Clement Howell High Wins FortisTCI Science Fair Project Competition
#TurksandCaicos, March 13, 2023 – Clement Howell High School and International School of TCI won the 2023 National Science Project Competition, which featured a primary and secondary school segment.
Clement Howell High School won against seven other participating high schools. The winning ‘Don’t Whine Over Your Brine’ research experiment investigated a method of treating brine from reverse osmosis to provide a better use for the concentrate and reduce the amount of waste discarded into the sea.
Raymond Gardiner High School placed second with its Barbie Beach Bricks research experiment. The investigation focused on recycling water plastic bottles mixed with sand to create bricks for a walkway pavement and to compare this product with commercial bricks.
Holy Family Academy secured third place with an OpenCV Speed Radar experiment, which a developed a program to track vehicles accurately and detect their speed in a video feed. The school also received the coveted President’s Award from FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes as a special recognition for “outstanding creativity, innovative thinking and skillful execution in scientific pursuit.” Mrs. Forbes judged all high school projects for these criteria and Holy Family Academy emerged as the winner.
Other high school projects consisted of experiments, which used recycled plastic bottles to create greenhouses to hasten the growth of tomato seedlings, explored the effectiveness of solar panels in reducing schools’ carbon footprint, and the potency of bacteria in the root nodules of the Australian pine as a natural fertilizer. High school teams also investigated the prospects of a wireless charging road to demonstrate its feasibility in a changing technological era. Another experiment highlighted hydro-living in TCI, focusing on energy sources and an aqua sanctuary for the growth and breeding of fish.
International School of TCI won the 2023 National Science Project Competition primary school segment with an experiment that investigated pollution levels in Providenciales. Eliza Simons Primary School secured second place with a project on growing scallion using hydroponics, followed by Providence International in third place with a project on economical batteries.
Other research experiments conducted by participating primary schools included the diversity of Aloe, the use of soldier bush for fat reduction, how sugar affects memory, and how temperature affects seed growth.
Clement Howell High School also won the National Science Poster Competition – Creative Art category, followed by Maranatha Academy in second place and Elite High School in third place.
The Graphic Art category has two entries, with Holy Family Academy securing the highest score against Raymond Gardiner High School. Providence International was the only primary school with an entry in the graphic arts category.
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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.
The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.
At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.
We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”
View the newly released calendar of events here:
JAMAICA: 12,362 Seniors Registered Under New Social Pension Programme
#Kingston, March 28, 2023 – There are currently 12,362 seniors registered under the Government’s new Social Pension Programme.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda, made the disclosure during the sitting of the Standing Finance Committee of the House on March 2, at Gordon House.
The initiative targets all Jamaican citizens 75 years and older who are not currently in receipt of a pension (overseas or local) or any other retirement, old-age or disability benefit or regular income, and are not living in a government institutionalised care facility.
“We are evaluating the manner in which we qualify persons to go on the programme. This is a discussion we will have to have, as some people fall through the cracks simply because they might have a refrigerator, or they might be lucky enough to have a television at home,” Mr. Samuda said.
“The direction in which we are heading, to have those things, does not move you from poverty to prosperity. So, the Government has an obligation to do everything possible to improve their quality of life, and so we will be looking at that,” the Minister added.
Mr. Samuda said between March 2022 and January 2023, the programme disbursed $446 million.
To register for the social pension programme, persons may visit any of the Ministry’s parish offices islandwide.
They will be required to complete a social pension application form, accompanied by their Tax Registration Number (TRN), National Insurance Scheme (NIS) card, and proof of age in the form of a birth certificate or a valid passport.
They should also take along a valid identification (ID), such as a driver’s licence, passport or voter’s ID, proof of bank account and any other document that may be required to process the application, for example, proof of citizenship.
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