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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending March 14th, 2014

14 Mar

NEARLY ONE-THIRD OF WORLD MURDERS HAPPEN IN CARIBBEAN, LATIN AMERICA—03/08/14
According to statistics from the World Bank, 30 percent of all the homicides in the world occur in the Caribbean and Latin American region, despite the fact that this area has only nine percent of the world’s population. Rodrigo Serrano-Berthet, Citizen Security Coordinator of the World Bank for Latin America and the Caribbean, said that out of 50 cities in the world with the highest murder rates, 42 are in Latin America.
HEALTH AGENCY WANTS GUARANTEED ACCESS TO WOMEN’S HEALTH SERVICES—03/09/14
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has urged countries in the Caribbean to provide guaranteed access to essential health services for all women. The organization took the opportunity to promote its call on International Women’s Day and noted studies that showed improving women’s health benefits not only the women themselves but their entire families.

MAYOR OF NEW YORK DROPS LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY COUNCIL—03/10/14
The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, says that his administration will not pursue litigation against the City Council that wanted to block new legislation seeking to prevent police from profiling Caribbean immigrants and other minority peoples. He said the city reached an agreement with civil rights attorneys who claimed the city’s stop-and-frisk policy violated minority rights. The mayor stated that the way the policy had been implemented in the past unfairly targeted young men of color.

CARIBBEAN ATHLETES WIN MEDALS AT WORLD INDOOR MEET—03/11/14
Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica and Chris Brown and Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas won medals in the 400 meter race at the World Indoor Championships in Poland. Spencer received a silver medal with a personal best of 51.54 seconds, while Miller won a bronze medal with a time of 52.08 seconds.

GOVERNMENT IN HAITI DEFENDS RESORT DEVELOPMENT PLANS—03/12/14
The government in Haiti is planning to make a high-end resort property of a small island off its southern coast. The project will provide over 2,000 jobs and help to change the image that the world has of Haiti, according to Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. He denied allegations made by some citizens that the government will evict hundreds of farmers to implement the project.

LED LIGHTING BUSINESS IN BARBADOS TO EXPAND—03/13/14
The Caribbean LED company (CLL), which began manufacturing LED bulbs in Barbados in 2011, currently exports the bulbs to 12 countries around the world, and it is continuing to recruit and expand the business. The firm opened a new location in Lower Estate, St. Michael. CLL is the only accredited manufacturer of LED lighting in the Caribbean.

JAMAICANS LEAD COALITION FOR SLAVERY REPARATIONS FROM EUROPE—03/12/14
Slaver was abolished in Jamaica in 1833, and now Jamaicans are in the lead of a coalition of 14 Caribbean countries that is calling for reparations from Britain for damages suffered in the slave years. The coalition has a list of ten demands for Britain, Holland, and France. The list includes an apology, reparation funds, and assurances that slavery will never again occur.

JAMAICAN NATIONAL ARRESTED IN VIRGINIA—03/13/14
A Jamaican man, 40 years of age, was among the more than 40 “at large criminal aliens” arrested during a five-day operation by law enforcement officers in the state of Virginia. The man, who has not been named, was living in Virginia Beach. According to the U.S. immigration agency, he had been convicted in the Virginia Beach Circuit Court of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon. He received a sentence of two years in prison on these charges.

JAMAICAN STUDENTS URGED TO HONOR CARIBBEAN HEROES—03/14/14
Students in Jamaica should respect and honor Caribbean heroes, including National Hero Marcus Garvey of Jamaica and Antonio Maceo of Cuba. Ronald Thwaites, Jamaica’s Minister of Education, encouraged students to find ways to serve and build up each other. He made his remarks at Garvey Maceo High in Clarendon.

KARTEL, THREE OTHERS GUILTY OF MURDER—03/14/14
The popular deejay and Jamaican dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel, along with three co-defendants, was found guilty of murder in a trial held under heavy security in the nation’s Supreme Court in Kingston. Police in riot gear barricaded streets outside the court as the jury brought in its verdict. The four were convicted in the 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.

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