Daily Archives: May 2, 2015

How we’re priming some kids for college… and others for prison – Alice Goffman – TED video

Alice Goffman: How we’re priming some kids for college — and others for prison

Transcript of Talk:   Click here to play TED video

0:12On the path that American children travel to adulthood, two institutions oversee the journey. The first is the one we hear a lot about: college. Some of you may remember the excitement that you felt when you first set off for college. Some of you may be in college right now and you’re feeling this excitement at this very moment.

0:34College has some shortcomings. It’s expensive; it leaves young people in debt. But all in all, it’s a pretty good path. Young people emerge from college with pride and with great friends and with a lot of knowledge about the world. And perhaps most importantly, a better chance in the labor market than they had before they got there.

0:56Today I want to talk about the second institution overseeing the journey from childhood to adulthood in the United States. And that institution is prison.   Continue reading

PPP/C-government trying to bankrupt Guyana – Coalition says

PPP/C-government trying to bankrupt Guyana – Coalition says 

Thursday, 30 April 2015 13:27 – Written by  Demerara Waves

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Opposition Leader David Granger

by Zena Henry

As the A Partnership for National Unity +Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) Coalition continues to promise increased wages and salaries, it is pointing to the unauthorized use of public funds by the governing -People’s Progressive Party/Civic’s (PPP/C).

The PPP/C’s main opponent in the upcoming election;- 11 days away- has noted that apart from allegedly siphoning off public money, the ruling-party is also spending state funds excessively, and seems bent on emptying the nationals purse before they demit office.
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Video Justice and Blacks in America – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Video Justice and Blacks in America

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

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Six Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death (CNN reports)

What if there were no videos? How would we be able to witness the graphic scenes of brutality committed against blacks? Many analysts argue that there would have been the usual cover-up and exoneration of police officers after ‘extensive investigations.’ As America was trying to cope with the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner it is confronted with the tragedy of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.

The video showed an able-bodied man arrested by the police but what is not seen or known is the manner in which Gray died. Jerry Rodriguez is Baltimore’s Deputy Police Commissioner. He said at a news conference, ‘ when Mr. Gray was put in that van, he could talk, he was upset, and when he was taken out of that van, he could not talk and he could not breathe.’

These incidents make it clear that blacks and whites live in different worlds. This is evident in two areas of life: the role of the police and the manner in which the justice system operates.   Continue reading

Guyana Elections 2015: The clamour for change

Guyana Elections 2015: The clamour for change

May 1, 2015 · By Stabroek News –  EDITORIAL

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Guyana Elections 2015

If one were to try to predict the electoral outcome on May 11, simply by surveying the social media and online blogs, one might be forgiven for believing that Guyanese are ready for change and that the APNU+AFC coalition is heading for victory. The online battle is, however, but one aspect of the election and, whilst important, not necessarily a true and reliable indicator of how the majority of Guyanese will vote. In other words, reports or predictions of the demise of the PPP/C government are premature, if not greatly exaggerated.

Recent developments would, nevertheless, suggest that the PPP hierarchy perceives the threat to its almost 23-year old hegemony as very real indeed. Dr Bheri Ramsaran’s repulsive abuse of activist Sherlina Nageer, for example, bore all the hallmarks of the snarls of a cornered cur. At least, Freedom House seemed to have recognised very early that their comrade had overstepped the bounds of basic decency, even if it took President Donald Ramotar too long to act in firing him. But then, the PPP’s default position, ever since 1992, when faced with criticism, has been either to bury its collective head in the sand or to circle the wagons, if you will forgive the confusion of metaphors.  Continue reading

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