Stinky sargassum blamed for marine disaster; dolphins, flying fish and turtles trapped
#Barbados, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – Hawksbill sea turtles, an unknown number of dolphins and the incredible flying fish of Barbados were among the rescued marine animals on Monday when miles and miles of sargassum blanketed the Tent Bay and St Joseph shores of Barbados.
One resident’s account is that dolphins died, that flying fish are now scarce and the area around the Crane Hotel was polluted with a foul odor due to the extreme collection of sargassum.
Nation News reports in an online article that residents flocked to the build-up, which was described as the worst ever seen. An excerpt from the online report said:
“A number of marine animals were also tangled in the seaweed and brave citizens with the help of fishermen and representatives of the Bellairs Research Institute in Barbados,a field station for McGill University of Canada, risked their lives going through the thick seaweed to rescue and catch the marine life. Among the niggerhead and other pot fish caught, about six hawksbill sea turtles were rescued. An undisclosed number of flipper dolphins, eels and congo snakes were also spotted but were dead.”
The National Conservation Commission of Barbados seems to be taking the swarm of sargassum in stride, responding that they have been monitoring the situation for days; adding that clean up exercises were already being planned.
Keith Neblett, General Manager of the NCC said the sargassum was widespread, plaguing beaches which he listed as Crane beach, Bathsheba, Long beach and other beaches along the South Coast and East Coast.
It is confirmed that clean up of the shoreline flanking the Atlantic Ocean was ongoing today.
Although sargassum is increasingly becoming a nuisance to nations of the Caribbean; it is considered by the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, NOAA to be an ‘essential marine habitat.’
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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.
The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.
At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.
We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”
View the newly released calendar of events here:
JAMAICA: 12,362 Seniors Registered Under New Social Pension Programme
#Kingston, March 28, 2023 – There are currently 12,362 seniors registered under the Government’s new Social Pension Programme.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda, made the disclosure during the sitting of the Standing Finance Committee of the House on March 2, at Gordon House.
The initiative targets all Jamaican citizens 75 years and older who are not currently in receipt of a pension (overseas or local) or any other retirement, old-age or disability benefit or regular income, and are not living in a government institutionalised care facility.
“We are evaluating the manner in which we qualify persons to go on the programme. This is a discussion we will have to have, as some people fall through the cracks simply because they might have a refrigerator, or they might be lucky enough to have a television at home,” Mr. Samuda said.
“The direction in which we are heading, to have those things, does not move you from poverty to prosperity. So, the Government has an obligation to do everything possible to improve their quality of life, and so we will be looking at that,” the Minister added.
Mr. Samuda said between March 2022 and January 2023, the programme disbursed $446 million.
To register for the social pension programme, persons may visit any of the Ministry’s parish offices islandwide.
They will be required to complete a social pension application form, accompanied by their Tax Registration Number (TRN), National Insurance Scheme (NIS) card, and proof of age in the form of a birth certificate or a valid passport.
They should also take along a valid identification (ID), such as a driver’s licence, passport or voter’s ID, proof of bank account and any other document that may be required to process the application, for example, proof of citizenship.
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