Jamaica News

Island Nations, Such as Bahamas & Jamaica, at High Climate Change Risk: Moody’s

The Bahamas, Fiji, Jamaica and the Maldives have been identified as among the most vulnerable small island sovereigns in a report on the credit implications of climate change. The Solomon Islands and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are equally at …

Best Removes Bahamas First Gen’l., Cayman First Ratings from Review

A.M. Best Co. has removed from under review with negative implications and affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of ‘A-‘ (Excellent) and issuer credit rating (ICR) of “a-” of Bahamas First General Insurance Company Limited (BFG). Best has also removed …

Tomas Regains Hurricane Strength; Soaks Haiti Refugee Camps

Tropical Storm Tomas re-strengthened to a hurricane Friday as it headed between Cuba and Haiti, drenching with overnight rain crowded tent and tarpaulin camps housing vulnerable Haitian earthquake survivors. Although some camp dwellers in Haiti’s capital, homeless from the Jan. …

TS Tomas on Track to Strike Haiti, Jamaica; May Gain Strength

The most recent bulletin from the National Hurricane Center, posted at 11:00 a.m. EDT, puts Tropical Storm Tomas about 125 miles, 205 kms south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and about 295 miles, 475 kms west-southwest of Port au Prince, Haiti. Maximum …

Haiti Braces as Hurricane Tomas Roars through Caribbean

Authorities Sunday urged hundreds of thousands of Haitians living in crowded tent camps to seek new shelter as Hurricane Tomas roared across the Caribbean with Haiti in its projected path. Tomas was downgraded to a Category 1 storm after ripping …

Nicole Kills 12 in Jamaica; Remnants Drench East Coast

The remains of Tropical Storm Nicole battered the U.S. Atlantic Coast like a hurricane as it moved from the Carolinas to New England on Friday. Nicole was a minimal tropical storm for just six hours Wednesday, but the broad, ragged …

Caribbean Countries Renew Hurricane, Earthquake Coverage

All sixteen members of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF – www.ccrif.org) have renewed their policies for hurricane and earthquake coverage for the 2010/11 year beginning on June first, the start of the hurricane season. The National Oceanic and …

Ratings Roundup: Argo Re, Delvag, Guardian Life/General

A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of ‘A’ (Excellent) and issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “a” of Bermuda-based Argo Re Ltd. and its subsidiaries. Best also affirmed the ICR of “bbb” and debt ratings of the …

Innovative Use of Insurance Tools in Disaster Risk Management for Sustainable Development

The devastating effects of Hurricane Ivan in the summer of 2004, when it crossed the Caribbean Sea causing major damage in Grenada, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, produced one good thing. The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) heads of …

Ratings Recap: Swiss Re (Cat Bond), Transmonde, Sagicor, Bahamas First

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has assigned its preliminary ‘B-‘ credit rating to the class II-CN3 notes series 2010-1 issued under the principal at-risk variable-rate note program, Successor X Ltd. Swiss Re (A+/Stable/A-1) sponsors the program, which “aims to transfer …