Monthly Archives: June 2013

Cricket: West Indies escape with thrilling win vs India

West Indies v India, tri-series, Kingston

West Indies escape with thrilling win

by Sidharth Monga  – June 30, 2013    Comments: 162 |

Roach and Best celebrate victory

Roach and Best celebrate victory over India

West Indies 230 for 9 (Charles 97, Bravo 55, Yadav 3-43) beat India 229 for 7 (Rohit 60, Raina 44, Sammy 2-41, Roach 2-41) by 1 wicket
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The pursuit of the money shot nearly cost West Indies what should have been an easy win, and it took a 10-run stand for the last wicket in front of a nervous full house to end India’s nine-match winning streak in international cricket.

With balls remaining in the chase of 230 out of equation, Kemar Roach and Tino Best, who had taken two wickets each previously, showed the more accomplished batsmen how to finish the chase off – they added 10 in 4.2 overs and still had 14 balls to spare – but it can also be argued that it was the free-flowing approach that put West Indies in comfortable positions in the first place in a chase that oscillated between the ridiculously easy and plain ridiculous. [Read More]

Cricket: Gayle in explosive form as West Indies destroy Sri Lanka

Gayle in explosive form as West Indies destroy Sri Lanka

Chris Gayle - Man of the Match

Chris Gayle – Man of the Match

KINGSTON, Jamaica — An explosive 21st One-day International hundred from Chris Gayle followed up steady bowling led by Sunil Narine to propel West Indies to a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the Celkon Mobile Cup Series on Friday June 28.

All but 31 of Gayle’s 109 were boundaries, as West Indies successfully chased 209 for victory in the opening match of the three-nation series at Sabina Park.

Gayle treated scores of his compatriots to a typically destructive innings, catapulting West Indies over the finish line with 73 deliveries remaining and making him a shoo-in for the Man-of-the-Match award.
He reached his milestone from 89 balls, when he played a full length delivery from Lasith Malinga to mid-off and scampered a single.   Continue reading

America’s Student Loan Debt Crisis

Another excellent blog entry by Guyana-born Rosaliene Bacchus.

Three Worlds One Vision

debt quadrupled[1]Student Loan Debt 2003-2013


On 1 July 2013, unless they make a deal, the US Congress will pass legislation to double interest rates from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on federal subsidized Stafford student loans. (See HR 1330 – The Student Loan Fairness Act of 2013.) For sixty percent of students who depend on these loans to fund their college education, this increase matters. More so for working class families with net worth of under $8,500. These families account for over half of all student loan debt.

I find it difficult to understand our government’s reasoning for wanting to place more burden on the working class. We already face a student loan debt crisis in the United States. Our outstanding student debt has already soared beyond one trillion dollars. That’s more than the nation’s combined auto and credit card debt.

Due to runaway college tuition…

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Capitol News – TV video Reports – June 28, 2013

Capitol News at June 28, 2013

  • US Ambassador responds to President Ramotar’s criticism of Guyana’s TIP ranking -28th Jun 2013
  • Motion calling on Gov’t to honour August 21, 2012 Linden agreement passed – 28th Jun 2013
  • Former broadcaster Viera criticizes mechanism used by Gov’t to determine broadcast licence fee – 28th Jun 2013
  • Guyana Women Miners Organisation ready to constructively engage Guyana Gov’t – 28th Jun 2013
  • Education Ministry sends warning to Headteachers about soliciting fees from Parents – 28th Jun 2013
  • Local cricket fans eagerly look forward to the return of International cricket – 28th Jun 2013

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€23.4M sugar support…EU stipulates conditions

€23.4M sugar support…EU warns of conditions before release of funds

JUNE 21, 2013 | BY KNEWS |    By Leonard Gildarie 

As emotions continue to run high over the state of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), Government and the European Union (EU) yesterday signed off on a €23.355M financing agreement, but the country will have to meet set conditions first before drawing down.

