Category: Caribbean News

As Peak Season Approaches, NHC Watches 4 Tropical Waves, CSU Monitors Ocean Temperatures

MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center is monitoring four tropical waves in the Atlantic basin, including one in the western Caribbean. No new tropical cyclones are expected during the next five days as the busiest period of the Atlantic hurricane season approaches. There have been four occasions in the past 30 years when the Atlantic has had no named storms between […]

A Deadly Tropical Disease Pops Up On The U.S. Mainland For First Time

The bacteria can cause severe illness SAN JUAN — The bacteria behind the potentially fatal disease melioidosis has been found in United States soil for the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week. Historically, the bacteria, called Burkholderia pseudomallei, has been seen primarily in Southeast Asia and northern Australia, where most cases of […]

CBP and Coast Guard Respond To Haitian Smuggling Venture That Resulted In 5 Deaths In Mona Island

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Coast Guard and other law enforcement partners rescued 68 Haitian migrants Thursday after smugglers dropped them off near the shores of Mona Island. Five other Haitian migrants perished during the smuggling event. “Transnational criminal organizations continue to recklessly endanger the lives of individuals they smuggle for […]

Royal Caribbean’s Loss Narrows As Customers Splurge Onboard

MIAMI — Cruise operator Royal Caribbean Group on Thursday reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss as bookings rebounded and travelers splurged on cabanas, spa treatments and watches while onboard. The world’s second-largest cruise line operator is the latest company to report good results as travelers, free of restrictions related to COVID-19, spend heavily on rental cars, airline […]

Coast Guard Takes 68 Haitian Survivors To Mayaguez After Deadly Illegal Voyage

SAN JUAN — Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier completed the transport of 68 Haitian survivors to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico Friday, who were abandoned offshore of Mona Island by smugglers Thursday morning. Among the survivors, there are two minors.  Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action marine units also transported five deceased persons to the […]

Coast Guard Hands Off 36 Dominicans To A D.R. Navy Vessel

SAN JUAN — The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos repatriated 36 Dominicans to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel Friday, following the interdiction of two separate illegal voyages in Mona Passage waters near Puerto Rico. The interdictions are the result of ongoing local and federal multi-agency efforts in support of the Caribbean Border Interagency Group CBIG. The […]

5 Dead, 68 Haitians Rescued From Waters Near Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN — At least five Haitian migrants drowned and 68 others were rescued Thursday after a suspected human smuggling boat dropped the group off in waters near an uninhabited island west of Puerto Rico, officials said. The incident is the latest in a string of deadly voyages across the northern Caribbean carrying mostly Haitian […]

Google Doodle Celebrated The Birth of Steel Pan on Tuesday

A new animation, served to millions today on Google’s homepage, tells the fascinating history of a great percussion instrument – the steelpan. PORT OF SPAIN — Google has published a new Doodle (see YouTube video below) in celebration of the steelpan, a popular percussion tool and the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday. Trinidad & Tobago-based artist Nicholas […]

Coast Guard Ends Search For Teen Off ‘La Poza del Obispo’ Beach

SAN JUAN — The Coast Guard suspended the search for a 19-year-old male in the waters just off ‘La Poza del Obispo’ in Arecibo, Puerto Rico Tuesday night. Still missing is Brian Cortéz Torres, from Barceloneta, who reportedly was on the rocks with his friend, Kadier Rivera Maldonado, when a heavy swell swept them both into […]

NHC Continues To Monitor 3 Tropical Waves, No Threats Expected Now

SAN JUAN — During hurricane season, the words every Virgin Islander loves to hear are: “Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next five days.” The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor three tropical waves in the Atlantic basin: two in the Caribbean and one in the Atlantic, according to the latest advisory. Here’s the latest update […]