Category Archives: Education

BUSINESS: Amazon embraces hybrid work in post-pandemic

‘We recognize this is an unprecedented time’

BY Emily Douglas – 14 Jun 2021 – Human Resources Director -HRD

Amazon is adopting a hybrid approach to work post-pandemic, allowing employees to choose between a mix of in-office and remote work. According to an internal memo, seen by HRD, the retail giant dictates that employees should be in the office for at least three days a week with the flexibility of remote work for up to two days.

Corporate employees will have the choice to work up to four weeks per year fully remote from a domestic location. Other roles which were mainly remote pre-pandemic will remain so – such as sales and customer service.        Continue reading

University of Guyana (UG): Virtual Career Fair – June 18 & June 19. 2021 @ 9am – 5pm (GMT+4)

POLITICS: The Disturbing New Hybrid of Democracy and Autocracy – Opinion

In Poland and elsewhere, rulers — and the oligarchs who help them — have figured out how to create a one-party state without the hassle of staging a coup. 

  By Anne Applebaum | The Atlantic

In 2015, Daniel Obajtek was the county commissioner of Pcim, a tiny district south of Kraków and north of the Polish-Slovak border. “County commissioner” is perhaps a grand-sounding title, but I can’t find a better one. In Polish, the term for the job he held is wójt, an old-fashioned word that means something like “village headman”. It signifies that you run something very small. Pcim, population 4,900, is very small.            Continue reading

GUYANA: Saving the Georgetown City Hall Building – commentary

City Hall . Georgetown. Guyana

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It is entirely possible that there is a point to the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) once again deeming City Hall hazardous, but it is certainly very murky. For one thing, the heritage building is over 130 years old. Not that there is anything wrong with that per se, there are older buildings in this country and around the world that are not only still standing, but are in superlative condition. Sadly, that is not something anyone can say about City Hall. For another, while its faulty electrical wiring is definitely a fire hazard, this finding had already been made by the GFS so why is there need for repetition?

Here’s the thing, City Hall’s overall deterioration is very well known by those who occupy it, those who pass by it, and the powers that be. However, over the years, it has seen only very basic, stop-gap repairs that have likely done little but prevent it from collapsing.        Continue reading

VIDEO: 2021 Message to Humanity; “What Is Your Legacy”?

2021 Message to Humanity; What Is Your Legacy?

GUYANA: One-Cent Magenta stamp auctioned for US$8.3m to new owner

The stamp was sold by shoe designer and collector Stuart Weitzman The designer had bought it in 2014 for US$9.5 million and continued a tradition started by previous owners by adding his own flourish – a line drawing of a stiletto shoe and his initials – to the back of the stamp.        Continue reading

USA: The Average Age Of An Empire? A Mere 250 Years – By Georgie Anne Geyer | The Times-Standard

By Georgie Anne Geyer | The Times-Standard  –  [Essay published in 2018] 

WASHINGTON:  As the Fourth of July approaches, the idea that democracy is the highest political calling of mankind once again hangs poignantly in the philosophical air. 

We fret over problems here at home. We shake our heads over warring political parties, our vulgarized public culture and a billionaire class that thinks it should inherit the country all by its rich little 1 percent self.

But when we look at America’s foreign policy since World War II we should be most soberly gripped by a contradiction in thinking that could be leading us disastrously into the last hours of empire.             Continue reading

MUSIC: Song: Hooper and Chanderpaul – By Dave Martins + Music Video

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“What’s your favourite Tradewinds song, and which one you feel has had the strongest reaction?” I’ve been asked that several times.  On the first question, it depends on when you ask me; some days it’s Is We Own; some days it’s Angel Wings; some days it’s Copycats. On the second question, I suspect Not A Blade O’ Grass would be the answer.

It’s interesting though that only one interviewer – a very astute Guyanese lady – has ever asked me the parallel question: “Which song do you feel had the weakest response?”  The answer to that one, hands down, is Hooper and Chanderpaul, and therewith, as they say, hangs a tale.   
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PROFILE: Extraordinary People – Godfrey Chin 1938-2012 – By Ian McDonald 

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In one conversation with Godfrey, amidst the multitude of evocations that continually cascaded out of his extraordinary memory, he told me about bird-whistling competitions and donkey-cart racing in Guyana long ago and described to me the hundred and one manifestations of that condition of bewitched infatuation in a man or a woman called typee.

Godfrey Chin

I urged him to do extended Nostalgias on all these subjects and he promised he would get around to it. He never did. It is immeasurable how much the nation lost in the passing too soon of this absolutely unique chronicler of Guyana’s rich social history. He left behind a thousand golden threads unwoven into the tapestries which were already making him celebrated.        Continue reading

TED VIDEO: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

38,750,692 views – TEDxBeaconStreet | November 2015

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER – Robert Waldinger · Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, Zen priest. Robert Waldinger is the Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history.