ST. KITTS AND NEVIS OPEN LARGEST GREENHOUSE IN THE CARIBBEAN—11/23/14
What has been characterized as the largest greenhouse in the Caribbean region is now open in St. Kitts and Nevis. The greenhouse measures 24 meters tall and includes 14,000 square feet. It represents part of the long-awaited St. Kitts Eco Park. The park is a joint project of the governments of St. Kitts and Nevis, and Taiwan. The park features local plants, herbs, and flowers as well as tropical fruit trees. It is designed to combine tourism, agriculture and renewable energy.
40 YEARS CELEBRATED AT CARIBBEAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION GALA—11/24/14
Eleven members of the executive board of the Caribbean Students Association at the University of Maryland in the U.S. carried flags through a crowd of alumni and current students from various Caribbean nations to launch a gala event marking the organization’s 40th anniversary. The event features music, food, and entertainment. The organization showcases the culture of the Caribbean to the rest of the university.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO EASTERN CARIBBEAN CONFIRMED BY BRITAIN—11/25/14
Britain has confirmed that it is providing aid to five countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The aid is meant to help these countries achieve greater economic growth and manage the risks imposed by “external shocks.” The countries receiving the assistance include Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Dominica. They will receive aid through a program that runs to 2020.
CARIBBEAN FOOTBALL UNION, MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER TO HOST MEET—11/26/14
The Caribbean Football Union and Major League Soccer announced that they will partner to host the second Caribbean Player Combine. The event will take place in January 2015 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. It will feature players aged 18 to 21 from Caribbean nations.
CHOLERA ON THE INCREASE IN HAITI—11/27/14
Doctors Without Borders, an international medical group, reports that cases of cholera are increasing in Haiti. According to the head of the organization’s Haiti mission, Oliver Schultz, over 2,000 individuals exhibiting symptoms of cholera needed emergency hospitalization since the middle of October 2014. Since the same period in 2013, the physicians have treated nearly twice the number of cholera cases as previously handled. Funding shortages and lack of human resources and medications have contributed to the increase in cases, he said.
CARIBBEAN EXPRESSED OUTRAGE OVER FERGUSON DECISION—11/28/14
Lawmakers in the Caribbean are outraged over the decision of the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, not to indict the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager. In New York’s Ninth Congressional District, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, whose parents are from Jamaica, noted the solidarity of her district with the parents of Michael Brown and their attempt to find justice for their son. She said Brown’s killing and the attacks by Ferguson police officials on media and protestors show a “reckless disregard” for the civil rights of all Americans of African descent.