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SNOW Is A Four Letter Word + Crystal Waters Barbados – videos

Bowser & Blue sing about Snowbirds. That’s Canadians and Americans who fly South for the winter.

WINTER IN  BARBADOS..  .. videos     Continue reading

A Collective Tribute to Randall Mohan Butisingh – 1912-2112

A Collective Tribute to Randall Mohan Butisingh – A Constant Teacher, a Constant Student

 Stabroek News - On December 31, 2012 – In The Diaspora | 

As we prepare to usher in a new year, we pay tribute to a remarkable individual, Randall Mohan Butisingh (RMB), who passed away on December 9th in Florida, just eight days after celebrating his 100th birthday. Thanks to Devanand Bhagwan, Cyril Bryan, Harry Hergash, daughter Joan Khan, Eusi Kwayana, Avin and Nalini Mohabir and Patanjali Ramlall, whose thoughts comprise this week’s diaspora column.

Excerpts from an obituary page created by his family give us a small measure of the man: “Randall was born on December 1, 1912 in British Guiana (now known as Guyana), and raised in Buxton, East Coast Demerara, where he received his primary education. In 1925, he qualified and was the first runner-up for the first Buxton Scholarship. Continue reading

Guyanese Online Newsletter – January 2011

January 2011 Newsletter – Final1 < Download here

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Suriname clinches US$6B deals with Chinese companies
  2. TOP 20- Guyanese Online Blog– December 2010
  3. EDITORIAL – Decade Two – ―Rapid Change by Cyril Bryan
  4. Obsolete technologies and changes since 2000 by Cyril Bryan
  5. Planning for the Oil Boom by Ravi Dev
  6. Exploration Oil Well in Rupununi – Sagres Energy
  7. Shipping companies want deeper Demerara River draft to handle larger vessels
  8. Project Manager Required in Guyana
  9. Guyana Bank to offer ‘green loans’ – for solar and wind projects
  10. House-lots for remigrants
  11. Stabroek, Vreed-en-Hoop stellings not for sale
  12. Sugar workers refuse to heed Corporation‘s call
  13. New Surinamese rice parboiler targets Guyana / Caricom markets
  14. Rice prices rise in Guyana
  15. Hope Canal Work Halted by rains
  16. Tourism – Iwokrama National Park
  17. Huge Brazil oil field will bear Lula‘s name
  18. Barbados least corruptible – topped the list in Latin America and the Caribbean
  19. Australia to assist St. Kitts and Nevis
  20. Australia helps CARICOM
  21. Ralph Gonsalves returned for third term in St. Vincent elections
  22. Denis Hanomansingh appointed temporary judge in Belize
  23. Barbados and Dominica among top 10 ethical destinations
  24. There Are No Technology Shortcuts to Good Education
  25. Guyanese Association of Manitoba—Children’s Xmas Party
  26. The Queen‘s College of Guyana Association (UK)
  27. Guyanese Academics Newsletter
  28. YAKKERS CORNER TALKS WITH DAVID RUDDER
  29. TOY DISTRIBUTION IN GUYANA BY GPP ON BEHALF OF GCNTB
  30. Liberty Cricket Club – NYC – 1st Annual Dinner / Dance – January 22.
  31. Alliance of Guyanese Canadian Organizations – Annual Mashramai Dance – Feb 26, 2011
  32. A TRIBUTE TO DONALD LOCKE – By Claudius Agrippa – video
  33. Auntie Olga’s party off – she is in hospital
  34. Music’s newest centenarian – Edmundo Ros,
  35. Rihanna creates music history – three videos
  36. KEN‘S CHOICE #50 – ―Flambeau – By Ken Corsbie – video
  37. Mahadeo Shivraj – The actor most Guyanese don‘t know
  38. Tastes Like Home – Jamaican Beef Patties by Cynthia Nelson
  39. THE ARTS FORUM   and   THE ARTS JOURNAL
  40. Books by Guyanese author   – Joseph S. Persaud
  41. EDGAR MITTELHOLZER: Race, Colour and Class by Ameena Gafoor
  42. Historic sites of Georgetown – By Arlene Munro

Enjoy this month’s issue.

Cyril Bryan.  Publisher and Editor.

