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CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending September 6th, 2013

06 Sep

 

TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER NEEDED IN CARIBBEAN—08/31/13
Nations in the Caribbean need to have a regional tsunami warning center that will protect their coastlines, which are densely populated. A report in Science magazine noted that there have been major improvement efforts directed at preparing for tsunamis in the region, but more funding and research is required to reduce the time of detection and to ensure that people have the education and information they need to respond if such a disaster strikes. According to the article, over half-a-million people could be at risk from a tsunami every day along the coasts of Caribbean nations.

DATA CENTER DISTRIBUTION DEAL BETWEEN AVNET, CISCO ENLARGED—09/01/13
The Cisco data center distribution agreement made by Avnet has been broadened to include a larger geographic area in the Caribbean and Latin America. The company has enlarged the reach of the Cisco data center portfolio, building on current distribution relations between Avnet and Cisco in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION BRINGS SPANISH TO LOCAL TELEVISION—09/02/13
Jamaica’s Ministry of Education is partnering with the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation and Television Jamaica to enhance the teaching and learning of the Spanish language on the island. A series of Spanish television programs will be aired to provide the education. Thirteen TV programs of six to eight minutes in duration are aimed at teachers, students, and lovers of Spanish. The first episode will air on TVJ’s “Smile Jamaica” on August 20, 2013.

DOMINICA PROMOTES GEOTHERMAL ENERGY—09/04/13
The government of Dominica hopes that geothermal energy will be the solution to climate change concerns and help the country address its high electricity costs as well. The government plans to become “carbon negative” by 2020 through an initiative. The country is at risk for climate-linked disasters like flooding, hurricanes, and landslides, and it is hoped that the new geothermal project will relieve some pressure on domestic electricity needs.

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