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Science and Technology Minister Dr Rupert
Griffith says a permanent home for showcasing
local innovation will be established in T&T.
Griffith was addressing the Prime Minister s
Awards for Scientific Ingenuity 2015 at Hyatt
Regency, Port-of-Spain, on Monday night.
Griffith said the Science City would be similar
to the Smithsonian Institution in the United States.
The minister said the project was being under-
taken by Niherst and would be located close to the
recently opened Children s Hospital in Couva.
He said it was envisioned to be "a high-tech hub
with advanced state-of-the-art R&D (research and
development) facilities for product development
and commercialisation and a centre for technology."
He said Arquitonicia GEO was partnering with
A fire at the Guanapo Land-
fill site in Arima on Monday
evening is now under control.
A release yesterday from the
T&T Solid Waste Management
Company Limited (SWMCOL)
said the fire was put out with
the assistance of the Fire Service,
the Emergency Management
Authority and the Office of Dis-
aster Preparedness and Manage-
Last week a fire also took place
at Forres Park in Claxton Bay.
SWMCOL said the fire started
on the northeastern side of the
landfill late Monday.
"Smoke was currently in a
westerly direction covering most
of the landfill and containment
measures are currently being
applied using water and earth
An earlier release from SWM-
COL said due to the circum-
stances, the landfill would be
closed until further notice.
"Waste haulers are therefore
advised to divert to the other
landfills at Beetham and Forres
"SWMCOL thanks the mem-
bers of the T&T Fire Service, the
Authority, and the Office of Dis-
aster Preparedness and Manage-
ment (ODPM) for their ongoing
assistance during this challenge."
The release said the cause of
the fire was under investigation.
SWMCOL also apologised for
any inconvenience caused and
said it would provide further
updates as information became
Fire fighters said the fire was
at the mountain foothills and
they used SWMCOL s backhoe
to smother the fire since the fire
Officers of the Arima Fire Sta-
tion responded. Govt to build
fire under control
Niherst in the venture as design consultant, land-
scape architect and design architect.
Griffith said his ministry had engaged in the right
partnerships to facilitate the adoption of new tech-
nology through technology transfer.
He said a key component of that was T&T s
involvement in a European Union-Community of
Latin America and the Caribbean (EU-CELAC)
He said T&T was also coordinating inter-min-
isterial collaboration in policy development, planning
and implementation. The winner in the junior cat-
egory in the Scientific Creative Solutions Compe-
tition was Shamiya Charles with her entries titled
The Ultimate Fruit and Vegetable Vendor Stand
and The Ultimate Portion Controller.
The winner in the senior category of the Scientific
Creative Solutions Competition was Dr Natasha
Ramroop Singh with her entry Novel Biosensor for
The winner of the Scientific Innovation and
Invention Award was Dr Eesa Wahid with his pres-
entation Constant Voltage High Rate Lithium Bat-
That innovation was "a battery with specialised
circuitry that has been adapted to a lithium battery
to create a power supply that does not experience
voltage drops typical of car batteries."
The competition was aimed at "stroking the
innovative spirit and capacity of our people to
advance government s goal of a highly-diversified,
sustainable and globally-competitive economy,"
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The Guanapo Landfill site in Arima remained closed as fires continued to burn yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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