Dear Editor,The closure of the sugar estates was based purely on spite; that is the sure prognosis of all right-thinking Guyanese, but The PNC see things differently.They are of the opinion that, by closing the sugar estates, they would be hitting The PPP the hardest. They were of the mistaken belief that, by shutting down the estates, they would sound the death knell of the PPP/C’s stronghold. Kill sugar, they opined, and we would have their supporters with their begging bowls crying for help at the PNC’s doorstep.However, with that vindictiveness and spite, the PNC/AFC made the following major blunders:1. They were exposing their lying and deceitful selves before an audience they had faithfully promised that they would never do such a thing.In fact, they lied to the people, telling them that they need to be aware of the PPP, they are the party who would close the sugar estates, and the party who should be the object of their fear.Well, as it turned out, the people are now well aware of which party betrayed their trust and which constitutes the enemy.2. By deceiving the people in such a horrible way, they played right into the hands of the PPP.The PPP gets those disaffected voters from the Coalition; in essence, they were strengthening PPP support in the Sugar Belt. The hurt, the blatant deception, did hit the people hardest, which caused many of them to vow never to vote for the Coalition again.To verify my story, I urge you to go into the sugar areas, and the same sad story greets you as each worker tells you over and over again, “We were deceived… them fool a-we. Never again! Never would we vote for this PNC-dominated Coalition again.”3. With the rise in the worldwide use of the brown crystals as a natural sweetener, sugar is a sure foreign exchange earner. The industry in Guyana was at the quarter million mark and rising when this Government took control of our economy.This was a sure sign that better days were ahead. However, with the sudden closures, there was a drastic decline in production, where the industry is barely able to sustain 100,000 tons. The associated results are a shortfall in foreign earnings and a drop in the economy.4. Sugar is the life blood of Guyana; on it every other foreign earner revolves. Sugar is a pivot on which Guyana’s foreign earnings revolve. The sugar industry is the largest entity in the productive sector, and to kill sugar means that the entire economy would collapse also. This is the sorry mistake this Government has made.The stark reality is: you cannot run a government on sheer spite, it was bound to yield horrendous results. In three short years, this Coalition has supervised the demise of sugar as well as every other economic sector of this country. This is the backward platform that this administration is built on.Respectfully,Neil Adams
The inaugural Digicel Amateur Disc Jockey (DJ) competition ended in the wee hours of Saturday morning at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall tarmac, with Selector Keston juggling all the popular hits to win the crowd and the judges hearts as the best DJ.Keston Tyrell, popularly known as “Selector Keston” outplayed Travis Hart (DJ Vybz) and Cletus Smith (DJ Smidjit) who secured the second and third spots respectively.Digicel’s Averstising Manager Ramesh Roopchand hands over the Pioneer console and the Beats headphones to the winner of the competition, Selector KestonTyrell walked away with $200,000, a Pioneer console, a pair of Beats headphones, hard drives and one year free credit from Digicel, while DJ Vybz received $150,000 and the same accessories and DJ Smidjit took home $100,000 as well as the other prizes.The other DJs that made it through to the final were Jefferson Meusa (DJ Spotlight), Shequille Sparman (Selector Shaqq) and Brian Joseph (DJ Bentley). DJ Smidjit made it to the final after he won a wildcard sound-off against Dwain Bowen (Mix Master Toney).The DJs were judged on their style and ability to play across the various genres; a change in the final – they were given flash drives which contained varying genres of music which they had to incorporate into their own track list.Speaking after the announcement of the results, the winner felt his success was due to him being unique from the other competitors while adding that overall the competition was a great learning experience.“I felt I was more creative than the others, I played songs that they did not expect, the competition taught me a lot, different crowds you have to play different music, and you need to learn how to adapt quickly,” he said.Tyrell further stated that the prizes won will ultimately help him improve on his endeavours going forward in the entertainment sector.Meanwhile, Digicel’s Advertising Manager Ramesh Roopchand disclosed that a second edition is on the cards and promises it to be “bigger and better”.“As you can see, the amount of people that came to support these DJs, it has been overwhelming; this was just a pilot project and it came out excellent and I can guarantee you come next year, it will be bigger and better”, Roopchand said.His advice for those desirous of competing next year is to get in as much practice now, adding, “We want DJs to be more versatile, you must be able to mix all genres of music and apart from that, they should be able to mix music on the spot”.The competition lasted six weeks and featured over 100 participants from across the country.