CUBA RETURNS TO BASEBALL SERIES AFTER 54 YEARS—02/01/14
Cuba is participating in the Caribbean Series of baseball after being absent from the competition for 54 years. The Cuban team, Villa Clara, is slated to play in Venezuela against winter league champions from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Mexico in the annual tournament.
PRINCE GEORGE VISITS CARIBBEAN WITH HIS MOTHER—02/02/14
Britain’s Prince George is joining his mother, Kate Middleton and others in the family for a vacation on the island of Mustique. His father, Prince William, is staying at home to complete his agriculture course at Cambridge University. The Middleton family usually spends a week or so on the island every year at this time.
U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL VISITS HAITI TO AID ADOPTIONS—02/03/14
An official from the United States State Department, Susan Jacobs, is paying a visit to Haiti to help the country improve procedures associated with adoptions of Haitian children by foreigners. The agency reported that a special adviser for children’s issues will spend three days in the country to discuss adoptions. The visit was prompted by the recent ratification by Haiti of the Hague Adoption Convention. About 50,000 children in Haiti live in orphanages, and some are trafficked to other countries.
LUIS RAUL MARTINEZ, PUERTO RICAN COMEDIAN, DIES—02/04/14
The Puerto Rican comedian and actor Luis Raul Martinez died in his Caribbean home at the age of 51. His death was attributed to complications from pneumonia. He had been in the hospital since the middle of January 2014. Martinez played many memorable characters during his career, which was marked by energetic stand-up comic routines. Puerto Rico’s governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla praised Martinez as an “extraordinary” performed and ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at public buildings for three days.
MEMBERS OF CRFM CONSIDER CASE ON IUU FISHING—02/05/14
Seventeen member states of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) have taken a significant international case of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU) known as Case No. 21. The case is under review by the International Tribunal on Law of the Sea (ITLOS), which is based in Germany. The case is expected to make a significant contribution to international and domestic law in terms of responsibility and liability of nations and international agencies for IUU fishing.
SIGNIFICANT THREATS FOUND IN CARIBBEAN IN 2013, SAYS U.S.—02/06/14
According to the United States Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP), a number of significant threats were addressed in the Caribbean region in 2013. Additionally, resources and partnerships in the area were improved through greater collaboration among federal, state, and local law enforcement. Their actions contributed to a reduction in illegal activities throughout the year.
DAVIS WANTS PAULWELL TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT 360MW POWER PLANT—02/05/14
Dr. Carlton Davis, the co-chair of the Energy Monitoring Committee (EMC) in Jamaica, is hoping that Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell will answer major questions about the 360-megawatt power plant project. Davis is special adviser to the Prime Minister, Portia Simpson MIller, and he wants to be reassured that Energy World International (EWI) has sufficient capacity to handle the project.
HANNA CONDEMNS MURDER OF SCHOOL GIRL IN ST. THOMAS—02/06/14
Lisa Hanna, Jamaica’s Youth Affairs Minister, issued a condemnation of the murder of eight-year-old Selena Edmund. She was a student at Whitehall Primary School in St. Thomas and was killed while performing an errand for her mother. Hanna stated that children are “too often” preyed upon by adults rather than protected by them.
FOUR POLICE OFFICERS CHARGED WITH ASSAULT IN FALMOUTH—02/07/14
Four police officers face charges in connection with the alleged assault of Kamoza Clarke in October 2013 while Clarke was in custody at the police station in Falmouth. The officers were arrested and taken to Resident Magistrates Court. Two were charged with wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and misconduct in a public office, while the other two officers were charged with neglect of duty.
NEW KINGSTON HAS FARMERS’ MARKET—02/07/14
Farmers set up booths and sold crops at the Maggi Farmers’ Market in New Kingston among the crowds of business people who were happy to see it. Buyers in general thought it was an excellent idea to bring goods into the city. Especially favored was the chance to buy exotic fruits not normally available in that location. The farmers’ market is an attempt to link rural Jamaica with urban areas and encourage the purchase of locally produced crops and products.