Daily Archives: April 15, 2012

Why are so many Americans living by themselves?

Why are so many Americans living by themselves?

“The Disconnect”  by Nathan Heller April 16, 2012 – The New Yorker

Today, half of U.S. residents are single, and a third of all households have one occupant.

And yet the reputation of modern solitude is puzzling, because the traits enabling a solitary life—financial stability, spiritual autonomy, the wherewithal to buy more dishwashing detergent when the box runs out—are those our culture prizes. Plus, recent demographic shifts suggest that aloneness, far from fading out in our connected age, is on its way in. In 1950, four million people in this country lived alone. These days, there are almost eight times as many, thirty-one million. Americans are getting married later than ever (the average age of first marriage for men is twenty-eight), and bailing on domestic life with alacrity (half of modern unions are expected to end in divorce). Today, more than fifty per cent of U.S. residents are single, nearly a third of all households have just one resident, and five million adults younger than thirty-five live alone. This may or may not prove a useful thing to know on certain Saturday nights.           Continue reading

Guyana: Economic Performance and Outlook – Professor Clive Y Thomas

Guyana: Economic Performance and Outlook

(The Recent Scramble for Natural Resources)

(Excerpted, edited, revised and updated from opinion pieces written mainly during 2011) by Professor Clive Y Thomas

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Contents/Page #  –

 A: Performance of the Guyana Economy in the 2000s, and Outlook

Performance: Guyana’s Economy, 2000 – 2011 – Pg  2

Outlook: Downside Risks   – Pg  6

Outlook: Upside Potentials (The Scramble for Minerals) –  Pg 11

 B: The Guyana-Norway “Partnership” to Exploit  Rainforest Potential  -Pg 20

The Low Carbon Dev  Strategy (LCDS) as Development Framework – Pg 20

The One-sided Guyana-Norway, Memorandum of Understanding   – Pg  22

The Hydro-power Solution!     – Pg 25

Note:  This section should be read in conjunction with Clive Thomas, The LCDS, Guyana-Norway Agreement and Environmental Issues Related to Climate Change and Global Warming. November 29, 2009 to August 1, 2010 (for availability see Introduction)

C: Looting Guyana: Polemics on the Scramble for Minerals and Other Natural  Resources    – Pg  28       Continue reading

Olympic hopeful – Matt Centrowitz Jr – Guyanese roots

Also view:   Matthew Centrowitz gets silver medal at IAAF Moscow 2013

Olympic athletes: Matthew Centrowitz Jr.

Olympic hopeful – Matt Centrowitz Jr – mother is from Guyana

Olympic races are always blazing, and the fastest runners always win, right? No and no. In all but the short sprints, Olympic track races can be as tactical as chess matches until a wild final burst. Matt Centrowitz Jr., a rising star in the 1,500, explains the strategic aspect of speed.

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Matthew Centrowitz learns the strategy behind speed –

In a race such as the 1,500 meters, knowing when to run in front and when to hang back can be the difference between triumph and disappointment.

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Matthew is the nephew of Mark Bannister of GTLime. 

Hopefully he makes the Olympic team, the top 3 qualify.  He has to compete at US Olympic Trails even though he is the US Champion and has the Olympic qualifying time…..The good thing is, the Olympic trials will be staged in Oregon in June, on his home track and his family and friends will be there to cheer him on.

ReCivilization – challenges facing the world – CBC Radio

About the Show  — from CBC Radio

ReCivilization is a five-part series that examines some of the the biggest challenges facing our world. It charts a path to the future enabled by the revolutions underway in communications, innovation and learning in this new, post-industrial, digital age. Celebrated Canadian author and thinker Don Tapscott guides us along this path with some of the most prominent minds in education, government, industry, the media, science, and health and medicine — along with the pioneers who are collaborating to create a new era of networked intelligence.  [more]
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Here is the fourth segment of this series (with comments) – the previous segments are listed below:

Episode Four: Re-Industrializing the planet (Listen)

CBC Radio – Streaming Link

In episode four of ReCivilization, Don examines how the digital revolution has cut transaction costs and changed the notion of the firm, and how business needs to operate collaboratively and transparently — to meet the needs of increasingly savvy consumers concerned about sustainability and ethical behaviour. As Don says, the level of scrutiny made possible by the web means businesses operate nakedly. And if you’re going to be naked, you’d better be buff.

Other Episodes

Episode Five: Rebooting the Public Square