Category Archives: Disasters

Climate Science Special Report – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Thomas Fire - Santa Barbara County - Southern California - 12 December 2017

Thomas Fire – Santa Barbara County – Southern California – December 12, 2017
Photo Credit: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Here in California, after years of drought, ferocious wildfires have consumed the tinder and everything in their path. Ignited on December 4, 2017, the Thomas Fire was not fully contained until January 12, 2018. Now ranked as the largest fire in California’s modern history, it burned about 281,900 acres, equivalent to the size of Dallas and Miami combined. It destroyed 1,063 structures and damaged another 280.

Torrential rainfall on January 9, a welcome respite for firefighters, brought more distress to residents in the area. Mudslides roared down fire scarred slopes, destroying and damaging hundreds of homes, as well as commercial property. Twenty people lost their lives; three are still missing.

A home on Glen Oaks Road damaged by mudslides in Montecito

Home damaged by mudslides – Montecido – Santa Barbara County – Southern California
January 10, 2018
Photo Credit: Kenneth…

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Citizenship in the Caribbean: The five citizenship-by-investment programmes

Citizenship in the Caribbean: The five citizenship-by-investment programmes

Map of the Caribbean  – click to enlarge

By Yulia Kozhevnikova

: A review of citizenship-by-investment programmes in the Caribbean – Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Lucia
 By Yulia Kozhevnikova

Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two of the strongest Atlantic storms in history, caused massive destruction in the Caribbean. To support recovery efforts, Caribbean governments have already begun raising funds. In September, St Kitts and Nevis approved a new citizenship-by-investment programme. From 23 September 2017 to 31 March 2018, investors will be able to get citizenship by donating $150,000 to the Hurricane Relief Fund.     READ MORE

Why Puerto Rico ‘doesn’t count’ to the US government – Jay L. Zagorsky

Why Puerto Rico ‘doesn’t count’ to the US government – 

Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September, destroying homes, crops and communications. Many weeks later, power has been restored to fewer than 20 percent of homes. A third of the population still lacks reliable drinking water.

I am an economist and have followed the hurricanes’ impact with great interest because my sister lives in Puerto Rico. She was off the island and preparing to fly back when Irma hit. Her friends in Puerto Rico all tell her the same message: “Don’t come back now.”

I began wondering: If the damage is that great, how much will overall U.S. gross domestic product, unemployment and inflation be affected by the devastation in Puerto Rico?     READ MORE

Dominica: Hurricane Maria: Halfway there with the Hotel The Champs Staff Relief Fund

Dominica:  Hotel The Champs Fundraiser after Hurricane Maria

Dear Friends,

A very warm Thank You to all those who already supported Hotel The Champs Staff Relief Funding. We are well on the way in achieving our set amount of Donation for our Staff Members. Without you it would not be possible. Please continue to donate to help us. 

We are Hans and Lise the Proprietors of Hotel The Champs in Dominica. On September 18, 2017 our island was hit by category 5+ Hurricane Maria. We were happy to be alive after such a scary night. We woke up next day to something that we least expected. Everything that we owned was in ruins.  …  Read more 

Editor’s  Note:

Guyanese Online would like its readers worldwide to help in keeping the employees of THE CHAMPS supported while they rebuild and repair their hotel.

Thank you for your  contributions.

Travel industry ramps up effort to promote Caribbean tourism this winter season

Travel industry ramps up effort to promote Caribbean tourism

By Beth J. Harpaz – Caribbean Life News – New York

The Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas

In this Oct. 3, 2017 photo, The Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas, arrives at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Royal Caribbean has announced that its ship Adventure of the Seas will resume port calls to St. Thomas on Nov. 10, and that the ship hopes to be in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and St. Martin by the end of November. It’s one of a number of initiatives from the travel industry to remind consumers that the region is recovering from the impact of recent hurricanes.

The travel industry is ramping up efforts to remind consumers that many Caribbean islands were unaffected by hurricanes and that their economies depend on tourism.    Continue reading

Why Trump Should Study Aung San Suu Kyi’s Speech – M K Bhadrakumar | Asia Times

Why Trump Should Study Aung San Suu Kyi’s Speech

M K Bhadrakumar | Asia Times

Aung San Suu Kyi

Two speeches by two leaders made headlines this week [Sept 2017] – one by USA President Donald Trump, the other by Myanmar’s head of government, Aung San Suu Kyi.

No two leaders could be so unlike each other. Trump is a widely ridiculed figure in the international community, which mocks him for being, variously, pompous, boorish and sometimes just plain ignorant.

Sui Kyi, a Nobel laureate, is a fallen angel caught up in the maelstrom of her silence over the attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, on August 25, and the ensuing military response, which has forced over 410,000 displaced people to flee to Bangladesh.    Continue reading

Christopher Stephenson: The Hero of Tiger Bay – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Christopher Stephenson: The Hero of Tiger Bay – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Christopher Stephenson

There is a document on my desk as I write this feature which states; “Co-Operative Republic of Guyana. CERTIFICATE OF DEATH No.0049177. Full name of Deceased: Christopher Stephenson. Date of Death 20th October 1997.

However, twenty years after the heroic death of Christopher Stephenson, there are some citizens who feel that he must never be forgotten, and his heroic actions on October 20, 1997, must be officially recognized with a National Award.     Continue reading

Factoring Culture in the Gun Debate – By Yvonne Sam

Factoring Culture in the Gun Debate

By Yvonne Sam

Let us include culture at this juncture, for there is something deep in the American psyche that remains undiagnosed and unaddressed.  Reciprocal causation must not be overlooked.

The Las Vegas massacre of Sunday October 1, 2017 resulted in the highest injury and death toll following any mass shooting by a lone gunman in modern U.S history. Mass shootings are becoming more common and more deadly.    Continue reading

Yellowstone National Park: Super-Volcano Could Literally Wipe Out Life on Earth

Forget Trump, This Huge Volcano Could Literally Wipe Out Life on Earth

If only for a moment, this story is forcing many to put the current political chaos “into perspective”

"This story will help you stop worrying about Trump for a moment," wrote MoveOn.org's Ben Wikler. (Photo: Tom Murphy/National Geographic Creative)“This story will help you stop worrying about Trump for a moment,” wrote MoveOn.org’s Ben Wikler. (Photo: Tom Murphy/National Geographic Creative)

Yes, Donald Trump is president. And yes, he has access to the nuclear codes—a fact that has become all too vivid in recent weeks. But many allowed themselves to forget, if only for a brief moment, about the man in the White House on Thursday October 12, 2017, to hone their attention on what is potentially an even more horrifying development. As USA Today reported, new research indicates that the supervolcano resting beneath Yellowstone National Park “may blow sooner than thought, an eruption that could wipe out life on the planet.”   [Read more]

Deadly Wildfires Ravage Northern California – reports + videos

‘An Inferno Like You’ve Never Seen’: Deadly Wildfires Ravage California

The “unprecedented” fires, fulfilling predictions of climate scientists, have forced tens of thousands from their homes

A firefighter walks near a pool as a home burns in the Napa wine region in California 

Common Dreams – by Jake Johnson, staff writer – Tuesday, October 10, 2017

More than ten people have been killed, thousands have been left without power, and tens of thousands have been forced to evacuate as more than a dozen wildfires tore through Northern California overnight Monday, forcing Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency in eight counties.   MORE

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