Category Archives: Science

OPINION: David Jessop | Vaccine diplomacy and Caribbean economic recovery

David Jessop | May 2, 2021 |
Vaccine inequity has become a matter of deep global concern.

The issue, as told to a recent meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organisation – WHO, is “the challenge of our time”. Unequal global distribution, he said, is not only a moral outrage, but economically and epidemiologically self-defeating.

In the year or so following the declaration of the pandemic, the absence of equitable global supply is borne out by statistics which show just how unevenly and sparsely COVID vaccines have been distributed to the world’s population.      Continue reading

GUYANA: Gas-to-shore pipeline can be paid for in 5 years – VP Jagdeo

…industrial manufacturing from gas positive externality

The gas-to-shore pipeline being pursued by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government and which it is estimated will cost some US$900 million to build, can be fully paid off or amortised within five years.

This view was expressed by Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo, during a recent presentation with senior representatives of various media houses. He noted that given the millions that will be saved in energy cost per year when the gas-to-shore pipeline is functional, the project can be paid for within five years.    Continue reading

ENERGY: ‘Insanely cheap energy’: solar power continues to shock the world

Solar is now officially cheapest form of energy – IEA

IEA’s Executive Director, Dr. Faith Birol

May 02, 2021 – Kaieteur News – According to the estimations of the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA), solar energy has not only become the cheapest form of energy, but is also poised to become king of global electricity markets.

The intergovernmental organisation which works with countries around the world to shape energy policies for a secure and sustainable future, made this conclusion known in its recent publication of World Energy Outlook 2020. This document is a yearly study that allows the agency to map possibilities for the future.

In the WEO-2020, the agency outlines the “extraordinarily turbulent” impact of the coronavirus on the now “highly uncertain” future of global energy use over the next two decades. The IEA in its highly influential annual outlook offers four global energy “pathways” to 2040, all of which see a major rise in renewables.        Continue reading

Earth Day- April 22, 2021: Restore Our Earth – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Earth Day 2021 – Restore Our Earth

Official Earth Day 2021 poster by Brazilian Street Artist Speto
Photo Credit: Earth Day Official Website

April 22, 2021 is Earth Day. The theme this year is Restore Our Earth, an optimistic outlook given the ongoing challenges humanity faces with a climate emergency, now coupled with yet another year of a global pandemic.

READ MORE: http://rosalienebacchus.blog/2021/04/18/earth-day-2021-restore-our-earth/

U.S.A. — Migrant crackdown by Western nations is rooted in centuries of racist science – By Mohamed Hamaludin

  Immigration policy is usually regarded as a political matter but a much more sinister motive has existed for centuries due to studies by scientists and others who, starting in the 1700s, have strived mightily to prove that foreigners are less than human and, if allowed to immigrate, would pollute the nation.

Journalist and author Sonia Shah,in her book “The Next Great Migration,” traced the work of scientists who pursued such research, including French naturalist George Luis Leclerc Comte de Buffon: “As people and species migrated from the Garden of Eden, Buffon theorized, new diets and climates ‘degenerated’ them.      Continue reading

Guyana: Moray House Trust: Astronomy in the Caribbean – April 17. 2021 – 5.00 pm EST

Guyana: Moray House Trust:  Virtual Event

Moray House Trust warmly invites you to attend our ninth virtual event: a series of short illustrated talks about astronomy in the region by Dr Shirin Haque (astronomer), David Marshall (amateur astronomer) and Mahendra Mahadeo and Ferlin Pedro (astrophotographers).

Please see the PDF attached below for their profiles.
PDF FILE: Astronomy in the caribbean (1) 
This is a collaborative effort with the Amateur Astronomers Association of Guyana.

COVID-19: Approval of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine could change Canada’s vaccination game – CBC News

Lauren Pelley  – CBC NEWS – March 5, 2021

A one-dose COVID-19 vaccine is now approved for use in Canada — and vaccine experts say the shot from Johnson & Johnson could give a major boost to countrywide vaccination efforts while offering a “real solution” to hasten the end of the pandemic..

The vaccine, made by a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is a non-replicating viral vector option and, unlike the three other vaccines previously approved for Canadian use, was tested during clinical trials as a single shot.      Continue reading

SECURITY: Crime Rate by Country -2020 statistics – World Population Review

Editor’s Note: This report shows that Guyana is ranked 8th; Trinidad & Tobago 6th; and Jamaica 11th. Crime Index for Country 2020

Crime Rate by Country 2021 from 2020 statistics – World Population Review (Link here)

Crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population, and then the result is multiplied by 100,000

The crime rates in each country. While there is no exact reason why crimes are committed, there are several factors attributed to high crime rates. High crime rates are seen in countries or areas with high poverty levels and low job availability. Strict police enforcement and severe sentences tend to reduce crime rates. There is a strong correlation between age and crime, with most crimes, especially violent crimes, being committed by those ages 20-30 years old.          Continue reading

EDUCATION: Technology is Shaping the Future – Disrupting Education as we know it- Visual Capitalist

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Technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives, and now it seems that education systems around the world are due for an update.

Educators are tapping into the digital revolution and adopting new technologies to help students reach their full potential, but can they adapt quickly enough to prepare children for the changing future of work?

The Growing Role of Tech in Classrooms

Today’s infographic from Best Education Degrees explores the different ways technology is transforming classrooms, and disrupting education as we know it.

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AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine and seniors: Where Canada and other countries stand – CBC News

Amid mixed messaging in Canada, France and Germany reverse course to approve vaccine for people 65 and older

.. CBC News · Canadians now have a third option to protect against COVID-19 after Health Canada approved the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine. But questions remain about whether it should be used in people aged 65 and older — an issue that is also playing out in other countries around the world.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) on Monday March 1, 2021 recommended against using the vaccine in that age group, even though Health Canada has authorized it to be used in adults of all ages.            Continue reading