Monthly Archives: December 2010

Mobile Technology Predictions for 2011

Mobile Technology Predictions for 2011

By Kevin C. Tofel Dec. 28, 2010

It’s nearly time to flip the calendar over to 2011, and although this was an exciting year for mobile technology, the next 12 months are sure to bring even more advancements, services and gadgets. Indeed, I’m already wondering how many of my seven favorite gadgets from 2010 will be replaced. In that vein then, here’s what I’m expecting, and even hoping, to see from the mobile technology space in the coming year.

Read full article here: 13 Mobile predictions for 2012

Be Selfish, Be Generous

Be Selfish, Be Generous

The Dalai Lama once said that the most generous act there is, compassion, is actually a selfish act: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”What does generosity mean to you? Why do you give? What can you give? Here are some thoughts from a group of volunteers for CharityFocus, an organization that focuses on the practice of selfless generosity and small acts of kindness. How would you answer these questions for yourself?

Comment by Cyril Bryan:

I selected this video as it embodies my philosophy, and the philosophy of those who toil in various organisations to make a difference in the lives of others.

To many, It may seem a thankless task at times as there is  sometimes no obvious “payback” in the work one does, but there is always the satisfaction of being creative and of use to others in a positive way.

My Congratulations to all the members of the various Guyanese organisations around the world.  Keep up the good work in your local communities, and also try to help those in need in Guyana.

Have a Successful 2011 …..   in everything you do.

Girl Who Silenced the UN For 5 Minutes

Severn Suzuki, in a speech to the United Nations in 1992.

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Comment by Cyril Bryan, Editor. Guyanese Online Blog

Some may say that the listeners were just polite and gave her a hearing. Others may say that although the chamber was not packed, they gave her a hearing by listening in rapt attention… something they do not always do to presenters. What she had to say is of great importance then, and even more today.

In any case this speech was made in 1992.  almost 20 years ago, and we must ask ourselves…. has much changed since then?  Are we still just talking and arguing about global warming and the melting of the icebergs and the poisoning of our environments.  Actually, things have got decidedly worse since this speech was made.

It is projected that with rising sea levels and harsher weather, that many low lying islands and coast-lands will be affected.  Some island nations like the Maldives, may disappear or be severely affected.

In the case of Guyana we are already seeing the affects of harsher spring tides, flooding, salt water incursions on farmlands especially in the Essequibo Islands, and on the East Coast of  Demerara.    Most of Guyana’s population lives on the flat, low-lying fertile agricultural belts along the coastline.  Robust sea Defences,  and sophisticated drainage and irrigation systems have to be high-priority items so as to ensure that the coast lands of Guyana remain livable.

The truth about what motivates us

The surprising truth about what motivates us

This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.  The findings of studies may surprise you.

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Guyana Masquerade

These Masquerade Bands parade down the street at Christmas time

Masquerade is probably the only original form of music and dance from Guyana.This session was videotaped live at the National Park in Georgetown Guyana.

The masquerade has it’s origin in Nigeria’s Yoruba and Ibo traditions.  Check the Lagosion (Lagos, Nigeria), tradition of Eyo and the stilt dancing.  The Fife and quick steps are very Ibo.  I saw it in Nigeria and immediately knew that this was one tradition that was not completely erradicated through slavery – comment from viewer

The Secret Powers of Time

The Secret Powers of Time

Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world.

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Always Be Thankful… slide show

HAVE A MERRY AND WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS – 2010

AND A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR  – 2011

And always be thankful for what you have and what you have achieved in life.  … you are more fortunate than many others in this world….

