma under tropical cyclone policies the islands hold with the facility. Comment

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CARICOM Consular Corps mobilize hurricane relief

St Vincent: As Hurricane Maria bears down on the Caribbean for what is reported to be another damaging hurricane, some members of the CARICOM Consular Corps on Sunday, Sept. 17, mobilized the community to aid citizens devastated by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean region, by collecting canned goods, clothing, baby diapers and toiletries, that will be shipped immediately through the Caribbean Disaster Relief Agency, said Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly. Comment

RGPF wants to forge closer ties with Grenadians in NYPD

Grenada: The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) is hoping that a recent donation of policing equipment by Grenadian officers in the New York City Police Department (NYPD) will be a starting point in forging closer ties with Grenadian law enforcement officers in the Diaspora. Comment

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

Fisheries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific – Immense opportunities, critical challenges

Africa: Viwanou Gnassounou is ACP assistant secretary general for Sustainable Economic Development & Trade BRUXELLES, Sept. 13, 2017 (IPS) - Fish is big business. The latest figures show that more than 165 million tonnes of fish are either captured or harvested in a year, with each person consuming more than 20kg of fish annually, according to the world average. Roughly US$140 billion worth of fish is traded globally per annum, with millions of people relying on jobs in fishing and fish-farming, not to mention the seafood industry which involves processing, transport, retail and restaurants. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

CTO launches relief fund to assist with hurricane aid efforts

Caribbean: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has activated its “CTO Relief Fund” through GoFundMe to help families and countries rebuild after hurricanes, particularly in the wake of the massive category 5 Hurricane Irma, which has impacted several member countries. Comment

Federal judge urges Trump to push back DACA deadline

National: United States federal judge in Brooklyn on Thursday urged the Trump administration to extend its deadline for young, undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants to apply to stay in the US under a program by former President Barack Obama that Trump recently announced that he was rescinding. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

PAHO supports restoration of health services in Caribbean in wake of passage of Hurricane Irma

Health: The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said its experts are supporting efforts to restore health services in Caribbean islands most affected by Hurricane Irma. Comment

Guyana starts consular services on Saturday, Sept. 16

Guyana: In an effort to bring competent, and complete service to the Guyanese diaspora, the Guyana consulate will start services every second Saturday of every quarter during the year, begining Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 from 10 am – 2 pm. Dec. 16, 2017 will be the last for this year, before the 2018 schedule. Comment

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

St. Kitts is open for business after Hurricane Irma

St Kitts and Nevis: “Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has kept St. Kitts and Nevis in thoughts and prayers while we awaited the passage of the storm,” were the sentiments expressed by Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce Lindsay F.P. Grant, who added, “while we are beginning to resume normal operations, please join me in continuing to send thoughts and prayers to those who have been more seriously impacted.” Comment

Antiguan envoy meets emergency agencies

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States and the Organisation of American States (OAS), Sir Ronald Sanders, on Wednesday met in Washington, D.C. with the Inter-American Emergency Aid Committee and representatives of major countries to discuss the devastating impact on Barbuda by the recent passage of Hurricane Irma. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

CARICOM setting up donors conference

Grenada: Caribbean Community governments were this week preparing to organize a major international conference of donors to help raise billions to rebuild member and associates states ravaged by Hurricane Irma and for those still being threatened by Jose which is expected to become a full-fledged storm in the coming days. Comment

Barbados chief justice snipes at CCJ

Barbados: Responding to a scolding from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) about delays in trials in Barbados, the island’s Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson has snapped back telling the CCJ to get its own house in order first. Comment

CACNY honors Caribbean -American role models

Brooklyn: A celebration of the community’s distinct. The Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) honored 10 Caribbean Americans at their annual 2017 Role Models of Distinction Awards and Scholarship Benefit Gala at Grand Prospect Hall on Sept. 8. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

Caribbean faces long road to recover from Irma

Environment: Caribbean nationals are facing a very long and hard road to recover from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma. Reports indicate that Irma, a Category 5 storm, Irma killed at least 24 people across the region — estimates range from 24 to 28 dead — devastated housing, power supplies and communications, leaving some small islands almost cut off from the world. Comment

Caribbean needs ‘Marshall Plan’ after Irma: British billionaire

Environment: In describing as apocalyptic and reminiscent of war the destruction suffered by Caribbean islands in the wake of the passage of Hurricane Irma, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson is calling for a “Marshall Plan” similar to what was instituted in Europe after World War II. Comment

PAHO awarded for eliminating measles, rubella in the Caribbean

Health: The Pan American Health Organization says it has been presented with the Measles and Rubella Initiative Champion Award for its work in eliminating measles and rubella from the Americas, including the Caribbean. Comment

European officials visiting Caribbean islands hit by Irma

Environment: POINT-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe (AP) _ France’s president, Britain’s foreign secretary and the Dutch king are visiting Caribbean territories hammered by Hurricane Irma, where residents have accused European governments of insufficient preparation or slow response to the storm’s devastation. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

Cuise line deploys ships for humanitarian efforts

Environment: Royal Caribbean International was expected to dispatch some of its cruise ships to St. Thomas and St. Maarten in a bid to not only provide supplies but transport evacuees following the passage of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. Comment

Monday, Sept. 11, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean A United States medical company plans to sell Zika virus diagnostic to customers through the Caribbean upon completion of successful evaluation and validation studies. Comment

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

Agencies prepare supplies amid Irma’s wrath

Environment: Deeply concerned about the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, United Nations agencies are already preparing supplies and communication lines to the youth in the region. Comment

Caribbean gov’ts standby to assist neighbors

Environment: Caribbean governments and the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) were on standby late Wednesday waiting for one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in recorded history to pass by member states before kicking the rapid response system in place towards the weekend. Comment

Author to launch Belize’s first writers conference

Belize: She’s on a mission to reinvent literary history. Belizean writer and author Joey Garcia is launching her country’s first ever writers conference next spring. The Belize Writers Conference is set for April 23–28, 2018 and is going to give 30 writers a chance to a retreat on a resort and receive advice from literary experts about their work. Comment

Billboard hit for IamStylezMusic

Music: He’s chart topping in style. Dancehall artist IamStylezMusic made his billboard debut last week with his album “Back to My Roots.” The musician who also goes by the name Stylez, said that the achievement on the Reggae Record Chart was an expected one given his efforts, and a long work in progress, he said. Comment