January 24, 2015 By
January 24, 2015 By
For the last few months, none of my letters have caught the Editors’ eyes at the Guyana Chronicle, Kaieteur News and Stabroek News, despite the USAID’s revamped democracy and press freedom mission.
Maybe, “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key” or whatever, if it can be solved. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill certainly did not have little me in mind in that pontification.
But British Guiana was certainly on his mind when he suspended the country’s Constitution in 1953. Can British presence still be debilitating?
“Since one only requires a cursory (sic) understanding of the political situation in Guyana to appreciate that the (PPP/C) regime has broken the Commonwealth Charter, the most sympathetic interpretation of the Guyana Government’s response to the British Government’s position is that, like the military theorist Karl Von Clausewitz, it believes that ‘the best form of defense is attack’,” as Dr Henry Jeffrey wrote in affirming that “the British High Commissioner was in order”, easily found by checking out the SN features column of January 21.
When Dr Jeffrey quotes Von Clausewitz, one must bear in mind the current PNC leader’s lifetime military background. Who stands to benefit is not in doubt.
Von Clausewitz as a soldier, also had many aphorisms, of which the most famous is “war is the continuation of politics by other means”.
Mr David Granger as the PNC leader, has already revisited the tragic 1960s Sun Chapman’ s bombing for another Linden monument, while the PNC pleads innocence and no responsibility for Dr Walter Rodney similar worldwide denounced horror.
No sheep for sure, but with such sharp horns and possessing both exemplary education and many privileged unique experiences, one can be bedazzling brilliant like Dr Jeffrey.
The question becomes topical whether, with age and boredom, the wine or man is getting better, or the marbles being juggled have become lost in transit to more than gravity.
Naturally when one Beneba is unwell, it’s a hint to all Quashebas, most concerned about the tribal family’s wellbeing. Under what classification would Dr Jeffrey’s unsupported claims fall under when he wrote:
“Prorogation is only indicative of a trend towards administrative profligacy. In the first place, the regimes financial waywardness and the )pposition’s belief that it has broken the law is what led to the forging of the no-confidence motion the prorogation is attempting to avoid.”
How many times must it be affirmed that the Judiciary, legally empowered to interpret the country’s Constitution – the highest law of the land, mind you – specifically ruled the (AFC-APNU) Opposition was without legal authority to cut the budget?
What exempts the Opposition to be above the law? Why is flagrant contempt of court by the Opposition to be condoned? What makes it valid and furthermore excuses the Opposition’s violation of the law to, in effect, exonerate their lawlessness?
Can anyone, not only the good doctor, care to explain why anyone would justify the AFC-APNU with a superior entitlement or empowerment to slash the budget in violation of Guyana’s Constitution?
Without consent of the Finance Minister representing the Executive Government, such AFC-APNU actions have no validity, therefore shamelessness can only boomerang to its slashers.
Historically, only one man did turn water into wine. Dr Jeffrey is probably fit to unfasten his own shoe laces. Unfortunately, he is ill equipped for “fixing” even if he has gone around the block.
Dr Jeffrey’s assertion that “the (PPP/C) regimes financial waywardness and the Opposition’s belief that it has broken the law” has absolutely no validity whatsoever. Absolutely none. But Dr Jeffrey seems to believe if he repeats the British diplomat’s assertion that the PPP/C’s regime was wrong it would become right by his say so chorusing.
Between, “How does thy honour? Let me lick thy shoe. I’ll not serve him; he’s not valiant” (Shakespeare’s Tempest), the very highly educated Dr Jeffrey was with choice between the British diplomat and his own country’s Judiciary.
Guyana’s Judiciary clarified the law very clearly as it applies within constitutional boundaries. Few in Guyana are likely to go British when Chinese has always been preferred and satisfying.
Something must be seriously amiss for Dr Jeffrey to ploug on in unashamed verbal nakedness when in the very next paragraph he surprisingly concedes that:
“Secondly, the prorogation may be constitutional, but as we have seen above, the existence of a functioning parliament is essential to democracy as stated in the Commonwealth Charter.”
Obviously anyone who publicly subsumes their country’s Constitution to the dictates of external alien contingencies raises questions about their patriotism. What is not considered is the Commonwealth Charter can only have validity save and except when it is not in conflict or overrides the Guyana Constitution.
In a democracy, no one can legally sanctify contempt of court by any Opposition who in pre-meditative tossing aside of the Judiciary’s decision, specifically embarked on a trip to violate Guyana’s Constitution – the highest law of the land.
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” (Shakespeares Hamlet) and the sources are obvious.
January 24, 2015 By
Government has been placing great emphasis in the fight against the spread of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). The massive investments being made in the health sector, especially in relation to ensuring there is a healthier and more productive population, and the numerous sensitization programmes being carried out could attest to this.
Now citizens have access to a wealth of information via TV, radio and newspaper and other forms of media to enlighten them about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. But there are still many premature deaths as a result of NCDs.
