Daily Archives: December 7, 2014

Rich Pope, Poor Pope: The Perils of Inequality – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Rich Pope - Poor popeRich Pope, Poor Pope: The Perils of Inequality

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The views expressed in this column are solely those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the THE WEST INDIAN.

The architecture of the poor is crumbling.

On the tables of the rich are delicacies from everywhere. The scraps are thrown to the poor. In the ocean of plenty the majority are rudderless.

Pope Francis says that inequality is a social evil. The United Nations calls it the paradox of our times. Its Millennium Development Goals stipulates that the eradication of poverty will be high on the agenda and with good reason. The statistics for inequality, the gap between the rich and the poor make depressing reading.   Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News videos – 05 December 2014

Guyana: Capitol TV News videos – 05 December 2014

  • Granger responds to PSC proposal to end Parliamentary impasse
  • Sanction Anil – Women and Gender Equality Commission
  • Man faces Police action over use of toilet at AG Chambers
  • Amerindian teacher assaulted by Presidential Guards denies being drunk
  • Sports

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Granger responds to PSC proposal to end Parliamentary impasse

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Guyana: Capitol TV News videos – 04 December 2014

Guyana: Capitol TV News videos – 04 December 2014

  • Presidential Guards assault Amerindian teacher over dissenting views
  • Civil society organizations call for “swift” recall of Parliament or general elections
  • East Coast Rice Factory destroyed by fire
  • Small and medium scale miners plead for concessions
  • Sports

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Presidential Guards assault Amerindian teacher over dissenting views

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The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn | Jeremy Howard |

The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn | Jeremy Howard |

Published on Dec 6, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The extraordinary, wonderful, and terrifying implications of computers that can learn

Jeremy is the CEO of Enlitic, which uses recent advances in machine learning to make medical diagnostics faster, more accurate, and more accessible. The company’s mission is to provide the tools that allow physicians to fully utilize the vast stores of medical data collected today, regardless of what form they are in – such as medical images, doctors’ notes, and structured lab tests.
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THE COSTS OF SUICIDE – By The Caribbean Voice

THE COSTS OF SUICIDE

By The Caribbean Voice

 The research does not seem to exist for Guyana, or if it does, is not easily accessible, but suicide does take a tremendous toll beyond the lives lost. Such costs are usually referred to as direct costs (costs associated with suicide and its aftermath), indirect costs (costs associated with productivity or earnings loss or projected earnings losses) and intangible human costs (pain, grief, suffering, lost quality of life, lost opportunities and values associated with what life would have offered). Usually also there is a total financial cost computed by adding direct and indirect costs. For example in the US these costs have been estimated to be $1,061,170 per suicide. For Guyana it could well be hundreds of thousands, even millions, per suicide.

A survivor of suicide is a family member or friend of a person who died by suicide. Surviving the loss of loved one to suicide is a risk factor for suicide. (Brent, 2010; Brent et. al., 2006) Additionally, surviving family members and close friends are deeply impacted by each suicide, and experience a range of complex grief reactions including, guilt, anger, abandonment, denial, helplessness, and shock (Jordon, 2001; AAS, 2008). Continue reading

Miracles Happen

Three Worlds One Vision

Natal de Luz 2014 - Fortaleza - Ceara - BrazilNatal de Luz 2014 – Christmas of Light 2014
Fortaleza – Ceará – Brazil
Photo Credit: Prefeitura de Fortaleza

The Christmas Season is here! The kid in me loves the Christmas lights and music. I love, too, the Christmas movies in which all things are possible. People look out for others. They are forgiving, generous, and compassionate. Miracles abound.

During our Brazil years, the miracle that stands out from all the other miracles occurred the year my then-husband returned to Guyana. Shortly thereafter, still reeling from being abandoned, I received an eviction notice from our landlord. Discovering we were three months in arrears with our rent sent me spinning.

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