Maria upgraded to a hurricane


Barbados remains under a tropical storm watch as Maria is upgraded to a hurricane.

At 5 p.m. the centre of Hurricane Maria was located by an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft near 13.8 degrees north, 57.5 degrees west or about 140 miles (225 km) east-northeast of Barbados.

Maria is moving west-northwestward near 15 miles per hour (24 km/h), and this motion with a further reduction in forward speed is expected over the next day or so. On this present track, forecasters say the centre of the system is expected to pass between 80 and 100 miles to the north of Barbados early tomorrow. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 miles per hour (120km/h) with higher gusts and further strengthening is forecast over the next 48 hours.

Feeder bands have been generating periods of rain, pockets of moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms, some of which have already started to spread across the island.

As a consequence, a flood warning is in effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow. Rainfall accumulations of three to five inches (75 to 125mm) are likely. Thus, residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.

Sustained wind-speeds of 29 to 35 miles per hour (46 to 56km/h) with gusts to storm force can also be expected from tonight and these conditions are expected to persist into tomorrow.

In addition, large easterly swells of at least four to six metres (13 to 20 ft) are also forecast to accompany the system. A buoy to the north of Barbados has already reported a maximum wave height of 3.7 metres (12ft). Hence, a high-surf advisory and small-craft warning remain in effect until noon on Tuesday, September 19.source :

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Members of the Caribbean community protested outside the Town Hall against the potential sale of the African Caribbean Day Centre by Luton Borough Council to the highest bidder. The group want the council to accept their bid to buy the African Caribbean Day Centre on Trinity Road which has been used by the group since 1999, despite them not being the highest bidder. Councillor Gilbert Campbell has been working with the day centre since it opened and believes it should be sold to whoever will make it the best asset for the community. He said: “I feel aggrieved that it has been used by the Caribbean community for so long and now there’s a chance they will be left with nothing. “Pastor Patrick has put a bid in but it is not the highest, the fight is that the building was for the Caribbean elderly since 1999, it was closed recently and they moved people out. “According to the sale the council does not have to sell it to the highest bidder, it can be sold to a lower bid, this is where the Caribbean community come in. “The lower bidder can have it depending on what they would use the building for, considering that this was for the Caribbean elderly since 1999 and we want to use it for the Caribbean community and wider community. “It will be such a shame if we don’t get it, because it has spent many years being a place to go for the Caribbean community, they provide well being clubs and lunch clubs, which are really struggling now.” Councillor Campbell was joined by members of the Caribbean community and Pastor Patrick outside the Town Hall in Luton on this afternoon. A spokesman for Luton Borough Council said: “On the closure of the African Caribbean Day centre in Trinity Road, the Council transferred the community services to St Monica’s. “The old site has been the subject of a number of community interest bids which will be considered at the Executive meeting on 18 September when a decision will be made on the best use of this Council asset.” St Monica’s is a day centre that provides both group and individual activities and a hot meal at lunch time, is is predominately for people with dementia.

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Serena’s baby girl

TENNIS LEGEND Serena Williams and her husband-to-be, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, yesterday released what the world had been waiting for – details on their two-week old baby daughter.

The high net worth couple welcomed Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on September 1 and stayed off social media whilst adjusting to their role as parents, until the silence was broken with posts and a tribute video called We Made This, from the pair. source :

Groundbreaking WI series confirmed

Th e Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed a three-match Twenty20 series against West Indies set for Lahore in late November.

The PCB and Cricket West Indies had been in talks over the proposed series, but PCB chairman Najam Sethi said the tour had been now finalised and a detailed schedule would be announced shortly.

“The agreement with the West Indies Cricket Board has been finalised and done, and they have confirmed they will come to Lahore in November to play three T20 Internationals,” Sethi said in a television interview.

Cricket West Indies announced last month it was in discussions with the PCB over the staging of the series in Pakistan.

However, CWI said the three matches would be “subject to the safe conclusion of the ICC World XI team’s three-match series in Lahore in September and affirmation of manageable security by the ICC sponsored international security company overseeing the security arrangements of the World XI.”

The World XI series against hosts Pakistan started Tuesday and wraps up tomorrow.


Sethi said the series against West Indies represented a major breakthrough and would pave the way for the PCB to negotiate with other teams to tour Pakistan.

West Indies faced Pakistan in a full series of Tests, ODIs and T20s last year in the United Arab Emirates before hosting the Asian side in the Caribbean earlier this year in a similar series.

Sethi said Sri Lanka had also agreed to play a one-off T20 International in Lahore on October 29, though he was still holding out hope for two matches.

He also revealed the PCB planned to hold discussions with Cricket South Africa over a short bilateral series in 2018.

Once the Windies series comes to fruition, it will mark the first time a leading international side has toured Pakistan since 2009, when militants attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lanka team resulting in injury to several players and the death of several members of the security forces.

Minnows Zimbabwe toured two years ago for limited overs matches, but the series was not sanctioned by the International Cricket Council. source :

Hurricane Irma leaves trail of devastation on Barbuda island

The Caribbean islands took the brunt of Hurricane Irma’s fury.

French President Emmanuel Macron visited the Island of St Martin, which has been struggling with power outages and looting.

He brought with him 10 tonnes of supplies, but there is demand for much more.

On the island of Barbuda, the government estimates 95 percent of buildings were damaged.

Most residents have been moved to the neighbouring island of Antigua.

Al Jazeera’s John Holman reports from Barbuda island.SOURCE :