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CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending April 19th, 2013

19 Apr

FORBES COMMENTS ON JAMAICA AND SOCIAL MEDIA—04/13/13
Marcia Forbes, Jamaican media consultant and author, participated in a forum at Northern Caribbean University where the theme was how to use media to help Jamaicans remain “Jamaicanly.”  By this is meant how Jamaicans can use social media to foster a sense of national identity, stay in contact with a common culture, and strengthen ties between Jamaicans in the Diaspora as well as at home. And while she did not dismiss traditional media, Forbes noted that easy access to social media like Twitter and Facebook and Instagram has dissolved the cultural imperialism of previous eras where “gatekeepers” controlled information. Media can help Jamaicans create cultural ties throughout the world.

CARIBBEAN NATIONS BENEFIT FROM IDB ENERGY PROGRAM—04/15/13
Nations in the Caribbean region will see significant benefits from a new Energy Efficiency Finance Facility funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The new facility, totaling US$50 million, is designed to finance firms that make investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) will provide seven million euros to mitigate risks of the facility, providing partial guarantees to sub-loans financed by the IDB. The focus of the program will be on project with potentially high financial returns, such as smart-grid technologies, biomass power, and solar.

JAMAICANS POPULAR ON YOUTUBE—04/17/13
Carla Moore may not have been the first blogger from Jamaica on the Internet, but she may be the most popular Jamaican on YouTube. Moore publishes a video blog (vblog) and is one of the early adopters of the media in Jamaica. Moore is a student at Queens University and uses YouTube to communicate with friends. She only expected her friends to watch her vblog, but found she had a thousand views the day after she started it. It has developed in the “countryfromlongtime” channel on YouTube, and some videos there receive more views that local television programs.

FLA ISSUES HIGH-TECH ID CARD—04/18/13
The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has introduced a new high-tech identification card designed to licensed firearm holders. The new cards will replace current booklets that have been found to be vulnerable to fraud, said Peter Bunting, Jamaica’s National Security Minister. The FLA plans to eliminate the booklet license within a year. The new card has a barcode that holds the biometric information of the firearm holder and information about the weapon.

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