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US Coast Guard nabs 14 smugglers, $22million in cocaine in Caribbean Sea

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By Shanieka Smith

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August 21, 2022 – After three different at-sea interdictions in the Caribbean Sea, the United States Coast Guard says it has offloaded 2,425 pounds of seized cocaine.

The US Coast Guard has also revealed that 14 persons from the Dominican Republic, who were detained during the operations are now facing US federal prosecution in Puerto Rico.

The drugs seized have an estimated wholesale value of US$22 million.

After revealing this, the US Coast Guard added that these seizures are due to multi-agency efforts involving the Caribbean Border Interagency Group and the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force.

Captain José E. Díaz, commander of Coast Guard Sector San Juan said, “these successful interdictions reflect the unwavering resolve and strong partnerships between the coast guard and our Caribbean Border Interagency Group partners in stopping illicit drug trafficking on the high seas.”

“I’m proud of the professionalism and performance of the cutter Joseph Tezanos in apprehending 14 smugglers and preventing these drugs from reaching the shores and streets of Puerto Rico,” Díaz added.

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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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