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Beyonce Song Will Benefit Puerto Rico

It's her first release since giving birth

(Newser) - Beyonce is out with a new single and music video , her first since giving birth to twins in June, and it's all to benefit hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The song is a remix of J Balvin and Willy William's "Mi Gente,"... More »

Branson Shares Pics From 'Unforgiving' Irma

And asks for help in rebuilding British Virgin Islands after hurricane devastation

(Newser) - Richard Branson and his staff are OK after Hurricane Irma, but much of the Caribbean is not. Fortune reports on Branson's most recent blog post , titled "Recovering From Hurricane Irma," which he notes he penned from Puerto Rico, not from the private island where he rode out... More »

Billionaire's Wine Cellar Keeps Him Safe Amid Irma

'Very, very fortunately it held firm,' writes Richard Branson from Caribbean

(Newser) - He promised to ride out Hurricane Irma on his private island in the Caribbean, and billionaire Richard Branson did just that. In a blog post , Branson said he and his crew made it through the night safely on Necker Island, his 74-acre retreat in the British Virgin Islands. "We... More »

Irma Leaves 'Heart-Wrenching' Devastation in Caribbean

In Puerto Rico, the power could be out for 6 months

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma continued to sweep through the Caribbean with devastating force early Thursday, knocking out power to an estimated 1 million people in Puerto Rico. The storm didn't make landfall on the island, but the National Hurricane Center says it could still get up to 20 inches of rain,... More »

Monstrous Irma Batters Caribbean Islands

Devastating storm made landfall early Wednesday

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma slammed into islands in the northeast Caribbean with devastating force early Wednesday, damaging buildings and sending debris flying with winds estimated at 185mph. The National Weather Service says the eye of Irma, a Category 5 storm and the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, passed over the island of... More »

Irma Is So Strong That Earthquake Detectors Are Going Off

Low-pitched hums 'gradually becoming stronger'

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma is now the fiercest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded—and it is so powerful that it is setting off devices designed to measure earthquakes. British seismologist Stephen Hicks says the Category 5 storm has been registering on a Caribbean seismometer for some time. "What we're seeing in... More »

Hurricane Irma Sees 'Remarkable' Speed Increase

Hurricane Irma could hit Caribbean by Tuesday, but US impact unclear

(Newser) - As Texas still deals with the devastation from Harvey , another weather system churning in the Atlantic, and moving west toward the US, has some worried. CNN reports on Irma, currently a Category 3 hurricane that experienced "rapid intensification" from Wednesday into Thursday, meaning its wind speed ramped up at... More »

Gitmo Evacuated Amid Fiercest Atlantic Hurricane Since 2007

Gitmo evacuated as storm heads north

(Newser) - Hurricane Matthew became the strongest Atlantic hurricane since 2007's Felix when it briefly became a Category 5 storm Friday—and it is nowhere near finished yet. The storm, now a Category 4, is dumping torrential rain on Jamaica and parts of Cuba and could do its worst damage when... More »

Guy's Offer: Help My Girlfriend Walk, Get Free 6-Month Caribbean Vacation

Jeremie Tronet had a novel idea for how to get his girlfriend physical therapy

(Newser) - Want a free, all-expenses-paid, six-month-long trip to the Caribbean? Well, if you're a qualified physical therapist or orthopedic surgeon, you just might be in luck. Professional kite surfer Jeremie Tronet lives in the Grenadines island chain with his girlfriend, Zoe, who recently fell and broke her femur. She had... More »

US Tourist Murdered in Grenada by Man With Machete

Jessica Colker died of 'extensive skull fracture and asphyxia'

(Newser) - An American couple vacationing on the Caribbean island of Grenada was coming back from a hike when tragedy struck in the form of what appears to be a "robbery gone wrong," police say, per NOW Grenada . Physician assistant Jessica Colker, 39, of Atlanta and her husband, Brian Melito,... More »

Shark Attacks Man During Helicopter Rescue

Luckless man was moments away from rescue off Aruba

(Newser) - Either the man was incredibly unlucky, or the shark had a sick sense of humor. The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard says a shipwrecked Venezuelan man was moments from rescue when he was attacked by a shark near Aruba, the AP reports. A Coast Guard helicopter spotted the man clinging to... More »

Obama's First Stop in Jamaica: Marley Museum

'I still have all the albums,' he tells guide

(Newser) - President Obama arrived in Jamaica last night, and his first stop was the Bob Marley museum, the BBC reports. Obama is the first US president to visit Jamaica since Ronald Reagan did so in 1982, and he's apparently a big Marley fan: During his 20 minutes spent touring the... More »

Live and Let Die Villain Dead at 84

Geoffrey Holder was an artist with a varied career

(Newser) - Geoffrey Holder, a multi-talented dancer, artist, director, actor, and composer best known for his role as a Bond villain, died in New York yesterday of complications from pneumonia, the New York Times reports. He was 84. An unmistakable presence, Holder stood 6'6" and possessed a booming voice with a... More »

Canada to Caribbean Island: Sorry, We Won't Annex You

'Saskatchewarm' off the table, for now

(Newser) - Canadians who want to get away from brutal winters are still going to have to leave the country. After a meeting that Turks and Caicos Premier Rufus Ewing described as a "courtship," a Canadian government spokesman quashed talk that Canada would annex the nation as an 11th province,... More »

Caribbean: It's Time for Slavery Reparations

15 countries poised to seek development aid, apology from Europe

(Newser) - Caribbean leaders say the effects of the slave trade can still be felt today, and it's time for Europe to offer reparations—and a clear apology. The leaders of 15 Caribbean countries are meeting today, and they're expected to issue a 10-point plan calling for action, the Guardian ... More »

Man Killed Defending Wife on Round-the-World Sail

Roger Pratt died Friday night in St. Lucia

(Newser) - Roger and Margaret Pratt were supposed to be on the trip of a lifetime. They had set off from the UK in June, sailing to St. Lucia with plans to continue on around the world. But on the day they planned to leave the Caribbean island, the British couple were... More »

Siblings Survive 14 Hours in Ocean

US vacationers in St. Lucia survive sinking of boat

(Newser) - The AP recounts a tale that falls easily into the vacations-from-hell category for two US siblings visiting the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Dan Suski, 30, and Kate Suski, 39, were out at sea earlier this week on a chartered fishing boat when its electrical system conked out. As the... More »

Waste 'All Over Floor' on Another Carnival Cruise

Tourists stuck on ship with no access to bathrooms: passenger

(Newser) - A rather disgusting moment of deja vu: It seems another Carnival cruise ship, the Dream, is experiencing a mess similar to last month's on the Triumph . The apparently crippled boat is docked in the eastern Caribbean, at St. Maarten. "We are not allowed off of the boat despite... More »

Gunmen Steal $11.5M in Gold From Fishing Boat

Curacao police say robbers posed as customs officials

(Newser) - Here's a fishy one: Police on the Caribbean island of Curacao say they are investigating after armed men robbed a fishing boat of $11.5 million in gold bars on Friday, the AP reports. The alleged robbers wore police jackets and told the boat's crew they were customs... More »

Hurricane Sandy Hits Cuba as US Braces for 'Frankenstorm'

President Obama briefed as experts predict Irene-level damage

(Newser) - Hurricane Sandy roared across the Caribbean today, dropping heavy rains, ripping the roofs off homes, and killing two people, the AP reports. The storm had a stunning growth spurt overnight, according to the Washington Post , becoming a category 2 hurricane, and a Cuban meteorologist says it "crossed the... More »

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