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            [post_content] => As the country desperately demands help following the passage of tropical storm Erika, Antigua and Barbuda diplomat Sir Ronald Sanders has called on the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Union Commission and International Financial Institutions. It was reported that the natural disasters caused the country suffered loss of life and considerable damage.

In a written document, Sir Ronald address the Dominica Ambassador in the U.S., Hubert Charles, expressing his sympathy and deep concern. He also offered to join diplomatic efforts to mobilize support from the Organization of American States and the International Financial Institutions in Washington.

After Tropical Storm Erika's passage, several people were reported dead and others missing. Damaged structures included collapsed buildings, roads and bridges, and the storm's rain flooded streets.

"I feel deep sympathy and concern for Dominica. The loss of life is tragic and my prayers are with the affected families. The damage to the country has set back its economy and will negatively impact employment and further strain the government in the rebuilding process. The international community must act swiftly to give Dominica relief," Sir Ronald Sanders said.

As a past member and Rapporteur of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) that proposed reforms for the Commonwealth, the diplomat reminded that recommendations had been made for a rapid response to disasters in Commonwealth countries. Earlier this year, Sanders had bemoaned tardy responses to disasters in Vanuatu and Tuvalu in the Pacific caused by Cyclone Pam.
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Dominica Supported By Antigua Diplomat Who Calls On International Help Following Destructive Tropical Storm

August 29, 2015
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As the country desperately demands help following the passage of tropical storm Erika, Antigua and Barbuda diplomat Sir Ronald Sanders has called on the Commonwealth Secretariat, t...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The upcoming Unicomer facility in Freeport, Trinidad that will include a distribution centre, technical service centre, business offices and a retail branch, was welcomed with a ceremony earlier this month. It was said that the new facility will bring 250 new jobs and a US$60 million investment to the local economy.

"In the many signals that this sod turning ceremony for Unicomer’s Freeport Campus sends to our country, our region and our global trading partners, one in particular stands out, that is that economic reforms over the past five years have worked, and Trinidad and Tobago is now one of the best places to invest and do business in this hemisphere," the Senator of trade, industry, investment and communications minister, Vasant Bharath, said at the construction site.

"The environment is such that we are now experiencing the highest levels of foreign direct investment in our history. Right now, over 400 foreign firms are currently operating out of Trinidad and Tobago, including the regional headquarters for globally revered names such as Microsoft, British Petroleum and General Electric. This has helped to make us the largest Caribbean exporter to the United States. And we did not stop there. We continue to expand access to regional and international markets through trade agreements with the European Union and Latin American nations including Cuba, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Panama, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic," he added.

The executives of Unicomer were also shown appreciation by the trade minister“for the confidence you have demonstrated, and for continuing to stand as a partner and ally in the Trinidad and Tobago success story.”

While addressing the attendees of the ceremony, the Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President of the Unicomer Group, Guillermo Siman, said that this is a "very ambitious project" for the firm. He also went on to thank the Trinidadian government for its support over the past 25 years, since the day Courts opened its doors in 1991.

He said unequivocally that he and his team have enjoyed the support of the people of Trinidad and Tobago, including the valuable customers; and will continue to invest in the country.
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Unicomer Group Execs Turn Sod At Ceremony For Construction Of US$60 Million Distribution Centre in Trinidad

August 28, 2015
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The upcoming Unicomer facility in Freeport, Trinidad that will include a distribution centre, technical service centre, business offices and a retail branch, was welcomed with a ce...Continue reading

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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