Daily Archives: September 15, 2013

Brazil: Pushing Beyond My Limits

Another article by Rosaliene Bacchus about her life in Brazil after emigrating from Guyana.

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East Coast Highway CE-040 - Ceara - BrazilEast Coast Highway CE-040 – Ceará – Brazil
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Sometimes in life, events occur that force us to push beyond our limits. When I got the highly coveted position as Administrative Supervisor of foreign payment receipts and Foreign Exchange Contracts for exports (Contratos de Câmbio de exportação) in the Export Department at Italbras Leather Producer & Exporter S.A. (fictitious name), my first challenge was the distance I had to travel to and from the company’s Head Office and tannery in Cascavel, Ceará.

I do not drive. Making the 38-mile trip to Cascavel—along Ceará’s principal federal Highway BR-116 via a metropolitan bus line—for the job interview was a hurdle I had to overcome. Since the company provided private transport for its staff in Fortaleza and its environs, I did not have the day-to-day hassle of using public transport.

According to the pick-up schedule prepared by…

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Capitol News – TV News Videos – Sep 14, 2013

Capitol News – TV News Videos – 14 Sep 2013

  • Former Top Cop Winston Felix blasts PPPC Gov’t for escalating Crime Stats
  • Parents protest for better accommodation for their children at St Agnes School
  • CANU boss says drug traffickers looking at alternative markets
  • Phil Dunlap Jazz Band performs in Guyana
  • Fly Jamaica set to soar the skies come September 26
  • Football: FIFA Development Officer wraps up two-day visit

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Former Top Cop blasts PPPC Gov’t for escalating Crime StatsPosted: 14 Sep 2013 07:07 AM PDT        Continue reading

How technology allowed me to read – Ron McCallum – TED video

Ron McCallum: How technology allowed me to read

Months after he was born, in 1948, Ron McCallum became blind. In this charming, moving talk, he shows how he is able to read — and celebrates the progression of clever tools and adaptive computer technologies that make it possible. With their help, and that of generous volunteers, he’s become a lawyer, an academic, and, most of all, a voracious reader. Welcome to the blind reading revolution. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.)

Blind almost since birth, Ron McCallum is one of Australia’s most respected legal scholars, and an activist on behalf of disabled people around the globe. Full bio »

Technology: Connected, but alone? – Sherry Turkle TED video

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

       As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.

Sherry Turkle studies how technology is shaping our modern relationships: with others, with ourselves, with it. Full bio »

Suicide rash send shockwaves in Barbados

Suicide rash send shockwaves in Barbados

SEPTEMBER 14, 2013 | BY  |

Though the worry may be small when compared to what happens in Guyana, Barbados is now into soul-searching following five apparent suicides in five weeks.
The last incident was over the weekend, and in a country with a national average of seven persons per 100,000 in a population that fluctuates just below 300,000 according to World Health Organization 2006 figures, this rash of death by people at their own hands would create shock waves.

For that same year, Guyana registered 52 deaths by suicide for every 100,000 persons in a population estimated to be just over 750,000.

A sign that many societies are yet to treat such loss of life with the seriousness it deserves, is that accurate figures on these deaths are difficult to come by. Continue reading