Archive for May, 2012

ZEBRA CROSSING – revised

Eddy Grant.Sugar Bum Bum

ZEBRA CROSSING – revised

By Ewalt Ainsworth                      05 25 2012

Stranger-danger seems to be the biggest problem affecting Guyanese as they celebrate 46 years of independence. Scores of rural and city folks are also combining their efforts and resources to paint zebra- crossings to accommodate their communities in the light of hit-and-run accidents both day and night. Equally disturbing too is the civil right of citizens to find safety and comfort in their homes without being molested physically, sexually or spiritually

The stranger-danger syndrome is both deliberate and organized as the ruling PPP Party and government try desperately to rearrange the presence of certain ethnic groups in certain communities.  For example, Region Six which is their stronghold, these residents are being reshuffled and occupying lands and homes in both regions four and five.  The PPP lost both these regions at the last elections and plan to recapture same at the upcoming snap elections.   Continue reading

Eike Batista – The salesman of Brazil

Eike Batista – The salesman of Brazil

Brazil’s richest man is betting on resources and infrastructure. Can he deliver?

May 26th 2012 | RIO DE JANEIRO | from the Economist Magazine

FLOGGING insurance door-to-door is not easy. No one likes having lunch interrupted by a stranger who babbles about accidents and death. A salesman must be charming to stop that door from slamming in his face. This was Eike Batista’s baptism of fire. He put himself through college in the 1970s by peddling policies. The skills he learned have come in handy since then.

Mr Batista (pictured, sharing a stage with Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff) dropped out of his engineering course and left Germany for his native Brazil. He bought gold from wildcat miners in the Amazon, sold it in Rio de Janeiro, and made $6m by the age of 25. He borrowed more—and lost most of it—buying out pick-and-shovel operators and trying to mechanise their mine. Food, fuel and equipment had to be flown in. Workers got sick. Finally, the mine started producing. That taught him to stick to “idiot-proof assets”, he now quips, with such high margins that even big setbacks can be survived.  [more]

BLUE IGUANA DECISIONS

BLUE IGUANA DECISIONS

BY Ewalt Ainsworth                            5 17 2012

The Joint opposition is intensifying talks about how to treat, incarcerate and hopefully liquidate the NICIL posse that would normally meet at places like the BLUE-IGUANA to recap, recount, and recoil and retail the takings after a big iguana is caught and roasted (seed and all) for the major players like Mike Brassington and Dr Ashni Singh.

The frequent flyers at the late night Alberttown eatery are not as hectic as they used to be pre-NICIL investigations but a substantial amount of other patrons still hang around hoping to find out if the major players will have to serve time.

Incarceration is not off the table but the Joint opposition is taking its time and making sure that before liquidation becomes a reality, at least the legal status of the company must first be determined.      Continue reading

MAYPOLE: AN EC SUPER ADDICTION

MAYPOLE:  AN EC SUPER ADDICTION          

By EWALT AINSWORTH                            05 15 2012            

In the years before Cheddie (BC) villagers from the ethnic enclaves from Plaisance to Mahaicony (PM) used to be abuzz and addicted to the crowning of the May Queen and plaiting of the maypole.  The May Queen / maypole expo used to be the fore-runner to the national and international beauty contests, but these days drug barons rule and the government seems to be in league with these quasi-consortiums.

Guyanese change agents in the Diaspora have been trying to rekindle the maypole and May Queen expo  because of its cultural impact in melding and welding diverse communities and bringing folks together irrespective of their ethnicity, religion, gender, race, class, immigration status etc but  it is not happening in North America.        Continue reading

Final journey begins for late icon, Philip Moore

Jonathan Butler    –  Falling in love with Jesus

Final journey begins for late icon, Philip Moore

Written by Denis Scott Chabrol – Demerara Waves
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 10:31

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The first leg of internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor, Philip Moore’s homecoming began Tuesday morning at the Square of the Revolution in the foreground of one of his masterpieces – the 1763SlaveRebellionMonument.

Government and opposition dignitaries are expected to travel to Liverpool for tributes beforeMoore’s body is interred at the Auchlyne Cemetery also on the Corentyne Coast.

Moore,90, died one week ago at his Lancaster Village home.   Continue reading

Rejection of state burial to honour Philip Moore by PPPC

Jonathan Butler – No Woman No Cry (Live In South Africa)

Rejection of state burial to honour Philip Moore shows PPPC small mindedness, bias, and uncultured rejection of all things not PPPC

“When I carved up to a certain point, I felt that when I was holding a piece of wood in my hand, it seems to me that I was holding the mind of the world in my hand.”– Phillip Moore Continue reading

GUT FEELINGS: NOTHING HONORARY ABOUT SPAIN’S CONSUL GENERAL

GUT FEELINGS: NOTHING HONORARY ABOUT SPAIN’S CONSUL GENERAL

By EWALT AINSWORTH                                          05 `17 2012

Recently and very recently that is a mac-mansion came up for sale within the gated community where yeasty Guyanese trucker/gold miner Mr. Brian Tiwari lives and within 24 hours he wrote a check for one million US dollars stunning the entire Florida community and banks on the East Coast.  It was a brilliant stroke of a pen by a seemingly ‘bare-foot man’ who made one little mistake; he spelt millions with one ‘L’ but the realtor was able to put in the numerical equivalent of (1,000,000.00) on his behalf without a hitch thus completing the transaction.  Mr. Brian Tiwari was this week appointed Consul General of Guyana to Spain.  Some have a gut feeling that Mr. Tiwari was able to buy this new position in cash because nothing in his MO suggests his elevation to higher political office.

It should be noted simultaneously that the new Consul General is not the husband of Ms Jennifer Tiwari, former Consul Genral to Venezuela.  Ms Tiwari is no longer with the Foreign Service and her husband has the same name, Brian; they both reside in Ottawa Canada.  And Jennifer’s brother-in-law, Errol Tiwari, is also out of the Foreign service and he too had a stint in the Ottawa Mission some years ago.      Continue reading