Category Archives: Health / Environment

The Venezuelan crisis requires a planned humanitarian response – By David Jessop

David Jessop

The View from Europe: By David Jessop

In the years following the Arab Spring, Europe learnt that, without prior planning and consideration, large numbers of people fleeing instability can rapidly create political, social and economic tensions in ways that polarise national discourse, change politics, affect foreign relations, and redefine social thinking.

Without clear policies and a well-planned response to the accelerating humanitarian disaster in Venezuela there are good reasons to believe that similar consequences could follow in the Caribbean.          Continue reading

Drug Ecstasy: Bringing Misery and Agony to the Guyana nation… already forewarned

If yuh nah hear you certainly gonna feel

By Yvonne Sam

Firstly permit me to offer condolences to the grieving family of Vanica Schultz the 15 year old student of Mae School, and also to a nation that should certainly be in mourning for one of its potential future leader. Needless to say her demise has brought many issues to the fore, issues that not only highlight the modus operandi of current governmental agencies in Guyana, their lethargic molasses-type manner of action, but above all reflects the country’s level of cial progress.

Just a mere three months ago on September 18, 2018, the Deputy Head of Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU), Leslie Ramlall, sounded the clarion, making the nation aware that the said drug Ecstasy was gaining a strong foothold among the young population especially children attending schools.     Continue reading

Medical: Working mothers ‘up to 40% more stressed’ – UK Study

Shortening hours reduces pressure but flexitime and home-based jobs offer no benefit, major study finds

Close up of a mother going through her work while looking after her young daughter
 Working from home does not reduce the pressure on mothers. Photograph: Getty Images

They may have had more than a sneaking suspicion that it was the case, but now working mothers have the data to back it up: they are indeed more stressed than other people – 18% more, in fact.

And that figure rises to 40% for those with two children, according to a major study that analysed 11 key indicators of chronic stress levels.       Continue reading

Guyana’s Media: President Granger highlights importance of ‘fact checking’

President highlights importance of ‘fact checking’… -at annual media brunch

Stabroek News – 07 January 2019

Photo: President David Granger addressing members of the media at his annual presidential media brunch held at state house.

Underscoring the importance of “fact checking” before publishing, President David Granger yesterday urged the local press corps to be vigilant and verify information they receive before making it public since misinformation carries the propensity for severe repercussions, even if it is later corrected.

“You must be accurate…fact check,” Granger said, in an address at his annual media brunch, which was held on January 06, 2019 at State House.      Continue reading

Guyana: Prevailing lack of systems – By Dave Martins

Prevailing lack of systems

After migrating to Canada in the late 1950s, I had been back to the country starting in 1967, when Tradewinds music became popular and while the visits were short – usually two weeks – they were regular, sometimes twice a year.  Consequently, I thought I knew the place – after all, I had grown up here.  It was a shock therefore for me, when I did return here to live 9 years ago, to learn, among many discoveries, that following our independence many of the fundamental systematic approaches to government and business were somewhat lacking here.       Continue reading

Why Cuba has decided to pull 8,000 doctors out of Brazil

According to the Cuban government, 20,000 doctors attended 113 million Brazilians in the last five years.

Why Cuba has decided to pull 8,000 doctors out of Brazil

Posted: 29 Nov 2018 – Caribbean News Now.

SAO PAOLO, Brazil — Thousands of Brazilians could be left without healthcare as Cuba begins pulling out 8,400 doctors who have been stationed in the country’s smallest and remotest towns for the past five years. In an official statement dated November 14, Havana announced it will end its agreement with Brazil as a response to […]

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The new model of maleness? – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

The decline and disappearance of much needed masculinity is indicative of societal changes?

Permit me from an estrogenic perspective to pose the following question: What has happened to men today?  A rising tide of books, blogs, lectures, social media posts and magazine articles all point to the growing unmanliness, and whiny immaturity of current males. More and more males (men) are seen as fearful, weak, indecisive, effeminate, childish inept creatures, no longer sure of their proper role in society.

Terms such as wuss, sissy, snowflakes and others not suitable for print are terms we hear used to describe men, especially younger men. While this new model of maleness can be charged to men of all ages, the presenting evidence shows it is especially predominant among men in their 20’s and 30’s.     Continue reading

Fashion: High Heels—To Wear or To Fear?- By Yvonne Sam

Appearing Tall—Poised for the Fall and the Sexist History behind it all

By Yvonne Sam

Let’s get it right, from the start coming straight from the heart.  I do not hate high heels, but instead abhor the idea that they are seen as indicators of female elegance when in my experience the vast majority of females find them extremely painful and hobbling.

Learning to walk in heels is a rite of passage for many women and can be an untrustworthy road paved with broken heels, sore feet, and unexpected tumbles. And on first learning to walk in heels first learning you tend to look like a baby giraffe taking its first steps.      Continue reading

Child Abuse v Discipline—The Inference and The Difference – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

Each and every child has rights, the chief of which is the right to be respected.  Another such right is the one not to be abused. Do not get me wrong for I am not saying spare the rod, nor am I saying that discipline is unnecessary.  I am merely making the inference to point out the difference between discipline and abuse. Parents and caregivers had better grasp the inference and learn the difference, or they could find themselves becoming unwilling residents of the big house.

There are some who would immediately respond by saying “my parents beat me and I turned out OK”. And others may be saying “I got a fine cut tail and I did not die”. What I am simply saying is that you may have been abused, or damaged yet never knew it?      Continue reading

Guyana President diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma – undergoing treatment

Guyana: President Granger diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma – undergoing treatment

President David Granger

President David Granger has been diagnosed in Cuba with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and underwent surgery and began a second phase of treatment today, according to a statement from the Guyana Embassy in Havana, Cuba.

The statement said that the President is expected to make a full recovery under the supervision of his doctors.


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