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Caribbean news: Military bases, climate change + more

PICTURED: Dominica's Energy Minister Ian Douglas

UK-CARIBBEAN MILITARY BASES?

THE UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson could look to set up military bases in the Caribbean after Brexit. Forces Network online said that the minister was looking at opportunities to establish a UK presence “not just in the Far East but also in the Caribbean”. Mr Williamson said he expected a dramatic shift in political focus after Brexit.

COME TOGETHER ON CLIMATE

THE EXECUTIVE director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency management Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson, says that resilience development is not just about survival and “bouncing back” in response to climate change. He told a conference on Climate and Security in the Caribbean: “Our future survival rests within our ability to pool our collective capacities to offer a more favourable common destiny.”

BOOST FOR USVI WEBSITE

THE US Virgin Islands’ administration is exploring the option of bringing all government agency websites under the sole control of its Bureau of Information Technology. The territory has been working on improving accessibility of government and privately-managed domains since the 2017 hurricane season.

GEOTHERMAL PLANT FOR DOMINICA

DOMINICA’S ENERGY Minister Ian Douglas says that construction of the island’s geothermal energy power plant will begin in the third quarter of this year. The project, which has US$17m in World Bank funding, will tap into Dominica’s volcanic resources to provide low-cost renewable energy.

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