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.
Government will soon be installing elevators at the five pedestrian overpasses along the East Bank Demerara (EBD) corridor, according to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson.During a special programme on the State-owned radio station last week, Minister Patterson disclosed that the lifts have been procured and have already arrived from Sweden. There will be 10 lifts, with two being installed on each side of the five pedestrian overpasses located at Houston, Eccles, Peter’s Hall, Providence and Diamond.While the Public Infrastructure Minister did not indicate when the installation process would commence, he did note that it would take about one week for each overhead structure.“Obviously, we have to install them … It’s just a question of coordination and when that’s finish, we would hope that every Guyanese (will use the overpasses),” Patterson posited.Since the overpasses have been completed and accessible to the public, there have been and continue to be mixed feelings about the structures, with some taking advantage of the facility while others find the stairs too tedious and time consuming, opting instead to quickly dash across the road.However, Minister Patterson implored pedestrians to use the overpasses as they would guarantee their safety.“We still continue to have too many road fatalities, (and) pedestrians are still a high percentage of these accidents and fatalities, so we have to do better. I’ll make this call right off the bat that we do better,” he urged.In its last monthly update on traffic statistics, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) had reported that a total of six pedestrians were killed on the country’s roadways by the end of February 2018.Meanwhile, in March, there were two more pedestrian fatalities; however, again none of these occurred on the East Bank corridor.Nevertheless, the Public Infrastructure Minister went on to highlight that the overpasses were proving to be “tremendously popular”, particularly among the young and the elderly, who were initially among the target groups.“I mean I must compliment the young persons, they use it far more than the middle-aged… it is proving very popular and very, very successful… But we will continue our public awareness exercises. It’s a facility there for you to use, it only take you 10 seconds longer than trying to dodge the traffic and it will guarantee you 100 per cent safety,” the Minister noted.Construction of the pedestrian overpasses commenced mid-last year and was mostly completed by December 2017. The overpasses were intended not only to reduce the high level of road carnage and enhance public safety, but to also eliminate traffic congestion along the East Bank Road, which is said to be the busiest in the country.The contract for the overpasses at Houston, Eccles and Peter’s Hall were awarded to B&J Civil Works for the sum of US$1,034,326. Meanwhile, there were separate contracts for the Providence and Diamond overpasses which were both awarded to S Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction Services to the tune of US$364,247 and US$364,727 respectively.Trinidadian supervision firm – RM Engineering Limited – was recruited to oversee the construction of the overpasses.