Category Archives: Science

CONSERVATION: Iwokrama – a sanctuary to be proud of – By Dave Martins

By Dave Martins – Stabroek News – September 13, 2020

It may seem a little over the top to say “sanctuary”, but in fact it’s not…that is precisely what Iwokrama is, embedded in the very centre of Guyana, like a navel, but of course a huge one of many miles.  The actual name is “Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development” and it is an entity to make us all proud for the sanctuary it truly is for our environment, and proud also for the efficient, professional way the Centre goes about its resolve of preservation and of continuance.

It shows up in many ways and for me, a fine example is the series of three booklets, or Guides to Iwokrama, as they are labelled, each of them professionally designed and printed in a four-colour display that is a joy to peruse.  There are three booklets (there may well be more in the works) and they are labelled GUIDES, with each booklet focusing on a particular subject…    Continue reading

WEATHER: Climate Crisis Update: Reasons for Hope in 2020 – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Stop Sign Extreme Heat Warning – Death Valley – California – USA

t is hot here in California. On August 16th, a heat wave sent temperatures soaring in Death Valley to 130℉ (54.4℃), believed to be the highest temperature recorded on Earth in over a century. With a historic wildfire season threatening life and property, Governor Gavin Newson has declared a state of emergency. On August 24th, as reported by Cal Fire, the state has had 7,002 fires this year, burning over 1.4 million acres…and growing. At the same time last year, 4,292 fires had burned 56,000 acres.

READ MORE: http://rosalienebacchus.blog/2020/08/30/climate-crisis-update-reasons-for-hope-in-2020/

MEDICAL: Vitamin-D is Your PPE [Personal Protective Equipment] against viruses – Video

MEDICAL: Vitamin-D is Your PPE [Personal Protective Equipment]

An interview with Wayne Cezair, a Caribbean man, talking about Vitamin D and its ability to boost our immune systems so that it is able to fight infections like COVID-19. Wayne Cezair is a practitioner in “Natural Medicine”. He is concerned about the mixed messages and the false information that we are getting in regard to COVID-19 and similar viruses.

You may agree or disagree with his analysis of the COVID-19 virus and Vitamin D as a protective measure against it. This website is just giving you alternate information and is not promoting his ideas as being valid.

Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZE8fvmcBz0 for comments made on his website.

MEDICAL: Guyana records first successful skull transplant surgery

Guyanese neurosurgeon, Dr. Amarnauth Dukhi

Annalisa Latchman, 24, a single mother from Lima, Essequibo, Region Two, was given a new lease on life after she became the subject of a successful skull transplant operation performed last Saturday. (22 August 2020)

The surgery – a first of its kind to be conducted in Guyana – was performed by prominent Guyanese neurosurgeon, Dr. Amarnauth Dukhi, at the St Joseph Mercy Hospital.          Continue reading

HEALTH: LIFESTYLES: The ingredients for a longer life – BBC News

A handful of small towns have remarkable longevity. What is it about their lifestyle that can increase your chances of living to 100?

One is a town surrounded by tropical forest and beaches popular with surfers, two are craggy islands in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, the fourth is at the tail of the Japanese archipelago, while the last is a small city in California whose name means “beautiful hill”.

At first glance, there might not seem much to link these five locations – Nicoya in Costa Rica, Sardinia in Italy, Ikaria in Greece, Okinawa in Japan and Loma Linda in California. They are scattered in different corners of the world and could not look more different.          Continue reading

Medical School Education Wrongly Favours Academic Achievement – Jessica Hamzelou | New Scientist

Medics Who Changed History Would NOT Get Into Modern Medical Schools

Jessica Hamzelou | New Scientist

Many of the people behind the most significant medical discoveries of the past 300 years wouldn’t have got into medical school by today’s standards, BECAUSE THEY EITHER STUDIED THE “WRONG” SUBJECTS, GOT LOW GRADES OR DIDN’T FOLLOW THE RULES.

The finding highlights how the education system wrongly favours academic achievement over other important traits, like persistence and creativity, says David Jenkins at the University of Toronto, Canada. “We have to be much more flexible in how we accept young people into medical school or any other profession or activity that is their goal,” says Jenkins.          Continue reading

Canada: Five Municipalities call for 5G Moratorium: Niagara Falls and Ontario Elected Officials Concerned About Safety

— Opposition to 5G is WORLDWIDE.

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There’s no doubt that other sources of wireless and Electromagnetic Radiation (aka “Electrosmog”) can cause and have caused biological and environmental problems too.  However, experts continue to warn that adding 5G to already dangerous levels of “Electrosmog” is a recipe for disaster (see 12, 34).

Kudos to these Canadian municipalities for calling for moratoriums:  CoaticookSutton, Pike River, and Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec and also to elected officials in Niagara Falls and Ontario for raising valid health and safety concerns.          Continue reading

The Father of Modern Gynecology Performed Horrible Experiments on Slaves – HISTORT Magazine

He was a Medical Trailblazer – But at what cost?

James Sims

By: Brynn Holland – HISTORY Magazine

James Marion Sims developed pioneering tools and surgical techniques related to women’s reproductive health.  He is credited as the “father of modern gynecology.” The 19th-century physician has been lionized with statues in New York City, South Carolina and Pennsylvania.

But because Sims’ research was conducted on enslaved Black women without anesthesia, medical ethicists, historians and others have called for those monuments to be removed—or for them to be reconfigured as tributes to the enslaved women known to have endured his experiments.

READ MORE: https://www.history.com/news/the-father-of-modern-gynecology-performed-shocking-experiments-on-slaves

The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac

From Three Worlds One Vision – ~ Guyana – Brazil – USA

Based on NOAA’s 140-year climate record, 2019 is the second-hottest year on Earth, after 2016. In their book, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis (Knopf 2020), Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, architects of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, remind us that we live in a critical decade. If we the people of Earth fail to attain our goal of halving our carbon emissions by 2030, it would be highly unlikely that we will attain net zero emissions by 2050.

They invite us “to take part in creating the future of humanity, confident that despite the seemingly daunting nature of the challenge, collectively we have what it takes to address climate change now” (xxi).

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FOR COVID 19 TOO SHALL PASS– TEN POEMS — UNSUNG HEROES – By Dmitri Allicock

UNITE & FIGHT, GUYANA

By Dmitri Allicock

FOR COVID 19 TOO SHALL PASS.

TEN POEMS  — UNSUNG HEROES


My wife, Evadney and myself- are both registered nurses for a lifetime.

Just a few words for those unsung heroes, a song
Healthcare worker, truck driver, they too belongs
It is plague of Corona but who delivers the goods?
The grocery store employee, because they would    Continue reading