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America’s Culture of Violence

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Armored Police - Ferguson Missouri - 13 August 2014Armored police watch protestors following fatal shooting of Michael Brown
Ferguson – Missouri – 13 August 2014
Photo Credit: Whitney Curtis / The New York Times

During the last week in July 2014, my eighty-one-year-old mother was physically assaulted in a Culver City bus in Los Angeles County. As a regular passenger on the Culver City line, I have never felt threatened. The bus drivers, most of whom are black, are always courteous. Therefore, the news of my mother’s assault came as a shock.

With the aid of a walking chair, my mother moves around Los Angeles by bus. When she entered the Culver City bus near her residence, two white women sat facing each other in the front section of the bus. The two seats in this section, reserved for the elderly and physically disabled passengers, fold upwards to accommodate passengers using motorized and other wheel chairs. My mother…

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What can USA and British education systems learn from classrooms in the developing world?

What can the American and British education systems learn from classrooms in the developing world? inc videos

Posted by: Kate Torgovnick May August 14, 2014 at 10:59 am EDT
A group of students in Karakati, India, research the answer to a big question at one location of Sugata Mitra's School in the Cloud. According to Mitra and Adam Braun, there's a lot that Western schools can learn about education from students in India.

Students in Phaltan, India, research the answer to a big question at one of Sugata Mitra’s School in the Cloud labs. According to Mitra and his Microsoft Work Wonders Project partner, Adam Braun, there’s quite a bit that Western schools can learn from classrooms in the developing world.

Adam Braun went to school in the US and now runs a nonprofit that builds schools in Ghana, Laos, Nicaragua and Guatemala. In contrast, Sugata Mitra—the winner of the 2013 TED Prize—went to school in India and now is a professor in the UK, where his research on self-directed learning routinely brings him into elementary schools.
Both of these education activists have seen how typical classrooms function in the Western world, and both have seen how typical classrooms function in the developing world. And both say, the West isn’t always better.Braun and Mitra have teamed up through Microsoft’s Work Wonders Project to bring Mitra’s School in the Cloud learning platform into Braun’s Pencils of Promise schools. As the two pilot their partnership in a school in rural Ghana, we got them together via Skype to talk through a bold question: what can the West learn from the developing world when it comes to education? Their conversation is packed with insights.   Continue reading

Cricket: Caribbean Professional League Finals – Updates

Guyana Amazon Warriors beat Jamaica Tallawahs – will meet Barbados Tridents for Finals

August 15, 2014 · Stabroek News

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The Amazon Warriors celebrate (CPL20)

Lendl Simmons was unbeaten on 71 – “Man of the Match”

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Guyana Amazon Warriors stormed into the finals of the Caribbean Premier League after a stunning 10 wicket mauling of Jamaica Tallawahs in the second-semi-final here yesterday. (August 14). Jamaica had eliminated the Trinidad Red Steel in the first semi-final the previous day.

Blistering half centuries from openers Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill ripped the fight out of the Tallawahs, sending the defending champions crashing out of the tournament and making way for new champions to be crowned.  Continue reading

Mork Is Dead ~ Robin Willilams 1951 – 2014

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May his soul Rest In Peace!

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Brazil Recalls its Ambassador from Israel

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Smoke from Israeli attack on Gaza - July 2014Smoke from Israeli Attack on Gaza – July 2014
Photo Credit: Hatem Moussa /Associated Press

Since the foundation of the State of Israel in 1948 on Palestinian territory, the two nation states are locked in a death grip. The latest renewal of fighting exploded into a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. Of the 700 dead and 4,000 injured Palestinians, an estimated 75 percent are civilians. A large part is children. On the Israeli side, only two civilians were numbered among the forty Israelis killed.

As the humanitarian crisis escalated in Gaza, Brazil took three measures to call international attention. On July 23, 2014, at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council, South America’s largest nation and economy voted in favor of a resolution calling for an investigation into alleged war crimes in the Gaza Strip. With a majority of twenty-nine votes in favor, the Human Rights…

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Inspire Your Curiosity Into Action

Originally posted on CuriousHumans:

“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.”  ~Bernard Baruch

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I am a research-driven person. It truly bothers me when I discover a challenging question that I have trouble resolving. Asking questions provides valuable learning moments for all of us that sometimes we neglect. Action must be taken. This is the step where a lot of people simply fall flat on their face. Don’t just ask the question and say that “you don’t know.” If you were curious about something, it used to be hard. The resources were difficult to obtain. Now we are in the age where the curious will win. In this information age, we have so many resources at our disposal; from our smart phones and tablets to public libraries (yes they still exist). Yet we lack the inspiration to find the answer to our question or simply give up when a Google search doesn’t have…

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Some Funny Lessons for Life!

Originally posted on Good Time Stories:

Photo Credit: skyseeker via Flickr

Photo Credit: skyseeker via Flickr

I recently found these great stories on carlpei.comthat not only are a little humorous but also have very good “morals of the story.” Please note..while I am not a big fan of certain language, in the case of a couple of these stories, they just fit perfectly. Enjoy!

Lesson 1

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next door neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob says, “I’ll give you $800 to drop that towel.” After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob.

After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 dollars and leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel…

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Your job is to find out why you are here

“When the Storm is Forgotten” – Poem by Saul Murray

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Hurricane Katrina waits with dog for help - USA - August 2005Hurricane Katrina survivor waits with dog for help
New Orleans – Louisiana – United States – August 2005
Photo Credit: Hurricane Katrina

My Poetry Corner August 2014 features the poem “When the Storm is Forgotten” by Saul Murray, an African-American poet, songwriter, and performing artist. Murray’s poetry blends the rhythms and themes of Beat and Black alternative hip hop.

Written in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that devastated the Gulf Coast in August 2005, Murray’s poem is not a reflection on the storm itself. Instead, it presents a dismal view about American life: complacency, self-centeredness, pride, violence, celebrity worship, and more. When the storm is upon us, we become vulnerable. We learn that our survival depends upon others.

The poet calls on us not to forget the storm. When we forget the storm, the struggle to change our lives comes to an end.

The inspiration for my Haiku poem, “In…

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Guyana’s Surveillance State, Death Squad & Undercover Agents

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Robert Gates - Witness for Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry - June 2014Allan Robert Gates – Witness for Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry
Georgetown – Guyana – June 2014
Photo Credit: Guyana Chronicle

The three years leading up to Walter Rodney’s assassination on June 13, 1980, were dangerous times in Guyana. Living with State surveillance, the Police Death Squad, thugs of the House of Israel Sect, and economic hardships had become our new reality. Informers were everywhere. A treacherous remark could cost you your job or worse.

During session three of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry, Allan Robert Gates was the star witness. Since January 2014, he has been serving a two-year prison sentence for fraudulent activities. He claimed they were “trumped-up charges” to prevent him from testifying.

Gates described himself as a security expert. As a young man in June 1977, he joined the Police Force. Two years later, he was assigned to the Special Squad of the Criminal Investigation…

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