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  • China tightens stranglehold on Latin America and Caribbean... as Biden dithers: Generals warn that Beijing has built a SPACE STATION in Argentina that could blind US, signed 21 countries up to trade pact and bought key ports on Panama Canal

    05/14/2023 11:35:36 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 35 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 14 2023 | LEWIS PENNOCK
    As headlines about the frosty relationship between China and the United States are dominated by spy balloons, Taiwan and botched attempts at diplomacy, commanders in the Pentagon are increasingly worried by a more insidious threat: Beijing's growing stronghold on Latin America. From tens of billions of dollars in funding for key infrastructure projects across the region to its own secretive, military-run space station in Argentina that could target American satellites, China's presence has grown. Some 21 countries in Latin America are signed up to Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative - a defining policy introduced by President Xi Jinping in 2013...
  • World's third-richest man is accused of pulling 'the largest con in corporate history': Gautam Adani, who is worth $125 billion, is called out after two-year probe by infamous short seller Hindenburg Research

    01/28/2023 2:50:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/28/2023 | Ronny Reyes
    The world's third-richest man has been accused of pulling of the 'largest con in corporate history' through the Indian-based Adani Group corporation. US investor Hindenburg Research, which has begun short selling the conglomerate through bonds, conducted a two-year probe into head Gautam Adani, who is worth $125billion. The firm alleges that Adani and his family controlled a web of offshore shell accounts that it used to carry out corruption, money laundering and taxpayer theft, all while siphoning money from the companies they owned. Adani has pulled off this gargantuan feat with the help of enablers in government and a cottage...
  • VIDEO: Very Very Close Encounter With a Rainbow

    11/13/2022 5:58:03 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 23 replies
    Rumble ^ | November 12, 2022 | DUmmie FUnnies
    VIDEOLast September while cruising in the southern Caribbean aboard the Celebrity Equinox, I had a close encounter with a rainbow. So close that I estimate I was less than 50 yards from it for awhile. BTW, just about 10 seconds before I got this shot of the rainbow a big lightning strike hit at about the same distance away. Since the good luck from the rainbow was apparently not retroactive, I didn't have my cell phone camera turned on although I was already in the process of doing so.
  • Giant bacteria FIVE THOUSAND times bigger than normal are discovered in a Caribbean mangrove swamp – and they are even visible to the naked eye

    06/25/2022 5:46:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Scientists have discovered the world's largest known bacteria, reaching up to one centimetre (0.4-inches) in length. The species, called Thiomargarita magnifica, was discovered on sunken leaves in the waters of a mangrove swamp in Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It appears as thin white filaments like vermicelli pasta, and contains microscopic sulphur granules that scatter light, giving it a pearly gleam. T. magnifica is a sulphur-oxidising prokaryote, meaning it derives energy from the oxidation of sulphur compounds. Large sulphur bacteria have been shown to be hot spots for symbionts – an organism living in symbiosis with another. Another species...
  • Advertisement Giant bacteria FIVE THOUSAND times bigger than normal are discovered in a Caribbean mangrove swamp – and they are even visible to the naked eye

    06/23/2022 3:24:01 PM PDT · by algore · 48 replies
    Scientists have discovered the world's largest known bacteria, reaching up to one centimetre (0.4-inches) in length. The species, called Thiomargarita magnifica, was discovered on sunken leaves in the waters of a mangrove swamp in Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It appears as thin white filaments like vermicelli pasta, and contains microscopic sulphur granules that scatter light, giving it a pearly gleam. The 'giant' organism is thousands of times larger than most bacteria and can therefore be seen by the naked eye. Thiomargarita magnifica 'challenges the prevailing view of bacterial cell size' and the assumption that microbes are only visible...
  • Blue Holes Show Hurricane Activity in the Bahamas Is at a Centuries-Long Low

    06/14/2022 5:52:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    smithsonianmag ^ | June 13, 2022 | J. Besl, Hakai
    The evidence that hurricane activity is at a historical low is hiding on the Caribbean seafloor, tucked away in odd geological features called blue holes. Blue holes are similar to sinkholes but on a much grander scale. They can be 300 meters deep, like the Dragon Hole in the South China Sea, or 300 meters wide, like the aptly named Great Blue Hole in Belize. The Bahamas is home to the world’s greatest concentration of blue holes, making it an appealing destination for paleotempestologists—scientists who study historical tropical cyclone activity. The seafloor at the base of a blue hole acts...
  • Bermuda, Cayman Islands Ban on Gay Marriage Upheld by London Court

