Caribbean felt full brunt of climate change in 2017

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – In 2017, the Caribbean felt the full brunt of climate change with a warning that current trends indicate that there will be no respite.

Within a two-week period, Hurricanes Irma and Maria brought home the reality of the impact of climate change as they churned their way across the Lesser Antilles destroying everything in their paths. Hurricane Harvey had in August set the stage for what was to come; with devastation in Houston, Texas, amounting to nearly US$200billion.

“The unprecedented nature of this climatic event highlights the unusual nature of weather patterns that continue to affect nations across the globe,” the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque said in a message to United States President Donald Trump, as Harvey made landfall in the United States after whipping up strong winds and heavy rains in the Caribbean.

It took less than a month for his statement to bear fruit. Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two Category 5 storms left so many Caribbean islands devastated in September that the CARICOM Chairman and Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell said “there can be no question that for us in the Caribbean, climate change is an existential threat”. (more…)

Emotional PM Minnis outlines plan to assist Dominicans

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis wipes away tears in the House of Assembly. (Photo via Terrel W Carey/Tribune staff)
Prime Minister Dr.Hubert Minnis wipes away tears in the House of Assembly. (Photo via Terrel W Carey/Tribune staff)

NASSAU, The Bahamas, Guardian – As he laid out a part of the government’s plan to assist Dominican children and their families today, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis choked back tears as he recounted the devastation that Hurricane Maria unleashed on the small island nation and expressed shame at the vitriolic response of some Bahamians to his pledge to assist Dominican students.

“My government proposes to temporarily relax the immigration laws for a number of school children from Dominica who wish to continue their education in The Bahamas,” said Minnis while addressing the House of Assembly.

“Permits to reside will be issued to students from Dominica who, with the approval of parents, wish to study in The Bahamas.

“There are three categories of students who may apply.

“One, children who have relatives in The Bahamas and who can find lodging and support from their family members.

“Two, college students who may wish to study at The University of The Bahamas and seek boarding at The University of The Bahamas.

“Three, children of parents employed in companies, banks, etc., which have offices in The Bahamas. Temporary employment transfers can be arranged with these institutions.”

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Happy 37th Dominica – CARICOM

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has congratulated Dominica on its thirty-seventh Anniversary of Independence.

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

Dominicans celebrate on Tuesday 3 November 2015 under the theme “Rebuilding Dominica Together.”. CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a congratulatory message to Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit said the theme was most apt, given the recent extensive devastation by Tropical Storm Erika.  He said it reflects the commitment of Mr. Skerrit’s Government to work with all Dominicans in the reconstruction process.

Ambassador LaRocque noted Dominica’s continuing commitment to regional integration and keen sense of the value of the Caribbean Community. He cited as a fine example of this,  the country’s decision to accept the Caribbean Court of Justice as its final appellate court.

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