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Date: 13 Aug 17 12:03am
Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Manniram Prashad and his staff have delivered on their promise to have a functioning Competition Commission by summer.Several months ago as the Minister addressed members of a CARICOM delegation in a closed session on Competitiveness in the region, he pledged to have the Guyana Competition Commission up and running. It would appear that in a few short weeks the Minister’s promise may be considered kept.A member of staff at the National Competitiveness Strategy Unit (NCSU) told this newspaper earlier last week that the NCSU is currently fielding calls for the Commission as they work towards completion of their offices.According to the staffer, Amara Darboh Jersey, the building that houses the NCSU in the exhibition complex will also be the home of the Commission when the works are completed.In recent weeks there have been publications of at least one Public Awareness Bulletin by the Commission. A call to the number provided in the bulletin connects a caller to the NCSU where it was indicated that they are serving as the temporary secretariat of the Commission until it is up and running.The Bulletin is the first in a series; it seeks to educate the public on the Competition and Fair Trading Act of 2006. The Bulletins look at pertinent elements of the act that will be of particular interest to business owners and potential investors. Another area of focus will be the possible punishments that offenders may face for contravention of the articles of the act.This first bulletin looks at anti-competitive agreements and some of the provisions that they may contain which are considered as unlawful in the Act.It also examines the scenarios where such agreements may be accepted as a part of trade.According to the NCSU staffer, the bulletins are only one part of a communications and public awareness strategy on the Competition and Fair Trading Act and the Guyana Competition Commission.There will also be other bulletins, advertisements, press releases and other promotional means used to educate the public on their rights under the act.The Competition and Fair Trading Act was designed as a way to ensure that market forces are kept in balance by free and fair trading.To do so there needs to be regulations that will prevent any one enterprise from abusing a dominant market position.The Act also seeks to encourage and maintain competition and to promote the welfare and interests of consumers.Another primary mandate included in the Act is the creation of a Competition Commission which will monitor and police these matters.
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Date: 13 Aug 17 12:03am
Dwayne St Hill, a 28-year-old Graphic Artist, Miguel Ponce Mexico Jersey, of 27 Dowding Street, Kitty, was yesterday placed on $20, 000 bail on a charge of threatening language against Daneswar Singh.St. Hill’s charge stemmed from an incident on June 20, at Sandy Babb Street, Kitty. It was further alleged that on the same day he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Singh. He pleaded not guilty and was represented by attorney at law Mohamed Zafar who told the court that the entire incident stemmed from Singh dumping a truckload of loam in front of his client’s gate.The lawyer stated that Singh was warned on many occasions to remove the loam but refused.He said on the day in questioned his client had approached Singh and asked when he was going to remove the loam, but an argument ensued.The lawyer stated that everything happened in front of both the defendant and virtual complainant’s home and nowhere on Sandy Babb Street.Singh who was present in court told the magistrate that he was at home when St. Hill approached him and argument ensued. This escalated into a scuffled.Singh further told the court that he went to the Kitty Police Station and a report was made.According to Singh as he was going back to his Dowling Street home, St. Hill who was driving approached him and showed him what appeared to be a gun and said that he should finish the matter before something happens.Police Prosecutor Denise Griffith did not oppose bail, but told the court that both parties were involved in a scuffle and that they both should have been charged.Bail was granted and the accused is expected to make another court appearance on July 31.
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Date: 13 Aug 17 12:02am
Despite all efforts of Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Priya Manickchand, to curb domestic abuse faced by women in the society, women continue to experience brutality by their spouses.Thirty-two-year-old Sunita Darbonauth of 51 New Road, Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara, Mitchell Trubisky Youth Jersey, is now hospitalised after she was allegedly brutalised by her spouse Mahindra Persaud, 23.The assault followed an argument yesterday that was rooted in jealousy.She sustained a broken arm and other injuries to her body.Reports are that Persaud and Darbonauth often argued about her flirting at her work place with other men and on several occasions he would hit her.According to the woman, Persaud threatened to kill her on Friday. She said that she reported the threat to the police hoping that they would arrest him since she feared for her life.She added that she was informed by an officer that there is no vehicle at the moment and that if she wanted them to come she would have to go for them. The victim said that she went for the police but by the time she got home Persaud was gone.Darbonauth further stated that her spouse came home yesterday and upon entering the house he started to brutally attack her.“After he beat me up bad, I was helpless but he was not satisfied. He went for a six by four wood and lash me all over with it then left.”She stated that she cannot recall what happened after that but when she regained consciousness she went to the Vreed-en-Hoop police station and made and a report.Darbonauth explained that the police sent her to get a medical at Georgetown Public Hospital and assured her that they will find Persaud and he would be punished.It was reported that ranks of the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station are investigating the matter.
