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CANADA: TRAVEL: Westjet Disagrees with Canadian Government Travel Advisory

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Guyana: JONESTOWN REVISITED: A People’s Tragedy, Lessons Learned – By Lear Matthews

43rd Commemoration of the Jonestown Tragedy in Guyana

 – By Lear Matthews

  •  Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.
  • None but ourselves can free our mind.
  • (Robert N. Marley)

Lear Matthews

November 18th 2021 marks the 43rdcommemoration of the People’s Temple tragedy in Guyana, South America, a nation that has been in the news again recently, but this time for good reason. According to Exxon Mobile, oil discovery off the northern coast of this southern Caribbean country, was expected to top six billion barrels by 2020, making it a leading oil producing nation.

The story of the People’s Temple symbolizes (a) fallibility of persons whose path to the ‘American dream’ had been  frustrated because of  economic hardship, political ideology or racism (b) the rabid power of a religious zealot over those seeking spiritual and material comfort (c) a developing nation’s vulnerability to sundry influences as it struggled to stymie conditions of poverty. The government of Guyana engaged in a policy and practice of offering resources to encourage efforts at hinterland resettlement and development.            Continue reading

Guyana- Global Enterprise Week (GEW) – Virtual Event – Startup Huddle – November 10. 2021 – 10.00am – 12.00 pm EST

 

VIEW and REGISTER: Global Enterprise Week – GEW Guyana 2021

 Here are the links to the event information page and to the registration page.

AGING: Systemic Obstacles That Lead To Social Exclusion For Seniors – By Yvonne Sam

Systemic Obstacles That Lead To Social Exclusion For Seniors

By 2036, Montrealers, aged 65 or over, will be around 465,800, and most are women. Photo credit: Anna Shvets/Pexels.

By Yvonne Sam – Contributing Columnist PRIDE NEWS Commentary 

Yvonne Sam -- newSocial exclusion is the process, through which individuals or groups are excluded from facilities, benefits and the opportunities that the others enjoy.

Montréal’s population is growing older and this is expected to accelerate over the next few years. In 2016, there were 323,660 Montrealers, aged 65 or over. By 2036, this figure will be around 465,800, and most are women.

Among the social groups considered vulnerable are the elderly, and the current pandemic has affected them disproportionally. It has excluded older adults from in-person contact with others in society. As such, they must shelter, in place, and maintain physical distance from others during this pandemic.

The Acts of Exclusion
Digital technologies pervade all aspects of life. The internet is a key example of modern digital technology that enables people to overcome physical distance, through digital social connections.

Older adults are less likely to be able to take advantage of the opportunities, enabled by modern information and communication technologies, such as smart-phones, tablets, and high-speed internet services.  They tend to opt not to use the Internet or cannot afford Internet access.

Additionally, they lack technologies with which to use video-chat apps to virtually connect with people, or lack the skills to use certain technologies, even if they do have access.

Physical or cognitive limitations may prevent seniors, in long-term care facilities, from being able to use communication technologies on their own, without assistance from others. Non-participation in the digital world leads older adults to feel social exclusion during times of physical distancing.

The global social-distancing mandates during COVID-19, minimize social contact, but many people circumvent these limitations by using communication technologies to remain connected.

The Elderly and Digital Equity
The United Nations International Day of Older Persons 2021 theme, “Digital Equity for All Ages”, predicates the need for access and meaningful participation in the digital world by older persons.

Digital equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services. Older persons experience digital inequity to a greater extent than other groups in society. They are often not benefitting fully, from the opportunities provided by technological progress.

Sadly, most tech gurus at stores, online or on help lines are young people using unfamiliar terms or speeding through explanations. Now is the time to cross the digital barrier. The theme resonates loud and clear: now is the time to bring technology to the entire aging population. The need is increasing and not disappearing.

Older adults can learn technology, but it must be adapted for them and made accessible, and this is not happening. Older adults lack connected devices and internet access; devices are too expensive for those on limited incomes, and internet connectivity packages often do not consider the needs and uses of this demographic.

