As nature gets more ferocious in this changing climatic era, our antidote to an increasing number of disasters has to be DRR which for the experienced Caribbean engineer, Tony Gibbs means that "great hurricanes and earthquakes (can) be experienced as fascinating and awesome events which, nevertheless, do not lead to disasters."
The news that the blacklist has been repealed is symbolically significant. It could be a sign of a cultural opening on the part of the Cuban government, but with the laws restricting free speech still in place, radio stations will still not know if they are actually free to play the previously banned musicians or not.
"What is one million dollars compared with the love of eight million Cubans?" These were the words of legendary Cuban heavyweight boxer Teofilo Stevenson, who died this week at age 60, in response to a lucrative multi-million-dollar offer to turn pro and fight Muhammad Ali after winning his second gold medal at the Montreal Olympics in 1976.
While the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is busy sending in his troops to massacre his own people in the streets and the UN fails to pass any resolution condemning these atrocities, the BBC has decided that of equal news worthiness is a story about another despot, Fidel Castro, publishing his memoirs.
Barely a few weeks ago heads of state of all 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries converged in the city of Caracas to launch a new initiative for regional integration, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, better known by its Spanish acronym CELAC (Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños).