Category Archives: Geography

Guyana Speaks: Celebrating Amerindian Heritage – London UK – Sunday September 30. 2018

Dear All,

Guyana SPEAKS is delighted to be back after a brief August break, and to be hosting a programme on the Heritage, Language and Culture of Guyana’s indigenous peoples during Amerindian Heritage Month.  Please come and join us on Sunday, 30th September, for what promises to be engaging event, including the opportunity to purchase Amerindian artifacts and to learn a few words in Wapichan.  Our list of distinguished speakers and their bios is outlined toward the end of this email.

Tickets are £5 as usual and can be purchased at the door or via eventbrite:       SEE DETAILS BELOW     Continue reading

New Amsterdam: Guyana’s oldest town celebrates 127 years

Guyana’s oldest town celebrates 127 years

Old Photo of New Amsterdam

New Amsterdam which is Guyana’s oldest town is presently celebrating its 127th anniversary.

The town which is located about five miles from the mouth of the Berbice River on its eastern bank is situated at the confluence of the Berbice and Canje Rivers. New Amsterdam became a town exactly 100 years before it became a Municipality and has so far had 66 Mayors.

About 1733, the name New Amsterdam was given to a little village that sprang up around Fort Nassau about 56 miles up the Berbice River. This name was chosen because most of the shareholders were from the province of New Amsterdam in Holland.   Continue reading

China foreign minister to visit Guyana and Suriname on September 21-22. 2018

Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi. Photo: Wikimedia

By Ray Chickrie
Caribbean News Now contributor – 17 September 2018

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Georgetown is once again re-emerging as the diplomatic capital of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and will welcome a high level visit from the foreign minister of China, Wang Yi and a large delegation to Guyana this weekend, September 21-22.

Wang Yi will also pay a visit to neighbouring Suriname, where a large Chinese diaspora exists.                 Continue reading

Why should I care about rising sea levels? – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Price Reduced Waterfront Property

Price Reduced Waterfront Property – East Coast USA
Photo Credit: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) June 2018 Report

On September 14th, Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast. With warmer oceans driven by climate change, the massive, slow-moving storm dumped more than 20 inches of rain on its arrival. The storm surge reached levels of 9 to 13 feet. Hundreds of inundated home owners may never recover from the damages.

Ten years ago, on September 15, 2008, another kind of disaster struck our nation with the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the insurance giant AIG. The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression sent rogue waves across our nation and worldwide. The fallout—foreclosures, shrinking home values, and millions of job losses—battered Americans.

With rising sea levels—the result of ongoing heating of our oceans and atmosphere—another massive, slow-moving crisis is brewing. Hundreds of thousands of coastal properties will increasingly face chronic…

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Nuclear Plants, Toxic Waste Sites Under Threat as Hurricane Florence reaches the Carolinas

by Jon Queally, staff writer
With reports of skyscraper-likes waves out at sea, the potential for historic coastal surges and rainfall, and severe threats to vulnerable nuclear plants and other industrial waste sites—a behemoth Hurricane Florence is fast-approaching the southeastern U.S. coast on Wednesday as weather experts and emergency management officials intensifying their warnings about the dangers the storm poses.

Caribbean Cricket: Exciting Playoffs Await Hero CPL Qualifiers…playing at Providence Stadium

Exciting Playoffs Await Hero CPL Qualifiers… Amazon Warriors tackle Knight Riders tonight; Tallawahs face Patriots tomorrow @ Providence

The Captains from left Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Green and Andre Russell.

By Zaheer Mohamed
For the first time in the history of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20, Providence will be hosting matches in the playoffs and fans can expect more excitement since some of the biggest names in T20 leagues will be on show.       Continue reading

UK’s Influence falters in Africa. China moves in with $60B Development Funding (2 articles)

While the British media dined out on Theresa May’s Africa trip last week, Africans are still reeling from the reporting. Sky News captioned Uhuru Kenyatta as “president of Africa”, while the BBC gave the title he should have had, “president of Kenya”, to his rival, Raila Odinga.       Continue reading

Guyana: Sakaika Falls – Ekereku River, Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region. 

Sakaika Falls – Ekereku River, Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region. 

Our country’s educational system needs improvement, especially in the area of Geography. We as a people need to learn more about our own country. There are so many beautiful things, like this majestic Sakaika Falls, that the average Guyanese may not know about. For many Guyanese especially in remote areas, education is restricted due to poverty and accessibility. Most of the people who live in urban areas may not have any insight about the life in the remote regions in Guyana. That is unfortunate.

Guyana’s Ecotourism: The allure of Essequibo’s ‘Rising of the moon’ – By Dennis Nichols

The allure of Essequibo’s ‘Rising of the moon’

Lake Capoey on the Essequibo Coast (Photo Credit: GxMedia)

There are many ‘paradises’ on Earth. A few are in Guyana. Some are spectacular while others display nature’s simplicity. On the Essequibo Coast, between the villages of Queenstown and Little Affiance, south-west of the coastal highway, a rustic road takes you to a vista of spectacular simplicity and beauty – Lake Capoey!

The name, according to Ralph Hendricks, the village toshao (Leader), means ‘rising of the moon’ –and curiously, is said to be a Wapisiana word, for a decidedly Arawak community with a population of about 500 people. Although I’ve never seen the lake by night, an image grabs my fancy.      Continue reading

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