Category Archives: Health / Environment

Cash Transfers from Oil Revenues are Not A Magic Bullet – By Tara Patricia Cookson

The topic of direct cash transfers to Guyanese households, paid for by projected oil revenues, has been in the news over the past few weeks, and seems set to become an issue on the Guyanese elections campaign trail. Will the presidential candidates promise to alleviate poverty by giving families cash?

They will certainly not be the first politicians in the Caribbean or in neighbouring regions to try. Last year I published a book about Peru’s conditional cash transfer program, Juntos, a program considered to be so successful that then-World Bank President Jim Kim offered financing for any country that would replicate it.  Indeed, there are many studies that show that Juntos, like other cash transfer programs, soften the acute effects of poverty and increase families’ use of health and education services.            Continue reading

Environment: How to respond to climate change, if you are an algorithm – The Economist

We ran our youth essay question through an artificial-intelligence system to produce an essay

Open Future – Oct 1st 2019.

Earth in Crisis: We need another narrative – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Earth in Crisis: We need another narrative

by Rosaliene Bacchus

There is no wealth on a dead planet – Global Climate Strike 2019 – New York City – USA
Photo Credit: Common Dreams

On Friday, September 20, 2019, millions of young people and supporting adults in more than 150 countries took part in the Global Climate Strike, calling on decision-makers to take immediate action to address our global climate crisis. I’m heartened that sixteen-year-old, Swedish environmentalist activist, Greta Thunberg, has awakened our youth to the future that awaits them.            Continue reading

INDIA: Sanitation: ‘Toilet trouble’ for Narendra Modi and Bill Gates – BBC News. Delhi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the "Howdy, Modi!" rally in Houston, Texas, on September 22, 2019.Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s high-profile visit to the US includes an evening in New York. But the celebrity event has turned controversial.

It all began with a tweet.

A federal minister announced on 2 September that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would recognise Mr Modi for his government’s efforts to end open defecation. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, as it is known, or Clean India Mission, seeks to improve sanitation across the country by building tens of millions of toilets for the poor.


“Your Body Is An Illusion” This Video Will Literally Blow Your Mind! – By Dr. Bruce Lipton

Dr. Bruce Lipton : “Your Body Is An Illusion” This Video Will Literally Blow Your Mind!

It was once thought that genes could turn themselves on and off, and in the process, they could control the character of our lives. This belief led to the conclusion that our fate was controlled by the genome we acquired from our mother and father at the moment of conception.

Unfortunately, if we do not like the traits we inherited, we cannot change our genes. When we combine these facts with the notion that genes control their own activity, we are left with the inescapable conclusion that we are “victims” of our heredity and should anticipate expressing the diseases and negative traits passed down through our family lineage.          Continue reading

USA: Opioids overdose deaths … a manufactured tragedy – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Opioids overdose deaths a manufactured tragedy that has ensnared minorities and babies


Within about 20 years, more than 76 billion opioid pills or painkillers were sold in just six years in the U.S., manufacturers and distributors made billions of dollars – and at least 400,000 people died from overdosing.

The nearest comparable crisis is the havoc wreaked by tobacco. And, just as cigarette manufacturers lied about the health risks of their products while aggressively marketing them, so too opioids makers are accused of spreading misleading information about their drugs. Tobacco companies agreed to a $246 billion settlement and opioids manufacturers are paying out hundreds of millions of dollars – to begin with – to settle lawsuits    Continue reading

Bahamas says 2,500 missing after Dorian; PM warns death toll to rise ‘significantly’

Members of the Canadian Burnaby Firefighters Search & Rescue Task Force search for victims after Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Members of the Canadian Burnaby Firefighters Search & Rescue Task Force search for victims after Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Marco Bello

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Medical: Erectile Dysfunction – Needing A Hand to Stand – By Yvonne Sam  

  By Yvonne Sam

The Hard Facts about the Soft Truth

Although sexual health is essential to overall health and well-being, nevertheless there is a tendency for sexual-health needs to be overlooked in routine health care. It has been estimated that currently over 150 million men worldwide suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) and by 2025, this figure will increase beyond 322 million.

According to Gail Wyatt, sex therapist, clinical psychologist and professor at UCLA, roughly 18 million American men experience erectile dysfunction, or ED, defined as the inability to attain or sustain an erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse, and typically measured over a three-month period, and African men are more likely than men of other races to experience ED.          Continue reading

Medical: Plugged In: The True Toxicity of Social Media – Video

The Most Revolutionary Act

Plugged In: The True Toxicity of Social Media

Directed by Richard Grannon (2018)

Film Review

This documentary examines the apparent link between widespread social media addiction and the spike in suicide rates among teens under 17. Depression has increased 70% over the last decade, with suicide rates increasing by 50% in girls and 30% in boys. In the same period, hospital admissions for eating disorders have doubled. This appears to relate to pervasive social media emphasis on personal appearance and staying thin.

The filmmakers interview pediatricians, psychologists, social media activists and teen victims of cyberbullying. They also examine whistleblower claims about Facebook deliberately designing platforms to produce the same dopamine* triggers that mediate addiction. The obvious goal is to create compulsive desire to spend more and more on Facebook, as well as Instagram and WhatsApp (both owned by Facebook). The more time you spend on Facebook, the more ads you…

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Guyana: NGO contributes to keeping Corriverton children in school

Stabroek News – September 8, 2019

Surendra Kumar Bhagarathi spent most of his working life at the Skeldon Sugar Estate and he witnessed firsthand the contribution the estate made to the community of Corriverton. So, when the estate was closed, Bhagarathi felt the need to assist the community.

Even though he was one of the many workers who were laid off, at the time he held the position of Superintendent, the father of one felt that he needed to do something to assist the children of his former workers, some of whom were not attending school.

As a result, he and his wife, Shanta Youngkam, together with like-minded persons, formed the organisation Service to Humanity, Today’s Children Our Future in January of last year.
Photo: Shanta Youngkam and Surendra Kumar Bhagarathi               

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