Conclusively, while the obstacles are many, it is imperative that older adults attain digital literacy and get connected, if they are to stay relevant, employable and engaged in their local communities. They need empowering learning opportunities, not ones that make them feel overwhelmed, ignorant or helpless.

Let not the United Nations International Day of Older Persons 2021 theme seem like an unattainable dream.

Aleuta continua — the struggle continues.

Yvonne Sam, a retired Head Nurse and Secondary School Teacher, is the Chair of the Rights and Freedom Committee at the Black Community Resource Centre. A regular columnist for over two decades with the Montreal Community Contact, her insightful and incursive articles on topics ranging from politics, human rights and immigration, to education and parenting have also appeared in the Huffington Post, Montreal Gazette, XPressbogg and Guyanese OnLine. She is also the recipient of the Governor General of Canada Caring Canadian Citizen Award.

Guyana: Rupununi Music and Arts Festival – Sunday 17th October 2021

Sunday 17th October 2021. – 4.00PM GY/NY time – 9.00PM UK Time

Streaming on Facebook and YouTube @rupununifestival

GUYANA: Government to use Norway Forest Funds for solar farms

BOOK: Review- 2034: A Novel of the Next World War – Efraim Halevy | Haaretz

A journalist and top NATO commander have co-written a thriller that lays out a series of incidents in the South China Sea, the Strait of Hormuz and D.C. that spark the apocalypse. Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy reviews the book 

Efraim Halevy | Haaretz reviews ‘2034,’ by Elliot Ackerman and James Stavridis

This is a highly appropriate time to read “2034: A Novel of the Next World War”, a thriller published in March that describes a chain of events leading to a third world war.  

Its coauthors are seasoned veterans of the U.S. military. One is James Stavridis, 66, a retired Navy admiral who served in a variety of command positions. In 2009 he was named supreme commander of NATO and the top U.S. commander in Europe, positions he held until his retirement in 2013. The second, Elliot Ackerman, is 25 years his junior. A journalist and author, he served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry and special operation officer, including a brief stint with the Ground Branch of the CIA’s Special Activities Division. Ackerman served multiple tours of duty with elite covert CIA units in the Middle East and southwest Asia, including in Iraq and Afghanistan.          Continue reading

TELECOMS: Digicel, France’s Orange target Guyana, Suriname oil industry with new submarine fibre-optic cable

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Digicel has announced that it  has inked a deal with the France-based major international telecoms provider, Orange, to build a submarine fibre-optic cable that would link French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana and, Trinidad and Tobago and provide service to the rapidly emerging oil sector.

“Recognising the opportunity to supercharge connectivity in this area of the Caribbean and Latin America, Deep Blue One will provide best in class connectivity to French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago, with the opportunity to connect offshore oil and gas rigs on the back of the industry boom in the region,” Digicel said.      Continue reading

VIDEO: George Orwell and 1984: How Freedom Dies – By: Academy of Ideas

George Orwell and 1984: How Freedom Dies – Watch on YouTube for COMMENTS

Academy of Ideas – 2,353,213 views – Dec 30, 2017 – 3 years ago — Comment by the Creator of this video

I have noticed in the comments that some people are suggesting I misinterpreted Orwell’s view of socialism – specifically that he didn’t advocate a centrally planned economy. But as David Ramsay Steele explains in his book Orwell Your Orwell, in the 1930s and 1940s to be a democratic socialist meant something quite different than it does today.

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Firstly, here is Orwell defining socialism:
   

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY – June 20, 2021

Father’s Day is a holiday of honouring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic countries of Europe, it has been celebrated on 19 March as Saint Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages. In the United States, Father’s Day was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd,[1][2][3] and celebrated on the third Sunday of June for the first time in 1910. The day is held on various dates across the world and different regions maintain their own traditions of honouring fatherhood.

 READ MORE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father%27s_Day

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