Daily Archives: January 9, 2014

Colder Winters Caused by a Warmer Planet – commentary

Colder Winters Caused by a Warmer Planet

By Carl Gibson – for Nation of Change  Thursday 9 January 2014

“Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum.”  – Kurt Vonnegut

Chicago - extreme cold

Chicago – colder than Siberia

Let’s play a game – it’s called “How long can CNN talk about a freak wave of arctic weather across more than half the country without saying the words ‘climate change?‘” I watched for 30 minutes today without hearing one mention of it, but I’m not sure if that means I win or the rest of the world loses as we continue to neglect the one thing that may do us in before anything else.

Not Just a Fluke   

As I write this, it’s warmer in Siberia than it is in Chicago. It’s warmer in Anchorage, Alaska, than in Atlanta, Georgia. Sixty-eight percent of the continental US is covered by a wave of arctic temperatures that normally don’t travel below Northern Canada. The official explanation for this is a bizarre polar vortex that’s causing arctic temperatures to be pushed south.   Continue reading

Hope Canal gets another deadline extension

After two years of delays …Hope Canal gets another deadline extension

JANUARY 9, 2014 | BY KNEWS |  The canal is being constructed to ease the pressure of water on the East Demerara Water Conservancy at times when it reaches its maximum capacity, releasing it into the Atlantic Ocean, via the Sluice.

Works on this eight-gate sluice has delayed the entire Hope/Dochfour Canal project.Works on this eight-gate sluice has delayed the entire Hope/Dochfour Canal project.

The date of completion for the $3B Hope/Dochfour Canal has been extended again. This time, Kaieteur News was informed by an official of the Agriculture Ministry, that contractors have been given until April of this year to complete the remaining works. Continue reading

Veteran broadcaster and administrator, Terry Holder, dies

Veteran broadcaster and administrator, Terry Holder, dies

Note: A TRIBUTE TO VETERAN CARIBBEAN BROADCASTER, TERRY HOLDER will be broadcast on Caribbean Forum (9-11 a.m. ET) – Saturday January 11th.(read more at the end of this news item)…
Terry Holder

Terry Holder

 Condolences are pouring in for Terence (Terry) Holder, former Deputy Manager of the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) and a well-known personality in the sports fraternity, who passed away at his Bel Air Park home yesterday (January 8), after a period of illness.

A sports enthusiast, known also for setting high standards in the local broadcasting field, the 73-year-old father of four was recognized for his public relations skills and easy-going attitude which landed him many a prominent part in social and business organizations.  Continue reading

Cricket: Edwards, Bravo set up WI’s crushing win over NZ

Cricket: Edwards, Bravo set up WI’s crushing win over NZ


ESPNcricinfo – A few days ago, West Indies barely had enough fit players to field an XI but, almost out of nowhere, they produced an outstandingly powerful display to square the one-day series 2-2. Their victory by the overwhelming margin of 203 runs – New Zealand’s second heaviest ODI defeat – was based around hundreds from Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo who formed a 211-run stand for the fourth wicket in West Indies’ highest ever one-day international total.

Kirk Edwards ensured West Indies built on their rapid start. (Getty Images)

Kirk Edwards ensured West Indies built on their rapid start. (Getty Images)

For Edwards it was his maiden ODI hundred, while Bravo’s was just his second in a 154-match career where his runs return have been far below what they should have been for his talent. The overall total of 363 for 4 surpassed a mark from back in 1987 when West Indies scored 360 against Sri Lanka. Although West Indies had taken the opening match in Auckland, there would have been long odds on this team producing such a performance after two insipid displays in Queenstown and Nelson.  Continue reading

“The Clock” – Poem by João Cabral de Melo Neto – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Thanks Rosaliene for making us aware of the Brazilian Poet, João Cabral de Melo Neto.

Three Worlds One Vision

Wall Clock with BirdsPhoto Credit: Amor a Arte (elo7.com.br)

In my Poetry Corner January 2014, I feature the poem “O Relógio” (The Clock) numbered among the top ten favorite poems by the Brazilian poet João Cabral de Melo Neto (1920-1999). I thought the theme of the poem appropriate to begin the New Year.

João Cabral visualizes the clock as a birdcage and time, the birdsong: a song of such continuity.

According to Geneton Moraes Neto, who interviewed the poet in 1986, João Cabral de Melo Neto is, above all, rigorous with what he writes. He uses words with the precision of a doctor during surgery. He despises easy emotions. He doesn’t even want to hear about poets and writers who don’t have “intellectual interest.” And he talks about his own work with a coldness that shocks those who don’t know him.

Excerpts from the interview, regarding João Cabral’s thoughts…

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