Daily Archives: August 4, 2012

Raising an Olympian – GABBY DOUGLAS

Raising an Olympian – GABBY DOUGLAS

As the Proud Sponsor of Moms, P&G presents this series about the mom behind the Olympic athlete.

Caribbean Carnival set to blast off – in Toronto

Caribbean Carnival set to blast off

The Caribbean Carnival takes place in Toronto this weekend.

CBC News – Posted: Aug 2, 2012

Just as has been happening for the past 45 years, last minute preparations are underway for this weekend’s Caribbean Carnival.

The King and Queen Competition got underway Thursday night at Lamport Stadium, but that’s just a taste of what to expect during the extravaganza.

For Marcus Eustace, the work has been going on for what seems like forever.

Eustace is the band leader of Carnival Nationz Mas Cap and more than 2,300 band members need outfits. “For the last four months we have been in this warehouse working 16 to 18 hour days,” he said.

But the work pays off. In the seven years they’ve been competing, they’ve won the competition four times.

The festival’s organizers are also going all out.  “This is crunch time, show time, panic time, for the next two or three days,” said Carnival spokesperson Stephen Weir.  Continue reading

Linden yet to return to normalcy

Linden yet to return to normalcy

AUGUST 4, 2012 | BY KNEWS |
It has been just over two weeks since the protest against increased electricity tariffs for the mining town of Linden started, and the shooting to death of the three Lindeners who were buried on Wednesday, but the town is yet to return to a state of normalcy.

In fact the major thoroughfares which facilitate ingress and egress to the community are still blocked, and manned by residents who are determined not to ‘retreat or surrender’ until the increased tariffs are withdrawn.

President Ramotar had said in a statement that the increase would be put on hold, but Lindeners have reiterated that they “would rather starve” than agree to a suspension that could be reversed at any time.      Continue reading

Daphne Koller: What we’re learning from online education – video

Daphne Koller: What we’re learning from online education

Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free — not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. Each keystroke, comprehension quiz, peer-to-peer forum discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed and, most importantly, absorbed.

Daphne Koller is bringing courses from top colleges online, free for anyone who wants to take them. Full bio »                  

 

Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto – video

Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto

In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx — and shows how minority neighborhoods suffer most from flawed urban policy.

Majora Carter redefined the field of environmental equality, starting in the South Bronx at the turn of the century. Now she is leading the local economic development movement across the USA. Full bio »

— Post #1730

Stephen Ritz: A teacher growing green in the South Bronx

Stephen Ritz: A teacher growing green in the South Bronx

A whirlwind of energy and ideas, Stephen Ritz is a teacher in New York’s tough South Bronx, where he and his kids grow lush gardens for food, greenery — and jobs. Just try to keep up with this New York treasure as he spins through the many, many ways there are to grow hope in a neighborhood many have written off, or in your own. (Filmed at TEDxManhattan.)

Stephen Ritz teaches at-risk kids in the South Bronx. Full bio »

Guyana Postcards designed by Lyndon Barton

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 Guyana Postcards designed by Lyndon Barton
Wish to share with you my newly designed postcard on The Republic of GUYANA, now available at Zazzle.com’
This postcard is designed to appeal to anyone who is interested in learning about Guyana, and appreciates the novel way this information is presented. Here, the stamps tell a story.  Together they represent a pictorial showcase of what Guyana is most noted for. One example is the replica of Guyana half penny magenta stamp that is most prominently featured at the center of the map.  This stamp is the rarest and most valuable stamp in the world.  Other examples are the world renowned Kaieteur Falls, the spectacular flora and fauna, and aspects of Guyana’s  history , culture, and industries….    Lyndon O. Barton – Artist        Continue reading

Public will push Rohee out of office- Granger as Memorial Monument erected in Buxton – video

Memorial Monument erected in Buxton – video

Public will push Rohee out of office- Granger at Buxton police killings monument

Friday August 3, 2012 – Demerara Waves

Buxton Monument

Opposition Leader, David Granger on Friday August 3,  said he was banking on Guyanese to help push Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee out of office if President Donald Ramotar ignores a majority-opposition approved no-confidence motion.

Addressing the unveiling of a monument in Buxton honour of 400 people allegedly killed at the hands of police and death squads in recent years, Granger cautioned that the no-confidence motion was not the end of the matter.

“Clement Rohee will be pushed out of office not only by the motion in the National Assembly but public opinion. If he doesn’t go, he’ll be pushed,” said Granger, a retired Brigadier of the Guyana Defence Force.  Continue reading

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