Category: International News

Crew Member of La Gran Tormenta Faces 10 Years In Prison For Cocaine Smuggling

CHRISTIANSTED — A sixth member of the 11-member La Gran Tormenta Venezuelan fishing boat has pleaded guilty to his role in smuggling 124 pounds of cocaine to St. Croix. Alexis Fuentes, 33, who was apprehended at sea off the coast of St. Croix, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Emile A. Henderson, III to conspiracy […]

Most Popular Tourism Destination In The Caribbean To Host Cruise Ship Conference

SANTO DOMINGO — The most popular tourist destination in the region will host “the only official cruise conference representing the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America.” The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) said today that the Dominican Republic will host the 2022 FCCA Cruise Conference. Taking place in Santo Domingo from October 11-14, the event […]

NHC Watching One Tropical Wave In The Caribbean

MIAMI — Conditions in the Atlantic basin remained quiet today, with forecasters watching one tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean Sea, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center. There’s more activity in the eastern Pacific, which has already experienced Hurricanes  Agatha and Blas. Tropical Depression Celia is forecast to become a tropical storm later […]

Coast Guard Takes 56 Dominicans Back Home After Illegal Voyage

SAN JUAN — The Coast Guard returned 56 nationals to the Dominican Republic Saturday, following the interdiction of an illegal voyage in Mona Passage waters near Puerto Rico. The interdiction is the result of ongoing local and federal multi-agency efforts in support of the Caribbean Border Interagency Group CBIG. “This case was a very close call” […]

Virgin Islands Basketball Team To Square Off Against NBA Players

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Some NBA talent will be on display when the Virgin Islands Basketball Federation plays its next two FIBA qualifiers at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center in St. Thomas next month. The VIBF is set to host the senior men’s national team from Bahamas on July 1 and then will square off […]

People With Respiratory Problems Urged To Avoid Sahara Dust

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources is informing the public of an air pollution alert for dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa. The dust causes the skies around the Virgin Islands to be hazy, which reduces the visibility and results in poor air quality. This […]

NHC Monitoring Area of Low Pressure In Caribbean Sea

MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure in the Caribbean Sea, along with four tropical waves in the Atlantic basin. “An area of low pressure is expected to develop by the middle part of this week over the southwestern Caribbean Sea,” the NHC said. “Some slow development of this system is possible while it […]

Dominica Hosts West Indies vs. Bangladesh In T20I Cricket

ROSEAU — Dominica said Monday international cricket will return to the Windsor Park Sports Stadium for the first time since May 2017, with two back-to-back games starting on July 2, 2022. The Windsor Park Sports Stadium in Roseau, Dominica will officially be one of the T20I venues for the Bangladesh tour of the West Indies. The […]

Stony Coral Disease Killing up to 94 Percent of Caribbean Coral

COZUMEL — A new coral disease is quickly circulating in the Caribbean, killing as much as 94 percent of certain types of coral species in the region, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Communications Biology.  Researchers found that an outbreak of stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) that was first reported in Florida […]

Colombia Discovers Two Historical Shipwrecks In The Caribbean

BOGOTA (Reuters) — Colombian naval officials conducting underwater monitoring of the long-sunken San Jose galleon have discovered two other historical shipwrecks nearby, President Ivan Duque said this week. The San Jose galleon, thought by historians to be carrying treasure that would be worth billions of dollars, sank in 1708 near Colombia’s Caribbean port of Cartagena. […]