January 25, 2015

There is justification to keep faith in the PPP/C

Dear Editor,

Allow me the opportunity to challenge some aspects of Dr Clive Thomas’ regular, specifically his contentions about “looting national resources”, “the PPP/C executive is particularly promoting a frantic scramble for minerals similar to other poor countries of Africa and Asia with the attendant looting of the country’s natural resources”, and “the fire sale of Guyana’s national resources”.

We, Guyanese, have grown up hearing of and believing, even though not really seeing evidence of, the existence of abundant, rich natural resources.  It is unfortunate that Dr Thomas’ charges, presumably arising from that view, further reinforces an incorrect view that we have bonanzas on which many people want to get their hands, and which we, the PPP/C, have been giving away.

I will present pertinent facts, not to “dis” our comforting, seductive  view of our abundant,  rich natural resources, but to help open our eyes to a more realistic view:  there is much hard work and, often times, little or no success, in going after the development of our natural resources.

The Omai gold deposit would not have been economic in a developed country, yet who would say that Omai was not good for us? Its attractiveness lay in compensation (wages, salaries and benefits) payments being less than 10 per cent of total costs.

In a developed country, such payments would more likely have been 20-to-30 per cent of total costs. Essentially, the Omai gold deposits provided an opportunity to utilize competent, competitive Guyanese workers.

It is with a sense of realism and balance that this administration has been pursuing the development of our natural resources, even as we look for our salvation in our people’s work, in our people working productively, individually and altogether, and in achieving high levels of productivity, quality, and timeliness, with the lowest quartile of costs for our products and services.

In responding to Dr Thomas’ charges about “a frantic scramble for minerals and other resources”, I would firstly submit that we live, today, in a world of global trading.  We, Guyanese, want many, many things that other people, in other countries, produce, and we need to produce goods and services with which to trade.

Further, with our small numbers, we need to develop strategic alliances and partnerships for mutual benefits, with whoever is willing to be so engaged.

I would ask Dr Thomas to point to the instances of ‘’looting and frantic scramble’’ – would it be BOSAI and RUSAL, which rescued our bauxite operations? The sad truth is that when we nationalized bauxite in the early 1970s, bauxite in Guyana was in its declining, old age, to use the analysis of a 1980s Jamaica Bauxite Institute paper on a “Life Cycle Study of Bauxite Deposits around the World”.

For most of the time that the bauxite operations were owned by us, we were incurring costs of about 30per cent more than the prevailing prices, and since as much as 90per cent of costs were incurred on imported materials, we were at times losing money from our nation’s foreign exchange account.

Eventually, our national treasury was freed of subsidizing the core bauxite operations, as this Administration welcomed RUSAL and BOSAI.  The addition of their significant internal needs, and their presence in the international markets, improved the prospects for our bauxite mines and communities.

And, to which companies may Dr Thomas be referring, in the gold sector?  Not the development at Aurora, where the Company has been persevering since the mid-1990s to arrive at where it is today.

Not the on-going feasibility studies at Toroparo, where the current owners have been working since about 2000.

Not the mine under construction at Kaburi, where Guyanese Geologist, Jerry Carter, is now happy that after more than forty years of believing in its success, and prospecting the property, he now has a partner who is bringing it into production.

 Dr Thomas should set his mind at ease – no looting, but lots of hard work and lots of money spent, over many years, accumulating and studying information gained from prospecting.

And, do we have agreements in place that provide a fair share to our country, in addition to the jobs, the examples of organization and purpose, and other benefits, which they bring to our country?  Yes, we do.

This PPP/C Administration, admittedly after some questioning, has, nonetheless, been continuing much of the same standard mining, petroleum and timber agreements, as were introduced in the latter years of the PNC administration, under the guidance of UN and Commonwealth agencies.

We, the PPP/C Administration, commissioned a review of the Omai Mining Agreement by one of the top international accounting firms. And, what was the firm’s judgement? That in its international comparison, our offer to prospective investors was not competitive, not attractive enough, and that we should give more concessions and incentives.

But, we did not give in.  Our mineral agreement was truly one of those that demanded the most of investors.  We demanded five per cent off the top, for royalty – many other countries accepted three per cent, or less.

And, what did this PPP/C administration do when, in 2010, we began negotiating Mineral Agreements for the development of the mines at Aurora, Toraparo, and later, Kaburi?  We raised royalty further to eoght per cent, when gold prices are above $1000 an ounce.  There has been no ‘’fire-sale’’, no give-away, to friend or foe, in the mining sector.

And let me remind us here that development agreements for large-scale operations do not ‘see’ nationality, whether local or foreign, but need only that the operations be of sufficiently large size.

