Daily Archives: 03/17/2019

The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption by Dahr Jamail

Three Worlds One Vision

The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption is a work of investigative journalism by Dahr Jamail, conducted during the period April 2016 to July 2017 on the front lines of human-caused climate disruption. Having lived in Alaska for ten years (1996-2006), Jamail had witnessed the dramatic impact of global warming on the glaciers there.

Jamail’s original aim was to alert readers about “the urgency of our planetary crisis through firsthand accounts of what is happening to the glaciers, forest, wildlife, coral reefs, and oceans, alongside data provided by leading scientists who study them.” His reporting took him to climate disruption hot spots in Alaska, California, Florida, and Montana in the United States; Palau in the Western Pacific Ocean; Great Barrier Reef, Australia; and the Amazon Forest in Manaus, Brazil. His grief at what was happening to nature made him realize that “only…

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Airlines fear long grounding of Boeing 737 MAX jets after Ethiopian crash

A Boeing Co. 737 Max8

PARIS/ADDIS ABABA,  (Reuters) – The grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX jets after the crash in Ethiopia has had no immediate financial impact on airlines using the planes, but it will get painful for the industry the longer they do not fly, companies and analysts said yesterday.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed soon after take-off from Addis Ababa last weekend, killing 157 people, the second such calamity involving Boeing’s flagship new model after a jet came down off Indonesia in October with 189 people on board.

Investigators in France on Friday examined the black boxes of the jet that crashed in Ethiopia as the global airline industry waited to see if the cause was similar to the disaster in Indonesia.

Air Canada and United Airlines on Friday became the first major carriers in North America to warn of negative financial implications to business as a consequence of the grounding of the Boeing planes.            Continue reading

BETO 2020: A Masterclass in Male Entitlement – Arwa Mahdawi | The Guardian UK

BETO 2020: A Masterclass in Male Entitlement

Arwa Mahdawi | The Guardian UK

The Democratic presidential hopeful said: ‘Man, I’m just born to be in it.’

Lord give me the confidence of a mediocre white man! Specifically, I wouldn’t mind the confidence of Beto O’Rourke. A dude so assured of his inner greatness that, after losing a Senate bid, he decided the next logical step would be to run for president. Not only did he lose, by the way, he lost to Ted Cruz: A man so unlikable there’s even a conspiracy theory floating around that he is the Zodiac killer.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think losing one election disqualifies someone from jumping into the presidential nominations. Stacey Abrams has said “2020 is definitely on the table”, and I’d be 100% behind her running. Then again, Abrams didn’t really lose the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial contest; she had the election stolen from her because of voter suppression tactics.       Continue reading

The Linguistic Legacy of Indian-Guyanese – By Harry T. Hergash

 – By Harry T. Hergash  – April 21, 2014 – Stabroek News – In the Diaspora

Harry Hergash, a graduate of the University of Guyana, taught at the Annandale Government Secondary from 1964 to 1969. He immigrated to Canada in 1974.

EDITOR’s NOTE: Indian-Guyanese, the descendants of Indian immigrants, now comprise about 39.8% of the population of Guyana as reported in the 2012 Census; This is down from 43.4% in the 2002 Census; 48.6% in the 1991 Census and 51.9% in the 1980 Census. (see 2012 Census note at the end of this article}.

The everyday speech of the majority of this segment of the population, especially those living in rural communities, is peppered with words of Indic origin. Most of these words relate to items of food, kitchen utensils, terminology identifying family members and other relatives, names and terminology associated with religious holidays and worship, and names of vegetables and plants.    Continue reading

CRUCIAL CAMPAIGN MESSAGING NEEDED – By Verian Mentis-Barker – XpressBlogg

MESSAGING IS FAR MORE THAN some folksy, loosely disguised negative references about the Opposition….

By Verian Mentis-Barker – March 16, 2019

In character, it is said, President Granger, in kingly fashion, dispatched letter to a hand-picked group of men, inviting them, no less, to be part of his preparation for a second term in office …. partially derailed by a No Confidence Motion, successfully engineered by the Opposition while the Government, enamoured with the trappings of leadership, stood steadfastly in front of its political mirror.
The whole idea of an invitation to campaign speaks to the aloofness that remains the principal complaint against the President, enabled by a complement of men who nod perpetually in the affirmative …. without offering practical alternatives to practices that are passe.
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