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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending January 24th, 2014

24 Jan

A THIRD FIRE DAMAGES GOVERNMENT OFFICE ON NEVIS—01/18/14
Records and computer services were destroyed as a fire caused serious damage to a Treasury Department building on Nevis. The fire was the third such incident at a government building in St. Kitts and Nevis in January 2014. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

HUNTE CONGRATULATED BY WICB—01/19/14
Dave Cameron, the president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), gave his congratulations to the former president D. Julian Hunte upon his award of Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George. Dr. Hunte will be knighted for his contributions to the public and private sectors on St. Lucia and to the Caribbean Community.

ALUMINUM CAN PLANT IN PUERTO RICO RECEIVES $60 MILLION INVESTMENT—01/21/14
An aluminum can facility in Cidra, Puerto Rico, plans to export products to the United States, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and other nations in the region. It has received investments totaling about $60 million. The Caribbean Can Manufacturing Company produces 1,800 cans per minute, 650 million every year, and directly provided 75 jobs and 120 indirect jobs during its construction.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP USED TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE IN CARIBBEAN—01/22/14
The Caribbean region is making an effort to address climate change by encouraging entrepreneurship. The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center has been launched in Trinidad and is meant to act as a regional hub to support entrepreneurs as they develop solutions to problems linked to climate change. The Center is an initiative of the InfoDev unit of the World Bank.

DOUGLAS PRAISED FOR TRAINING CENTER OF EXCELLENCE—01/23/14
Barbados Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas was praised by Europe’s leading diplomat in the Eastern Caribbean region for building a training center of excellence for the safety and security sector. His Excellence Mikael Barford, the head of the European delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean wished Douglas well in completing his vision for the center.

UN REPORT SAYS CRIME AFFECTS DEVELOPMENT IN CARIBBEAN—01/24/14
A report from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) discovered that the high rates of violent crime hinder development in the Caribbean region. While 8.5 percent of the world’s population lives in the Caribbean and Latin America, 27 percent of the world’s murders occur in this area. The report said the policies that Caribbean countries use to address the issue are “short sighted.”

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