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CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending April 5th, 2013

05 Apr

 

PICKERSGILL PRAISES WORK OF ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION—03/31/13
Robert Pickersgill, Jamaica’s Minister of Water, Land Environment and Climate change, has praised the Ewarton Watershed and Farmer’s Co-operative Society for its activities designed to protect the environment and the nation’s natural resources. He especially noted that the organization works to use environmentally sound methods for growing crops and raising livestock, but that its efforts also target improving water quality in the Rio Cobre Watershed through planting fruit trees on some 100 acres of Mount Rousseau.

STUDENTS SUFFER WITH NO WORKING COMPUTERS AT ST.GEORGE’S IN ST.ANN—04/03/13
The students at St. George’s All-Age School in rural St. Ann have not seen a computer at work for several months. Because most of their parents make a living through subsistence farming, computers are not available at home for many of them. this means that the students’ education in information and communication technology (ICT), which is touted as necessary for 21st century workers, depends on whether the school can provide appropriate stimulation. The school has nine computers, but not one of them is working. The computers are also outdated, since they were donated years ago. The school is making do by teaching the students about computer parts, said the school’s acting principal, Sandra Summerhill.

SEISMIC EXPERT SAYS JAMAICA MUST PREPARE FOR A MAJOR EARTHQUAKE—04/04/13
Eric Calais, a seismic expert from the United States, is calling for Jamaicans to implement long-term plans to prepare for another major earthquake in the future.  Based on the history and active seismic incidents in the region, there is a real threat for another large earthquake to hit Jamaica. While it is impossible for anyone to predict the actual date of an earthquake, Calais wants the government to recognize that threat is real. According to researchers from the United Nations, Jamaica is likely to suffer a quake measuring 7.5 and sustain heavy and widespread damage.

NEW TECHNOLOGY CENTER OPENS IN ST. MARTIN—04/05/13
The new Computech Technology Center in St. Martin will provide regional businesses with access to the technology they need to succeed in the 21st century. The center, which opened at a cost of $3 million, has a team of skilled professional from around the region, offering top-level options to businesses with limited resources. The center is designed to be a starting point for companies, governments, and other entities that want to conduct business on a global scale.

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