Tag: Barbados

Tropical Storm Bonnie Continues To Trundle Towards The Caribbean

MIAMI — Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1, but doesn’t usually ramp up until July or August. But an unusually early tropical storm has a strong chance to develop next week in the “main development region” of the tropical Atlantic. The potential storm is already of interest to the Windward Islands, which mark the […]

Windward Islands Warily Watching Tropics With ‘Bonnie’ Brewing In Caribbean

MIAMI — A tropical depression or storm may develop in the eastern Atlantic and head toward the Windward Islands, then into the Caribbean Sea next week as the first month of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is currently monitoring an area of showers and thunderstorms – […]

Florida Companies Donate COVID-19 Rapid Tests To Barbados, St. Lucia

MIRAMAR, Florida — Two Florida companies have joined forces to donate over 20,000 rapid Antigen tests to the OECS member states and Barbados. The kits donated have been approved by the WHO. The kits are scheduled to arrive this week to the different beneficiary island nations. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the donation by Ryvex […]

Caribbean Leaders Grateful That COVID-19 Vaccine Has Trickled Down To Them, Thanks Largely To India

ROSEAU — As the leader of a small Caribbean island still struggling to rebuild nearly four years after a devastating hurricane, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit never thought he would get a hold of COVID-19 vaccines swiftly. Then a call to India changed everything. Last week, an airplane carrying two consignments of Covishield, the India-produced version of […]

China Spying On United States Citizens Through Security-Lax Caribbean Mobile Phone Networks

BRIDGETOWN — China appears to have used mobile phone networks in the Caribbean to surveil United States mobile phone subscribers as part of its espionage campaign against Americans, according to a mobile network security expert who has analyzed sensitive signals data. The findings paint an alarming picture of how China has allegedly exploited decades-old vulnerabilities in the global telecommunications […]

Barbados Removes Admiral Nelson Statue In Break With Its British Colonial Past

BRIDGETOWN — Barbados removed the statue of British Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson from the capital Bridgetown’s main square recently, two months after announcing plans to replace Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and move on from its colonial past. The bronze statue was unveiled in 1813 to commemorate Nelson and the British Royal […]

‘Wasted Moment:’ SeaDream 1 Becomes Nightmare For Passengers Aboard Now That 1 Person Has COVID-19

BRIDGETOWN — The first cruise ship to set sail in the Caribbean since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has reported that a passenger on board has tested positive for coronavirus, according to The Points Guy. A reporter for the travel site, Gene Sloan, is aboard the SeaDream 1 and was meant to be documenting the […]

Texas Couple Has Been Trapped In Barbados Since March Because Of COVID-19

BRIDGETOWN — Bonnie and Bill Jennings flew to Barbados in early March. They went to visit their daughter and son-in-law who live year round near Bridgetown on the southwest coast of the island. The couple, who are in their 80s, planned to stay a month. But they became stranded after the coronavirus pandemic quickly shut […]

China’s $490 Million ‘Investment’ In Barbados Behind Snap Decision To Remove The Queen

BRIDGETOWN — China is behind Barbados’ snap decision to remove the British Queen as its head of state. That’s the shocking claim of a conservative member of the UK Parliament who said that a Chinese investment of $490 million in Bridgetown’s tourism infrastructure forced the Barbadian leader’s hand in the matter this month. “Some islands […]

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN! Barbados Says It Will Remove Queen As Head of State

BRIDGETOWN — Barbados wants to remove Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic, the government has said, reviving a plan mooted several times in the past. A former colony that gained independence in 1966, Barbados has maintained a formal link with the British monarchy as have other countries such as […]