Monthly Archives: January 2018

Commentary: Venezuela sinks further, dragging other countries with it

Commentary: Venezuela sinks further, dragging other countries with it

January 21, 2018 – By Youri Kemp

Venezuela is crumbling right before our very eyes. It’s sad that a once prosperous country — even under the tamest Bolivarian dramatics — is being reduced to rubble under what we can only call mismanagement at its highest level.

Since President Nicholas Maduro took office after quelling a mini-coup and massive dissent to his rule, coupled with ongoing civil unrest, there has been nothing but chaos, confusion, allegations of corruption, the suppression of news, assaults on the opposition and media and the repression of a proud people that deserve better.    Continue reading

Dysfunction in Washington – An Apprentice in the White House! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dysfunction in Washington – An Apprentice in the White House!

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By Dr Dhanpaul Narine

You knock on his door…  And he kicks you from his Tower. You are not the right color.  But you don’t care. You cook, clean, scrub, babysit, Teach, and serve in uniforms.  You stand tall, dream big Break walls, and soar like an eagle. You too are America!

How about those other ‘S’ words?  We can start with savage, slavery and supremacists. Each word tells a story of inhumanity and the burden of nations trying to rid themselves of an embarrassing past.     Continue reading

State of emergency over worsening crime has some Jamaicans relieved – but is it an effective approach?

State of emergency over worsening crime has some Jamaicans relieved – but is it an effective approach?

January 21, 2018

KINGSTON, Jamaica — For the past year or so, as the island’s murder rate has burgeoned, Jamaican netizens have been fixated on one topic: violent crime. Jamaica’s population was 2.881 Million in 2016.

Murders soared to 1,616 in 2017 — an increase of just over 20 percent from the year before. Moreover, only 29 percent of murders were “cleared up” (the local term for a suspect being arrested or killed).     Continue reading

Opinion: Trump is Almost Right. He’ll Get ‘95 percent’ of Black Voters — Voting Against Him.

Trump is Almost Right. He’ll Get ‘95 percent’ of Black Voters — Voting Against Him.

If there was any doubt left, the last few weeks have erased it.

Theodore R. Johnson | The Washington Post

In 2016, candidate Donald Trump declared that if he became president, “at the end of four years,” when he ran for re-election, “I guarantee you that I will get over 95 percent of the African American vote.”

Given his performance to date, he’ll likely need to add this small corrective: “to vote against me.”             Continue reading

Climate Science Special Report – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Thomas Fire - Santa Barbara County - Southern California - 12 December 2017

Thomas Fire – Santa Barbara County – Southern California – December 12, 2017
Photo Credit: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Here in California, after years of drought, ferocious wildfires have consumed the tinder and everything in their path. Ignited on December 4, 2017, the Thomas Fire was not fully contained until January 12, 2018. Now ranked as the largest fire in California’s modern history, it burned about 281,900 acres, equivalent to the size of Dallas and Miami combined. It destroyed 1,063 structures and damaged another 280.

Torrential rainfall on January 9, a welcome respite for firefighters, brought more distress to residents in the area. Mudslides roared down fire scarred slopes, destroying and damaging hundreds of homes, as well as commercial property. Twenty people lost their lives; three are still missing.

A home on Glen Oaks Road damaged by mudslides in Montecito

Home damaged by mudslides – Montecido – Santa Barbara County – Southern California
January 10, 2018
Photo Credit: Kenneth…

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ExxonMobil to build HQ, hotel, helipad, training centre, etc.

ExxonMobil to build HQ, hotel, helipad, training centre, etc.

– identifies 10 acres of land from Ogle Airport Inc.

ExxonMobil will soon begin developing 10 acres of land under the control of Ogle Airport Inc (OAI), the company that operates the Eugene F. Correia International Airport.

Reports are that the oil company is looking to erect its headquarters there. ExxonMobil also wants to build a training center and a helipad. One source said, “I am also being told that they will throw up a ‘living quarters’ which can be considered a hotel.”

Yesterday, OAI’s Public Relations Officer, Kit Nascimento confirmed that the oil giant is looking to get lands at Ogle. He did not specify amount.     Continue reading

Is sex the answer to your relationship woes? – By Amelia Hill – The Guardian

 – Sun 21 Jan 2018 – The Guardian

Michele Weiner-Davis, the marriage-guidance counsellor, explains why she thinks having sex – even if you don’t feel like it – is the foundation of a happy relationship

How does it make you feel when your partner is cold and distant? Or when they’re critical and prickly? Does it make you want to rip their clothes off, order in a vat of whipped cream and install a chandelier to swing from?

No? Well there’s your problem – according, at least, to Michele Weiner-Davis, the marriage-guidance counsellor whose Ted talk (SEE VIDEO BELOW), explaining her unconventional advice to warring couples has been viewed almost 3.5 million times online.         Continue reading

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time:-By Robert McCrum  – The Guardian

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

By Robert McCrum  – The Guardian

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing.:

Composite for the 100 best nonfiction books of all time list

1. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014) 
An engrossing account of the looming catastrophe caused by ecology’s “neighbours from hell” – mankind.

2. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (2005)
This steely and devastating examination of the author’s grief following the sudden death of her husband changed the nature of writing about bereavement.

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PPP ‘changes position’, supports private investment in closed sugar estates

PPP ‘changes position’, supports private investment in closed sugar estates

The Wales Estate

PPP ‘changes position’, supports private investment in closed sugar estates

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said yesterday that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has changed its approach and will support the privatization of four estates controlled by the National  Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).    Continue reading

Guyana’s oil needs minimum refining – Trotman

Guyana’s oil needs minimum refining – Trotman

Raphael Trotman

By Abena Rockcliffe-Campbell

Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman has indicated that Guyana’s oil is of top quality. He even boasted that the crude needs minimum refining. This, the Minister pointed out at a recent press conference in response to a question posed by Kaieteur News.     Continue reading

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