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            [post_content] => Early yesterday, Tropical Storm Karl passed over the southeast section of Bermuda. No major damage was reported. Otherwise, the storm brought strong winds and heavy rains that caused flooding in some low-lying areas. There was also a power outage for just over 800 Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO) customers. According to the National Security Minister, Jeff Baron, there were no casualties.

“Thankfully, there have been no reports of injury or property damage. I also express my thanks to the public for their cooperation and support overnight by staying off the roads and allowing emergency services full access as needed,” Mr. Baron said yesterday morning.

As Tropical Storm Karl moved away from the island and turned towards the open water, the Bermuda Weather Service discontinued all watches and warnings.

Since 5 a.m. this morning, Karl was recorded to be travelling towards the northeastward side over the North Atlantic. It was slightly stronger while it was about 635 miles south of Cape Race Newfoundland. A report from the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami shared that its maximum sustained winds had increased to 70 mph. They also said that some additional strengthening was expected over 24 hours.

“Karl is expected to be at hurricane intensity when it becomes a post-tropical cyclone later today. The post-tropical cyclone will be absorbed by a large extratropical low tonight or early Monday,” the report shared.

Tropical Strom Karl no serves as a threat to land.
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Bermuda Experiences Minor Damages Following Tropical Storm Karl

September 25, 2016
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Early yesterday, Tropical Storm Karl passed over the southeast section of Bermuda. No major damage was reported. Otherwise, the storm brought strong winds and heavy rains that caus...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Sometime last month, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne issued a warning stating that he will be firing any government legislator who chooses not to support a contentious piece of legislation while before Parliament. Taking up on his promise, Senator Wigley George who supposedly failed to follow through with his orders, was axed. The trade unionist received his letter of dismissal while he sat on the Senate on Tuesday.

When the Statutory Corporations General Provisions Bill was first debated on August 15, George was one of the appointed Senators among the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) who expressed disagreement. He pointed out his disapproval with Clause 7 which states that the Cabinet may, if it considers in the best interest of public administration, transfer an employee on secondment from one statutory corporation to another, or to the public service. Due to his concern with Clause 7, the Bill was sent back to the Lower House for review. At this time, Browne urged Senators to comply. George, who paid no attention to Browne's demand, again signaled a sign of rejection when a motion to pass or reject the clause went before the House. His explanation was that he had no issue with government employees being relocated, but doing this without ones consent was something he could not support.

“The problem we have…is the fact that you can take someone from a corporation to a non-established position. The Lower House made a partial move by adding consultation [but] it is consultation without consent,” George shared in a report made by the Daily Observer newspaper.

The revocation of appointment letter George received, dated September 13 and signed by the Prime Minister, stated: "As you may recall, the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda held consultations with the Government-appointed Senators regarding the division which took place in the Senate on the Statutory Corporations Bill. Your defiance in the face of the understanding reached leaves me no choice but to withdraw your appointment immediately."

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The decision to axe George, who is the President of the Antigua Trades and Labour Union (AT&LU) which is aligned to the ruling ALP, was shunned by this body along with the Antigua Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU). The support of the union towards the trade unionist was pledged by the ABWU deputy general secretary Chester Hughes.

“The Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union stands side by side with Wigley George on this issue, without reservation. We find it a victimizing act – an act we will not tolerate,” Hughes warned, adding, “It could well begin a spate of actions which the prime minister would regret in this country.”

The general secretary for the AT&LU, Hugh Joseph, said an executive meeting of the union is scheduled to occur where they will discuss decisions to be made on the next step.

“But I can tell you that the membership is already calling saying that we need to call out the workers,” he said.
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Antigua Government Senator Axed By PM Gaston Browne For Not Supporting His Legislation

September 15, 2016
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Sometime last month, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne issued a warning stating that he will be firing any government legislator who chooses not to support a cont...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The Caribbean is safe from the two tropical storms recently formed in the Atlantic Ocean. The ninth and tenth tropical storm formed this year, Tropical Storm Ian and Tropical Storm Julia, are reported to be in a position where they will not be posing as a threat to the Caribbean.

Late Monday, the stronger of the the two, Tropical Storm Ian, formed in the central region of the Atlantic Ocean; that is northeast of the Lesser Antilles and southeast of Bermuda. A status report of it's state was made this morning and it shared that at the time it was located more than 700 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, carrying maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour with higher gusts. According to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) located in Miami, it is expected to strengthen as it moves north then northeast into the open Atlantic. However, it is not expected to form into a Hurricane. On the condition that Tropical Storm Ian follows the forecast, no land mass should be threatened over the next five days. The NHC said that it is likely to continue spinning harmlessly across the open waters of the Atlantic and become non-tropical by this weekend.

As for Tropical Storm Julia, it is not expected to stay as a storm for long with a weakening strength. It formed late last night and currently it is spinning inland across southeast Georgia. The NHC says that Julia has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, with it expecting to continue to crawl northward. The system should become a remnant low over Georgia by tomorrow.
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Two Latest Tropical Storms Formed Reported To Pose No Threat To The Caribbean

September 14, 2016
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The Caribbean is safe from the two tropical storms recently formed in the Atlantic Ocean. The ninth and tenth tropical storm formed this year, Tropical Storm Ian and Tropical Storm...Continue reading