Daily Archives: January 3, 2019

“How we need to remake the internet” by Jaron Lanier – TED Video

 “How we need to remake the internet,” by Jaron Lanier

In the early days of digital culture, Jaron Lanier helped craft a vision for the internet as public commons where humanity could share its knowledge — but even then, this vision was haunted by the dark side of how it could turn out: with personal devices that control our lives, monitor our data and feed us stimuli. (Sound familiar?)

In this visionary talk, Lanier reflects on a “globally tragic, astoundingly ridiculous mistake” companies like Google and Facebook made at the foundation of digital culture — and how we can undo it. “We cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it’s financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them,” he says.

Caribbean: Barbados economy ends year on high

BY GEORGE ALLEYNE – Caribbean Life News

Midway last year government’s foreign reserves stood at, $221.5 million, barely enough for 7.2 weeks of imports of essential items such as petroleum products. The international benchmark for reserves coverage is 12 weeks.  (Bdos$ = U$= 50c)

Contrasting that gloomy picture at June 30, 2018, the Barbados government ended the year holding $522 million in foreign currency.  The year-end GDP figures are not yet in but as of September it had jumped to $3.82 billion.

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Store Closings: What went wrong on the High Street in 2018? – BBC News

What went wrong on the High Street in 2018?

By Emma Simpson – Business correspondent, BBC News

The last 12 months have seen a string of High Street names go out of business. But what made 2018 such a bad year for retailers?

“I absolutely loved my job at Poundworld. It was like a family – we all got on, and we all stepped in if somebody couldn’t do a shift.”

Jenny Evans had been working for seven years as a part-time sales assistant when she heard the news on the radio in June that her company had collapsed.      Continue reading

PPP presidential candidate to be named before end of month – Jagdeo

Stabroek News – 03 January 2019

Bharrat Jagdeo

The presidential candidate for the People’s Progressive Party to contest the upcoming general elections will be named before the month ends and not by the end of this week.

Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo told Stabroek News that according to the timeline “around the third week in January” the Central Committee of the party should vote for the candidate.      Continue reading

The Library, the Novelist, the Community and the Movement – by Francis Quamina Farrier

The Library, the Novelist, the Community and the Movement – by Francis Quamina Farrier  

The four elements listed in the Headline above, will all be in their 110 anniversary this year 2019; they are The National Library in Georgetown, The Guyanese novelist, Edgar Mittelholzer, of New Amsterdam, The Village of St. Ignatius in Region Nine and the Guyana Scouting Movement; they all commenced in the year 1919. Novelist Edgar Mittelholzer, of course, passed on in May 1965.

THE NATIONAL LIBRARY in GEORGETOWN  

The Guyana National Library which is located at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Georgetown, was founded in 1909. The 7,000 pound sterling cost for the construction, was donated by the Scottish-American philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, who had a passion for literature, and for making  it possible for those who did not have the means to buy books for their reading pleasure and information, to still be able to read the books they desired, by becoming members of “Free Libraries”, and borrow the books they needed.          Continue reading

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