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Experience Puerto Rico: Battered by Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory is making a comeback


Gallery: Experience Puerto Rico: Battered by Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory is making a comeback

Island Experiences

When planning your trip to the Island of Enchantment, here are five things you don’t want to miss.

› Old San Juan. It’s a small island off the coast connected by a bridge to the mainland. San Cristobal Fort, built by the Spanish in 1521, is a fortress that wraps around Old San Juan, an island now filled with shops, rum bars and historic sites.

› Salsa dancing and music. You can find both at La Placita de Santurce in San Juan.

› The Bacardi distillery. Tour the distillery, sample the spirits and learn the history of how it became one of the legendary rums of Puerto Rico.

› The beach. Puerto Rico is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea to its…

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Clemson researchers: Trees grow more efficient leaves to compensate for hurricane damage


BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom — Some tree species heal from the ravages of hurricane damage by growing replacement leaves optimized for greater efficiency, according to a Clemson University field study presented at the British Ecological Society’s annual conference.

This vista overlooks Guánica town from Guánica Dry Forest, where Clemson University ecologists have been studying how hurricanes affect tropical dry forests in the Caribbean.
Image Credit: Clemson University

This new, optimized growth is an apparent attempt to fight back when hurricane winds rip away limbs and leaves.

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico last year, ecologists at Clemson’s Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in Georgetown, South Carolina, took the opportunity to study how…

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Caribbean news: Coral reefs, hurricane troops + more


PICTURED: Coral reef

CONCERNS OVER SCOTIABANK SALE

The Bank of Nova Scotia has announced the sale of its operations in nine Caribbean countries to Trinidad & Tobago’s Republic Financial Holdings Limited. The US$123m acquisition of the Canadian bank’s Caribbean interests follows large pro t gains in its Latin American portfolio.

Some Caribbean countries have expressed concerns over the deal, which will be subject to regulatory approval.

BRITISH HURRICANE TROOPS AWARDED

British military personnel have been recognised for their efforts in the Caribbean following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Troops were decorated with the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the latest round of operational…

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2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season recap



It formed May 25 in the Caribbean and struck the Florida panhandle as a Tropical Storm on the 28th. Three days later, Alberto dissipated in the Great …
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EU releasing EC$24 million to Dominica for post hurricane reconstruction


ROSEAU, Dominica — The European Union is releasing to Dominica EC$24 million (€7.7 million), the first tranche of a total of EC$34 million (€11 million), as part of its contribution to the reconstruction of the country following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria last year.

With this grant the EU will support the construction of two emergency shelters in the Castle Bruce and Jimmit areas and the rehabilitation of 1,000 houses in various affected communities. The reconstruction will be carried out exclusively according to the Building Back Better approach and to the highest resilience standards.

In addition, the grant will also support the government in its revision of sector policies to include climate change adaptation practices and to reduce disaster risks…

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NAACP unites in demand to make Panama City polling sites acessible to hurricane victims


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Florida officials have rejected a formal request from voting rights advocates to make polling locations more accessible to African-American residents of Panama City, Florida, who were hard hit by Hurricane Michael.

Late last week, a coalition of voting rights advocates, led by the NAACP and its Florida State Conference and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, Bay County Supervisor of Elections, Mark Andersen, and other Florida officials urging that the Glenwood Community Center early voting site in Panama City remain open for voting on Election Day so that African-American residents of Panama City would not have to travel outside the city to vote.

The group also…

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