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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending October 25th, 2013

25 Oct

 

IMPROVEMENTS TO LIAT ANNOUNCED—10/19/13
Julie Reifer-Jones, acting chief executive officer of the Caribbean airline LIAT, sent a message to the company’s staff members announcing that the comfort and well-being of its passengers will be its top priority. She emphasized the importance of passengers’ security as well. LIAT has been in business for 57 years in the Caribbean, and in many areas, it is the major carrier.
BERMUDA WINS THREE MEDALS IN CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS—10/20/13
Bermuda received three medals at the Caribbean Cycling Championships in Curacao, with women cyclists leading the way. Zonique Williams won a silver medal for Bermuda in the road race, while Nicole Mitchell won two bronze medals. Bermuda’s men’s team did not win any medals at the competition.

EXPORT DEVELOPMENT AGENCY STARTS TRADE INFORMATION NETWORK—10/21/13
The Belize National Trade Information Network, or N-TIN, was launched by the Caribbean Export Development Agency on October 11, 2013. Belize is one of the six nations determined to be in a position to go ahead with the establishment of such a network. The N-TINs are designed to provide enhanced trade information services and create appropriate regional mechanisms to respond to the needs of CARIFORUM  exporters and the private sector overall.

COURT RULING ON MIGRANTS IN DOMINCAN REPUBLIC CONDEMNED—10/22/13
Fifteen Caribbean countries have criticized a court ruling in the Dominican Republic that takes citizenship away from the children of migrant workers. The Constitutional Court decided in September 2013 to block citizenship for individuals born to immigrant parents who lack residency permits. The ruling will affect citizenship dating from 1929. Critics say this decision will affect over 200,000 people, almost all who are Dominican-born individuals of Haitian descent.

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF ST. KITTS SHOWS INTEREST IN CUBAN REMEDY—10/23/13
The Deputy Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Earl Asim Martin, expressed his interest in a medicinal remedy used in Cuba during an official visit to that country. Heberprot-B is one of the only medicines in the world that is effective in fighting diabetic foot ulcers. He said his country is willing to buy and use the product and invited Cuban specialists to conduct evaluations on its efficacy in St. Kitts.

CARIBBEAN, HISPANIC ARTISTS SHOWCASED IN FLORIDA—10/24/13
The Ansin Family Art Center Gallery at the Miramar Culture Center in Florida will highlight the contributions of Caribbean and Latin American artists to contemporary American culture. The exhibit features the works of 20 artists from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.

SIMPSON MILLER CHALLENGES CONCACAF TO BE “HEROIC”—10/23/13
Portia Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s Prime Minister, has issued a challenge to the CONCACAF to take every action possible to life the FIFA World Cup. Simpson Miller spoke at the inaugural CONCACAF Sports Summit in the Cayman Islands, reminded attendees that they need to make the World Cup t a top priority, for the region. She asked the organization to develop a heroic spirit in order to achieve greatness.

JAMAICAN MAN FOUND WITH COUNTERFEIT NOTES—10/24/13
Dwitt Blackwood, 45, was arrested by police in Browns Hall after residents informed authorities that he was buying things with counterfeit U.S. dollars. Police alleged that he had US$550 in counterfeit notes on him when he was arrested. He also had four fake J$1000 notes and J$13,500 he received in exchange for the fraudulent foreign currency he gave to retailers.

MONTEGO BAY COMMUNITIES TO RECEIVE SOCIAL PROGRAMS—10/24/13
Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, plans to enhance training programs in her area to reverse a trend toward increased criminal activities among its youth. She plans to spend over $5 million in her constituency on these programs. The communities of Granville and Mount Salem are the focus of the initiatives, but other communities will also benefit.

NEW CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY STUDENTS’ LOAN BUREAU—10/25/13
Jamaica’s Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) has started a new initiative designed to reduce the delinquency rate. The program is called “Every Dollar Counts” and seeks to reduce the delinquency rate from its current 30 percent level. This represents about $2 billion outstanding in arrears. Collections are to be improved through better communication and appropriate payment arrangements.

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