Chronic NCDs result from behavioural attitudes, or risk factors such as tobacco use, excessive use of alcohol, unhealthy eating habits, and inactivity among other reasons, hence most NCD deaths are preventable. What is needed is a change in lifestyle. This will take much effort, both in terms of human and financial resources to get persons to adopt healthier lifestyle attitudes.
People’s lives are cut short and more persons are becoming disabled as a result of NCDs. People are getting blind or are becoming physically disabled because of amputations. The number one cause of disability in Caricom countries is NCDs.
According to statistics from the Health Ministry, chronic NCDs such as heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, cancer, lung diseases and neo-psychiatric disorders are responsible for almost 60 per cent of deaths in the country annually.
This is indeed quite shocking; and now, more than ever, stakeholders in the health sector and funding partners must step up and take bolder actions needed to reverse the number of persons becoming disabled or dying from NCDs.
NCDs are one of the major causes of poverty globally. Not only are individuals and families being impoverished, there is a direct impact on the economy. NCDs have an equally critical impact on productivity, as we lose victims who have developed years of experience in various fields of development.
According to a new World Health Organisation (WHO) report titled, “Global Status Report on Non-Communicable Diseases 2014”, urgent Government action is needed to meet global targets to reduce the burden of NCDs, and prevent the annual toll of 16 million people dying prematurely – before the age of 70 – from heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes.
The report states that most premature NCD deaths are preventable. Of the 38 million lives (globally) lost to NCDs in 2012, 16 million or 42 percent were premature and avoidable – up from 14.6 million in 2000.
Nearly five years into the global effort to reduce premature deaths from NCDs by 25 per cent by 2025, the report provides a fresh perspective on key lessons learned. The report calls for more action to be taken to curb the epidemic, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, where deaths due to NCDs are overtaking those from infectious diseases.
Almost three quarters of all NCD deaths (28 million), and 82 per cent of the 16 million premature deaths, occur in low- and middle-income countries.
The WHO report provides the baseline for monitoring implementation of the “Global action plan for NCDs 2013-2020”, aimed at reducing the number of premature deaths from NCDs by 25 per cent by 2025. Outlined in the action plan are nine voluntary global targets that address key NCD risk factors including tobacco use, salt intake, physical inactivity, high blood pressure and harmful use of alcohol.
The report provides “best buy” or cost-effective, high-impact interventions recommended by WHO, including banning all forms of tobacco advertising, replacing trans fats with polyunsaturated fats, restricting or banning alcohol advertising, preventing heart attacks and strokes, promoting breastfeeding, implementing public awareness programmes on diet and physical activity, and preventing cervical cancer through screening.
Many countries have already had successes in implementing these interventions to meet global targets. Guyana in particular has made measureable progress in its fights against NCDs, but there is still a far way to go. This latest WHO report provides useful insight into where countries are and what actions could be taken.
January 23, 2015 By
Miss Guyana Universe, Niketa Barker is listed in the top 20 on the Global Beauties Leader’s Board but the favourite for copping the title of Miss Universe has shifted from Miss Philippines, Mary Jean Lastimosa to Miss Spain, Desire Cordero.
Coming in as the second favourite to win the title is Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega followed by Miss Serbia, Andjelka Tomasevic and trailing behind is Miss USA, Nia Sanchez and Miss Jamaica, Kaci Fennell.
Other contestants to keep a close eye on are Miss Venezuela, Migbelis Lynette Castellanos; Miss Mexico, Josselyn Garciglia; Miss Dominican Republic, Kimberly Castillo and Miss India, Nogonita Lodh.
On Wednesday evening, the preliminary competition was streamed live from Miami Florida but based on the reaction from the audience Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa was definitely the favourite.
However, Guyana has been coping with the stiff competition and while it seems as though she nailed it during the preliminaries, there were some mixed reactions about the choice of evening gown.
Nevertheless, her posture was excellent as she displayed her two piece swimwear and more so her national costume. Now, all eyes will be glued to television sets across the world as the competition winds down on Sunday evening.
On that night, 88 delegates from around the world will know their fate as the top 15 is announced. The scores from the preliminary competition on Wednesday evening will guide the judges as they make their selections.
Miss Guyana is hopeful that she makes it in the top 15 claiming that she has done her best. She was also voted as the winner of the online site for the Sash People’s Choice Award.
Once chosen in the top 15, the delegates will be judged once again on swim suite and evening gown before the list is slashed in half. The final five will be judged on their intelligence which is the decisive factor as to who will wear the crown.
January 23, 2015 By
On January 31, reigning Chutney King, Pooran Seeraj will defend his title when the National Chutney Competition is held at the Anna Regina Community Centre ground, Essequibo. He is expected to compete against 17 other contestants, including five overseas artistes.
The talented young man will be performing “I Love My Country”.
The other contenders are Bunty Singh with “Facebook Girlfriend”, Halima Khan with her tune “Dulha Dulhin”, Steven Ramphal with “Playa Days”, Haresh Singh will be performing “Dulhin Run Away”, while Roger Hinds is set with “Looking For A Larki”. Savithri LI with sing her tune “Bangra Nache” and Ravi D Mohan will perform “Free Again”.
