In an industry where there is very little protection guaranteed to the intellectual property of those on the local music scene, artists have to adapt and most of all persevere if they want to become successful. Not only do they have to persevere to become successful, but they also have to persevere to be able to make a living from the music they make since they are not signed to any big label nor do they earn royalties from their music sales. All they do is earn money from the bookings they get to perform their music. Those are the struggles of our local musicians as they try to make a name for themselves. No one knows that struggle more than Chait Singh Mohanlall or Bunty Singh as he is popularly known. Now, Bunty is one of the most recognisable names in the local musicindustry; that has not always been the case. In his early days, the 28-year-old would walk miles upon miles to sell CDs of his music in an effort to popularise it and make himself a household name. Music is in Bunty’s DNA since his father was a musician and the family has a kirtan group (Hindu choir) – being around music influenced him. He started singing since he was a child as well as playing instruments.He is a talented dholak (drum) player and would have won several awards for his playing. “I use to walk and sell my CDs from Crabwood Creek (Berbice) to Parika (East Bank Essequibo). I did this just to gain more recognition and progress as I journeyed to become successful. To push my music career, I entered the GTT Jingle and Song Competition two times and was placed in the top ten and another time I came in the fifth slot.” “I also entered in the Mash Chutney Monarch Competition in 2009 and got most promising artiste. I then keep participating in the Mash Chutney Monarch and got no place until 2015 when I placed third. In 2016, I won the Monarch. The next year I got second and then won again in 2018,” he said.This year, he is back to defend his title with an original song called “Maharani Phoulorie”. Phoulorie is one of Bunty’s favourite snacks and that is why he decided to write a song about his love for the food. The song was recorded in the Shakti Strings Studio.Apart from being a vocalist, Bunty is also the owner of a recording studio. With just a few recording studios around for local artistes to record their songs, they were forced to leave Guyana and travel to Trinidad and Tobago to do so and with that in mind, Bunty opened Bunty Kris Valarie Janvi (BKVJ) Recording Studio at Shieldstown.Since the establishment of the studio, several known artistes have recorded their songs at BKVJ, including Prince JP who now resides overseas, as well as Haresh Singh, Roger Hinds, Wata Flow and others.
By Utamu BelleLinden Mayor Waneka Arrindell got increasingly excited about the Christmas holidays recently when Sunday Times Magazine sat down with her in her office to talk about the importance of love and having family close around the holidays.We got the chance to see the lighter side of the Mayor as she shared her own family experiences growing up and as a wife and a mother to 3 children. Her face lit up like a Christmas tree as she related that this was her favourite season of all.“I love Christmas. Christmas is my favourite holiday, and it’s not about all the festivities and the spending,” she explained.“For that one week before Christmas, I like to be home and myself and the family would decorate. I’m ‘extra’ with decorating too. I have lots of trees and lights. I’m extra and I love to put up ‘Happy birthday Jesus’ because, for my family and I, Christmas is all about Christ. So, that week for me is where I rather not have any Mayoral calls and myself and children would fix the Christmas tree, we get the chance to come on the road and purchase gifts,” she related.She explained that for her, the Christmas season is a way of reminding others about Jesus Christ and his gift of love. Her strong belief that the holidays are mainly about sharing leads her to sponsor a family each Christmas by shopping items for them, which, she explained, is something she does behind the scenes. She noted that she has also incorporated the art of giving to her children as they are tasked each year with buying gifts for someone who they believe need it most.“One of the things I like to do every Christmas for my family is to buy a gift for somebody else. So, each of my children would get monies but that money is not to buy a gift for you, you have to find the thing you like the most and you buy it and you give it to someone else. Whether you’re giving it to a sibling or another family member or you’re giving it to a friend. So that’s like a kind of tradition we try to have,” Arrindell said.Additionally, each year around the holidays, Arrindell’s immediate family gets to sponsor two children from the Haruni Girls Home situated along the Soesdyke-Linden Highway. The children get to spend the holidays with the family and according to the Mayor, it provides an opportunity for them to interact and learn about each other’s different ways of life.This, she noted, also presents an opportunity for her children to participate in the art of sharing and be more loving. It’s an opportunity they look forward to each year.“That is what Christmas is about— lots of sharing and giving. There’s lots of food most of the time but it’s more so spending time with your families,” she said.Arrindell further shared that she grew up in a Christian home, where her mother was mainly the only parent there. Nevertheless, she noted that her family has always been close-knit.She has 6 sisters who each have children of their own and each year, the family would pick a day out of the holiday season where they would meet up at their parents’ home to spend quality family time to end off the season. She recalled growing up very poor but noted that at Christmas time it was always special.