Holness calls for ‘cooperation and partnerships ‘ to address challenges of climate change

Holness calls for ‘cooperation and partnerships ‘ to address challenges of climate change

  CHARLEVOIX, Quebec – Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness  said at the G7 summit here on the weekend that Jamaica has supported climate change adaptation and is about to take steps  ” to limit and control plastics and other non bio-degradable materials and consumer waste which threaten our coastline and oceans. “However, we need  partnership […]

Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico higher than official count – study

Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico higher  than official count – study

Hurricane Maria claimed the lives of 4,645 people in Puerto Rico last year and not the 64 long pegged by the island’s government as the official death toll, according to a survey of thousands of residents by a research team led by Harvard University. The researchers estimated that most victims of the storm died between […]

Another above-active Atlantic hurricane season predicted

Another above-active Atlantic hurricane season predicted

Even as some Caribbean countries continue in recovery mode following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last September, forecasters are warning that the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season will be another active one, with above-average activity. In its long-range forecast for the season which officially runs June 1 to November 30, researchers at Colorado […]

Hurricanes named ‘Person of the Year’

Hurricanes named ‘Person of the Year’

NEW YORK – A prominent Caribbean-American publication here has named Hurricanes Irma and Maria, described as “the two mega, Category 5 hurricanes of 2017,” as its “Person of the Year.” The Brooklyn-based EVERYBODY’S Magazine, published by Grenadian Herman Hall, said it is the first time the 40-year old publication “selected a phenomenon as its Person […]

Insurance company to pay out over (US)$250 million to hurricane-affected customers

Insurance company to pay out over (US)$250 million to hurricane-affected customers

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados– Massy United Insurance will pay out in excess of US$250 million to hundreds of customers affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, which hit the Caribbean earlier this year. To date, the company has received in excess of a thousand claims from clients with damage. As at mid-December, 80 per cent of these have […]

Caribbean diaspora commended for assistance after hurricanes

Caribbean diaspora commended for assistance after hurricanes

By Lincoln DePradine Members of the Caribbean diaspora are being lauded for the response they have given to assist in the region’s recovery from the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Hugh Riley, secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), made the commendation, while visiting with other members of the organization and participating in […]

Canada announces major funding for reconstruction and climate resilience in the Caribbean region

Canada announces major funding for reconstruction and climate resilience in the Caribbean region

NEW YORK CITY, New York –Canada, at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)/UN High-Level Pledging Conference in New York on Monday, pledged C$100 million to support reconstruction and climate resilience efforts in the Caribbean region over the next five years. The announcement was made by Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development. The Caribbean […]

Dominican farm workers appeal to Canadian government to let them stay

Dominican farm workers appeal to Canadian government  to let them stay

Migrant farm workers from Dominica  which was ravaged by Hurricane Maria last month, are appealing to the Canadian government to allow them to remain and continue to work in Canada  to help support their families back home. The category five hurricane  was reported to have left more than 20 people dead in Dominica and severely […]