“Georgetown on the Move”

first_imgDear Editor,Each Thursday evening, television viewers in Guyana are subjected to a most insipid programme aired locally on one of the channels called ‘Georgetown on the Move’ – a production that is apparently supposed to highlight the ‘good’ works of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown.This programme – beginning with its sardonic name – could have been considered a weekly satirical production had it not been for the very serious and sore issues it is so woefully attempting to address. A better name for this production is ‘Georgetown on the verge of collapse’.‘Georgetown on the move’ – where is Georgetown on the move to? More decay, more corruption, more neglect and more frustration for the citizens? On the move with increased general rates, the pending return of the burdensome parking meters, the Container Tax, etc?A look at the cemetery and the only movement one can see is increasing bushes and overgrowth, blocked passageways and cracked tombs; at the Municipal Abattoir, the cows stop breathing by being clubbed to death by some inhuman slaughterers. Just look at the pavement outside of the Georgetown Public Hospital where the water has not receded, making it unusable by pedestrians for months and worse, making it a breeding ground for mosquitoes that help to transmit malaria, filarial, dengue, zika etc.Really, the only movement for Georgetown is the Mayor and Town Clerk flying around the world in luxury and when in the city driving around aimlessly in some expensive sport utility vehicles with a retinue of bodyguards like they are heads of state or celebrities.In fact, the movement to which they speak must be of the money they demand from poor property owners that they lavishly spend on contracts without adherence to tender procedures and allowances that are given to a bloated staff structure, on toilet rentals that continue to be provided to the residences of the Mayor and Town Clerk in spite of the public outcry and street sweeping of potholed roads, on retreats at luxury resorts etc.But in dealing with the programme itself, one would have expected the Council to have at least engaged the services of a professional broadcaster to function as the host of the programme. Someone who has a good knowledge base: An understanding of issues, names, Georgetown’s geography, history and the ability to put all of these in perspective for viewers. Command of the English language: Dead-on grammar, syntax, pronunciation, tone and storytelling. Interviewing finesse: An instinct for what people need and want to know, and the ability to draw information by skilful, informed questioning and by listening. The current host is severely lacking in all of these areas.Georgetown is currently on the move towards becoming one big garbage pile.Sincerely,Modi Sankarlast_img read more

UAAP women’s basketball: UST locks up Final 4 slot in win over La Salle

first_img‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES ‘Gago’ 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust UST star Grace Irebu. UAAP PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas booked its ticket to the Final Four after preying on De La Salle 71-49, in the UAAP Season 82 women’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Quadricentennial Pavilion.Reigning MVP Grace Irebu led the way for UST, which is at second with a 10-3 record, with 13 points and 16 rebounds while fellow tower Tantoy Ferrer added 12 points and seven boards.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown View comments DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Paralympian Marieke Vervoort fulfills wish to take own life MOST READ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m just happy,” said UST head coach Haydee Ong. “I just told them that we should put to good use the defense we trained for the past two days.”Point guard Ruby Portillo also finished in double figures with 12 points, four rebounds, and three assists for the Golden Tigresses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4last_img read more