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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B space plane into orbit on Sept. 7, 2017.

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SpaceX aims to pull off another launch-and-landing double play today (Oct. 30), and you can watch all the spaceflight action live.

A SpaceX two-stage Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch the KoreaSat 5A communications satellite at 3:34 p.m. EDT (1934 GMT) today from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. You can watch the launch live here at Space.com courtesy of SpaceX, or directly via the company at http://www.spacex.com/webcast.

If all goes according to plan, the booster’s first stage will return to Earth for a soft landing less than 10 minutes after liftoff, settling vertically onto a SpaceX “drone ship” stationed off the Florida coast. [Relive a SpaceX Rocket Launch and Landing in Pictures]

 

Such landings are part of SpaceX’s plan to develop fully and rapidly reusable rockets and space vehicles, a key priority for the company and its billionaire founder and CEO, Elon Musk. To date, SpaceX has aced 18 Falcon 9 touchdowns and re-launched landed boosters on three different occasions.

SpaceX has also re-flown a Dragon cargo capsule once and aims to do so again on its next resupply run to the International Space Station for NASA, which will launch no earlier than December.

KoreaSat 5A is owned by the South Korean company KTSat. The satellite will provide TV and other communications services to people in South Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia, according to the company’s website. The satellite will also aid maritime communications from East Africa to East Asia.

KoreaSat 5A will replace KoreaSat 5, which launched in 2006.

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Tobago rocked by earthqauke

SCARBOROUGH, Tobago, Oct 20, CMC – An earthquake, measuring 5.2 hit Tobago on Friday, but there were no reports of injuries or damage to the island.

earthquake..The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said that the quake, which occurred at 2.01 am (local time) was also felt 270 kilometers (km) east north east of Arima in Trinidad and 212 km south east of Bridgetown in Barbados.

It said the quake was located Latitude: 11.32N, Longitude: 58.94W and at a depth of 10km.

In 2010, Haiti was rocked by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 killing more than 200,000 people and leaving several thousand others homeless.

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High percentage of property underinsured in the region – ATTIC

 
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Oct 4, CMC – The Association of Trinidad and Tobago insurance Companies (ATTIC) Wednesday said that while “insured” losses within the Caribbean for the 2017 hurricane season are in excess of US$50 billion so far, initial regional feedback suggest a high percent of policyholders’ property and valuable assets in islands devastated by hurricanes were “underinsured”.

Several Caribbean countries, notably Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, were several damaged when Hurricanes Irma and Maria made their way through the Lesser Antilles last month.

Dominica devastation
Hurricane damage in Dominica

In a statement, ATTIC said 2017 hurricane season has so far been the third most active on record with more than eight weeks still to go before the official end of the season on November 30.

“Thus far, this season has produced more tropical cyclones that any other season except for 1933 and 2004, according to the National Hurricane Center.  Four tropical cyclones formed in September, all of which became hurricanes, with three growing into major hurricanes. That doesn’t even include hurricane Irma and Harvey, which formed in August,’ ATTIc said.

It said that projected “insured” losses within the Caribbean for the season thus far are estimated on the lower range to be in excess of US$50 billion.

“Losses of that magnitude are expected to “wipe-out” more than 15 to 20 years of profits of reinsurers and insurers, who do business within affected islands.  There is also an expectation that for some regional insurers the losses will result in a capital event.”

ATTIC said that reinsurers who do business within the Caribbean have been issuing advisories to the regional insurance industry to plan for much higher rates during the upcoming renewal of their reinsurance programmes.

It said one major reinsurance provider within the market indicated within their advisory that in light of the current and more recent events that have devastated the Caribbean that insurance premiums across the region will increase and have advised that this increase could range from 20 per cent to more than 200 per cent.

“It was further noted that increases will not only be seen within islands affected by a windstorm event this season but all islands.  The anticipated increase in each island also being dependent on how under-priced the particular island’s premium rates are at this point in time.”

ATTIC said that within the region, insurance rates on average have declined annually for more than 10 years and are currently at historical lows.

