Daily Archives: 09/23/2013

One scapegoat does not fix LIAT or Caribbean Airlines – Commentary

One scapegoat does not fix LIAT or Caribbean Airlines – Commentary
Published on September 23, 2013 – Caribbean News Now
By Robert MacLellan

Some might believe that, for the second time in only three years, Captain Ian Brunton has been made a scapegoat by the board of directors of a Caribbean airline company – fired as CEO of Caribbean Airlines Limited in late 2010 and, last week, he resigned as CEO of LIAT.

Indisputably, the overall operation of LIAT has continued to be disastrous during the last four months but so has the marketing / PR / communications function and yet the senior management there appears unchanged going forward. More importantly, the chairman, Jean Holder, and the LIAT board — which has authorised the strategy, business plan, operating budget and bank loans underlying the recent chaos and financial uncertainty – also appear unchanged going forward.     [Read more]

The Incredibly Shrinking American Middle Class

The Incredibly Shrinking American Middle Class

Median Household Income 1967-2012By Karin Kamp – National Change  – Published: Sunday 22 September 2013

Median earnings are a key indicator of how the middle class is doing.

A typical American household made about $51,017 in 2012, according to new figures out from the Census Bureau this week. That number may sound familiar to anyone who remembers George H. W. Bush’s first year as president or Michael Jackson in his prime. That’s because household income in 2012 is similar to what it was in 1989 (but back then it was actually higher: you had an extra $600 or so to spend compared to today).

The Allicocks’ of Noitgedacht – By Dmitri Allicock

The Allicocks’ of Noitgedacht – By Dmitri Allicock

When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth. Alex Haley Author of 1976 Roots

Beyond the populated coastal areas of early Guyana, rivers formed the natural highways, winding inland where undisturbed impenetrable vegetation closes in upon its banks. It was in the latter part of the 1700s that a family of Allicocks sailed 65 miles up the Demerary[1] River and decided to drop anchor at a location called Noitgedacht and would call it home for centuries.

One of the most common names still found in Upper Demerara is Allicock and the story of this family is interwoven within the history of the area and historical Guyana.

The journey of the original Allicock settlers is thought to be originating out of England via the colonies of America, before entering the Caribbean and Demerara. The actual name was also altered from its original form and probably on entrance into America as history appears to point to.      Read More »

No Man is an Island – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Guyana National Schools' ChoirGuyana National Schools’ Choir
Photo Credit: Stabroek News


Some days ago, I awoke with thoughts of the song, “No Man is an Island.” It’s not the type of song that one hears on the airwaves. Our subconscious mind has a way of linking new information with lessons learned in our youth.

No man is an island
No man stands alone
Each man’s joy is joy to me
Each man’s grief is my own.
We need one another
So I will defend
Each man as my brother
Each man as my friend.

During my senior high school years, I learned this song as a Glee Club member. Through an Internet search, I discovered that this song is still sung by high school and church choirs. I liked the traditional rendition by the EskDale High School choir in spring 2012. There is even a Reggae version by John…

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