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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending August 30th, 2013

30 Aug

 

NUSTAR SIGNS FUEL SUPPLY AGREEMENT—08/24/13
NuStar Energy LP has signed a fuel oil supply agreement regarding its storage facility on the island of St. Eustatius in the Caribbean Sea. NuStar owns over 13 million barrels of storage capacity on the island and plans to buy bunker fuel from an unnamed trading firm to supply customers in the region. The deal is expected to reduce the company’s working capital costs by $40 million to $50 million.

VENUES IN CARIBBEAN FILLED BY CPL TWENTY20—08/25/13
Although cricket in the West Indies has often played to empty stadiums, the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 tournament has caught the enthusiasm of sports fans. The tournament attracted large crowds, Hollywood celebrities, international television exposure and many local sponsors. Organizers said the competition surpassed their expectations as Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, was sold out for the semi-finals.

MEDITATION EFFECTIVE AS STRESS MANAGEMENT TOOL FOR STUDENTS—08/26/13
According to a study by Dr. Lucia John, director of the Dominica TM Center, transcendental meditation helps students reduce stress and symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Both parents and teachers have noted a real improvement in students who practice the meditation technique.

CARIBBEAN NATIONS MEET TO DISCUSS CHALLENGES—08/28/13
Representatives of Caribbean nations met in Barbados to discuss the challenges facing them, one of which was the impact of climate change on the region.  Travils Sinckler, official of the Environment Ministry in Barbados, said that the goal of the discussions is to alter an action plan approved by the group. Specifically, the group also addressed challenges of disease and sustainable development.

DIABETES REALITY TV SHOW TO LAUNCH IN JAMAICA—08/29/13
Charles Mattocks, celebrity chef, plans to launch the first ever television reality show focused on diabetes. He will provide a revolutionary approach to lifestyle management of the disease, and the program will be filmed in Jamaica. The disease is rampant in the Caribbean, with nearly 33 percent of the population suffering from diabetes. The show will focus on the lives and stories of people living in a house together and how they cope with the disease.

CARIBBEAN MAKES PROGRESS IN REDUCTION OF CHILD LABOR—08/30/13
Countries in the Caribbean and Latin America are successfully reducing the incidence of child labor, according to a study by the International Labor Organization (ILO). The agency said that implementing a roadmap designed to help countries eliminate child slavery, prostitution, drug trafficking, and other terrible types of child labor is on track to meet its goals by 2018. The roadmap initiative provides a training tool and a means toward reducing child labor in the region.

ST. CATHERINE BUSINESSMAN ROBBED, KILLED—08/28/13
Winston Nesbeth, 65, a businessman who lived in Montague Heights in St. Catherine was robbed and murdered in his home. According to reports, he was stabbed to death by one of two men who accosted him and his wife when they arrived home. Nesbeth was robbed of cash and jewelry. He was taken to the hospital after the attack but was pronounced dead on arrival. The perpetrators are still at large.

PROSTATE CANCER IS TOP CAUSE OF CANCER DEATH AMONG JAMAICA’S MEN—08/29/13
Prostate cancer represents a significant risk for men in Jamaica and continues to be the top cause of deaths from cancer among adult males on the island. The Jamaica Cancer Society has named September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and uses the time to raise awareness among Jamaicans of the options that exist to detect and treat this disease. The 2013 program will include a five-percent discount in the cost of prostate exams during the entire month.

SHAW SAYS PHILLIPS HAS NOT BEEN EFFECTIVE—08/30/13
According to Jamaican Opposition spokesman on finance Audley Shaw, the nation’s Finance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips has not managed the economy effectively. This is shown by the way the economy continues to keep Jamaicans from getting jobs and that forces private businesses into bankruptcy. Shaw said that Phillips has not “passed the people’s test” while trying to satisfy the International Monetary Fund’s requirements.

GIFFORD SAYS CHARGING PEOPLE FOR USING GANJA A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE—08/30/13
Lord Anthony Gifford, attorney-at-law, says that charging people in court for using ganja, and jailing them or fining them for ganja use, or arresting Rastafarians who use it as a sacrament, is a significant human-rights matter. He believes it is time to look at the benefits of the herb and make practical choices about how to address it. Criminal law is designed to prevent people from doing harm to one another, not to interfere when a substance is used properly and when no one is being hurt by it.

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