Rain, crowd and gold
Jamaica Observer

My friends, I hope you all remember that the hurricane season starts today. We all have hope for a quiet one, but using last year as the guide, look out for a whole heap of rain (24) and flooding (30). We hope, however,...

Study says Hurricane Maria
Jamaica Observer

FLORIDA, United States (AFP) — Hurricane Maria, which pummelled Puerto Rico in September 2017, is likely responsible for the deaths of more than 4,600 people, some 70 times higher than official estimates, US...

5,000 more Puerto Ricans may have died from Maria according to new study
Dominica News Online

A new study has been released that says more than 5,000 people may have died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria. This figure completely dwarfs the government estimate of 64 as it is over 70 times larger according to...

US Coast Guard searches for missing cruise ship crewmember in C'bean Sea
Jamaica Observer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CMC) — The United States Coast Guard  says rescue crews are searching for a MSC Seaside crewmember who went overboard in the Caribbean Sea about eight nautical miles southeast of St...

Cruise ship searches for missing crew member in Caribbean
Jamaica Observer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A search was underway near the US Virgin Islands on Wednesday for a crew member on a cruise ship who apparently went overboard in rough seas.Geneva-based MSC Cruises said the crew member...

Excavator to blame for island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico
Jamaica Observer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the US territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said...

Renovations breathe life into Puerto Seco
Jamaica Gleaner

The popular Puerto Seco Beach on Jamaica's north coast is scheduled to reopen to the public by the end of April, according to the executive chairman of the Guardsman Group of Companies, Kenny Benjamin.After being closed...

Puerto Rico power grid snaps, nearly 1 million in the dark
Jamaica Observer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AFP) — Puerto Rico's power grid broke down again on Thursday, leaving some 800,000 customers without power, as the US Caribbean possession struggles to recover five months after Hurricane Maria...

Delay in Andrew Bennett Extradition Case
Channel 5 Belize

Attorney Andrew Bennett, accused by U.S. authorities of money laundering in Puerto Rico, was due back in court for the continuation of his extradition hearing. A D.E.A. agent alleges that [...]

Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands face painful hurricane recovery
Jamaica Observer

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The US territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will need to take painful actions to restore their economies amid the hurricane devastation, New York Federal Reserve President...

Tourism resilience, crisis management plan to be presented in Germany
Jamaica Gleaner

San Juan, Puerto Rico:By March 7, Jamaica's Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says the country will present a completed business plan on the Global Centre for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management at the ITB Berlin in...

South American bound flight makes emergency landing in Bermuda
Nation News

HAMILTON, Bermuda − A jetliner heading to South America and carrying more than 200 people, including a leading Puerto Rican fashion model Joan Smalls, was forced to make an emergency landing here early...

C'BEAN MARKETPLACE: US Virgin Islands hotels target 2019 rebound after hurricane setbacks
Jamaica Gleaner

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico: Still recovering from hurricanes Irma and Maria, the United States Virgin Islands, says its hotel stocks will not come back on stream until 2019. In the meantime, some hotel workers have been...

Jamaica to host mega tourism trade show
Jamaica Gleaner

San Juan, Puerto Rico:Jamaica has been selected to host the Caribbean's largest tourism marketing event, Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2019, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, next January.Tourism Minister Edmund...

C'BEAN MARKETPLACE: BVI sailing again
Jamaica Gleaner

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico: Having lost 80 per cent of its marquee properties to hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, the British Virgin Islands has returned to its core business - sailing. "We were on pace to a record-selling...

C'BEAN MARKETPLACE: Puerto Rico's tourism rebounds four months after hurricanes
Jamaica Gleaner

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico: Four months after the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico, the authorities there are reporting an impressive recovery. Growth in air access to the country has quadrupled,...

Regional hoteliers get ready for Caribbean travel marketplace
Jamaica Observer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CMC) — The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) says it is encouraged by the “strong” demand for registration at this month's Caribbean Travel Marketplace, less than six...

Regional hoteliers get ready for Caribbean travel marketplace
Jamaica Observer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CMC) — The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) says it is encouraged by the “strong” demand for registration at this month's Caribbean Travel Marketplace less than six...

Amazon's indigenous people 'never so threatened': pope
Jamaica Observer

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (AFP) — Pope Francis sounded a stark warning about the future of the Amazon and its peoples during a visit to the region yesterday, saying they had “never been so threatened”.In a...

Hurricane-hit Puerto Rico launches new drive for US statehood
Jamaica Observer

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on Wednesday launched a new drive to become the 51st US state, with the island's governor demanding an end to "second-class" treatment of its...

Seaborne Airlines to be sold to US carrier
Nation News

SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico-based Seaborne Airlines is being sold to US carrier Silver Airways. Seaborne, which operates flights across the eastern Caribbean, is being sold because of financial strain...

Bauxite legacy projects making waves in Discovery Bay
Jamaica Observer

In keeping with the fact that a new year means renewal, Discovery Bay residents are looking forward to the opening of two visitor attractions in early 2018 — a renovated Puerto Seco Beach, and a push cart-based show...

Uncle Sam Has Eyes on Lawyer Andrew Bennett for Alleged Money Laundering
Channel 5 Belize

Forty-six year old Andrew Bennett is said to be wanted by U.S. authorities in connection with money laundering charges in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte [...]

P.U.P. Says Its Shades of Puerto Azul
Channel 5 Belize

There’s more on the proposed international airport. The People’s United Party today reacted to the announcement of a proposed multimillion dollar international airport on San Pedro. Calling it ‘Déjà...

Head of Puerto Rico power authority quits amid row over restoration of electricity
Telegraph UK

Head of Puerto Rico power authority quits amid row over restoration of electricity Fill 1 Fill 1 ALL SECTIONS More Head of Puerto Rico power authority quits amid row over restoration of electricity Ricardo Ramos Credit:...

White House plans to seek another $45 billion in US hurricane aid
Nation News

WASHINGTON – The White House plans to ask the US Congress on Friday for about $45 billion in additional aid for disaster relief to cover damage from hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida...

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