Daily Archives: August 7, 2014

Inspire Your Curiosity Into Action

CuriousHumans

“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.”  ~Bernard Baruch

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I am a research-driven person. It truly bothers me when I discover a challenging question that I have trouble resolving. Asking questions provides valuable learning moments for all of us that sometimes we neglect. Action must be taken. This is the step where a lot of people simply fall flat on their face. Don’t just ask the question and say that “you don’t know.” If you were curious about something, it used to be hard. The resources were difficult to obtain. Now we are in the age where the curious will win. In this information age, we have so many resources at our disposal; from our smart phones and tablets to public libraries (yes they still exist). Yet we lack the inspiration to find the answer to our question or simply give up when a Google search doesn’t have…

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Some Funny Lessons for Life!

My Good Time Stories

Photo Credit: skyseeker via Flickr Photo Credit: skyseeker via Flickr

I recently found these great stories on carlpei.comthat not only are a little humorous but also have very good “morals of the story.” Please note..while I am not a big fan of certain language, in the case of a couple of these stories, they just fit perfectly. Enjoy!

Lesson 1

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next door neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob says, “I’ll give you $800 to drop that towel.” After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob.

After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 dollars and leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel…

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Reparations: Sir Hilary Beckles addresses Britain’s Parliament + video on reparations

ADDRESS DELIVERED BY PROFESSOR SIR HILARY BECKLES, CHAIRMAN OF THE CARICOM REPARATIONS COMMISSION, HOUSE OF COMMONS, PARLIAMENT OF GREAT BRITAIN, COMMITTEE ROOM 14, THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2014, 9:00 P.M.

Sir Hilary Beckles

Sir Hilary Beckles

Madam Chair, the distinguished member of Parliament for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Diane Abbott, other distinguished members of the House of Lords, and House of Commons, Excellencies of the Diplomatic Corp, colleagues at the head table, Ladies and Gentlemen.

I speak this evening, in this honourable chamber of the House of Commons, as Chairman of the Caricom Commission on Reparations. My colleagues of the Commission are tasked with the preparation and presentation of the evidentiary basis for a contemporary truth: that the Government of Great Britain, and other European states that were the beneficiaries of enrichment from the enslavement of African peoples, the genocide of indigenous communities, and the deceptive breach of contract and trust in respect of Indians and other Asians brought to the plantations under indenture, have a case to answer in respect of reparatory justice. Continue reading

Remittance Flows Worldwide in 2012 – Map/Statistics

Remittance Flows Worldwide in 2012 – Map/Statistics

……. U.S. top sending country; India top receiving country

REMITTANCES

Patterns of global migration have shifted in recent decades and those changes, along with the ups-and-downs of the economy, have also resulted in changes in the flow of remittances —the money that many migrants send back to families in their countries of origin.

International migrants sent $529 billion in remittances back to their home countries in 2012, according to the World Bank. The United States is the number one sender of international remittances, accounting for nearly a quarter of them (23.3%). India ranks at the top of all countries that receive remittances, with $69 billion in 2012. (See Guyana’s statistics below). Continue reading

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