Daily Archives: December 16, 2014

Miss Guyana cracks top 10 at Miss World 2014 pageant…

Miss Guyana cracks top 10 at Miss World 2014 pageant…

Miss Guyana 2014, Rafieya Husain December 15, 2014 | By |
Guyana’s very own Rafieya Husain managed to be one of the top 10 contestants in the Miss World 2014 pageant, which was held last night in London. This marks Guyana’s first time in over 40 years in making it this far in the international competition, since Nalini Moonsar was adjudged Third Runner-up in 1971.

Picture: Miss Guyana 2014, Rafieya Husain

Husain took to the popular social media site, Facebook, to give thanks to all her supporters. At the time she remarked that she was still in “a world of emotions”. She remarked that despite being sick on the night of the competition, she gave it her all and was proud to represent Guyana in the pageant. Continue reading

Social maps: city’s intersections reveal separations – Dave Troy -TED video

Dave Troy: Social maps that reveal a city’s intersections — and separations

 Published on Dec 12, 2014 

Every city has its neighborhoods, cliques and clubs, the hidden lines that join and divide people in the same town. What can we learn about cities by looking at what people share online? Starting with his own home town of Baltimore, Dave Troy has been visualizing what the tweets of city dwellers reveal about who lives there, who they talk to — and who they don’t.

Season’s Greetings – By Leonard Dabydeen

Season’s Greetings

(for all contributors and readers of Guyanese Online)

By Leonard Dabydeen

 

It’s that time of year

Season’s Greetings we share,

full of fun and frolic

holiday gifts to pick;

remembering family and friends Continue reading

The Dumbing Down of America – by Dr Dhanpaul Narine

The Dumbing Down of America: Anti-Intellectualism and Common Core

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The revolution is in our living rooms and it is digitized! We are surfers and facebookers that sit for hours becoming dumb on smart gadgets. We live in a culture of low expectations. We laugh at ourselves when we fail to grasp the most basic of concepts and what is worse is that we shrug it off and simply refuse to revisit the problem and correct our mistakes.

Who is using education for a voyage of self- discovery or to seize the technological moment? When Congressman Darrell Issa mixed up Guinea with Guyana in referring to the Ebola outbreak many questioned his knowledge of geography.  His Washington office was contacted and when told that Guyana is not Guinea they simply said that he meant Papua New Guinea and it was business as usual. The office could not say where Papua New Guinea is and it did not matter. As many of us know neither Guyana nor Papua New Guinea is connected to Ebola.  Continue reading

Helen Fisher: Why we love, why we cheat – video

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Helen Fisher: Why we love, why we cheat

Anthropologist Helen Fisher takes on a tricky topic – love – and explains its evolution, its biochemical foundations and its social importance. She closes with a warning about the potential disaster inherent in antidepressant abuse.

Anthropologist Helen Fisher studies gender differences and the evolution of human emotions. She’s best known as an expert on romantic love, and her beautifully penned books — including Anatomy of Love and Why We Love — lay bare the mysteries of our most treasured emotion. Full bio »

 [Women] tend to collect more pieces of data when they think, put them into more complex patterns, see more options and outcomes. They tend to be contextual, holistic thinkers.” (Helen Fisher)

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