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31May/11

Feminition Day 1

- As Feminition 2011 opens

Feminition, the first ever women's exposition, was officially declared open last evening at the Guyana National Stadium Providence with hundreds of persons from all walks of life turning up to celebrate women.

The expo was officially declared open by President Bharrat Jagdeo with him lauding the accomplishments of women to the development of Guyana over the year. He said the main purpose of executing Feminition was because of "recognizing the contributions women have made in Guyana" and the Caribbean.

The president also said that even though it is believed widely that women are not traditionally risk takers that may not necessarily be true since in his opinion the "greatest risk taken by women is giving birth to children." Jagdeo also acknowledged the fact that "girls do better in the education system than boys" and as such that translates to better educated and qualified women being placed in top managerial and administrative positions.

The layout on the National Stadium tarmac was well thought out as booths were separated by special "avenues" dedicated to outstanding women in Guyanese and Caribbean history. Two of the more notable women recognized were Winifred Gaskin whose accomplishments span education, women's activism and accomplishments as an outstanding Diplomat. The first Guyanese and Caribbean female President Janet Jagan was also prominently recognized by the organizers.

An exhibit which epitomizes the true essence of what the framers of Feminition had in mind was one put on by the Guyana Women Artist Association. The exhibits of 10 members of the association are prominently displayed among which are paintings in various styles such as acrylic, pencil art and dried art creatively assembled to capture the attention of anyone who sees them. A very unique exhibit among the collection by the Women Artists' are those of honorary member Urma Cramer, who makes beautiful and creative hats, shoes, handbags and even paintings from specially preserved fish scales.

President of the Association Jynell Osborne said she is grateful for the opportunity given by Feminition for members to display their creative pieces to members of the public. Osborne also said that a major hurdle facing members of the association is the "lack of financial support but I am hoping that this serves as an opportunity to reverse that trend."

Habiba McGregor, a clothing designer, was also thankful for the opportunity to display her craft and said in her view the expo is "good to empower women everywhere" since women from all across the country were given the opportunity to have their products and services put on display over the three day period.

One of the largest banking institutions in Guyana and the region, Republic Bank, was also on show and according to information obtained from the staff members present over 70% of the bank's staff are females and as such the expo provides the perfect opportunity to have that fact shown to the general public. Two notable contributions made by the bank into the development of women are the partnership with St. Ann's orphanage; where young orphan girls are housed and the partnership with EMPRETEC; which provides support for women who operate small and medium scale businesses and helps them to expand.

- By Andrew Ross

31May/11

“Coolie Bully”, “The Best” electrify Rampage

- "2 Sharpe" Allen winss WBC/CABOFE title


Elton "coolie bully" Dharry electrified boxing fans who turned out to see high level Guyanese boxingat Rampage at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Saturday May 28, 2011. Dharry, who originates fromLeguan in the Essequibo River but now fights under Boxing 360 from New York, looked confident fromthe starting bell and traded punches with the quicker and more agile Dexter "D Kid" Marques. The match, which was for the WBC/ Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) Bantamweight Championships, saw Marques being evenly matched against the flat footed and patient Dharry. The 7th round was however the end of the line for Marques who before the fight had a record of 9 wins but suffering1 loss. 2 minutes into the round Marques buckled from a careful red jab, noticing this Dharry wentinto "bully" mode and dealt Marques a volley of power punches until he hit the canvas and forced the referee to end the bout. The crowd went wild and supporters rushed to congratulate the new champion.


Another exciting match of the evening saw Cruiserweight Champion Kurt "the best" Best taking on Light Heavyweight Champ Mitchell "Strongman" Rogers for the Heavyweight Championship of Guyana. Mitchell, representing Canal # 1 West Bank Demerara, appeared to be the more attacking fighter inthe early rounds of the match. He was however weary of the right hand of Best throughout the match. Mitchell seemed content with wearing down his opponent with jabs to the body. Best was howeverlooking for the knockout punch and found the opening early in the eighth round. After landing a solidjab Best noticed Mitchell staggering a bit and immediately followed with a hard right hand which knocked the 220 lbs "Strong man" flat on his back. Try as he might Mitchell could not survive the 8 countby the referee and even after the match was officially over he was still holding on to the ropes in aneffort to regain his footing.


