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False tsunami alert sent to US coasts

NEW YORK: A tsunami warning test was accidentally sent as a real alert to the phones of residents along the US East and Gulf Coasts and the Caribbean on Tuesday -- just weeks after a false missile alert triggered panic in Hawaii. The National Weather Service issued what it characterized as a "routine test message" at approximately 8:30 am (1330 GMT), but the message was erroneously transmitted by at least one weather app to smartphone users as a push notification alerting them of a tsunami. Social media posts indicated…

Caribbean bloc condemns Trump’s ‘repulsive’ language

GEORGETOWN: The 15-nation Caribbean Community on Saturday condemned US President Donald Trump's use of "repulsive language" to reportedly describe Haiti and African nations. CARICOM "is deeply disturbed by reports about the use of derogatory and repulsive language by the President of the United States in respect of our member state, Haiti, and other developing countries," the bloc's Guyana-based headquarters said in a statement. "CARICOM condemns in the strongest terms, the unenlightened views reportedly expressed." At…

Pakistan pledges financial assistance for hurricane-hit Caribbean countries

ISLAMABAD: As an expression of support and solidarity from Pakistan with the Caribbean countries devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Saturday pledged a financial assistance of US $ 200,000 each to Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Saint Kitts and Nevis. The Caribbean region was recently hit by two Category V hurricanes that caused widespread destruction and damage to lives and property across the region with Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Saint Kitts and Nevis as the worst…

Tropical storm Nate lashes US Gulf Coast

NEW ORLEANS: Tropical storm Nate moved quickly inland from the US Gulf Coast early Sunday after making landfall twice as a powerful hurricane, triggering widespread flooding and power outages. After leaving a trail of death and destruction in Central America, the storm hit the southern United States -- the third hurricane to hit the region in less than two months as part of an especially active hurricane season. More than 100,000 people were without power. Ahead of the storm, officials urged residents to evacuate some…

Hurricane Maria bears down on storm-battered Caribbean

GUADELOUPE: Hurricane Maria barrelled towards the storm-battered eastern Caribbean and was expected to strengthen on Monday as it churned along a path similar to that of megastorm Irma earlier in the month. The new storm, which the US National Hurricane Center warned could become a "major hurricane", threatens the French territory of Guadeloupe, which was the staging area for relief operations for several islands hit by Irma. Guadeloupe was to go on "red alert" Monday with schools, businesses and government offices…

Indian Embassy tells 1,500 hurricane-hit Indian families in Caribbean to ‘go to hell’

As many as 1,500 Indian families stranded in the Caribbean in the wake of powerful hurricane have simply gotten the cold shoulder from their own embassy at the most difficult time when they were expecting all-out assistance. The Indian Embassy in Venezuela, according to a report in the Mid-Day, won't help the nearly 1,500 Indians who are stranded in the Caribbean island of St Maarten. In the wake of the massive hurricane, the Indian families there are living without access to food, water or electricity, and are in…

Watch Obama trying some dangerous water sports with billionaire Richard Branson

Former US president Barack Obama is trying some new and dangerous water sports that the Hawaii native had to miss out on for safety reasons while serving in the White House. Obama, whose eight years as president ended last month when he was succeeded by Donald Trump, learned to kiteboard while vacationing last week on a Caribbean island owned by British billionaire and adventurer Sir Richard Branson, who published an account of their trip on Tuesday. Photographs and video on the website of Branson's Virgin Group…