Daily Archives: March 15, 2012

Quality teachers – Editorial

Quality teachers – Editorial

By Stabroek News – March 15, 2012  – Editorial |

One of the most ignorant sayings of all time is that attributed to George Bernard Shaw: “Those who can ‘do’, those who can’t teach” as it seeks to negate the teaching profession and the fact that most persons who ‘do’, unless they were born geniuses, are only able to ‘do’ because they were taught how to ‘do’.

The International Summit on the Teaching Profession, which opened yesterday in New York and ends today, was expected to reflect on a recent report commissioned by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which says that teachers need to be given “status, pay and professional autonomy”. The report also calls for teaching as a career to be made more attractive so that it will attract the brightest students.

The report, written after an examination of the schools’ systems of some of the world’s developed and highly industrialised countries, notes that education standards will remain stagnated unless the brightest recruits could be attracted to join the teaching profession.

Traditionally, the men and women entering the teaching profession did so for the love of it; because they knew they could not be happy unless they were imparting knowledge to children. Back then, too, teachers, as public servants or in private educational institutions such as those run by churches, were paid decently and were well respected as well. Not any more.                  Continue reading

Our New ‘Tough Oil’ World – The Truth About Gas Prices

Our New ‘Tough Oil’ World

Michael T. Klare, Op-Ed: “Oil prices are now higher than they have ever been—except for a few frenzied moments before the global economic meltdown of 2008. Many immediate factors are contributing to this surge, including Iran’s threats to block oil shipping in the Persian Gulf, fears of a new Middle Eastern war and turmoil in energy-rich Nigeria. Some of these pressures could ease in the months ahead, providing temporary relief at the gas pump. But the principal cause of higher prices—a fundamental shift in the structure of the oil industry—cannot be reversed, and so oil prices are destined to remain high for a long time to come.”

The Truth About Gas Prices

Bill Scher, Op-Ed: Conservatives are betting that a President Obama can’t succeed in talking straight about gas prices the way Candidate Obama did. First, they are exaggerating the price spike itself, saying that under Obama’s presidency, prices have jumped from $1.83 to $3.70 per gallon. That is technically true, but remember, in the summer of 2008 gas was over $4 a gallon. Prices briefly plummeted below $2 per gallon right before Obama’s inauguration because there was this little cataclysmic global economic meltdown that shattered consumer demand.

— Post #1198

The Jeff Corwin Experience: Guyana Land Of the Giants – 2 videos

The Jeff Corwin Experience: Guyana Land Of the Giants Part 1

Jeff Corwin is in Guyana a land were everything seems to be big, here he will explore all its wildlife and as always he will make a use of his humor.

The Jeff Corwin Experience: Guyana Land Of the Giants Part 2

—  Post #1197

Opposition satisfied with briefing on Amaila Falls

Opposition satisfied with briefing on Amaila Falls

(Demerara Waves) – March 14, 2012

Amaila Falls Hydro-power plant

Guyana’s two opposition parties Wednesday night (March 14, 2012),  expressed satisfaction with government’s explanation about plans to build the US$840 million Amaila Falls Hydro-power plant but at least one party says the talks do not amount to a rubber-stamp.

Using its one-seat majority in the National Assembly, the combined opposition has been flexing its muscles in demanding details from government about several major projects. The decision to provide as much information as possible was made at tripartite meetings among the government and the opposition during the past several weeks.

Alliance For Change (AFC) Executive member, Gerhard Ramsaroop and A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) Vice Chairman, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine both welcomed the openness during the presentation on the 165 megawatt facility. The briefing was done mainly by Head of the Privatisation Unit, Winston Brassington.    Continue reading

Gov’t releases documents on key projects

Gov’t releases documents on key projects

(Demerara Waves) March 14, 2012.

The government on Wednesday released a barrage of information to the media on a number of contracts that have been garnering political and public attention in recent times, stating that the move is in keeping with its unmatched record of transparency and openness.

The contract documents cover the Marriott Hotel, Amaila Falls Access Road and Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion deals and were presented by Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh at the weekly post-Cabinet briefing hosted by Dr. Roger Luncheon.

“All that we have done can withstand the nth degree of scrutiny,” Dr. Singh declared as he accused sections of the media and the political opposition of trying to undermine the projects.

The release of the documents comes a day before the same contract information is to be presented to the National Assembly in response to questions from the opposition.       Continue reading

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