Martinique

Hail falls in Martinique

Media outlets in Martinique are reporting the “very rare” phenomenon of hailstones falling on the Island.

New outlet France-Antilles reports that the event took place on Monday afternoon mainly in the areas of François and Lamentin.

Météo-France has confirmed the event and has described it as “exceptional”.

It said the phenomenon is linked to very dense vertical movement of water drops that go up and down.

It notes that combined with cold air from the American continent, these drops arrive on the ground in the form of hail.

Warriors kicked out Caribbean Cup by Martinique

The Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors have been eliminated from the 2017 Caribbean Cup after losing to Martinique.

Two late goals in extra time sunk the team's hopes for lifting the trophy. However, the team can still qualify for the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup by virtue fo three play-off matches.

Despite an encouraging performance, the late goals exposed the team's weakness in defense. 

The squad also lacked striker Kevin Molino after he was dropped by coach Stephen Hart for breaking team rules to party at a night club three days before the match. 

Zika claims life in Martinique

The French Caribbean island of Martinique has suffered its first Zika virus-related death, the regional health agency said Friday.

"The patient, aged 84, had been hospitalised for ten days in intensive care with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS)," the agency said, adding that the Zika link came to light late last week.

Some experts believe there is a link between Zika and GBS -- in which the immune system attacks the nervous system.