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Watson-Wright                                                                                                                  A leading expert at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is urging the Caribbean’s 40 million people to be prepared for a tsunami, two years ahead of a planned early warning system for the region.

Wendy Watson-Wright, assistant director-general and executive secretary of the UNESCO-Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, said the Indian Ocean Tsunami Early Warning System, coordinated through UNESCO-IOC, saved lives in that region following an 8.6 magnitude earthquake off northern Indonesia.

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony says his administration will remove an environmental levy on goods entering St. Lucia which he admits to being illegal, following complaints from a number of Caribbean community (CARICOM) countries.

Speaking on local televison last month, Anthiny said that over the past couple years St. Lucia had been heavily criticized by at least three CARCICOM states for the imposition of the levy.

The Prince Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation recently conducted a coral reef research expedition, involving nine Bahamian scientists, amid concerns that coral reefs here are threatened with extinction due to over fishing and climate change conditions.

"We don't aticipate any new legislation as a result of the research that was conducted," said Environment Minister Earl Deveaux, noting that "what we expect will happen is that it will inform and amplify our completed legislative work."

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Water sports enthusiasts, boaters, anglers, divers, and beach-goers seeking getaway fun in Florida over the long Memorial Day weekend, remember to watch out for manatees, cautions Save the Manatee Club.

Human-induced manatee injuries and deaths are an ongoing concern year-round for the manatee population in the Sunshine State, with increased risk on busy boating holidays.

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