The more things change at the City Council, the more they remain the same

first_imgDear Editor,As the old saying goes, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’. The image displayed on a local television channel and on a news website recently of a member of the Public Relations Department of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown in a deep slumber, drooling and with his mouth hanging open during the course of a statutory meeting of that body speaks volumes of the lethargy of the administration.How is it possible in the midst of a meeting of that august body, presided over by no less a person than His Worship the Mayor, and attended by other ‘city mothers and fathers’, senior municipal officers and members of civil society, that an officer could nonchalantly fall asleep and only awaken after a rumpus broke out about the ineptitude of that very department to which he belonged.Was he that bored, blasé and uninterested in the proceedings that he thought it best to catch up on some ZZZZZZZs? Or was he sending a subtle message to the Councillors that the meeting was just really a complete waste of time.Why didn’t any of his colleagues wake him, or is sleeping at these meetings a norm? Will he be hauled over the coals for this indiscretion or will it just be treated as a point of jester? In some countries, Generals and a Vice Premier who were caught napping during public functions addressed by their leaders have faced dire consequences.But then again, this is City Hall, and you have about 10 senior functionaries who were fingered for grave acts of misconduct by a Commission of Inquiry but who continue on their merry way as though nothing has happened. Indeed they continue to make a mess of things at the Council and are ostensibly given a pat on the back.I would like to suggest that for their future statutory meetings that the chairs be removed and as is done in some municipalities in the far East, that the Councillors and the officers be made to stand for the duration of the meetings. This would result in shorter meetings, in everyone remaining awake and having less idle talk.The more things change at the City Council, the more they remain the same.Sincerely,Roseanne Rodgerslast_img read more

Continue Reading

MOU 2

first_imgA Memorandum of Understanding had been previouslyA Memorandum of Understanding had been previously established between The Wool Research Association (WRA) of India and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia (RMIT University).”With the Victorian delegation visiting India and the RMIT University MoU with our Centre of Excellence, the Wool Research Association of India will gain immense opportunities to work a strategic way forward in the field of sport textiles,” said Dr. Kavita Gupta, Additional Secretary to Government of India and Textile Commissioner at the RMIT-WRA collaboration and Australian delegation visit. “The partnership with RMIT is aimed at improving the main function of the WRA Centre of Excellence, to share and transfer knowledge of sports technologies and textiles. This will occur through various research and training workshops, seminars and conferences for the participating industry, researchers, students and new entrepreneurs,” said Shri. M.K. Bardhan, Director General, WRA at the RMIT-WRA collaboration. With the signing of this MoU, the two organisations plan to draw on the international expertise from RMITs Centre for Advanced Materials and Performance Textiles (CAMPT), especially from its Human Ecology and Clothing Science Research Group that focuses on spaces like sport materials, sports and performance apparel and human-performance technologies.CAMPT is the leading-edge textile research facility within the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University. The Centre has developed notable products including protective fabrics for defence and fire fighters, materials for improved sports performance and innovative car seat covers that ensure optimal airbag deployments.As a part of this plan, RMIT and WRA will be collaborating to create a common platform called International Sportech Centre, which will focus on pilot trial and testing facilities as well as R&D for sports textiles manufacturers in the country. The Centre will also provide new avenues for entrepreneurs to develop new products, standards and prototypes of sports equipment, textiles and goods. MORE PRN PSadvertisementlast_img read more

Continue Reading