October 3, 2023

Washington Post reveals new PRISM slides

…. offers greater clarity into the US’ surveillance operation By Joe Pollicino From engadget PRISM: The surveillance story that started with four leaked slides from the Washington Post,  gets a bit clearer. The publication has revealed [in 2013] four more annotated slides about the once-secret NSA operation, along with detailing the various levels of scrutiny […]

Toxic Ash: A Caribbean time bomb Part 2 – They promised jobs…and brought ashes

By Omar Alfonso From Caribbean360 This is part two of a three-part investigative series produced by Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, in collaboration with La Perla del Sur newspaper, about the environmental and health threat posed by coal ash in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. They went looking for Víctor Rodríguez Aguirre at […]

Idaho woman gets 1½ year term for California egg donor fraud

Brian Melley, Associated Press From Business Insider LOS ANGELES (AP) — An egg donation and surrogacy agency that branded itself as a miracle was more of a mirage. More than 40 people, including egg donors, surrogates and intended parents were duped by the owner of Miracles Egg Donation of more than $270,000, federal prosecutors said. Allison […]

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2016 Mayors Challenge

363 Latin American and Caribbean Cities Enter Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2016 Mayors Challenge Cities Now Competing for $9 Million USD in Innovation Funds Participation from Latin American and Caribbean Cities Tops Rates from Prior Competitions Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that 363 cities across Latin America and the Caribbean have entered the 2016 Mayors Challenge. These 363 […]

Here’s why crocodiles are 100 times deadlier than sharks

By Julia Calderone, Tech Insider From Business Insider The world is obsessed with sharks. Just look at the popularity of horror flicks like Jaws and the less critically-acclaimed but surprisingly popular movie, Sharknado. But when Bill Gates posted an infographic ranking the world’s deadliest animals to his blog in 2014, one statistic really caught our […]

Dogs know best: New study shows your pup can tell how you feel

By JACQUELINE BOYD for The Conversation From Mashable Can dogs tell when we are happy, sad or angry? As a dog owner, I feel confident not only that I can tell what kind of emotional state my pets are in, but also that they respond to my emotions. Yet as a hard-headed scientist, I try to […]

Deadly plants of the Caribbean

By IMA ODUO From Pink Pangea The plants here in Guadeloupe are out to kill you. You may think I’m exaggerating, but don’t underestimate the deadly potential of nature. The other day, as I was walking through Place de la Victoire in Pointe-à-Pitre, a mango just barely missed my head. The loud thud caught the attention […]

Scientists confirm largest single volcano on Earth

By LARRY O’HANLON for Discovery News From Mashable The largest volcano on Earth is not in Hawaii, but hidden beneath the western Pacific Ocean and covers an area the size of New Mexico, scientists have announced. The vast lump of lava is called the Tamu Massif and lies about 1,000 miles east of Japan. It is […]

Cayman Islands delegation attends National Hurricane Conference

CIG DELEGATION ATTENDS NATIONAL HURRICANE CONFERENCE Although hurricane season does not officially begin until June 1st, the first hurricane of 2016 was recorded two months ago when a disturbance in the Atlantic turned into Hurricane Alex – only the second January hurricane on record since 1938. As part of the preparation process leading up to […]

Toxic algae blooms – the worst from the strongest El Nino ever?

By Dr Bill McGraw From Caribbean News Now Aquaculture and Environmental Scientist [email protected] www.newaquatechpanama.com BOQUETE, Panama — Losses due to toxic algal blooms are reported to be in excess of $82 million to all associated marine industries, not to mention associated illness in humans due to airborne toxins and the consumption of toxic shellfish that […]