Tarvia Henry

A Trans Guyana Airways Britten Norman Islander skid off the runway at Port Kaituma yesterday morning while attempting to land during rainy weather.

According to a report in the Stabroek News, several passengers sustained minor injuries and were treated at the Port Kaituma Hospital. Reports are that the aircraft circled the aerodrome several times before making the landing attempt at the airport in the island’s interior.

The main landing gear (nose wheel) of the aircraft was damaged during the landing and it ended up slipping off the runway and crashing into a fence.

This is the second incident in which a plane has crashed in Guyana in less than a month. On July 30, a Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-800 also overshot the runway at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and broke in two. Several passengers were seriously injured in that incident as well.

Guyana Civil Aviation Authority inspectors are investigating the incident. (Stabroek News)

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Krista Henry, Staff Reporter

Western Consciousness salutes dancehall in the 21st staging of the event which will feature for the first time a less 'cross, angry and miserable' Bounty Killer, who will be performing as Rodney Price.

Launched yesterday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, the event, which is staged by Worrell King, strives to celebrate the best in reggae music. This year Western Consciousness, under the theme 'The Celebration of Good Over Evil', has changed gears in an effort to represent a positive side to dancehall music. The event will be held on April 20, at the Paradise Park, Smithfield, Sav-la-Mar, Westmoreland. Roots FM's Denise 'Isis' Miller, MC for the evening, explained that Western Consciousness will be transformed to salute the positive side of dancehall from eras past and the dancehall of today.

Taking to the stage at the launch, Worrell King said, "This year we decided to express our sentiment of love for dancehall, for many people are of the idea that we hate dancehall. We don't hate dancehall, cause that is where it all started." For King, he hates the sometimes negative message of the dancehall but this year has striven to show that dancehall can be a positive tool for growth.

According to King, Western Consciousness was the innovator of having dancehall acts perform in a light they weren't normally given the chance to. Western Consciousness, King says, was the first to bring Beenie Man as 'Ras Moses' and Lady Saw as 'Marion Hall.' Now King says, after carefully listening to the songs of Bounty Killer he has decided to show a different side to the controversial deejay. He said, "For the first time we're having him on the show, and we want to show Jamaica that there is a positiveness in him, we will be presenting Rodney Price at Western Consciousness."

Cordell Green of the Broadcasting Commission also showed his support for the theme of the show this year at the launch. Green said that a number of artistes have tried to shed the negativity for a more positive outlook, pointing to the performance of Mavado as David Brooks at Rebel Salute this year, and deserved to be highlighted for their positive work as much as their controversial aspects.

Billed to perform are acts such as Beenie Man as 'Ras Moses', Rodney 'Bounty Killer' Price, Tanya Stephens, I-Octane, D'Angel, Harry Toddler and more. Other acts such as Freddie McGregor, Romain Virgo and Lutan Fyah are expected to perform.

The launch also saw the announcement of dub poet Mutabaruka and manager Copeland Forbes as this year's Western Consciousness honourees.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Musician Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly scored a come-from-behind victory yesterday in Haiti's presidential run-off, according to preliminary results from last month's election in which he easily defeated a former first lady for the leadership of a country facing enormous challenges.

Martelly, who has never held political office, received nearly 68 per cent of the vote in the two-way race with Mirlande Manigat, electoral council spokesman Pierre Thibault said in an announcement that was immediately followed by noisy celebration in the Haitian capital.

 

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The popular musician, a star of the Haitian genre known as compas, had trailed Manigat in the crowded first-round election in November. But his campaign gained momentum in the second round and many voters seemed enchanted with his lack of political experience in a country where the government has failed to provide many basic services.

Martelly promised profound change for Haiti, vowing to provide free education in a country where more than half the children can't afford school and to create economic opportunity amid almost universal unemployment.

"I'm going to celebrate with the people, then I'm going home to my kids," Wilson Goren, a 32-year-old street vendor, said as fireworks erupted around him after the results were announced.

Final results are due to be released April 16.

The candidates were vying to replace President René Préval, who was barred by the constitution from serving a third term.

The new president will face a challenging environment that includes a Senate and Chamber of Deputies controlled by Preval's party and widespread anger over the slow progress of reconstruction from the January 2010 earthquake. Haiti also is grappling with a cholera outbreak that has killed more than 4,000 people since October and is expected to worsen with the spring rainy season.

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