Daily Archives: 02/18/2012

Legacy of the School Vendor: The Way We Were

Legacy of the School Vendor: The Way We Were

By: Lear Matthews

Whether it was Ms. Murray, Ms. Stefie or Auntie Gertie, her presence represented an impressionable dimension of the educational environment of primary school children since the 1950’s and to a lesser extent, today.  She has been a daytime fixture occupying an unsolicited “spot” outside the school building, either near a lantern post, under one of Guyana’s massive oaks or a tattered umbrella sheltering from the beaming sun.  Typically, she was a simple middle-aged woman wearing a plain dress, matching “head tie” or straw hat and apron with side pockets. Fondly known as “the sweetie Lady”, this veritable street vendor was a beloved entrepreneur peddling a potpourri of local snacks.  She sold a variety of succulent and tart indigenous fruit, arguably of some nutritional value, sweets and beverages displayed on a shallow, well-worn unpainted wooden tray.

Popular items were green mango, tamarind, golden apple, guinep, dunks, sugar-cake, coconut ice, chip chip, hard sweetie (nevah done), lump, tamarind balls, plantain chips, chicken foot, mittai, fudge, channa, phulourie, flutie, and custard block.

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The Pursuit of Happiness – Video and Editorial

The pursuit of happiness – Video

May 8, 2011 7:13 AM – CBS News – TV – Video  < click to view

Sunday Morning correspondent Jim Axelrod’s new book “In The Long Run” took him across the country to two very different communities to find out what beckons us to the pursuit of happiness.


The Pursuit of Happiness – Editorial

February 4, 2012 | By   Editorial

“Happiness”, or at least the discussion of it, is suddenly all around us. At the global, macro level, many countries – led by the pioneering efforts of the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan – are now seeking to measure the “happiness’ of their people rather than their per capita Gross National Income as a measure of how well they are doing.

At the individual level, there are happiness gurus from Oprah to Deepak Chopra that will convince you that it is within your reach to achieve a state of complete happiness if you would just follow their instructions.
What is going on, and are we Guyanese missing out something? There was a time – for most of mankind’s history, as a matter of fact – when the goal of man’s existence was simply to live a virtuous life. Continue reading

New York Politics – Guyanese Americans rally in Queens

Guyanese Americans rally to keep Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park together

February 12, 2012 | By KNews |

 A strong and unified coalition of Guyanese Americans took the Queens Borough

District Leader Albert Baldeo advocating on the steps of Queens Borough Hall for Richmond Hill and S. Ozone Park to be kept together, and not gerrymandered, so that common solutions to common problems can be found.

Hall by storm last Tuesday, and demanded that the Legislative Task Force for Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR), rectify their proposed Richmond Hill legislative district before submitting it for approval to the State Legislature. The coalition of community leaders, religious organizations, business owners, professionals and residents, staged rallies on Liberty Avenue, before boarding a large bus and dominating a packed public hearing at Queens Borough Hall.

District Leader and Community Advocate Albert Baldeo, and Vishnu Mahadeo, the President of the Richmond Hill Economic Development Council rallied the troops together, backed by comprehensive data highlighting the fact that Richmond Hill is really “Little Guyana” in terms of demographics researched by John Albert and Rachana Shah of the Taking Our Seat organization and Jerry Vattamala of the Asian American Legal Defense Fund.  [Read more]

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In praise of a second (or third) passport

In praise of a second (or third) passport  < click here

Multiple identities are natural. Citizenship laws should catch up

Jan 7th 2012 | The Economist

SEEN from the state’s point of view, multiple citizenship is at best untidy and at worst a menace. Officials would prefer you to be born, live, work, pay taxes, draw benefits and die in the same place, travel on one passport only, and bequeath only one nationality to your offspring. In wartime the state has a unique call on your loyalty—and perhaps your life. Citizenship is the glue keeping individual and state together. Tamper with it, and the relationship comes unstuck.

But life is more complicated than that. Loyalty to political entities need not be exclusive: indeed, it often overlaps. Many Jews hold Israeli passports in solidarity with the Jewish state (and as an insurance policy), alongside citizenship of their native country. Teutons may be proud to be simultaneously Bavarian, German and European. Irish citizens can vote in British elections. The old notion of one-man, one-state citizenship looks outdated: more than 200m people now live and work outside the countries in which they were born—but still wish to travel home, or marry or invest there.  [Read more]

— Post #1120

Heart Surgeon Admits Huge Mistake! – By Dwight Lundell, MD

Heart Surgeon Admits Huge Mistake!

By Dwight Lundell, MD

Watch: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xewn5f_watch-dr-dwight-lundell-answer-stat_lifestyle

ITS NOT HIGH CHOLESTEROL BUT INFLAMMATION IN BLOOD VESSELS THAT CAUSE HEART ATTACK!  Without inflammation, cholesterol won’t accumulate in blood vessel walls and cause heart disease.

We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is.  I freely admit to being wrong..  As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.”  Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake.  The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease.  Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice. It Is Not Working! Continue reading

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