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Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean

August 7, 2017
Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami are monitoring two tropical weather systems that are currently threatening the Caribbean. Showers and thunderstorms are showing some signs of organization in association with a strong tropical wave located over the...

Tropical Storm Don forms; storm warning issued for Grenada

July 18, 2017
Tropical Storm Don forms; storm warning issued for Grenada MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Don formed east of the Windward Islands on Monday afternoon. A tropical storm warning was issued for Grenada and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia. Interests in Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Bonaire, and...

Tropical Storm Bret moves into southeastern Caribbean

June 21, 2017
Tropical Storm Bret moves into southeastern Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- After bringing gusty winds and torrential showers to Trinidad and passing to the south of Grenada on Monday night, Tropical Storm Bret moved into the southeastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday. Little change in strength is forecast, with a weakening trend expected to begin later Tuesday.

Storm warnings issued for potential tropical cyclone

June 20, 2017
Storm warnings issued for potential tropical cyclone MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana including Isla de Margarita. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bonaire and Aruba. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami...

Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding

June 8, 2017
Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding GOSIER, Guadeloupe -- The second selection committee for the Interreg Caribbean Program 2014-2020 has made public the list of the 11 regional projects eligible for European funding. Many countries in the Caribbean will benefit from these projects, as follows: 1. TEECA: Set up a trade facilitation team and...

Bonaire to host Caribbean Ombudsman Association conference

June 8, 2017
Bonaire to host Caribbean Ombudsman Association conference KRALENDIJK, Bonaire -- In the coming week, Bonaire will host the national ombudsman, Reinier van Zutphen, and the ninth biennial conference of the Caribbean Ombudsman Association (CAROA). The theme of the conference is: “The Ombudsman-A Key Actor in the Quest for Good Governance/Challenges...

Letter: Bonaire Green Paper: Pursuing political equality and re-listing Bonaire on NSGT UN

May 25, 2017
Letter: Bonaire Green Paper: Pursuing political equality and re-listing Bonaire on NSGT UN Nos Ke Boneiru Bek is pleased to present Bonaire's Green Paper: “Pursuing political equality and relisting on the Non-Self-Governing-Territories list of the United Nations”.  We wish to thank all those who have contributed to this historic document being prepared, especially Dr Carlyle G. Corbin...

BVI business consultants may soon bid on EU projects

April 11, 2017
BVI business consultants may soon bid on EU projects ROAD TOWN, BVI -- British Virgin Islands business consultants will soon have the opportunity to bid on regional and international projects under the European Union (EU) portfolio. Consultants in the BVI, and other Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) who are inducted into the Chapter of...

Open letter: Bonaire people's rejection of Dutch parliament elections

March 29, 2017
Herewith we refer to our last letter objecting to the Dutch Parliament elections as organized on our islands Bonaire and Sint Eustatius, whose peoples never choose the Dutch Parliament as their representatives or as their legislators. This Dutch election our islands...

Open letter to members of the Island Council Bonaire

February 9, 2017
Now that the current yes-government of tolerance has came to an end the opportunity rises for Bonaire to have a government that follow the direction that the Bonerian peoples has indicated in the referendum of December 2015, where as never before the Bonerian peoples...

Open letter: Kingdom Day and commemoration of one year of Dutch anti-democracy governance

December 16, 2016
Today, December 15, 2016, we are celebrating Kingdoms day, or previously Statute-day, commemorating December 15, 1955 where the Dutch Government with the consent of the elite of the colonized Caribbean territories, not the people, officially manipulated...

Haiti and Jamaica prepare for category four Hurricane Matthew

October 3, 2016
Haiti and Jamaica prepare for category four Hurricane Matthew MIAMI, USA -- Preparations were underway in Haiti and Jamaica on Sunday in anticipation of the approach of the powerful category four Hurricane Matthew on Monday. On Sunday afternoon, the interim president of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert, accompanied by several ministers and...

Hurricane warning issued for Jamaica and much of Haiti

October 2, 2016
Hurricane warning issued for Jamaica and much of Haiti MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Matthew, which remained a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Saturday, is expected to approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday, bringing life-threatening rainfall to portions of Haiti. The government of Jamaica...

Matthew strengthens to category 4; hurricane watch issued for Jamaica

October 1, 2016
Matthew strengthens to category 4; hurricane watch issued for Jamaica MIAMI, USA -- Matthew rapidly strengthened to a powerful category 4 hurricane on the Saffir- Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Friday and on its forecast track the centre will move north across the central Caribbean Sea on Saturday, and be near Jamaica on Sunday.

