Sunday, June 23, 2013

UWI Offering Climate Change Course

Caymanian Compass
14 June 2013

A new continuing education certificate course in climate change will be offered through the University of the West Indies Open Campus at the beginning of the next academic year.  
The programme is aimed not only at teachers and educators, but also all those involved in industries that will be most directly affected by climate change, such as tourism, agriculture, water management and construction. The programme will give participants a thorough understand of what climate change is, as well as enabling them to examine the implications it will have on their lives.  
The programme consists of four courses, which will be delivered over two semesters. Because it is conducted through the Open Campus university, the programme is conducted online, without the need to physically attend classes.  
The initial run of the programme, which will be a pilot run, will take just 25 students. No prior qualifications are required to enrol on the course and fees for the pilot run will be reduced to $125 per course. Thereafter fees will be $250 per course.  
Applications must be submitted before 30 June.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Rock iguana ‘Nelson’ reappears

Caymanian Compass
6 June 2013

It’s been nearly a year since Nelson, a large Sister Islands rock iguana that was injured on a Cayman Brac road, returned to her home on the island after getting medical treatment in Grand Cayman and sheltering in a Department of Environment officer’s bathroom.

For several months after she was released back into the wild, there was no sign on the Brac of Nelson, leading those who had been involved in her rescue and recovery to worry that she may not have recovered after all.

But Bonnie Scott, who played a big role in saving the iguana, said that Nelson was spotted late last month and seems to be doing well.

“For weeks, I’ve been hearing about an iguana crossing Dennis Foster Road near the high school and today I saw it basking and got a good zoom of the beads. It’s Nelson,” she said. “I’ve been asked repeatedly whatever happened to Nelson, but didn’t know until today. I think she has been doing what iguanas should and enjoying life in the wild since, until recently, no one had seen her since last July.” Read whole story here.