Monthly Archives: July 2011

CAL Plane from NYC crashes at Guyana’s airport + video

Plane from New York crashes at Guyana airport + video

30 July 2011 Last updated at 09:34 ET – BBC News

A plane has crashed and broken in two on landing at Guyana’s main airport in the capital, Georgetown, causing injuries but no deaths.

The Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-800 flight BW-523 from New York had 163 people aboard.

The plane apparently overshot the runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport during wet weather.

Guyana’s president said it halted near a 200-foot (61-metre) ravine that could have resulted in dozens of deaths.

“We are very, very grateful that more people were not injured,” Bharrat Jagdeo added, quoted by AP news agency.

The airport was due to re-open at 1000 local time (1400 GMT).

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US Investigators to probe plane crash   <click

Written by Denis Scott Chabrol   Demerara Waves
Saturday, 30 July 2011 13:58
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Police have secured the crash site

American investigators are due in Guyana Monday to retrieve the flight recorders of the Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) plane which crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) early Saturday.

Flights in and out of the airport have resumed while efforts were underway throughout the day to retrieve the baggage belonging to the 151 passengers and six crew members.

Transport Minister Robeson Benn revealed Saturday evening that eight US National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) specialists are expected in Guyana on Sunday at 5PM. Several specialists from manufacturer Boeing are also expected.

The cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder have already been removed fronm the plane and secured. All records concerning the aircrfat are being ” collected and sequestered” he said told reporters at a news briefing at CJIA.

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Guyana Fire Service comments on crash :Read report here  <click


New Amsterdam Association Ball – NYC – October 8, 2011

This is the Inaugural Mayor Ball for New Amsterdam, Berbice Association – COFONA. This event will be held annually and seeks to recognize all the past mayors of New Amsterdam and the contributions they made to developing and uplifting the town.

Leonard Lewis, President.  Council of Friends of New Amsterdam (COFONA)
718-757-0661 (C)       718-434-1622 (H)



By EWALT (WALTIE) AINSWORTH                    07 05 2011

CARIBANNA is essentially the Canadian version of CARIFESTA.  The Caribbean Festival of the Arts, showcasing the artesian skills, the culture,  the music, the wining, the grinding, the smoking, the sexting, the drinking and the eating of the halaal-beef wraps.  It is a perennial love fest between and among the host country, the deep seated Caribbean and the interlocking communities in multi-racial, multi-ethnic Toronto.

Caribbean people live each day counting down for the next Caribanna, planning, scheming, thinking what they will wear, how they look and how it-go-look off Young street or in the playpen now designated to maintain law and order.

Caribanna is the mecca for typee.  Big men, proud men, loud men,  sleep and come while others come and sleep so that they will not miss a event, eyeballing and trying to figure out who is who and whose they are.  Some men come to integrate, others to gyrate while another set, come packing.  Caribanna was never meant to be a proving ground or an arena for settling old scores.  It is about we and how-we-do what we do.  It is about the scholarship, turning the rejections and recessions into new vistas and avenues for change. Over the decades, scores of careers have been launched and cottage industries established.  The secret is about your net worth is influenced by your network.   Continue reading

Buxton-Friendship Express Newsletter – July 2011

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The above link is for the July 2011 Buxton- Friendship Express Newsletter.

St. Stanislaus – CARIBJAM – Toronto – Friday July 29, 2011

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Guyana Cultural Asso – New York – July 2011 Newsletter

GCA – Guyana Cultural Asso – New York – July 2011 Newsletter

In This Issue:

Page 1 – Celebrating our Youth

Page 2-3 – GCA 2011 Honourees

Page 4-5 – New York Premiere of films produced by Guyanese Film Makers

Page 6 – GCA Art Exhibition

Page 7 and 9 – Impressions Dance Theatre

Page 8 – Haynes Foundation projects in the USA and Guyana

Page 10 – Community Events

Page 11 – Folklore Literature

Page 12-13 – GCA Members Honoured by Caribbean Heritage Month and Guyana Independence Ceremonies

Page 14 – GCA Folk Festival – Calendar of Events

Page 15 – GCA Folk Festival  – New York – Booth Rental Form

Download/View Newsletter:  GCA JULY 2011 NEWSLETTER

Thomas Jefferson – a very remarkable man

This is amazing.  There are two parts.  Be sure to read Part-2

THOMAS JEFFERSON – a very remarkable man

Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

Part -1

 At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor.

At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.

At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.

At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.

At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

At 23, started his own law practice.

At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America ” and retired from his law practice.