The feature bout of the evening left a lot to be desired as New York State Super middleweight Champ Lennox "2 Sharpe" Allen came up against Kwesi "The Hitman" Jones. Jones, who usually fights under the Friday night Fights Card, was no match for the seasoned and fit Allen. The Hitman kept looking to land power punches in an effort to bring the match to an exciting and early close but the more experienced Allen evaded him while occasionally landing jabs and solid body shots. Jones was the more active fighter throughout the bout but his tiredness and lack of 12 round conditioning began to show from rounds 10-12. The referee had to continually part the fighters as Jones sought to hold and push Allen into the ropes then try to land punches. The Hitman was visibly shaken several times in the final round but held onfor dear life to avoid taking to the canvas. In the end the judges unanimously awarded Allen the WBC/CABOFE Super middleweight Championship.


In the supporting bout of the night Edmond De Clou, from the mining town of Linden, defeated WinstonPompey in the middleweight non title matchup. Meanwhile in the other non title fight the younger and faster Ray Sandiford won his first lightweight fight against the seasoned Cecil Smith.


- By Andrew Ross

29May/11

Alpha United through to CONCACAF Champions League

-          Puerto Rico Islanders successfully defend CFU Club Championship title

Tempete FC out of Haiti played a spirited game of football last evening at the National Stadium Providence but that was not good enough to defeat the defending Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Champs, the Puerto Rico Islanders. The defending champs struck first as Jay Needham split the defense and had enough time to look as his ball hit the back of the Tempete net early in the first half.
The first taste of drama came when frustration crept into the Puerto Rican players following attacking and aggressive play by their competitors, saw a serious foul being committed against the opposing side causing a player to be sent off with a red card and awarding Tempete a penalty kick which found the back of the net.  Despite being one man down the Islanders defended well against Tempete until halfway into the second half when the Haitian goalkeeper was sent off for a vicious elbow to the face of the Puerto Rican striker. The penalty was however saved by the replacement keeper.
The game went into overtime and the attacking style showed by the Haitian club began to show as the defense broke down allowing the Puerto Rico Islanders to break through twice with Jonathan Fana being the architect during overtime to seal their victory 3-1 and retain the CFU title.The game which attracted the most attention of the small crowd was however the third place playoff between Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and local football powerhouse Alpha "the hammer" United. The two teams played an evenly matched game for the first half. Dwight Peters struck first for United in the 50th minute of play which sent fans wild. Eight minutes later Richard Roy however equalized for Defense Force with a brilliant header.
The game went into a stalemate to the end and was forced into a penalty shootout to determine the final spot for the CONCACA F Champions League. The penalties was a nail biting, electrifying and emotional experience for Alpha fans but in the end the local side created history by becoming the first team from Guyana to advance into the CONCACAF Champions League by scoring 4 penalties against 3 for Defense Force. Though most fans were disappointed that the hosts did not take away the winning trophy, Alpha played according to plan to satisfy the local supporters. Speaking after the victory, a very emotional head coach Wayne "wiggy" Dover said the win was because "the goalkeeper and guys did great and executed well." He added that adjustments were made to ensure that "the team follow the game plan and came out on top."
President of Alpha United Odinga Lumumba shared similar sentiments adding that he will ensure that the team "will be stronger" as a result of the victory and is optimistic of advancing to the final stages of the Champions League. Head coach of Defense Force Colin Clarke said he was pleased to see the level of football being played in Guyana during the semi-finals and finals of the tournament by the local side stating that "soccer is improving in Guyana because I know this is a mainly cricketing country."
The historic win by Alpha will serve to improve the level of football locally as well as showing the corporate community the levels football can reach if adequate funding is made available for the sport.

By Andrew Ross

 

29May/11

Windies Salvage Pride But Lose Series

After an impressive showing to win the first three games in the Digicel Home Series, Pakistan suffered their second defeat in front of a sold out crowd at the National Stadium, Providence in the 5th and final One Day International. After winning the toss Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi elected to bat first in hopes of putting up a formidable total. The pitch at providence however proved to be in the favour of the West Indian medium pace bowlers. Very early in the innings there were signs of uneven bounce making it difficult for the visitors to settle and put runs on the board. That proved to be their undoing as Trinidadian medium pacer Ravi Rampaul continued his impressive bowling by varying his pace and taking 4 wickets for a mere 45 runs. The only Pakistan batsman who actually got into a rhythm was all rounder and man of the series Mohammed Hafeez who made 55. Only two other batsmen from the visiting side scored double figures; Umar Akmal who made 24 and 21 year old Mohammed Salman who was unbeaten on 16.

The bowling attack was led by Rampaul but the West Indian captain Darren Sammy also played his part by taking 3 wickets, Dwayne Bravo chipped in by trapping 2 Pakistanis leg before wicket and local spinner Davendra Bishoo did his part by taking 1 wicket. Pakistan did not get the chance to establish a strong partnership after loosing their first wicket for only 16 and were bowled out for 139.

