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Wednesday July 11, 2012

Castries, St Lucia (TDN) --Snake thought to be extinct found in St Lucia

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The Racer snake newly discovered in St Lucia.

A snake that scientists had declared extinct in 1936 has been found living on a tiny isle just off the east coast of the island of St. Lucia.

According to conservationists 11 St Lucia Racer snakes were spotted and tagged by a group of international scientists who have been searching for them since late last year.

The non venomous snakes were thought to have disappeared from the face of the earth over seventy years ago until they were discovered on the tiny isle. Scientists are now confident that they will be able to save the dying species by increasing their numbers.

Wednesday July 11, 2012

St, Croix, US Virgin Islands (TDN) --Scientists name blood sucking parasite after Bob Marley

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Reggae legend Bob Marley.

A scientist at the University of Arkansas has discovered a tiny, blood-drinking crustacean parasite and named it Gnathia marleyi after legendary reggae artist Bob Marley.

Dr. Paul Sikkel noted: “I named this species, which is truly a natural wonder, after Marley because of my respect and admiration for Marley’s music. Plus, this species is as uniquely Caribbean as was Marley.”

The young parasite is said to hide among coral and launch surprise attacks on fish, which they then infest.

Bob Marley is not the first celebrity to have a biological species named after him. Others include President Barack Obama, whose has a lichen growing in California named after him, comedian Stephen Colbert, Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and R&B star Beyonce.

Monday July 9, 2012

Bridgetown, Barbados (TDN) --Barbados to allow CARICOM nationals six months stay

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Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has said that CARICOM nationals who travel to Barbados should soon be able to stay for up to six months at a time.

This commitment was made at the end of the CARICOM summit held in St Lucia last week. Stuart said that his government will join other countries in the Region that have fully applied the measure agreed by CARICOM Heads of Government at their summit in Barbados five years ago.

Barbados currently grant CARICOM visitors to that country three months in the first instance and then, if the beneficiary is interested, an additional three months with no objections.

The recently announced changes are expected to take place with immediate effect.

Monday July 9, 2012

Kingston, Jamaica (TDN) --Jamaica to receive UN assistance to boost renewable energy

The Jamaican Government is to receive assistance from the United Nations to address the country’s energy challenges particularly in the area of sustainable energy sources.

Under the United Nations ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ Initiative, the government will benefit from support to provide universal access to electricity, enhance energy efficiency, and to increase the share of renewables in the local energy mix.

The Portia Simpson administration has made solving the country’s energy crisis one of the major areas of focus.


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