DRINKING WATER IN CARIBBEAN UNDER THREAT—09/07/13
Experts believe there is reason to be concerned about how climate change is affecting the Caribbean region, particularly in regard to its drinking water supplies. Many Caribbean countries depend on underground water, which could be hard hit by continuing dry spells and mismanagement of water supplies. Possible solutions to the problem include limiting development in the region, greater use of desalinization plants, and better water management.
ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY LOOKS TO MOBILE APPS—09/08/13
The music industry in Jamaica is keeping pace with technology advances by utilizing a number of mobile applications, or apps. These software applications are designed to run on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. By installing an app, listeners can easily access Jamaican radio stations like Fame 95FM, as well as smaller stations that have developed apps for their own fan bases. Some artistes like Damian Marley and Vybz Kartel have apps specifically designed to play their music.
YOUTH IN DOMINICA LAUNCH SOFTWARE APPS TO DELIVER LOCAL CONTENT—09/09/13
Over 60 young people in Dominica have created mobile software applications that will deliver local content for government services, agriculture alerts, and community news. The apps were developed during a historic workshop in the capital of Roseau. The Dominica National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) sponsored a week-long event facilitated by BrightPath Foundation and hosted at Dominica State College. The organizations want to encourage development of local apps for local mobile users, which will then enhance the local telecommunications center.
CARIBBEAN START-UP FIRMS LEARN TO PITCH THEIR IDEAS AT BOOMCAMP—09/10/13
Nineteen entrepreneurs from Trinidad, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and other Caribbean countries took part in BoomCamp, part of the Caribbean IdEA Program. This program is sponsored by the United States State Department, US AID, and the International Diaspora Alliance (IdEA). The entrepreneurs pitched their new business ideas at Venture Hive, a business accelerator and incubator in Miami, Florida.