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Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

Is Barbados storm ready?

Barbados: Barbadians fondly claim ‘God is a Bajan’ because the island usually escapes hurricanes with just rain and wind brushes, and this might be a godsend because recent events continue to expose it as unprepared for a major hit. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

Hurricane Irma leaves one dead in Barbados

Barbados: Though the monstrous Hurricane Irma passed miles north of Barbados, this island might have been among the first territory to register a casualty as a teenaged surfer dared the rough seas and paid for it with his life. Comments (1)