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Global Kids Science Fair

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Google on Tuesday launched its first ever global science fair for young people aged 13 to 18, with the grand prize being a trip to the Galapagos Islands and a 50,000-dollar scholarship.

"Google is looking for the brightest young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today," the Internet search engine said.

Students may enter on their own or in groups of two or three. Projects must be submitted by April 4.

As part of the entry, young scientists must create "either a two-minute video or 20-slide presentation giving an overview of your project and embed it on the summary page of your project submission," Google said.

All materials must be written in English, it said, noting that Google Translate is available for those who need it.

Judging of all submissions is to be done by a panel of teachers, Google said.

Then, in early May, "60 global semifinalists will be announced and thei…

Project 1.11.11

(Lifted from Congressman Cesar V. Sarmiento’s privilege speech in the House of Representatives Dec. 13, 2010 is this urgent message to all those who love life here in this island).

Half of Catanduanes used to be covered by lush, virgin forests untouched by man and inhabited only by wildlife. Sadly, that forest cover is now down to a mere 12 percent, even less, thanks to the continuing encroachment of human settlements and the relentless and illegal cutting of trees over the years. We cannot be proud of the verifiable fact that our island still has the highest percentage of forest cover in the Bicol region. We cannot, because we have not done enough to halt its decline.

When typhoons Reming and Loleng thus ravaged Catanduanes, national television feasted on pictures of trees and cut logs floating by our coastlines after being carried down by floodwaters from our mountains. Just like what happened in Ormoc, Leyte when a flash flood claimed 8,000 lives in 1991 due to illegal logging and

Strategic Planning for Power Development Set in Catanduanes

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Jan.5 (PIA)- A strategic planning for power development in Catanduanes is scheduled at the end of January.

The purpose of the planning session is to make the province of Catanduanes an attractive destination for potential investors with an ever dependable supply and reasonable cost of electricity, to tackle issues and concerns related to local power generation and distribution, to discuss burning consumer concerns on refund of meter deposits, and rate reduction.

The session also hopes to gather valuable inputs from workshop representatives of the provincial government of Catanduanes, National Power Corporation (NPC), First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative Inc. (FICELCO), and Sun West Corporation.

Two staffs from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) regional office V will serve as facilitators during the workshop. Participants are the municipal mayors; municipal planning development officers; Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) chairmen on appropriations, e…

International Year of Forests - 2011

The year 2011 was declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations to raise awareness and strengthen the sustainable forest management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations. Forests are an integral part of global sustainable development. According to World Bank estimates, more than 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods. The forest product industry is a source of economic growth and employment, with global forest products traded internationally in the order of $270 billion. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that every year 130,000 km² of the world's forests are lost due to deforestation. Conversion to agricultural land, unsustainable harvesting of timber, unsound land management practices, and creation of human settlements are the most common reasons for this loss of forested areas. According to the World Bank, deforestation accounts for up…