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CARIBBEAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending November 8th, 2013

08 Nov

INNOVATOR IN TRINIDAD PROMOTING CARIBBEAN REGION VIA AN APP—11/02/13
Anthony Phills of Trinidad and Tobago is the publisher of CARICOM Commerce Magazine, a digital app designed to provide Caribbean content in a nontraditional manner. His digital magazine launched in 2012 as an app that can be downloaded to iPad and Android tablet computers. The magazine’s goal is to provide exposure to Jamaican products and talent in an easy-to-use tool which is available from iTunes or Google Play.

CIVIL AVIATION EMISSIONS AGREEMENT COULD BENEFIT CARIBBEAN—11/03/13
Governments in attendance at the International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly in Montreal, Canada, agreed to an outline plan by which all civil aviation emission will be regulated in future years. The decision could ultimately increase ticket prices, but it could also bring benefits to the Caribbean and other small developing states at risk of changing sea levels. Details of the agreement will be developed by 2016, when the organization is scheduled to meet again.

DIVERS FIND TREASURE IN 500-YEAR-OLD SUNKEN GALLEON—11/04/13
Divers have found a large amount of British treasure in the wreck of a galleon sunk in the Caribbean of the Dominican Republic. The wreck, which dates from the 16th century, was found to hold pewter plates and bowls in a perfect state of preservation. Over 1,200 items of high-quality English pewter were recovered from the sunken ship. The items will be sold in Britain for £200,000. It took divers two years to bring the bowls and plates up from the deep.

PAULWELL TELLS TELECOM FIRMS TO REDUCE COSTS OF BROADBAND—11/07/13
Phillip Paulwell, Jamaica’s Minister of Technology, has called on the telecommunications firms in Jamaica to reduce prices for broadband services so that a higher portion of the island’s population can benefit from the technology. Of 195 countries, Jamaica ranks 123rd in mobile broadband penetration and 95 in fixed broadband penetration rates. The high cost of broadband has limited its penetration into Jamaican society, said Paulwell.

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