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CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending January 18th, 2013

18 Jan

CARIBBEAN SEA TO HOST EVENT TO SAVE WATER IN THE REGION—01/12/12
An event called “Save Water, Drink Wine” will be held in February 2013, hosted by Mary Beth Sutton, the founder of Caribbean SEA. The organization’s goal is to empower young people in Caribbean nations to take action that will protect the region’s water resources. As the population grows and as water pollution increases, the production of watershed across the planet is critical. According to Sutton, many places in the Caribbean do not have effective sewage treatment or erosion controls. Her organization works with communities to help them address these problems.

CLIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURE PRACTICES ENHANCE FARM PRODUCTION—01/13/12
A new program in the Caribbean region aims to increase and sustain agricultural production by using weather and climate information to enhance the farming process. Climate-smart agriculture is promoted by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and seeks to increase production in a sustainable manner, reducing or eliminating greenhouse gases while improving national food security and development. The Caribbean Agro meteorological Initiative (CAMI), based in Barbados, has been encouraging the plan and hopes to provide more accurate weather forecasts to be incorporated into farm production information.

RESEARCHERS FIND RARE EARTH MINERALS IN JAMAICA—01/16/12
Researchers from Japan believe they have found new deposits of rare earth minerals in the mud of Jamaica, which is known as bauxite residue. China is the largest supplier of the valuable rare earths, which are used in technology devices and hybrid automobile batteries, but Japan and other countries are looking for other dependable supplies of the minerals. According to Philip Paulwell, Jamaican Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, the discovery of rare earths on the island could present an enormous economic opportunity for Jamaica. Nippon Light Metal Co. Ltd. is conducting a pilot extraction project funded by an investment of $3 million.

KINGSTON HAS NEW GARBAGE RECYCLING FIRM—01/17/12
Harold Kristen and Dennis Soriano have created a new company in Kingston that seeks to profit from recyclable trash in Jamaica. International Recycling and Reclamation Ltd., which trades as Jamaica Recycles, is able to process 5,000 tons of waste each month. According to Soriano, there is a huge opportunity for success in this industry. The firm is partnering with an international trading company that sells the reclaimed material collected in Jamaica.

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