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…)
Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley, was inducted on Wednesday July 20, into the Prime Minister’s Park of Honour located at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.
The park is used to honour UWI graduates who have been or are serving as Heads of Government. The addition of Dr. Rowley’s name brings to 17 the number of heads who have been added to the monument at the park.
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Rally Round Dominica’ is the call to the Caribbean region to help the island recover from the devastation left behind as a result of the recent passage of Tropical Storm Erika.
The campaign is being led by a partnership between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and The University of the West Indies (UWI) with the support of several businesses in the regional private sector.
In a media conference held last Sunday, September 20, the WICB and UWI announced a line-up of Caribbean celebrities who will play in a T20 charity match today, Saturday, September 26, at Kensington Oval in Barbados, starting at 7 p.m. (East Caribbean Time). The campaign is aimed at raising US 1million dollars to help Dominica. While the ‘WICB-UWI Rally Round Dominica Celebrity T20 Cricket Match’ is the cornerstone of the fundraising, the drive also includes a live telethon on match-day by Flow Caribbean, a text-donation drive by Digicel and a further donation initiative to collect clothing and food items, as well as cash deposits.
Tropical Storm Erika descended on Dominica on August 27, 2015, claiming lives, destroying hundreds of homes and leaving behind millions of dollars in damage to the island’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure, including its Douglas–Charles Airport.
It is with a sense of humility that I, on behalf of the people of Dominica, say thank you to the University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor and the WICB President for organising a T20 match on Saturday, September 26, at Kensington Oval in Barbados entitled, “Rally Round Dominica”.
It is the name of the Celebrity T20 Cricket Match which will be jointly hosted by the West Indies Cricket Board and the University of the West Indies in order to help raise funds to support Dominica after the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika.
Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit
Rally Round Dominica – that is the name of the Celebrity T20 Cricket Match which will be jointly hosted by the West Indies Cricket Board and the University of the West Indies in order to help raise funds to support Dominica after the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika.
According to Professor Eudine Barriteau Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, “We were galvanised to pledge whatever assistance we could, not only by the deeply disturbing images of the devastation, dislocation and death which Tropical Storm Erika left behind in Dominica, but also by that firmly embedded, shared sense of kinship which we feel as Caribbean citizens – that intrinsic West Indian trait made manifest whenever any single member of our regional family is hurting, we all feel the pain.”
The Rally Round Dominica Celebrity T20 Cricket Match in Barbados is slated for September 26th at 7 p.m. (more…)