: In recent years, there have been numerousreports of species of invasive predatory flatworms(Geoplanidae) across several islands of the Caribbean.Terrestrial planarians and their cocoons are believed tobe dispersed to new territories mainly through planttrades; the worms/cocoons may be accidentallytransmitted in the soil of potted plants or within thefoliage. The exotic terrestrial flatworm, Bipaliumkewense, was first reported in Jamaica in 1897 . Later,the suspected sightings of Platydemus manokwari andBipalium vagum  were documented, in 2019 and 2020,respectively. Terrestrial flatworms were collected as partof a wider study of the epidemiology and transmission ofzoonotic parasite, Angiostrongylus cantonensis, inJamaica.
Numerous organic chemicals, either directly manufactured or formed as byproducts of other processes, are released into the environment. Once there, many cause adverse effects on environmental and human systems. Of particular concern are long-lasting impacts from those organic pollutants that remain in the environment for long periods of time. The development of appropriate management strategies to address this problem requires knowledge of the environmental distributions of these pollutants.
At the inception of automated solar tracking in the 1970’s, geometric architectures with pair(/s) of solid-state photo-sensitive devices were constructed and used to detect the sun’s position. As an alternative in recent years, cameras have been used to capture and process live sky images to detect the sun’s position. When the sky is cloudy however, both approaches are prone to errors and sometimes require human intervention which tend to reduce the trackers’ economic viability .
Lead, a well-known neurotoxin, remains environmentally abundant, arising from many natural and synthetic processes which encourage its environmental accumulation and hence, increased interactions with flora and fauna. Therefore, tremendous research efforts have been invested into developing various methods for its analysis and sequestration, however, affordability, sensitivity and selectivity still remain formidable challenges in this area and hence here is room for further exploration.
A major challenge facing farmers in Portland, Jamaica is dry weather, especially during the optimal growing season from April through August. During this five-month period Portland suffered from severe dry spells during the years 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2020. A second challenge is the damage to crops and land as well as loss of livestock due to tropical storms or hurricanes and the associated flooding. Portland farmers have suffered losses due to an active hurricane season numerous times and most recently in the years 2004, 2005, 2012 and 2020.
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