Daily Archives: June 4, 2012

JAMAICA BY AIR – documentary video

JAMAICA BY AIR – documentary video

The Documentary: The Making of Jamaica By Air. The photographer Robert Davis.

Comment: “A beautifully made documentary from start to finish. Fantastic photography. It is good to see some rarely seen locations ….not just the usual tourist shots. Well done to Robert Davis.”

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2012 the Literary Hang for Publishers – NYC – June 9, 2012

2012 the Literary Hang – NYC – June 9, 2012

THE GUYANA CULTURAL ASSOCIATION’S SIXTH ANNUAL
GCA LITERARY HANG
SATURDAY JUNE 9, 2012 
1.00 p.m.-7.00 p.m.
FLATBUSH REFORMED CHURCH
890 FLATBUSH & CHURCH AVES.
 BROOKLYN, NY 11226
The focus this year is the publisher.  
Anyone or group who has published an expression 
of the word is invited to participate.  
Technology has forced a change in the publishing industry.  Therefore, authors who have self published are part of this focus.  Poets, novelists, short story writers, dramatists, essayists, lyricists and graphic writers are all welcome.
This invitation includes cookbooks, travelogues, scholarly texts,
newspapers, newsmagazines and newsletters.
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We anticipate a lively, joyous and productive afternoon.Large exhibition spaces will be available.  Readings, performance art, workshops, and interviews will be part of the program for the afternoon and evening.  Included on the program will be a reprise of Minty Alley, GCA’s stunning adaptation of C. L. R. James’ seminal novel. There will also be a showing of the interviews from Literary Hang 2011.
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The planned Open Mic Session will begin at 5:30 PM.
Anyone wishing to take part in this session must register upon arrival at the Hang.  Registration will close when an optimum number is reached.  Each Open Mic performer will have 15 minutes to perform.
Performances must be appropriate since children attend the Literary Hang.
GCA vigorously encourages wordsmiths of all ages to come to
the Sixth Annual Literary Hang.
The conversation will be sparkling and the works enchanting.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.
All vendors are responsible for the delivery and removal
of all their products from the venue.
This event is made possible by the gracious
collaboration of the Minister and Administration of the historic
Flatbush Reformed Church.

Guyana Tri-State Alliance Independence Event – Brooklyn NY – June 8, 2012

Brazil’s secret fiscal weapon: the tax ‘lion’

Brazil’s secret fiscal weapon: the tax ‘lion’

Stabroek staff On May 9, 2012  – BRASILIA,  (Reuters) –

In Brazil, groups of armed agents fly around the country by helicopter, pounding on doors and instilling fear in the hearts of those who break the law.
They’re not the police – they’re from the tax agency.

The Federal Revenue Service, which has gained global renown for its tough and creative tactics, will be one of the most important keys to Brazil’s economic prospects in 2012. President Dilma Rousseff is counting on the agency’s tax-collecting prowess to help her government meet ambitious budget targets without smothering the country’s suddenly brittle economy.

The agency, known as “The Lion” for its official emblem as well as its ferocious pursuit of tax dodgers, deploys everything from gun-toting operatives to meters on beer kegs in breweries to ensure that individuals and companies fully declare, and pay, their share to the government.
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Salt a Leading Killer Worldwide, Scientists Say

Salt a Leading Killer Worldwide, Scientists Say

By Christopher Wanjek – Wed, May 9, 2012

RIO DE JANEIRO — Want to save a few million premature deaths each year? Regulate salt, said researchers at the World Nutrition Rio2012 meeting held here last week.

“Salt [added to food] is the major cause of high blood pressure, and high blood pressure is the major cause of death worldwide,” said Graham MacGregor, professor of at Queen Mary, University of London. “The evidence for salt [in causing premature death] is overwhelming, equivalent to the onus of smoking.”

Salt, or sodium chloride, is essential for human health; we need about 350 milligrams of sodium daily, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s about the weight of half a raisin. Unfortunately, Americans consume on average about 3,500 milligrams of sodium daily.            Continue reading

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