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IS BOEING CANCELING THE BOEING 737 MAX? – commentary

Boeing 737 MAX 8
Is Boeing Canceling the Boeing 737 MAX?

After the Ethiopian Flight ET302 crashed on Sunday, the whole world is still grieving the 157 victims of the disaster.

However, this is the second deadly Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash in the span of fewer than 6 months. Back in October, a Lion Air MAX 8 plunged into the sea on flight JT 610. The two accidents have raised quite a few safety concerns about the newest Boeing 737 jet.

Subsequently, after the crash in Ethiopia, airlines and aviation authorities have grounded MAX 8 jets. In just three days, almost all of the global Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet is sitting parked on the ground, generating millions of losses for airlines.

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BHS Alumni Association – Toronto – Games Night- March 22, 2019

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Guyana: Green transformation versus narrow thinking – Editorial – Stabroek News

Green transformation versus narrow thinking

On its website’s homepage, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) proudly displays what it terms a ‘new GuySuCo’. It says that it is “transforming our business” and “exploring our potential: rice cultivation and other crops to ensure the sustainability and viability of our business”. Arrows point from this statement to labelled photographs of cane sugar, fruit crops, aquaculture, dairy farming and seed paddy.

And sadly, that is as far as the transformation extends, although there is a notification lower on the page where GuySuCo explains why it is not pursuing ethanol production as an alternative to sugar production. The explanation, with references to studies, prices and comparisons with other countries producing ethanol makes perfect sense. What doesn’t is why GuySuCo’s research is limited to cane agriculture.        Continue reading

Robotics: Artificial Intelligence: it will kill us | Jay Tuck | TEDxHamburgSalon

Robotics: Artificial Intelligence: it will kill us | Jay Tuck | TEDxHamburgSalon

Comments:

  • AI aside, what are these stupid military robots for? It’s not like we are fighting aliens or anything. Are we really so determined to make weapons so powerful and unstoppable just to kill or control other human beings? The fact that we seem so driven to murder each other seems to be the real issue.
  • The next great war will be the ultra wealthy cleansing the earth of working class peasants with the help of machines they have built for that sole purpose …. lol
  • We have humans that think like AI. We call them sociopaths.

Automation and Robotics: Humans Need Not Apply – Video

Automation and Robotics: Humans Need Not Apply – Video

Comments: We’ll need to basically rethink our economy because capitalism won’t work in a world where most humans don’t need to work. Wow, this video is already 4 years old? It still feels so relevant. Definitely one of my favourites on YouTube.

Im extremely worried about the futures of young, aspiring children and teenagers who haven’t graduated yet, what will happen to their careers in a world where every job is done by bots? How will we survive if there isn’t demand for any job?

The basic science for how climate change triggers severe cold weather in wintertime — The Secular Jurist

Three Worlds One Vision

By Robert A. Vella. It may seem paradoxical to laypeople that we would have severe cold weather spells in wintertime given that the world is rapidly warming up due to manmade climate change; and, climate change deniers are quick to exploit this paradox for political reasons.  But, it is true.  Global warming is increasing the incidence of extreme weather events of every kind from prolonged droughts and powerful storms to deadly heat waves and brutal cold snaps.  The following details the basic science behind the phenomenon popularly, though inaccurately, known as the “polar vortex.” The real polar vortex is something else altogether…

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Caribbean Has Become Much Drier, Says The Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, February 5, 2019 (CMC) – The Barbados-based The Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) says since December, last year, many parts of the Caribbean have become drier.

“Major concerns exist in the southern Caribbean, including from northern Guyana to Barbados and west to the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) for short term drought that can impact small rivers, streams and ponds, by the end of April 2019,” announced CariCOF in its February issue of the Caribbean Drought Bulletin, released here, today.             Continue reading

Caribbean to brace for increased Chinese population – Research professor warns

Evan Ellis

Evan Ellis, an international research professor, is predicting that the population of Chinese nationals in the Caribbean and Latin America will dramatically increase in the coming years.

Ellis is a senior associate (non-resident) with the Americas Programme at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is a research professor of Latin American studies.

Last year November, Ellis published a paper titled “The Future of Latin America and the Caribbean in the Context of the Rise of China.”     Continue reading

Business Technology: China leads in innovations for mobile retail

Business Technology: China leads in innovations for mobile retail

CBS NEWS 31 Dec 2018…. A mobile revolution is changing the way people do business in China. Companies there are integrating brick-and-mortar stores with cellphones to create a more high-tech consumer experience. Ben Tracy reports.

Education, teaching and why I left Guyana – By Deborah Hamilton

Education, teaching and why I left Guyana

Stabroek News – By Deborah Hamilton

Deborah Hamilton worked for several years as a teacher at Queen’s College before moving to Canada, where she now teaches.

Recently I was following the social media posts of a friend who had returned to Guyana to spend the Christmas holidays with family and friends – some of whom were also returning from various overseas locations. I was happy that she was posting all the interesting foods and places she had visited, which allowed me to also see what my childhood friends and acquaintances were doing.  To tell the truth, she was making me quite homesick. I was missing the lively banter, laughter, excellent Guyanese cuisine and hospitality, the tales of old, the company – truly, there is no experience like a Guyanese Christmas.              Continue reading
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