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The Caribbean’s First Non-Profit Investigative News Network Launches

-CIJN releases four hard-hitting investigations-

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – The Caribbean Investigative Journalism Network (CIJN) just launched with the unveiling of four deep dive exposés produced by over a dozen Caribbean journalists. CIJN is a project of the Media Institute of the Caribbean (MIC) which is headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica.

The four long-form multimedia investigative stories were led by former Los Angeles Times publisher and editor, Davan Maharaj; former CNN anchor and correspondent, Jim Clancy; senior Caribbean journalist, Wesley Gibbings; and Caribbean-based media executive, Kiran Maharaj.

Maharaj, President of MIC and Co-founder of CIJN, said the CIJN initiative was meant to “create space for our Caribbean region on the global map of quality investigative reporting…. in small island nations we are straddled with the constraints of lack of resources, and the constant fear that our identities will be known and our lives at risk.”

The ISIS story reveals a trail of activities related to the recruitment of Islamist militants by a network of organizations in the twin-island state.

Human Trafficking in Plain Sight explores the sordid realities of human trafficking arising out of the turmoil in Venezuela. The existence of criminal networks working in tandem with corrupt police, immigration authorities and businesses is investigated in harrowing detail.

The team’s investigation of heavy Chinese investments in the Caribbean traces the growing influence of the Asian economic giant on regional development. Using supporting data, the story examines the impact of opaque investments in Caribbean mega-projects on a legacy of debt and geo-political influence in the Americas.

CIJN reviews the ill-fated PetroCaribe energy deals with the Caribbean; unravelling details on how an oil alliance founded by Chavez to confront U.S. influence in the Caribbean collapsed into broken deals, dashed hopes and rampant corruption.

Speaking at the launch, Jamaica correspondent, Steffon Campbell, said he saw the regional network of investigative journalists as being capable of seeing “the bigger picture; a regional picture; a transnational picture.”

MIC is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), Global Forum for Media Development (GMFD), Institute for Non-Profit News (INN) and the International Press Institute (IPI). Its Advisory Board comprises leading media leaders, journalists and media development players from North America, Europe and the Caribbean.

CIJN stories can be accessed at cijn.org. All content can be freely republished with attribution and without amendment. For more information email: cijninfo@gmail.com.

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CentralNic Group Plc Acquires the Caribbean’s largest registrar, Internet.BS

CaribPR Wire,London, 17 June, 2014- CentralNic plc, (AIM:CNIC), the Registry Service Provider powering the sale of domain names through online retailers globally, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the business and certain of the assets of Internet.BS Corp (“Internet.BS”), registered in The Bahamas – the leading retailer of domain names in the Caribbean and one of the world’s top thirty domain name retailers (or “registrars”).

CentralNic listed on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange in September 2013 announcing its mission to enter markets in the Caribbean and Africa, both supporting local Country Code (“ccTLD”) operators with a world class registry solution, and ensuring that those Country Codes were made available to local populations through modern retail interfaces tailor-made for domestic markets across the two regions.

“The acquisition of Internet.BS’s business shows how serious we are about the Caribbean region,” said CentralNic CEO Ben Crawford. “Together with our existing registrar technology that powers retailers like buydomains.london and www.la, we now have a powerful multi- domain registrar in the Group with Internet.BS, which already serves customers in eight languages and multiple currencies, and which we can deploy to enable individuals and businesses in the Caribbean and Africa to get online.”

The news follows last year’s announcement that CentralNic has partnered with the respected Africa.com, to support its development of a pan-African domain registrar.

CentralNic’s Registry service Provider division is supporting such quality new generic TLDs as .website, .college, .press, .host,. .wiki, .bar; DotBrand TLDs such as .etisalat and .theguardian, as well as the country codes .pw and .la.

For further information:
Mohammed Al-Ammouri (ccTLD Relations) +971 507 611 894
Ben Crawford (CEO)
+44 (0) 203 388 0600

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Hard Beat Communications, Inc. Receives 2009 Small Business Commerce Association Award

CaribPR Wire, SAN FRANSICO, December 1, 2009: Hard Beat Communications, Inc. has been selected for the 2009 Best of Business Award in the News correspondents, independent category by the Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA).

The SBCA 2009 Award Program recognizes the top 5 percent of small businesses throughout the country. Using consumer feedback, the SBCA identifies companies that they believe have demonstrated what makes small businesses a vital part of the American economy.

The selection committee chooses the award winners from nominees based off information taken from monthly surveys administered by the SBCA, a review of consumer rankings, and other consumer reports. Award winners are a valuable asset to their community and exemplify what makes small businesses great.

About Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA)

Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA) is a San Francisco-based organization. The SBCA is a private sector entity that aims to provide tactical guidance with many day to day issues that small business owners face. In addition to our main goal of providing a central repository of small business operational advice; we use consumer feedback to identify companies that exemplify what makes small business a vital part of the American economy.

Each year, the SBCA identifies businesses that we believe have achieved exceptional success in their local community. Award winners are chosen from nominees by a selection committee based off information from monthly surveys administered by the SBCA, and review of over 100,000 consumer rankings and other consumer reports.

Nominees are typically local businesses that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. These are businesses that are delighting their customers and providing exceptional goods and/or services.

SOURCE: Small Business Commerce Association

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