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Peace as the new normal – Caribbean News Now

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Dear Sir:

In the words of the Beatles’ song A Day in the Life: “I read the news today, oh boy…”

North Korea shoots off more missiles, ships are seized in the Strait of Hormuz, countries worldwide are facing political chaos, and immigration crises abound as people flee intolerable conditions in their homelands, all brought on by conflict and violence. 

Has this become the New Normal, and if so, is this the new normal we truly want? We think not.

No sane human being wants conflict and violence. However, over time, we have created a culture in which conflict and violence are seen as the only solutions to irreconcilable differences.

Fortunately, there are better ways to solve social problems. One proven way to resolve differences is by utilizing a ground-breaking and effective means for ending conflict and violence: Invincible Defense Technology (IDT).

Invincible Defense Technology: A non-religious, humane and beneficial approach

The practical components of IDT are the non-religious Transcendental Meditation (TM) and the more advanced TM-Sidhi programs. When large groups of experts practice these programs together, a powerful field effect of coherence and peace is generated that spills over into the surrounding population, thereby raising the collective consciousness to come up with more humane solutions to social problems.

Extensive peer-reviewed scientific research repeatedly confirms measurable decreases in war deaths, terrorism, and crime when IDT is utilized. A recent study published in May 2019 in Studies in Asian Social Science, 6(2), 1-45, found that IDT implementation by students was associated with a 96.2 percent decline in sociopolitical violence in the war-torn country of Cambodia as compared to violence in the preceding three years.

Due to the extensive research, the non-profit organization Global Union of Scientists for Peace (GUSP) advocates IDT as a simple and cost-effective approach for reducing the societal stresses thought to be the underlying cause of such social problems (see: https://www.gusp.org/global-peace-summit).

Invincible defense technology is cost-effective

Any military is capable of training and maintaining groups of experts in the advanced IDT strategy. This prevention wing of the military would practice IDT programs twice a day in large groups, defusing social tensions. The collective consciousness of all populations would rise through the influences of greater harmony and peace. Those who have engaged in violence will no longer do so. Studies have shown repeatedly that this method works – and will continue to work as long as the peace-creating groups are maintained.

Implementation

IDT is not restricted to the military. Any large group of experts trained in the advanced IDT techniques can accomplish the same goals of alleviating terror and violence by practicing this approach in groups twice a day. These groups could be comprised of congregations at places of worship, prisoners, the elderly in retirement homes, even students such as documented in Studies in Asian Social Science. Theoretically, immigrants awaiting processing could volunteer to be trained in the advanced IDT techniques and placed on cruise ships parked offshore from trouble spots for the duration, thereby alleviating immigration crises as well.

The important factor is for the advanced IDT techniques to be performed by trained experts consistently in groups twice a day. Simply by doing this, violence and conflict would be eradicated, according to the numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies summarized on the GUSP website.

Nothing else has worked

Up until now; violence has historically been the response to national differences, despite its costs both in financial and human terms. Thankfully, in the words of Nobel Prize-winning songwriter Bob Dylan: “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” Currently, militaries are utilizing IDT training for their personnel, with positive societal results for their countries.

Give peace a chance

Time is ripe for the creation of a Department of Peace to utilize IDT as a means of creating lasting peace.

As early as 1979, a bill was introduced in Congress to create a US Department of Peace; this bill has been re-introduced in each session of Congress from 2001 to 2011. In 2013 it was re-introduced as H.R. 1111 and is currently supported by 40 cosponsors.

Creating a US Department of Peace is also a leading campaign issue for one of the current 2020 US presidential candidates, with the intent of co-coordinating the international peace-building agencies that already exist as well as local peace-building efforts in a way to transform society from one of violence to one of peaceful resolution. IDT is a powerful field-tested tool to facilitate this transformation.

What the world needs now

What is needed now is for all leaders worldwide to recognize the benefits to their nations in utilizing a peaceful, more effective proven way of resolving differences without creating conflict and violence. IDT is that proven way; and now is the time to utilize IDT to resolve tensions and eliminate political chaos globally once and for all.

By Arlene J. Schar and Dr. David Leffler



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Why 500 million bees have died in Brazil in three months

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Half a billion bees have died in three months – so what’s happening with bees globally?



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September forum on blockchain and cryptocurrencies

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by Linda Straker

  • Grenada to host forum on issues of blockchain technology and digital/cryptocurrencies
  • Organiser is Campeche International Consultants

In September, Grenada will be the venue for a forum that is aimed at fostering public awareness and education on the issues of blockchain technology and digital/cryptocurrencies and their likely consequences on the financial and trading landscape.

Scheduled for Wednesday, 11 September 2019, the forum will be held under the theme “Blockchain and Digital Currencies – The Future of Money Is Now.”

Dr Stephen Fletcher, Chief Strategist of Campeche International Consultants Inc said that “the main objectives of this forum are to outline the context and approach adopted by the ECCB, with regards to its current pilot project and asses’ current attitudes and attempts by International Central Banks with regards to digital currencies.”

“Participants will be provided with strategic insights into the possible consequences of digital currency on the financial institutions in Grenada and the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU),” he outlined.

A news release from the organisers said that participants are expected to come from civil society organisations, private and public sectors, with expected presentation from the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), technology experts, local bankers and strategic thinkers.

“The conference is expected to address issues and questions such as: what are the perceptions of our populations in the East Caribbean Currency Union Area on digital currency as a unit of account, a means of exchange, and store of value; to what extent is the ECCB’s pilot project a strategic response to the external financial threats and challenges posed by multiple issues of de-risking, future of correspondence banking relationships, blacklisting,” said the release.

The organiser for this event is Campeche International Consultants – a company involved in organisational development, country risk analysis, strategy development, market research and project evaluation.

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National Swimmers compete at FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest

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Three National swimmers will represent Grenada at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungry from 20-25 August 2019.

Anaika Charles, Zackary Gresham and Jenebi Benoit accompanied by Coach Nataly Regis Sihera left the island on Sunday, 18 August in preparation for the competition.

Each swimmer will compete in two events at the FINA World Junior Championships. Anaika Charles will swim off tomorrow 20 August in heat 4 of the Women’s 50M Breaststroke. Her second event will take place on Thursday, 22 August as she swims in heat 2 of the Women’s 100M Breaststroke.

Zackary Gresham will also take to the pool on 20 August in the Men’s 50M Backstroke in heat 4. He then continues on Thursday, 22 August in the 100M Backstroke where he again swims in heat 4.

Jenebi Benoit will swim his first event on Wednesday, 21 August in the Men’s 100M Butterfly. He then concludes the competition on Saturday, 24 August in the Men’s 100M Freestyle event.

All swimmers have participated in intense training leading up to the Budapest event. GASA President Peron Johnson commenting on the expectations of the swimmers indicated “all swimmers have been working very hard in preparation for the FINA World Juniors and we can look forward to Personal Best performances from the team.”

The team will return to Grenada at the conclusion of competition as they ready themselves for the opening of the local swim season and the OECS Time Trials.

Grenada Amateur Swimming Association

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