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Caribbean news: military training, football plus more

PICTURED: The JDF’s Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Rocky Meade (Photo credit: Facebook)

CLINTON URGES TOURISM BOOST

Former US President Bill Clinton has said that the Caribbean tourism industry is more important than ever since 2017’s hurricane damage.

Pointing out to tourism officials that the industry provided 15 per cent of the region’s GDP, he said: “After last year’s pair of severe hurricanes, it’s even more important to ensure that this industry is strengthened.”

NEW CARIBBEAN MILITARY TRAINING

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) says that the newly-opened Caribbean Military Academy (CMA) will transform the way soldiers are trained. The JDF’s Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Rocky Meade, said that the CMA was “in line with similar establishments in other militaries across the world that have received academic accreditations for their professional military education institutions”.

FRANCE TO TACKLE SARGASSUM

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised that sargassum seaweed on the beaches of the French overseas territory of Guadeloupe will be cleaned up quickly. During a visit to the islands, he said: “The best way to protect everyone is to pick it up as quickly as possible.”

CUBA GETS SPANISH FOOTBALL HELP

Spanish football club Atletico de Madrid has agreed to help develop football in Cuba. “Our intention is to open an Atletico academy in Cuba, work with children, for the best of them can continue to train in Madrid with us and maybe some of them can become professional players,” the club’s chief executive, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, said in Havana.

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