Daily Archives: October 27, 2012

Men and Women Can’t be ‘Just Friends’

Men and Women Can’t be ‘Just Friends’

By Adrian F. Ward | Scientific American –

Can heterosexual men and women ever be “just friends”? Few other questions have provoked debates as intense, family dinners as awkward, literature as lurid, or movies as memorable. Still, the question remains unanswered. Daily experience suggests that non-romantic friendships between males and females are not only possible, but common—men and women live, work, and play side-by-side, and generally seem to be able to avoid spontaneously sleeping together.

However, the possibility remains that this apparently platonic coexistence is merely a façade, an elaborate dance covering up countless sexual impulses bubbling just beneath the surface.          Continue reading

Doing business in the Caribbean is still a Challenge

Doing business in the Caribbean is still a Challenge

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. Oct. 26, 2012:

Guyana ranked #114 of 185 countries in World Bank report

Doing Business in the Caribbean remains a challenge, when compared to countries in Asia, Europe and the United States, according to the latest World Bank Rankings on the ease of doing business among 185 countries around the world.

Puerto Rico, with a rank of 41, topped the Caribbean, as the easiest country in this region to do business. This includes starting a business and the time and procedures needed to get rolling.

St. Lucia, where it takes about 15 days to get a company started, was next at 53 followed by Antigua and Barbuda at 63. Tiny Dominica took the 68th spot ahead of Trinidad and Tobago at 69. Analysts say it takes less time to start a business in Dominica than T&T. The wait time for Dominica for paper processing is 13 days compared to 41 for T&T according to the report.   Continue reading

USA Elections:The deepest racial split since ’88, and effects of Hurricane Sandy

2012 voters: The deepest racial split since ’88

Posted by Scott Clement and Jon Cohen on October 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

The 2012 election is shaping up to be more polarized along racial lines than any presidential contest since 1988, with President Obama lagging behind Republican Mitt Romney among white voters by 21 percentage points, a steep drop in support from four years ago.

As he did in 2008, Obama gets overwhelming support from non-whites, who made up a record high proportion of the overall electorate four years ago. In that contest, 80 percent of all non-whites supported Obama, including 95 percent of black voters, according to the exit poll. In the Washington Post-ABC News national tracking poll released Wednesday, Obama wins 79 percent of non-whites, and support for his reelection is nearly universal among African Americans.   [more]

How Hurricane Sandy could affect the election

The storm is already affecting campaign schedules — Romney has canceled a planned rally in Virginia Beach.
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