Matthew now a hurricane after leaving death and destruction in the Eastern Caribbean

September 30, 2016
Matthew now a hurricane after leaving death and destruction in the Eastern Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm Matthew strengthened to hurricane force on Thursday after leaving one dead and causing widespread flooding and landslides as it slowly made its way across the Eastern Caribbean on Wednesday evening. Officials in St Vincent and the Grenadines confirmed...

Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea

September 29, 2016
Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea MIAMI, USA -- As expected, Tropical Storm Matthew formed early Wednesday as the system moved through the Windward Islands into the eastern Caribbean, bringing heavy rains and high winds and forcing the closure of government offices and schools in several islands.

Tropical cyclone expected to form in southern Caribbean Tuesday night or Wednesday

September 28, 2016
Tropical cyclone expected to form in southern Caribbean Tuesday night or Wednesday MIAMI, USA -- Reports from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft on Tuesday indicated that a tropical wave located about 250 miles east of Barbados does not yet have a closed surface circulation. However, the system is producing winds to near tropical storm force and...

ABC ferry project struggling, while other Caribbean islands may soon be connected

August 8, 2016
ABC ferry project struggling, while other Caribbean islands may soon be connected WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- While various islands in the Caribbean are working hard on their connection with a ferry, the ABC islands ferry project is struggling. The ferry project to connect Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao by sea looked very promising but it appears that it might not crystallize.

Controversial Cayman Islander joins executive of regional football union

July 27, 2016
Controversial Cayman Islander joins executive of regional football union GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The vice president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA), Bruce Blake, has secured a seat on the executive committee of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) after elections in Miami this weekend. Blake, who has yet to explain fully...

Dutch government expects no mass influx of Venezuelans into Caribbean islands

July 1, 2016
Dutch government expects no mass influx of Venezuelans into Caribbean islands THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The Dutch government does not expect any mass exodus of Venezuelans to the Caribbean islands of the kingdom, such as Curacao, as the situation deteriorates sharply in Venezuela. However, Dutch MPs are worried about the consequences of the great political...

Another warning issued that Venezuelans will flee to Caribbean islands

June 21, 2016
Another warning issued that Venezuelans will flee to Caribbean islands WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The mayor of Chacao in Venezuela, Ramon Muchacho, this weekend issued another warning in local media of a Venezuelan exodus to neighbouring Caribbean islands and Colombia. This may well be the case, especially for the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and...

Ferry service between the ABC islands becoming a reality

May 10, 2016
Ferry service between the ABC islands becoming a reality WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The feasibility study for a ferry service between the ABC islands – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao – is almost complete and the government can then hold a public tender for interested companies to offer this service. The tickets for the ferry should be affordable...

Complaints still on the rise in Dutch Antilles, says national ombudsman

May 2, 2016
Complaints still on the rise in Dutch Antilles, says national ombudsman WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Dutch national ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen again had the chance to assess many official complaints during his latest visit to the Netherlands Antilles, which has now been concluded. All individuals who have a grievance with the government had the chance...

Dutch Caribbean economies too dependent on tourism, say finance committees

April 18, 2016
Dutch Caribbean economies too dependent on tourism, say finance committees WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao, St Maarten and Aruba have to focus on more than just tourism. The economies of these three countries in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom remain vulnerable, because there are not enough other sources of income. This is according to special teams...

Dutch virologist expects zika epidemic on Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao

February 22, 2016
Dutch virologist expects zika epidemic on Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are on the cusp of a zika-epidemic. That is the expectation of Byron Martina, a virologist at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Poeter Hofmann reported on Caribisch Netwerk. Martina emphasised cooperation between the...

BVI participates in EU funded regional study on diversification

February 2, 2016
BVI participates in EU funded regional study on diversification ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands is participating in a regional study on diversification of the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). The study was launched on November 26, 2015, and is being conducted by the European Union funded Caribbean Overseas...

Letter: Parents and families of youths arrested in Statia respond to newspaper report

October 30, 2015
Letter: Parents and families of youths arrested in Statia respond to newspaper report We, the parents and family of the four youths who were arrested on Monday morning, would like to react to the article published on the front page of the Daily Herald on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. In this article it stated that RLG (16), KR (17), D de B (15), and Mvds (15) were arrested. RLG is 15 not 16.

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