FISHERIES GROUP URGES REJECTION OF QUEEN CONCH PETITION—11/23/13
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has asked the United-States CARICOM Council on Trade and Investment to reject a petition from an environmental group to list the Queen Conch as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of the U.S. Opposition to the petition is based on what the CRFM believes is unreliable and obsolete information used by the environmental group. If the Queen Conch is listed as endangered, it would mean major economic hardships for many fishing communities in the Caribbean.
SMALL DEVELOPING ISLAND STATES ARE KEY IN CLIMATE DISCUSSIONS—11/25/13
According to Rodney Charles, Trinidad and Tobago Ambassador to the United Nations, small island developing states, or SIDS, are seen as the “conscience of the planet” at UN global climate discussions. Charles says it is the job of SIDS to remind other nations about the consequences of not taking action to mitigate the effects of climate change.
GENETIC RESEARCH IN CARIBBEAN ADDS TO HUMAN HISTORY—11/26/13
DNA sampling and analysis are central to the Genographic Project, which has been operating since 2005. Scientists from 11 regional research areas are gathering and analyzing genetic information from local populations around the world. The Caribbean region is of particular interest because it is a place where distinct continental groups of people meet geographically. Islands that bridge South, Central and North America are excellent resources for anthropologists because of their rich histories and diverse, convergent cultures.
JAMAICA’S MINISTRY OF HEALTH ADOPTS FREE, OPEN SOURCE SYSTEM—11/28/13
The Ministry of Health in Jamaica has cooperated with GNU Health to implement a free health and hospital information system in its public health system. Jamaica is the first country to use the GNU Health system nationwide. The implementation requires integration of data from all the regions and health care departments around the country and involves cooperation among programmers, system administrators, health records personnel, doctors, nurses, and other