Fly Jamaica to Guyana: In lieu of Hurricane Matthew, Fly Jamaica, a Guyanese-owned carrier line, will be moving their planes to safety. Both planes will be relocated to Guyana until weather authorities permit. Until Fly Jamaica can regain its Category 1 status with the Federal Aviation Administration, it will remain under its current label. Toward the end of the year, they plan to re-brand at least one of the planes as Air Guyana.
Virgin Island crime ring: Ten U.S.V.I. women have been accused of and await trial for identity theft and fraud concerning the U.S. government. The ten women used fraudulent IDs and false tax information to file for tax refunds and received close to $300,000 in funds. The women acquired the banking information for several individuals and illegally withdrew the refunds they had claimed. Although they filed claims for the 2011-2012 tax year, the women are now being charged.
St. Kitts and Nevis faces Zika: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a warning for those journeying to St. Kitts and Nevis. The CDC warns specifically to prevent transmission through the mosquitoes that bite at both day and night. They also advise that travelers returning from St. Kitts, that may have potentially contracted Zika, use mosquito repellent for three weeks afterward. This will prevent travelers from introducing the virus into their communities.
Watching Matthew: Residents in Jamaica, Haiti, and surrounding islands are frantically preparing for category 5 storm Matthew. Matthew is the strongest storm to hit the Caribbean since hurricane Felix in 2007, slated to reach speeds of up to 150 mph. Haiti, now under hurricane warning, is concerned with the still-existing devastation from the 2010 Earthquake across its countryside where thousands of Haitians reside. Emergency officials have warned islands in the hurricane’s predicted path to prepare rations and secure their belongings.
BVI gunman captured: St. Thomas’ own Shamori Richardson is being held in Tortola awaiting charges. Richardson and another man held a contractor at gun point. and robbed him. The two robbers got away with $509 in total. After willingly surrendering his fingerprints to investigators, Richardson’s prints were found at the scene. Richardson maintains that he is innocent.