Category Archives: Geography

Guyana: History: The origin of the names of the wards of Georgetown – By Arlene Munro

Stabroek News – May 10, 2001- By Arlene Munro

The city of Georgetown began as a small town in the 18th century. Originally, the capital of the Demerara-Essequibo colony was located on Borselen Island in the Demerara River under the administration of the Dutch. However, when the colony was captured by the British in 1781, Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Kingston chose the mouth of the Demerara River for the establishment of a town which was situated between Plns. Werk-en-rust and Vlissengen.               Continue reading

The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption by Dahr Jamail

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The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption is a work of investigative journalism by Dahr Jamail, conducted during the period April 2016 to July 2017 on the front lines of human-caused climate disruption. Having lived in Alaska for ten years (1996-2006), Jamail had witnessed the dramatic impact of global warming on the glaciers there.

Jamail’s original aim was to alert readers about “the urgency of our planetary crisis through firsthand accounts of what is happening to the glaciers, forest, wildlife, coral reefs, and oceans, alongside data provided by leading scientists who study them.” His reporting took him to climate disruption hot spots in Alaska, California, Florida, and Montana in the United States; Palau in the Western Pacific Ocean; Great Barrier Reef, Australia; and the Amazon Forest in Manaus, Brazil. His grief at what was happening to nature made him realize that “only…

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Water is Everywhere in Georgetown, Guyana – By Melinda Janki

Water is Everywhere in Georgetown, Guyana — Our Disrespect for it will Kill Us — By Melinda Janki

Melinda Janki

Water is ubiquitous in Georgetown. There is a drain outside every house, flowing towards a canal. Old photos show the beauty of the waterways that comprised the original drainage system for the city.

Guyana sits on what was once known as the “wild coast” of South America. The area was a dangerous swamp that struck terror in the hearts of European adventurers seeking the fabled city of El Dorado. Even Sir Walter Raleigh is rumoured to have come here in search of gold. The name “Guiana” is said to come from an Amerindian word meaning “land of many waters”. Like many myths, it is charming but unsupported by evidence. Water is, however, a dominant motif of Guyana and certainly of Georgetown, the capital city. Water is also likely to end Georgetown’s existence before the 21st century comes to a close.

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Preserving Indigenous languages in Guyana – commentary

Preserving Indigenous languages in Guyana

Guyana Chronicle – Editorial – 24 February 2019

In the last two years, a renewed interest has arisen in the preservation and use of the Indigenous peoples’ languages.  There are nine nations of Indigenous peoples: Arawaks, Arecunas, Akawaios, Caribs, Macushis, Patamonas, Wapichans, Warraus and Wai Wais, and they each speak a different language.  In a country where several indigenous villages speak their first language, it gives them a special importance.

This year 2019 having been declared the International Year of Indigenous Languages under the auspices of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has brought a greater focus on these Indigenous Peoples’ languages.      Continue reading

AKWAABA to Ghana in this the “Year of Return” – by Francis Quamina Farrier

AKWAABA to Ghana in this the “Year of Return”

  • by Francis Quamina Farrier

This coming Wednesday, March 6, 2019, the Republic of Ghana will be celebrating its sixty second Independence anniversary; not really a special number, but nonetheless, for that West African country, it is a special year – The Year of Return –  as they extend a joyous “AKWAABA”, (WELCOME), to one and all. During my most recent visit to Ghana, (September/October 2018), President Nana Kafu-Addo announced 2019 as “THE YEAR OF RETURN”, opening the Tourism Door wide to all who are desirous of visiting Ghana as it emerges from a very troubled Past to a Glorious Future.

Since that “Year of Return” announcement by the Ghanaian President, there have been a number of African American Celebrities – Supermodel Naomi Campbell being one – who have already visited Ghana where they received a warm Presidential AKWAABA, (WELCOME). On Tuesday March 5, 2019, Guyanese international Superstar, Eddy Grant, of Plaisance,  East Coast Demerara, will be celebrating his 71st. Birthday, and maybe he’ll be singing one of his very popular compositions, “Hello Africa”, to Ghana, a country where he is well-known and well-loved.    Continue reading

Robotics: Artificial Intelligence: it will kill us | Jay Tuck | TEDxHamburgSalon

Robotics: Artificial Intelligence: it will kill us | Jay Tuck | TEDxHamburgSalon

Comments:

  • AI aside, what are these stupid military robots for? It’s not like we are fighting aliens or anything. Are we really so determined to make weapons so powerful and unstoppable just to kill or control other human beings? The fact that we seem so driven to murder each other seems to be the real issue.
  • The next great war will be the ultra wealthy cleansing the earth of working class peasants with the help of machines they have built for that sole purpose …. lol
  • We have humans that think like AI. We call them sociopaths.

Guyana’s Waterways – By Dave Martins

Guyana’s Waterways – By Dave Martins

Dave Martins

Stabroek News – Sunday 27 Jan 2019

Growing up in Guyana, or coming here to live, our waterways are part of your life. For me, growing up in West Demerara at Hague, in a house by the seaside, it was the rowdy Atlantic, a hundred yards away, and the long straight canal running from the village road, straight as an arrow, about a mile, past the train line, all the way to Hague Backdam where farmers planted rice and kept cattle.

Later, as we moved to live at Vreed-en-Hoop, travelling daily to school in town, it was the Demerara River, with the government ferry boats – Querriman; Lady Northcote; and the small, appropriately named, Hassar – where we would watch the few small cars on deck, with wooden chocks holding them in place. Surely they would be pitched into the sea when the Hassar rolled – and roll it did, but the chocks held.      Continue reading

The basic science for how climate change triggers severe cold weather in wintertime — The Secular Jurist

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By Robert A. Vella. It may seem paradoxical to laypeople that we would have severe cold weather spells in wintertime given that the world is rapidly warming up due to manmade climate change; and, climate change deniers are quick to exploit this paradox for political reasons.  But, it is true.  Global warming is increasing the incidence of extreme weather events of every kind from prolonged droughts and powerful storms to deadly heat waves and brutal cold snaps.  The following details the basic science behind the phenomenon popularly, though inaccurately, known as the “polar vortex.” The real polar vortex is something else altogether…

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International Economic crisis can trigger world war – commentary

BY JOMO KWAME SUNDARAM AND VLADIMIR POPOV

KUALA LUMPUR and BERLIN, Feb. 12, 2019 (IPS) — Economic recovery efforts since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis have mainly depended on unconventional monetary policies. As fears rise of yet another international financial crisis, there are growing concerns about the increased possibility of large-scale military conflict.

More worryingly, in the current political landscape, prolonged economic crisis, combined with rising economic inequality, chauvinistic ethno-populism as well as aggressive jingoist rhetoric, including threats, could easily spin out of control and ‘morph’ into military conflict, and worse, world war.

Crisis responses limited         Continue reading

Burnham’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Foresight led to Guyana having oil offshore

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