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New President—Radical Morality— Where will it all lead? – By Yvonne Sam

New President—Radical Morality— Where will it all lead?

By Yvonne Sam

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Yvonne Sam

Opinion - commentary -analysisIt has been a long recognized fact by nations that growing populations go hand in hand with national prosperity. Four years before he became Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan declared, “If you ask me what the biggest problem in America is, I’m not going to tell you debt, deficits, statistics, economics—I’ll tell you it’s moral relativism. A quick glance over our shoulders tells us that 2016 is past, but it also reveals an undeniable reality– a growing estrangement of the nations from God and conventional morality.

Recent polls conducted in both America and Canada corroborates the ongoing drift from a belief in God and long-standing values towards a humanist view that endorses radical new views on abortion, homosexuality, assisted suicide, and a host of other issues.   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

2016: The year solar panels became cheaper than fossil fuels

2016: The year solar panels became cheaper than fossil fuels

Ruth Milka – | News Report

The U.S. added about 125 solar panels every minute in 2016. This is double the pace of 2015.

It’s finally happened. The renewable energy future has arrived. Installing new solar panels is cheaper than a comparable investment in coal, natural gas, or other options.

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), installing new solar panels is cheaper than a comparable investment in coal, natural gas, or other options. Solar and wind is now the same price or cheaper than fossil fuels in more than 30 countries.   Continue reading

Weather- Arctic heatwave could break records – video

Weather- Arctic heatwave could break records – video

Published on Dec 25, 2016

Temperatures at the North Pole could be up to 20 degrees higher than average this Christmas Eve, in what scientists say is a record-breaking heatwave. Climate scientists say these unseasonably warm weather patterns in the Arctic region are directly linked to man-made climate change. Temperatures throughout November and December were 5C higher than average. It follows a summer during which Arctic sea ice reached the second-lowest extent ever recorded by satellites.

Dr Friederike Otto, a senior researcher at Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute told that in pre-industrial times “a heatwave like this would have been extremely rare – we would expect it to occur about every 1,000 years”. Dr Otto added that scientists are “very confident” that the weather patterns were linked to anthropogenic climate change.

The Real Face Of Jesus – By Mike Fillon

The Real Face Of Jesus

Advances in forensic science reveal the most famous face in history.

jesusFrom the first time Christian children settle into Sunday school classrooms, an image of Jesus Christ is etched into their minds. In North America he is most often depicted as being taller than his disciples, lean, with long, flowing, light brown hair, fair skin and light-colored eyes. Familiar though this image may be, it is inherently flawed. A person with these features and physical bearing would have looked very different from everyone else in the region where Jesus lived and ministered. Surely the authors of the Bible would have mentioned so stark a contrast.   Continue reading

This is the Most Dangerous Time for Our Planet – Stephen Hawking

This is the Most Dangerous Time for Our Planet

Stephen Hawking | The Guardian UK

Opinion - commentary -analysisWe can’t go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it

As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the world’s great universities. Within that town, the scientific community that I became part of in my 20s is even more rarefied.

And within that scientific community, the small group of international theoretical physicists with whom I have spent my working life might sometimes be tempted to regard themselves as the pinnacle. In addition to this, with the celebrity that has come with my books, and the isolation imposed by my illness, I feel as though my ivory tower is getting taller.

So the recent apparent rejection of the elites in both America and Britain is surely aimed at me, as much as anyone. Whatever we might think about the decision by the British electorate to reject membership of the European Union and by the American public to embrace Donald Trump as their next president, there is no doubt in the minds of commentators that this was a cry of anger by people who felt they had been abandoned by their leaders.     Continue reading

The Future: The Extrapolations of Udo Gollub at Messe Berlin, Germany

The Future: The Extrapolations of Udo Gollub at Messe Berlin, Germany

I just went to the Singularity University summit and here are the key learnings:

Opinion - commentary -analysisIn 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt.

What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years – and most people don’t see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again? Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975.

The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superior and got main-stream in only a few short years.

It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs.  Continue reading

Demerara Bank going fully solar; offers low-interest loans for clean-energy systems

Demerara Bank going fully solar; offers low-interest loans for clean-energy systems

 President David Granger takes a look at some of the batteries, which are a part of the solar electricity system at Demerara Bank Limited, as CEO, Mr. Pravinchandra Dave explains how the system works.

President David Granger takes a look at some of the batteries, which are a part of the solar electricity system at Demerara Bank Limited, as CEO, Mr. Pravinchandra Dave explains how the system works.

Demerara Bank Limited’s (DBL) Corporate Headquarters is now fully powered by solar energy at a cost of GYD$27.5 million, an amount the company hopes to recoup in another three years because it no longer has to pay electricity bills totalling about GYD$1.5 million monthly.   Continue reading

The University of Guyana – Commencement Address by Dr. Vincent Adams – Nov 12, 2016

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The University of Guyana 
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Commencement Address Delivered by Dr. Vincent Adams
on the Occasion of
The Fiftieth Convocation on November 12, 2016

Your Excellency President David Granger, Honorable Ministers of the Government, Pro-Chancellor Bibi Shadick, Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith, Members of the faculty and staff, other distinguished guests, other attendees, friends, and most importantly, the very reason why we are here today – the members of the University of Guyana class of 2016. Congratulations!!
Let me also take this opportunity to congratulate my very dear friend and fellow UG alumnus, Vice Chancellor Griffith for first surviving his first four and one-half months in office; but on a more serious note, thank him for putting his money where his mouth is, by his returning home to serve in this most critical position of Vice Chancellor, leading the renaissance of this great institution in its underpinning of this nation’s enormous future. UG is in great hands with him at its helm.         Continue reading

Supermoon, which will look brighter and larger than any .

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/supermoon-which-will-look-brighter-and-larger-than-any-moon-for-68-years-to-pass-by-earth-on-14-november/news-story/5e98acb44565e5c2ac5b1445bf5ead7c

2016 ends with a trio of full moons at their closest points to Earth, with the one on Nov. 14 being the closest to the earth in the 21st century. Courtesy: NASA
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