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CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending August 16th, 2013

16 Aug

 

BERMUDA SHOULD HAVE MARINE RESERVE AREA—08/010/13
Advocates for the protection of the ocean environment, including a grandson of famous undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, and representatives of the Pew Charitable Trusts, are encouraging the development of the largest marine reserve to be created in the Atlantic in Bermuda’s waters. The reserve would help to protect parts of the Sargasso Sea, a body of warm water that is the major habitat for many marine species. The reserve would be 50 miles from the coast of Bermuda and encircle the territory, with the assurance that fishermen could still use offshore waters.

JPS RECOGNIZED FOR BEST SAFETY PERFORMANCE—08/011/13
The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has been chosen to receive the award for the utility with the best safety record in the Caribbean in 2012. The award was presented by the Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation (CARILEC). According to Kelly Tomblin, president and CEO of JPS, the award represents the organization’s commitment to achieve operational excellence and shows that these efforts are leading to good results.

CAPE PUPILS STUMPED BY ELECTRICAL PAPER—08/012/13
According to the Caribbean Examination Council, about 70 percent of pupils get a score of zero in any question on the Electrical and Electronic Technology Unit 1 exam (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). No pupil received a Grade 1 in Electrical and Electronic Technology Unit 1, and only two receive Grad IIs. Most candidates score zero on a number of questions. The statistics indicated that there was an improvement of 25 percent in Geometrical and Mechanical Engineering Drawing Unit 1 in 2013 when compared to 2012, however.

HIGHER TEMPERATURES MEAN MORE VIOLENCE—08/015/13
Research from the University of California and Princeton University suggests that changes in climate are linked to global human violence. Higher temperatures represent the chief factor in the increase. Researchers examined 60 previous studies from all major areas of the world, and the results indicated that changed like higher temperatures, drought, and flooding had a strong correlation with increases in conflict. The study looked at higher rates of domestic violence in India and Australia, murders and assaults in the United States and Tanzania, ethnic violence in South Asia and Europe, and civil conflicts in the tropics.

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