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Watches in effect for Leeward Islands, winds stronger, storm larger

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 Bahamas, September 4th, 2017 – Nassau – The first set of watches are issued now for the Leeward islands as we all watch apprehensively to see what Irma will do and where the hurricane will actually go.  
The National Hurricane Center reports that there is a Hurricane Watch in effect – which means the areas will feel hurricane conditions in 48 hours – for Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis; Saba, St. Eustatius,Sint Maarten, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy.  
The latest advisory at 5am says Irma is moving toward the west-southwest near 14 mph and that a turn toward the west is expected later today, followed by a west-northwestward turn late Tuesday.  On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move closer to the Leeward Islands through Tuesday and then be near the northern Leeward Islands Tuesday night.  Irma remains a Category 3 storm with 115mph winds, and Hurricane Hunter inspection has found that Irma is a larger storm now.  
Hurricane Irma is already making history, becoming a major hurricane in record time; 30 hours from wave to Category three.
By Deandrea Hamilton

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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