Daily Archives: 02/08/2012

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Interview

The Root Interview: Rebecca Skloot

By: Rebecca Walker
Posted: March 15, 2010 at 6:50 AM

The author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was drawn to the story by the history of unethical medical research on blacks and Jews.

The Root: What drew you to this work, to Henrietta Lacks?

Rebecca Skloot: I first learned about Henrietta when I was 16. My biology teacher mentioned “HeLa” cells, saying they were one of the most important tools in medicine, then almost as an aside, she said “They came from a woman named Henrietta Lacks, and she was black.” That was the moment I became obsessed with Henrietta. I asked whether her family knew about the cells and what her race had to do with them being alive, but my teacher said no one knew anything else about her. Continue reading

The Caribbean Human Development Report (HDR) 2012:

The Caribbean Human Development Report (HDR) 2012:

Human Development and the Shift to Better Citizen Security, commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the first HDR on the Caribbean analyses the impact of insecurity and violence on human development, within the development context of Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Most importantly, the Caribbean HDR provides evidence based recommendations on how to better address insecurity and violence in the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean countries.

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Human Development and the Shift to Better Citizen Security

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“I am a Guyanese” – music video by Adrian Dutchin

“I am a Guyanese” – music video by Adrian Dutchin

—-  Kross Kolor Records

Update:  This song won the Road March Title in the Mashramani 2012 Costume Parade.

—  Post #1094

Three men, another three men, then… by Freddie Kissoon

Three men, another three men, then…


I went on record last Sunday as telling my host, Mr. Yesu Persaud, on the television interview programme, “Eye on the Issue,” that I want to be on record as being the first Guyanese to say that the tripartite talks are going to break down and there will be an ensuing period of national uneasiness. I submitted as my reason the unchanging nature of the PPP. I am making that assertion the second time here.

Since November 28, where is the consultation from the Executive office which we refer to here as the Presidency? Where is the check on authoritarianism in these post-Jagdeo times? Let us leave out my dismissal from UG; there is the cricket impasse. What has been hidden in the confrontation between the Government and the Guyana Cricket Board is the emblazoned fact that CARICOM brokered an agreement that would have seen the  Clive Lloyd IMC and the Cricket Board working together. Continue reading