Ricardo Blackman´s Caribbean Headlines News Jan. 2nd 2018

By Ricardo Blackman – CDN Barbados

Dateline Bridgetown, BARBADOS:

Canadian company Emera’s multi million dAollar investment, which is expected to be a catalyst in the use of renewable energy in Barbados, has been welcomed by at least one official in the industry.   Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of alternative energy company Innogen, Vincent Rouse, said the $4.3 million being spent on research at the University of Brunswick in Canada by the Barbados Light and Power Company Ltd’s parent company was a step in the right direction.  The scientists at the Canadian university, who are being led by engineering professor Linchin Chang, will collect data from Barbados for research, which in turn will be used to develop technologies that will be brought to the island to be installed and tested.

Outspoken government minister Donville Inniss has two main wishes for Barbados this year- for residents to be more focused on what direction they want to take the country and for the struggling economy to return to sustainable growth.  With a general election looming between now and June, Inniss, who is seeking to defend his seat as Member of Parliament for St. James South constituency, also said in the midst of the highly anticipated election, he wanted Barbadians to remain “settled”.

Dateline Kingston, JAMAICA:

The Jamaica economy grew by 0.8 percent when compared to the third quarter of 2016, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN).  The increase was attributed to improved performances in both the services industries, which grew 1.0 per cent and the goods producing industries 0.3 per cent.

Jamaica is the highest ranked Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country, while the French-speaking island of Haiti is ranked among the worst three countries in the world for doing business, according to the US -based Forbes Magazine.  In its 12th edition of the annual report “Best Countries for Business”, Forbes Magazine has named the UK as top of the 153 countries surveyed.  The magazine determines the Best Countries for Business by ranking 153 nations on 15 different factors, including property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, infrastructure, market size, political risk, quality of life, workforce freedom, red tape and investor protection.

Dateline Port of Spain, TRINIDAD:

The year 2017 began with Trinidad and Tobago being told by two international agencies it has one of the highest obesity (fat) rates in the hemisphere.  The year ended with another agency reporting that Trinidad and Tobago has one of the highest physical inactivity rates (lazy) in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) say the increase in obesity has disproportionately impacted women in more than 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean: the rate of female obesity is 10 percentage points higher than that of men.

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