Please check out this slide show sent to us by one of our readers….

click > Christmas-New Year-blessings

HOW I REMEMBER CHRISTMAS IN GUYANA

Received from one of our readers…. maybe you can add your comments as to how you remembered Christmas in years past…

HOW I REMEMBER CHRISTMAS IN GUYANA

I remember Christmas was

The season when Santa came

But somehow today it’s different

The spirit is not the same

 

As soon as school was closed

There was excitement in the air

You heard the carols playing

And knew the time was near

 

The streets were getting busy

With people shopping around

And masquerades were flouncing

All about the town

 

You sensed that festive thrill

With your home in disarray

Being cleaned from top to bottom

To sparkle on Christmas day

 

I loved those special smells

Of new linoleum on the floor

And fresh paint and varnish

And new curtains from the store

 

You felt the Christmas weather

And somehow you could tell

When those dull and drizzly days

Gave off that Christmas smell

 

But you would only know for sure

That Christmas was almost there

When the garlic pork was made

And the sorrel and ginger beer

 

And the house was full of flavours

When mom began to bake

That juicy clove spiced ham

And lots of good black cake

 

And finally on Christmas Eve

When the Christmas tree was light

Our home transformed itself

Into such a magical sight

 

With small change in my pocket

And my cap guns in my hand

I strolled along Camp Street

Eating nuts and apples and

 

“Carbon tins” are firing

And guns are popping loud

And last minute shoppers

Are hustling among the crowd

 

Carol singers are singing

And people are having fun

And I am sad but tired

When the night is almost done

 

But the greatest thrill of all

That final mystical event

When I hung my pillow case

And off to sleep I went

 

And early on Christmas morning

The first thing I rushed to see

Were all those wonderful toys

That Santa had brought for me

 

Then pepper pot and pickled onions

Walnuts and Quality Street

With that sumptuous Christmas dinner

We all sat down to eat

 

I always remember Christmas day

How special it was for me

My world was filled with joy

And peace and harmony

 

I know these special memories

Will remain for some years yet

That’s how I remember Christmas

And I just cannot forget.

CHANGES ARE COMING – faster and faster

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CHANGES ARE COMING —- faster and faster!!
 

“NOTHING POLITICAL ABOUT THIS MESSAGE”  

It simply points out very probable changes that are in our future

Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come.

1. The Post Office. Get ready to imagine a world without the
post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is
probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

2. The Check. Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.

3. The Newspaper. The younger generation simply doesn’t read the
newspaper. They certainly don’t subscribe to a daily delivered print
edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.

4. The Book. You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD.
But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can’t wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you’re holding a gadget instead of a book.

5. The Land Line Telephone. Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don’t need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they’ve always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes

6. Music. This is one of the saddest parts of the change story.
The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It’s the lack of innovative new music being given a  chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is “catalog items,” meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, “Appetite for Self-Destruction” by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, “Before the Music Dies.”

7. Television. Revenues to the networks are down dramatically.
Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they’re playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It’s time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.

8. The “Things” That You Own. Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in “the cloud.” Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing.. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest “cloud services.” That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider.

In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That’s the good news But, will you actually own any of this “stuff” or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big “Poof?” Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

9. Privacy. If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That’s gone. It’s been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that  24/7, “They” know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. And “They” will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.

19 Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Will Blow Your Mind

The United States is rapidly becoming the very first “post-industrial” nation on the globe. All great economic empires eventually become fat and lazy and Continue reading

The Queen’s College of Guyana Association (UK

The Queen’s College of Guyana Association (UK)   –  (Registered Charity No. 801250)

OFFICERS FOR 2010 –11

Neville Linton was once again returned unopposed as President, and existing Vice-Presidents JohnRafferty, Lloyd Bascom, David Man, Sir Shridath (‘Sonny’) Ramphal, Trevor Phillips, HenryEdwards, Derek Hugh, Ivor Ying and Gary Ramprashad reappointed.

The seven members of the Management Committee, all returned unopposed, are: Ian Wishart, Christopher Chunnilall, Peter Fraser, Rod Westmaas, Mark Dalgety, Bruce Nóbrega and Claire Carballo (Praveen Hanoman stood down under the three-year rule).  At the first Committee meeting on 10th December, Christopher Chunnilall, Ian Wishart and Peter Fraser were respectively elected Chairman, Secretary andTreasurer, whilst Praveen Hanoman and Mark Adamson were co-opted, the former to serve as Assistant Treasurer (see the last page of the newsletter for contact details).

Read the latest Newsletter here>  QC – UK Newsletter

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