Strong Tremor Jolts St. Kitts And Nevis Latest Info

Strong Tremor Jolts St. Kitts And Nevis Latest Info

Strong Tremor Jolts St. Kitts And Nevis
Erasmus Williams

Basseterre, St. Kitts, December 24, 2017 – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 rocked St Kitts and Nevis Sunday morning, but there are no reports of injuries or damage.

The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Unit says the 5.8 tremor was recorded at 11:12 am (local time) at a latitude of 18.23N, longitude of 62.81 W at depth of 68 km.

Strong Tremor Jolts St. Kitts And Nevis Latest Info
Strong Tremor Jolts St. Kitts And Nevis Latest Info

The centre of the quake was located 103 km N of Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis, 163 km NW of Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda and 261 km NW of Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe.

The earthquake measured 5.2 off the coast of St. Maarten/St. Martin and St. Barths.

According to 721 News the epicentre was located at 18.1N62.8 W or about 14 miles East of Philipsburg, St. Maarten; 17 miles East of Marigot, St. Martin or about 12 miles north of Gustavia, St. Barths.

According to the UWI Seisemoic Unit in Trinidad magnitude
is related to the energy generated when a fault ruptures and produces an earthquake. There are different ways to determine magnitude. In one method, three characteristics of the fault zone are used in the calculation:

• The area that ruptures during the earthquake.
• The amount of displacement during the earthquake.
• The stifness of the rocks that break.

“When we multiply these numbers, we obtain a number called the seismic moment. The seismic moment is then converted into another number called the moment magnitude (or simply magnitude). In our region, we use the duration of the earthquake recording, and the distance of the recording station from the hypocentre to find magnitude e.g. magnitude 5.8. For any given earthquake, the magnitude is a fixed number that does not vary regardless of which island you are located,” it says on its website.

“Intensity scales describe the severity of an earthquake by grading the effects on people, structures and geological formations. Each degree of intensity is described by a Roman numeral, (I, II, III etc.) and the effects of the earthquake roughly double in severity for each one-division increase in intensity. In the Western hemisphere, including the Eastern Caribbean, the most widely used scale is called the Modified Mercalli or MM scale. In the rest of the world an almost identical scale called the MSK scale is more common.

For any given earthquake, the Intensity may vary depending where you are in relation to the earthquake’s epicentre,” it added.
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Effects Of Earthquake On Saba’s Volcano, Closest To Epicenter

Effects Of Earthquake On Saba’s Volcano, Closest To Epicenter. Most of us know that Little Saba is actually a volcano, this information concerning the effects of the earthquake on the volcano, the volcano closest to the earthquakes epicenter is interesting.

Effects Of Earthquake On Saba's Volcano, Closest To Epicenter
Effects Of Earthquake On Saba’s Volcano, Closest To Epicenter
Effects Of Earthquake On Saba's Volcano, Closest To Epicenter
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Saba Full Information Christmas Eve Earthquake 2017

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V.I. National Guard Soldiers Have Yet To Receive Full Pay

VI National Guard Soldiers Have Yet To Receive Full Pay
ST. CROIX — One soldier estimates he is owed $10,000 by the V.I. National Guard since Hurricanes Irma and Maria, but had only received just over $1,000 as of Tuesday. Another said he would soon “end up in The Consortium,” if the nonpayments continued, halfway joking that he’d wind up doing something stupid out of frustration.

There has been loose talk among soldiers that the Guard is waiting on the government to first get its finances together before full payment is released, but aside from assuring its employees that they would eventually get paid for their tireless first responder work during the storms, over three months later, V.I. National Guard soldiers have yet to receive their full pay for their hurricane-related efforts.

They’ve received checks, but some as low as $100. And now, these soldiers are wondering whether the Christmas season will pass before they receive what is owed to them.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous,” said a guardsman to The Consortium two weeks ago. Though not funny, the issue has become a running joke among soldiers, many of whom are in disbelief that over 100 days since Irma struck St. Thomas on September 6, and they had yet to be fully compensated.

During one of Governor Kenneth Mapp’s hurricane recovery press briefings in Oct, V.I.N.G. Adjutant General Deborah Howell and the governor said 60 percent of V.I.N.G. soldiers had received their pay for services rendered during Hurricanes Irma and Maria, while 40 percent were still waiting to be paid. The information was released following grumbling in the community that General Howell’s statement weeks prior that soldiers were receiving their pay when most of them had not, was misleading.

 

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General Howell had explained a procedure that initiates when V.I.N.G. soldiers are called to duty, which includes steps that see soldiers being placed into the government’s system as new employees, which she said could slow the process of payment. The general also mentioned additional compounding caused by the hurricanes, which affected the government’s ERP payment system.