Be Selfish, Be Generous

Be Selfish, Be Generous

The Dalai Lama once said that the most generous act there is, compassion, is actually a selfish act: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”What does generosity mean to you? Why do you give? What can you give? Here are some thoughts from a group of volunteers for CharityFocus, an organization that focuses on the practice of selfless generosity and small acts of kindness. How would you answer these questions for yourself?

Comment by Cyril Bryan:

I selected this video as it embodies my philosophy, and the philosophy of those who toil in various organisations to make a difference in the lives of others.

To many, It may seem a thankless task at times as there is  sometimes no obvious “payback” in the work one does, but there is always the satisfaction of being creative and of use to others in a positive way.

My Congratulations to all the members of the various Guyanese organisations around the world.  Keep up the good work in your local communities, and also try to help those in need in Guyana.

Have a Successful 2011 …..   in everything you do.

Girl Who Silenced the UN For 5 Minutes

Severn Suzuki, in a speech to the United Nations in 1992.

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Comment by Cyril Bryan, Editor. Guyanese Online Blog

Some may say that the listeners were just polite and gave her a hearing. Others may say that although the chamber was not packed, they gave her a hearing by listening in rapt attention… something they do not always do to presenters. What she had to say is of great importance then, and even more today.

In any case this speech was made in 1992.  almost 20 years ago, and we must ask ourselves…. has much changed since then?  Are we still just talking and arguing about global warming and the melting of the icebergs and the poisoning of our environments.  Actually, things have got decidedly worse since this speech was made.

It is projected that with rising sea levels and harsher weather, that many low lying islands and coast-lands will be affected.  Some island nations like the Maldives, may disappear or be severely affected.

In the case of Guyana we are already seeing the affects of harsher spring tides, flooding, salt water incursions on farmlands especially in the Essequibo Islands, and on the East Coast of  Demerara.    Most of Guyana’s population lives on the flat, low-lying fertile agricultural belts along the coastline.  Robust sea Defences,  and sophisticated drainage and irrigation systems have to be high-priority items so as to ensure that the coast lands of Guyana remain livable.

Guyanese Online Newsletter – December 2010

Guyanese Online Newsletter – December 2010

Guyanese Online Newsletter – December 2010 < click here

IN THIS ISSUE

Shopping mall Christmas video – Amazing!

50% chance of oil in 12 months

Top 10 on Guyanese Online Blog

Editorial – “The New Reality” by Cyril Bryan

Videos on Education and Development

Article on the U.S’s  Future  to 2025

WikiLeaks – good for Democracy?

Development re T&T company – ANSA McAl

Guyana’s Growth reported by IMF

Brazil keen on Hydro, Lethem-Linden road

Skeldon Factory issues with GAWU

CBS-TV visit boost for Guyana’s tourism—Videos

Barbados shines in Human Development Index

CARICOM Travel card soon

St. Vincent Elections – Dec 13, 2010

Guyanese teacher wins award in Belize.

Guyanese  scientist featured in GQ magazine.

COFONA  –  New Amsterdam group formed

COTAB– Toronto’s Buxton group – Boxing Day Dance

BHS Toronto Alumni –25 years celebration

Guyanese Association of Manitoba

Tutorial  High School -Toronto Reunion- 2011

Raisin Bread for Mom  – Cynthia Nelson

The Arts Forum & Arts Journal

PODCASTS – The Yakkers Corner by Muriel Glasgow

featuring Podcasts by Magda Pollard;   Shakoor Manraj

Celebrating Creative Personalities – Vibert Cambridge

Remembering Edgar Mittelholzer

Conservation of forests by Amerindians

EDUCATION AUTOMATION

EDUCATION AUTOMATION

By: R. Buckminster Fuller 1895-1983 – inventor of the geodesic dome and many futuristic products. The following entry is from his book: “Education Automation – freeing the student to return to his studies”, published in 1962:-

“I am convinced that humanity is characterized by extraordinary love for its new life and yet has been misinforming its new life to such an extent that the new life is continually at a greater disadvantage than it would be if abandoned in the wilderness by the parents. For an instance of misconception extension there is my own case. I was born in 1895. The airplane was invented when I was nine years old. Up to the time I was nine years old, the idea that man could fly was held to be preposterous, and anybody could tell you so. My own boyhood attempts to make flying machines were considered wasted time. I have lived deeply into the period when flying is no longer impossible, but nonetheless a period in which the supremely ruling social conventions and economic dogma have continued to presuppose a non-flying-man ecology.

