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            [post_content] => As the tropical storm closes in on the region, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is urging residents of the Leeward Islands to get ready for Tropical Storm Erika’s passing.

The tropical storm is expected to continue passing near or over portions of the Leeward Islands tonight, near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tomorrow, and near or just north of the north coast of the Dominican Republic on Friday, after it positioned itself 245 miles east-southeast of Antigua at 2 p.m.The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said that the northern Leeward Islands may feel tropical storm-force winds by late tonight.

A statement issued by the Barbados-based CDEMA shared, "CDEMA urges countries in the Northern Leeward Islands to continue monitoring and to enhance their readiness status."

While little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours, Tropical Storm Erika's current maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Guadeloupe, but St. Martin and St. Barthelemy have now joined Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, the US and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius on the list of countries under tropical storm warnings.

"Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning area in the Leeward Islands tonight, and reach the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tomorrow. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area tonight and early Thursday. Tropical storm conditions could reach portions of the Dominican Republic on Friday," the NHC said.

Tropical Storm Erika is moving towards the west near 17 miles per hour, and a west to west-northwestward motion is expected over the next 48 hours.

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It is expected to produce total rainfall of 3 to 5 inches, with maximum amounts of 8 inches across portions of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico through Friday morning.

Tropical Storm Erika’s future track and intensity beyond Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands remains uncertain, and may involve a track near the Bahamas this weekend and possibly parts of the Florida peninsula early next week.
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CDEMA Issues Warning To Leeward Islands To Prepare For Tropical Storm Erika

August 26, 2015
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As the tropical storm closes in on the region, the CaribbeanDisaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is urging residents of the Leeward Islands to get ready for Tropical Storm ...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => One of the most modern international airports in the Caribbean has been opened in Antigua and Barbuda. Making way for an increase in passenger traffic, the new terminal at the V.C. Bird International Airport is more than double the capacity of the previous terminal that sat on the same ground. Some of the additions include four jet bridges, a state-of-the-art baggage sorting, and a scanning system.

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority said that the near US$100 million terminal that open for operation on Monday will greatly improve the visitors' experience as they are allowed expedited access to Antigua and Barbuda with faster immigration processing times and user-friendly innovations and features.

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The Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Energy and Investment, Asot Michael, also shared that the terminal was the largest single infrastructural investment in the development of the twin-island nation.

"This facility is one that we can all be proud of and of which I am confident will help ensure the bright and successful future of Antigua and Barbuda," he said. "It will further cement our position as a premier tourist destination of choice in the Caribbean. We are responsible for ensuring a major part of this, by ensuring that our islands are exactly what we promise: welcoming, beautiful, safe and enjoyable; from the point when visitors touch down to their departure we will ensure that their experience is one that is unforgettable and that they take back only warm and lasting memories of their time spent in our beautiful country."

In addition to the new terminal opening, JetBlue Airways will begin direct service to the new international airport from New York’s JFK International Airport on November 5 for the upcoming winter season. In December, Alitalia will begin weekly service from Milan, and Seaborne Airlines will begin direct service from San Juan.

Other features included at the new airport includes 46 check-in counters and 15 self-check-in kiosks; an enhanced shopping and dining experience with 30 retail units including International brands Dufry, Colombian Emeralds, Café Britt, Café Player and Subway; free Wi-Fi and Internet service; pet restroom; a VIP lounge and VVIP lounge; and Airport Executive Lounge. The facility, funded by China EXIM Bank concessional loan and a Chinese government interest-free loan, has also been specially designed with elevators, escalators and ramps.

The previous terminal building which processed over 860,000 passengers per year, will continue be used partially for administrative purposes.
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New Ultramodern Airport Terminal Opens in Antigua & Barbuda

August 26, 2015
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            [post_content] => As speculations continue to prevail, the Dominica police are awaiting foreign forensic assistance to determine the identities of two people whose charred remains were found in the burnt home of reggae artiste Nelly Stharre. It has been popularly reported by local and regional media outlets that the 41-ear-old singer, whose given name is Nelly Raffoul, has died.

It is said that the last time anyone has seen or heard from her or companion, Trevy Felix, is on last Friday. They were expected to host their monthly programme on Sunday at the Vibes Radio but they never showed up. A relative who visited the house on Wednesday only to find its rubble from fire and Raffoul's vehicle parked nearby.

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Police public relations officer Assistant Superintendent Claude Weekes however stressed that there was no confirmation that Raffoul was one of the deceased.

"Many people are speculating that she has died. We are not in a position to confirm that, bearing in mind that we are in the early stages of the investigations," Weekes said.

The request for foreign forensic experts to assist with the investigation into the discovery to the Ministry of Justice, Immigration and National Security was confirmed by police Daniel Carbon, as reported by Dominica Vibes. National Security Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore, added that the government would provide the necessary support.

"That has been communicated already to the Commissioner of Police to ensure that we have a detailed, comprehensive [investigation] and with a view of finding out the true facts behind that matter," he was quoted as saying. "We are not sure as to the circumstances or as to the true identity of the persons. I think it’s a matter that has to unfold as the investigation unfolds."

Raffoul who has been in the music industry for more than two decades, recorded and performed songs in English and French on several albums including Wake Up, Rain Jah and Soul Country.

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Female Reggae Artist Believed To Be One Of Two Found Dead In Burnt House

August 22, 2015
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As speculations continue to prevail, the Dominica police are awaiting foreign forensic assistance to determine the identities of two people whose charred remains were found in the ...Continue reading