Daily Archives: 03/29/2014

Carnival and uncaring leaders

Carnival and uncaring leaders

By Ralph Maraj

Clearly very disgusted with present soca and chutney music, R Ackbarali, in a letter to the editor in a Sunday paper, says “we have to contend with the utter rubbish these people call lyrics. The public is fed up of the crap. What kind of society have we become to accept these performers’ utterances as music and culture?”

Sarah Parks, in her letter headlined “Dotish, dangerous soca lyrics rotting T&T”, says many soca songs “promote tribalism, violence, immorality and foolish decision-making”, telling children that “fun as an adult is to be an alcoholic and to indulge in lewd acts…to mash up rather than build and nurture… that destroying families to fulfil sexual lust is okay.” She concludes, “it is nonsense that those who sing these nation-destroying songs get paid (by the Government) to do so.”

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Lewis Hamilton to race Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 car at Top Gear Festival Barbados

Lewis Hamilton to race Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 car at Top Gear Festival Barbados


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday, March 24, 2014 – Top Gear Festival Barbados and the Barbados Tourism Authority announced today that Lewis Hamilton will appear on track behind the wheel of his MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One car during an adrenaline-fuelled motoring weekend on 17 and 18 May.

Fans can expect to hear the spine-tingling roar of the F1 W04’s Mercedes-Benz Formula One engine as the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS car makes history with its Caribbean debut by appearing at the newly renovated Bushy Park Circuit.

Formula One aficionados and motoring enthusiasts alike will see Lewis in action, doing what he does best, as he tears around the track in this extraordinary car. This is their chance to witness Lewis drive in only his second season with Mercedes – having joined the Silver Arrows works team for the 2013 season – and achieving five pole positions in his F1 W04.

Petra Roach, Vice President of the Barbados Tourism Authority UK, commented: “Following the announcement of Lewis joining the already star-studded Top Gear Festival Barbados line up, we now bring you the exciting news that we are uniting Lewis Hamilton and his MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One car at Bushy Park Circuit!”

She continued: “By bringing the F1 W04 to Barbados, we’re bringing the thrill of Formula One to the festival. Having been driven by Lewis and his team mate Nico Rosberg during last year’s season, it achieved three race wins, nine podium appearances and eight pole positions. Riding on this wave of success, we’re excited to bring the car to Barbados for an unmissable weekend of top racing action.”

bushy-park-circuit-barbadosBushy Park circuit paving in progess earlier this year. (Credit: Bushy Park Inc./Facebook)

Petrol-heads are in for a for a thrilling weekend of high-octane motoring action as Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond take part in a non-stop schedule of motoring antics that will see The Stig and the Top Gear Live Stunt Driving Team take to the track in a series of thrilling stunts, races and challenges as well as legendary drivers from Global Rally Cross compete in the first round of their 2014 season.

Tickets to this thrilling motoring weekend are limited. Visitors are encouraged to book early so as not to miss the most exciting new event on Barbados’2014 entertainment and motoring calendar. Bushy Park is a short drive from the island’s capital Bridgetown and from the international airport.

Tickets are on sale and priced at BBD$75 (approx. £22) for a general admission ticket, BBD$200 (approx. £59) for a Club House ticket and BBD$500 (approx. £149) for a VIP Marquee ticket. Children’s tickets are available, and start from BBD$50 (approx. £15) for a general admission ticket. For more information on ticket packages or to book visit www.topgearfestivalbarbados.com.

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CAFA Film Nights, Guyanese edition – Brooklyn, NY

CAFA Film Nights, Guyanese edition – Brooklyn, NY

By Tangerine Clarke – Caribbean life – March 21, 2014.

A trip to Guyana on assignment as a private investigator led New Yorker Margaret Clemons to the country’s culture of violence, and the youth she would later inspire to tell their tale through photography in “Rebecca’s Story,” a short film which premiered to rave reviews at the recent CAFA Film Nights, Guyanese edition in Brooklyn.

Clemons, who started Witness Project International — a foundation to engage youth communities in arts-based programs, spoke passionately about using this medium to address violence because of the way art appeals to people.

“We are affected by what we see, and awareness makes us want to do, and change things,” Clemons said.  Continue reading

Without Malice – Letter by eusi Kwayana

Without Malice – Letter by eusi Kwayana

Dear Editor

The Guyana Chronicle has confirmed what the Stabroek News and the Kaieteur News have reported: The PPP has called on the PNC/R and the WPA both part of APNU to cooperate with the Inquiry. The call did more. On the eve of the Inquiry it proclaimed guilt and asked persons  to ‘exonerate’ themselves. The tone signals what now controls the PPP.

Those who dismiss ethics as an element of politics and call themselves pragmatist will say that the PPP and any other  party has every right to turn anything  into an election campaign in order to “win”.

The political parties of Guyana have very capable people in their leaderships and their clusters at home and abroad. They also have others.  Taking into account all that can be said about politics, I find the PPP’s political culture wanting in quality. It has got away with a lot.  Continue reading

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