At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence .    Continue reading

Nostalgia 561 – Saga and Romance of the ‘Sea Wall’

Nostalgia 561 – Saga and Romance of the ‘Sea Wall’

Ask any Guyanese, at home or abroad, to name the first five ‘things Guyanese’ that comes readily to mind, and they often reply – Kaieteur Falls – Stabroek Market – St George’s – Public Buildings – Town Hall – and sometimes, Jonestown. Can you imagine they always oversight our Sea Wall – which actually saves the capital city of Georgetown from being a ‘Venice’, and our Coastline languishing as another ‘lost Continent of Atlantis’. This Nostalgia seeks to rectify this situation, and record the Saga and Romance of our ‘ubiquitous’ Sea Wall.

The Guyana Coastline stretching 425 kilometres from Venezuela to Suriname is approx 2 metres below high water, and its defence from the threatening Atlantic Seas has been a battle since the Dutch attempted to empolder the Coastline, in the seventeenth century for agriculture etc. The British on takeover 1814 continued this task in spite of governmental bickering – shortage of funds etc, and the perennial challenges continue to today.

Early history records that Kerfield Village and Sandy Point were washed away 1792, and major flooding breaches occurred subsequently at Enmore 1955, Buxton 1959 – Bladen Hall 1961, and most recently 2005 on the E. C. Dem. Mahaicony to G’town.   Continue reading

Folk Festival Symposium Update – Historical Obeah Article

July 21, 2011
Dear Colleague:

The attached journal article is an interesting contribution to Guyanese cultural history, especially the study of religion/spirituality–one of the themes to be explored at the 10th annual Guyana Folk Festival Symposium to be held at the Empire State College, 177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 9:45 a.m. The theme is “Arrivals, Encounters, and Exchange.”

For further details on the theme, please visit:

By way of an update, twenty-four proposals have been selected for presentation at this year’s symposium. Through panel discussions, short performances, and a video festival featuring documentaries and a short narrative film, attendees will explore contemporary ideas on Guyanese culture and identity. Among the ideas to be addressed are pre-Columbus Guyana; African cultural retentions; Guyanese art, language (including language loss), literature, music, and food; religion in Guyana; the Guyanese diaspora; and the new media and Guyanese identity.

Your usual support will be appreciated.


Vibert C. Cambridge, Ph.D., Professor, School of Media Arts and Studies, Scripps College of Communication, Ohio University
740-593-9178 (Office) 740-593-9184 (Fax)
From: Randy M. Browne []
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:07 AM
To: Cambridge, Vibert
Subject: Fwd: WMQ article on obeah in Berbice
From: “Randy M. Browne” <>
Date: July 20, 2011 9:00:06 AM EDT
Subject: WMQ article on obeah in Berbice

Dear Vibert,

I’m not sure if you remember me, but we corresponded briefly about a year ago about a research trip I was planning to Guyana. I’ve since been to Guyana and I had a wonderful time there. Thanks again for your help orienting me.

At the time we corresponded, you had expressed an interest in reading an article I was preparing on obeah in early nineteenth-century Berbice, and now that the article has been published I thought I would share it with you. If you have any thoughts on the article, I’d love to hear them.

All the best,

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NO STIGMA, NO SHAME by Ewalt (Waltie) Ainsworth

Ewalt Ainsworth

This article has been written by Guyana-born Ewalt (Waltie) Ainsworth.  He left Guyana in the early 1980’s and now lives in New Jersey. He is now almost totally blind but this impediment has not stopped his academic studies or his ability to craft his interesting and sometimes amusing stories about Guyana, the USA, and life.  E-mail:

We have published a previous articles entitled:

Small Change still on my mind  and  Autobum



By EWALT (Waltie) AINSWORTH              07 18 2011

Ina and her brother, Trevor, made an unannounced visit to Guyana last summer and her own nephews threatened to “reverse her counx” and “back -up the-shit” if they did not exit the family property immediately.  They both expended more than ninety thousand (90,00.00) US dollars to repair, extend and enclose the family property in Jib-Korea, ECD.

Their mother died a few months earlier and even though she was advanced in age, she had all her faculties, went to church by herself, tended a kitchen garden, milked the cows and was even able to cut up wood when she wanted to cook.  She had three children and both Ina and Trevor lived overseas.  They had no children but like every other family in the rural ethnic enclave, the last girl, Daphne, made a set “of concubines” as the mother would say.  They were all basically hustlers and fleeced her of every penny and anything that was not pinned down.  Originally the house should have been completed in six months according to certain preconstruction calculations. But the two boys sold the concrete blocks, sand, and zinc sheets,and they stole the doors.  If they could have found a ready market for the house itself, they would have sold it.               Continue reading

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