TINA was eight feet two inches tall. She was born in a small village. Her parents were middle income earners and she was blessed with a kid brother and a ten year-old sister, three years younger than her. There was also Purfee, a little cat given to Tina by her father who was once a general in the army. The father lost his job due to a national crisis and later found himself in the village, with his family. They lived in a two-room house that contained few chairs, two beds and some kitchen stuff. Before settling in this village, the family traveled from one place to another because her father had become an agriculturalist, always looking for good soil. It meant change of schools for Tina and getting new friends which was not something hard for Tina when the family finally settled in the new village. Majority of the parents were low to middle income earners. As a result the students did not worry about wearing expensive clothes. So it was but for Tina she was accustomed to wearing tee-shirts, jeans and sneakers for school and was always in a hurry to tell her friends how she climbed one of the tallest trees during the day or how she went fishing with boys and caught the biggest fish. “Honey, another great opportunity has come,” her father said to her as they ate supper one evening. “What’s it?” Tina asked. “I’ve been called back to the army and that means going back to the city.” “Really?” “Of course,” her father said, “and we are leaving a day or two from now.” Just as almost everyone, especially kids cannot wait or even sleep on Christmas Eve, so was Tina who could not wait to find herself in an environment that was full of almost all the most talked about things, (zoo, skyscrapers, parks, popular schools and others.) The next morning, Tina asked her father, “What hour will the camp motor arrive?” “Maybe 7:00a.m.” “How big is the camp motor?” “Like a 40 feet container.” “Can it take all the big things we have here?” “Did you say big things?” her father said. Tina replied, “Oh, I forgot, we’ve just few things here but daddy are we to forget about our garden?”SCHOOL was about to start and parents took their children for shopping. Tina’s parents too took her to shop for her usual wearing. THE first day of school seemed to be the worse day ever in the life of ‘little’ Tina as she was always called by her father. Entering the school’s fence, she stood and observed for a while and all she could see were girls wearing mini dresses, high heel shoes, purses and handbags, nails painted red and so on. These were all teenagers like me, she thought. And just as everyone turned to look at Tina, who was standing above everyone, they shouted, “Tall Tina.” Tina wondered how they knew her name. She tried not to faint which she actually wanted to. She could not stand her blue jeans, tee-shirt; her low cut hair and flat chest that looked like a billboard as compared to those students. Tina felt out of place and wished she could have just evaporated into thin air and not be seen anymore. No student could learn in the class that day, for she felt eyes were teasing her. During the class introduction, Tina who wanted to lie about everything could not do it when she introduced herself and called her name. The whole class went wide with laughter. At home she told her parents about her experience and concluded that she did not want to return to the school. However, they encouraged her. “Whatever career that is in a person is within and can only come out by the persons’ determination to make the best of herself.” Afterwards Tina realized she did not care anymore about being described as ‘Tall Tina’ or just a straight structure. She did not care.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– Energy Director tells Men’s ForumDirector of the Department of Energy (DoE), Dr. Mark Bynoe, on Saturday said that with the advent of first oil, cheap fuel can be provided without a local refinery.These participants at the Men’s Regional Convention pay keen attention to the presentation being made by Director, Department of Energy, Dr Mark BynoeDr. Bynoe was at the time speaking to 200 men at the Men’s Regional Convention organised by the Restoration Temple A.O.G. in New York in collaboration with the Mocha Church of the Nazarene. This was at the Ramada Hotel at Providence, East Bank Demerara.In his address at the gathering, the Energy Director said the DoE would pursue only evidence-based decision-making which would lead to prudent, non-regrettable investments.“We have never said that there will never be a refinery. At this time, a refinery is not feasible… I think what most people are conflating is not if a refinery should come to shore, it’s whether or not we should have cheap fuel. A refinery doesn’t mean cheap fuel, or the absence of a refinery doesn’t mean that you will not have cheap fuel. Cheap fuel is a policy decision, and there are many ways by which you can ultimately have cheap fuel… I cannot advise my Minister to pursue an investment down a rabbit hole. What the Department is concerned about is what we call ‘no-regrets investment’. When you invest today, you must not regret tomorrow…it must be monies that are well spent,” Dr. Bynoe noted.Director, Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe (fifth from left) along with some of the organizers and participants of the Men’s Regional Convention at the Ramada Hotel, East Bank DemeraraAdditionally, he said the industry must be managed for the benefit of all Guyanese.“We are accountable first and foremost to the people of Guyana. These resources are not Bynoe’s resources; these resources do not belong to the President of Guyana; they belong to Guyanese…and the minute we stop distinguishing about ethnicity, the better it will be for all Guyanese,” Dr. Bynoe said.Meanwhile, during the interactive session, one participant, Dornnel McFarlane, said that as a Communications student at the University of Guyana, he now has a better understanding of the role that he can play in the development of the oil and gas sector.“I recognise that through the media, which has a very important role to play in changing our landscape for the transformation of Guyana, I can play a very integral role in disseminating information that is very objective, that will lead to truth and confidence, and that will surely show the real picture. Another thing that stood out for me is that the contracts [are] not as bad as they seem. How Dr. Bynoe explained the contracts, I recognise that it’s really and truly moving Guyana forward,” he said.The Department of Energy continues to spearhead interactive sessions that target a wide cross section of persons, to keep them informed about developments in the petroleum sector.The Convention was held at the Ramada Hotel, East Bank Demerara.