Veteran chutney singer Harvey Gobin will tease the judges with “Chutney Music”, Dennis Tatpaul will do his rendition “Niomoi Gyal” while Vanita Willie will perform “Why”. Closing off the local performers are Sonia Narine with “Guyana Gold” and Damar Singh with “Me Come From D Water Side”.
The overseas contestants are Anant Hansraj and he will be performing the “D Ring”, while Chris Ken will sing “No Stress”. Jay Lall will be performing “When I was A Little Boy” and Sexi Marissa will entice the judges with “Ah Pleaser”. The final contestant, Bow Tie will also perform a contemporary piece.
The grand prize in the competition is $600,000 while the second place winner will receive $420,000 and third place $265,000. The best new comer will collect a whopping $115,000. All of the winners will also receive trophies.
The artistes will be backed by Guyana’s Number One Crossover Band, the Shakti Strings Orchestra with Avinash Roopchan arranging the music. The competition is sponsored by the Culture, Youth and Sport Ministry as part of the nation’s 45th Republic celebrations.
January 23, 2015 By
Eleven young men and women attending the University of Guyana will be competing for the titles of Mister and Miss University of Guyana Student Society on February 7, at the National Cultural Centre.
The pageant was launched on Monday last in the form of a scholarship programme titled “King of Erudition, Queen of Elegance – True Beauty is Intelligence”. On pageant night, the contestants will be judged on their opening dance and introduction pieces, talent piece, evening wear and the intelligence segment.
They will be judged prior to the completion on their platform which deals with issues affecting the educational institution as a whole or their individual faculties or more specifically – a programme offered by the university.
The contestants will also be participating in promoting people with disabilities. The final judging activity will be a photo shoot this weekend where they will show off their creativity and photogenic skills. Tickets for the pageant cost $1500 and $1000 and will be available at the UGSS office or at the National Cultural Centre.
The eleven contestants are being trained by Miss Pamela Dillon, Randy Madray and Stephen Validum.
January 23, 2015 By
After five performances of ‘Demerara Gold’ in Guyana which opened last Friday, in the mining town of Linden, the curtains finally came down on the tour on Tuesday at the New Amsterdam Multilateral School to a much appreciative audience attended by pupils of various schools in the Berbice area.
The students engaged Griffith in a 40-minute discussion after the play. The main character of the production, Ingrid Griffith shared her personal life story in Demerara Gold on stage; telling how she was raised up until the age of 12 when she moved to New York with her older sister.
The performance was entertaining, emotional and riveting. The audiences loved and appreciated it. Griffith hopes to return to Guyana soon to continue working with students and sharing her skills. Demerara Gold will continue to be featured in New York.
The productions in Guyana were hosted by the National School of Theatre Arts and Drama and GEMS Theatre Productions. Apart from the viewing of the play in Linden, others were held at the National Cultural Centre and Theatre Guild. In addition, three manatee shows were held for children that were well attended.
January 23, 2015 By
Award winning Jamaican Dancehall artiste Konshens will be arriving in Guyana this morning ahead of his birthday bash slated for the Gravity Lounge on Saturday evening.
The artiste is expected to be at the Electronics City Super Store on Sheriff Street where he will mix and mingle with his fans as well as distribute free tickets to lucky shoppers.
However, early bird tickets will be available at Electronics City today at 12:00h. Konshens fans can also pick up their tickets at Gravity Lounge, Regent and Camp Streets, Georgetown and at Exclusive Styles.
The Jamaican party animal is all hyped and ready to take to the elevated stage at the hottest night club in the city. He will be smashing several of his hits including “Couple Up”, “Gal a Bubble”, “Realest Song” and several others that have dominated the local airwaves.
The birthday boy selected Guyana to host one of his parties since he feels he has a huge fan base here. He recently held a similar concert in the US where it was attended by thousands.
Apart from Konshens, rising star Remar, who has recently released his new single “Second Chances” will be performing alongside Jackie Hanover who has also been creating some vibes. They are both ready to entertain.
Regular tickets for the event cost $3000 but patrons are asked to pick up their early bird tickets as early as possible since they are limited. This event is sponsored by Boom Energy Drink, Carlsberg Beer and Electronics City.
January 23, 2015 By
The American erotic thriller directed by Rob Cohen and written by Barbara Curry is expected to hit the Princess Movie Theater today with five shows daily. The movie stars Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Kristen Chenoweth, and John Corbett.
In the movie, Lopez plays a high school teacher named Claire, who in the midst of a divorce, has a one night stand with a younger neighbour (Guzman), who develops a dangerous obsession with her. The film which has been creating some buzz will be released in theatres today with expected sold out audiences.
The movie will be shown at 13:00h, 15:00h, 17:00h, 19:00h and 20:30h and tickets are going like hot cakes.
Apart from the thriller, ‘Inherent Vice’, a comedy/crime will be shown in Theatre One and Two at 10:00h and 21:00h respectively between Fridays and Thursdays. In addition, ‘The Wedding Ringer’ will be available in Theatre Two at 13:00h; 15:00h; 17:00h and 19:00h on the same days.
Tickets cost $1500 for adults and $1000 for children.
January 23, 2015 By