BASSETERRE, St. Kitts & Nevis: St. Kitts & Nevis’ Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park has been listed as one of the 10 must-see places in the Caribbean. Caribbean cultural editor, Nick Marshall, listed the fortress in his BellaOnline article.
“A UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 1690s. A fortified citadel that marks St. Kitts’ importance as a strategic island during the naval wars between the French and the British,” wrote Marshall. He said it is “beautifully preserved with majestic views over the neighbouring islands”.
The other places listed are Castillo San Felipe del Morro, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Pitons, St. Lucia; Shoal Bay Beach, Anguilla; The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands; Punda, Willemstad, Curacao; English Harbour, Antigua; Maho Beach, St. Maarten; Malecon in Havana, Cuba and El Faro a Colon, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
CANADIAN GG VISITS
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: Canadian Governor General, David Johnston, was in Barbados earlier this week on an official visit his wife and a delegation.
According to reports, the Canadian Governor General participated in celebrations marking the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II during his two-day stay.
Johnston met with Barbados Acting Governor General, Elliott Belgrave and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart on Monday. Johnston also spoke with Stuart about long-standing trade, security and Commonwealth ties between the two countries.
Johnston addressed the growing educational linkages between the two countries while visiting the Bellairs Research Institute, McGill University’s marine biology institute and teaching and research facility.
PARIS, France: The Caribbean has been put on notice to prepare for tsunamis.
This warning comes two years ahead of a planned warning system for the region from Assistant Director General, Wendy Watson-Wright, at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).
Watson-Wright urged the Caribbean’s 40 million people to take cases of a tsunami seriously as it is a case of “when and not if” an earthquake-triggered tsunami or one caused by volcanic activity will strike.
“Lurking beneath the azure waters that wash up on countless coastal and island beaches and vacation spots are the potential for a devastating tsunami,” she said.
According to reports, Watson-Wright said that since 1498 there were at least 94 tsunamis with run-ups in the Caribbean causing 4,652 deaths.
She said that the Indian Ocean Tsunami Early Warning System, coordinated through UNESCO-IOC, saved lives in the region following an 8.6 magnitude earthquake off northern Indonesia. She added that education programs allowed those living in coastal communities to mobilize early and move to higher ground.
The Caribbean’s early warning system is expected to be in place by 2014 and will be located in Puerto Rico. Once implemented, it will enhance the Caribbean’s ability to evaluate data and ensure that timely information is passed onto authorities so they can advise the public.