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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending November 22nd, 2013

22 Nov

FASHION INDUSTRY INSTRUMENTAL IN PROMOTING REGIONAL INTEGRATION—11/16/13
The Caribbean Export Development Agency supported the participation of seven fashion designers in the Dominicana Moda event in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, which was held in October 2013. The Fashion Week event attracted many designers and audiences from many regions and is viewed as a means to promote further integration of the Caribbean region. A joint exhibit of seven Caribbean countries focused on providing greater exposure to international and regional markets.

UN MISSION IN HAITI WORRIED ABOUT VIOLENCE—11/17/13
A peacekeeping mission from the United Nations based in Haiti has concerns about a wave of violence occurring in several cities in the country. A statement from the mission noted killings and violent incidents in Port-au-Prince, the capital city, as well as in other parts of the nation. Anti-government protests have turned violent as well, but no details were provided.

AWARD FOR BAJAN COMEDY AT FILM FESTIVAL—11/18/13
The film “Pay Day” from the Let’s Do This Filmz Production Company won the Best Caribbean Film award at the 8th Annual Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. The film is a comedy-drama that focuses on the idiosyncrasies and everyday activities of people and community life in Barbados.

RULING FROM DOMINICAN COURT ON CITIZENSHIP DISCUSSED BY CARICOM—11/19/13
An emergency meeting of CARICOM members was called to discuss a court ruling in the Dominican Republic that could strip citizenship from thousands of children born to migrants in that country illegally. According to Irwin LaRocque, secretary general of CARICOM, the meeting will be held in response to anger in the Caribbean region about the ruling, which would disproportionately impact people of Haitian ancestry.

PRIME MINISTER OF HAITI, SEAN PENN VISIT CALIFORNIA TECH FIRMS—11/20/13
Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister of Haiti, and actor and Haiti Goodwill Ambassador Sean Penn, are making a visit to California’s Silicon Valley to find ways that technology can be used to benefit the people of Haiti. The country sees technology as a critical tool for developing its economy and making it more competitive in the global marketplace. The delegation met with officials from Google, Facebook, and Apple to discuss facilitating access to technology for Haitian citizens.

SOME ILLEGAL CARIBBEAN IMMIGRANTS GRANTED REPRIEVE IN U.S.—11/21/13
Illegal immigrants from the Caribbean and other regions have been granted a reprieve in the United States if they are related to active military troops or veterans. The close relatives of veterans and active military will be allowed to remain in the U.S. and take action to become permanent residents of that country.

BUSINESSES IN ST. JAMES ENOURAGED TO USE POLICE ESCORT SERVICES—11/19/13
Police in St. James are encouraging businesses in the area to utilize their protective services when going to make deposits at financial institutions. The police appeal follows the murder of Clifton Young, operator of the Flagstaff Bakery in Montego Bay. He was shot and killed at about nine in the morning on his way to a bank when accosted by two gunmen. The police escort service is offered free of charge.

JAMAICANS CATCH 800-POUND SUNFISH—11/20/13
Two fishermen caught an 800-pound sunfish off the coast of Jamaica hear Portland Parish and thought they had hauled up an alien life form. The giant fish did not look like the usual bright-colored round “sunnies” typically caught in the area. It took the men about an hour to take the fish onto their boat. Sunfish can reach a weight of one ton, but are rarely seen at this size.

200 CHILDREN IN STATE CARE RECEIVE SPECIAL TREAT—11/21/13
Columbus Communications Jamaica Ltd., the operators of Flow and Columbus Business Solutions, along with Burger King, have joined to provide a Christmas treat at the Hope Zoo for 200 children from Spanish Town and Kingston, who are currently in the care of the state. The event, which will be held on December 4, 2013, features a tour of the zoo, a movie, games and other activities, and a meal provided by Burger King.

GOVERNMENT CONCERNED THAT T&T TURNS BACK MANY JAMAICANS—11/22/13
The Jamaican government has expressed its concern that Trinidad and Tobago appears to be denying entry to a large number of Jamaicans trying to enter the country.  Most recently, 12 Jamaicans were turned away from T&T after being stopped at the international airport in Port-of-Spain at the end of a flight on Caribbean Airlines. Immigration officials at the airport refused entry to the Jamaicans, but no further details were available on this incident, which, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, was only the latest in a series of similar situations.

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