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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending July 18th, 2014

18 Jul

GUYANA WINS OPENER AT 2014 CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE—07/12/14
The captain of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Denesh Ramdin, was key in the team’s victory of Antigua’s Hawksbills by two wickets in the opening match of the 2014 Caribbean Premier League. The Amazon Warriors were aided by Ramdin’s 51 from 36 deliveries at the National Stadium in Grenada, the site of the match.

480 KILOS OF COCAINE SEIZED IN ANTIGUA—07/1314
Antigua’s Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy announced the seizure of over EC$17 million in illegal drugs, and two people are scheduled to appear in court in connection with the seizure. The discovery of 480 kilos of cocaine is the largest amount taken into custody by authorities in the Caribbean in recent memory. The cocaine seizure follows the successful apprehension of 2,300 pounds of marijuana valued at EC$37 million.

NYC MAYOR SIGNS LAW CREATING CITY ID FOR CARIBBEAN, OTHER IMMIGRANTS—07/14/14
The mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, signed into law a plan to create a municipal identification card for immigrants from the Caribbean and other countries who are now living in the city. The cards will be issued to undocumented individuals as well as to those who have other forms of identification. According to de Blasio, the new ID will bring significant benefits and allow immigrants to identify themselves to police safely.

NEW SPECIES OF MARINE LIFE NAMED AFTER JENNIFER LOPEZ—07/16/14
A new species, the Pontarachnid mite, discovered in Mona Passage off Puerto Rico’s coast, has been named for the singer Jennifer Lopez. The newly found species was discovered at an ocean depth of 70 meters, the deepest place this type of mite has ever been found. Researchers at the University of Montenegro named their discovery after Lopez because her songs and videos kept them in a “continuous good mood” while writing up their study and watching the 2014 World Cup.

CARIBBEAN HERITAGE FETED AT GOLDEN KRUST BAKERY IN BROOKLYN—07/17/14
One of the best examples of Caribbean heritage at work in a business is that of the Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill in Brooklyn, New York. Lowell Hawthorne, CEO, and his family, along with cousin Stanley Dennis have worked together for years at the business. In June, a surprise party was planned for Dennis to celebrate his 60th birthday and his work as a business visionary who help his family and friends and was instrumental in helping communities in Brooklyn to grown. Dennis has long been active in many community organizations.

HEAD OF UNITED NATIONS URGES SOLUTION TO DOMINICAN CITIZENSHIP ISSUE—07/18/14
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is urging lawmakers in the Dominican Republic to reach a solution to the turmoil arising from a court ruling that could make thousands of people of Haitian descent living in the Dominican Republic stateless. He has called for a humanitarian resolution of the problem. The country recently enacted a law creating a path to citizenship for thousands of migrants who came from Haiti, but the law would exclude most people of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic, causing them to be without a home country.

PRISONS DO NOT REHABILITATE ADULTS, SAYS AUDITOR GENERAL—07/16/14
Jamaica’s Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has stated that the nation’s Department of Corrections (DCS) has failed in making determinations of risk profiles and rehabilitation needs of individuals entering the correctional facilities. Additionally, she said that the DCS was unable to show that rehabilitation activities meet the needs of inmates and that there are no structured opportunities for rehabilitation offered to address the needs of mentally challenged inmates or those convicted of drug abuse or sexual offenses.

BUNTING SAYS FUNDING LOST DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS—07/17/14
According to Peter Bunting, Jamaica’s portfolio minister, law enforcement agencies in Jamaica have lost funding from international sources because of alleged human rights abuses by members of the security forces. The report from the Office of the Public Defender on the security forces and their activities in Kingston in May 2010 has caused some international funders to review their support.

AGRICULTURE RECOVERING FROM RECENT NATURAL DISASTER—07/18/14
The agricultural sector in Jamaica has recovered from the impact of recent natural disasters. Banana production is up 64 percent, for example, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing. Donovan Stanberry, Minister of Agriculture and Fishing, noted the production level is higher than the level registered before Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

POLICE TAKE ACTION ON HOMELESS MEN IN NEW KINGSTON—07/18/14
Police in the St. Andrew Central Division plan to meet with stakeholders and business owners to address problems associated with homeless men in the area who are “terrorizing” the new business area in New Kingston. The area requires appropriate management to address the issue, said senior superintendent Fitz Bailey, who also noted the matter is affecting businesses and creating serious concerns in the business community.

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