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The hidden reason for poverty the world – violence and law enforcement – Gary Haugen TED video

Gary Haugen: The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now

Published on Apr 21, 2015 – Collective compassion has meant an overall decrease in global poverty since the 1980s, says civil rights lawyer Gary Haugen. Yet for all the world’s aid money, there’s a pervasive hidden problem keeping poverty alive. Haugen reveals the dark underlying cause we must recognize and act on now –  violence and the lack of law enforcement for poor people.

Guyana Cultural Asso. New York- April 2015 On-Line Magazine

 Guyana Cultural Asso. New York- April 2015 On-Line Magazine

GCC-NY April 2015

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR  – Lear Matthews – April Editor.

Greetings! Wah happenin dey?…..We are grateful for the continued support of our patrons and delighted to welcome new readers, as the long anticipated spring blooms fresh daffodils, tulips and water lilies in both our adopted home and our dear land of rivers, streams, savannahs and majestic mountains. A country as rich in tradition as its natural resources, yearning for transformation that would unleash its real potential, and to which many in the Diaspora will truly call “home” again.

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Earth Day 2015: It’s Our Turn to Lead

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Earth Day 2015 - It's Our Turn to Lead

Earth Day 2015: It’s Our Turn to Lead
Image Credit: Earth Day Network

Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day 2015. The theme this year is “It’s our turn to lead.” Our leaders worldwide are dragging their feet in addressing global poverty and climate change. While they debate and make pledges they don’t keep, the degradation of Earth’s ecosystems won’t take a timeout.

In December 2015, around 40,000 world leaders and other participants will meet in Paris at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21). [Their]aim is to reach, for the first time, a universal, legally binding agreement that will enable us to combat climate change effectively and boost the transition towards resilient, low-carbon societies and economies. The stakes are high. To make this happen, we have to lead the way by raising our voices as one.

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“The Golden Age of Georgetown Characters: 1930-1960″ + video

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Check out the video at the end… by Calypsonian CRAZY (Edwin Ayoung) 

Originally posted on Guyanese Online:

“The Golden Age of Georgetown Characters: 1930-1960″: 1930-1960″ (see video below)

By Bernard Heydorn

The Caribbean is known not only for its sunny climate, but also its street people: Colourful characters who paraded daily through town and country, providing spontaneous street theatre.

Whether driven to the streets by mental, emotional or social derailment, or “dropping out and turning on” by free choice, they remain indelible in memory, symbolic of the life and times. Like the politicians of the day, street characters had the ability to attract attention.

In Georgetown, Guyana, names like Bertie Vaughn, Law And Order, Cato, Pussy In The Moonlight, Pele, Mad John, Saul, Walker The British, Cow Manure, Oscar The Paper Man, Tunus, Daddy Ben, Mary Bruk Iron, Bicycle Jack, and others, were standouts during that golden age of theatre of the absurd (1930 – -1960), providing year round side shows, a character for every reason…

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The Impact of Meditation on the Brain

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This is a very interesting article on meditation and its benefits.

Originally posted on Natural Energy Centre - Barbados:

The Impact of Meditation on the Brain

— from “Mind of the Meditator” by Matthieu Ricard,

Antoine Lutz and Richard J. Davidson. Brain imaging shows that when we master a task such as playing an instrument or the advanced performance in a sport, specific parts of the brain are transformed — certain neural pathways grow and strengthen. Neuroscientists have now shown that the same is true for mastery of meditation with direct benefits for improving focus, overcoming depression, dealing with pain and cultivating emotional well-being:

“A comparison of the brain scans of meditators with tens of thousands of hours of practice with those of neophytes and nonmeditators has started to explain why this set of techniques for training the mind holds great potential for supplying cognitive and emotional benefits. … 

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“My Final Gift to Life” – Poem by Mahadai Das

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This entry is from the Rosaliene Bacchus Blog.

It is Blog entry #5,000 on the Guyanese Online Blog Website.

