Category Archives: Health / Environment

The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans | Daniel Amen – TED video

The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans | Daniel Amen | TED – (transcript below)

0:07    In this talk, I’m going to give you the single most important lesson
0:13    my colleagues and I have learned from looking at 83,000 brain scans.
0:19    But first, let me put the lesson into context.
0:23   I am in the middle of seven children.
0:25   Growing up, my father called me a maverick

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FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEVEN YEARS – by Dave Martins + music video

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEVEN YEARS

Dave Martins

Dave Martins

– by Dave Martins.    (Hear song “Guyana Coming Back” By Dave martins and the Tradewinds at end)

From I was a youth, as my Jamaican friends would phrase it, I have always been one of those “let me see for myself” guys. Sure, I read the news releases and listen to the social comments, but I’ve learned you can also get a pretty useful grasp of something in your society, almost instantly, from simply observing it in its various aspects, and, most of the time, it’s not a complicated exercise: you can do it casually, just driving the street, or walking the neighbourhood, or flying over the territory.

You spot the change; you see what’s added or what’s absent. In the same half-hour drive, for example, you notice the repaired bridge work on the Embankment Road, as well as the neglected City Hall wooden structure in town. Information sinks in.  So, as I’ve said before, I’m an observer. (Incidentally, that is also the genesis of many of the songs I write; I’m delving into something I’ve noticed.)  Continue reading

Bartica to become town in 10 months – President David Granger

Bartica to become town in 10 months

Sunday, 21 June 2015 21:06 – Written by 

President David Granger as he addressed the gathering at the Bartica Secondary (GINA photo)

President David Granger as he addressed the gathering at the Bartica Secondary (GINA photo)

The date set by President David Granger is April 23, 2016.

He made the announcement on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at a public meeting held at the Bartica Secondary School. “I made a promise when I was campaigning and I promised that Bartica will become a town before the 26 May, 2016, the 50th Independence anniversary, in fact Bartica will be a town on the 23rd  April 2016.”  Continue reading

Georgetown today… What a transformation! –and people couldn’t help but notice

Georgetown today… What a transformation! –and people couldn’t help but notice

 AS widespread clean-up of the city of Georgetown continues, several stakeholders on Tuesday joined hearts and hands in a concerted effort to transform and beautify the landscape of the Public Buildings and its environs, preparing it for the first sitting of the National Assembly under the newly elected APNU+AFC Government.

The Guyana Chronicle sought comments from the proverbial man-in-the-street, and got the following reactions from citizens on how they feel about the initiative.   [See comments below]

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GEORGETOWN GUYANA – Flooding Woes – commentary

Stabroek NewsGEORGETOWN GUYANA – Flooding Woes – commentary

[June 7, 2015 – Stabroek News Editorial]

The municipality has 50 miles of canals, 12 outfalls, 13 kokers and 8 [?] pumps under its control. Many of the kokers are in some state of disrepair and a few are dysfunctional, while maintenance practices are open to question. Furthermore, it has been known for years that more infrastructure is required for the city, although even with respect to the system which exists already the records of the various elements are incomplete. There is, in addition, no disaster preparedness plan in existence for Georgetown.

No, this information was not obtained from a report produced last week, but from one which was submitted in May 2005, by a Canadian technical team that came here to undertake a rapid assessment of disaster preparedness, public health and municipal infrastructure following the Great Flood. Never mind, with the exception of the number of pumps servicing the capital, it might as well have been written yesterday.    Continue reading

VITAL KOKER FOUND INOPERABLE IN GEORGETOWN – video

VITAL KOKER FOUND INOPERABLE IN GEORGETOWN – Repairs underway

Rethinking infidelity … a talk for anyone who has ever loved – Esther Perel -TED Video

Rethinking infidelity … a talk for anyone who has ever loved – Esther Perel

Esther Perel

Esther Perel

21:31 minutes · Filmed Mar 2015 · Posted May 2015 · TED2015

Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. But can a relationship recover? Relationship therapist Esther Perel examines why people cheat, and unpacks why affairs are so traumatic: because they threaten our emotional security.

In infidelity, she sees something unexpected — an expression of longing and loss. A must-watch for anyone who has ever cheated or been cheated on, or who simply wants a new framework for understanding how we love.   [click link below to view the video] Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 21 May 2015

Capitol TV logoGuyana: Capitol TV News Videos — 21 May 2015

  • Granger tours ExxonMobil operations
  • Mayor gets corporate support again for city clean up
  • City clean up continues
  • Youth unemployment at staggering 40% – CDB
  • Greenidge highlights responsibilities
  • PPP-connected businessman tries to cash $92M VAT refund
  • Courts to the rescue again
  • Sports

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US$12.8M drug contract to NEW GPC…This is nothing but ‘kick-down-the-door banditry’

US$12.8M drug contract to NEW GPC…This is nothing but ‘kick-down-the-door banditry’

New GPC owner,  Bobby Ramroop

New GPC owner, Bobby Ramroop

– “Shows how “evil, corrupt, greedy and ruthless” PPP/C can be,” Ramjattan, Greenidge

A Partnership for National Unity plus Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC), has lashed out, once again, at the government for granting billions of dollars in sole sourced drug contracts to New GPC.

For the coalition, the alarming development was that on May 8, last, New GPC uplifted  the entire billion-dollar cheque (US 12.8M) for a recent drug contract awarded to that company.
That was the last working day before General and Regional elections. The payment arrangement was also contrary to all the country’s procurement procedures.
Traditionally, 25 per cent of the contract is paid up front.    Continue reading

OKRA (OCHRO) – Biblical foods of the world – By Lance Seeto – Fiji Times Online

OKRA- Biblical foods of the world

OKRA plant

OKRA plant

Lance Seeto
Sunday, April 26, 2015 – Fiji Times Online

I’ve always been a big believer that the ancient fruits and vegetables found in ancient religious and biblical texts have a special role to play in our diet.

Not only did our early ancestors enjoy them, but most of them have special medicinal value that has helped protect against disease for thousands of years.

Take okra. Also known as bhindi, lady’s finger and gumbo, okra is a nutritional powerhouse used throughout history for both medicinal and culinary purposes.  Once loved by the Egyptians and still used in many dishes today (such as the famous Southern American gumbo dish), this pod-producing, tropical vegetable dates back over 3500 years.

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