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Last updated: 31 January, 2008 - Published 11:49 GMT
 
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Missing Antigua MP found dead

Police in Antigua say they've found the body of missing Antigua Agriculture Minister Charlesworth Samuel.

The body of 69 year-old Mr Samuel was found near a beach on Thursday afternoon.

He went missing late Tuesday night.

Guyana mourns

It's a day of national mourning in Guyana today following the massacre of eleven people last Saturday and the killing of a soldier last week by armed assailants.

Six adults and five children were slain when gunmen attacked a village early Saturday morning.

Most of the victims of Saturday's shootings are also being buried today.

No arrests have yet been made but police say they suspect the attack was spearheaded by a known gang-leader.

Meanwhile two men believed to be part of the gang said to have carried out last Saturday's massacre were themselves killed late yesterday during a shoot-out with security forces.

Laying down the law

Police Commissioner Hardley Lewin has given Jamaicans until the middle of February to - as he put it - clean up their act, or face the consequences of a zero-tolerance policy.

Speaking at a press conference in Kingston, Commissioner listed traffic violations, littering, late night noise and other forms of anti-social behaviour.

And he's also promised a clampdown on people criminals especially those people involved in gun and drug related crimes.

The new police commissioner, who comes from a military background, has also spoken about intelligence-led policing to infiltrate criminal networks.

He also pledged to work closer with his regional and international counterparts.

Stormy studies

Will scientists ever agree on what effect warmer seas really have on hurricane formation?

BBC Caribbean has come across major scientific studies released this week which come to different conclusions.

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Scientists disagree on how global warming affects hurricanes

One, a new study by the British journal Nature, says warmer seas accounted for 40 percent of a dramatic surge in hurricanes from the mid-1990s.

The British paper is said to be the first to calculate the precise contribution of sea temperatures in driving hurricane frequency.

But earlier this week another report - that one by a group of American scientists from the University of Miami - said rising ocean temperatures linked to global warming could DECREASE the number of hurricanes making landfall in the Caribbean.

One of the British researchers admitted that scientists sometimes have "very fierce and quite acrimonious debates" about the impact of global warming on hurricanes.

Bird flu poultry ban

A delegation from the Dominican Republic has travelled to Haiti to try to reverse a ban on the sale of Dominican eggs and chicken after two cases of bird flu were detected.

The Dominican Foreign Minister Carlos Morales Troncoso, has said that the president of Haiti, Rene Preval, has pledged to reconsider the ban.

The Dominican authorities have insisted that there have been only two cases of the disease and that the cases were isolated.

Officials say the ban has hurt poultry producers and news outlets say there has been an increase in the smuggling of eggs and chickens across the Dominican-Haitian border.

School cellphone ban

The Ministry of Education in Jamaica has banned the use of cellphones use in schools as one of several measures it says are aimed at reducing worrying levels of violence on school premises.

Other steps include behaviour and dress codes for students and teachers.

While the latter two have been welcomed, the cellphone ban seems contentious.

Many parents see them as a necessary point of contact with their children but education authorities say students with the gadgets have been the targets for robberies.

The Ministry of Education says it's also introducing other security and safety measures including metal detectors in schools as well as having all school premises fenced

Surveillance cameras and panic alarm systems are to be installed in high-risk schools.

 
 
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