It said this was due to a number of factors such as excess investment capital and reinsurance capacity and relatively low loss experiences.

“This trend is certainly anticipated to change over the coming months given recent events.  The regional market could also expect some reinsurers to withdraw from the regional or significantly reduce their capacity.  This already started last year but with the most recent losses we can expect a bump in the number of withdrawals as well as reduction in capacity for the region,” ATTIC added.

It said that in light of recent experiences it is also advising the public to ensure that they review the adequacy of their sums insured as well as the terms of their insurance policy.

“Based on initial regional feedback a high per cent of policyholders’ property and valuable assets in islands devastated by hurricanes were “underinsured” and therefore will be subjected to “average,” it said, reminding policyholders  that they should have a valuation of their property and assets performed regularly to ensure that their sums insured are adequate.

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Poverty on the rise in Barbados – survey

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sep. 14, CMC  – A new study has found that poverty is on the rise in Barbados with  17.5 percent of the population living in poverty, up from 15.1 percent in 2010.

The findings of the Barbados Survey of Living Conditions 2016-2017, were officially released on Wednesday.

povertyThe survey was carried out among 7,100 Barbadians from 2,500 households in 11 parishes.

However the study found that the number of Barbadians living in extreme poverty has fallen by almost half from 6.8 percent in 2010 – when the last survey was conducted to 3.6 per cent in 2016, while those living in non-extreme poverty more than tripled from 3.8 percent to 13.8 percent.

The survey, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and undertaken in collaboration with the Barbados Statistical Service between February 2016 and January 2017, also showed that Barbadians were generally more vulnerable to poverty, as that category of persons increased from 10.4 per cent to 11 per cent.

IDB Project Leader Diether Beuermann Mendoza  who presented the findings during a Skype presentation said that a significant gender gap also exists.

He said  not only do women head 57 percent of households in Barbados, they also account for a significant percentage of the island’s poor when compared to men.

The study also revealed that the rich households have smaller families and a link was made between poverty and low-quality dwellings, such as those without flush toilets, running water and electricity.

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The medical team prepares to board the Cayman Airways flight to Anguilla, which was chartered for the humanitarian mission. Two nurses from Health City Cayman Islands joined the group of medical professionals from the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority on the relief effort.

Health City Cayman Islands joins hurricane Irma relief effort

 

by Sarah Munn

The medical team prepares to board the Cayman Airways flight to Anguilla, which was chartered for the humanitarian mission. Two nurses from Health City Cayman Islands joined the group of medical professionals from the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority on the relief effort.

CAYMAN ISLANDS (September 13, 2017) – Health City Cayman Islands is part of a relief effort being coordinated by the Cayman Islands Government to send supplies, medicines and medical staff to Anguilla, a fellow British Overseas Territory.

Dr. Chandy Abraham, CEO and Medical Director of the Caribbean tertiary care hospital, said that Health City and the Cayman Islands community are shocked and saddened at the level of devastation in the northeastern Caribbean.

“We want to send our support to our Caribbean family who have been impacted by Hurricane Irma,” said Dr. Abraham, who added that the Caymanian community is being mobilized to provide aid and relief to help the affected islands in their recovery efforts.

Health City Cayman Islands staff load boxes of much-needed medicines for transport to Anguilla as part of a relief mission led by the Cayman Islands Government.

Dr. Abraham explained that medical relief efforts will center first on the critically ill and injured in Anguilla, where one person is known to have died as a result of Hurricane Irma. Housing and infrastructure have also been severely damaged there.

Health City has sent three staff members and more than US$30,000 in medicines to the hurricane-ravaged island. The Health City personnel have joined with staff from the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority, Hazard Management Cayman Islands and the Department of Environmental Health to form the relief mission.

A Cayman Airways flight loaded with relief supplies, medical and disaster management staff, medicines, water and non-perishable foods departed Grand Cayman for Anguilla on Tuesday, September 12 at 11 a.m.

Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin announced the government-led relief mission on Monday, September 11, the 13th anniversary of the landfall of Category 5 Hurricane Ivan in the Cayman Islands in 2004. The island of Grand Cayman was severely damaged by that storm.

Premier McLaughlin said: “Most of us know too well the devastation and despair that arises in the wake of a hurricane, especially those of us who lived through our own catastrophic storms of Ivan in 2004 and Paloma in 2008. We know well it was our neighbors from the region and our families and friends who ensured that we got much-needed supplies. It is time for us to pay it forward.”

The relief team from the Cayman Islands is scheduled to remain in Anguilla for two weeks.

The Cayman Islands Government has also provided post-Irma assistance to fellow British Overseas Territories, the British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands in the form of police equipment and staff. 

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Trinidad and Tobago to send helicopter and crew to Antigua and Barbuda

Trinidad and Tobago to send helicopter and crew to Antigua and Barbuda

by STAFF WRITER

Trinidad, Sept. 7, CMC  – The Trinidad and Tobago Government has announced plans to send a helicopter and crew to Antigua and Barbuda to assist the twin island state in relief efforts following the passage of Hurricane Irma.

Barbuda devestation

On the island of Barbuda, over 90 percent of the buildings have been destroyed.

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne who toured the island late yesterday, declared Barbuda a disaster zone and implemented a state of emergency.

In a statement on Thursday, the Office of the Prime Minister here said the Keith Rowley led government has been communicating with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda with respect to the devastation suffered.

”The Government has agreed to provide assistance to Antigua and Barbuda by providing a helicopter and crew for the period of a week to directly contribute to the provision of relief and aid for Barbuda,” the statement said.

It added that the government “has carefully considered the current difficult economic circumstances and despite these difficulties, because it recognizes the responsibility of helping our CARICOM (Caribbean Community) neighbour in this time of disaster and need, it has agreed to provide this specific assistance”.

Meanwhile, the powerful storm, on Thursday morning plunged over one million residents of Puerto Rico into darkness when it passed to the north of the island.

Irma is expected to graze the Dominican Republic before targeting the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday.

The Miami based National Hurricane Centre in its advisory on Thursday afternoon said the distinct eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 20.7 North, longitude 70.4 West.

Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days with some decrease in forward speed.

On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move between Hispaniola and the Turks and Caicos Islands by Thursday  afternoon.

The hurricane will then move across the southeastern Bahamas by Thursday evening, and then be near the central Bahamas by Friday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 175 mph (280 km/h) with higher gusts.

Irma is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km).

 

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UK to assist victims of Hurricane Irma in Caribbean

by STAFF WRITER

LONDON, Sept. 7, CMC  – The British Government has announced plans to send a military vessel to assist those affected by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean.

In a statement to Parliament, a junior foreign minister, Alan Duncan said a military vessel will be sent to the region and US$15.7 million in aid has been assigned.

“We are pulling out all the stops to make sure that we can do our utmost to bring urgent assistance,” Duncan said.

RFA Mounts Bay

The British fleet auxiliary boat RFA Mounts Bay is already in the Caribbean and “should reach the affected territories later today,” Duncan added.

He also said that the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign Office were on “full alert” and doing their “utmost” with a “great wealth of expertise to deploy on this”.

He also said that charter flights tasked with delivering additional supplies as appropriate also stand ready.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Boris Johnson reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to respond to the “catastrophic damage” caused by Irma.

“What we will be doing now is making an urgent assessment of the further needs of communities in the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla to see what more can be done in terms of financial and humanitarian assistance,” he said.

Prime Minister Theresa May also held a phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, during which they agreed to coordinate their responses.

“They agreed to cooperate closely, including with the Dutch, to understand the extent of the damage and to coordinate our relief efforts,” a spokesman for the premier’s office said.

Hurricane Irma one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record has severely hit the Caribbeans, claiming at least ten lives and devastating the islands of Barbuda and St Marteen .

