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“Poorly Organized” Tropical Storm Erika Moves to Leeward Islands

 Storm reaches the Caribbean By the Caribbean Journal staff Tropical Storm Erika was expected to move through the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean late Wednesday and early Thursday morning, according to the NOAA. But while the storm had been strengthening …

Tropical Storm Watch for Eastern Caribbean as Erika Makes Approach

 Another storm nears region By the Caribbean Journal staff Just days after the departure of Danny, Erika is now headed toward the Caribbean. But unlike Danny, which concluded as tropical depression, Erika, which is currently a tropical storm, is “poorly …

Jamaica’s Growth Outlook Is Improving

 Positive signs for Jamaican economy By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica’s economy is showing some positive signs, according to the International Monetary Fund, which recently concluded a mission to the country. “A gradual economic recovery is underway.” said IMF Mission …

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 Storm downgraded By the Caribbean Journal staff The storm known as Danny was set to make landfall in the Caribbean early Monday, after being downgraded first from a Hurricane, then to a Tropical Storm and finally, early Monday, to a Tropical …

 Quake shakes Eastern Caribbean islands By the Caribbean Journal staff A 4.9-magnitude earthquake caused shaking in Martinique and St Lucia over the weekend, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake, which struck early Saturday morning, struck at a …

 Mitchell meeting with Diaspora, investors By the Caribbean Journal staff Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell departed late this week for Canada for a series of “engagements of national interests,” according to a government statement. The Prime Minister was slated …

 19th edition of festival begins Oct. 30 By the Caribbean Journal staff Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival, now in its 19th year, is still going strong. And this year’s lineup of music stars is no exception, headlined by a group …

 The Caribbean’s top cultural festival begins Friday By the Caribbean Journal staff CARIFESTA, the Caribbean’s top regional cultural event, officially begins on Friday. The 12th edition of the festival, which last took place in Suriname in 2013, is being held …

 Numbers keep rising By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean hotel sector is continuing a very solid 2015, according to the latest report from STR Inc. The region’s hotel occupancy was 75.7 percent in July, a 3.6 percent year-over-year increase …

 Screenwriters to gather in Antigua By the Caribbean Journal staff Antigua and Barbuda is hosting a regional retreat for screenwriters from around the Caribbean starting Friday. The two-day writers’ retreat is the second of a multi-phased programme launched by the …

 Official visit aimed at strengthening ties By the Caribbean Journal staff St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris is currently on a five-day official visit to Taiwan. Harris is leading a delegation that is meeting with Taiwan President …

 Airport could be game changer for country By the Caribbean Journal staff St Vincent and the Grenadines is getting some additional help to fund the construction of its long-awaited international airport. The country is securing a loan of $5 million …

 Dominica enhancing earthquake monitoring By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Dominica is launching a $40 million upgrade to its seismic network. The project intends to reduce the island’s vulnerability to natural hazards – in this case, specifically, earthquakes– and the effects of …

 What’s next for seaweed problem? By Dana NilandCJ Contributor The seasonal spike of Sargassum seaweed on Caribbean beaches has captured the attention of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and tourism policymakers across the region. In a statement released today, the …

 Another new Caribbean diplomatic partner By Alexander Britell CARICOM and the Vatican have officially established diplomatic ties, the two sides announced this week. CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque accepted the credentials of the Vatican’s first-ever Ambassador to CARICOM, Archbishop …

 What’s the right target? By Dennis Chung CJ Contributor THE primary surplus on the fiscal accounts can be defined as what is left to service debt after the government considers its revenues and expenditure on running the country. So wages, …

 New embassies in Washington and Havana By the Caribbean Journal staff In a historic moment for the region, the United States and Cuba reopened their respective embassies in Washington and Havana on Monday morning, officially restoring diplomatic relations. American and …

 Bahamas’ Christie gains fans after recent speech on tourism By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie’s recent speech underscoring the importance of tourism to the regional economy is finding support from the region’s hotel industry. The Caribbean Hotel & …