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‘We Want Justice’: Prime Minister Forced to Flee as Londoners Protest Deadly Fire

‘We Want Justice’: Prime Minister Forced to Flee as Londoners Protest Deadly Fire

“People should be held to account,” said Labour MP David Lammy

In the wake of the deadly fire that devastated residents of London’s Grenfell Tower—a fire believed to have been caused in part by government neglect and design flaws stemming from an effort to make the building look nicer to appease the wealthy—hundreds took to the streets on Friday to demand swift action from the British government.

Prime Minister Theresa May was close to the scene, but she soon had to be “rushed away under heavy police guard” as protesters chanted “May must go!” and “Shame on you!” Reuters reported.     Continue reading

Deadly London Fire Shows How Concerns of Poor ‘Constantly Neglected’

“We need to deal with this—we need people to be safe living in high rise buildings,” said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

“Anyone who’s worked anywhere in the inner city—this isn’t a surprise,” said Danny Vance, an Associate Pastor at Notting Hill Community Church. (Photo: Matt Dunham/AP)

As the death toll from the horrific and “unprecedented” fire that engulfed London’s Grenfell Tower on Wednesday continues to climb, some are highlighting the institutional and economic reasons behind the devastation amid concerns that frequent safety warnings were ignored by the British government.

“Things like this are going to keep happening if the poor are ignored in this city.”
—Danny Vance, Associate Pastor at Notting Hill Community Church        Continue reading

Climate Change & the Water Cycle – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

The Water Cycle

As a geographer and former high school geography teacher, I must confess that I take some scientific facts for granted, such as climate and the water cycle. A recent post “Climate Science Meets a Stubborn Obstacle: Students” by fellow blogger Robert Vella brought to my attention the challenges some of our high school science teachers face in regions of America where climate change denial creates havoc in the minds of our youth.

When your father has raised you to believe that the coal they once mined, or still mine, can in no way affect our climate, it’s difficult to have an open mind to scientific consensus on the issue.

Geography lessons in high school expanded my curious mind to our relationship with our world: land, oceans, atmosphere, and all the in-between. When taking a climatology course at university, I found myself at a disadvantage for having chosen to…

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Latest Kabul bombing shows the Aghanistan government’s weakness – The Economist

An attack in Afghanistan: In tatters
Even for a city familiar with explosions, the power of the bomb that ripped through Kabul recently was shocking. At least 90 people were killed, making it one of the deadliest attacks in the capital since 2001. Whoever was behind the bombing, it strengthens the case that the Afghan government is losing control and needs more assistance from the West. But it also makes Afghanistan look even more like a quagmire

Germany agonises about repatriating refugees and America about sending more troops

 The Economist – Print edition | Asia – Jun 3rd 2017| KABUL        Continue reading

Manchester Bomber Was Product of West’s Libya/Syria Intervention

Manchester Bomber Was Product of West’s Libya/Syria Intervention

Salman Abedi

Here’s what the media and politicians don’t want you to know about the Manchester, UK, suicide attack: Salman Abedi, the 22 year old who killed nearly two dozen concert-goers in Manchester, UK, was the product of the US and UK overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya and “regime change” policy in Syria. He was a radicalized Libyan whose family fled Gaddafi’s secular Libya, and later he trained to be an armed “rebel” in Syria, fighting for the US and UK “regime change” policy toward the secular Assad government.

The suicide attacker was the direct product of US and UK interventions in the greater Middle East.  [Read more]

CLIMATE CHANGE IS FOR REAL – by Francis Quamina Farrier

CLIMATE CHANGE IS FOR REAL – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

So it’s been raining in Guyana on and off since New Year’s Day 2017. Fact is, it has been raining more than not raining; and there seems to be no pattern as to when, how and where the rain will fall. The most certain thing about rainfall over the past three decades, is that there is no pattern; the rain falls at all odd times, and also in all odd places and in many cases, resulting in flooding. My question to you is; “Should it rain tomorrow morning, will you be singing that popular song by The Carpenters, “Rainy Days and Mondays always gets me down”?

Guyanese used to joke about it raining whenever Test cricket comes to town, but it seems now that whenever a group of boys or girls go out anywhere to play bat-and-ball, the rain comes.     Continue reading

Guyana Government News Brief – May 22, 2017

GINA Guyana

Guyana Government News Brief – May 22, 2017

Water Pollution: ‘Land of Many Waters’ in danger of becoming historical footnote – GHRA

‘Land of Many Waters’ in danger of becoming historical footnote – GHRA

Gold-mining dredge

The Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) has commended the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) for its prompt action in issuing five cease and desist orders against gold-mining dredges on the Puruni River.
GHRA said this would come with promises of similar actions against others in the coming weeks.

“The accompanying announcement that a ‘multi-dimensional solution to a complex problem’ will be developed in the coming weeks opens up opportunities for  development of a more sustained response to protecting the life of Guyana’s major river systems.   Continue reading

Profile: Vanessa Raghubar – Was perfect in Every way – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

 Profile: Vanessa Raghubar – Was perfect in Every way – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Neville Smith is a police officer that is assigned to the 48th Precinct in the Bronx. When he allegedly rear-ended a car on the Van Wyck Expressway he changed several lives forever, including his own.

Vanessa Raghubar

Vanessa Raghubar was driving her Honda home to Long Island. She was out to dinner to celebrate her sister Maria’s birthday and was the designated driver. Vanessa did not have a single drop of alcohol, according to those in her company.

Tragedy struck at around 4am on Sunday April 23, 2017. A Mercedes driven by Neville Smith allegedly hit Vanessa’s Honda Accord from behind. The car spun and crashed into a light pole leaving a number of persons with injuries. They included Vanessa, Maria and her boyfriend Justin Harricharran, and police officer Neville Smith.   Continue reading

America’s $4tn infrastructure time bomb – BBC News

America’s $4tn infrastructure time bomb

On the banks of California’s Feather River, way below the tallest dam in the United States, is a ballet of steel and stone. The dancers are huge earth-moving machines, their costumes bright yellow.

The movement is constant and mesmerising. The lorries trundle down to the water from the left, pause to accept their loads of rock, mud and debris, and then exit to the right.

For weeks now this performance has been constant, day and night, as construction workers repair the Oroville Dam, once an engineering marvel, now an embarrassment.

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