Caribbean News in Brief for July 28, 2011


Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis: CARICOM Chairman, Dr. Denzil Douglas, has welcomed the resolution of the issues surrounding the licensing of the Barbados-based low cost carrier, REDjet, to operate flights to Jamaica as well as Trinidad and Tobago.

Jamaica and Trinidad announced last week that REDjet will be allowed to operate flights after initially raising safety concerns with the airline.

The issue had also been a major talking point at the CARICOM Summit in St Kitts earlier this month.

At that time Dr. Douglas, who is also the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, said the willingness of member states involved to bring about a positive outcome speaks to their commitment to the regional integration enterprise.

REDjet has since announced plans to expand its operations to other Caribbean destinations including the Dominican Republic, St. Kitts and Nevis as well as Grenada.


Kingston, Jamaica: Cabinet has approved an agreement for the introduction, testing and research of GreenRG Management LLC’s (Green RG) new solar technology for a range of uses in Jamaica.

Minister with Responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Daryl Vaz, said the company has volunteered to test new solar technology for streetlights, buildings, water pumps and other infrastructure at no cost to the Government of Jamaica.

He said approval for the agreement, which is between GreenRG and the Department of Local Government, is based on the condition that GreenRG will test, for purposes of research and experiment, its new solar technology on a pilot basis.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Green RG will also be required to effect and provide reports of audits of the piloted energy technological systems every six months to the Government of Jamaica. The company will also be required to register the patents for its technology in Jamaica and share its carbon credits with the Government of Jamaica.

GreenRG is an energy management company in the United States of America, which created and own proprietary and patented technology, including protocols, products and solutions for an energy saving system.


Port-au-Prince, Haiti: New outbreaks of cholera are being recorded in Haiti.

Haitian healthcare officials say they are getting more than one thousand new cases of cholera daily with the return of the rainy season.

Nearly 6,000 people have died since the cholera outbreak began in October, although many healthcare providers believe the number to be higher.

Jocelyne Pierre Louis, the Spokeswoman for Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health, says the country is still in an epidemic.

Poor sanitation is the root problem in the spread of the disease. It is transmitted through contaminated water in a country with no central sewage or potable water systems.

The sanitation issue got worse as a result of the January 12, 2010, earthquake that left tens of thousands of Haitians homeless.


Castries, St. Lucia: Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Senator Allen Chastanet, has expressed sorrow following the passing of British singer Amy Winehouse, who was found dead last weekend at her London home.

“We have lost a good friend and the world has lost a great talent,” said Chastanet of the Grammy Award-winning singer, who spent a lot of time in St. Lucia.

Recalling Winehouse’s generosity towards local residents, Chastanet said: “We were fortunate to see another side of Amy, and will be forever grateful for the acts of kindness and compassion she extended to less fortunate Saint Lucians during her visits with us.

“St. Lucians join me in extending our condolences to Amy’s family, friends and fans during this difficult period.”

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