Caribbean Region

Kingston, Jamaica. - Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has assured residents and visitors that business and tourist activities in the resort areas of Jamaica have not been affected by the unrest in sections of Western Kingston.
Flights have been disrupted across the Caribbean after a volcanic eruption on the British overseas territory of Montserrat.The Soufriere Hills volcano, which first erupted in 1995, returned to life on Thursday, spewing ash up to 6 miles (10km) into the sky, the Montserrat Volcano Observatory said.
Chairman of the Trelawny Parish Council, and new Mayor of Falmouth, His Worship Councillor Garth Wilkinson (right), is congratulated by Member of Parliament for Northern Trelawny, and Attorney General, Hon. Patrick Atkinson (left), following the swearing-in ceremony, held in Falmouth on March 29. The town of Falmouth, in Trelawny, has a new Mayor. He is Councillor Garth Wilkinson, of the Falmouth division in the parish.
CASTRIES, Saint Lucia - Saint Lucia's premiere cultural showpiece, Carnival, is receiving additional overseas exposure thanks to a French-based media outlet. Last week, the island played host to a three-member broadcast crew from Martinique's national radio and television station, RFO (Radio-Télévision Française d' Outre-Mer).
Charles Kao"American airline staff are doing an amazing and largely unheralded job in Haiti," asserts a development expert close to the post earthquake relief efforts in the Caribbean nation.Charles Kao, chairman of the Innovation for Sustainable Development Centre (ISDC), pointed to the work of Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) (www.airlineambassadors.org) which he said had organized and "paid out of their own pockets for 17 airplanes full of aid and trained medical professionals."
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