Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Guyana Earth Tremor

We experienced a tremor of about magnitude 4 here on Tuesday 21st August as a result of a major (7+) earthquake in Venezuela. One of the strongest tremors I can recall in the past 40 or so years.

No significant damage in Guyana that I am aware of. Minor damage was reported in Trinidad - but not minor to the owner of the car that got totalled by a falling chunk of concrete... Some damage was reported in Venezuela and possibly some loss of life.

See also
https://guyanachronicle.com/2018/08/21/tremor-shakes-guyana
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Venezuela_earthquakes

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Sub-surface lake on Mars

Exciting news from Mars. Sub-surface lakes have been found beneath the south pole of Mars. And by an orbiter which has been orbiting Mars collecting data for years. According to a BBC news item:

"What they believe to be a lake sits under the planet's south polar ice cap, and is about 20km (12 miles) across.
Lake beds like those explored by Nasa's Curiosity rover show water was present on the surface of Mars in the past.
However, the planet's climate has since cooled due to its thin atmosphere, leaving most of its water locked up in ice.
The result is exciting because scientists have long searched for signs of present-day liquid water on Mars, but these have come up empty or yielded ambiguous findings. It will also interest those studying the possibilities for life beyond Earth - though it does not yet raise the stakes in the search for biology."

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Blog theme

Don't panic... am trying a new theme so things look different.

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.
and
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