Monthly Archives: December 2013

Education: Sugata Mitra accepts the TED Prize at TED2013

Sugata Mitra and Ken Robinson

Sugata Mitra and Ken Robinson

A school in the cloud: Sugata Mitra accepts the TED Prize at TED2013

 It’s a question on so many minds: what will the future of education look like?

Video: Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity  It’s something Sir Ken Robinson has asked for decades. And tonight in Session 3 of TED2013, Robinson got the opportunity to announce the winner of the 2013 TED Prize, someone who has a bold answer.

“So many kids are disengaged from education and there’s a tendency to confuse testing with learning,” says Robinson in his introduction. “What drives learning is curiosity, questioning … What fires people up to learn is having their mind opened up by possibilities.”               Continue reading

Christmas is Family By Dmitri Allicock

Slingshot Drepaul

Christmas is Family

By Dmitri Allicock

“It was written by the prophets of old
That the Messiah will come and good will unfold
He walks among the wretched who’ve sin
And cast away the demons from within
He came to save us from wickedness- yes Lord
May’s little child was blessed
And forever praised his name…”

Guyana’s famous John “Slingshot” Drepaul, a man for all seasons and his charming wife, Ingrid, continue to diligently prepare his CD, “Christmas is Family,” which could not be released for the 2013 Christmas Season as planned. Over a three-way telephone interview with Guyanese musician/ entertainer Slingshot and his wife, Trinidadian lyricist/ entertainer Ingrid, I came away at the end of the conversation with a wealth of information pertaining to the workings of a composer’s mind and perspective.    [Read More]

Gold price collapse – worst for 30 years…now $US1,200/ oz

Gold price collapse is the worst for 30 years…now $US1,200 per oz

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Gold will   finish the year as one of the worst-performing asset classes of 2013, bringing to an end a decade-long rally in the precious metal.Gold has suffered its sharpest fall in 30 years, down alm

That compares badly against other assets, with the S&P 500 up 28%, the FTSE 100 gaining around 13pc and Brent crude oil futures up about 2.5% in the same period.ost 28% over the past 12 months to close 2013 at about $1,200 (£725) an ounce.   Continue reading

How can G$56M restore Georgetown? asks Mayor Hamilton Green

How can G$56M restore Georgetown? asks Mayor Hamilton Green

Mayor Hamilton Greene

Mayor Hamilton Greene

December 29, 2013 · Stabroek News – Letters 

Dear Editor,

The statements made by ministers and the General Secretary of the PPP in relation to the Georgetown City Council are clearly unworthy of these high offices. The latest salvo is from Mr Clement Rohee who blames the state of the cemetery on the Mayor.

I have earlier dealt with these completely dishonest statements by the ruling elite, blaming the Mayor and City Councillors for the ills of Georgetown, knowing full well that the three vital ingredients needed for the success of any venture or institution such as a city, are money, manpower and management. None are available to the elected Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown – compliments of the government.   Continue reading

A project for 2014 – Save Georgetown’s City Hall

City Hall - Georgetown-Guyana

City Hall – Georgetown-Guyana

DECEMBER 29, 2013 · Stabroek News – Editorial

A project for 2014 – Save Georgetown’s City Hall

There can be few places on the planet where it is more frustrating to live than Guyana. Of course, everyone hopes that 2014 will usher in a new spirit of co-operation and amity in the political firmament; that miracles will be performed with the city’s drains and trenches; that the garbage crisis in all parts of the country will be miraculously confronted; that there will be a dramatic reduction in the crime rate; and that a commendable impact will be made on any number of social perversions, anomalies and pathologies – but we all know it is not going to happen, or at least, not much of it.              

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Year 2013: Reflections – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Great article Rosaliene… covers all the major points that concern us all. You forgot to mention the Fukushima Radiation that is now hitting the US and Canada west coast. See article:

Three Worlds One Vision

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Source: Happy New Year Quotes

As Year 2013 comes to an end, I would like to thank all of you who have signed up to follow my blog, other visitors who read my posts, and those who take the time to share their thoughts and experiences. Special thanks go to Cyril Bryan of the Guyanese Online Blog for sharing my posts with his readers. My wish for each one of you in the coming year is that you realize at least one of your goals for 2014. Our plans don’t always work out as envisaged.

While I achieved my goals of completing the revision process of my first novel and having it edited by a professional, I failed to find a literary agent to assist with publication. This goal remains on my list for the coming year.

I began working on my second novel, exploring betrayal…

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The international misrule of law – By Brahma Chellaney

The international misrule of law

Photo of Brahma – December 23, 2013  – By Brahma Chellaney

NEW DELHI – On the face of it, China’s recent declaration of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) extending to territories that it does not control has nothing in common with America’s arrest and strip-search of a New York-based Indian diplomat for allegedly underpaying a housekeeper she had brought with her from India. In fact, these episodes epitomize both powers’ unilateralist approach to international law.

A just, rules-based global order has long been touted by powerful states as essential for international peace and security. Yet there is a long history of major powers flouting international law while using it against other states. The League of Nations failed because it could not punish or deter such behavior. Today, the United States and China serve as prime examples of a unilateralist approach to international relations, even as they aver support for strengthening global rules and institutions.       Continue reading

2013: A year of lost opportunities for Caribbean countries

2013: A year of lost opportunities for Caribbean countries

By Sir Ronald Sanders
Sir Ronald Sanders

Thursday December 26, 2013 – 2013 was not a good year for any of the 14 independent member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) – not even for three of the four commodity-exporting nations Belize, Guyana and Suriname, despite their economic growth. The fourth commodity-exporting country, Trinidad and Tobago, had no growth to speak-of.

All the countries were beset by high unemployment; there was high debt in 10 of them; decline in inclusive economic growth in 11 of them; unsustainable fiscal deficits and widening trade deficits in goods and services in all of them; and foreign exchange losses in many of them. Additionally, bank lending and private spending tightened in 11 of them causing a contraction in the private sector to which all countries had been looking to lead economic recovery in the wake of cash-strapped governments being compelled to retreat as both investor and employer. Continue reading

Black Santa: Racist to Keep St. Nick White?

This is a blog entry from one of our subscribers  – Holistic Wayfarer – which we decided to share with you… You can check out her site…

A Holistic Journey

A recent L.A. Times article described a celebrated Black Santa Claus, “the main attraction…at a mall…in the heart of black Los Angeles.” People actually first call “to make sure he will be there” before they head out on what is for some an hour’s drive.

The historical St. Nicholas was actually a wealthy Greek orphan born in Asia minor during the third century who grew up to become a bishop. He was supposed to have tossed gold coins anonymously down a chimney so three poor downtrodden sisters could get married. He became known for his charity and evolved into a synthesis of the Dutch legend, the German Sinterklaas, and the British Father Christmas. So Santa as we know him is a European of multicultural blood who started out as a Christian from the Mediterranean, neither white nor black but olive.

Santa does not play a part in my family’s Christmas…

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NYC – Mayor-Elect Bill DeBlasio to be sworn in by Pres. Clinton


President Clinton and NYC Mayor-Elect Bill De Blasio


New York, NY – On January 1, 2014, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will be sworn in by President Bill Clinton. Following a ceremony featuring diverse and talented New Yorkers from across the city, President Clinton will swear de Blasio in as the 109th Mayor of New York City.  Continue reading