Haitians remember victims of massive earthquake 10 years on

Haitians remember victims of massive earthquake 10 years on

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haitians last Sunday remembered the victims of the massive earthquake that killed more than 100,000 people a decade ago, although the ceremony was marked by a protest against political mismanagement now and then. President Jovenel Moise laid flowers at a memorial to the victims at a cemetery outside Port-au-Prince, joined by clergy, […]

Major travel landmark in Puerto Rico destroyed by earthquakes

Major travel landmark in Puerto Rico destroyed by earthquakes

Punta Ventana destroyed by earthquakes A popular tourist landmark in Puerto Rico, Punta Ventana, was destroyed in the Puerto Rico earthquakes Monday.  Additionally, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company confirmed in a statement two other sites, Cueva Ventana and Ruinas del Faro, also suffered irreparable damage. A 5.8-magnitude quake hit the Caribbean island before dawn last […]

Haiti on verge of famine, starvation looms

Haiti on verge of famine, starvation looms

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Food Program warns Haiti is approaching famine like conditions, with more than 1 in 3 people in the country of 11 million in need of urgent assistance. A food assessment in October finds 1 million of the nearly 3.7 million people suffering severe food shortages in Haiti are facing an […]

‘Green gold’ tree offers Brazil deforestation hope

‘Green gold’ tree offers Brazil deforestation hope

Trees that help keep soils fertile could slow or stop deforestation in Brazil’s “arc of destruction”. A project using inga trees hopes to show smallholders that they can earn a decent living from the land. Inga trees, known as ice-cream bean trees, fix nitrogen into the soil, boosting productivity levels. Scientists hope the scheme will […]

Caribbean adopts remote sensing to prepare for hurricanes

Caribbean adopts remote sensing to prepare for hurricanes

ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad – The Caribbean is currently deploying a new technology to help it build resilience to natural disasters. Known as LIDAR, the acronym for light detection and ranging, the technology is being used to gather data that will help regional governments better predict the impacts of climate-related events and determine how best to […]

Rain extinguishes Bolivia wildfires

Rain extinguishes Bolivia wildfires

Heavy rains have extinguished wildfires which destroyed more than four million hectares of land in eastern Bolivia in recent months, officials say. “It has rained all across Chiquitanía and our satellite no longer shows any active forest fires,” a Santa Cruz province official said. The fires triggered mass protests against the environmental policies of President […]

Jamaica Tourism delivers good news in Toronto

Jamaica Tourism delivers good news in Toronto

It wasn’t a good sign – an hour late, no one was at the Jamaica Canadian Association Hall microphone and reporters waiting to meet Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett. It was a planned reception that Bartlett had invited prominent Canadian Jamaicans, travel experts and the media to attend in North Toronto.  He wanted to brief […]

India commits millions for Caricom projects

India commits millions for Caricom projects

Grenada and other Caribbean Community (Caricom) member states are to receive one million dollars each from India for quick impact, community development projects. India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi delivered the news to Grenada’s Prime Minister, Keith Mitchell and his Caricom colleagues last Wednesday, when he met with them on the margins of the United National […]

St Vincent Cousul General: “Make climate change an election issue”

St Vincent Cousul General: “Make climate change an election issue”

By Lincoln DePradine As Canadians prepare to vote in federal elections on October 21, citizens of Caribbean heritage have been urged to make climate change an issue to raise with the politicians seeking office to the House of Commons in Ottawa. Powerful hurricanes such as Dorian that hit The Bahamas this month, Maria that flattened […]