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Caribbean news in brief: Jamaican athletes, tourism + more

PICTURED: Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner

STREAMING EU TV IN THE CARIBBEAN

New European legislation will allow visitors to European parts of the Caribbean to access European streaming services. Under the legislation, subscribers will be able to access their streaming services in the French and Dutch Caribbean and, because of its judicial status, also in Guyana.

MEET AND GREET JAMAICAN ATHLETES

Jamaica plans to provide a meet-and-greet athletes event to showcase the country at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The ‘Brand Jamaica’ event is based on a similar ‘Jamaica House’ event staged during the 2012 Olympic Games in London and then at subsequent global meets.

The event will also include live entertainment and dance.

BARBADOS NEEDS TO UP TOURISM

Barbados Tourism Ministry’s parliamentary secretary says that the country needs more tourist attractions to entertain repeat visitors. Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner told parliament that the average length of stay for visitors had dropped and suggested that the business community look for new attractions, particularly for children, to keep up the high percentage of repeat visitors.

PUERTO RICO HOLDS INDIGENOUS LINKS

Dutch scientists have found that the indigenous Taino people of the Caribbean did not become extinct and that their bloodline can be traced.

It had been believed that the Taino had been wiped out when Spanish settlers arrived. However, DNA evidence from skeletons found in the Bahamas indicates genetic continuity, with the closest genome links being to contemporary Puerto Ricans.

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