Thursday, June 21, 2018

Caribbean ICT Roadshow in Guyana in July

The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) brought its Roadshow here last year. Next month it is bringing its updated Roadshow here with a new program. According to this article at the Ministry of Public Telecommunications (MoPT):
Guyana’s Roadshow will place special emphasis on raising awareness of and educating on the principles of 21st Century Governments – governments that are citizen-centric seamless and make effective use of ICT to deliver services to its citizens, internal and external clients. The Roadshow seeks to lay a foundation for establishing Governments throughout the Caribbean, which are fit for purpose in the 21st Century.
The Roadshow’s many activities and workshops will include:
• e-Agriculture Workshop – 9th to 11th July 2018
• 21st Century Government Workshop – 9th July 2018
• ICT4PWD Workshops, targeting the Deaf and Blind – 9th July 2018
• Digital Financial Services – 10th July 2018
• ICT4All – 10th July 2018
• ICT and The Justice Sector – 11th July 2018
• Innovator’s Forum – 11th July 2018
• Future Casting Forum – 11th to 12th July 2018
• Cyber Security Workshop – 12th July 2018
• Youth Fair and Forum – 11th to 13th July 2018

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Community building by Baha'i's around the world

This professional video describes remarkable and effective grass-roots community building by Baha'is in many locations from major cities to remote rural villages. It works.

A article at Bahá’í World News Service says in part:
"...the film tells a story of transformation unfolding in 24 communities representing different realities and contexts. It focuses on three main themes: universal participation as a path toward collective prosperity, the vital role of young people in the transformation of society, and the emergence of a range of social and economic development initiatives that spring up from the spiritual aspirations of a population."
The breakdown below gives the locations and the timing.

Chapter One: Embracing Large Numbers 6:53
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands 7:32
Sydney, Australia 11:27
Delhi, India 18:33
Daga, Papua New Guinea 24:52

Chapter Two: Youth Summoned to the Vanguard 30:37
London, United Kingdom 36:05
Mwinilunga East, Zambia 39:48
Baku, Azerbaijan 42:22
San Diego, United States 47:40

Chapter Three: Stirrings of Social Action 52:00
East Kanchanpur, Nepal 53:49
Chişinău, Moldova 54:53
Tanna, Vanuatu 55:55
Batouri-Kette, Cameroon 56:33
Norte Del Cauca, Colombia 59:57
Vancouver, Canada 1:03:37
Bangui, Central African Republic 1:06:11
South Tarawa, Kiribati 1:09:20

Conclusion 1:13:09

Saturday, April 28, 2018

12th International Baha’i Convention takes place in Haifa

A small group of delegates from Guyana are attending this event. A report from Bahá’í World News Service says:
"The International Convention is a unique gathering held every five years in Haifa, the administrative and spiritual center of the Baha’i world community. Delegates hail from virtually every nation. Over the course of the convention, they participate in a series of consultative sessions and elect the Faith’s international governing body, the Universal House of Justice."

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Satellite observations find sea-level rise accelerating

A report from NASA says:
"This acceleration, driven mainly by increased melting in Greenland and Antarctica, has the potential to double the total sea level rise projected by 2100 when compared to projections that assume a constant rate of sea level rise...
If the rate of ocean rise continues to change at this pace, sea level will rise 26 inches (65 centimeters) by 2100 -- enough to cause significant problems for coastal cities..."
"Nerem and his team used climate models to account for the volcanic effects and other datasets to determine the El Niño/La Niña effects, ultimately uncovering the underlying rate and acceleration of sea level rise over the last quarter century."

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Drinking water and salt

Water from wells and many surface sources contains small amounts of salt. For some of us this can be a health issue.

Some useful information about this can be found in this article from the Government of Western Australia. According to this article for a healthy person the salt content becomes a concern if the water tastes salty.

However for those who have to keep to a low salt diet it gets more difficult.

"...the following people should be aware of the level of sodium (salt) in drinking water when the level is greater than 20 mg/L:

  • Persons who are monitoring their salt intake for high blood pressure 
  • Persons with cardiovascular or heart disease 
  • Persons with kidney problems or
  • Persons on low sodium diets."

From what I have been told measuring the salt content is not easy and this would at present be likely to mean sending samples outside Guyana.

On a quick check most bottled water gave no salt content information on the label. One brand gave a salt content of 20 mg/L and one other stated that the water contained no salt. The GWI website did not provide such information either.

The salt content of our local water can be adversely affected by dry conditions and by salt water intrusion. As we experience climate change this will need to be monitored more closely.