The CARIBBEAN PORTAL
The Caribbean (Dutch: Caraïben; French: Caraïbes; Spanish: Caribe; Portuguese: Caribe or Caraíbas) is a region of the Americas consisting of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (most of which enclose the sea), and the surrounding coasts. The region is located southeast of Northern America, east of Central America, and to the north and west of South America. Situated largely on the Caribbean Plate, the area comprises more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs, and cayes. The West Indies consist of the Antilles, divided into the larger Greater Antilles which bound the sea on the north and the Lesser Antilles on the south and east (including the Leeward Antilles), and the Bahamas. Bermuda lies much further to the north in the Atlantic Ocean and is in the West Indies. Geopolitically, the West Indies are usually reckoned as a subregion of North America and are organised into 28 territories including sovereign states, overseas departments, and dependencies. At one time, there was a short-lived country called the Federation of the West Indies composed of ten English-speaking Caribbean territories.
- March 7: Edwin Carrington, secretary general of the 12-member Caricom announces that the Caribbean Community intends to negotiate a free trade agreement with Central America, perhaps within the next six months.(JAMAICAN OBSERVER)
- Feb 28: President of Cuba Fidel Castro makes a surprise phone call to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's radio talk show Aló Presidente, and the two leaders converse live on air for thirty minutes. During the conversation, Castro declares that he now has "more energy and strength".(PRAVDA)
- Feb 28: United Nations troops move into slum areas of Haiti, where almost a quarter of a million people live, as part of a new "get tough" policy against the armed gangs. (BBC NEWS)
Selected geography article
are a group of about 700 atolls
in the western Atlantic Ocean
, of which only between 30 and 40 are inhabited. The largest of the islands is Andros Island
, located 120 miles south-east of Florida. The Bimini islands
are to its northwest. To the North is the island of Grand Bahama
, home to the second largest city in the country, Freeport, Bahamas
. The island of Great Abaco
is to its east. In the very south is the island of Great Inagua
, the second largest island in the country. Other notable islands include Eleuthera Island
, Cat Island, Bahamas
, San Salvador Island
, Acklins Island
, Crooked Island, Bahamas
, and Mayaguana
is the capital and largest city, located on New Providence
. The islands have a subtropical climate, moderated by the Gulf Stream
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:11:15 -0700
MIAMI – Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and other nearby islands as Tropical Storm Bertha approaches the Caribbean. The storm's maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 45 mph with no ...
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:33:45 -0700
A tropical wave that forecasters had been watching for days was upgraded to a tropical storm late Thursday, and tropical storm watches and warnings were issued for parts of the Caribbean as the storm neared the islands. Tropical Storm Bertha, the ...
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:45:00 -0700
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Tropical Storm Bertha approached the Caribbean on Friday as islands in the eastern region prepared for heavy rains and strong winds. The storm's maximum sustained winds increased slightly late Friday morning to 50 mph ...
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:07:30 -0700
After a year's absence, the Caribbean Cultural Festival is back with activities set for the next two weekends in Springfield beginning with a health fair and gospel concert planned for Saturday and Sunday. “We didn't have enough money to properly hold ...
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:32:13 -0700
JetBlue says the Caribbean and Latin America market now accounts for about one-third of the airline's operations. "We are really excited to be able to offer customers the only nonstop route from New York to Curaçao and more nonstop flights to the ...
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:54:32 -0700
"Bertha is expected to generate up to 3 inches of rain across the eastern and northern Caribbean, with isolated amounts of up to 6 inches in certain areas. "Officials in Puerto Rico are welcoming the rainfall amid a moderate drought that has hit the ...
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:37:08 -0700
Short chose the Caribbean over court Wednesday. He had been ordered to appear before a judge in his domestic violence case but was a no show. The judge issued an arrest warrant. Lo and behold ... Columbus was living large at a festival called Fantasy ...
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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 05:00:00 -0700
MIAMI (AP) – Tropical Storm Bertha is making its way toward the Caribbean on Friday and could make landfall in Puerto Rico and the U.S. in the next few days. Travel warnings have been issued in the U.S., the British Virgin Islands and other nearby islands.
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