“Even though we didn’t have a lot to eat or share, there was one thing that was significant. Our parents always made sure we had a new outfit. On Christmas day itself, we all got up about 4-5 o’clock in the morning, we go to church and then when we came back home from church we got a chance to sit and open whatever little gift or token we had”.She also shared that her mother practised a tradition whereby at the end of the year the family would stand in circles, hold hands and pray. Her mother would then allow everyone to apologise to each other. At the end of this, family members would hug, cry, forgive each other and move on from there. Arrindell said she is thankful for this initiative, noting that it has kept her and her siblings close to this day even though they have all grown up and have children of their own.Even now, the family keeps close whether it’s simply by talking or having family outings. She credits this to the way they were brought up— with the realisation that family was everything. Arrindell said the idea of family and love is an agenda that needs to be pushed with the children of today.She advises families to stay close, not only around the holidays.“The year is always busy and if we take a step back, we’d realise how the year seems short— like it just came and it went. This Christmas time, I believe at this time it’s time for us to spend it with our families. It’s not even a long time…but whatever day you have, take the time to spend it with your family, to sit down with your family, to share and to be free with each other…For me, this end of year and this Christmas season I’ll advise families to meet. If there are differences in your family relationships throughout the year, we’re going into a new season. Let’s forgive and let’s move into the New Year together as a family,” Arrindell advised.Asked about plans for her family this Christmas, she noted that while she had initially planned on taking the family to a Christmas-themed park in Brazil, the Mayor said she decided against it after she realised that the idea can be recreated right in the community of Linden.“I had the opportunity to visit Brazil, and Brazil has a park that almost looks like Main Street, Georgetown. And that park is now lit for Christmas…I wanted to take my children to see it but I had a greater idea. We decided, ‘why don’t we find one spot in Linden and see if we can light it up to excite children?’”.As a result, she noted that through the Junior Mayor programme, the municipality is hoping to prepare a spot by the river in the vicinity of the roundabout at Mackenzie, with the hopes of transforming it into a mini Christmas-themed park.“We want to put down a huge Christmas tree, light the area, put a few benches so families can come and feel the Christmas spirit…we wouldn’t be able to put in any toys or so forth but it’s one place where it’s lit that people can come out and sit with their children and have that kind of feeling”.Arrindell shared her hope that this initiative can be the start of something great that can continue every Christmas season.“So that’s my plans this Christmas…relax, play some games. We play lots of family games at Christmas. I encourage everyone to take their family to church this Christmas. If you haven’t gone all year, go and hear the story of Jesus’ birth…It’s a story of hope. After all that we’ve gone through this year, that story of hope should prepare you for next year,” she noted.
Dear Editor,It has been roughly nine months since the Granger Government fell from power, but Granger is refusing to resign and call elections. Clearly, this is a man without any respect for our Constitution, or anything for that matter.The Constitution is the supreme law of our land; only dysfunctional bullies would disrespect our Constitution, and Mr Granger is operating like one. Bullies have no respect for anything; they do not even respect humanity.Just remember how Mr Granger disrespected thousands of sugar workers by cruelly forcing them on to the breadline. Editor, Mr Granger is dangerous, he should never be tolerated; and hopefully, the courts will force him to respect the Constitution and eject him from office.Also, as mandated by the Constitution, Mr Granger must fix a date for elections, and GECOM must accommodate that date. GECOM must always be in a state of readiness for elections to be called at any time.Our Constitution has been disrespected and trampled on for far too long by both Mr Granger and GECOM. This is the kind of collaborative bullying that obtains in our country, and it should never be allowed to continue.Of course GECOM is on the same immoral ground as Mr Granger. We all know that Mr Granger does not want to resign and call elections, and GECOM is enabling him to get away with this lawlessness. This is clear.GECOM has even undertaken a highly flawed and useless house-to-house (H-t-H) registration exercise, at the expense of tax payers, to delay preparations for the elections. This exercise was abruptly aborted, and now GECOM wants to merge the flawed and incomplete data from this exercise with the existing database of the National Register of Registrants (NRR). This is pure lawlessness. These people can’t be serious, and they need to be fired for lawlessness on the job.Merging the flawed data from the incomplete H-t-H registration exercise with databases of any kind must be rejected. It is insane, reckless and lawless. It will result in serious problems for years to come, plus it will cost an arm and a leg to fix.Further, I would like to remind Mr Granger that he climbed to power in a democratic environment, and this means that he must stand on moral ground to provide the same kind of democratic environment, and operate within it for the betterment of our country. This means that he must resign and call elections now. And if he fails in this regard, then he will naturally be viewed as nothing but a bully.Sincerely,Annie Baliram(PhD)
