Category: Caribbean News

FEMA Offers To Airlift 3,000 Puerto Rican Hurricane Survivors To New York Or Florida … Less Than Thirty Are Interested

LAZY DAYS: In this Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 photo, Luis Sierra sleeps in a classroom at a school-turned-shelter after Hurricane Maria left him and other families homeless in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Young people in Puerto Rico have been left stranded by Hurricane Maria. [ad name=”HTML-68″] SAN JUAN — Nearly two months after Hurricane Maria […]

LEAVING SAN JUAN AFTER MARIA: Whether It’s For Good … Or Just Temporary … There Is A Stigma For Puerto Ricans

[ad name=”HTML-68″] SAN JUAN — The disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria has set off an anguished debate across Puerto Rico, where friends, family and co-workers are arguing fiercely over the morality of leaving the blacked-out island for the U.S. mainland versus fulfilling a patriotic duty to rebuild. At least 140,000 Puerto Ricans have left since […]

Education Is The Key To Caribbean Dive Groups Working Together to Promote, Protect Coral Reef Excursions

BRIDGETOWN — Tourists must be educated to know which are the safest times to visit the region. And also which areas are least likely to face a catastrophic storm. Dive groups are trying to assuage tourists’ fears regarding hurricanes and inclement weather to increase tourism to the region. The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) […]

OPINION BY DAVID JESSOP: Future Of Caribbean Sugar Depends On The Region’s Capacity for Cooperation

As CARICOM trade ministers meet to discuss the future of Caribbean sugar, David Jessop (Caribbean Council) argues that successful protection of the industry will require that the four exporting countries, their fractious sugar industries, and food and drink manufacturers jointly recognize the long-term benefits that could flow from integration. GEORGETOWN — Among the topics considered by Ministers and […]

BRITISH INGENUITY: BVI Premier Orlando Smith Moves Into Pre-Fab Housing As A Mold-Free Alternative For Education After Irma

HAPPY STUDENTS! The British Virgin Islands shows its public-private partnership resourcefulness by getting a private donor to give Virgin Gorda it’s own temporary school building. Two months after Hurricane Irma, its U.S. Virgin Islands counterpart is sending storm-traumatized students to damaged, decrepit and moldy buildings for classes. Gov. Kenneth Mapp will ask the federal government […]

University of Buffalo Researcher Gets $126K NSF Grant To Study Hurricanes’ Effect On Coral In St. John This Month

KNOCKED OVER, BUT NOT OUT? Coral reef communities at St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, pictured here years before the recent hurricanes struck. (Credit: Howard Lasker) [ad name=”HTML-68″] CRUZ BAY — A New York geologist will journey to St. John this month to study the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria on coral reefs in the region. […]

CONTROL BOARD: Puerto Rico Needs ‘Unprecedented’ United States Help To Recover From Hurricane Maria

[ad name=”HTML-68″] SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico has suffered such extensive devastation from Hurricane Maria that its recovery will fail unless the island gets more United States help. That’s the word from Natalie Jaresko, executive director of a federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances. Jaresko tells Congress that the U.S. commonwealth needs emergency […]

Curacao, Jamaica The Biggest Winners In The No-Storms Sweepstakes This Tourism Season … Cruises Diverted There

WILLEMSTAD — Hurricanes Irma and Maria have seen the Caribbean revise its projected tourism growth down to just one to two percent for 2017. The Caribbean Tourism Organization revealed latest figures at the World Tourism Market (WTM) that showed tourism to the region grew by 5.2 percent year-on-year in the six months to June 2017, […]

UNITED NATIONS: Caribbean and Latin American Countries Need To Mitigate Risks of Disasters … Before Hurricanes and Earthquakes Strike

SAN JUAN — Integrating disaster risk management into development policies will minimize damage and loss incurred from natural disasters. This is according to a timely publication released by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), following on the heels of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which devastated several Caribbean islands during the […]

Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Can’t Call The United Nations For Help After Major Disasters … Like Hurricanes Irma and Maria

[ad name=”HTML-68″] SAN JUAN — After Hurricane Irma and then Maria tore through the Caribbean islands, the United Nations swung into action with helicopters, food drops and multimillion-dollar recovery plans. But even though both Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands were decimated by the hurricanes, they couldn’t call the U.N. – an expert in disaster […]