“My daughter was not born into the kind of a world that I was; so she doesn’t have to struggle to sustain the validity of the particular set of spontaneously-logical conceptions that were pronounced “impossible” in my day, nor need she deal with the seemingly illogical concepts that the older life thought to be “evident”‘ and “obvious” in my day. The new life is continually born into a set of conditions where it is easier for it to acquire more accurate information, generated almost entirely outside of family life and folklore, regarding what is going on in human affairs and in nature in general; and, therefore, the new life has the advantage of much more unshaken intellectual courage with respect to the total experiences than have its as yet living elders who have had to overcome these errors, but who retain deep-rooted delusively-conditioned, subconscious reflexes

“I said I started a number of years ago exploring for ways in which the individual could employ his experience analytically to reorganize patterns around him by design of impersonal tools. To be effective, this reorganization must incorporate the latest knowledge gained by man. It also should make it an increasingly facile matter for the new life to apprehend what is going on. It should eliminate the necessity of new life asking questions of people who don’t know the answers, thereby avoiding cluttering up the new minds with bad answers which would soon have to be discarded. I felt that the evolving inventory of information “decontaminated” through competent design might be “piped” right into the environment of the home. Please remember my philosophy is one which had always to be translated into inanimate artifacts. My self-discipline ruled that it would be all right for me to talk after I had translated my philosophy and thoughts into actions and artifacts, but I must never talk about the thoughts until I have developed a physical invention — not a social reform.

“That is the philosophy I evolved in 1927 when at thirty-two I began my own thinking. I have been operating since then on the 1927 premises, looking exploratorily for tasks that needed to be done, which would, when done, provide tool complexes that would begin to operate inanimately at higher advantage for the new life. I am the opposite of a reformer; I am what I call a new former. The new form must be spontaneously complimentary to the innate faculties and capabilities of life. I am quite confident that humanity is born with its total intellectual capability already on inventory and that human beings do not add anything to any other human being in the way of faculties and capacities. What usually happens in the educational process is that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed and paralyzed, so that by the time that most people are mature they have lost use of many of their innate capabilities. My long-time hope is that we may soon begin to realize what we are doing and may alter the “education” process in such a way as only to help the new life to demonstrate some of its very powerful innate capabilities”. – Buckminster Fuller – 1962

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BUCKMINSTER FULLER AND HIS GEODESIC DOME – EXPO 1967

COMMENT by Cyril Bryan:

Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), is one of my favorite authors.  His ideas on education, science and innovation are unique in many respects.  I  selected the above entry  on Education that was written in 1962 which I found to be quite interesting.  I do hope that you found it informative especially in these times of rapid technological changes.  Here is some background information on Buckminster Fuller:-

Buckminster Fuller was the creator of the geodesic dome and many unique products.  Although Fuller was not the original inventor, he developed the intrinsic mathematics of the dome, thereby allowing popularization of the idea — for which he received a U.S. patent in 1954.  See Wikipedia entry on geodecic dome here

He was truly one of the great thinkers and inventors of the 20thcentury.  His life story and books are truly fascinating, and demonstrates how a university dropout can achieve the pinnacle of success in science using the intuitive processes that are innate in everyone, but which can be dulled by the “education factories” teaching yesterday knowledge.

Many of the concepts and words like Synergy, Holistic, “Paradigm shift”, ” “Thinking outside the box” “Comprehensive thinking”, and research methods used today were created by him and used in his various books and writings.

His ideas have influenced architecture, mathematics, philosophy, religion, urban development and design, naturalism, physics, numerology, art and literature, industry and technology.  I have been influenced by his life story and philosophy and have read most of his books, the most interesting being his two-volume “Synergetics” – Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking.

I would suggest that readers learn more about his life and works and the organization he founded, by visiting the following website of the Buckminster Fuller Institute:   http://www.bfi.org/

Guyanese Online Newsletter – Nov. 2010

GUYANESE ONLINE NEWSLETTER – NOVEMBER 2010

Guyanese Online Newsletter – November 2010-<download here

Here is a list of the articles in the November edition of the Guyanese Online Newsletter — Enjoy!!