Following negotiations, the management of bauxite company Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated (BMGGI) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) have signed an agreement for a 6.5 per cent across-the-board increase for wages and salaries for employees of the privately owned company.According to information coming from BMGGI, the agreement, which was signed on Wednesday at the Social Protection Ministry, was arrived at following five months of intense discussions.General Manager Robert Shang signs the agreement in the presence of BMGGI and NACCIE representativesThe increase includes allowances for meals, vacation as well as retirement benefits. The Memorandum of Agreement was signed by members of both delegations and endorsed by Lydia Greene, Chief Labour Officer (Acting), Labour Ministry, in the presence of the Junior Social Protection and Labour Minister Keith Scott and Consultant Francis Carryl.BMGGI and NAACIE had commenced discussions on a new wages and salaries agreement along with other benefits on May 17. BMGGI management in a statement said it hoped to see improved productivity and a better working relationship between the parties. Signing on behalf of BMGGI were General Manager Robert Shang, Accounting Superintendent Andy Hao, Senior Personnel Officer Truedel Marks and Assistant Shamekia Barrow. Signing on behalf of NAACIE were General Secretary Kenneth Joseph, President Linnell Warden, Vice President Neptrid Hercules, Secretary Aggrey Darlington and Committee Members Cedric Dover and Mark Louis.In August, BMGGI employees had staged a protest over what they described as the slothfulness of negotiations, indicating that they were seeking an across-the-board increase of at least nine per cent.
“As always reconnaissance is used help drivers and navigators prepare for reconnaissance familiarise with the route course. The good thing this time round is the fact that the event is running entirely on farm roads away from the hustle and bustle of human and motor traffic which is key towards the event’s safety plan.“This means that competitors can tackle stages flat-out without the fear of encountering traffic on the sections,” Rally Manager Rohit Bhudia announced.Rohit added that entries are still trickling in at the KMSF secretariat at Sikh Union Nairobi and more are expected by the close of deadline on Thursday at 4pm.Thirty drivers have already entered the event which counts towards the 2016 KCB Kenya National Rally Championship.Four times winner Carl “Flash” Tundo, ‘Flying Finn’ Tapio Laukkanen, Baldev Chager, Jaspreet Chatthe and Ian Duncan are among the big names enlisted for the event.Tundo will be co-driven by Tim Jessop while Tapio who currently is the fastest driver at the present will team up with compatriot Passi Torma in a Subaru Impreza R4.Other entrants include rookies and KNRC regulars.Imran Mogul of Nairobi has entered an ex -Naushad Kara Subaru N12 and will be navigated by Adnan Din of Mombasa.Osman Abdullahi who made his debut in Kisumu with 13th overall position will be making his first appearance in the Safari in an ex Paras Pandya Subaru Impreza N10 same as Rehan Shah who is driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9.The Classic Car Class has attracted two drivers. They are Ramesh Vishram and Jonathan Somen both with Ford Escorts.Crews will be flagged off from KICC grounds from 10am to tackle the 2.2km Jamuri Park spectator stage from midday before embarking on a 130km transport road section through to Lake Elementaita Lodge for the overnight ‘perc ferme’.Day Two, Saturday June 11, will be the longest and toughest of the event featuring six stages totaling 154.00kms around Soysambu and Elementaita region.The final leg on Sunday June 12 contains three stages totaling 66km, around Delemare East/Jolai, Delamere West/Milia and the 1km Lodge Spectator Stage which is the events shortest section.The longest stage of the event which will be repeated twice is the 40km stretch running from Soysambu Gate all the way to the Lake End.KNRC Standings after Kisumu Rally :-Baldev Chager 37Manvir Baryan 33Rajbir Rai 29Tapio Laukkanen 27Ian Duncan 21Jassi Chatthe 20Onkar Rai 18Carl Tundo 15Karan Patel 12Izhar Mirza 10Frank Tundo 10. 0Shares0000Baldev Chager in an Evolution 10 dahses to the last control in kajiado rtally last FebruaryNAIROBI, Kenya, May 30 – Competitors will this weekend have a feel of the route course for the 64th KCB Safari Rally slated to run on private farm roads around Nairobi, Soysambu and Elemntaita on the weekend of June 10-12.Drivers will be out on recce this Saturday and Sunday from 6am to 6pm after which they will embark on their final phase of preparations. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Liverpool and Tottenham are chasing Lille midfielder Sofiane Boufal, claim reports in France.The playmaker has been in fine form for the Ligue 1 side this season, scoring four goals in 12 games and becoming the focal point of Les Dogues’ attack.The 22-year-old only joined Lille from Angers in the summer but is already being tipped with a big-money move next summer.According to France Football, Spurs have been tracking Boufal since the start of the season and Liverpool have now declared an interest in the player.However, Paris Saint-Germain are in pole position to land Boufal as they are guaranteed to be able to offer him Champions League football and a high salary. 1 Sofiane Boufal