But the ERP system has been up for sometime, and other government employees have been receiving their pay. Soldiers have contended that after leaving their families behind — many of whom were affected by the storms — to help with first responder efforts, they are now left without monies due to them, and what’s worse, they said, no timeline has been given as to when they would receive their full pay.

The Government of the Virgin Islands, under financial pressure even before Hurricanes Irma and Maria, has found itself in a worse position following the storms, forcing the government to agree to a federal community disaster loan that not only breaks the government’s covenant with its current bondholders, but weakens an already frail position in the bond market.

Compounding the matter is a 2018 budget deficit projected to be around $250 million. How the gap will be bridged remains to be seen. But the government’s inability to pay National Guard soldiers well over three months after the storms, may serve as a precursor of the difficult days ahead for the territory.

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Arrest SABA
On Tuesday, December 12th a man with initials H.T.I., of 32 years old, was detained in St. John’s regarding burglary.

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Op dinsdag 12 december werd een man met initialen H.T.I., van 32 jaar, in St. John’s op Saba aangehouden wegens diefstal.
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CN Express Directly Connects Statia And Saba With Bonaire

CN Express Directly Connects Statia And Saba With Bonaire

CN Express Directly Connects Statia And Saba With Bonaire
SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS – The Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and Dutch Government Service Caribbean Netherlands RCN are to contribute to a temporary air connection between Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, which will be made possible by Windward Islands Airways International Winair.

CN Express Directly Connects Statia And Saba With Bonaire
CN Express Directly Connects Statia And Saba With Bonaire

The air connection starts at the beginning of January 2018 and is called CN Express. This domestic flight will connect the three islands of the Caribbean Netherlands directly with each other.
After Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the important international hub of Princess Juliana International Airport on St. Maarten could not be used for quite some time.

As a result, an urgent need arose on Saba and Statia for an extra access point to be used for work traffic, the tourist sector and medical referrals.

It is expected that by this new air connection, an impulse will be given to the tourist sectors of both islands and will also give a stimulus to the local economies of Saba and Statia.
This direct connection is also of importance to RCN and the Ministries working on the islands, also from the point of view of cost control.

The aim is to fly from Bonaire to Statia and vice versa in a frequency of four times a week. These flights will directly connect to Saba from St. Eustatius. For flight schedules and fares, one may visit Winair’s website at
www.fly-winair.sx .

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UPDATE 1-Venezuela’s PDVSA at risk of losing Bonaire terminal over maintenance delay

UPDATE 1-Venezuela’s PDVSA at risk of losing Bonaire terminal over maintenance delay
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By Marianna Parraga and Gary McWilliams

HOUSTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s PDVSA could lose its license to operate an oil storage terminal it owns on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire if it does not soon fulfill maintenance demands by regulators, a government spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

UPDATE 1-Venezuela's PDVSA at risk of losing Bonaire terminal over maintenance delay
UPDATE 1-Venezuela’s PDVSA at risk of losing Bonaire terminal over maintenance delay

The terminal is a key part of PDVSA’s logistics in the Caribbean and its closing could hurt shipments to customers in Asia at a time when the OPEC-member country is desperate for export revenue.

The cash-strapped oil firm has struggled this year to retain contracts for storage tanks and docks in the Caribbean due to past payment delays and disagreements with U.S. firms Buckeye Partners and NuStar Energy, which operate terminals in the Bahamas and St. Eustatius.

In neighboring Bonaire, where PDVSA owns the BOPEC terminal with a 10-million barrel storage capacity and deep water docks that can load large vessels, the firm recently received a warning from the Dutch government.

“We’ve given them an ultimatum to come up with a solid plan to ensure … more secure and safe” operations by January 5, Danielle Rebel, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment in the Netherlands, said on Tuesday.

BOPEC has a backlog of items needed to achieve international standards, she said. If it does not deliver the plan requested by Bonaire’s Living Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT), it will have to start emptying the terminal in early February, she said, and cease operations.

Its operating license could ultimately be withdrawn, she added.

PDVSA did not respond to a request for comment.

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The dispute between Bonaire and PDVSA started a year ago when a remediation plan for the terminal, including improvements to tanks, pipelines, piers and electrical equipment, was demanded by the government amid an accumulation of environmental liabilities, according to two sources close to PDVSA.

After an inspection in April, the company agreed to a $25-million investment plan with a first $5-million installment that has not been paid. PDVSA requested a portion of the money be delivered by its Isla refinery unit in Curacao, but it has not been received, one of the sources added.

In July, PDVSA’s vice president of Trade and Supply, Ysmel Serrano, also visited BOPEC – acquired by the company in 1989 – with a team that inspected the marine terminal and made a list of the tasks needed to meet quality standards and reliability, the firm said at that time in a press release.