    03/14/2022 8:46:07 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 13 replies
    The U.K.'s Privy Council, which serves as the final appeals court for several Caribbean islands, ruled that both islands' bans on gay marriage were constitutional, according to the Associated Press. The decision deals a heavy blow to the islands' LGBTQ communities, which had hoped for a more favorable opinion from the court.
  • Senior Ontario Liberal was on sunny holiday as he told candidates to cancel vacations. ( Canada )

    02/09/2022 5:36:11 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    National Post ^ | Feb 07, 2022 | Bryan Passifiume
    Milton Chan says that as a volunteer, he is exempt from party's travel restrictions. Staffers of the financially strapped party cry 'Nonsense!'.. The order came down before Christmas from Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca that anyone hoping to run as a candidate in the upcoming provincial election would be prohibited from travelling out of country for sunny winter getaways. No exceptions. But some had already made plans to travel, and they were in a bind. One candidate said she called the Ontario Liberals’ chief returning officer, Milton Chan, in December, to explain that she had already purchased expensive non-refundable...
  • Haiti earthquake today: At least 1 dead and 3 hurt from 5.6 quake days after anniversary of disaster that killed 250,000

    01/24/2022 2:12:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Sun ^ | Jan 24 2022 | Mollie Mansfield
    The disaster had a reported depth of 10 kilometers, and a 5.6 magnitude. The departmental delegate reported that one person had died and at least three people were hurt. In August of 2021, Haiti experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 2,000 people. At least 5,700 people were injured in the Caribbean nation, with thousands more displaced from their destroyed or damaged homes. The earthquake struck the southwestern part of the hemisphere’s poorest nation, almost razing some towns and triggering landslides that hampered rescue efforts in a country already struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, a presidential assassination, and...
  • Royal Caribbean cancels voyages on 4 ships amid COVID-19 surge

    01/07/2022 4:50:32 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 12 replies
    The hill ^ | 01/07/2022 | NATALIE PRIEB
    Royal Caribbean International canceled cruises on four of its ships Friday amid a global surge in COVID-19 cases. "In abundance of caution, Royal Caribbean International is pausing operations" for a few ships, the cruise company announced in a statement obtained by The Hill.
  • Barbados to become a republic, replacing British queen

    11/27/2021 8:17:58 PM PST · by blueplum · 16 replies
    AFP via msn ^ | 27 November 2021 | str-bgs/to/dw
    BBarbados is about to cut ties with the British monarchy, but the legacy of a sometimes brutal colonial past and the pandemic's impact on tourism pose major challenges for the Caribbean island as it becomes the world's newest republic. Famed for its beaches and love of cricket, Barbados will this week replace its head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, with her current representative, Governor General Sandra Mason. Ceremonies on Monday evening into Tuesday will include military parades and celebrations as Mason is inaugurated as president,... In October, Barbados elected Mason to become its first president, one year after Prime Minister...
  • This 'Tree of Death' Is So Toxic, You Can't Even Stand Under It When It Rains

    11/10/2021 9:36:42 AM PST · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | November 10, 2021 | SIGNE DEAN
    In 1999, radiologist Nicola Strickland went on a holiday to the Caribbean island of Tobago, a tropical paradise complete with idyllic, deserted beaches. On her first morning there, she went foraging for shells and corals in the white sand, but the holiday quickly took a turn for the worse. Scattered amongst the coconuts and mangoes on the beach, Strickland and her friend found some sweet-smelling green fruit that looked much like small crabapples. Both foolishly decided to take a bite. Within moments the pleasantly sweet flavor was overwhelmed by a peppery, burning feeling and an excruciating tightness in the throat...
  • These Caribbean Islands Are On The CDC’s ‘Do Not Travel’ List—Here’s How Cruise Lines Navigate Covid’s Murky Waters Caribbean islands CDC ″Do Not Travel″

    09/17/2021 8:31:10 AM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sep 17, 2021 | Suzanne Rowan Kelleher
    It’s getting harder to find a Caribbean cruise itinerary that doesn’t include a stop on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Do Not Travel” list. Over the past few weeks, the list of popular Caribbean cruise ports given the CDC’s dreaded Level 4 designation has ballooned. Countries with a Level 4 travel health notice are deemed to have a “very high risk” of Covid-19 with a “Do Not Travel” recommendation for Americans. The Caribbean islands at Level 4 now include: Aruba, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St. Barts, St. Kitts and Nevis,...
  • Royal Caribbean News: Newbuild Odyssey Of The Seas Preparing For July 31 Launch, On Test Cruise