Further, though some say a challengeable situation under our various agreements, only Guyanese nationals now have ownership of small- and medium-scale properties and, therefore, protected opportunities to grow, and to develop partnerships.  And, to which companies might Dr Thomas have been referring, in the petroleum sector?

Not CGX, which, with great faith, has been persevering in exploration since the early 1990s.  Not Repsol, and other partners joining that Company in the 2000s.  Not Exxon, which has been here since 1999 and is persevering with its planned well in deep-water, beginning by the end of this first quarter.

And, the story in the logging and timber sector has not been much different.  Let me admit that I, too, have been in error about the not-so-bountiful nature of our forests.

When, in 1993 or 1994, the Case-Unamco group applied for forest areas upon which to base a second plywood factory in Guyana, I thought that Clayton Hall, then Commissioner of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), was being much too conservative with his position that Guyana’s forests could not well support, even one plywood factory!

I do not think that Clayton has found it consoling that time proved him to be correct.  The Case-Unamco TSA areas languished for many years despite a bright start, with lots of money put into the Case-Unamco road from Kwakwani, past Parrish Peak, and as the plywood factory remained in containers for more than a decade.

Someone observing Mabura (the centre for the Demerara Woods Ltd [DWL]/Demerara Timbers Ltd [DTL] operations) over the years, would recognize that it, too, has not done well.

David Cassells, a past Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Iwokrama, put things on a more theoretical footing, arguing that natural, diverse tropical rainforests such as ours, rooted in highly-leached poor soils such as our sands and laterites, could hardly sustain commercial timber-exploitation in competition with the planted temperate forests.

Our forests attain average growth rates of wood of about 10 cubic metres per hectare per year, and in our diverse forests, each tree logged requires an average of about half-mile of trail.  It is a real challenge to sustain commercial activity at an acceptable standard of prosperity, for stakeholders.

In Africa, average growth rates are twice as good – 20 cubic metres per hectare per year.  At the higher end, the planted pine- forests in Chile, on the sides of the Andes Mountains, attain up to 80 cubic metres per hectare per year, and are ‘clear-felled’ and replanted (like harvesting of cane) every 15 years.

Think of the production and productivity, and lower costs, of such planted temperate forests, and you would understand why Guyanese are finding pine-doors and lumber attractive, typically 70 per cent of the cost of the Guyanese equivalent.  Our saw-mills could soon start importing pine-logs from North America, like other countries do.

To succeed in competition, our tropical wood and wood-products have to attract premium prices, based on either service-properties or customer fashion-preferences. Dr Thomas’ charges may be reflective of the slow move to value-added, particularly by the foreign-owned timber companies.

We must all be for value-added, to get to more and better-paying jobs, but we must be adding value (as judged by the international market) faster than we are adding costs.

Our woods, including the lesser-known species, have to be introduced to, and established in, the new markets.  The export of logs to existing processing and manufacturing facilities, which are already supplying wood-products to the potentially new markets, is probably the most prudent and practical approach, but it takes time – it could be a work of 10 years.

It is not unreasonable that, in looking around for reasons why we are not ‘better off’, we pay attention to the judgements of others who have already gotten to where we hope to get; but, we get different advice at different times.

In the petroleum sector, the same bilateral and multilateral agencies which were pushing, in the 1990s, for Guyana to give more concessions, when they returned in about 2010 when there were high expectations that we were about to strike oil, were telling me that I, in poor Guyana, might have given too much to the oil-exploration companies, earlier.

They were offering to re-read the agreements. Perhaps, I had a look of some consternation on my face, for they then said that we should not be looking to break the agreements: agreements are sacrosanct, but in re-reading the agreements, we might find that we do not have to give as much as we first thought that we had to give!

No doubt, they were offering to be helpful:  we must learn of the advice that was given at different times, before we level charges at one another.  A ‘fire-sale’ today, could yesterday have been a ‘winning bargain’!

Allow me some more of your valuable time and space, to address some charges about a spectrum give-away. Critics of this administration have been pointing to the big sums of money that some countries have made from auctioning of spectrum.

Well, those sums are, at best, a pre-payment by the investor, of moneys that he will recover from the public, over the 10-20 years period for which he/she has bought the spectrum.

The price that any investor is willing to pay, is relatable to the GDP, the per capita GDP, the population, the population density, and other characteristics of the area that he/she would access – in effect, the money that he/she thinks that could be made.

Put in the numbers for Guyana, and you might find that the auction-values that might be attracted by Guyana, would be very small.

This PPP/C Administration has consciously opted for the other model of granting spectrum:  minimizing the initial payment, but pushing for maximum investment in facilities, and an annual payment of a fixed percentage of gross revenues over the period.

