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GUYANA: Saving the Georgetown City Hall Building – commentary

City Hall . Georgetown. Guyana

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It is entirely possible that there is a point to the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) once again deeming City Hall hazardous, but it is certainly very murky. For one thing, the heritage building is over 130 years old. Not that there is anything wrong with that per se, there are older buildings in this country and around the world that are not only still standing, but are in superlative condition. Sadly, that is not something anyone can say about City Hall. For another, while its faulty electrical wiring is definitely a fire hazard, this finding had already been made by the GFS so why is there need for repetition?

Here’s the thing, City Hall’s overall deterioration is very well known by those who occupy it, those who pass by it, and the powers that be. However, over the years, it has seen only very basic, stop-gap repairs that have likely done little but prevent it from collapsing.        Continue reading

City Council and Government to be blamed for floods – Engineers

City Council and Government to be blamed for floods – Engineers

NOVEMBER 30, 2013 | BY  |  – citizens urged to prepare for more floods

As more heavy rains are expected, the Ministry of Public Works has started a one week operation to unclog and clean some of the major trenches in Central Georgetown.
The project commenced yesterday and was led by Project Engineer, Mr. Khiraj Bisesar  The engineer noted that whilst this operation falls directly under the leadership of the Mayor and City Council, the Ministry of Public Works found it necessary to respond to this problem as the Council is failing to carry out its basic duties.

Work being done to bring to one of the outfall.

Photo: Work being done to bring to one of the outfall.

He said, “The rainfall we had on Wednesday last was the most intense shower we ever had in a six-hour period. Based on this, the Ministry of Public Works has decided that immediate works on the drains need to be done. It is high time the drains are cleaned because heavy showers are expected over the next couple of days.   Continue reading

Capitol News –TV News Videos -18 Sep 2013

Capitol News –TV News Videos -18 Sep 2013

  • AFC says it will continue to sideline Minister Rohee since the increase in crime speaks to the lack of proper leadership
  • Rear Admiral Gary Best given a grand send off as he retires from the Guyana Defense Force
AFC says it will continue to sideline Minister Rohee since the increase in crime speaks to the lack of proper leadershipPosted: 18 Sep 2013 04:13 PM PDTCrimes recorded by the Guyana Police Force are increasing and the business community in most cases continues to feel the brunt of this social problem. Recent figures published by the Police have shown that already for this year, close to 92 murders were recorded when compared with last year.  That is a four percent increase. […]
 Rear Admiral Gary Best given a grand send off as he retires from the Guyana Defense Force    Posted: 18 Sep 2013 03:38 PM PDTOutgoing Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force Rear Admiral Gary Best handed over the leadership of the GDF to new Chief-of-Staff  Brigadier Mark Phillips. Best is retiring from the army after serving the institution for over three decades with the latter part of his tenure as Head of the GDF. In his parting address Best […]
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Georgetown: Restoration – commentary

Restoration

Posted By Staff Writer On February 3, 2013 –  Editorial | 

The news that Mayor Hamilton Green had convened a meeting attended, among others, by some well-known engineers, not to mention Eddy Grant, on how to go about restoring City Hall was certainly uplifting to the spirits of all citizens who have the material heritage of Georgetown at heart. A decision came out of it on how to proceed, which would have given residents a glimmer of hope that Ignatius Scoles’ stately structure may yet not suffer the same fate as the New Amsterdam Hospital.

The only reservation, if such it could be called, was the fact that no senior representative of government was in attendance, although that would be of little account provided that they are prepared to work with the city council and with the special technical team which is being proposed. The National Trust, however, was present, and they are of course a critical agency in their own right.    Continue reading

Georgetown cleanup – Adding insult to injury

Adding insult to injury

Stabroek staff– December 13, 2012 – Editorial |  Comments

It is bad enough that for more than two decades, residents of and visitors to Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, have had their senses assaulted by the sight and smell of garbage. Piles and piles of it, thrown just about anywhere and left sometimes for weeks at a time.

Worse, residents have had their yards, and often, their homes flooded after the slightest drizzle of rain, causing damage to costly furniture and appliances, because drains, canals and alleyways are clogged with thick mud, riotously growing vegetation, which almost seems as if it has been fed with Miracle Gro and again, garbage – plastic bags, bottles and cups and cardboard and styrofoam boxes.     Continue reading