The West Indian openers Lyndel Simmons and Keith Edwards made light work of the 140 target and treated the packed National Stadium to some fireworks completing the run chase in just 23.3 overs. Simmons, who was judged the man of the match, finished on 77 while Edwards made 40. <br><br>In the final analysis the Windies may have salvaged some pride and after the convincing victory may have also gained some momentum. The question remains however if they would be able to continue along that vein for the 1st test match at the same venue. With the addition of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and a pitch friendly to the bowling attack West Indian fans are yearning for another victory.

By Andrew Ross

 

29May/11

Shasha Designs presents Fierce Expressions: Untamed

If you were bored last Sunday evening then you should have attended a splendid fashion show at the Tower Hotel by Shasha Designs called "Fierce Expressions: Untamed". It was a mixture of subtle, colourful pieces and sexy, dark and raunchy articles. MC'd by DJ Casual of 98.1 FM, the show was divided into two short but very attractive segments of wonderful fashion display. Female entertainer "Bliss" opened the first segment with some musical renditions that could have been more musical, but she minus the slight wardrobe malfunction she was very easy on the eyes. She led us into a few models who exhibited well cut and bright dresses, skirts, suits and shirts done by Keisha Edwards, CEO of Shasha Designs. After about 10 models did their thing on the catwalk we were entertained by another local performer called "RACS". He is a smooth rapper who critics say did a much better job than the previous on - stage performer. After his clever spin on Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" we entered a 25 minute break and bobbed our heads to great tracks by the event's DJ.

During that time the El Dorado bar was well stocked with various vodkas and rums that certainly helped to make the ambience more enjoyable. Speaking of which, the decor for this event was appropriate but sparsely decorated. There were a few pieces of cloth draped strategically around the room but critics say that there should have been a backdrop of the show's name to compliment the El Dorado banners and eccentric ceiling fans.

Enter segment number 2. RACS reappeared and wowed the ladies with a club hopping number which is still lingering in my head. Then! The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end as I watched model after model creatively draped in black leather, lace, and leopard prints and shiny accessories strut across the catwalk. I heard loud cheers and applauses time and time again; I saw cameras of all types flashing their little lights and each lady showed off the absolutely gorgeous outfit that she was blessed with. I can safely say that it seemed as if no one wanted this segment to end but it unfortunately did, and with that the gossip started.

From that gossip we at Guyanalive.com want to share our opinions. Firstly, we believe that a fashion show is an ample opportunity for everyone to wear their style with n qualms. However, if you are going to wear a t - shirt please run the iron over it properly. Personally this writer believes that a t - shirt is in appropriate but DJ Casual wore one under his unique jacket and pulled it off smoothly. Secondly, why was the show so short? There is no dispute that the fashion was top - of - the - line (and at the end of the day that is what matters) but $2,000 for two hours seems a little unfair. Maybe the designer should have thrown a few of her old pieces to continue wowing us or maybe there could have been another entertainer doing a different genre of music, or do an after party of meeting and greeting. Whatever the alternative, please take note for the future. Ultimately, on the Guyanalive.com scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest) we rate Fierce Expressions: Untamed at a 7. We know there is much more talent to be showcased by this duo corporation so we will put Sunday's show in the win column and anticipate something bigger and better in the near future.

By Patrice Wishart

23May/11

Guyana Baboo – Terry G in Top 15

Terry GTrinidad International Chutney Competition

After a grueling Semi Final round at the Rienzi complex in Couva, and 4 intense days of both online and text voting for the BMobile Wildcard that accumulated more than 26,000 votes, the names of the 15 finalists are finally in and  a Guyanese is among the lot.

For the first time in the competition’s history a Guyanese has reached the finials of the Trinidad International Chutney Monarch Competition. His is the lone Guyanese that is still in the 2011 competition from a field of more than 120 entries including Guyanese Adrian Dutchin and Mahendra Ramkellawanlall.  Dutchin did not make the first cut but Ramkellwan and Terry G did but after another cut that has brought the list down to 15 the lone Guyanese representative is the Guyana Baboo Terry Gajraj.

To him its an honor to be in this line-up especially since he is putting Guyana on the forefront in the line of chutney entertainment. His Semi final performance was a Bollywood spectacle with his dancers & actors to the song Sumatee for which more props and story line will be added for the finals. The song which is fast gaining recognition on the local, T&T & North America airwaves was produced by Big Rich Out of the T&T with a guest appearance by Ravi B in the song.

