Dear Editor,On Tuesday, June 4, pensioners living in Blairmont and neighbouring villages finally got some much-needed relief from the rain and blistering sun, and can now rest their weary legs while waiting at the Blairmont Post Office to cash their Old Age Pension vouchers.On June 10, I wrote a letter in the press in support of two previous letters, denouncing the undignified manner in which our senior citizens are treated every month at many post offices nationwide as they wait patiently for long, exhausting hours to collect the ,000 subsistence given by the government.I then called upon the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) to provide a more reliable, hassle-free service to our most vulnerable, our elderly. Today, I’m pleased that a Good Samaritan and native of Blairmont, Nowrang Persaud, undertook this noble initiative and erected a permanent shed with wooden benches adjoining the front of the Blairmont Post Office with the blessing and approval of the GPOC.At a small opening ceremony attended by GPOC Postmistress General Karen Brown; Area Manager Balkarran Kissoon; PRO Telesha Whyte and Region 5 Vice-Chairman, Rion Peters, an overview of the project was given by Persaud, who had so far spent 0,000 of his own savings, and called for other civic-minded persons in the business community to replicate this initiative in other parts of the country.But while we appreciate this initiative, it is unfair and unrealistic to expect the business community, which is under undue pressure in a declining economy, to undertake the responsibilities of government.Our private sector is already burdened with high taxes, a struggling economy, high interest rates and lack of government incentives needed to promote growth and job-creation.I was also pleased with the commitment given by the GPOC Postmistress Genera to undertake additional improvements to the facility to prevent flooding and to provide a wheelchair ramp to the entrance of the Blairmont Post Office as is required by the Persons with Disabilities Act of 2010 – Section 28 (1).Our senior citizens deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.Yours faithfully,Harry GillMember of Parliament(PPP/C)
1 Nasty featured for City in the clash with United in Houston Samir Nasri’s inclusion on Manchester City’s US tour has angered a number of his team-mates, who have labelled the controversial midfielder as ‘arrogant’.Nasri isn’t part of Pep Guardiola’s plans, and is subject of a UEFA investigation into alleged doping rule breach, which could land him with a hefty ban. But he was used as a second-half substitute in the clash with rivals Manchester United last week, causing consternation among some City players, according to the Daily Mail. One insider told Sportsmail: ‘The squad don’t understand why Nasri is even here. He is very unpopular due to his arrogant attitude. Some of the squad even want him to go back to Manchester.’But City want to use the US trip to put Nasri in the shop window, hoping to get his £120,000-a-week pay off the wage bill at the Etihad. Nasri is waiting to hear if UEFA will charge him over his visit to the Drip Doctors in Los Angeles, where he may have received IV treatment in contrary to the European governing bodies rules.