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Guyanese American Asso. of Northern CA: NYE Ball -Alameda CA – Dec 31, 2014

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Guyanese American Association of Northern CA- New Year’s Eve Ball -Alameda CA – December 31, 2014.  The venue is the Island Paradise Club, 1436 Webster Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

Frugal Idea #29: Embrace it, live it

Originally posted on Frugal Nev:

I spent one hour in a car with someone who spoke my language.

He wanted to save, grow his net worth, and share his vision. So he invited me to a free 1 hour seminar on retirement. Of course, I accepted his invitation. My friend hitched a ride from me and we drove in typical San Francisco traffic which allowed us to have a very deep conversation. After catching up on our personal lives, asking who we were currently dating, & what fun activities we have recently accomplished, our conversation switched to his relationship with his Financial Advisor, mutual funds, and my dreams of creating a personal business.

My journey of frugal living, increasing my net worth, eliminating debt, saving money, creating multiple streams of income, becoming a better sales person, and entrepreneurship started not too long ago, but my passion seems to seep out of me more than ever…

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The word ‘normalcy’ lacks meaning in Guyana’s political context

The word ‘normalcy’ lacks meaning in Guyana’s political context

Whatever the normal definition of ‘normalcy’ might be, it lacks meaning and application in Guyana’s political context. For clearly the ruling PPP has its own immovable ideas of what such ‘normalcy’ means, or should mean. And unless all else is bent and willing to conform to the party’s standard and rigid mould of this latest fallacy called ‘normalcy,’ then nothing doing. Nothing doing, unless under the fateful circumstances of extreme prejudice and duress are impressed upon its consciousness.

Here it is that for three years, the political and social rancour, the sturdy disagreements raged almost continuously. Here it is now that the same Head-of-State, who stood high and wide, and implacably so in non-assent after non-assent, speaks blandly and disingenuously of ‘normalcy’ while proceeding with this self-serving moratorium on parliamentary process. Using Cromwellian language, Guyana is not the PPP, but obviously the PPP sees itself (and itself alone) as Guyana, and that is that. Because of this, nothing else matters in the twisted thinking of the governing party, as best embodied in the latest posture and words of the President himself.  Continue reading

“Jungle Rot and Open Arms” – Poem by Janice Mirikitani

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

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Photo Credit: Cherie A. Thurlby / National Military Family Association

November 11 is Veterans Day. It’s an official American holiday to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The date marks the anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918.

To commemorate this day, my Poetry Corner November 2014 features the poem “Jungle Rot and Open Arms” by Janice Mirikitani, a sansei or third-generation Japanese American born in 1941 in Stockton, California.

Janice Mirikitani’s life was touched by two wars: World War II and the Vietnam War. As an infant during World War II, she was interned with her family and other Japanese American families in the Rohwer Relocation Center in Arkansas.

At the end of the war, to avoid the racism still prevailing on the West Coast, Mirikitani’s…

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Cable & Wireless acquires Columbus Communications in US$3bn deal

Cable & Wireless acquires Columbus Communications in US$3bn deal


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday November 7, 2014 (AMG) — Columbus International Inc., the fibre-based telecoms company which operates in the Caribbean as Flow, has been acquired by LIME parent company, Cable & Wireless Communications Plc. (CWC), in a US$3bn buyout deal announced today.

CWC will pay US$1.9bn for the privately-held, Barbados-based business, and will also assume Columbus’ net debt, which stood at US$1.17bn as at June 30, 2014. Continue reading

On Leaving Guyana – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Guyanese boarding Aircraft at Cheddi Jagan International AirportBoarding aircraft at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport – Guyana
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The worse part about emigration is not the brain drain. It’s the fragmentation of the family and community. Before my time came to leave the land of my birth, I had already lost to emigration, aunts, uncles, cousins, school friends, my three brothers, my sister, and my mother. Only my father and I had remained. Marriage gave me a new family with new connections.

Like thousands of other Guyanese over the years, they left for all kinds of reasons: higher education, reunite with family, economic hardships, racial and other violence, political victimization, corruption, crime, and more.

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Pilot error caused 2011 plane crash in Guyana, says report

Pilot error caused 2011 plane crash in Guyana, says report
Published on October 27, 2014 – from Trinidad Express

Flashback: The Boeing 737-800 Caribbean Airlines jet which overshot the runway and burst through a perimeter fence after arriving at Georgetown’s Cheddi Jagan Airport. No one on board the jet was killed when it crashed in July 2011

By Curtis Rampersad

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — A Caribbean Airlines (CAL) aircraft crashed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana in 2011 because of a number of factors, including a lack of effective communication in the cockpit, an official report released in the South American country has said.

CAL said on Friday the captain of the Boeing 737 flight remains employed as a first officer.

The former first officer left the airline in 2012.

A CMC report out of Georgetown said on Friday that country’s Ministry of public works said it hoped the findings into the July 30 crash of the Boeing 737-800 with 157 passengers and a six-member crew on board, will aid in preventing aircraft accidents.  Continue reading

Brazil’s Rousseff wins reelection to serve a second term -updated


This is an updated report of the elections in Brazil.

Originally posted on Guyanese Online:

Brazil’s presidential election – A riven country
Oct 27th 2014, 3:54 BY J.P. | SÃO PAULO – The Economist

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IT WAS a wild ride. After a tight and tetchy race, marked by innumerable twists and turns, Brazil’s left-wing president, Dilma Rousseff, was re-elected on October 26th to a second four-year term with 51.6% of valid votes. Aécio Neves, of the centre-right opposition, notched up 48.4%. It is the fourth election in a row won by her Workers’ Party (PT). But her margin of victory is the slimmest in Brazilian electoral history.

Perhaps Ms Rousseff’s victory was inevitable. Only three Latin American presidents have lost re-election bids in the past three decades. Odds are stacked in favour of incumbents, with all the machinery of power and patronage at their disposal. Ms Rousseff can point to record-low unemployment, rising wages and falling inequality under the PT’s watch. But Mr…

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“In Search of Childhood” – Poem by Brazilian Poet Anilda Leão – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Street Children - Sao Paulo - BrazilStreet Children in São Paulo – Brazil
Photo Credit: Devamor Amancio / ONG

October 12 is Children’s Day in Brazil. It’s a fun time for children across Brazil. On their special day, children receive toys from their parents and relatives. The day is celebrated with children parties, family outings, and special local events. It’s a day for families to share in the joys of childhood.

To commemorate Brazil’s Children’s Day, my Poetry Corner October 2014 features the poem “À Procura da Infância” (In Search of Childhood) by Brazilian poet Anilda Leão (1923-2012). Born in Maceió, capital of the Northeastern State of Alagoas, she grew up in a privileged middle-class family. Her father was a business owner and a respected politician in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Jeff Iliff: One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

Jeff Iliff: One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

The brain uses a quarter of the body’s entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body’s mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.

 Jeff Iliff  - Neuroscientist

Jeff Iliff is a neuroscientist who explores the unique functions of the brain.

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