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Courtney Crum-Ewing

Guyana-born Courtney Crum-Ewing
Political activist assassinated in Guyana on March 10, 2015

In memory of Courtney Crum-Ewing, Guyana-born political activist assassinated on March 10, 2015, I dedicate the poem “My Final Gift to Life” by Indo-Guyanese poet, Mahadai Das (1954-2003).

Like the other poems in her poetry collection My Finer Steel Will Grow, published in 1982, “My Final Gift to Life” was written at a time of civil rebellion in Guyana, culminating in the assassination of Dr. Walter Rodney, co-founder of the Working People’s Alliance of which Mahadai Das was a staunch supporter. Her awareness of the risk of overtly opposing the then autocratic government is evident in the opening lines of the poem.

Death would be my final gift to life.
Then: if I must die, I must.

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President Obama Visits Jamaica on way to Summit of the Americas

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President Obama steps down on to Jamaican soil on April 8, 2015.

President Obama Visits Jamaica on way to Summit of the Americas

 News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. Mar. 9, 2015: U.S. President Barack Obama woke up in the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica this morning after touching down at the Norman Manley Airport in Kingston at 7:30 p.m. last evening on Air Force One. The President is being accompanied on the short trip to Jamaica by Jamaican-American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke.

They were greeted on arrival by Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen and Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller along with CARICOM Chairman and Bahamian Prime Minister, Perry Christie; CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.   Continue reading

Climate Disruption: Thought of the Week

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US Solar Ready Vets Training Program

US Solar Ready Vets Training Program
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California
Photo Credit: Energy.gov (Courtesy of Solar Energy International)

President Obama Announces Plan to Train 75,000 Solar Workers by 2020

As part of President Obama’s plans to combat climate change, the White House has announced a program for the U.S. Department of Energy to train 75,000 people to enter the solar workforce by 2020, many of whom will be part of a military veterans jobs initiative called Solar Ready Vets.

~ Administration Announces Actions To Drive Growth In Solar Energy And Train Workers For Clean-Energy Jobs, The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, April 3, 2015

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The math of Ferguson: percentages don’t show how bad it really is

Originally posted on Being A Better Scientist:

The other day, I was talking to my colleague Dr Scott Roy. We were working on the second midterm exam for our genetics class at SF State, but got distracted. We started talking about the DOJ report on Ferguson and especially the numbers in the report about racial bias. These are some of the numbers we talked about:

  • 67% of the population in Ferguson is black.
  • Blacks account for 85% of vehicle stops.
  • Blacks account for 90% of citations.
  • Blacks account for 93% of arrests.
  • Blacks account for 95% of “Manner of Walking in Roadway” charges.
  • Blacks account for 94% of all “Failure to Comply” charges.
  • Nearly 90% of documented force used by FPD officers was used against African Americans.
  • Blacks account for 100% of dog bites.
  • Blacks account for 96% of cases where someone was arrested by FPD only because of an outstanding municipal warrant.

So, from reading…

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Junta: A Novel by Ken Puddicombe

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Front Cover of Junta A Novel by Ken Puddicombe

Front Cover of Junta: A Novel by Ken Puddicombe

What can we do when the armed forces seize power from our democratically elected government, however corrupt?

In Junta: A Novel, set in 1979 on the Caribbean Island of Saint Anglia, Ken Puddicombe explores this question. Taking us within the inner circle of the Junta, he introduces us to General Marks, chief of the armed forces, and his second-in-command, Colonel Stevenson. On a tranquil Sunday morning, while their Prime Minister is away in Barbados attending a conference of Caribbean leaders, the general executes his meticulously planned and bloodless coup.

Opposition to the military takeover comes from Melanie Sanderson, a university student in her twenties who calls on students, faculty members, and the people of Saint Anglia to join her and her friends on a peaceful, protest march to the legislative center.

History Professor Marcus Jacobson, whom she admires, rejects her…

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