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Caribbean news: Canadian cannabis, monkeys, Barbuda + more

REOPENING: Barbuda Belle

TEAMING UP FOR ENERGY PROJECTS

A total of 27 Caribbean countries and 40 global companies have been set- ting targets for their new Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator aimed at helping to fund renewable energy projects across the region. Project leader Neil Parsan said that 10 “mature” multi-country and scalable projects which have an impact on climate action would be facilitated initially.

CANADA-JAMAICA CANNABIS VENTURE

Canadian cannabis product company Sproutly Canada has signed a letter of intent with Jamaica’s Global Canna Labs Limited to set up a joint venture.

It will develop, produce and sell cannabis-infused drinks, edibles and other products globally. The joint venture agreement is expected to be signed in January next year.

BARBUDA IS ‘OPEN FOR BUSINESS’

The reopening of the luxury hotel Barbuda Belle in time for the winter tourism season has been hailed as indicating that the island is back in business following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017. Ministry of Tourism and Investment minister, Mary- Clare Hurst, said: “Today is our collective affirmation to our visitors far and wide that Barbuda is open for business!”

EXTINCT SPECIES LINK TO MONKEY

Scientists have discovered that an extinct monkey evolved to live like a sloth in Jamaica. The New Scientist reported that the first remains of the Xenothrix mcgregori monkey originally found in Jamaica have now been DNA tested and indicate a link to the titi monkey, which lives in Jamaican forests.

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