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PICTURED: Jamaica Education Minister Ruel Reid

UAE SUPPORT FOR STORM PROJECTS

THE UNITED Arab Emirates (UAE) has confirmed that it will provide $34.5m (£26.5m) in grants for renewable energy projects in the Caribbean built to withstand Category 5 hurricanes. UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, said: “Hurricanes Irma and Maria were a wake-up call for us.”

OECD ‘GOLDEN PASSPORT’ ADVICE

THE ORGANISATION for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has advised a number of countries offering citizen- ship by investment schemes to ask additional questions of applicants to make sure that the process is not used as a tool to hide assets from tax authorities. The latest OECD list on so-called “golden passports” for local investment includes several Caribbean countries and some Middle East countries.

JAMAICA TACKLES EDUCATION ISSUES

JAMAICA’S EDUCATION Minister Ruel Reid says that government will spend JA$116m (£661,000) on what will be a comprehensive review of the country’s education system. The review will start in 2021 and will evaluate knowledge in mathematics, science, reading, problem solving and cognition.

CLIMATE CHANGES AFFECT WILDLIFE

US RESEARCHERS have reported what they call “massive” losses in the number of bees, birds, insects and other arthropods in Puerto Rico‘s forests due to climate change. The research indicated that the island’s rising temperature was causing a cascading effect on the food chain.

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