CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE CARIBBEAN

Hurricanes Irma and Maria signal the emergence of a new climate regime in the Caribbean. At no point in the historical records dating back to the 1880s have two category five storms struck the eastern Caribbean in a single year. The Caribbean is seeing repeated and prolonged droughts, an increase in the number of very hot days, intense rainfall events causing repeated localised flooding, and rising sea levels.
Caribbean economies are built on industries and sectors that are extremely sensitive to climate variations, such as tourism and agriculture. The ferocity of Irma and Maria brought devastation of catastrophic proportions. Without global action, it is predicted that by the end of the current century the Caribbean region will warm a further … Read on ...

ACCLAIMED JAZZ TRUMPETER ETIENNE CHARLES RETURNS TO LONDON

Caribbean history and culture will be interpreted through music when acclaimed Jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles returns to London on June 3.

The Trinidadian musician, who has played for sold out audiences in his homeland as well as in Japan and the US, will take his London audience on a musical journey to discover and appreciate the cultural roots of the Caribbean.

Charles last played in London in 2012. Since then, he has released five albums – Kaiso, Creole Soul, Creole Christmas, San Jose Suite and Carnival, the Sound of a People.

He is eagerly awaiting his return.

“When I think of London, I think of the significant contributions of some great pioneers from our shores here in the West Indies:

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Deportations Crisis – One step forward, much more needed

The Home Secretary’s statement in Parliament yesterday is good as far as it goes. She promises:

  • A new taskforce dedicated to helping those affected
  • Plans to work with departments across government to gather evidence on behalf of immigrants – documentation for every year is usually expected, such as bank statements or payslips
  • A pledge that all cases will be resolved in two weeks
  • All fees for new documentation waived so people are not “out of pocket” – normally £229
  • A new website will be set up with information and a direct contact point

This is the very least they could do. If the Home Secretary is genuine when saying that it was “wrong” and “appalling”, she should make amends.

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