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CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending March 22nd, 2013

22 Mar

E-BOOKS BECOME MORE POPULAR IN JAMAICA—03/16/13
Jamaicans are warming up to e-books, and some local publishers favor the format to help them mitigate the high costs associated with putting out books. Digital books are more cost-effective, say supporters, and authors can create more books if they utilized the e-book market effectively.  According to Kellie Magnus, author of children’s books, publications in digital format significantly reduce operating and marketing costs. The University of the West Indies and Ian Randle Publishers have embraced the digital concept, which allows them to take more books to market.

CAYMAN ISLANDS JOINS IN TSUNAMI EXERCISE—03/17/13
The Cayman Islands will join together with other nations in the Caribbean region in a tsunami-response exercise on March 29, 2013. The exercise is designed to evaluate local response plans regarding tsunamis, increase preparedness for such incidents, and improve response coordination throughout the region. The exercise has been modeled by the NOAA NWS Caribbean Tsunami Warning program. It is called CARIBE WAVE/LANTEX 13 and simulates a tsunami generated by an 8.5 earthquake 57 miles north of Aruba in the Caribbean Sea.

NEW MOBILE DEVICES AVAILABLE IN MARKETPLACE—03/18/13
A local distributor of information technology and hardware, Intcomex Jamaica, has officially launched a new brand of mobile devices. Nuqleo brand products are designed to be of high quality and reasonable price. According to Oscar Gordillo, regional sales manager, the products include Quantum 7, a seven-inch tablet and a line of cellular phones that all feature dual SIM card capabilities.

BIOCHAR OVEN CONVERTS TRASH INTO BIO-OIL, CHARCOAL—03/19/13
Researchers in St. Catherine demonstrated the biochar oven, a machine that transforms backyard debris into carbon coal, fuel and oils. The oven is 16 feet wide and six feet long and uses dried and green yard waste such as wood chips, grass, and twigs. After packing the unit with the debris, the oven converts the waste products into usable elements. It was made by Level Two HEART-certified welding students and is located at the New Horizon Christian Outreach ministries, which offers youth training in traditional skills.

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