In the following months, the Bonaire government has been shutting BOPEC tanks that are no longer safe to operate. By the end of November, only 5 of 21 tanks were in operation, making it difficult for PDVSA to ship fuel oil from the terminal, according to the sources.

“PDVSA has invested nothing on those facilities for years, so the logistics to blend fuel oil has become a mess. They are selling the fuel oil directly from the pits at Amuay refinery,” one of the sources said.

State-run PDVSA typically ships fuel oil produced at Venezuela and Curacao to Bonaire, where it can be mixed at the right temperature and loaded into very large oil tankers. Its main customer is PetroChina Co.

The closure of tanks in Bonaire and the very low operation of PDVSA’s Amuay and Cardon refineries in Venezuela have contributed to problems to ship fuel oil, one of the South American country’s main products for exports. (Reporting by Marianna Parraga and Gary McWilliams in Houston, with additional reporting by John van Kerkhof in St. Maarten; editing by Tom Brown and Diane Craft)

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Mediante su Alto Commisario mr. Adolfo “Dolfi” Richardson tin e tristo deber di informa cu sr. Roland Peterson, e prome Alto Commisario di Cuerpo Policial Aruba a fayece.

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E tabata un polis y hefe ehemplar como tambe un intelectual y artista, bon conoci y respeta den comunidad. Nos kier manda palabranan di forza y condolencia pa su señora, yiunan y demas famia. Tambe su amigonan, ex coleganan y tambe coleganan di Cuerpo Policial Aruba .

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Cruise Ship Tourism Up In Curacao In The Year 2017

Cruise Ship Tourism Up In Curacao In The Year 2017

Willemstad, 7 December 2017. In the period from January to October 2017, 455,403 cruise tourists visited Curaçao, the Antillean Dagblad reports this week.

According to the newspaper, there is a growth of 31% compared to the same period last year when 348,278 tourists visited the island in the first ten months of 2016 via a cruise ship.

The increase compared to 2016 is also reflected in an increase in the number of cruise ships that Curacao visited this year. In the first 10 months of 2017, 194 cruise ships visited the Curaçao port; in 2016 there were 166. An increase of 17%.

Noteworthy is the increase in October of this year. In 2016, the number of cruise tourists was 26,854, while in October 2017 no fewer than 45,245 tourists arrived via the port of Curaçao; a growth of 68%.

September also shows interesting figures. The number of cruise tourists in 2016 was only 10,204; this year the number had increased to 24,317 in the same month.

It is also striking that, according to the figures of the Curacao Tourist Board (CTB), there are more cruise tourists in the island than ‘stay over’ tourists (tourists who stay at the destination for several days). To illustrate: the total number of stayovers in the period January through September 2017 amounted to 293,159, while more than 400,000 cruise tourists visited the island during the same period.

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Cruise Ship Tourism Up In Curacao In The Year 2017
Cruise Ship Tourism Up In Curacao In The Year 2017

 

Willemstad, 7 december 2017. In de periode januari tot en met oktober 2017 hebben 455.403 cruisetoeristen Curaçao bezocht, dat meldt het Antilliaans Dagblad deze week.

Volgens de krant is er een groei van 31% in vergelijking met de zelfde periode vorig jaar toen er 348.278 toeristen in de eerste tien maanden van 2016 het eiland aandeden via een cruiseschip.

De stijging ten opzichte van 2016 is eveneens terug te zien in een toename van het aantal cruiseschepen dat Curaçao dit jaar aandeed. In de eerste 10 maanden van 2017 hebben 194 cruiseschepen de Curaçaose haven aangedaan; in 2016 waren dat er 166. Een stijging dus van 17%.

Opmerkelijk is de stijging in de maand oktober van dit jaar. In 2016 bedroeg het aantal cruisetoeristen 26.854 terwijl er in oktober 2017 maar liefst 45.245 toeristen via de haven van Curaçao aankwamen; een groei van 68%.

Ook september laat interessante cijfers zien. Bedroeg het aantal cruisetoeristen in 2016 nog maar 10.204; dit jaar was het aantal in dezelfde maand gestegen naar 24.317.

Opvallend is ook dat, volgens de cijfers van de Curacao Tourist Board (CTB), er in totaal meer cruisetoeristen het eiland aandoen dan ‘stay over’ toeristen (toeristen die gedurende meerdere dagen op de bestemming verblijven). Ter illustratie: het totaal aantal ‘stay overs’ in de periode januari tot en met september 2017 bedroeg 293.159 terwijl er in dezelfde periode al meer dan 400.000 cruisetoeristen het eiland hadden aangedaan.

UNITEDTRAVEL| MARTIN PANDAY

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