Terry G is calling on all Guyanese to give him the support as we puts Guyana on show at this prestigious annual competition by voting online & or text messages at http://www.simplyvote.net/csm/  or www.ChutneySocaMonarch.com .

Terry Gajraj code name is TGA and Entertainer is encouraging all as true Guyanese to vote TGA for the "Guyana Baboo" who's representing Guyana all the way.

Reports are that once he wins Terry pledges that he will donate $2Million to charity for kids in Guyana & Trinidad. The first prize is $2M T&T Dollars

It should be noted that the 2011 edition has been the best Semi Final in the history of the competition, not only from the level of the production of the event, but also from the level of performances delivered by all 41 contestants.

This gave the judges the hard task of having to pick 14 from the pack of 41, while the last person earned a place via the online, International and local text votes.

The 15 finalist in the 'Race for 2 Million' are scheduled to compete at Skinner Park, San Fernando on Saturday February 19.

23May/11

Peter Ram to headline Hits and Jams Soca Jeans Fete this weekend!

Peter RamIts round two of the Hits and Jams Mash Camp roster of events and the team has already turned up the heat with the Mash Crank up concert/ party which was held last week at the GNS Ground. Hundreds turned out as veteran Barbadian Band Krosfyah showcased a scorching performance and did exactly as the party’s theme suggested and cranked up patrons with the Mash vibes.

This week get ready for the annual Soca Jeans Fete! Come out in your denim apparel and prepare for a night of fete, music and great entertainment as Barbadian Soca Star Peter Ram is set to take the stage. The ‘White Pants Tight’ singer promises an unforgettable performance and urges Guyanese to come out and enjoy a ‘soaking wet’ Soca Fete!

As the events continue several Caribbean megastars will be featured including Soca Queen Alison Hinds who is set to perform at the upcoming ‘Colors’ party. The team will also be participating in the annual Mashramani Float Parade and has already released their theme costumes which will be on sale shortly.

The upcoming events are as follows:

Colors (Party) - February12

Ladies First- February 18

All White Edition- February 22

HJ Mash Day Float/ Mash Night Super Concert- February 23

Mash Wash Down- February 27

23May/11

Raunchy Celeste Davis – Much more than meets the eye

Celeste DavidStay focused and be patient knowing that there will be a lot of ups and downs in your life but ensure that God is in the midst of your decisions and always ask for his will to be done in your life. Such utterances might not be what you'd expect to hear from an artiste often described as raunchy but those are the words out of Celeste David's mouth.

Popular for songs such as 'back it up', 'My Sweetness' and 'Anthony' etc this Berbice girl who broke onto the local music scene through the GT and T jingle competition is more than meets the musical eyes. Though she created quite a stir with her raunchy song and video that encouraged 'all the ladies and shorties to back it up now' and filling in for  Alicia Keys when Baby Cham sang  the 'Ghetteo story'live on stage, she went missing but she's by no means out of the music game.

Recently she told entertainer "I've been having some problems musically and personally but it's all been sorted out."

Her return to the Local music main stream spotlight began with her entry to the just concluded Groovy Soca monarch competition. Mainly to please her fans she entered with a hot song that encourages all to 'watch how meh waist line rolls.' But for some unknown reasons she did not find favor with the judges, much to her disappointment.

That aside, Celeste's brief AWOL stint was not spent sitting idly by. Entertainer understands that the dark chocolate skinned woman has completed several 'exciting' recordings under the guidance of some new producers and vocal instructors in Barbados she also spent some time working on her image.

Explaining the new hairdo which saw her shaving the sides of her head, she said it was done in her quest for a new look with recommendations from a male hairstylist and she's rocking the new do well.

While some might not know it both her parents are pastors and contrary to what some might believe she says "they do support me," and this extended to her sister and one brother whom are all adults.

The one time worship leader and choir girl says ultimately her parents would like to see her back in church and that too is her desire sooner rather than later. While she sings music that is considered as worldly he confesses that her favorite song remains "fill my cup Lord... fill it up and make me whole."

The diva in the making is influenced by divas the likes of Mariah Carey, Lauren hill and Whitney Houston said she always wanted to get involved in music generally since age 12.  Speaking of the local music industry she says thus far she has gained much recognition locally and ever growing fan base.

Personally: I am taken by a regular Guyanese guy who is older than I am... I wouldn't call it love as yet because our relationship just started but I'm really enjoying the stage that it is at presently."

