Daily Archives: September 21, 2015

Looks Can Be Deceiving – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Rosaliene and Sons - Brazil

Rosaliene and Sons – Brazil

Over a year had passed since my estranged husband returned to Guyana, leaving our two sons and me behind in Brazil, when my three friends decided that it was time for me to have a night out. They invited me to join them and their husbands for a show and dance at a popular night club. Djavan, one of my favorite Brazilian singers, was coming to Fortaleza for a one-night presentation.

Fatima, the oldest among us, had it all arranged. She would buy the admission tickets and I could reimburse her on payday. Since we lived about a ten-minute-drive away from her house, my sons would stay with her two kids and live-in maid. At the end of our evening together, her husband would take us home.

Not since my days in Guyana had I gone dancing at a night club. To accept their…

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Guyana: ‘Landlordism’ rampant in mining industry

‘Landlordism’ rampant in mining industry

SEPTEMBER 20, 2015 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER NEWS

– powerful miners grab up hundreds of thousands of acres, evidence of little monitoring

As the new government continues to battle smuggling, safety breaches and a number of irregularities, it appears that yet another challenge has emerged in the gold mining sector.
A significant portion of the mining lands has fallen into the hands of a few powerful businessmen, raising concerns over the extent of what is known as “landlordism”.
Insiders within the regulatory body, Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), as well as from the sector, are now insisting that the practice of landlordism is widespread despite what is being said.  Continue reading

Government instructs Brassington to explain all NICIL-funded Projects

Government instructs Brassington to explain all NICIL-funded Projects

SEPTEMBER 20, 2015 | BY | By Kiana Wilburg

NICIL CEO, Winston Brassington

For years, the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) has been touted to be a parallel treasury in the country. It was used by the former administration to invest millions of taxpayers’ dollars into highly risky development projects.

NICIL reportedly also spent tens of millions of dollars to build roads, drainage and culverts, and to lay pipelines and in some cases, underground power cables. The developed house lots, complete with infrastructure, were then sold to former President Bharrat Jagdeo, several ministers and Government officials and friends.

With a new board and Chairman in place, the government has instructed the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Winston Brassington, to explain NICIL’s investments into all projects over the years.   Continue reading

I’m Returning to Single-Tasking : zen habits – By Leo Babauta

I’m Returning to Single-Tasking – Zen Habits – By Leo Babauta

I have a confession to make: despite writing books on the subject, along with numerous posts, I haven’t been single-tasking lately.  I’ve returned to multitasking and distraction.

I’d like to blame my smart phone (I long for the days of my sweet dumb phone), but in all honesty I constantly switch browser tabs too. I’ve been pulled by the allure of so many interesting things to read on the Internet, email, messaging my family, always something to check or read or respond to.

As of today, I’m returning to single-tasking.

Why? Because I think giving in to constant switch and distraction is a way to run away. It feels busy and productive, but it’s an avoidance. Not just an avoidance of important tasks, but of whatever boredom or bad feelings I might be having in the moment.

So here are the rules I’m going to try to follow:    Continue reading

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