In a year-end box office showdown pitting a lion against a giant ape, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” managed to wrestle the No. 1 spot back from “King Kong” as Hollywood brought the curtain down on a disappointing year at the multiplex to continue a three-year trend. “It’s the battle of the blockbusters at the top of the charts duking it out, much to the benefit of the overall box office,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations Co. “This is a great way to start 2006.” “Narnia” and “Kong” have ruled during a crowded holiday season and propelled the New Year’s weekend box office to tally an impressive 5 percent gain over last year, with the top 12 movies grossing just over $130 million, according to studio estimates Monday. But that was not enough to alter the bigger picture, as the domestic box office is expected to finish about 5 percent behind 2004 with ticket sales of just under $9 billion – the third down year in a row for the movie industry in terms of revenue from ticket sales. Final 2005 numbers will be released today. Close behind in fourth place was the family comedy “Cheaper By The Dozen 2” starring Steve Martin. The sequel, released by 20th Century Fox, has not performed nearly at the same level as the original 2003 hit while taking in an estimated $19.3 million over the four days. But the film’s grosses were up 26 percent from last weekend and it has earned a respectable $55.1 million so far. “It’s just moving along very nicely,” said Bruce Snyder, Fox’s president of distribution. Rounding out the top five was the Jennifer Aniston comedy-drama “Rumor Has It,” also starring Kevin Costner, Mark Ruffalo and Shirley MacLaine. “Rumor,” released by Warner Bros., had estimated four-day ticket sales of $11.6 million and has taken in $26.7 million since its Dec. 25 release. For films not yet in wide release, a high per-screen average is an indication of their early buzz and word-of-mouth potential. Universal’s “Munich,” directed by Steven Spielberg, finished in 10th place despite being in just 532 theaters. The film, which will expand into about 1,800 locations Friday, earned $6.1 million over the four days, averaging a sensational $11,515 per theater. It has earned $15.6 million to date. Focus Features’ “Brokeback Mountain” continued its strong performance in limited release and once again posted the highest per-screen average of any movie in the top 15. Playing in 269 locations, it earned an average of $17,702 per screen for a four-day total of $4.8 million. It goes into wider release Friday and has grossed $15 million to date. DreamWorks’ “Match Point,” written and directed by Woody Allen, opened Wednesday in just eight locations in New York and Los Angeles, and had a stunning per-screen average of $64,625 and has grossed $720,000 in six days. It will expand to 300 more theaters in eight additional markets Friday. “This is beyond anything we were guessing,” said Don Harris, DreamWorks’ head of domestic sales. “People are liking this movie, and it bodes well for its expansion.” There were also strong averages for Disney’s “Casanova” in 37 locations ($15,243 per screen and a weekend gross of $560,000) and The Weinstein Co.’s “The Matador,” which averaged $23,100 in four locations in New York and Los Angeles for a total of $92,000. It expands nationwide Jan. 20. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 email@example.com Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday in U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations. Final figures will be released Tuesday. 1. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Buena Vista, $32.8 million. 2. “King Kong,” Universal, $31.6 million. 3. “Fun With Dick and Jane,” Sony, $21 million. 4. “Cheaper by the Dozen 2,” Fox, $19.3 million. 5. “Rumor Has It,” Warner Bros., $11.6 million. 6. “The Family Stone,” Fox, $10.2 million. 7. “Memoirs of a Geisha,” Sony, $10 million. 8. “The Ringer,” Fox Searchlight, $8 million. 9. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” Warner Bros., $7.5 million. 10. “Munich,” Universal, $6.1 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “Narnia,” based on the popular C.S. Lewis novel, has taken just three weekends to place itself as the fourth-highest-grossing film released in 2005, behind only “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and “War of the Worlds.” The Disney hit had an estimated four-day gross of $32.8 million and has earned a whopping $224.8 million since its release. “Kong,” released by Universal Pictures, had spent two weekends at No. 1 but had to settle for a near photo-finish for second place this time around with estimated four-day ticket sales of $31.6 million. The three-hour epic, directed by Peter Jackson, has grossed $174.3 million since its Dec. 14 release and crossed the $400 million mark worldwide. “The first ‘Lord of the Rings’ was sitting at $164 million on Dec. 31, so we hope we’re in that company,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s president of distribution. “This was not a film that had a built-in franchise, but it is a great film and I think it’s going to have legs.” The Jim Carrey comedy “Fun With Dick and Jane” is shaping up to be a solid hit with a third-place finish and an estimated four-day gross of $21 million. The Sony Pictures Entertainment release has taken in $64.5 million since its Dec. 21 opening and propelled Sony past the $1 billion in domestic grosses for 2005. “It remains the No. 1 comedy in America and is headed in the right direction,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of domestic distribution.
