Another political stunt

first_imgDear Editor,The People’s National Congress (PNC)-led coalition pulled off another political stunt rather than a celebratory event – this 52nd Independence anniversary of our country. I say this in review of the pathetic show foisted on the people at D’Urban Park. They rented schoolchildren (typical PNC style propaganda machinery) from all across the country to populate the stands to hear the most depressing of speeches in a long time. Well, if you should take the President’s speech in its truest sense, the children were not the ones catered for in that address; his talk was mainly for the adults and those at home. So, Granger’s address was simply “talk” that was over their heads.Right from the very start of the ceremony, that is, the salute and inspection of the guard, showed that empty void of pomp and pageantry, that usually greets you at these events. Even when he was invited to inspect the guard of honour, Granger was literally running ahead of the ceremonial officer. The common formalities that important dignitaries show on such important events were woefully lacking. He looked lost, confused and bewildered. The President’s show of nervousness may have been symptomatic of his address that came after in which he gave himself away in all that he said. His was a prepared speech full of political innuendos and he contradicted himself throughout the address. Whether by accident or design, he completely forgot his campaign promises, chief of which was the ushering in of the “good life” soon after taking office. That promise we now know was a farce, seeing the good life is not an achievable good for the present generation, but something in the far distant future. Yes, we heard him, loud and clear a “future good life” and not a present one.Of course, this is the newest “pie in the sky” campaign type rhetoric coming from a President three-fifths into his rule.So, the supposed additional bacchanal of this Independence anniversary being a “Carnival” event that too was a damper as the people saw this as another ploy to divert attention from the present sad situation that has enveloped this nation. That Burnhamite strategy resurrected by Granger, is a sure way of keeping the nation in a stupor. Dance away your worries, dance your stresses and your distresses away. But even that was low-key because there is nothing to party about because most of us lack the means with-which to party. Where is the means to do so? With over 25,000 persons out of a job and others not sure of the one that they now hold, the situation is terribly dreadful.To sum it up in these simple words, it was an “abysmal performance by the Granger regime.”Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Wondering Where Your Bus Is Ask The Social Media Team

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /03:55 Listen – / 3Editor’s note: This story was originally published on September 29, 2016To meet Metro’s social media team, we head into the bowels of Houston’s traffic control hub, a darkened room lit almost entirely by screens and filled with the crackle of two-way radios. And we’re here to put a face with the letter. We meet team member Brent Taylor. He signs his tweets “B.” Taylor shows us around the control room floor at Houston Transtar. “We are communicating here between all these different agencies to figure out what’s going on on the streets and how we can alleviate any problems that come up,” says Taylor. And what are they hoping to do for riders?“The idea really I think is just to empower them with information, so if you’re waiting for your bus, you have the information about the route that you’re preparing to use so you can plan for extra time, or make any other accommodations you made need to.” We also meet Ramonica Jones, who signs her tweets “R.” She takes us through a typical day.  “One minute you’re bombarded with tweets and emails and questions and phone calls. And one minute it’s kind of slow and steady,” says Jones. “And everything may be weather-related as far as the delays or the questions or the complaints or the concerns or the compliments that we get. So it just varies day to day.” And since it is social media, the team doesn’t just give information. Jones says they spend a lot of time getting to know the riders on Twitter and Facebook. “We have this one rider who loves to interact with us,” says Jones. “He’ll tell us, ‘Hey you guys, I’m so nervous about this talent show that I’m in.’ And then we’ll just try to encourage him and say, ‘Hey you’re going to do great. Thanks for choosing Metro to participate in this exciting event in your life.’ So we get everything. We’re right there, we’re ready, and we’re immediate with our responses.”Also at the social media desk is Alicia Lynch, who’s known on Twitter as “A.” Lynch works the early morning shift, so if a bus is running late she’s probably going to hear about it. “Actually Houstonians, the majority are very nice,” says Lynch. “That’s just a culture thing and it’s replicated in their tweets. Most of them start with a ‘good morning’ even though they’re angry sometimes or they’re just tired waiting. They start and they say, ‘I’m just querying about a particular route, where’s my bus’ and they don’t always come at you in an aggressive tone. I actually really appreciate that.”   The Metro social media team estimates it sends out 1,000-1,500 tweets a month, more if the weather is bad. Brent Taylor says when you need to communicate on an immediate basis, you have to have a team that’s completely dedicated to the task. “It’s such a constantly changing and evolving landscape that you need someone who’s focused and locked into it, who can really kind of foresee the trends and figure out the easiest way that people are communicating, the best way to reach the passengers in the most real time,” explains Taylor. Metro says it’s planning more outreach in the months to come, to get riders involved with its social media efforts. And that does include taking selfies on your favorite route. Sharelast_img read more

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