OECS Commission, Castries Saint Lucia 03/09/15 -The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is in final preparations to host its fifth climate change seminar, which is to be held under the theme: Strengthening the Environment and Building Resilience to Climate Change in OECS Member States”.
The seminar will take place at the Conference Room of the Verandah Resort and Spa in St Phillips, Antigua from September 9-10 2015.
On Sunday, August 30th, Hon. Nickolas Steele, Minister of Health, led a delegation to Dominica, following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika. The delegation included the Minister, a Pathologist and three senior police officers.
The trip to Dominica was made by sea, using a private vessel, which carried water and non-perishable food.
The Government of Grenada expresses sincere gratitude to RUBIS for its contribution of fuel towards the mission in the value of $12,300.00.
ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, September 01, 2015 -GIS: Grenada’s Health Minister Nickolas Steele has assured Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Grenada’s commitment to help his country rebuild following devastation by Tropical Storm Erika.
Steele was among the first ministerial delegation from any country to arrive in Roseau following the devastation.
He arrived Sunday as head of a delegation which included Deputy Commissioner of Police Franklin Redhead, an engineer and a pathologist.
Message: Dominica: CDEMA CU continues to coordinate the Regional Response Mechanism to moblise support to Dominica.
Message: Dominica: Evacuation of residents of Petit Savanne. Prime Minister declared nine 9 Special Disaster Areas.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, August 13, 2015 – The 16 Caribbean member governments of CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) completed their catastrophe insurance portfolios for 2015/2016. All 16 Caribbean members renewed their hurricane policies; all 13 that had earthquake policies renewed those; and 12 obtained excess rainfall coverage – an increase of 4 over the 8 countries that purchased excess rainfall policies for the first time last year.
Inflación alimentaria en ALC ha mantenido una tendencia a la baja desde abril
En junio de 2015, la inflación alimentaria de América Latina y el Caribe alcanzó 0,7%.
06 de agosto, Santiago de Chile – En junio la inflación alimentaria mensual en América Latina y el Caribe fue de 0,7 %, disminuyendo 0,1 puntos porcentuales respecto a mayo, manteniendo una tendencia a la baja en los últimos tres meses.
• The submarine volcano Kick ' em Jenny, located in the Eastern Caribbean Sea, near the island of Grenada, emitted a strong, continuous signal of activity on 23 July, between 5.25 and 7.00 UTC. Its seismic activity had increased since 11 July, according to the Seismic Research Centre of the University of West Indies.
Message: Changed Alert Level at Kick ‘em Jenny Submarine Level – Orange Alert
UNDP & UN-OHRLLS Discussion Paper
Written by Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on Development Finance
In this issue:
How Surveillance Works
Containing a Polio Outbreak: Horn of Africa and Central Africa
Review of the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan
Global Voices in Support of Polio Eradication
Caribbean countries suffer loss from natural hazards almost on an annual basis. The risk of this is heightened during the wet season by the passage of tropical storms and hurricanes during the period from June to November which can result in significant loss of life, livelihoods and human and economic development.
Por Kenton X. Chance
El agricultor de la isla caribeña de Santa Lucía, Anthony Herman esperaba recuperar el año próximo parte de lo que perdió cuando 70 por ciento de su cultivo de castaña de cajú se marchitó y murió bajo el abrasador sol del sur del Caribe. Pero le clima le tenía preparada otra sorpresa.
CASTRIES, Jun 2 2015 (IPS) - St. Lucian farmer Anthony Herman was hoping that next year he’d manage to recoup some of the losses he sustained after 70 per cent of his cashew crop withered and died in the heat of the scorching southern Caribbean sun.
But on June 1, the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season which coincides with the rainy season, the 63-year-old man, who has been farming for four decades, received “frightening” news about weather conditions in the region over the next year or so.
ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA, May 26, 2015 - GIS: The National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) will join together with several other entities and spearhead a National Clean up exercise on June 5, 6 & 7, 2015.
This activity comes at the beginning of the 2015 Hurricane season and is being conducted in an effort to encourage citizens to participate in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities.
FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, May 9 2015 (IPS) - Caribbean leaders on Saturday further advanced their policy position on climate change ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties, also known as COP 21, scheduled for Paris during November and December of this year.
The position of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), 14 independent countries, was put forward by the group’s chairman, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, during a meeting here with French President François Hollande.
PALMISTE, Grenada, Apr 27 2015 (IPS) - Henry Prince has lived in this fishing village for more than six decades. Prince, 67, who depends on the sea for his livelihood, said he has been catching fewer and fewer fish, and the decrease is taking a financial toll on him and other fisher folk throughout the island nation of Grenada.
I heard about the climate change but never paid too much attention towards it,” Prince told IPS, adding that “we don’t catch jacks as before.”
By Sophie Amos
Today on World Health Day, Age Demands Action campaigners in over 35 countries are calling for access to age-friendly health services for older people.
“It is unacceptable that older people around the world often miss out on their right to health because of physical and financial barriers, discrimination, lack of appropriate services and being unaware of their entitlements,” said Toby Porter, HelpAge’s Chief Executive.
A large-scale tsunami response exercise will take place in the Caribbean on 25 March. The purpose of this exercise is to test the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, established in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). It is designed to evaluate the response capacity of Caribbean countries and adjacent regions* in the event of a dangerous tsunami. The organizers** of the test have prepared two scenarii.
For the month of March, the Grenada Red Cross Society (GRC) has been conducting Community Disaster Response Team (CDRT) Trainings throughout seven of the eight (8) communities that are part of this year’s Disaster Management Project. The last was on the 3rd and 4th April in Beausejour. At least fifteen (15) persons from each community partook in this two (2) day training session. The aim of CDRT training is to equip the community with tools which allow them to appropriately prepare and respond to disasters.