Government Ministers visited Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) on Friday in what was expected to be a ministerial outreach to the region however, widespread picketing and poor turnout were the order of the day.Government had arranged 11 meetings in the region with the hope of meeting with residents. However, the ministers turned up at nine of the proposed meetings and were heavily picketed at most of them.The two meetings scheduled for the East Bank of the Berbice did not materialized, focusing the handful of people – who went out to have issues addressed – to return home.At Glasgow also in the East Bank of Berbice, Ministers Winston Felix and Tabitha Sarabo-Halley were expected to address residence but dissatisfied residents turned up with placards, highlighting the fact that the current administration is illegal as thy called on the David Granger led administration to resign from office.The situation was similar at Lighttown where Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence and Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman were slated to address residents.Meanwhile, at the other end of the region at Crabwood Creek, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan was greeted with a barrage of protesters when he went into the community.The protesters also chanted slogans as minister within Indigenous Affairs Ministry Valerie Lowe spoke to less than ten persons as she announced that General and Regional Elections will be held this year.Also attending the meeting was Minister Anette Ferguson who explain the central Government’s role.At the end of the meeting the few farmers, who attended expressed disappointment stating that none of the ministers addressed issues of concern to them – namely agriculture as rice, cash crop and cattle farmers are in need of urgent intervention from central government to have canals and dams upgraded.
BEVERLY HILLS – Gladys Knight, whose five-decade career covers gospel, pop and R&B, will receive the 16th annual Ella Award from the Society of Singers tonight. Named after its first recipient, Ella Fitzgerald, the award is given to singers “whose significant musical accomplishments are equaled by their dedication to charitable and humanitarian causes both local and international,” according to the Society of Singers. SOS, a nonprofit organization that offers comprehensive services to meet the emergency financial needs of professional singers worldwide, will present the award to Knight at a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel. Melissa Etheridge, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Mathis, Kimberley Locke and Wayne Brady are among those expected to attend. Previous recipients of the award, besides Fitzgerald herself, include Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Peggy Lee, Lena Horne, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett and Placido Domingo. “Gladys Knight has one of the greatest and most distinctive voices of our time, and is a woman who has helped countless people through her humanitarian and philanthropic work,” said SOS President and Chief Executive Officer Jerry F. Sharell. A seven-time Grammy Award winner with number one hits in the pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary formats, Knight has released nearly 40 albums. Her most recent, “Before Me,” a tribute to the likes of Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday. The fall 2006 release was part of a charity initiative that Knight launched in collaboration with Ashley Stewart Stores. She also works with charities ranging from the American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society to the Minority AIDS Project and amFAR, according to SOS. SOS was founded in 1984 by Chairman Emeritus Ginny Mancini and Gilda Maiken Anderson when the two former professional singers realized that many of their friends and colleagues were without pensions, unions, medical insurance or places to turn for financial help during tough times. SOS aids professional singers of all ages, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, and offers scholarship programs designed to advance the vocal arts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!