We maintain that this option best fits the Guyana situation and, in the end, brings more growth and development, and more money all around.

Recall, also, that many who called for the ‘big money’ of auctions, on the one hand, complained that the minimum figure of G$2.5 million per annum for the spectrum, for a TV station, is too much!  People not in office can take different positions at different times of the day, but a person in office is expected to hold to some consistent position.

I do hope that this letter would have reduced concerns about the charges of ‘’fire sale’’ and ‘’looting of natural resources’’. Far from it, as has been reported by the Commissioner of the GFC, only about half of the sustainable cutting of logs is being harvested.

Indeed, a case could rather be made that we have been too cautious and tentative.  It can be argued that in pursuing development of our natural resources potential, if we had been on a ‘’fire sale’’, we might have been having much more economic activities now, and our GDP might have been five times what it is today, and, no doubt, we might all have been much ‘better off’!

Making our people ‘better off’, is all that this PPP/C administration has been earnestly working at, in trying to bring about the sustainable, equitable exploitation of our natural resources so as to provide us with opportunities to work and make a better life.

To those who may say that I have ignored other charges of Dr Thomas’ presentation, I would concede that I have deliberately constrained my response to an area wherein we might be able to establish some objective facts, in addressing those charges of Dr Thomas that reveal his ‘felt’ frustration and a searching for answers.

At times, it appears to me that we, in Guyana, are very much like the blind men who walked into an elephant, grasping different parts of it, and who each proclaimed that the elephant was, respectively, a snake, a rope, a wall, a tree, depending on the part that each came up against.

People and societies (especially developing societies, such as ours) are complex and many- sided, and full of imperfections:  one can see the picture that he/she is inclined to see, in what is happening.

One can, indeed, see in Guyana, today, a ‘wild-west’, with all that that entails, whilst flourishing in the USA and elsewhere, today, one can see good order, good governance, and the rule of law.

But, one should also see, in yester-year, the ‘wild-west’ in the USA that was extolled in the ‘cowboy movies’, and see us, in Guyana, also attaining good governance and the rule of law, in the coming years.

There is good justification to ‘keep the faith’ in the PPP/C administration.

 

Samuel Hinds

Prime Minister

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Jeffrey is wrong in supporting British diplomat

Dear Editor,

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.

 

Sultan Mohamed

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Preventable deaths

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.

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Barker in top 20 on Global Beauties Leader’s Board ahead of pageant night

Miss Guyana

Miss Guyana

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 Philippines

Miss Philippines

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.

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18 to vie for Chutney Monarch in Anna Regina

Bunty Singh

Bunty Singh

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.

Anant Hansraj

Anant Hansraj

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.

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11 to vie for Mr and Ms UGSS titles

ugssEleven 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.

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Ingrid Griffith’s ‘Demerara Gold’ ends Guyana tour with a bang

GriffithAfter 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.

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All set for Konshens birthday bash this Saturday at Gravity Lounge

 Konshens

Konshens

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.

 Jackie

Jackie

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.

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“The Boy Next Door” for viewing at Princess Movie Theater from today

MovieThe 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.

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Green Jah get whah he want, and still ain’t like it

Old people does seh some people belly does full, but dem eye ever does never be full. One set of people like that is dem politicians, especially dem ones in Parliament. To eat $1.7M every time it got Parliament, it must mean that dem MPs eye never full even when dem belly full.

Rum Jhaat eye does never full whenever he deh pun Station Street. Same with he rum pardna Nagga Man. De two of dem eyes and throats does mek any large look like a quarter.

On de other hand, Lalloo eye does full quick, but he pants never full. And Freedie de man kisser home library always full, but he eyes used to be full goin into U-Gee Library and he hands used to be full comin out.

That is why he miss U-Gee so much, but he does wanna mek people tink is because he lose he wuk. De problem wid Freedie and books is that he eyes does full wid dem, but never he head. And Freedie only got one head, which ain’t good at all.

Well, every body had thought Green Jah and Rum Jhaat eye woulda be full when de Prezzi finally announce de elections. After, that is whah dem had want fuh so long. Or so dem used to tell de whole of Guyana.

Problem is, dem never tek old people advice that yuh mustn’t ask fuh some ting too much, because yuh might very well get it, and when yuh get it, yuh ain’t gon like it. So said, so done. Now that dem get elections dem ain’t want it.

Even Lin de Con Man and Mookormack ain’t want it. A big consultant fuh a lil party seh is friken dem friken, but de consultant can’t seh that in public, especially since Rum Jhaat and Green Jah wanna do every ting between de sheets.

Ting-a-ling-a-ling…friend tell friend…mattie tell mattie! And when two people deh between de sheets, dem does got to tek whah dem get!

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