Barbados, Tax Or The Axe

You can’t have it both ways. That’s the message from the Minister of Finance to the leadership of two unions who are threatening to shut down the country over the Government’s planned increase to the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) from 2 to 10%, and a 2% tax on forex transactions. The Minister said either $240m needs to be raised by taxes, or a reduction in government expenditure by the same amount. Read more on nationnews.com

Caribbean Airlines Updated Flight Status Due To TS BRET

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – Caribbean Airlines has posted information for affected flights between June 19/20. These include several cancellations and delays between the US (New York and Miami) and Trinidad and Guyana, as well a special service operating from Barbados.

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Source: Caribbean Airlines

Tropical Storm Bret Moving Into South Caribbean Sea

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Image Source: NHC

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BULLETIN
Tropical Storm Bret Intermediate Advisory Number 7A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL022017
800 AM AST Tue Jun 20 2017

…BRET MOVING INTO THE SOUTHEASTERN CARIBBEAN SEA…

SUMMARY OF 800 AM AST…1200 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…11.1N 63.6W
ABOUT 20 MI…35 KM ENE OF ISLA MARGARITA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 21 MPH…33 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1008 MB…29.77 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana including Isla de Margarita

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* Bonaire
* Curacao
* Aruba

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issued by your national meteorological service.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
At 800 AM AST (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Bret was
located near latitude 11.1 North, longitude 63.6 West. Bret is
moving toward the west-northwest near 21 mph (33 km/h), and this
general motion is expected to continue through today. On the
forecast track, the center of the tropical storm will continue to
move across the southeastern Caribbean Sea today.

Surface observations from the eastern Caribbean Sea indicate that
the maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher
gusts. Little change in strength is forecast today, and a weakening
trend is expected to begin later today and Bret is forecast to
become a tropical depression on Wednesday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km)
primarily to the north of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.77 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND: Tropical storm conditions will occur over portions of the
warning area for the next several hours, but these conditions should
subside later today.

RAINFALL: Bret is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2
to 4 inches over the Windward Islands and the northeastern coast of
Venezuela through today.

NEXT ADVISORY
————-
Next complete advisory at 1100 AM AST.

$$
Forecaster Avila

Source: NHC

Tropical Storm Bret Near Trinidad

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Tropical Storm BRET Public Advisory #6:

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BULLETIN
Tropical Storm Bret Advisory Number 6
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL022017
1100 PM AST Mon Jun 19 2017

…BRET NEAR TRINIDAD…

SUMMARY OF 1100 PM AST…0300 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————–
LOCATION…10.0N 61.3W
ABOUT 30 MI…45 KM S OF TRINIDAD
ABOUT 150 MI…235 KM S OF GRENADA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 285 DEGREES AT 23 MPH…37 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1008 MB…29.77 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Trinidad
* Tobago
* Grenada
* Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana including Isla de Margarita

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* Bonaire
* Curacao
* Aruba

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within 24
hours.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, in this case within 36 hours.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by your national meteorological service.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
At 1100 PM AST (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Bret was
located near latitude 10.0 North, longitude 61.3 West. Bret is
moving toward the west-northwest near 23 mph (37 km/h) and is
expected to gradually reduce its forward speed over the next 48
hours. On the forecast track, the tropical storm is expected to
begin moving moving away from Trinidad overnight and move near or
along the northeast coast of Venezuela on Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts.
Little change in strength is forecast during the next 12 to
24 hours. A weakening trend is forecast to begin on Wednesday and
Bret is expected to become a tropical depression by that time.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km)
from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.77 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND: Tropical storm conditions have likely begun over portions of
the warning area, along the northeastern coast of Venezuela, and
these conditions will spread westward over the remainder of the
warning area overnight and Tuesday.

RAINFALL: Tropical Storm Bret is expected to produce total rain
accumulations of 2 to 4 inches over the Windward Islands and the
eastern coast of Venezuela tonight and Tuesday.

NEXT ADVISORY
————-
Next intermediate advisory at 200 AM AST.
Next complete advisory at 500 AM AST.

$$
Forecaster Roberts

Source: National Hurricane Center