SCI-TECH OPENS. The three-day Sci-Tech/ Green Expo exhibition
was officially opened at the Sherbourne Conference Centre, Two-Mile Hill,
St Michael. This year's exhibition is jointly sponsored by the Greening
Barbados Committee and the National Council for Science and Technology
(NCST), a division of the Ministry of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business
Development. A noticeable addition to this year's scientific exhibition
was the emphasis placed on the environment.
Chairman of Greening Barbados Committee, Harold Hoyte,
cutting the ribbon to declare the exhibition open. Caroline Ingram of
the Ministry of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development, looks
WITHOUT A GROUNDING in the basics of
science and technology it will be increasingly difficult for young
people to find gainful employment in today's world.
Minister of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business
Development, Senator Lynette Eastmond, issued this caution yesterday
while delivering the feature address at the official opening of
the three-day Sci-Tech/Green Expo at Sherbourne Conference Centre,
Two Mile Hill, St Michael.
Eastmond pointed out that the world was operating more and more
in an age of science and technology.
She observed that there had been a significant expansion in the
quantum and diversity of information in recent years, and acknowledged
that it was quite easy
for the individual to be overwhelmed by the information.
The Government senator noted that under these circumstances,
the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) had accepted
the challenge of educating the public on basic scientific facts
According to Eastmond, the council had been carrying out these duties
in language that "a man or woman in the street can understand".
She suggested that if Barbados was to continue to
prosper and develop, it would be important to attract some of the
country's brightest youngsters into the field of science and technology.
Ark Animal Welfair stand with Sandy being the
Noting that this year's exhibition was a collaborative effort between
Greening Barbados, headed by president of the Nation Publishing
Co., Ltd., Harold Hoyte, and Government, Eastmond bemoaned the fact
that many Barbadians were guilty
of abusing the environment.
She said that illegal dumping predisposed the society
to deadly diseases such as those spread by mosquitoes and rodents.
Meanwhile, in his address, director of NCST, Lennox Chandler, argued
that Barbadians' understanding of science and technology was critical
if they were to make informed decisions on those aspects of science
and technology that impacted directly on their lives.
"It would be foolhardy to create a culture of science when
the very people you are creating it for do not understand the basics
of what you are trying to do," Chandler said.
The official opening of the Expo also featured entertainment by
the Douglas Foundation Dance and Drama Group, while a science demonstration
was done by Olwyn Gordon of National Institute of Higher Education,
Research, Science and Technology and Combermere student, Christopher