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CARIBBEAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending November 15th, 2013

18 Nov

BLACKBERRY Z30 AVAILABLE IN CARIBBEAN BY HOLIDAYS—11/11/13
Blackberry, the Canada-based smartphone manufacturer, will make its largest and most powerful phone, the Z30, available in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries before Christmas. The firm is focused on maintaining its position in the region. According to Kenneth Moore, territory sales manager for Blackberry in the Caribbean, the Z30 is expected to raise the company’s profile significantly as it targets corporate and professional smartphone users who want to stay connected to the network at all times.

CARIBBEAN REPRESENTATIVES ATTEND WARSAW CLIMATE DISCUSSIONS—11/13/13
Although the Caribbean delegation to the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is small, it is a very “vocal” group. Losses and damage due to climate change are major issues for the small island nations of the Caribbean, and representatives want to see major efforts to address emissions. They believe attention to emissions is the only way to remedy the rising sea levels that threaten their coastlines.

SUSTAINABLE TOURIST ZONE ESTABLISHED—11/14/13
The first “sustainable tourism zone” in the world is now represented by the greater Caribbean region. The status of the area was ratified by members of the Association of Caribbean States. According to the organization, protecting and guaranteeing tourism in the region is a major mission for the group, which views the creation of policies to further sustainability and principles of integration, cooperation and consensus as key to its success.

MOBILE APP COULD SAVE LIVES IN A HURRICANE—11/15/13
The winner for the Caribbean in the VentureOut Challenge in Moldova, launched by the World Bank’s InfoDev and CRDF Global, was the mobile app, M.A.D.E The international organizations, which encourage international cooperation on technical issues, promoted the competition to find mobile app entrepreneurs and help them expand their efforts globally. The winning app means designer Ade Innis-King and Elisia Madonna of Trinidad and Tobago will receive US$10,000 in prizes and mentorship. The app allows users to get updates about potentially extreme weather events, allowing them to take action in advance, and puts those in need in contact with emergency personnel.

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