“Echos From The Plantation” – a movie that portrays the livelihood of Indians on the sugar plantation will be released on Saturday at the Nirvana Humanitarian Foundation at Metem-Mere-Zorg, West Coast Demerara, in time for the 180th anniversary of the arrival of East Indians to Guyana.The movie which has a cast of local cane, provision and rice farmers was directed by Kishore Sewnarine out of New York.The movie came about in 2014 when the director made a research presentation at his office as a speech.One year later, he used that speech as an opening monologue for a play staged by Nirvana Humanitarian Foundation Inc, USA.While performing the monologue both in NYC and Toronto, Sewnarine noticed tears in the eyes of the audience as they related to the story. After the production, many asked if he can record the monolog and post it up to YouTube.While it caught his ears, it did not satisfy his artistic desire. He had been acting since 1977 and to slap together a YouTube video with stock footage from the Internet was not sounding good to him. As such, he committed to making a movie.He began writing the script in 2016 and the scenes were shot it in 2017. The scenes were shot in Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo. In one of the scenes, the village of India was built from scratch in Perseverance Estate on the Essequibo coast.The logee and slave ship were also built at Bola Sawmill in Hubu.The primary reason for this production is to celebrate/commemorate the 180th anniversary of the arrival of Indians in Guyana.Because of that intention, the movie focuses on the first batch of Indians only. There are many other elements of the Indian history in Guyana but many of those elements happened later in the saga.
The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is the 2013 recipient of the Prince Michael of Kent International Road Safety Award, in recognition of its programmes and activities that have resulted in significant reductions in traffic accidents and fatalities across Jamaica.His Royal Highness, Prince Michael of Kent, presented the award to NRSC Chairperson, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, during the Council’s 20th anniversary commemorative banquet at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on April 17.Making the presentation, the Prince said Jamaica’s achievement in reducing the incidence of road fatalities is demonstrative of how “effective leadership can make a real difference and save many lives.” “What the National Road Safety Council has done over 20 years is impressive and serves as an example to other countries, large and small, of how a lead agency should be organized,” he said, in reference to agency’s efforts resulting in a reduction in road fatalities from over 400 per year to under 300 over the period.“To be truly successful, the lead agency itself needs strong political influence to ensure that governments put in place effective legislations and allocate the appropriate resources to allow for a safe environment for road users. It also needs authority and support from a wide range of government and civil institutions,” the Prince said.While commending Jamaica’s achievements, he said that “there is still much to be done”. However, he said he took comfort in the re-assurance which he received during his five-day working visit to Jamaica, that road safety “will remain high on the government’s agenda and that the NRSC will continue to receive support from the Prime Minister.”Noting that 2013 marks 12 years since the introduction of the international award scheme, initiated to recognize outstanding innovation and achievements in road safety, the Prince said the initiative has assisted in generating wider attention and greater support for the work and innovations of the recipients.In her remarks, NRSC Executive Director, Paula Fletcher, in welcoming the award, said the agency is “re-energized” by the support received, adding that “we re-commit ourselves to the vital goal of saving lives and reducing injuries on our roads.”Noting that the continued reduction in road fatalities and injuries was a key goal of Jamaica and many other countries, Mrs. Fletcher said the NRSC welcomes the efforts of members, associates, as well as local and international partners towards this end.“We invite every single person to join in this life-saving drive; the life you save may be your own,” she stressed.The Prince, who arrived in Jamaica on April 15, departs the island today (April 19). He was a special guest of the NRSC.By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, is hailing the Government for its effort to improve Jamaica’s economic outlook.Mrs. Lagarde commended Jamaica for stabilising the macroeconomic climate, reducing its debt levels, setting fiscal precedence for the rest of the region and increasing the rate of employment.“The resolve of the Jamaican authorities… has been critically important to arrive at those successful results,” she said.Mrs. Lagarde was speaking in an exclusive interview on the JIS television programme, ‘Issues and Answers’, on November 16.“In addition, civil society engagement through the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) has also been critical to turn the Jamaican economic situation into an attractive proposition for those who want to invest,” Mrs. Lagarde noted.The Managing Director said that “with the economy now stabilised, the fiscal situation much improved and the debt going down very rapidly, there needs to be a focus on efficient public spending in order to invest where there will be growth,” Mrs. Lagarde said.She noted that the private sector must also be encouraged to invest in areas that are being targeted for growth.Mrs. Lagarde participated in the one-day IMF 2017 High Level Caribbean Forum held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on November 16.Today (November 17), Ms. Lagarde will hold bilateral talks with the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and will also meet with the Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, and women leaders.She will also visit the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) where she will participate in a book launch and an interactive session with students. International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, is hailing the Government for its effort to improve Jamaica’s economic outlook. The Managing Director said that “with the economy now stabilised, the fiscal situation much improved and the debt going down very rapidly, there needs to be a focus on efficient public spending in order to invest where there will be growth,” Mrs. Lagarde said. Mrs. Lagarde commended Jamaica for stabilising the macroeconomic climate, reducing its debt levels, setting fiscal precedence for the rest of the region and increasing the rate of employment. Story Highlights