As of 11 pm. Eastern Standard Time on September 2, Hurricane Dorian was a category four storm battering the Bahamas. At least five people were killed on the island of Abaco when it hit the Bahamas as a category five hurricane with wind speeds of 185 mph on September 1 in the afternoon. It’s a historic tragedy that require analysis and its victims will need massive assistance.

A total of 35 tropical cyclones have reached category five in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Equator, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Only in 1932, 1933, 1961, 2005, 2007 and 2017 more than one category five hurricane formed. In four of those six years a member of the Caricom family of countries was hit by a category five hurricane. Only in 2005 have more than two category five hurricanes formed and only in 2007 and 2017 did more than one make landfall at category five strength. 

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The appointment of Paula-Mae Weekes as the first female President of the Republic was a welcome development signalling a note of long-needed progressive change in line with 21st century mores.

Sometime next month, Russia’s Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, is expected to travel to Cuba. His visit is likely to cement the two nations future bilateral relations. It comes after months of high-level exchanges on deeper economic and political cooperation and an intention to defend Cuba’s right to choose its own future.

IN his now celebrated encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis put a spotlight on the destruction we cause to the creation. He calls creation “our common home”. This is a wonderful image. We have one home. It belongs to all of us. It also belongs to the generations who are yet unborn.

I watched the Prime Minister’s presentation at the United Nations, where he attempted to make a strong case for non-involvement and non-intervention in other independent nations’ affairs as an unwavering policy of his Government.

The news out of Indonesia this week is disturbing. In West Papua, the Indonesian-ruled half of the world’s second-biggest island, New Guinea, the native people are definitely restive. 1.8 million of them, 70 per cent of West Papua’s native population, signed a petition demanding the right to self-determination last year, and now much of the island is in revolt.

Dr Kirk Meighoo is right in stating on Page 14 of the Express last Thursday (“What now, CCJ?”) that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has let down (jurisprudence and respect for law and constitutional governance) in the region in not issuing specific directives (orders) to the parties in the dispute surrounding the no-confidence motion in Guyana.