EU TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR CARIBBEAN AGRICULTURE—03/16/13
The European Union (EU) will provide 8.6 million Euros to boost the agriculture sector in the Caribbean region. The European Development Fund (EDF) is providing the funds, in conjunction with the Intra-African Caribbean and Pacific Agriculture Policy Program for the area. This represents a partnership between the European Commission and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).
U.S. WANTS MORE DONE TO STOP DRUG TRADE IN THE CARIBBEAN—03/17/13
While the nations of CARICOM have made progress in addressing the problem of drug trafficking in the Caribbean, the United States has called upon the nations to do more. The International Narcotics Control Strategy Report of 2013 from the U.S. Department of State praised the region for its efforts, but continued to be critical of what it calls “inefficient” measures implemented by some of the countries. Jamaica is still the largest Caribbean supplier of marijuana to the U.S., the reported noted.
HAITI AT TOP OF FIFA RANKINGS—03/18/13
Haiti continues to take the top spot among Caribbean football teams, according to the latest from the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. According to the March listing, Haiti remained 51st in the world. This represented a drop of one rank from its February listing for Haiti, however.
ALL-CARIBBEAN WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC SET UP BY DOMINICAN REPUBLIC—03/19/13
The Dominican Republic defeated the Netherlands with a score of 4-1, establishing an all-Caribbean contest versus Puerto Rico in the final game of the World Baseball Classic. The Dominicans, who were the favored team, wanted redemption against the Netherlands, who won against the Caribbean side twice in 2006. The Dominicans will face Puerto Rico in the final, after it defeated twice defending champion Japan.
PRIME MINISTER OF ST. VINCENT CALLS FOR CARIBBEAN REPARATIONS GROUP—03/20/13
Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent, is looking for nations in the Caribbean to create a regional reparations committee. He has promised to spend the rest of his life trying to get compensation from the British for the genocide against the Garifuna, imposition of slavery, and taking of land. Gonsalves is calling for a Caribbean-wide reparations committee, noting that several countries in the area have their own such committees. Nations with committees include Jamaica, Antigua, and Barbados.
FIRST GOLD REFINERY IN CARIBBEAN COULD EARN BILLIONS—03/21/13
A joint venture between the government of Suriname and the Kaloti Group of Dubai will create the first gold refinery in the Caribbean. The refinery is being constructed near Wit Santi, near Suriname’s international airport. It is scheduled to begin operations by 2014 and could produce as much as US$2.77 billion in refined gold.
JAMAICA CONCERNED THAT ISLANDERS NOT RETURNING HOME FROM OVERSEAS—03/20/13
The Jamaican government is growing concerned about the fact that fewer Jamaicans return home from New York, London, or Toronto after traveling to these places to look for work in their younger years. In the past two decades, the yearly total of “returning nationals” has decreased by more than 50 percent. In 2011, just over 1,000 of these individuals returned to the home island.
CHANG WANTS JAMAICANS EDUCATED ABOUT WATER CONSERVATION—03/20/13
Dr. Horace Change, Jamaica’s Opposition spokesperson on water, land, and housing, is calling for a stronger approach to dealing with the island’s drought. Chang wants the government to launch a serious program of public education designed to educate Jamaicans about water conservation. A more aggressive program aimed at handling the technical losses of the NWC, which should include replacement of leaky pipes, is also supported by Dr. Chang.
MANCHESTER NAMED “HAPPIEST PARISH”—03/21/13
Manchester has been deemed the “happiest parish” in Jamaica in a survey of residents conducted by the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper. On a scale of zero to 10, Manchester got a ranking of 8.3, compared to just 8.0 for St. Ann and Trelawny. The cooler climate was cited as a top reason for the high satisfaction rate of residents in the parish.
BARBADOS OFFICIALS SAY MYRIE NOT CAVITY-SEARCHED—03/22/13
Sirphine Carrington, a female drug squad officer in Barbados, repeatedly denied the claim by Jamaican Shanique Myrie that Myrie was subjected to a cavity search when she arrived at the airport on March 11, 2011. Carrington testified on the last day of the Barbados portion of the hearing before the Caribbean Court of Justice on Myrie’s discrimination case against the government of Barbados.