Saturday, June 27, 2009

BAHS needs your help!

Hello to all Old Hilarians. Here's a message from the Old Hilarians' Association. Please circulate... the School needs your help. BAHS is in dire need of paint – Sissons Weather Guard: Yellow Buff Emulsion to be exact. The annual luncheon is on July 04 2009 and we would like to get the word out to the Hilarian Community, asking attendees to bring 1 gallon of paint with them to the luncheon.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Concordia's Video III Showcase Wrap-Up

My cousin's graduation showcase film, "The Art of Being" is reviewed here. Great praise - "felt like something that could be aired on PBS - lil cuz ready for the big times?
Congrats baby cuz!!



"The Art of Being (9:55), a documentary on the life of a saxophone player, actually felt like something that could be aired on PBS - especially the open moments in which the viewer discovers the finer details of the saxophone before finally revealing its subject through a blur behind the instrument."


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Friday, June 12, 2009

More on the Barbados crackdown against Caribbean immigramts

Barbados has stated that there are in excess of 30,000 illegal Guyanese immigrants in Barbados, and Prime Minister David Thompson's has proposed a six-month amnesty (June to December) for Caricom migrants who may be illegally in Barbados. Regularisation of their status must occur within this timeframe, and deportations will commence soon thereafter.

This number seems extraordinarily large, given that the official population of Barbados is only 300,000. No specific data has been given as to the accuracy of these numbers.
One must wonder if it is being pushed purely for domestical political gain given the economic issues facing the Caribbean countries. When economic issues arise, protectionism is the "easy" way out. However, this is a problem for CARICOM and the fledgling CSME.

"In the absence of data in support of official claims of huge numbers of illegal Caricom migrants in the country, and the extent of pressure their presence is causing for the social services, the amnesty, which went into force on June 2, has unleashed a witch-hunting atmosphere and is nurturing tensions never before known in Barbados" Trinidad Express.

Spam drops 15 percent after FTC Pricewert takedown

"IDG News Service - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission's recent takedown of an Internet service provider thought to be a safe haven for spammers has reduced spam volumes, but only by a little.

According to e-mail security vendor Marshal8e6, total spam volume dropped by about 15 percent last week, as the FTC got a court order to pull the plug on a notorious ISP named Pricewert. 'We noticed quite a drop-off mid to late last week,' said Phil Hay, a threat analyst with Marshal8e6. 'Things got pretty quiet compared to what we'd been seeing.'

Pricewert, which also did business under the name 3FN, was knocked off-line after the companies that provided it access to the Internet stopped doing business with it. This happened after the FTC was granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California."

Read more here:Spam drops 15 percent after FTC Pricewert takedown: