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President Trump came to Southcom in Doral today to tout his administration’s new anti-narcotics push in the Caribbean. But the visit was as much about Venezuela as it was about drugs.

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A group of seven students sit surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, the afternoon sunlight illuminating a darker discussion about a 1937 massacre that left thousands of Haitians dead along the country’s border with the Dominican Republic.

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Cuba has confirmed only four cases of the new coronavirus. But the island is about to get at least five more cases – temporarily. 

Cuba Reports The First Three Cases Of The New Coronavirus In The Island

Mar 12, 2020
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Cuban official media reported Wednesday night that three Italian tourists are the first confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the Caribbean island.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Health, the tourists arrived in Cuba on March 9 and were staying at a hostel in Trinidad, a city east of Havana. A fourth Italian traveler was tested but the results were negative.

They were all in isolation at the Pedro Kourí Tropical Medicine Institute in Havana, where the tests were carried out.

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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

The first confirmed cases of coronavirus are being reported in the Caribbean, after authorities in the Dominican Republic on Sunday confirmed that an Italian national was checked into a Santo Domingo hospital over the weekend.

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A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn on Tuesday, and was followed three hours later by an aftershock measuring 6.0. They are the largest in a series of quakes that have struck the U.S. territory in recent days and caused heavy damage in some areas.

Eight people were injured in the city of Ponce, near the epicenter of the quake, Mayor Mayita Meléndez told WAPA television.

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A 5.7-magnitude quake jolted Puerto Ricans out of their beds Monday morning, the strongest quake yet to hit the U.S. territory that has been shaking for the past week.

The quake struck just south of the island at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (over 6 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Service. There was no tsunami threat, officials said.

Power outages were reported in some parts of Puerto Rico following the quake, Angel Vazquez, the emergency management director for the southern coastal city of Ponce, told The Associated Press.

Cameron Simmons is far more familiar with dengue than he would like to be.

"I've had dengue. My family's had dengue. It's a miserable, miserable experience," he says. "It's not one I'd ever want to repeat or have anyone else experience."

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Are you a fan of Jamaican patties, Trinidad Doubles or Haitian pate kode? 

You can now take a trip to the islands of Jamaica, Haiti, Barbados, Trinidad, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas, without leaving South Florida through the traveling exhibition “Caribbean Culinary Museum.” It’s curated by the South Florida creative agency Island Syndicate and it takes attendees through the culinary history of the Caribbean — spices and all. 

Tropical Storm Jerry nearly a hurricane as it approaches the Caribbean

Sep 19, 2019
National hurricane center

Tropical Storm Jerry picked up strength Thursday and is expected to become a hurricane today as it approaches the small Caribbean islands way out to the east, according to the National Hurricane Center.

“On the forecast track, the center of Jerry will be near or north of the northern Leeward Islands Friday and pass north of Puerto Rico on Saturday,” Hurricane Specialist Dave Roberts wrote in the latest storm advisory.

National hurricane center

Tropical Storm Jerry, the tenth-named storm of the 2019 hurricane season, formed Wednesday far out in the eastern Atlantic Ocean as it moves toward the Caribbean with the likelihood of becoming a hurricane toward the end of the week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

At 5 a.m. Wednesday, Jerry was located about 960 miles east of the Caribbean with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph as it moved toward the west-northwest at 13 mph.

The system is forecast to become a hurricane possibly as soon as Thursday night.

National hurricane center

With Dorian no longer a hurricane and Tropical Storm Gabrielle in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center turned its attention to two more potential tropical storms moseying across the Atlantic.

The hunk of weather that’s closer to South Florida is still hundreds of miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands.

MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS MORGAN K. NALL / U.S. NAVAL FORCES SOUTHERN COMMAND

Medical staff aboard the U.S. Navy’s hospital ship Comfort said they are seeing a surge of patients who fled Venezuela on recent port stops in Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica and Panama, where it was docked Thursday.

“I would say 25 to 30 percent of the patients I see in these primary clinics are Venezuelan migrants,” said Navy medic Lt. Cmdr. Jean Fortunado.

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