Met office says Hurricane Irma now a category 5++, winds 186mph, Antigua expected to get hit 1st
BREAKING: Hurricane Irma is now being deemed the strongest hurricane on record in the Atlantic, outside of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. According to the National Hurricane Met office, with winds at 186mph, Hurricane Irma is only five away from being the most powerful hurricane in recorded history.
So what does that mean for the Caribbean? Presently, Hurricane Irma is moving west at 14 miles per hour, and is just about 225miles from Antigua and Barbuda. As a result, the V.C Bird International Airport in Antigua will be officially closed at 4pm today. The islands are currently experiencing heavy rain and winds. Additionally British Airways have cancelled all flights to the Caribbean, though Irma has not hit as yet.
Next in line to be affected is potentially Puerto Rico. As such, the locals there have been advised to prepare for blackouts when the storm hits. The Puerto Rican power compan revealed that Hurricane Irma could possibly leave some areas without electricity for about a week and others as far as four to six months.
Both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are expected to experience 4 to 10 inches (10-25 centimeters) of rain and winds of 40-50 mph with gusts of up to 75 mph. According to Carlos Anselmi, a meteorologist in San Juan, “Puerto Rico has not seen a hurricane of this magnitude in almost 100 years.”
Hurricane Irma continues to be an extremely dangerous hurricane and is moving closer to the Leeward Islands. Consequently, a hurricane warning remains in effect for other islands as well. These include, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Martin, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and St. Barts. Florida has also declared a state of emergency.
The National Weather Service (NWS) says Hurricane Irma is so powerful it is being picked up on scales used for measuring earthquakes.
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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.
The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.
At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.
We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”
View the newly released calendar of events here:
JAMAICA: 12,362 Seniors Registered Under New Social Pension Programme
#Kingston, March 28, 2023 – There are currently 12,362 seniors registered under the Government’s new Social Pension Programme.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda, made the disclosure during the sitting of the Standing Finance Committee of the House on March 2, at Gordon House.
The initiative targets all Jamaican citizens 75 years and older who are not currently in receipt of a pension (overseas or local) or any other retirement, old-age or disability benefit or regular income, and are not living in a government institutionalised care facility.
“We are evaluating the manner in which we qualify persons to go on the programme. This is a discussion we will have to have, as some people fall through the cracks simply because they might have a refrigerator, or they might be lucky enough to have a television at home,” Mr. Samuda said.
“The direction in which we are heading, to have those things, does not move you from poverty to prosperity. So, the Government has an obligation to do everything possible to improve their quality of life, and so we will be looking at that,” the Minister added.
Mr. Samuda said between March 2022 and January 2023, the programme disbursed $446 million.
To register for the social pension programme, persons may visit any of the Ministry’s parish offices islandwide.
They will be required to complete a social pension application form, accompanied by their Tax Registration Number (TRN), National Insurance Scheme (NIS) card, and proof of age in the form of a birth certificate or a valid passport.
They should also take along a valid identification (ID), such as a driver’s licence, passport or voter’s ID, proof of bank account and any other document that may be required to process the application, for example, proof of citizenship.
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