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…)

Caribbean region needs to focus on well being of citizens – St. Kitts-Nevis PM

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris

The safety and security of citizens is of grave importance and there is a call for countries in the region to shift from traditional concepts of state security to a broader multi-dimensional concept that focuses on citizen security and safety and well-being of Caribbean citizens, said Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, Prime Minister and Minister of National Security.

The Prime Minister outlined this while delivering remarks at the National Dialogue on Sustainable Human Development and the Citizen Security Agenda Workshop on Monday.

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New CARICOM Youth Ambassadors settling into huge role

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St. Kitts and Nevis Youth Minister Hon. Shawn Richards welcomes the new CARICOM Youth Ambassadors. (From left) – Amb. Trevis Belle, Amb. Mervil Nisbett, Min. Shawn Richards, Amb. Joy Napier, Dean & Amb. Dennis McCall Jr. (Photo courtesy the Department of Youth.)

St. Kitts and Nevis has appointed two new CARICOM Youth Ambassadors (CYA).  Dennis McCall Jr. and Joy Napier now assume responsibility for advocating CARICOM matters locally, while promoting the perspectives of young people at the CARICOM level. They will be supported by Trevis Belle and Mervil Nisbett who will serve as alternates. Mr. McCall will also serve as the Dean of the CYA Corps assuming the post from Haiti’s Ambassador.

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St. Kitts-Nevis applauded for hefty donation to storm-hit Dominica

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St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris (left) greets Dominica’s Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit.

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, received rousing applause from the Dominican people for his government’s contribution of EC$ 1 million made to the Government and People of Dominica shortly after they were pummeled by Tropical Storm Erika that left a trail of unimaginable destruction with over twenty persons dead, persons unaccounted for, infrastructure destroyed, homes washed away and untold suffering.

Prime Minister Harris, along his Minister of Public Infrastructure, Posts, Urban Development and Transport, Ian “Patches” Liburd, traveled to Dominica on Wednesday, September 23 to witness the symbolic handing over ceremony of 300 “petrocasas” by President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, a donation from his government to help the displaced people of Dominica after the ravages of the tropical storm.

In his address at the ceremony, Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, lauded the Government and People of St. Kitts and Nevis for their generous contribution.Grace_Dominica3

“I would like to pause here to recognize the generosity of the prime minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, who in a matter of days after the storm, made a commitment of EC $1 million dollars to Dominica in our efforts,” Prime Minister Skerrit said to the cheer of the small crowd gathered at the Douglas-Charles airport.

“Prime Minister, I want to thank you publicly and your people for this extraordinary generous offer of EC $1 million dollars to us,” Prime Minister Skerrit said to the cheers from the crowd.

Prime Minister Harris said his heart was broken to see the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Erika and that the Government and People of St. Kitts and Nevis were moved to render assistance to their neighbor with whom “we share a close relationship”. Dr. Harris underscored the point that there are many Dominicans living and working in St. Kitts and Nevis.

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Happy 32! CARICOM SG Congratulates St. Kitts and Nevis

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CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has commended the impressive strides made by St. Kitts and Nevis as he extended congratulations to the Government and People on their 32nd Anniversary of Independence.

St. Kitts and Nevis celebrate on Saturday 19 September 2015 under the theme “United in Building a Stronger Nation” which the Secretary-General describes as ’one that surely resonates with your fellow Member States in the Caribbean Community.

“St. Kitts and Nevis has been a stalwart in the regional integration movement, always prepared to do its part to strengthen and further the interest of the Region”, Ambassador LaRocque said in his congratulatory letter to Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris.

 

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