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Firms on Caribbean island chain own 23,000 UK properties

Firms on Caribbean island chain own 23,000 UK properties

Business
A quarter of property in England and Wales owned by overseas firms is held by entities registered in the British Virgin Islands, BBC analysis has found.The Caribbean archipelago is the official home of companies that own 23,000 properties - more than any other country.They are owned by 11,700 firms registered in the overseas territory.The finding emerged from BBC analysis conducted of Land Registry data on overseas property ownership.The research found there are around 97,000 properties in England and Wales held by overseas firms, as of January 2018. It adds to concerns that companies registered in British-controlled tax havens have been used to avoid tax. Sorry, your browser cannot display this map Map built by Carto. If you can't see the map, please click here to op...
NHC: Maria 'potentially catastrophic' as it tears through Caribbean

NHC: Maria 'potentially catastrophic' as it tears through Caribbean

World
Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Hurricane Maria left widespread damage Tuesday in the eastern Caribbean as it continued steaming toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as a Category 5 storm.In its 5 p.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm was 80 miles southeast of St. Croix and 175 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, both U.S. territories. Maximum sustained winds were recorded at 165 mph, with higher gusts.Maria was moving west-northwest at a speed of 10 mph -- a direction which was expected to continue through Wednesday.The NHC called the storm "potentially catastrophic" -- barely a week after Hurricane Irma tore through the same region."On the forecast track, the eye of Maria will move near or over the U.S. Virgin Islands [Tuesday night], cross Puerto Ri...
'Dangerous' Hurricane Jose about to turn north in Caribbean

'Dangerous' Hurricane Jose about to turn north in Caribbean

World
Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Like Irma in front of it, Hurricane Jose will begin its turn to the north Saturday evening, forecasters said.In its 5 p.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm was located about 85 miles northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands -- the easternmost in the chain of Caribbean Sea islands -- with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph. It's moving northwest at a speed of 14 mph.Forecasters said Jose had slightly weakened overnight, but said it remains a "dangerous" Category 4 hurricane. It is the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, and its third major hurricane -- which are classified Category 3 or higher."On the forecast track, the core of Jose will continue to pass north of the northern Leeward Islands through this evening.," the ad...
Irma causes at least 9 deaths in Caribbean as Florida, Georgia, SC brace for storm

Irma causes at least 9 deaths in Caribbean as Florida, Georgia, SC brace for storm

World
Hurricane Irma lashed the Caribbean today, causing at least nine deaths, while in the U.S., Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are facing states of emergency as residents brace for the monster storm. The storm -- called "extremely dangerous" by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) -- currently has sustained winds of 180 mph and even higher gusts. On Wednesday afternoon, Irma was battering the Caribbean, destroying about 90 percent of the structures and vehicles on Barbuda, officials said. In St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, at least eight people died and 21 were injured, according to the French Interior Minister. At least one person died in Barbuda, where there is widespread damage, said Midcie Francis, a spokeswoman for Antigua & Barbuda’s National Office of Disaster Services. Aer
Coral gardening is a boon to Caribbean reefs

Coral gardening is a boon to Caribbean reefs

Science
July 25 (UPI) -- Coral gardening works, according to new research out of the University of Miami.In a survey of coral restoration efforts, scientists found laboratory-raised coral fragments benefit native coral species when they're used to repopulate struggling reefs. As well, the corals from which the fragments are removed don't suffer as a result."Our study showed that current restoration methods are very effective," lead study author Stephanie Schopmeyer, a biologist and coral expert at Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, said in a news release. "Healthy coral reefs are essential to our everyday life and successful coral restoration has been proven as a recovery tool for lost coastal resources."In order to develop better benchmarks for coral restoration efforts,...