Europe has over the years been this country’s biggest customer of raw sugar, but an accumulative price cut of over 36% – starting seven years ago – had threatened to shut factories down. The EU decided, as part of its alleviation efforts, to help 20 of the sugar-producing countries from the African/Pacific/Caribbean (ACP) grouping recover from the cuts by injecting cash. Initially the monies targeted specific sugar projects to improve efficiency, but the EU has started disbursing to the government itself.  [Read more  €23.4M sugar support…EU]

Guyana: Four years to ‘fix’ sugar industry

Four years to ‘fix’ sugar industry

JUNE 28, 2013 | BY  |  By Leonard Gildarie  

         …as EU to end quota system in 2017

In what is being regarded as a compromise, Europe – the country’s biggest bulk sugar customer – has agreed to end the quota system by 2017, giving Guyana just four years to fix the industry.
The decision was taken Wednesday June 26, 2013 during a critical meeting of the European Parliament, the EU Council of Ministers and the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.

The EU has decided that 2017 is the deadline for ending its sugar quota.

It means that the forum would have disagreed with a January decision in which the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development voted to extend the sugar quotas, for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, to 2020.

Guyana is part of that ACP sugar-producing grouping that is affected. The sugar quota  system stretched back to the 1970s.    Continue reading

Capitol News – TV video Reports – June 27, 2013

Capitol News at June 27, 2013  

  • Two sentenced to five years in prison for Health Ministry building fire – 27th
  • Guyana Investment Conference opens – 27th Jun 2013
  • U.S. Government honors Guyana female miner for fighting against trafficking in persons – 27th Jun 2013
  • Opposition supports Government’s motion for the Ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty – 27th Jun 2013
  • Natural Resources Ministry recommends Bosai Bauxite Company take action to improve the safety of its workers – 27th Jun 2013
  • Cricket:   Guyana to host first two ODIs of the WI vs Pakistan series starting July 14th – 27th Jun 2013

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Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?

Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?

Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now? At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment — and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid evolution may be under way. About Juan Enriquez

Left brain versus right brain – Daniel H. Pink

Left brain versus right brain

In today’s selection — the two hemispheres of our brain have very different but complimentary functions that work seamlessly together — and our society is increasingly shifting from the influence of left-brained to right-brained thinkers:

“The two hemispheres of our brains … play a role in nearly everything we do. … Neuroscientists agree that the two hemispheres take significantly different approaches to guiding our actions, understanding the world, and reacting to events. … With more than three decades of research on the brain’s hemispheres, it’s possible to distill the findings to four key differences.

1. The left hemisphere controls the right side of the body; the right hemisphere controls the left side of the body.    Continue reading

Rethinking taxing tourism – Commentary

Commentary: Rethinking taxing tourism

Published on June 21, 2013   by Caribbean News Now
By Sir Ronald Sanders 

Are governments in the Caribbean killing the goose that lays the golden egg? This question relates to the number of taxes that governments are applying to the tourism industry and, particularly, to the cost of airplane tickets for flights originating in their countries.

Sir Ronald Sanders is a Consultant and Visiting Fellow, London University. Reponses to:

In some cases, the cost of government taxes far exceeds the actual fare charged by the airline. Intra-Caribbean travel has been seriously affected. For instance, it is cheaper to travel from some Caribbean countries to New York, Miami and Toronto than it is to journey to nearby Caribbean states.

This, of course, has a harmful effect on tourism, apart from the fact that people to people contact, which should be at the heart of a Caribbean “community”, is also undermined. Caribbean people are also tourists. For some Caribbean countries, Caribbean tourists represent their second largest market.

The taxes applied by governments on tourism-related activity is akin to adding costs to exports making them more expensive and less competitive in the global market. In other words, it is like shooting yourself in the foot, and thereby giving your competitors in a race for tourists an unrestrained opportunity to beat you.

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