FAMILY SICKENED BY PESTICIDE USE IN U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS—04/04/15
A family of four from Delaware became seriously ill after being exposed to a banned substance, allegedly used by exterminators at a luxury resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Steven Esmond, his wife and two sons were stricken with illnesses that ranged from paralysis, coma, and nerve damage. The family became ill on March 20, 2015, while vacationing at an $800-per-night resort in St. John.
“SAFE” FOOD FOR SCHOOLS IN RURAL HAITI PROVIDED BY NON-PROFIT—04/05/15
A non-profit organization in Haiti is providing “safe” food to children attending schools in rural Haiti. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported that dozens of children in a new canteen near a school in Palmiste Tampe are receiving safely prepared food, in addition to their education in the rural area.
UAE FIRM TO OFFER PASSPORTS FOR ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA—04/06/15
Sweet Homes, a firm based in Ajman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will offer passports for Antigua and Barbuda to potential new home owners. The company believes this will open new paths for visa-free travel to other countries by Emirati citizens. Sweet Homes has created an incentive for its property offerings by including the Caribbean passports with the purchase of some luxury homes.
LDS PLANS NEW TEMPLE IN HAITI—04/07/15
According to Thomas S. Monson, the president of the LDS Church, the church will build three new temples in locations around the world, including one in Haiti. Monson made the announcement at the 185th Annual General Conference. The Haiti temple will be constructed in Port-au-Prince. It will be the first LDS temple built in the country.
PRIME MINISTER OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO OPENS OFFICE IN JAMAICA—04/09/15
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, has opened a new High Commission office in Jamaica. The action is representative of the shared history of the two countries. She called the two nations the most influential and populous of the 15 CARICOM member nations.
HAITI EXPERIENCES HEAVY RAINS, SIX DEAD—04/10/15
Rains in Haiti have resulted in the deaths of six individuals and the relocation of 245 families, according to the Directorate of Civil Protection and Interior Ministry. There were three dead in Cite Soleil and another three in Delmas and Carrefour. Over 390 homes were flooded and 16 of these were destroyed completely.