The Cayman Cruise Pier – A Matter Of Caribbean Environmental Significance

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A report by David Jessop for News Americas Now.

Regional news coverage can be patchy. While electoral politics, national economic performance and crime from across the Caribbean are regularly reported and commented upon, this is not the case when the issues are regarded as being domestic.

The lack of financial resource and reader insularity means that only a few, usually commercially linked publications can afford or are willing to regularly reproduce stories from sister newspapers elsewhere in the region. This is despite the existence of many vibrant publications in print and online, high-quality journalism and comment, and a very good but underfunded regional news agency.

The consequence is that lesser but often important events in one or another part of the region that raise matters of wider Caribbean concern do not obtain the regional coverage they deserve.

A case in point is the continuing controversy in the Cayman Islands…

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Thai immigration officials seized 95 Indian tortoises inside the luggage of a Taiwanese couple attempting to smuggle them to Taiwan. According to a statement from Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, officials identified the suspects as 38-year-old Lai Tsung and 37-year-old, Lai Tsung. Both were detained while passing a security check at the departures terminal of Bangkok’s Don Meung International Airport.

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Slowly, steadily and almost imperceptibly, North America’s bird population is dwindling. The sparrows and finches that visit backyard feeders number fewer each year. The flutelike song of the western meadowlark – the official bird of six U.S. states – is growing more rare. The continent has lost nearly 3 billion birds representing hundreds of species […]

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Saved over 90,000 animals in various Australian wildfires

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Irwin family has saved over 90,000 animals in Australia wildfires

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 7:08PMAUSTRALIA — The family of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin is continuing his legacy of rescuing and saving wildlife in danger.

Irwin’s daughter, Bindi, and the rest of the Irwin family have now rescued and treated more than 90,000 animals.

Many of which were injured in Australia’s recent devastating wildfires.

Bindi’s brother, Robert, said on social media that Ollie, an orphaned platypus, was patient number 90,000 at the Australia Zoo’s wildlife hospital.

The Irwin family owns and operates the zoo.

Robert Irwin also wrote, “With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much.”

Nearly a third of koalas in the state of New South Wales may have been killed in the bushfires.

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