Category Archives: Health / Environment

A Difficult but Necessary Matter of Balance

This entry has been re-blogged from the blog of one of the subscribers to Guyanese Online. It has some very interesting insights.

~Burning Woman~

 (thoughts from    ~burning woman~   by Sha’Tara)

I haven’t had much time for blogging lately, being as they say, busy.  But surprisingly, I’ve had time, perhaps too much time, to think about this world, about its overall condition and where it is heading, apparently heedless and unaware.  I know this is a judgment forming an opinion, but not once in my entire life of 70 years has my sense of where things are going ever been wrong.  It’s like a compass in my mind, something I can “see” and rely on entirely, basing my personal movements on it, knowing when to “hold and when to fold” as the song goes.

I feel massive waves of sorrow passing over me time and again, triggered by many encounters: a baby in its mother’s arms; an old man hunched over waiting to safely cross a busy street; a homeless lady holding a sign…

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Volda Lawrence busy in Washington, DC – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Volda Lawrence busy in Washington, DC  –  by Francis Quamina Farrier 

Volda Lawrence

Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence, has just wrapped up a busy visit to Washington, DC. During a three day meeting at the Pan American Health Organization, she was elected Vice Chair of the Sub-Committee of Budget and Planning; the first Guyana Minister of Health to be so appointed.

The minister was in Washington, DC, attending the PAHO Subcommittee on Programme, Budget, and Administration, which is an auxiliary body of the Executive Committee with responsibility for aspects of Programme Administration. This 11th Session was held at the PAHO Headquarters from March 22 to 24.

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Canadian Cities Take Top Spots in Quality Of Living Survey by Mercer


  • March 14, 2017 – MERCER SURVEY   Mercer
  • Canada, Toronto
  • Infrastructure is pivotal in determining quality of living for expats and cities
  • Vienna ranks highest for quality of living for the 8th year in a row
  • Singapore ranks first for city infrastructure
  • Canada’s highest ranked city, Vancouver, ranks 5th for quality of living, 9th for infrastructure   

Despite increased political and financial volatility in Europe, many of its cities offer the world’s highest quality of living and remain attractive destinations for expanding business operations and sending expatriates on assignment, according to Mercer’s 19th annual Quality of Living survey. Canadian cities continue to dominate the North American rankings, with Vancouver, for the seventh year in a row, once again landing a spot in the top 10 globally.

Read more: Canadian Cities take top North American spots  in Quality of Life Survey.

Deadly Drugs: America’s opioid epidemic is worsening – The Economist

America’s opioid epidemic is worsening

States are losing the battle against deadly drugs like heroin and fentanyl

Mar 6th 2017 – by THE DATA TEAM

ON TUESDAY February 28th, in an address to a joint session of Congress, Donald Trump vowed to end America’s “terrible drug epidemic”. When discussing America’s social ills, Mr Trump has a tendency to exaggerate. But on the subject of drugs, the president’s characteristically dark and apocalyptic tone may well have been warranted.

In 2015 more than 52,000 Americans died of drug overdoses, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. That is an average of one death every ten minutes.     Continue reading

Canada named 2nd best country in the world…again, report finds

Canada named 2nd best country in the world…again, report finds

This may sound like a broken record but Canada has been named the second best country in the world yet again.

For a second year in a row, the Great White North was ranked second in the annual “Best Countries” survey from the U.S. News & World Report, in conjunction with Young & Rubicam BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Switzerland edged out Canada for the number one ranking, scoring a perfect 10 while Canada took in 9.7 in overall scoring.

The survey evaluated 80 countries in a variety of categories including economic influence, citizenship and quality of life. The survey was conducted after the U.S. election and more than 21,000 people participated in the second annual survey.      Continue reading

The Digital Storm: Blowing Away the Human Mind -commentary

The Digital Storm: Blowing Away the Human Mind

By John Stanton – – Global Research, March 01, 2017

Brain_IllustrationTemporal compression, as it is technically called, is an event that concretely modifies everyone’s daily life at the same time. In the face of this acceleration of daily life, fear has become an environment even in a time of peace.

We are living in the accident of the globe, the accident of instantaneous simultaneity and interactivity that have now gained the upper hand over ordinary activities…With the phenomena of instantaneous interaction that are now our lot, there has been a veritable reversal, destabilizing the relationship of human interactions and the time reserved for reflection in favor of the conditioned responses produced by emotion…    Continue reading

Guyana’s First Lady meets with Canada-Guyana Outreach Mission

Guyana’s First Lady meets with Canada-Guyana Outreach Mission

Published: 20 February 2017 – Ministry of the Presidency – Guyana


Photo: First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger and Ms. Yvonne Triesman of Canada-Guyana Outreach Mission

Georgetown, Guyana – (February 20, 2017) First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, today, met with Ms. Yvonne Triesman, President of the Canada-Guyana Outreach Mission at her office at State House to discuss possible areas of collaboration.

The First Lady spoke about the importance of public awareness programmes that serve to educate citizens on disease prevention.     Continue reading

PTSD – When Guns Become the Voice of Mental Illness – By Yvonne Sam


By Yvonne Sam


Yvonne Sam

Abstract:  The scourge of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is running rampant and unchecked among our returning veterans, with fatal consequences. The Canadian & U. S Government and Ministries of Veteran Affairs are being called upon to immediately address the plight of returning soldiers. We cannot send them overseas on a mission, where in battle their lives are put on the line yet when they return home not enough is being done for them.Injured soldiers, who have served their country with courage and dedication, are slipping through the cracks of an ad hoc system.   Continue reading

Earth ‘On the Edge’ as Disastrous 2016 Goes Down as Hottest Year on Record

Earth ‘On the Edge’ as Disastrous 2016 Goes Down as Hottest Year on Record

We are already seeing around the globe the impacts of a changing climate’

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer – Common Dreams – 06 January 2017

An aerial photo shows severe flooding in a residential area of Baton Rouge, La. on Aug. 15, 2016. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

Earth is “on the edge.”  So declared the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) Thursday January 5, 2017, announcing that 2016 was the warmest year on record.

The first global assessment of last year’s temperatures finds that 2016 broke the record set in 2015 by close to 0.2°C , with last year’s record having broken the record set in 2014.   Continue reading

Face to Face with the Stigma of Mental Illness – By Yvonne Sam


By Yvonne Sam

Opinion - commentary -analysisLet us stop turning a blind eye to mental illness and address it instead

Sheila is crazy” or “Joseph is a little off.”
Yes, we have all heard people utter such statements in reference to someone we know, or we have even made them ourselves.

The unfortunate fact is that many people whom we have dismissed as being crazy may actually be suffering from some form of mental illness. An even more disturbing fact is that these illnesses often go undiagnosed in the Black community.    Continue reading

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