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first_img…as Diaspora in Florida brace for impact…remittances projected to fall significantlyGuyanese have not been spared the ravages of the devastating 2017 hurricane season currently storming the Caribbean and State of Florida in the United StatesDead: Dereck Ragnauthof America where there is a significant Diaspora presence.At least one Guyanese has been confirmed among the approximately 28 dead asHurricane Irma Ravages British Virgin Islands (Pride News Magazine)a result of Hurricane Irma – the most powerful storm to make landfall in the Caribbean.Dead is Derek Ragnauth, a Guyanese native who resided on the eastern end of Tortola – the largest in the chain of British Virgin Islands (BVI).Ragnauth reportedly perished when the building he was in collapsed, as theUK police deployed to British Virgin Islands to help in Hurricane Irma responsemonster storm tore through the BVI on Wednesday last.Ragnauth was an in-law of former Amerindian Affairs Minister, now Opposition Member of Parliament, Pauline Sukhai. Another of the Caribbean territories that have been severely impacted, and the Diaspora there as well, is the isle of St Martin where hundreds of Guyanese have been displaced as a result of the widespread destruction of homes and infrastructure.In excess of 3500 Guyanese reportedly reside on the island.Social media posts emanating from that overseas territory indicate that there has also been widespread violence and looting in the wake of the destruction left behind by Hurricane Irma.Analysts have since opined that the impact will soon be felt at home since Guyanese are heavily dependent on remittances received from Caribbean jurisdictions such as the BVI, St Martin and the Turks and Caicos Islands, three ofAerial footage illustrates the extent of the damages in BVI (KCRA.com)the hardest-hit territories where a significant Guyanese population resides. Meanwhile, the Caricom grouping of which Guyana is a founding member has already indicated its readiness to provide assistance to nationals affected in the hurricane-hit regions.Caricom Chairman, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell of Grenada, in a public statement from the body, has stated, “The Community stands ready to render whatever assistance it can to assist in the recovery efforts which are being coordinated by CDEMA [the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency].”According to the Caricom Chair, “This massive storm has already claimed lives inDamage from Hurricane Irma is seen September 7 in Orient Bay, on the Caribbean island (CNN)many of the countries and has inflicted severe damage to infrastructure in the affected islands.”“I extend condolences to the family of the deceased and to the Governments and peoples of the countries. It is almost impossible to assess the human cost of disasters such as these.”Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vice President Carl Greenidge has beenHurricane Irma leaves trail of devastation across Caribbean (The Telegraph)quoted in local media reports indicating that Government was exploring the possibility of evacuating citizens from hard-hit areas such as St Martin.“Caricom is looking at such coordination. This is one of the things discussed yesterday (Saturday), but what I am saying is that whilst in principle, the need was recognized, the specifics by way of needs could not be determined yesterday and as soon as we have those details, we will ask whoever can help or if we can help,” one report quoted Greenidge as saying.Guyana’s Honorary Consul in French Guiana, Travis Tracey-Lecant has advised that all Guyanese who need information, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, on relatives who reside on the French territory of Saint Maarten should contact her as follows: [email protected] with their full names, dates of birth, gender and address.The powerful hurricane made landfall on Sunday in the State of Florida where surges immediately flooded large swathes of residential and business enclaves.After wreaking devastation through the Caribbean and forcing one of the largest evacuations in American history, Hurricane Irma ripped away from the Florida Keys on Sunday afternoon and made a second landfall in the United States around 15:35h at Marco Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Centre.The Marco Island Police reported wind gusts of up to 130 miles per hour. In southwest Florida, residents have been bracing for Irma after days of frantic preparation.last_img read more

first_imgThe launch of the 2012 North West Charity 10k will take place on Monday, March 12th in the Mount Errigal Hotel at 7 p.m. sharp.On the night 10k Chairperson Grace Boyle will announce the three charities that will be offered support by the organizing committee in their fundraising initiatives in the lead up to the charity race and walk which takes place this year on Sunday, May 6th in Letterkenny.All other charities taking part in the event must register with the 10k committee and are invited to come along on the launch night to confirm their participation. “We have had a huge level of interest since we first invited expressions of interest from charitable groups and organizations in November” the 10k Chairperson Grace Boyle said.With the committee having agreed to provide support to three charities for fundraising campaigns ahead of the event, interviews were held recently to select the successful applicants.The groups concerned will be notified shortly and will be officially unveiled on the launch night. However, all other charities interested in taking party on May 6th must also register with the 10k committee and are invited to come along on March 12th to confirm their participation. Over 2,500 took part in the 2011 charity race and walk. All are welcome to come along to the launch.  NORTH WEST 10K COMMITTEE TO ANNOUNCE THREE CHOSEN CHARITIES was last modified: February 14th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:North West 10klast_img read more