Her message to teen age girls who are thinking of having a boy friend while at school is "limit your friendship and closeness with boys and focus on school not sexual relations during your teen years." Look out for David as she continues her musical quest to one day hit the international music mainstream with her sights set on copping a Grammy for Guyana.

By Mondale Smith

23May/11

Miss Jamzone Guyana

Amidst nerves and anticipation Nikita Archer proudly stands to represent Guyana

Miss Guyana Jamzone 2010 - Nikita Archer

Miss Guyana Jamzone 2010 - Nikita Archer

The unveiling of the delegates in this year's Miss Jamzone International 2010 pageant has created quite a buzz among the Guyanese public since the organizing committee has chosen to include Caribbean delegates in the line-up. Nevertheless, the committee assures the public that they have made competent selections based on the applications that were received.

 

Initially, the committee had stated that the local representative would be chosen via a reality show however; due to several uncontrollable problems they could not complete this task. Nevertheless, the team hosted a screening and invited every individual that had applied to participate in this process. Prospective delegates were interviewed before a panel of competent judges and five persons short-listed. The final five completed a similar process and eventually the local ambassador was selected.

Since, Guyanese are anxious to catch a glimpse of the local ambassador we are pleased to introduce to you; an accomplished, eloquent, enthralling Guyanese beauty who proudly represents the land of Eldorado - Meet Miss Jamzone Guyana 2010 Nikita Archer.

This former Bishops High School graduate who speaks fluent Spanish, French, Portuguese and English is currently attached to Queens College High School as a French/Spanish teacher. At just 24 years Nikita is already moving apace on the path to fulfill her goal of being an established linguist and she fervently advocates 'education' which she believes is a 'process of living and not a preparation for future living'.

In a recent interview Ms. Archer described herself as empathetic, flexible and strong in interpersonal skills. She confessed that while she's somewhat an introvert person her reclusive nature often simulates an air of confidentiality, reliability and a strong sense of self.
This young pioneer is certain that she will whisk away the title of Miss Jamzone International 2010 regardless of the pressure that surrounds being the local ambassador.
In a final statement, Nikita explained that in light of the fact that the general public has expressed concern over the integration of Caribbean delegates in this year's pageant, she intends to proudly and competently display Guyana's rich cultural heritage while successfully representing our country at the event. This self-assured beauty is requesting 100% support from her fellow citizens.
If Miss Archer is unable to fulfill her duties the pageant's organizing committee has already selected an equally competent individual to fill this post.

23May/11

International, Grammy winning singer to ignite Jamzone 2K10!

NeyoOver the years, the Hits and Jams Entertainment team has undeniably set the precedent for Guyanese entertainment by hosting some of the most 'explosive' events of Guyana's history. Patrons have witnessed performances by some of the greatest regional and international artistes including Hip-hop Mogul Akon, Soca Megastar Machel Montano and the HD Band and Cross-over Chutney band, Karma.

However, since this organization is always determined to create unsurpassable standards, the team presents to you, the Jamzone International Night; a new addition to the roster of Jamzone Summer Break Weekend activities.

There has been much buzz about the individual that will be headlining this show and the team is pleased to announce that International R&B/Pop singer and Grammy award winner Neyo has been booked for this event.

Neyo
Since his debut in 2006 this singer, song-writer, record-producer and actor has had five top ten songs on the Billboard Hot 100 as a leading artiste and two number one albums on the Billboard 200. Neyo has also gained massive respect in the International Music Industry for his song-writing skills, having penned number one Billboard hits such as 'Irreplaceable' by R&B singer Beyonce, 'Russian Roulette', 'Unfaithful' and 'Take A Bow' by Rihanna, 'Let Me Love You' by Singer Mario and myriads of others singles for artistes such as Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Leona Lewis.

Having performed all over the world, three of the singer's four albums have received Gold, Platinum and Silver certifications in both the United States and the United Kingdom making him one of the most celebrated male R&B artistes of the decade.

In September of this year, Neyo will release his fourth album entitled 'Libra Scale' which is expected to include several chart-topping singles and maybe even several award nominations.
This once-in-a-lifetime performance is billed for August 21st, 2010 at the Guyana National Stadium where Neyo will be accompanied by his band and backup dancers. Admission fee is set at an affordable cost of two thousand dollars. "We want to continue to bring Guyanese the best in entertainment, and Jamzone 2010 is set to do just that" said director Kerwin Bollers. The promotional team has joined forces with the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and some of the biggest companies in Guyana to ensure that these events are successful.  For more details visit www.jamzonesummerbreak.com.