Caribbean Region

The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico remained in a state of devastation nearly two weeks after it was first smashed by Hurricane Irma, then the far more destructive Maria.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The Trinidad and Tobago government has presented a TT$50.5 billion (one TT dollar = US$0.16 cents) budget to Parliament, outlining a number of taxes as the twin-island republic moves to diversify its economy as a result of a significant decline in revenue from the oil and gas sector.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says Caribbean countries could benefit from the growth in heritage tourism.
ROSEAU, Dominica – Dominica’s police chief said the death toll following the passage of Hurricane Maria had risen to 27 up to press time late last month.
ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands - At age 64, Aubrey Forbes has experienced several severe storms, including the devastating Marilyn of 1995, which many older Virgin Islanders use as the yardstick to measure the impact of tropical cyclones.
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