British Virgin Islands

TS Erika Swirls Toward Puerto Rico, Dumps Heavy Rain

August 27, 2015     SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Fast-moving Tropical Storm Erika neared Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands on Thursday, dumping rain on the eastern Caribbean on a path expected to take it toward South Florida early next week. Officials shuttered schools, government offices and businesses across the region and […]

Another Tropical Depression Likely To Form Late Monday

August 24, 2015     BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Tropical storm Danny has become a tropical depression as it moves through the Eastern Caribbean, but residents were keeping their eye on a weather system that was 1,250 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that the shower and thunderstorm […]

Weakening Tropical Depression Danny Crosses into C’bean

August 24, 2015       ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Wind and rain lashed Dominica and nearby islands Monday along the eastern edge of the Caribbean as Danny weakened to a tropical depression and headed east. There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage from the storm in the Leeward Islands as the […]

Ministry Cites Sargassum Seaweed Environmental Advantages

August 4, 2015     ROAD TOWN, Tortola – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour is confirming that the Sargassum Seaweed that has washed along the Territory’s beaches and shorelines has many benefits and advantages to fisheries in the Virgin Islands. Acting Deputy Chief Conservation and Fisheries Officer, Mervin Hastings said that the Sargassum […]

‘Green, affordable’ and Suited Exactly for the V.I.

By Stephen Cheslik   July 30, 2015     What started as an idea at a college in the Netherlands has finally become a reality an ocean away in the British Virgin Islands. Elemental Water Makers, founded by Sid Vollebregt and Reinoud Feenstra, has just completed the world’s first commercial installation of a new type […]

DEM Calls For Better Disaster Preparedness

  In the wake of the series of earthquakes that shook the island today, a senior disaster management official has called for a higher level of awareness and better preparedness. During a hastily called press conference just after noon, Acting Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) Kerry Hinds, told members of the media […]

BVI Supports Regional Efforts On Climate Change

  BVI, 18 May 2015 – Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, joined Caribbean leaders in Martinique last week for a regional consultation with the President of France, Francois Hollande. The leaders met on May 9 to agree on a regional position on climate change ahead of the 21st […]

10 People Who are Making the Caribbean a Greener Place

  Who is a green person in the Caribbean? It’s someone who is doing his or her part to help the environment — from conservation to renewable energy. And for Earth Day 2015, we decided to put together a list of the Caribbean’s 10 “greenest people,” those who are helping to make a big difference […]

Caribbean Youth Ready to Lead on Climate Issues

MEMBERS OF THE CARIBBEAN YOUTH ENVIRONMENT NETWORK (CEYN) CLEAN DEBRIS FROM A RIVER IN TRINIDAD. CREDIT: DESMOND BROWN/IPS   At 24 years old, Stefan Knights has never been on the side of those who are sceptical about the reality and severity of climate change. A Guyana native who moved to Trinidad in September 2013 to […]

WAPA Signs Solar Purchase Agreement

BY SUSAN ELLIS After the V.I. Water and Power Authority’s board meeting Thursday, Executive Director Hugo Hodge Jr. signed a 25-year agreement with representatives from St. Croix Solar LLC to purchase 6 megawatts of solar energy from two facilities to be located on St. Croix. Hodge said the completed projects would increase St. Croix’s electric […]