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  • Human waves populated the Caribbean islands

    06/13/2020 7:23:26 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Cosmos ^ | 6 June 2020 | editors
    Pirates or no pirates, the islands of the Caribbean were settled and resettled by at least three successive waves of colonists from the American mainland, according to a new study. The examination of ancient DNA from 93 islanders who lived between 400 and 3200 years ago reveals a complex population history and ties to broader, inter-continental human expansions in both North and South America, according to an international research team... The Caribbean was one of the last regions in the Americas to be settled. Archaeological evidence suggests the first residents arrived about 8000 years ago, and that 3000 years later...
  • Haiti police and army exchange fire in violent protest

    02/23/2020 8:41:14 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 9 replies
    One soldier was killed in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on Sunday, local media reported, when police officers shot up an army headquarters in a violent escalation of protests demanding better working conditions for police. Police officers exchanged gunfire with soldiers for hours after their protest halted near the national palace. It was unclear which side started firing first. Hundreds of supporters joined dozens of police officers, some in street clothes and others wearing police uniforms and face masks, as they advanced towards the palace in a protest demanding better pay. At least three police officers and one serviceman were...
  • Volcanic Evidence Opens New Maya Mystery

    01/05/2016 12:43:59 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    LiveScience ^ | May 30, 2014 | Becky Oskin
    Potters at Maya cities on the Caribbean side of Central America fused volcanic ash with local limestone to form household and ceremonial pottery, because the ash made their ceramics easier to fire. The distinctive recipe was a hallmark of the Late Classic Period from A.D. 600 to 900, Ford said. With thousands of people living in cities such as El Pilar and Tikal, the Mayan potters burned through several tons of volcanic ash every year, Ford has estimated. But no one can figure out where the ash came from. The mystery begins with the fact that there just aren't any...
  • Latest weapon against lionfish invasion? Meet the Roomba of the sea.

    10/22/2019 9:07:10 AM PDT · by Jagermonster · 36 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 22, 2019 | Chris Iovenko
    ——Why We Wrote This—— How to counter invasive species, a common, and often intractable, problem? One entrepreneur’s clever approach offers lessons in finding solutions in the unlikeliest of places. If you can’t beat them, eat them. That is the common wisdom of many scientists, conservationists, and fishermen who dream of ridding the western Atlantic of invasive lionfish, a stunning aquarium fish that, when introduced in the wild, dominates and destroys reef ecosystems. However, catching lionfish has never been simple; they are not easily targeted by line or net fishing. Now, a surprising new invention may bring lionfish hunting to the...
  • Asteroid collision with Earth ruled out by NASA – hours later, it smashes into Caribbean

    09/08/2019 2:09:56 PM PDT · by Innovative · 82 replies
    UK Express ^ | Sept. 7, 2019 | Sean Martin
    AN ASTEROID which came crashing into Earth and NASA had no idea it was coming reiterates the need to keep a closer eye on the sky in case a massive space rock comes hurtling towards our planet. A small asteroid shot towards Earth at 14.9 kilometres per second, and NASA admitted it did not know it was coming. The space rock known as 2019 MO was just three metres wide and exploded when it hit the planet’s atmosphere on 22 July above the Caribbean, but the way it approached unexpectedly reaffirms the need for more eyes on the sky. NASA...
  • Where's the Democrats' love for Caribbean-American voters?

    09/01/2019 8:02:03 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 4 replies
    Treasure Coast ^ | June 28, 2019 | Eve Samples
    When several Democratic presidential candidates answered questions in Spanish during the debates in Miami on Wednesday and Thursday, it was a clear overture to the Latino voting bloc — a message of inclusiveness from a party that needs strong turnout to win the White House in 2020. But for some in the growing Caribbean-American community of South Florida, it came across as a snub. “They never mention black immigrants,” said Francesca Menes, a 34-year-old of Haitian descent who in December resigned from her post as treasurer for the Florida Democratic Party. “They make us feel invisible,” Menes said of the...
  • Bahamas Resort Business Booms, as Neighboring Destinations Struggle

