Daily Archives: June 28, 2013

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.

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

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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Guyanese must stand up for Procurement Commission‏ – AFC

Guyanese must stand up for Procurement Commission‏ – AFC

 In light of Ramkarran’s statement

June 27th, 2013 -AFC Press Release  – The revelations by the former high ranking PPP/C executive member and sole nominee of the PPPC  for the position of speaker of the current parliament,  about the management of the country and the manner in which decisions are arrived at, by the Government in his article entitled the  Kleptocratic Republic of Guyana [article link], have confirmed the worst fears of the citizenry.

Mr. Ralph Ramkarran S.C. disclosed that at the apex of corruption in Guyana is, “a group of wealthy and influential businessmen who have high political connections.”

Most revealing in his disclosure was the following; “They have access through their political connections, to information on potential opportunities that are likely to emerge in the near to medium term and  are in a position to make investments now as to cash in on those opportunities down the road. The PPP leadership is supported and financed by all these groups and state decisions are influenced by their interests.”  Continue reading

Helpful Tips for Sleeping Better – Dr. Mercola

Helpful Tips for Sleeping Better This Summer

Story at-a-glance

  • Nearly 41 million US adults are sleeping just six hours or less each night, which recent research has linked to an increased risk of chronic inflammation and heart disease in women
  • Men with restless legs syndrome have a 40 percent higher risk of total mortality. According to the researchers, one of several potential mechanisms that might account for this increased mortality risk is disturbed sleep
  • Sleeping pills have been linked to a wide variety of health hazards, including a nearly four-fold increase in the risk of death, along with a 35 percent increased risk of cancer
  • Tips for better sleep are discussed, including the critical elements of your sleeping sanctuary, when to exercise to promote sleep, foods and beverages to avoid before bedtime, and the effect of electronic gadgets
  • Using EFT and/or increasing your melatonin can usually offer help when nothing else seems to work      Continue reading
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