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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People will know CARICOM is working when they see, taste, feel – The Bahamas Prime Minister

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New Prime Minister of The Bahamas delivering his inaugural address to the Conference
New Prime Minister of The Bahamas delivering his inaugural address to the Conference
“CARICOM is a community of the people we serve, not a club of officials and politicians. We need to cast our nets far and wide to engage the combined spirit and the collective brain-trust of the Region. We must blend various languages and accents in order to speak to the world with one voice about the aspirations of our people and the mission of CARICOM.” Dr. Hubert Minnis
Dr. The Hon. Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, has signalled his readiness to help deliver the mandates of CARICOM to provide better, healthier and more prosperous lives for the people of the Community.

In doing so, the newest Member of the Conference of Heads of Government also expressed confidence in organs and institutions of the Caribbean Community to deliver benefits of integration.

His inaugural address to the Community, at the opening of the 38th CARICOM Summit, in Grand Anse, Grenada, Tuesday evening, was punctuated with an urgent call for unity. (more…)

Dominica donates US$100,000 to hurricane-ravaged Haiti, The Bahamas

Skerrit, who is heading a Caricom delegation as he arrived in The Bahamas on Wednesday
Prime Minister Skerrit, who headed a CARICOM delegation as he arrived in The Bahamas on Wednesday

ROSEAU, Dominica, Dominica News Online – Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, has said the government of Dominica has donated US$100,000 to The Bahamas following the passage of Hurricane Matthew.

US$100,000 was also donated to Haiti, the hardest hit by Matthew, to meet that country’s immediate needs.

Skerrit, who is a heading a CARICOM delegation to the affected countries as Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Governments, arrived in The Bahamas on Wednesday after visiting Haiti.

He said the funds have already been transferred to the Bahamian government and said the government of Dominica is “very humbled” by the “small contribution” in the aftermath of the hurricane.

He called on the Bahamian people to exercise patience as the country rebuilds after the hurricane. (more…)

The Bahamas Could Vanish if Urgent Action is not Taken to Reverse Climate Change – PM Christie

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Prime Minister of The Bahamas Perry Christie

Prime Minister Perry Christie is warning that unless urgent actions are taken to reverse the devastating impacts of climate change, The Bahamas as we know it may soon be no more.

“With 80 percent of our land within one metre or five feet of mean sea level, business as usual with regard to climate change threatens the very existence of the Bahamas as we know it,” Prime Minister Christie said at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) underway here.

Caribbean News Service

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