 

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Hurricane Irma leaves at least 10 dead and thousands without power in Caribbean

Kyra Gurney and David Ovalle
 

At least eight people were killed and 23 injured in French Caribbean island territories, France’s interior minister reported on Twitter. A 2-year-old child was killed in Barbuda, where some 95 percent of the houses suffered serious damage and roughly 60 percent of residents were left homeless, Prime Minister Gaston Browne told The Associated Press. One death was also reported on the island of Anguilla.

With rescue teams just beginning to inspect the battered Caribbean islands, there could be more victims, France’s interior minister said.

On Saint Barthelemy, the damage along the waterfront in Gustavia was extensive. Miami prosecutor Frank Ledee, whose family owns a string of beachfront villas, said the storm wrecked 18-inch walls and blew out doors and windows.

“The damage is astronomical,” said Ledee, who has been communicating with family via U.S. cellphone text messages.

The devastation was even worse in St. Martin, where Ledee’s relatives live and own businesses. Their homes there were destroyed, as was a liquor-distribution warehouse.

“The roof of the building popped off and walls collapsed into the warehouse,” Ledee said. “We ended up with looters.”

His family survived unscathed, but badly shaken. “We took a very bad beating on the islands,” said Ledee, of Broward County.

Princess Juliana International Airport on the Dutch side of St. Martin was pummeled by the storm. Images posted to the Twitter account of an airport webcam site showed a badly damaged airport roof and debris and sand strewn on the tarmac.

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Trinidad and Tobago to send helicopter and crew to Antigua and Barbuda

by STAFF WRITER

Trinidad, Sept. 7, CMC  – The Trinidad and Tobago Government has announced plans to send a helicopter and crew to Antigua and Barbuda to assist the twin island state in relief efforts following the passage of Hurricane Irma.

Barbuda devestation

On the island of Barbuda, over 90 percent of the buildings have been destroyed.

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne who toured the island late yesterday, declared Barbuda a disaster zone and implemented a state of emergency.

In a statement on Thursday, the Office of the Prime Minister here said the Keith Rowley led government has been communicating with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda with respect to the devastation suffered.

”The Government has agreed to provide assistance to Antigua and Barbuda by providing a helicopter and crew for the period of a week to directly contribute to the provision of relief and aid for Barbuda,” the statement said.

It added that the government “has carefully considered the current difficult economic circumstances and despite these difficulties, because it recognizes the responsibility of helping our CARICOM (Caribbean Community) neighbour in this time of disaster and need, it has agreed to provide this specific assistance”.

Meanwhile, the powerful storm, on Thursday morning plunged over one million residents of Puerto Rico into darkness when it passed to the north of the island.

Irma is expected to graze the Dominican Republic before targeting the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday.

The Miami based National Hurricane Centre in its advisory on Thursday afternoon said the distinct eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 20.7 North, longitude 70.4 West.

Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days with some decrease in forward speed.

On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move between Hispaniola and the Turks and Caicos Islands by Thursday  afternoon.

The hurricane will then move across the southeastern Bahamas by Thursday evening, and then be near the central Bahamas by Friday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 175 mph (280 km/h) with higher gusts.

Irma is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km).

 

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Barbados imposes ban on importation of drones until 2018

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept 4, CMC – Barbados Monday announced a continued ban on the importation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones, until March 31, next year.

dronesIn a brief statement, the authorities said a temporary exemption will be considered on a case by case basis for drones which are imported and exported immediately after usage.

“Over the years, a significant number of RPAS for commercial and recreational use have been allowed entry into the country. This has contributed to the unregulated increased usage of drones and the inability of the regulatory authorities to ascertain the total in operation.

“Concerns have been raised here and internationally about the potential for their misuse and the risks posed to safety, security and privacy by their unregulated use,” the government statement noted.

It said this prohibition on drones, which took effect on April 1, 2016, was implemented to allow the authorities to complete a legal framework, which is now at an advanced stage, to govern the use of these devices and determine the number in operation in Barbados.

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