    08/27/2019 6:29:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 27, 2019 | Tess Riski
    While a number of Caribbean destinations struggle, resorts in the Bahamas are bouncing back from a tough period, attracting vacationers, gamblers and sun worshipers. Hotel occupancy in the Bahamas in the first half of 2019 was up 19% from a year earlier, according to hotel-data firm STR. Revenue per available room, a popular industry metric, was up 27% to $231. Nearby destinations’ rates have fallen or stayed flat. In part, the strong Bahamas numbers reflect the emergence of the $4.2 billion, 2,300-room Baha Mar resort and casino, which officially opened last year after falling more than two years behind schedule...
  • Latin America accounts for one third of world's homicides, life expectancy dropping

    05/31/2019 5:44:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/31/2019 | Lucia I. Suarez Sang
    Latin America accounts for one third of world's homicides, life expectancy dropping in some countries: study. (Full title). The rising number of people being murdered across Latin America and the Caribbean is so high that the life expectancy in some of those countries is dropping, a new study claims. Unlike the rest of the world where homicide rates have generally dropped, statistics in some countries show that the murder rate has skyrocketed in recent years. So much so, that Latin America now accounts for about a third of the world’s homicides. ... more than 2 million people aged 15-19 in...
  • Jean-Jacques Savin: Frenchman sets off to cross Atlantic in a barrel

    01/01/2019 12:56:58 PM PST · by Theoria · 52 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 Dec 2018 | BBC
    A Frenchman has set off to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel-shaped orange capsule, using ocean currents alone to propel him. Jean-Jacques Savin, 71, left El Hierro in Spain's Canary Islands and hopes to reach the Caribbean in as little as three months. His reinforced capsule contains a sleeping bunk, kitchen and storage. He will drop markers along the way to help oceanographers study Atlantic currents. Updates on the journey are being posted on a Facebook page and the latest message said the barrel was "behaving well". In a telephone interview with AFP news agency, he said: "The weather...
  • Johnny Depp Dropped From ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ as Disney Plans Reboot for Franchise

    10/29/2018 1:29:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 121 replies
    www.theepochtimes.com ^ | October 29, 2018 Updated: October 29, 2018 | By Mimi Nguyen Ly
    Johnny Depp has been dropped from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” according to the film franchise’s original scriptwriter Stuart Beattie. Disney Studios plans to reboot the billion-dollar franchise and will be axing Depp, Beattie told DailyMail TV at a recent red carpet event in Hollywood. The 55-year-old Depp had played Captain Jack Sparrow—a major role in the five “Pirates” movies over the past 15 years. “I think he’s had a great run. Obviously, he’s made that character his own and it’s become the character he’s most famous for now,” Beattie said. “And kids all over the world love him as that...
  • Terror in Paradise: Trinidad and Tobago Is Now a Jihad Hotspot

    10/11/2018 7:44:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/11/2018 | Todd Bensman
    The Ministry of Tourism for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago hosts a website extolling the many exquisite charms of the “true Caribbean” to be found there. The islands offer rich history, culture, biodiversity, and lodging with views “to die for.”Of late, though, a diaspora of Trinidad and Tobago emigres have preferred the views in Syria and Iraq, and the company of Islamic terrorist group ISIS. At least 130 of T&T’s 1.2 million citizens left their white and turquoise shorelines to fight with vicious Islamists half a world away. How did that happen? “Entire families went,” including at least...
  • New TTT to counteract fake news (Even Trinidad and Tobago is combating fake news!)

    08/31/2018 8:18:07 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 9 replies
    Trinidad Guardian ^ | August 31, 2018 | Gail Alexander
    The new TTT television station must be the “gold standard” of quality in broadcasting and lead the charge in providing factual, accurate information and combating “fake news,” Prime Dr Keith Rowley has indicated. He did so yesterday as he launched TTT Limited—formerly CNMG—at Maraval Road, Port-of-Spain. “In closing CNMG, we’re opening the door to a brighter future,” Rowley added. Rowley said TTT needed to adhere to high standards because of the seriousness of the role the media plays in citizens’ lives.
  • Exclusive: Omarosa's secret romance with 'corrupt' politician with his own White House!

