Hurricane Irma moving towards Caribbean chain

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(photo via the National Hurricane Centre)

As Hurricane Irma churns its way across the Atlantic towards the Eastern and Northern Caribbean a Hurricane Warning has been issued for the following islands :

Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, the British Virgin Islands, Saba, St. Eustatius, Sint Martin, St. Martin and Saint Barthelemy.  A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area and it is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds.

Meanwhile, a Hurricane Watch has been issued for the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area and it is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds.

A Tropical Storm Watch has also been issued for Dominica.   A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, general within 48 hours.

Residents in Haiti, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Southern Bahamas and the Dominican Republic have also been asked to monitor Irma’s  progress.

At 11 a.m. on Monday, Hurricane Irma was located at 16.8 North and 53.3 West or about 560 miles (905 km) East of the Leeward Islands.  It is moving towards the WSW at 14 miles (22 km) per hour.  The hurricane is packing maximum sustained winds of 120 miles (195 km) per hour.

CDB introduces Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund to regional practitioners at CARIFESTA XIII

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August 22, 2017, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Building on the recent announcement of its provision of initial capitalisation for the Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) recently introduced the CIIF to approximately 100 cultural practitioners, policymakers and academics from across the Caribbean. The occasion was the Cultural Policy and Intellectual Property Rights Workshop, held as part of CARIFESTA XIII in Barbados on Sunday August 20, 2017, sponsored by CDB.

Lisa Harding, Private Sector Development Specialist, CDB, noted that the CIIF was developed to support an enabling environment for the development of the cultural industries sector, and could make the cost of doing business more affordable for Regional cultural practitioners.

This Fund is born out of the fact that we recognise there’s a void in the financing ecosystem. There are gaps, especially in grant funding for creative industry entrepreneurs and stakeholders in general. We consulted with several stakeholders to come up with a model that we believe will help to support the sector. The areas which the Fund will cover are music, audio-visual, film, animation and gaming, fashion and design and festivals and carnivals,” said Harding.

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