August, 2010

Hurricane Earl pounds Antigua

The Category Two Hurricane Earl, packing maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour when it passed the country, headed toward the northernmost Leeward Islands after dumping more than five inches of rain last night and in the early hours of this morning.

Hurricane Earl strengthens in Caribbean

Reuters, USA: Hurricane Earl strengthened as it began buffeting the Northern Leeward islands in the Caribbean on Monday and was seen becoming a powerful storm within the next 24 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

3 sisters die in fire

Observer, Jamaica: People cried openly yesterday as they gathered in the small community of Clay Ground here in Bamboo to mourn the death of three sisters who were killed in a fire at their home Saturday night.

Four honoured with T&T's highest award

Guardian, Trinidad: Two late leaders, Dr Wahid Ali and Pundit Krishna Maharaj, as well as senior attorney Karl Hudson-Phillips and former PNM minister Kamaluddin Mohammed, will be honoured with the nation's highest award.

Cuba eases property laws, could open door to golf

AP, Cuba: Cuba has begun allowing foreign investors to lease government land for up to 99 years, a step toward a future that could be filled with golf courses ringed by luxury villas, beachfront timeshares and vacation homes for well-heeled tourists.

Usain Bolt: Fast and loose

Guardian, UK: He can run 100m in 9.58 seconds, but says he's lazy. He's the best sprinter on the planet, but fancies turning his hand to professional football. And as for settling down? Forget that.

Gold rush is growing threat to Suriname rainforest

CTV, Canada: It looks like a meteor strike: From out of nowhere, a huge clearing appears in the jungle – a deep rust-colored pit surrounded by mounds of dirt and thick stands of trees pushed to the side in dense piles of overturned soil.