Daily Archives: January 28, 2014

Guyana- Lindeners vow to hold Govt. accountable – video

Lindeners vow to hold Govt. accountable

Capitol News – Saturday 25 January 2014:  There is no let up by Lindeners as they vowed to hold the government accountable to honour the agreement made with the community.  On Saturday 25 January 2014 the residents showed their frustration by protest marching through the street while about 70% of the businesses in the community closed their doors in protest.

Regional chairman Sharma Solomon said the region stands ready to take all necessary course of action and fight for their constitutional rights.   Continue reading

A Guyana connection in the Cocaine from Trinidad found in Virginia?

A Guyana connection in the Cocaine from Trinidad and Tobago found in Virginia?

(Capitol News – January 27,2014)  – The discovery in the US of over 12 million US dollars’ worth of cocaine in cans out of Trinidad and Tobago is pointing to a connection in Guyana. Federal officials found 732 pounds of cocaine on Dec. 20 concealed in cans of fruit juice. Investigators estimate the cocaine had a street value of up to $100 million.

The drug bust has created a stir in the nearby Caricom State as accusations continue to fly there. The Guyana connection that is being investigated is that the actual cocaine may have come through this country via a company only on paper. About three years ago one of the Trinidadians now under a cloud in the Twin Island Republic attempted to take over a Guyanese company.   Continue reading

Sugata Mitra’s TED winning Talk – Child-driven Education

Sugata Mitra TED  winning talk – Child-driven Education

Published on Feb 28, 2013 – Read More here ~ http://bit.ly/XcKalA

Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

Wealth Inequality in the USA – 2 videos

Wealth Inequality in the USA – video

Published on Nov 20, 2012  – Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.

For much of the past decade, policymakers and analysts have decried America’s incredibly low savings rate, noting that U.S. households save a fraction of the money of the rest of the world. Citing a myriad of causes — from cheap credit to exploitative bank practices — they’ve noted that the average family puts away less than 4 percent of its income.   Continue reading

Guyana: A bubbling cauldron – commentary

A bubbling cauldron

JANUARY 24, 2014 |  EDITORIAL

Ever so steadily – and insidiously – there is developing in our country a tale of two societies: one super-rich and the other desperately struggling to keep their heads above the water of survival. And like its Dickensian forerunner it is a tale of the best of times (the rich) and the worst of times (the poor). We have to wonder therefore, if like the latter tale, its dénouement will not be one of upheaval and revolution.

After the socialist economic experimentation of the seventies and eighties, its egalitarian ethos had been achieved: we were all more or less equally down and out. In our slow climb out of those doldrums, the free-wheeling, anything-goes, free-market of the neo-liberals – the antithesis of the socialist model – became the vehicle of our liberation. Practically all our leaders went along. Fuelled by the profits of greed, which was now “good”; the growth of the economy was supposed to “raise all ships”. Three decades along, we can see that most of the ships, i.e. the poor, have remained moribund.  Continue reading

Cricket: ICC proposes sweeping changes for the game

Cricket: A new Imperium – Sweeping changes for the game

Stabroek News – 27 January 2014 – Tomorrow, the Board of the International Cricket Council (ICC) will begin deliberations on a proposal by its Finance & Commercial Affairs (FCA) committee for sweeping and astonishing changes in the way the game is run and how tours are scheduled. At the core of the proposal is that India, Australia and England would take charge of the game and that they would be immune to relegation in the two-tiered system that is also being promulgated.

It is in essence the cricketing version of the permanent five of the United Nations Security Council, as regressive and in need of urgent reform as that model is. And just as the permanent five were installed as the victors at the end of the Second World War, it is proposed that these three be ordained on the basis of the money they bring to the game and the level of the public interest in their teams.   Continue reading