    08/17/2018 1:20:50 AM PDT · by blueplum · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 16 Aug 2018 | Ben Ashford
    Omarosa Manigault-Newman had a 'six-month fling' with the scandal-mired leader on a tiny Caribbean nation who was ousted from power and put on trial for corruption over claims he stole $16 million from public coffers, DailyMail.com can reveal. [snip] . They spent time on the island where he later built an $8 million mansion, nicknamed the 'White House,' which he is now accused of funding through graft...
  • Caribbean Islands Want Donald Trump to Address Climate Change Before They Disappear

    08/07/2018 11:57:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 7, 2018 | By Cristina Maza
    Leaders from Caribbean islands are urging President Donald Trump to take climate change seriously before they disappear due to extreme weather conditions, according to reports. Hurricane season poses an existential threat to the islands as increased rainfall caused by climate change makes hurricanes stronger, experts say. Recently, leaders from the Caribbean began urging Trump to understand the gravity of global warming. “In 2017, we saw some of the most devastating and destructive hurricanes we’ve seen in our history,” Selwin Hart, Barbados’ ambassador to the U.S. told The Guardian. “This needs to be recognized.... This isn’t some scientific debate, it’s a...
  • Venezuela First to Join Caricom Fight for Slavery Reparations

    06/08/2018 10:19:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    teleSUR ^ | May 10, 2018 | La Radio del SUR
    Gaining international recognition is the first step in securing global reparations for the descendants of African slaves. Venezuela is joining the Caribbean Community (Caricom) in the fight for global slavery reparations, discussing appropriate compensation for centuries of injustice. During a speech entitled 'Reparations of Resistance to Action,' Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza urged Latin America and colonizing countries to assume responsibility for past wrongs which affected Africans and their ancestors around the world. The Venezuelan government is working to guarantee that the social rights of residents of African descent are respected, and officials have opened the floor to dialogue for...
  • Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in Caribbean, hurricane forecasters say

    05/25/2018 9:50:01 AM PDT · by BBell · 41 replies
    http://www.nola.com/ ^ | 5/25/18 | Carlie Kollath Wells
    Subtropical Storm Alberto has formed in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, hurricane forecasters said at 9 a.m. Friday. Alberto is the first named Atlantic storm of 2018, and has formed ahead of the traditional hurricane season which begins June 1. The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and rip currents to the Gulf Coast through Memorial Day weekend. Here's the current forecast cone for the storm:The main difference between a subtropical storm and tropical storm is core temperature, according to Shawn O'Neil, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Slidell. Subtropical storms have slightly lower core temperatures than...
  • Johnny Depp: how Hollywood's biggest star fell from grace

    05/07/2018 9:00:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 75 replies
    www.theguardian.com ^ | 05/04/2018 | Rory Carroll
    As another lawsuit hits the actor, accusing him of creating a ‘toxic’ work environment, his status as the industry’s most wanted leading man shows no sign of returning. The descriptions sound like a typical day at sea for Captain Jack Sparrow: “volatile”, “reckless”, “vices”, “chaos”, “hurricane”. The Pirates of the Caribbean character is, after all, a drunken pirate who sails through fiascos and misadventures. It is Johnny Depp, however, not Sparrow, who is accused of presiding over such mayhem in a drama playing out not on screen but in court. Oh, how I loved you, Johnny Depp. Now I see...
  • Cambridge Analytica Played Roles in Multiple African Elections

    03/22/2018 9:53:48 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 26 replies
    voice of america/ Africa Division ^ | March 22, 2018 | Salem Solomon
    People walk past the building that houses the offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London, March 20, 2018. Share WASHINGTON — Long before its controversial roles in the 2016 Brexit vote and U.S. presidential election, Cambridge Analytica influenced elections in Africa. The data mining company, under fire for its alleged use of 50 million Facebook accounts to shape campaign messages for then-candidate Donald Trump, also played a role in elections in Kenya and Nigeria, according to new reports. The company's first involvement in Africa dates to the general election in South Africa in 1994. That election marked the end of...
  • Little damage as mag 7.6 quake hits in sea north of Honduras

    01/10/2018 6:22:58 AM PST · by windowdude · 5 replies
    ABC ^ | 1.09.2018 | AP
    One of the strongest earthquakes to hit the Caribbean in modern times struck off the coast of Honduras on Tuesday night, shaking the mainland and setting off tsunami warnings that were canceled about an hour later. There were no early reports of serious damage or casualties on land after the quake struck shortly before 10 p.m. EST. Officials in Honduras said shaking was registered across much of the nation and there were some reports of cracks in homes in Colon and Atlantida provinces along the northern coast and Olancho in eastern Honduras. Tsunami centers issued advisories and warnings for Puerto...
  • Big Quake in Honduras

    01/09/2018 7:02:50 PM PST · by Oscar in Batangas · 40 replies
    USGS ^ | Unpublished | Self
    Just reported