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· April, 2006

Stories about Guadeloupe from April, 2006

French Antilles: Banana Drama

  25 April 2006

InternetRapide.com points (FR) to recent efforts to promote Martinique and Guadeloupe bananas, including a commercial and website featuring athletes from the two islands. The blogger cites increased competition from American corporations and international regulations limiting French government subsidies as threats. Caribbean Free Radio gave the commercial a thumbs up.

Caribbean: Bureaucracy kills & biofuel

  24 April 2006

Taran Rampersad is starting a “death and injury counter” in response to the region's lack of action in the area of disaster preparedness. “My theory is that all the bureaucracy kills people in a way that could be seen as criminally negligent,” he says. And why isn't the Caribbean thinking...

Caribbean: Billionaires Investing in Local Telecoms

  22 April 2006

Last week Irish billionaire Dennis O'Brien announced his company Digicel was purchasing the Caribbean arm of Bouygues Telecom . This week Mexican billionnaire Carlos Slim announces he is purchasing three Caribbean and Latin-American subsidiaries of Verizon, an American telecom, writes (FR) InternetRapide.com. The Verizon subsidiaries to be purchased by Slim's...

A Seamless Caribbean Network?

  20 April 2006

InternetRapide.com, a blog dedicated to telecommunications in the Caribbean says (FR) Digicel, a cell phone company owned by Irishman Denis O'Brien that covers 60% of the Jamaican market, celebrates its fifth anniversary this week. The company has expanded to 14 other Caribbean countries since its inception in 2001 and plans...

French Antilles: Questions about Identity and Unemployment

  16 April 2006

Questioning Identity in the Diaspora Tino Land, written by a Martiniquan blogger living in Paris, highlights the tensions that sometimes exist between Africans and French Caribbeans, criticizing French Antillians who reject their African roots and Africans who say that Antillians are “sell-outs” to Western culture: J'emmerde tout les ANTILLAIS qui...

Caribbean: Cruise ship cuts

  7 April 2006

One cruise line is planning to remove half its vessels from the Caribbean on account of high costs associated with hurricanes, says Mad Bull: “We are going to have to try to diversify into other areas, though I don’t know yet what they are. Our islands have a big challenge...

Caribbean: Hurricane forecast

  5 April 2006

Linda Thompkins reports on a recent meeting held to discuss the 2006 hurricane season and its implications for the Caribbean. The hurricane season begins officially on June 1.

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