Nat Coombs and Paolo Bandini are joined by experts from around Europe to look ahead to the weekend’s football matches including the Madrid derby and Der Klassiker between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in Germany
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Schwarzenegger has done it despite having voter-imposed contribution limits on some of his campaign committees that Davis did not face until the 2003 recall campaign. “Schwarzenegger has raised an average of $95,000 a day, which dwarfs the amount of money Davis raised,” said Carmen Balber, a consumer advocate for the Santa Monica-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, which tracks Schwarzenegger’s campaign contributions and has been one of his biggest critics. Schwarzenegger also has funneled $23.7 million of his own money into his campaigns, which have included his unsuccessful efforts to pass four ballot measures in last year’s special election. Angelides, a multimillionaire Sacramento land developer, has raised nearly $32.9 million since 2003, about 71 percent of which has come from donors who have given him at least $10,000. Those large contributors fall mainly into four groups: labor unions, attorneys, developers and fellow Greek-Americans. Angelides’ contribution totals do not include $18.7 million in independent support. That money came from unions and his longtime mentor, Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos, and Tsakopoulos’ daughter, which have spent it on their own campaigns supporting his candidacy. Schwarzenegger has raised his campaign money in large part by mining board rooms and executive suites from the Silicon Valley to Wall Street, the AP analysis shows. About 75 percent of his donations have come from contributors who have given him at least $10,000. Most of that money has come from businesses and business executives. Spanish-language television magnate Jerry Perenchio, Stockton developer and San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos and William Robinson, founder of the DHL courier service, each have given the governor more than $2 million. Mortgage lender Ameriquest Capital Corp., the California Republican Party, Henry Nicholas, chairman of NS Holdings LLC, and B. Wayne Hughes, chairman of Public Storage Inc., have chipped in more than $1 million apiece.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – When he ran for governor during the 2003 recall election, Arnold Schwarzenegger described the Capitol as a place where “special interests have a stranglehold. The money comes in, favors go out, the people lose.” Even as the governor says he is not returning favors for cash, the money has been flooding in since he rose from Hollywood celebrity to chief executive of the nation’s most populous state. An exhaustive review of campaign finance records by The Associated Press reveals that Schwarzenegger is on pace to become the most prolific fundraiser in California history. He has raised $113.4 million in the little more than three years since he launched his campaign to replace Democrat Gray Davis, who often was accused of having a “pay to play” approach to governing that favored his donors. That amount is nearly as much as the $120 million Davis raised over seven years for two gubernatorial campaigns and to fight the recall effort. It also is more than three times as much as Schwarzenegger’s Democratic opponent in Tuesday’s election, state Treasurer Phil Angelides, has received during roughly the same period.
The Rangers boss has opted to accept the offered ban and will sit out Wednesday’s Premiership match at Ibrox.Robinson was not give an offer of a ban because of his previous disciplinary record. The Motherwell boss has previously been in front of the disciplinary panel at Hampden, receiving a one-game ban in 2015 and a three-game suspension in 2016. A hearing has been set for November 9, potentially putting him at risk of missing the League Cup final against Celtic. The Hampden showpiece event is on November 26 so if Robinson was found to have broken the rules, any ban of more than one match would keep him out of the dugout for the final. Pedro Caixinha will be watching from the stand as his side face Kilmarnock on Wednesday after accepting a ban for misconduct.The Rangers manager was charged by the Scottish FA for his behaviour on the touchline in the League Cup semi-final.Caixinha and counterpart Stephen Robinson were sent to the stand on Sunday during Motherwell’s 2-0 win at Hampden.The governing body’s compliance officer served both with a notice of complaint for misconduct and offered Caixinha a one-game suspension from the technical area or the option to appear before a disciplinary panel to make his case.