Daily Archives: 01/17/2013



Posted on November 16, 2011 by http://www.scioto.com/

You may find some of these things to be surprising!

Snail mail is so deep in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. E-mail, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post offices alive. Most of your mail everyday is just junk mail and bills. Online bill payment options, mobile technologies and social networking for minimum costs will further put the nail in the post office coffin.    Continue reading

Barbados: PM Stuart and Curse of the Platter – Hubert Williams

Barbados: PM Stuart and Curse of the Platter

By Hubert Williams

Bridgetown, Barbados, Jan 8, 2013 — The Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel Jerome Stuart, 61, a quiet and unassuming lawyer whose integrity has been his greatest asset, came to prominence in 2010 with the death (at 48 from pancreatic cancer) of political superstar David Thompson, and is showing himself to be very astute by delaying scheduled elections this year to the very latest constitutionally permissible.

This easternmost of the Caribbean islands (there is always a debate of whether it is not in the Atlantic Ocean) of 166 square miles (431 square kilometers) last went to the polls on January 15, 2008, and under the 5-year electoral cycle, the Constitution requires the next general elections be held no later than five years after the first sitting of the current Parliament, i.e. no later than February 12, 2013.      Continue reading

Technology and Globalization – by Ron Cheong

Technology and globalization

By Ron Cheong

(This article was written and published by  Ron Cheong some five years ago)

TECHNOLOGY has exploded in the span of a single generation.

iPods, Velcro, cell phones, genetic engineering, jet planes, nuclear generators, cruise missiles, GPS, TV’s, organ transplants, personal computers, DVD’s, photocopiers, skyscrapers, miracle drugs, the Internet, nanotechnologies, harvesters, deep sea oil rigs, space shuttles, the Hubble telescope, satellites – these are some of the new technologies that would only have appeared during the last fifteen minutes, if known civilization was placed on a twenty-four hour clock.

The world has gone from the horse and buggy to the jet age and beyond in the blink of an eye.  Continue reading

The PPP’s enduring fears – Ralph Ramkarran

The PPP’s enduring fears


By Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

(This column first appeared on Mr Ralph Ramkarran’s blog at www.conversationtree.gy )

Critics are baffled by what is alleged to be the reluctance of the PPP to accept that it is no longer in the majority since the 2011 elections. Their analysis, at its worst, suggests that an arrogant, hungry and driven elite, determined to dominate the reins of office, seeks to remain entrenched in power for its own sake, in order to continue to plunder and, not least, to assure protection from prosecution.

This analysis is superficial and fails to recognize the deeper realities that motivate the approaches of the PPP to the issues of governance in the new environment and indeed in the pre-2011 dispensation, even if it was then less noticeable.      Continue reading

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