Daily Archives: 06/03/2016

Guyana– Latest News from various sources – June 03, 2016

GUYANA – LATEST NEWS – 03 June 2016 – Kaieteur News

         (see other News sources at the end of this entry)

Guyana: Memories of Independence – By Alissa Trotz

Memories of Independence

By Alissa Trotz On May 26, 2016  – In The Diaspora

Alissa Trotz teaches at the University of Toronto and is the editor of the In the Diaspora column

20131028diasporaHow many times have we seen the coat of arms without really understanding what it stands for? Or without knowing how it came to be? Speaking with Stanley Greaves this week, one learns that in fact there was a competition for the flag and coat of arms. As Greaves remembers it “I entered the competition, and you had any number of artists, so that what you are seeing is a composite where elements were taken from different artists and put together. My contribution was the two jaguars holding up the shield, but without the pick and the plant (representing mining and rice). Those were added.    Continue reading

“Imagine the Angels of Bread” – Poem by Martín Espada

Three Worlds One Vision

The Bread of Life

My Poetry Corner June 2016 features the poem “Imagine the Angels of Bread” from the poetry collection, Alabanza: New & Selected Poems, 1982-2002, by Martín Espada, an American poet, essayist, translator, editor, and attorney.

After studying history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Espada earned his law degree from Northeastern University. For many years, he was a tenant lawyer and legal advocate. Today, he teaches poetry and English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has dedicated much of his career to the pursuit of social justice, including fighting for Latino rights and reclaiming the historical record. Through his poetry, he speaks for the socially, economically, and racially marginalized individuals who have no voice.

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Rethinking the welfare state would be disruptive – the Economist

Rethinking the welfare state – Basically flawed

Proponents of a basic income underestimate how disruptive it would be

Jun 4th 2016 | From the ECONOMIST print edition

Labour CostsWORK is one of society’s most important institutions. It is the main mechanism through which spending power is allocated. It provides people with meaning, structure and identity. Yet work is a less generous, and less certain, provider of these benefits than it once was. Since 2000 economic growth across the rich world has failed to generate decent pay increases for most workers. Now there is growing fear of a more fundamental threat to the world of work: the possibility that new technologies, from machine learning to driverless cars, will cause havoc to employment.

Such worries have revived interest in an old idea: the payment of a “universal basic income”, an unconditional government payment given to all citizens, as a supplement to or replacement for wages (see article).   Continue reading

Trinidad & Tobago: Child Marriage – Too Young to wed

Trinidad & Tobago: Child Marriage – Too Young to wed

By Bert Wilkinson – June 2, 2016 / Caribbean Life News
trinidad_and_tobago_mapWhile authorities in Trinidad are battling to stabilize the petroleum-based economy from low world prices and security officials grapple with runaway gun violence, a new controversy is attracting the attention of the administration of Prime Minister Keith Rowley.

Surprisingly, it has much to do with a raging debate in the country as to what age a child or young girl should be allowed to marry legally.

Current colonial era laws allow a young, school aged child to wed an adult male as early as 12 but the Hindu community which has been in the forefront of the defense of the old laws, is making its presence felt on the issue by lashing out against advocates for change.  Continue reading

Guyana Government News Brief – June 2, 2016 – GINA video

GINA logoGuyana Government News Brief – June 2, 2016

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