Caribbean Community (CARICOM) teams and disaster response mechanisms were mobilised and activated in response to the hurricanes that swept through the Region recently.
A letter issued by the Secretariat to the Stabroek News in response to an editorial published on 25 September, 2017, detailed the “the excellent work” carried out by CARICOM institution, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency CDEMA, other regional institutions and the international partners “in the face of dangerous and difficult conditions as they confront an unprecedented multi-country catastrophe.”
The letter pointed to the Community’s action before and after the storms hit.
“The Caribbean Community through its various agencies, led by CDEMA, has been the first responders on the ground assessing, rendering relief, evacuating the ill and infirm and performing the tasks associated with post Hurricane efforts,” the letter pointed out.
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.”
Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, is urging Bahamians to remain vigilant, to be prepared, and to monitor the track of Hurricane Maria.
In the face of a “very active hurricane season” that has spawned major storms, including Hurricane Maria which severely damaged the island of Dominica, the Prime Minister made the call in an address to the nation on Tuesday. He said Hurricane Maria is forecast to pass to the east of south-east Bahamas on Friday morning as a major Category 3 or 4.
Listen to the Prime Minister Statement on Hurricane Maria:
Nassau, The Bahamas – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis has challenged Bahamians and persons residing in The Bahamas to take the threat of Hurricane Irma “very seriously.”
“Life is precious. We must make every effort to preserve and protect life, including the elderly, the indigent and other vulnerable individuals,” Prime Minister Minnis said.
“The threat of Irma must be taken seriously. While property must be secured, material possessions can be replaced. The priority is to take precautions to save lives and minimize the risk of harm and injury.”
MINISTER of Public Telecommunications, (Guyana), Catherine Hughes, has emphasised the need for consistency in the production of good-quality broadcasting content even as she called on the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) to critically assess where the industry is heading and assist the Region to chart a course towards reaping the economic benefits of its creativity.
Minister Hughes was at the time delivering the feature address at the CBU’s Annual General Assembly (AGM) which convened this week in Nassau, Bahamas. According to a release, top executives and other personnel of more than 22 media companies in the Caribbean are currently in Nassau participating in the event being held at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, under the theme, ‘Digital Developments in Caribbean Media.’ It commenced on Monday and will conclude on Thursday.
Minister Hughes delivered the feature address on the theme, and she emphasised the need for consistent production of good-quality content by broadcasters.
“As we transition from analogue to digital in all spheres, technology will drive more than content. It will drive competition, It will drive convergence, and context, it will drive communication, which channels are used and how we will all benefit collectively and commercially,” Minister Hughes said.