    07/20/2021 5:29:31 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 10 replies
    cruisecritic ^ | July 20, 2021 | Fran Golden
    Royal Caribbean’s much-anticipated newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas, has embarked from Fort Lauderdale on a two-night test cruise, in preparation for its first cruise on July 31. The 4,198-passenger ship, a Quantum Ultra class with new features and restaurants that have yet to be enjoyed by U.S. passengers, left Port Everglades on Monday, July 19. When it starts its revenue cruises, Odyssey will sail on six- and eight-night Caribbean itineraries. The test cruise is required by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because Royal Caribbean is allowing families onboard, and therefore not committing to require that 95...
  • Caribbean Currents: Before reggae was mento, then calypso, ska and rocksteady

    04/21/2021 11:51:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Philly Tribune ^ | Mar 19, 2021
    <p>Reggae music became popular in the late 1960s, when young people were excited about it and gravitated to the new sound. The artists were mainly grass-roots people who used their voices to articulate a message and communicate to the masses. Old-time reggae lyrics described life events in the Caribbean culture to which most people could relate.</p>
  • Massive power outage following another explosive event at La Soufriere volcano, ash rising up to 16 km (52 000 feet) a.s.l., St. Vincent

    04/12/2021 4:41:02 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 23 replies ^ | 4/11/21 | Teo Blaskovic
    The majority of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is without power and covered in ash on April 11, 2021, following another explosive event at La Soufriere volcano. Volcanic ash is rising up to 16 km (52 000 feet) above sea level and extending up to 3 000 km (1 850 miles), especially to the ENE but becomes rather diffuse, the Washington VAAC reported at 00:59 UTC on April 11. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) is urging residents with respiratory problems to take necessary precautions to remain safe and healthy and drivers to be careful on the roads which have...
  • Volcano erupts on Caribbean island of St. Vincent, sending ash 20,000 feet into the air

    04/09/2021 11:07:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri April 9, 2021 | Radina Gigova and Paul Murphy,
    La Soufrière volcano is located on the largest island of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines chain, the country's National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) said. "Explosive eruption at La Soufrière," NEMO tweeted. "Ash plumes up to 20,000 feet headed East," it added. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on Thursday declared a disaster alert prompted by a change in the eruptive activity at the La Soufrière volcano, NEMO said. The island was placed on red alert, meaning an eruption was "imminent now," NEMO said. "Please leave the red zone immediately. La Soufrière has erupted. Ash fall recorded...
  • Dominican Republic announces plans for Haiti border fence

    02/28/2021 3:22:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | February 28, 2021
    The president of the Dominican Republic has announced plans to build a fence along its border with Haiti, which extends for about 380km (236 miles). Luis Abinader said the barrier would help curb illegal immigration, drugs and the flow of stolen vehicles between the two countries, which share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Mr Abinader said work on the barrier would start later this year. Haiti is one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere. Relations between the two neighbours have been historically difficult. Mr Abinader said the barrier in some "conflictive" sections would include a double-fence along with...
  • Dormant Volcano in The Caribbean Just Came Back to Life, Causing Evacuation Warnings

    01/04/2021 9:22:20 AM PST · by Red Badger · 44 replies ^ | NAINA BHARDWAJ, 3 JANUARY 2021
    Residents of St. Vincent and the Grenadines have been told to remain alert after a Caribbean volcano came back to life. La Soufrière is the highest point in St. Vincent and is located near the northern tip of the country but remained dormant for decades before beginning to spew ash on Tuesday this week, AP reported. Steam, gas, and a volcanic dome formed by lava that reached the earth's surface could also be seen above the volcano, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). The country's government, which consists of a chain of islands home to more than...
  • China exploiting mobile networks to spy on American cellphones: report

    12/16/2020 5:12:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/16/2020 | Michael Ruiz
    China may be abusing telecoms' vulnerabilities to spy on Americans’ cellphones through Caribbean phone networks, according to a new report. “No one in the industry wants the public to know the severity of ongoing surveillance attacks,” Gary Miller, a former tech security executive, told the Guardian in a new report published Tuesday. “I want the public to know about it.” Miller based his findings on years spent examining threat reports and signaling traffic between foreign and domestic mobile operators. He told the paper that China may have used Caribbean networks to do the job – Barbados, in particular. At issue...