About one in seven babies who were exposed to the Zika virus in the womb have at least one developmental defect a year later, said a US study Tuesday. The rate of defects -- about 14 percent -- represents more than 30 times the level expected in infants that were not exposed to the mosquito-borne virus, officials with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Defects included small head size -- known as microcephaly -- brain or eye damage, seizures, and developmental delays, said the CDC Vital Signs report, the largest study to date on outcomes of babies born to mothers who were infected with Zika during pregnancy. "Some of these problems were not apparent at birth and were identified as the babies grew older," said the report, which included more than 4,800 pregnancies that had positive lab tests for Zika in the US territories of American Samoa, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Marshall Islands, and US Virgin Islands from 2016-2018. The report focused on the US territories, … [Read more...] about 1 in 7 Zika babies born with defects in US territories
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Beryl weakened to a tropical storm Saturday but is still expected to dump heavy rain over the Lesser Antilles at the end of the weekend on its way to the eastern Caribbean, bringing a new threat to islands still rebuilding from last year's storms. A tropical storm warning was issued for Dominica, which was battered by Hurricane Maria in September as a Category 5 storm. The island's meteorological service said weather conditions would start deteriorating Saturday night and warned of six to 12 inches of rain, with the storm expected to cross over or near Dominica late Sunday or early Monday. Beryl was named the first hurricane of the Atlantic season Friday. At 11 a.m. Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Beryl's strength had diminished and it had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It was centered 720 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and was moving west at 14 mph. Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said in a public address that … [Read more...] about Beryl weakens to tropical storm as it approaches Caribbean
British holidaymakers have long favoured Barbados, Antigua and the Bahamas but with more than 7,000 islands, the Caribbean deserves wider exploration. Step forward Turks and Caicos, an extraordinarily beautiful ribbon of coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of the Bahamas. This British Overseas Territory follows the English legal system but property is sold in US dollars, there’s no capital gains or income tax, and no annual property tax. Of these 40 low-lying sandy islands, only eight are populated. The beaches are fabulous, the turquoise seas are crystal clear and, with the world’s third-largest reef, this is paradise for divers, anglers and kite-surfers. Almost 90 per cent of visitors here are American. Yet British Airways flies from London to the main tourist island of Providenciales twice a week and historic links to the UK are strong. “The Turks and Caicos is a modern Caribbean destination,” says Mark Durliat, chief executive of Grace Bay Resorts. … [Read more...] about tax-free property on under-explored Caribbean paradise islands from £421,000
The tourism industry in the Caribbean region attracted almost one million fewer visitors after hurricanes Irma and Maria hit last year, costing it over $700 million, according to an industry study released Monday. "The hurricane season resulted in an estimated (loss) in 2017 of 826,100 visitors to the Caribbean, compared to pre-hurricane forecasts," said the report by the London-based World Travel & Tourism Council. Those tourists could have spent $741 million and sustained more than 11,000 jobs, it said. With their turquoise waters and coral reefs, Caribbean island destinations rely heavily on tourism, which provides 15.2 percent of the region's gross domestic product and sustains 14 percent of its labor force, according to the report. Worldwide, the average contribution of tourism to GDP is 10.4 percent. In August and September of 2017, the Caribbean was devastated by two of the fiercest hurricanes ever recorded on the islands. Irma and Maria left a trail of destruction in … [Read more...] about Hurricanes cost Caribbean tourism more than $700 mn: report
UK Politics By Chris Morris Reality Check correspondent, BBC News 22 February 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-43126719 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsBrexit The uncertainties of Brexit spread far beyond the borders of the UK and continental Europe. Decisions made in London and Brussels will … [Read more...] about What will Brexit mean for Britain’s overseas territories?