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Date: 13 Aug 17 12:02am
By Kiana Wilburg Local Calypsonians who rely too heavily on the political turbulence to craft songs of “significance” may be walking on a tight rope at the next round of Calypso Mashramani competitions in 2015. The love and support once extended to them by faithful calypso aficionados for this practice, is wearing thin.The complaint of lack of wit, humour, high quality and refined lyrical content seems to be on the increase. This is the main criticism among most judges of the annual Mashramani Junior and Senior Calypso competitions.According to some, our calypsonians seem to have mastered the art of ‘lecturing on politics’ to the ordinary man while leaving their songs devoid of a most salient ingredient—entertainment. In short, it is believed that when it comes to local calypso music, there is now too much politics and too little entertainment.Even the King of Calypso, the Mighty Sparrow, weighed in on Guyana’s calypso during his recent visit here.The Caribbean icon opined that while Guyanese are extremely talented, local calypsonians have much to work with but often fail to utilize this abundance of material.“I believe Guyanese calypsonians should remember to focus on their folklore. Be proud of it. I have been coming here for many, many years and I have heard some stories that can inspire some great songs. There is a lot of material they could use. And as a calypsonian who wants to grow, expanding your range is very important, ” he remarked.On the question of politics in Calypso music, The Mighty Sparrow said that while he too, sang about the politics of the day, he emphasized that it is important not to “get obsessed with a one-trick pony.”“Even if you want to sing about politics, you cannot allow yourself to be known as the person that’s always relying on that field. Move on to other topics, Zane Gonzalez Youth Jersey, other themes, explore and don’t get stuck in one thing. There is so much to sing about and comment on. Be creative and different. The easiest thing to do is sing about what is already familiar to the people.When you sing about politics, you might find yourself singing something similar to what somebody else is singing and then the judges got a decision to make in seeing who sang on the topic better. Don’t cage yourself, man. Political calypso is quite popular but don’t do too much or else if you don’t take it higher, then you putting yourself at a disadvantage. And then politics is such a depressing thing sometimes you got to ensure you don’t carry that feeling over to the audience. Calypso must be entertaining.”The auditions have already begun for the Junior and Senior Mashramani Calypso Competitions for February 2015 and this newspaper was reliably informed that a heavy dose of political commentary is already a guarantee.Giving his take on the matter, one avid calypso follower said that quite frankly, the field of politics has become the favorite playground of many calypsonians.He also holds the view that many local calypsonians rely too much on the current topics of the daily body politic, and stressed that “the listeners are hungry for something fresh.”He asserted too that some of the contestants who participate in the genre are not putting enough effort into refining their lyrics.“I have been following some of them since they first took part in a calypso competition and you only see growth in their ability to recycle what’s already been used. I don’t mean to be harsh but our calypsonians have to step up. Some of them are just mastering the art of using Sparrow, Lord Kitchener or Nelson’s style and lyrics and don’t even realize that they are losing themselves in the shadows of their idols. People don’t recognize them as an original singer but someone that copies a particular style well, ” the calypso fanatic said.He said that Guyana’s history or cultural background, are good places to start. He too agreed with Sparrow’s notion of placing the spotlight on Guyanese folklore. He said that last year’s Mashramani Competition had, “too many songs about the Chinese invasion, and the political climate” and from some of the 2015 entries thus far, he believes that there is going to be a repeat of “Too much politics and too little entertainment.”The Calypso judge said that it would be quite refreshing to see local calypsonians challenging themselves to explore other themes. “All the stress on the politics is really too dismal. Sometimes the calypsonians sound as though they are lecturing instead of giving you an entertaining story of puns, euphemisms with the right mixture of seriousness, humour and colloquialisms. Calypso is a genre that reflects a beautiful mixture of several elements and our artistes are being lazy sometimes. Even when some of them want to sing politics, they put no effort into making it humourous as opposed to depressing or gloomy, ” he added.Also lending his perspective to the topic is a popular music producer who is also the owner of one of Guyana’s leading recording studios.He too agreed that the local calypsonians are quite talented but some of them need to work on improving their writing skills and place more emphasis on lyrical content.On the topic of censorship, there was much tension surrounding some calypso music which was said to be inappropriate for the airwaves.One calypso commentator opined that the reason for this is because the calypso competitions are funded by the government and as such some of the music is so frank about the misgivings of the current administration that it puts them in an embarrassing position to promote an art form that is basically highlighting its flaws.“I have said time and again to many aspiring calypsonians that the soul of calypso music is saying exactly what you want to say without actually saying it. Many calypsonians believe that if they want to say the government is bad, that’s what they have to say but that’s not so. There is no need to be so obvious.You have to tease the audience, let them think two things at once and decide for themselves which one they think you’re talking about. That’s the beauty about the genre and they stray from that principle and just leave the National Communications Network with no choice but to ban their music. I am not saying NCN is right but you can understand their position.”While it is hoped that these points are taken into consideration by the calypsonians, in the meantime, some eligible judges for the competition and staunch followers are certainly looking forward to next year’s contest and trust that the participants bring a more entertaining “A” game.
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Date: 13 Aug 17 12:02am
For the second time this year, popular Kaieteur News columnist Freddie Kissoon came under physical attack, this time by the proprietor of the National Hardware Limited, Eddie Boyer.Kissoon was at the time in one of Boyer’s store at Industrial Site Ruimveldt making a purchase.According to reports, Dalvin Cook Vikings Jersey, Boyer, a close associate of President Bharat Jagdeo, went up to Kissoon and made some disparaging remarks about Kissoon and the publisher of the Kaieteur News to which Kissoon calmly responded.But Boyer was not satisfied and proceeded to point his fingers in Kissoon’s face before chucking him twice.The incident occurred in the full view of employees of the store as well as customers.The matter was first reported to police Divisional Commander Assistant Commissioner George Vyphuis who advised Kissoon to make an official report, which was done.See full details in tomorrow’s issue
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