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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending February 28th, 2014

28 Feb

COCAINE SEIZED BY ROYAL NAVY SHIP IN CARIBBEAN—02/22/14
The crew of civilian sailors from the United Kingdom helped the U.S. Coast Guard in seizing a motorboat carrying some £8.5 million in cocaine in the Caribbean Sea. The sailors were aboard a naval support ship, the Wave Knight. The authorities fired warning shots as the two men on the boat tried to throw their cargo overboard. The Wave Knight is part of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), and is deployed as a part of Operation Martillo, a joint effort of 15 countries designed to disrupt drug trafficking in the Caribbean.
CONCERNS RAISED ABOUT RECENT CARIBBEAN EARTHQUAKES—02/23/14
The two recent earthquakes in the Caribbean region in the past week that measured more than 5.0 on the Richter scale have caused some concern among seismic researchers. Dr. Joan Latchman, director of the Seismic Research Unite of the University of the West Indies, said the 6.5 quake 100 miles north of Barbados was the strongest since 1980 in the region. Concerns focus on the possibility that these quakes signal a stronger one to come.

ECONOMIST WANTS CARIBBEAN TO TAP GROWING CHINESE TOURIST MARKET—02/24/14
Dr. C. Fred Bergsten, founder and director emeritus of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., is urging countries in the Caribbean to focus their energies on the Chinese tourism market. He believes this market could be significant in improving the region’s economic future.

ST. LUCIA INTRODUCES INTERNET EXCHANGE POINT—02/25/14
St. Lucia is looking to become the latest Caribbean nation to create an Internet exchange point (IXP) with the introduction of the Saint Lucia IXP known as SLiX. The effort is being launched in conjunction with the country’s marking of its 38th year of independence. The new exchange point is part of the wider Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program.

GUYANA URGES INVESTIGATION OF 1980 ASSASSINATION OF WALTER RODNEY—02/26/14
Guyana has called for a thorough investigation into the death of Walter Rodney in 1980. Rodney was a local historian and black activist involved in the Black Power movement in the Caribbean and in the United States. A political party founded by Rodney in the 1970s, the Working People’s Alliance, hopes a panel of three attorneys from the Caribbean will be able to identify those responsible for Rodney’s death.

CARIBBEAN THE FIRST REGION TO BE FREE OF MEASLES—02/27/14
According to the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), no endemic transmission of measles has occurred in the Caribbean region since 2002. Deaths from measles have essentially disappeared from the region. Along with the Americas, the Caribbean is the first region in the world to eliminate this highly contagious disease.

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