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June 28, 2016

Kyle Young – Hemophelia

May 17, 2015

Making motherhood real

Excellent read by Colin.

One nation…many bodies…boundless faith

I was amused to discover that one of the original recordings of the circa 1915 saccharine American song we all learned to parrot as children about the mother with the “heart of purest gold” and “eyes with lovelight shining” featured as its vocalist Eva Tanguay. Tanguay was a sexually suggestive Canadian vaudeville performer who made newspaper headlines for adultery, and took part in a cross-dressing marriage ceremony with fiancé #3.

Our enduring approach to primary education (to which Thursday’s annual waterboarding examination of the nation’s 11-year-olds is testimonial) made me memorise those verses rote with a class of tuneless, snotty brats at Miss Richie’s primary school, next door to the cemetery where my grandmother and premature brother lie buried.

The Mother’s Day we celebrate, a turn-of-the-last-century American invention, has turned into a soulless market for greeting cards, florists and restaurants, much like Lent here has for fast-food chains.

I have…

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April 12, 2015

Hillary 2016 is finally here!

I’ve admired her since the Clinton administration and she’s certainly proved her strengths. My fingers, as before, remain crossed.

April 2, 2015

Peter George – Entrepreneur and Social Activist

April 2, 2015

Rosanna Farmer – Plastikeep

February 14, 2015

Is Carnival Really Worth It?

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So I’ve been thinking (which is always a dangerous thing). I am not entirely convinced that Carnival should be considered an economic value to T&T. Some of the figures I am seeing suggest it generates $100 million US in revenue, but government is spending over $50 million US on Carnival which is a 100% ROI on the face of it, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.

I suspect the amount of taxpayers money spent is a lot more when other things like police overtime and other subventions are included. Nowadays, much of the costume work is contracted out to China, and I am pretty sure much of the markup ( after band expenses) ends up in offshore accounts. Similarly, I am assuming some of the ticket revenue from Carnival events, such as the big fetes and ‘competitions’ is undeclared and also ends up in offshore accounts. Most of the big hotels are US managed, and obviously the lion’s share of the revenue ends up being sent abroad.

Then consider the disruption to normal commerce that occurs as a result of a lack of productivity and the country being shut down for several days. I haven’t seen that being quantified.

Finally, there is the opportunity cost . If the T&T government invested that money in some other venture it could easily make more money than a mere ROI of 100% ( which I think is an exaggeration) .

My conclusion is that Carnival is an investment in keeping the population distracted, and claiming it is an economic boost to the economy is really not true.

(As a contrast, Toronto’s Carnival is estimated to attract over 1.3 million visitors and generate over $400 million in revenue from a combined Toronto and Province investment of $1 million. That’s a respectable ROI in terms of taxpayers money.)

December 9, 2014

Carlos L. Muñoz Brenes – ProEcoServ

December 7, 2014

The 50 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever

Some pretty amazing shots.

TwistedSifter

By Internet standards, a perfectly timed photo occurs when two of the following three conditions are met:

1. Perfect Place
2. Perfect Time
3. Perfect Angle

Sometimes the holy trinity of perfectness is achieved and you get an Internet classic like so many of the photographs below. There are countless galleries of these images floating around. I tried my best to compile the most representative of this concept. If you’re craving more, the following links are a good start: r/PerfectTiming on Reddit; Bored Panda (here, here and here); BuzzFeed (here and here)

Enjoy!

1.

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2.

lightning strikes statue of liberty perfect timing

Photograph by JAY FINE (via The Big Picture)

3.

diver whale high five perfect timing

Photograph by MARCO QUERAL (via Daily Mail)

4.

just a pinch buddah perfect timing

Photograph via Former_Manc on Reddit

5.

seagull takes ice cream perfect timing

6.

perfect timings swimmer water

Photograph by ADAM PRETTY (via Photo…

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December 6, 2014

Jason Nathu – Attorney at Law/Tutor , Hugh Wooding Law School.

Aired December 2014 on ieTV, Trinidad,

December 3, 2014

Crown Point, Tobago.

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