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Scotland Is Seeking Independence From the Political Establishment- Op-Ed

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 -By Ronan Burtenshaw, Truthout | Op-Ed

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    (Photo: Lawrence OP / Flickr)The referendum campaign is about much more than nationalism.

    Scotland Is Seeking Independence From the Political Establishment

This week’s vote on Scottish independence has lit up the political landscape in Europe, encouraging the left and prompting panic in the halls of power. If the “Yes” side manages to beat the odds and win on September 18, new possibilities will arise on a political spectrum which seemed to be shrinking by the year.

But it didn’t always look like this would be the case. When the referendum campaign began, the leading force for a Yes vote, the Scottish National Party (SNP), promised what could best be termed independence light. Staying were the pound, the Queen, NATO and even the economic model, buttressed by a “competitive” corporate tax regime to rival free-market Ireland. This appeal was nationalist in its purest sense – social questions would remain untouched and only the flag would change.  Continue reading

Demerara Gold – Play by Ingrid Griffith- Brooklyn NY. October 17-18, 2014

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Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:58:35 -0400
DEMERARA GOLD is back!  This time in BROOKLYN!!  Two shows are scheduled for Oct. 17 and 18 @ 8pm at A.R.T./NY-South Oxford Space in downtown Brooklyn (see flyer attached).  

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US Immigration Services increase fees

US Immigration Services increase fees

US visaNews Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Mon. Sept. 1, 2014: U.S. visa applicants and immigrants may be forced to soon shell out more for immigration services according to a notice published by the Department of State in the Federal Register.

The amendment to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services Schedule will temporarily take effect on September 6, 2014 for certain nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, certain immigrant visa application processing and special visa services fees, and certain citizenship services fees. Continue reading

Grenada remembers Hurricane Ivan ten years on

Hurricane Ivan 2004 - Grenada

Grenada remembers Hurricane Ivan ten years on

By Caribbean News – September 7, 2014

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Sunday marked the ten-year anniversary of the devastation caused by Hurricane Ivan, which passed directly over Grenada on September 7, 2004, as a category three storm, killing 39 people.

The capital, St George’s, was severely damaged and several notable buildings were destroyed, including the residence of the prime minister. Ivan also caused extensive damage to a local prison, allowing most of the inmates to escape. Continue reading

ART: ‘Weights and Measures: New Work’ by Carl E. Hazlewood – September 9-27, 2014

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Carl Hazlewood at work…

‘WEIGHTS AND MEASURES: NEW WORK’ by CARL E. HAZLEWOOD –  opens at Salena Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn.
Opening reception: Tuesday, September 9,  2014, 6 – 8 p.m.  The exhibition runs through September 27, 2014.

“Most experiences are unsayable, they happen in a space that no word has ever entered, and more unsayable than all other things are works of art.”   - Rainer Maria Rilke.

Guyana-born multimedia artist, Carl E. Hazlewood, continues his recent approach of making work for a particular exhibition space. WEIGHTS AND MEASURES is a ‘high-wire act’ between the ephemeral and the permanent; it balances a weightiness of effect against a measured lightness of presentation. The artist says, “I seek the natural ‘poetry’ found in various everyday materials and whatever ‘significant’ formal structures that can be activated by the combination of materials, artist, and viewer.”
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Grenada and St Lucia in top ten countries where people drink the most booze

Grenada and St Lucia in top ten countries where people drink the most booze
Published on September 2, 2014 – caribbeannewsnow.com
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GENEVA, Switzerland — The World Health Report has released the results of its 15-year global alcohol consumption survey, and two Caribbean nations – Grenada (#5) and Saint Lucia (#9) – appear in the top ten countries ranked by per capita consumption. The Bahamas is #22.

The per capita yearly pure alcohol consumption in Grenada is 12.4 liters; in other words, researchers looked at all the different drinks people consume solely in terms of their alcohol content, which eliminates differences between wine, beer and spirits. That works out to between three and four drinks per person every single day.  Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol News Videos – September 29, 2014

Guyana: Capitol News Videos – September 29, 2014

  • Coalition will not dilute AFC says David Granger of APNU
  • PUC begins hearing on proposed landline hike
  • Fugitive Guyanese drug smuggler in US Court
  • Stiffer Penalties for Child Abuse
  • Dino Bouterse of Suriname changes Plea
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Coalition will not dilute AFC says David Granger of APNUPosted: 29 Aug 2014 02:10 PM PDT
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Guyana – “Anxious to leave” – commentary and paper on migration

Anxious to leave… ( also see paper on migration at the end)

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AUGUST 30, 2014 | BY |  EDITORIAL

Guyana: It has been reported in the not too distant past that close to 80 per cent of the country’s skilled people migrate.

This certainly paints a gloomy picture for the future. It means that we are getting considerably less for investments in human development; training people is a very costly exercise.

Indeed, for as long as we could remember we have been producing our own teachers, nurses, skilled artisans and the like. Such was our training regimen that all those who graduated were good enough to work in any part of the world.

There was a time when the cost of living was such that we were content to stay and serve. But there was always the lure of life overseas.  Continue reading

Guyana will guarantee financing for India group – Ramsammy denies company claims

UPDATED:  Ramsammy denies ‘60,000 hectares’ claims by Indian group

AUGUST 30, 2014 | … says agreement inked with Ministry has expired  
Agriculture Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, has denied that his Ministry allocated more lands in the Canje Basin, or entered into any “new deals” with Indian conglomerate, Ajeenkya DY Patil. This is in stark contradiction to what the company claims on its website. The company claimed that …[Read more]
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Guyana will guarantee financing for India group – company website claims

- says it was given 60,000 hectares in Canje Basin

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Photo : Dr Leslie Ramsammy Min. of Agriculture

AUGUST 29, 2014 | BY –  |ndian conglomerate, Ajeenkya DY Patil, says that it has been provided with a 99-year lease on 60,000 hectares of land located in Canje Basin for a mega-farm. The Government of Guyana will provide tax holidays, waive import and export duties, and provide exemption from local taxes, the company said on its website.

The Ministry of Agriculture had initially stated that it had given approximately 10,000 hectares of land in the Canje Basin to the group for “mega farming”.  There have been no announcements by Government of these new arrangements.

The company said it was also able to acquire the rights to not only what is above the  ground but below, a significant allowance, as it could pave the way for even mining to taking place in the concession. Continue reading

The Smallness of Being in Economy Class

The Smallness of Being in Economy Class

FROMA HARROP -NATIONOFCHANGE / OP-ED Published: – 27 August 2014  
Economy Class

Economy Class

 
Wall Street actually rewards airlines that put the most passengers into the smallest areas. The fight for space on airplanes has gotten so bad it has led to physical altercations between passengers!
 
Americans are in the dumps about their future. What does that have to do with legroom in economy class? Everything.

The middle class sees its stature shrinking in the global pecking order and in a culture that favors money over well-being. There can be no better example for this than the indignities of flying economy.

Surely, you heard the story about the United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver that was diverted to Chicago after two passengers got into a fight over legroom.  Continue reading

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