Caribbean Briefs For February 8, 2010


Bridgetown, Barbados: The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology has announced that Caribbean countries which have been in the grips of drought-like conditions won’t see a respite anytime soon.

Residents of Trinidad, Barbados and Jamaica have been facing daily water restrictions. Schools, hospitals and farms have also been severely affected by the dry spell.

However, the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) says the problem should not have been so bad.

CIMH acting chief of applied meteorology, Adrian Trottman, says people could have saved more water during the rainy season.

“Water harvesting is something that we should get into more,” he said. “In Barbados it is part of law that if you have a property of a certain size then you’re supposed to have storage water from the rainfall and that can be more widespread and this can be used not for domestic uses but for irrigation and washing cars.”


Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Dominica and St. Lucia will supply a few dozen Creole-speaking officers to Haiti.

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced during a visit to Port-au-Prince that the two countries could supply between 50-60 Creole speakers in the short term, with more to follow.

The staff would also help restore ministries, many of which were destroyed in the earthquake.


Georgetown, Guyana: CARICOM wants the United Nations to organize a global summit on the worldwide “epidemic” of lifestyle diseases.

CARICOM and the World Health Organization (WHO) organized a briefing at UN headquarters on the impact of the so-called non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, strokes, heart diseases and cancer.

“Non-communicable diseases are a development issue as much as a health issue,” said Donatus St. Aimee, St. Lucia’s UN ambassador.

Ala Alwan, an Assistant Director-General of WHO, said non-communicable diseases were responsible for 60 per cent of global deaths.


Georgetown, Guyana: Guyana is moving to centralize its intelligence gathering agencies.

A building is currently being constructed close to the office of the president to house the new intelligence unit.

However, chief government spokesman Roger Luncheon said the administration was not going to disband the intelligence gathering arms of the police, army and other agencies.

Luncheon did not say why the new agency is being formed but there have been widespread concerns about the country’s intelligence-gathering capabilities.

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