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Monday, July 14, 2014
By Gwynne Hogan
A Supreme Court ruling could have devastating implications for the children of New York City public school teachers recruited from abroad.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Last week's tsunami-like surge in the Philippines might be far away, but there's another vulnerable coast line right in our backyard: The Caribbean. Rising sea levels could have considerable effects on the Caribbean islands, profoundly impacting tourism and immigration. Member station WLRN in Miami is running a week-long series on the impact of sea level rise. WLRN Reporter Tim Padgett joins us to discuss his report on the projections for the Caribbean.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Fourteen Caribbean nations are asking the former colonial powers of Britain, France and the Netherlands to pay for the damage they inflicted through years of slavery and racism. Joining to weigh in on this issue is Staceyann Chin, a Jamaican-American writer and activist who lived in Jamaica until she was 24-years-old. Martyn Day is a senior partner at Leigh Day, the British law firm litigating on behalf of Caribbean countries. He joins the program to explain the legal aspects of the case.
Monday, April 08, 2013
The US Navy has been testing a blimp in Jacksonville Florida to see if it could be used as a submarine spotter off the coast of Central and South America.
Testing of the MZ-3A helium filled airship at Naval Station Mayport wrapped up Friday. Earlier last week, US Senator Bill Nelson (D- FL) took a ride on the blimp, which can carry a crew of 10
"I was really struck how maneuverable it is," says Nelson. "It can rapidly ascend and rapidly descend."
Nelson says the benefit of the blimp is fuel economy.
"The amount of fuel it takes to crank up a jet and just taxi out to the runway is the amount of fuel a blimp would use in an entire 24 hour period," he says.
The U.S. Navy's Fourth Fleet patrols the waters around Central and South America- shipping routes for traffickers of drugs, people and other contraband as part of Operation Martillo.
Sen. Nelson says smugglers use a variety of boats- some of them submersible.
"They ride right below the water’s surface, but they’ve gotten a lot more sophisticated than that. They’re building submarines."
The MZ-3A has a cruising speed around 45 knots. Navy spokesman Lieutenant Commander Corey Barker says the blimp wouldn't replace the fixed-wing jet and turbo-prop aircraft currently used in maritime surveillance.
"The blimp would not be responsible for pursuing a ship or fast speedboat," Barker says. "It would simply be responsible for detecting that and passing that information to our patrol units, our aircraft with our partner nations and the coastguard to intercept that ship."
Airship technology is not new. The US Navy was flying rigid airships in the 1920s and 1930s. But Lt. Commander Barker says the surveillance equipment on board the MZ-3A blimp is state of the art.
He says the Navy will also be testing an aerostat, an unmanned balloon that could fly behind a ship to scan the surrounding sea.
"It's not as wide an area as a blimp, but it will have sensors that can detect and monitor illicit activity in the area," says Barker. Aerostats have been used by the military in Afghanistan and also in the 1980s by the US Coastguard to patrol the Caribbean.
Friday, February 01, 2013
Andrea Stuart, British journalist and author of Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire (Knopf, 2013), talks about her family's history of slavery in Barbados.
Monday, September 05, 2011
The 2011 West Indian American Day Carnival parade made its way up Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn on Monday. The carnival, which is the city's annual celebration of Caribbean culture, brought about 2 million people to the borough. Check out photos of the parade here.
Friday, September 02, 2011
By Marlon Bishop : WNYC Culture Producer
Brooklyn is home to the best steel drum orchestras outside of Trinidad. As the West Indian-American Day Carnival approaches, they're getting ready for the annual Panorama competition.