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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending April 5th, 2013

05 Apr

 

CARIBBEAN COMEDY CENTRAL AIMING FOR CABLE TELEVISION—03/30/13
Caribbean Comedy Central (CCC), which features some of the best comedians from the Caribbean region performing on one stage, is ready to bring a new kind of comedy style to cable television. CCC is produced by Michael “Keyboard Money Mike” Williams and Devon Denton; both of them are creators of shows that are popular in Jamaica, included “Ity and Fancy Cat” and “Brother Desmond.” They want to provide a platform for Caribbean comics to showcase their talent in the same way that Russell Simmon’s Def Comedy Jam did for black comics in the U.S.

CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES LOOKING FOR OIL, BUT FEAR OIL SPILLS—03/31/13
International oil firms have turned their attention to the Caribbean and want to tap the potentially lucrative offshore oil deposits in the Caribbean Sea. Nations in the region hope that the drilling will result in economic diversification for the region and reduce dependence on foreign fuels, but they also fear the damage potential of oil spills. Currently, Trinidad and Tobago is the only country that produces hydrocarbons in the Caribbean, and its offshore waters team with oil platforms.

TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT FINES AIRLINE FOR LONG DELAY ON TARMAC—04/01/13
The United States Department of Transportation has fined Caribbean Airlines, a carrier based in Trinidad and Tobago, for violating federal rules in August 2012. The agency says that the airline did not provide passengers with a chance to leave a plane that was delayed at JFK Airport in New York for over four hours. The airline was fined $100,000 and told to cease and desist from any further violations.

SHIPPING FROM FLORIDA GULF COAST TO CARIBBEAN MADE EASIER—04/02/13
Now that HBT Shipping, an authorized master cargo agent of Laparkan Shipping, has opened, it will be easier to ship products from Florida’s Gulf Coast to the Caribbean. According to Wesley Phillibert, shipping operations manager at HBT, opening the firm’s 8,000-square-foot warehouse, plus the introduction of ocean and air cargo packaging and shipping services, will give residents of Fort Myers, Naples, Port Charlotte, Venice, Lehigh, and Captiva Island more convenient services for destinations in the Caribbean.

SEVEN DANCERS FROM CUBA DEFECT ON MEXICAN TOUR—04/03/13
Seven dancers from the National Ballet of Cuba defected while the company was touring Mexico in March 2013. According to an anonymous source, the defections of the seven were confirmed, but no other details were forthcoming. Ramona de Saa, director of the National Ballet School in Havana, said she was pained by the incident. Six of the dancers had trained at the school.

COLLAPSE OF CARICOM NOT A GOOD SIGN—04/04/13
The Community of Caribbean States and Common Market (CARICOM), which has 15 member states, issued a report in March 2013 noting that the regional integration movement could end due to dissatisfaction, poor financing, and the continuing global economic crisis. CARICOM, which formed in 1973 to encourage trade and strengthen political and economic ties among member states, is endanger of collapsing by 2017, said Dr. Norman Girvan, professor emeritus at the University of the West Indies Graduate School of International Relations in Trinidad.

JAMAICAN PRIME MINISTER CONGRATULATES NEW PRESIDENT OF WICB—04/03/13
Portia Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s Prime Minister, has congratulated Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron on his election as president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Simpson Miller said that Jamaica and the Caribbean region expect to see new developments and successes under the leadership of Cameron, himself a Jamaican.

MAURICE FACEY DIES—04/03/13
Maurice Facey, former director of the Gleaner newspaper and chairman of the Pan-Jam Group, died at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St. Andrews. He was director on many top Jamaican company boards and received many awards for contributions to Jamaica’s social development. He was a recipient of the Order of Jamaica and chairman of the Kingston Restoration Company Ltd. He was asked by former Prime Minister Michael Manley to head a committee to determine the feasibility of creating a National Gallery of Jamaica.

CLERGYMAN WANTS JAMAICA TO TURN AWAY FROM POPULIST POLITICS—04/04/13
The Reverend Dr. Howard Gregory, Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, is urging leaders of Jamaica to keep the country from being drawn into difficult positions by following the path of political expediency. In a sermon given at the 143 Synod of the Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, he said that “no appeal to populist policies” must allow the country to find itself in similar economic difficulties in the future.

GAS TO RISE BY $2.31—04/05/13
Jamaican motorists will pay more for gasoline as Petrojam announces an increase of $2.31 in price. A liter of E10-87 will sell for $110.29, and E10-90 will be sold for $111.94. The price of auto diesel oil will also rise by $2.50, selling for $112.42. Propane cooking gas will increase by 94 cents to $46.10 per liter.

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