Katherine Johnson, Queen of Computation
By Dana Malcolm
#USA, March 9, 2023 – Before computers, sleek gray devices with keypads and touchscreens, there were the real computers, the women whose math equations sent the first man to space. Foremost among them was Katherine Johnson, an African American woman born in 1918.
Johnson truly embodies the 2023 Women’s Day Theme “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality” as she broke the glass ceiling times over, her calculations which she did without the help of modern-day computers (because they did not have the capability!) were integral in the first ever human space flight and many of the subsequent ones.
She was so talented that she helped engineer the use of computers to replicate the tasks she got done with nothing but her mind, and it was her endorsement that instilled confidence in the devices’ ability to compute.
Born Creola Katherine Coleman, the mathematician entered high school at 10 years old and graduated at 14. She moved on to West Virginia State College (now University) and graduated at 18 after taking every math course the university offered. She worked short stints in teaching before being hired at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) at only 35.
Soon her knowledge and talent distinguished her, and she was held in high esteem at NACA despite the racial and gender barriers that she faced. She helped to calculate trajectories that rockets would take on space flights for Alan Shepard, the first American in space and others. She calculated when they would launch, emergency paths for them to take, and other life and death math equations.
She was an advocate of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and is cited as encouraging her many daughters and granddaughters into the field. She also lived to see herself celebrated by her peers and country. Johnson received the presidential medal of freedom from President Barack Obama in 2015, and NASA has named at least two buildings after her which she saw in person, and she also saw the dramatization of her life on screen in the motion picture, Hidden Figures, where she was played by Taraji P Henson.
Johnson died in 2020 at 101.
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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:
Soca Warriors crush Bahamas at home
By Rashaed Esson
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors dominated the Bahamas at home, at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, for the 2022/2023 Concacaf Nations League on Friday, with a 3-0 victory.
The Soca Warriors struck their first blow within the first 5 minutes of the game, with Kareem Moses making the first shot in the top left corner of the net giving T&T one to the Bahamas’ zero (1-0).
Soon after, in about 26 minutes, they made another shot giving them 2-0 away from home; the scorer Joevin Jones. By the 34th minute mark, the winning goal was made by Ryan Telfer, T&T now at three.
Neither team scored any additional goals as the match progressed despite attempts made by various players.
Trinidad’s win gives them 12 points through five matches. Next match for the Soca Warriors is against Nicaragua; that clash is set for Monday March 27 (at home in Tobago at the Dwight Yorke Stadium), in a tussle of winner-take-all on the final match day. The victor takes home a promotion to League A and a spot in the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup.
Angus Eve, T&T’s head coach expressed that the job is only half done, keeping aware that more challenges are coming their way, one of which is the nearing match against Nicaragua who is one point ahead of the Warriors.
Meanwhile, The Bahamas will journey to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with hopes of emerging victorious there.
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