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CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending July 26th, 2013

26 Jul

ELECTRONIC BILLBOARDS TO PROVIE INFORMATION ON MISSING CHILDREN—07/20/13
The government of Jamaica plans to set up electronic billboards throughout the country that will display information and pictures of missing children. The billboards will help in identifying the children as soon as they are missed, enabling the police to find them more quickly. Over 1,100 children are currently classified as missing in Jamaica. The billboards will be part of the Ananda Alert System, and several mobile phone providers will also send the same information to their customers under the plan.
SOCIAL NETWORKING PROGRAM TO FOCUS ON AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT—07/24/13
Agriculturalists in Barbados will receive education about how to use the power of social networks during the Web 2.0 Training and Exchange Workshop. Twenty-two people between 18 and 35 years of age, men and women who are currently involved with farming or who will apply ICT to advancing agriculture in the Caribbean region will be trained in blogging at the workshop. The workshop is part of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in partnership with the Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN).

RESEARCH INSTITUTE SAYS MORE INCENTIVES NEEDED FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY—07/25/13
The Caribbean’s regional Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) wants governments of Caribbean nations to diversify the incentives they offer in the renewable energy sector. Dr. Suzanne Shaw, CaPRI’s manager of renewable energy programs, noted that although there are incentives for renewables, many are tax incentives. She believes a more diverse approach to incentives is necessary to grow this market.

YOUNG PEOPLE IN CARIBBEAN URGED TO INNOVATE—07/26/13
The young people who attended a special technology camp in Trinidad are being encouraged to become involved with technology innovations and digital entrepreneurship. According to Kevin Khelawan, COO at Teleios Systems, one of the biggest independent software development companies in the Caribbean, noted that technology allows everyone to have a real chance to improve their world. Khelawan is the first individual in the English-speaking Caribbean to receive the Microsoft MVP Award. He made his remarks at the BrightPath Foundation Youth Tech Camp.

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