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CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending March 29th, 2013

29 Mar

JAMAICAN WINS TOP U.S. ENERGY INDUSTRY AWARD—03/23/13
Paul Richardson has been named a winner of the Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a national energy research organization. Richardson, who is working in the U.S. energy industry, won the award for his work on a safety project that makes it possible for utility workers to discover stray voltage using a smart phone or tablet computer. He worked with two other Con Edison employees to research the use of smart phones and tablets for detecting voltage on the street.

INTER-MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON BIOSPHERE RESERVES HELD IN ST.KITTS—03/26/13
Environmental experts and government ministers met in St. Kitts for the two-day conference on Biosphere Reserves in the Caribbean. The conference focused on transforming an action plan for Caribbean biosphere reserves into reality. Telca Wallace of the National Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Committee made a presentation concerning St. Mary’s Biosphere Reserve on St. Kitts, emphasizing efforts to save the nesting area of sea turtles at Keys Beach and preserving local caves and waterways in the mountains.

LIME MAKES SEVEN-YEAR DEAL WITH ERICSSON—03/27/13
LIME Jamaica has decided to outsource all of its external installation and maintenance operations to Ericsson, a global firm, in an agreement that covers seven years. The agreement will go into effect on May 20, 2013, and provides for Ericsson to manage, install, and repair the fixed, mobile, Internet, and data networks of LIME. The action will result in an undisclosed number of job losses at LIME, although affected workers will be given a chance to reapply for jobs with Ericsson.

JAMAICA COULD SEE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM LOCAL FORESTS—03/28/13
Dr. Arun Kashyap, resident representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), believes that there is a potential for Jamaica to earn as much as US$30 billion through its forest resources. The money could be realized under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program sponsored by the UN. Dr. Kashyap noted that the economic potential of forests is often ignored by countries that have such resources. Sustainable management could result in practical solutions that could minimize the impact of adverse weather conditions like drought on Jamaica’s economy, Kashyap stated.

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