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Atlantic brings cheer to Point
Fortin Extended Care Centre
Volunteers from LNG producer Atlan-
tic made the Point Fortin Extended Care
Centre a brighter place as they came
together to paint, garden and set up
furniture for the Centre's residents on
May 21, the United Way Day of Caring.
A caretaking facility for physically and
mentally disabled persons, the Point Fortin
Extended Care Centre currently houses 33
residents with ages ranging from 25-95. The
Atlantic employees and their families spent
most of the day painting and outfitting the
Centre's Occupational Therapy Room, set-
ting up desktop computers and bookshelves
and planting seedlings in a home garden and
along the centre's fencing.
The company also donated a number
of items including industrial fans, water
dispensers, wheel chairs and a spin bike.
The volunteers then treated the residents,
staff and caregivers to refreshments and a
Tameeka Luces-Lima, an analyst at At-
lantic and Coordinator of the LNG pro-
ducer's United Way Employee Committee,
explained that the company's involvement
in the annual national initiative by United
Way T&T helped to build strong corporate
team spirit and raise employee awareness of
those in need in the wider society.
"Volunteerism is a key component of
Atlantic's corporate culture and the com-
pany's employees look forward to helping
out wherever we can," said Luces-Lima. "For
this year's Day of Caring, it was really a team
effort, as our staff came together to see how
best they could have helped the residents of
this home and lend support. "We engaged
our Graduate Trainees to assist in leading
the effort. Over a few weeks they collected
a large number of food items and toiletries
from staff, which were added to the compa-
ny's donations on the Day of Caring."
United Way TT is the local arm of United
Way International, a non-profit organisa-
tion which raises charitable donations from
companies and individuals and channels
these funds to the NGOs which deliver
critical social services to persons in need.
Atlantic has been a partner with United Way
T&T since 1999.
Millions of tons of plastic bags end up on
landfill sites every year, risking the health
of the environment and destroying the nat-
ural habitat of certain animals. But amateur
beekeeper Federica Bertocchini made an
astounding discovery when removing wax
worms from honeycombs, which she hopes
could help solve the problems caused by
In the wild, the worms live as parasites in bee
colonies by laying their eggs inside hives and,
once hatched, grow on the beeswax. The worms
on Professor Bertocchini's property had been
kept in a plastic shopping bag, which she saw
were full of holes.
Professor Bertocchini, from the Institute of
Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria
[CSIC], Spain, noticed the strange phenome-
non, and in collaboration with Paolo Bombelli
and Christopher Howe from the University of
Cambridge, they took approximately 100 wax
worms and exposed them to supermarket-brand
In just 40 minutes, holes began to appear, and
after 12 hours the mass of the plastic bags had
reduced by 92mg.
Professor Bombelli said: "If a single enzyme is
responsible for this chemical process, its repro-
duction on a large scale using biotechnological
methods should be achievable"
"This discovery could be an important tool
for helping to get rid of the polyethylene plastic
waste accumulated in landfill sites and oceans."
One of the reasons the worms can break down
plastic at such a quick rate is likely because
they're doing it already---when they're digesting
beeswax, a sort of "natural plastic" as Professor
Bertocchini calls it, with a chemical structure
similar to polyethylene.
The team are planning to use what they have
learned from the worms to find a viable way to
get rid of plastic waste to save our "oceans, rivers
and the entire environment from the unavoid-
able consequences of plastic accumulation"
Polyethylene takes up to 400 years to degrade.
Bags made from it clog up landfill sites and pol-
lute oceans. (Reuters)
An accidental discovery of plastic-eating worms may
promise one way to fight massive human pollution of
land and sea with human-created plastics.
Volunteers from LNG producer Atlantic made the Point Fortin Extended Care Centre a brighter place as they came together to paint,
garden and set up furniture for the centre's residents on May 21, the United Way Day of Caring.
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