Banner: Cheddie Jagan International Airport, Guyana

Articles in this Issue

  1. Barbados P.M. David Thompson dies
  2. “Hurricane Tomas” hits Caribbean
  3. Editorial:  Cyril Bryan -Amerindians
  4. Diwali 2010 Motorcade in Guyana
  5. Amerindian Toshoas Council meets.
  6. A windfall for Amerindians – maybe?
  7. Editorial -Eight Toshaos reject pact
  8. Skeldon Factory Problems aired
  9. Hope Canal Works begin;
  10. Buxton’s new Tipperary Hall;
  11. Corentyne bridge may start next year
  12. REDjet  – new Caribbean Airline
  13. Rockstone Fish festival a success
  14. T&T Premier says she was misquoted
  15. Grenada business most improved
  16. St. Lucia – needs US$500M to rebuild
  17. U.G. Strategic Plan 2009-2012
  18. U.G. Alumni Assoc. Database
  19. Victoria honours ancestors
  20. Guyanese Association of Manitoba;
  21. GABI  Guyanese Association of Barbados
  22. American Invasions by Rocky Mirza
  23. Guyana Outreach
  24. The Elusive Tennis Rolls;
  25. Passing of the Wapishana Torch
  26. Glimpses of Guyana History : Roads and rail transport in 1922  – British Guiana Handbook.
  27. The Growth of Black Peasantry after 1838 in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.

We hope that you enjoy the newsletter and pass it on to your families and friends.  Look up our past newsletters on the Blog.

Cyril Bryan,  Editor/ Publisher

E-mail: guyaneseonline@gmail.com

Guyanese Online Newsletter – September 2010

Newsletter – September 2010

Guyanese Online – September 2010 <click
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Please click the title above to download the September edition of the Guyanese Online Newsletter.  This  issue is 16 pages.

The September Newsletter e is packed with Guyana News, as well as the news from various Guyanese associations.  It also has three pages featuring  Guyanese Arts and Culture  with reviews of books by various Guyanese.

In our Historical section we have a number of articles on Indentureship, with the focus on Indian Immigration to British Guiana after slavery was abolished and a two-page feature article ” The Indian Presence in Guyana”.

We hope that you enjoy this edition of our newsletter.

Please forward it to your family, friends and anyone interested in Guyanese news and culture.

Regards,

Cyril Bryan,  Publisher and Editor.

Newsletter – June 2010

Newsletter – June 2010

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Guyanese Online Newsletter -June 2010< download

In This Issue

Parliament Building - Georgetown. Guyana

Parliament Building - Georgetown. Guyana

Page 1– Masthead Picture: Parliament Buildings in Georgetown; President Jagdeo’s Independence Speech for 44th Anniversary.

Page 2-  EditorialVideos on Life and Education.

Page 3– Guest Editorial – New Models of Governance

Page 4-  Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago Elections

Page 5– Guyana Tourism – Guyana Jamboree 2010.

Page 6—Guyana News with Headline News links

Amaila Falls Hydro Project;  RUSAL Hydro  Project Talks;   Governance links; Agriculture;  Gold and Diamond Mining Issues.

Page 7—Guyana News with Headline News Links; Golden Grove Community Centre Opens; St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Fire—News links

Page 8– Business Page with GO-Invest links

Page 9– Last Lap Lime – 15th Anniversary

Page 10- Associations: Guyanese Association of Georgia; Guyanese Association of  Barbados;

Page 11-  Associations: Guyanese association of Manitoba;Q.C. Alumni—”Fireworks in Queens”;“A Taste of Guyana” in Toronto; Friends of  Victoria Village “Creole Breakfast”; Buxton-  170th Anniversary Celebrations; The Arts Journal;  Ameena Gafoor’s column

Page 12- Arts and Culture: Tony Phillips—artist –  Website; Olga Lopes-Seale  – “Fun Run”  in Barbados;  Godfrey Chin: “The Forties in British Guiana.”

Page 13- Arts and Culture: “Reds” Perreira launches book on his life;“Come Walk With Me”  A book of  Poems by Francis Yvonne Jackson living in Chicago.

Page 14– 15- Historical:  “Glimpses of Kingston”  1948. Written by Joy W. Small in Kyk-Over-Al

Page 16– Advertising- Guyana Telephone Calling Cards;  Caribbean Cargo and Packaging Services.

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