MAHABIR NOT AFRAID OF D.E.A. INVESATIGATION—01/25/14
The former director of Caribbean Sea Works, Krishnamurti Mahabir, says he has done nothing wrong and is not afraid to face the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He says he was never involved with the $644 million in cocaine that was seized in Norfolk, Virginia in December 2013. Caribbean Sea Works was named as the entity that shipping the illegal cargo, but the firm has been non-operational since the death of its chief owner in 2008.
AGRICULTURAL TALKS BEGIN IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO—01/26/14
A series of eight discussions to be held in the Caribbean region on agriculture, health, food safety, and fisheries began in Trinidad and Tobago. The first consultation of the project, which is funded by the European Union, seeks to increase production and trade in fisheries and agricultural sectors. The discussion was attended by public and private sector representatives from across the Caribbean.
FOOTBALL UNION SAYS PRO LEAGUE MUST BE SANCTIONED—01/27/14
The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) warned that any attempts to create a professional football league in the region must be sanctioned by the relevant governing authorities. According to Damien Hughes, general secretary of the CFU, the two firms that announced plans to start a professional league in September 2015 must consult with the current authorities before moving forward.
TWO CARIBBEAN NATIONS TO COMPETE AT SOCHI OLYMPICS—01/28/14
Jamaica will have its bobsled team competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and they will be joined by their neighbor Dominica, which will have a ski team as its representatives. The Dominica Olympic Committee (DOC) is expected to confirm the participation of Gary di Silvestri and his wife Angelica Morrone di Silvestre who qualified late in the season in Montana. They are the first husband-and-wife duo to compete in the same event at the Olympics. Gary will compete in the men’s 15k classical race, while Angelica will compete in the women’s 10k classical race. The couple became Dominican citizens through their philanthropy in the country and the Caribbean region.
INITIATIVE TO EXAMINE INEFFICIENCIES IN CARIBBEAN PRISONS—01/29/14
High costs linked to inefficiencies in the state prison systems of the Caribbean have prompted many to review their practices and accept an evidence-based approach known as justice reinvestment. The approach reduces the number of people in prison and reinvests the related savings in practices designed to improve public safety and lower costs. Seventeen states have utilized private and federal aid to gather data on drivers of costs and prison populations under the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI).
LEADERS IN CARIBBEAN, LATIN AMERICA DECLARE “PEACE ZONE”—01/30/14
From Latin America and throughout the Caribbean, leaders of nations have signed a resolution that declares the entire region a “zone of peace.” This means that the countries promise to resolve any disputes respectfully, as neighbors, and without using armed force. The resolution was made at the end of a summit meeting of Western Hemisphere countries, excluding Canada and the United States.