Daily Archives: 01/22/2013

Obama Smacked Down the Right in His Inauguration Speech

12 Ways Obama Smacked Down the Right in His Inauguration Speech
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 09:33 By Adele M Stan, Alternet | Op-Ed  LINK
  • President Barack Obama gives his inauguration address during the presidential public swearing-in on the west front of the Capitol Building during the 57th inauguration in Washington, Jan. 21, 2013. (Photo: Chang W. Lee / The New York Times)
  • President Barack Obama gives his inauguration address during the presidential public swearing-in on the west front of the Capitol Building during the 57th inauguration in Washington, Jan. 21, 2013. (Photo: Chang W. Lee / The New York Times)
  • Reclaiming the language of patriotism, Obama then threw it back in the faces of right-wing Republicans to advance a liberal agenda. Continue reading

Suriname – Paving the way to a prosperous future

Suriname – Paving the way to a prosperous future

Suriname is gearing up to be a regional transportation hub, with the construction and rehabilitation of key infrastructure.

Suriname’s government is well aware that to rise to its full potential, infrastructure development is a must. When the 2012 government budget was approved in February, roads, bridges, public schools and housing were all designated as key areas.Improved transportation infrastructure could likely transform Suriname into a major hub that could link several countries within the region.

The country has approximately 28,000 miles of major and minor roads, although most are unpaved. Two main arterial roads run through, called the Northern East-West Link and the Southern East-West Link. The former stretches from border to border, while the latter leaves from Apoera on the Guyana front and winds its way up to Paramaribo.      [Read More]

Is the Skeldon Factory a White Elephant? – commentary

Is the Skeldon Factory a White Elephant?

 JANUARY 21, 2013 | BY KNEWS |  EDITORIAL 

One down to earth description of an ‘optimist’ is a person who returns home, finds his back door broken into and thinks a surprise party has been arranged for him. The new Minister of Agriculture Dr. Leslie Ramsammy is definitely an optimist. Since assuming his portfolio a year ago he seems determined to ignore the reality on the ground as it relates to the Skeldon Sugar Modernisation Strategy (SSMS).

Last October, asked whether the US$200 million dollar investment – the largest in the history of the country – might be proving to be a ‘white elephant’, the Minister retorted indignantly: “”I don’t know…what is a white elephant, because this seems like a factory that is meeting its potential.” He could have turned to the ubiquitous (if sophomoric) Wikipedia which would have informed him:

“A white elephant is an idiom for a valuable but burdensome possession of which its owner cannot dispose and whose cost (particularly cost of upkeep) is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth.   Continue reading