Can someone help these people?

first_imgDear Editor,Only recently, I penned a letter about the vendors’ (mainly water, juice and drinks) plight and asked that some sort of leniency or agreement be made with the vendors and the City Council. Not a word was uttered, except about the skullduggery being committed by Royston King, and that City Police (market constables) continue to ‘shake down’ the vendors daily.On Wednesday, October 9, the City Police collected three vendors who were about to start plying their trade. They handcuffed them and forced them to walk to Regent Street Constabulary office. According to one of the vendors, they told him they were arresting him for “obstruction of traffic”.I find disgusting, and also amusing, the treatment meted out against these people who are trying to make an honest living.One of the vendors ply his trade between the Routes 45 (Lamaha/Hosp) and 41 (Norton Street/South) parks, and his cart would be stationed besides a light post, which is not a hindrance to any traffic from any of the routes’ vehicles. Meanwhile, all the routes have buses parking in all sorts of manner, causing traffic congestion all over, and this cannot be dealt with.At the Constabulary, Editor, the three vendors where given a very meticulous search, and the order to post an eight-thousand-dollar bail. At no time was any charge written out, or were they asked to give any statement, or told anything, except being ordered to sign the bail receipt and told they have to attend court on the 18th. Immediately upon hearing this, I assume some sort of dishonesty had been involved, because why would they assign a date so far away and not same, next, or a closer date? I hope someone shows a little interest into this matter, because only recently the Chief Constable was blubbering about the glorious plans for the Stabroek area, and instead I am seeing serious ‘shakedowns’ and robberies being committed, among other crimes.Finally Editor, I’ve always supported utilising local products, and this particular season, there’s a wide variety of fruits available; and through strong determination and creativity of many young people, all the fruits are being used to produce local fruit drinks, some even blended/mixed together, and they are even making lime juice (swank) and adding green colouring to it, and it is selling.Admirably, the various vendors could be seen with their white hats and clothes vending. They are worth praising, because many people are supporting them, even tourists. I’ve had over eight juice for the week, and they vary between the cherries, sorrel, guava and passion fruit.Why are they given a fight down instead of being helped? Had this sort of fight down occurred under the PPP/C, we would have been hearing of discrimination, but now we are seeing brothers fighting down brothers. Such is ‘A GOOD LIFE FOR ALL’.Take a walk at Stabroek area, spend time, and you will see drugs being utilised openly; touts cursing, tugging, pushing and abusing passengers; people being robbed in bright daylight, and vendors crying because their honest hustle is too much for the City Constable, even though many of these constables bumming vendors for passage to go home when they finish working.Yours respectfully,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

Rusal Guyana monitoring situation – company official

first_imgUS sanctions on Russian tycoon Top management of the Rusal-owned Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI/ RUSAL) are continuously monitoring the situation globally after United States imposed blacklisting sanctions on a number of Russian businessmen and officials.Among those sanctioned by the US is Russian business tycoon Oleg Deripaska, main owner of the EN+ conglomerate, co-owner of Rusal.A management official at level of Rusal’s operations here told <> yesterday that the company is now awaiting word from the Moscow office. The official noted that it is too early to ascertain whether or what impact the sanction could have on the company’s operations here.“These are early times. We’ve all heard of it, but this (is) the weekend and so we don’t know for sure what’s going on, until maybe in the new week. At this time, everybody just have their ears open, listening to see what we can pick up. Our head office is shut in Moscow, so we don’t know what is happening at this time,” the official noted.Asked whether there has been any meeting among top management at the company locally since news of the sanctions broke, the manager explained that there is usually a managers’ review meeting in the mornings to discuss operations in the past 24 hours. The official added that nothing on the sanctions or from Moscow was formally brought up.The company official went on to say that since the news broke on Friday, there has not been any change to operations here. However, while reiterating that it is still too early to make an assessment, the official noted that, over the past three weeks or so, the company has being making “huge investments” in equipment to improve operations in Guyana.“We have lots of forks, excavators and everything that are coming in. As a matter of fact, as we speak right now, there’re three huge trucks that came in, and they’ve just been launched and put into operation. This would have been so sudden, so abrupt… and I don’t think anybody could have estimated that something like this would’ve happened, but it would be too early to speculate what could happen,” the official asserted.The US Treasury Department, in a statement on Friday, announced the sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, 12 companies they either own or control, and 17 senior Government officials who Washington said were profiting from the Russian Government’s engagement in “a range of malign activities” around the world.“Russian oligarchs and elites who profit from this corrupt system will no longer be insulated from the consequences of their government’s destabilizing activities,” the US statement added.The Treasury Department warned that US entities would be “generally prohibited” from dealings with the persons and firms on the sanctions list, while added that companies outside the United States could face sanctions for “knowingly facilitating significant transactions for, or on behalf of,” the sanctioned entities.A report published by Reuters on Friday said that the US Government’s decision to include Deripaska on its sanctions blacklist will reverberate around the world, because his business empire has a global footprint and counts major multinationals as partners.Deripaska, estimated by Forbes magazine to have a net worth of $6.7 billion, is the main owner of the conglomerate EN+, co-owner of some of the world’s biggest metals producers, Rusal and Nornickel.According to the international news agency, Deripaska’s inclusion on the U.S. sanctions list could potentially create complications for companies with which he does business. They include German car giant Volkswagen and commodities trader Glencore.Rusal, Reuters reported, had said it regretted its inclusion on the U.S. sanctions list, adding that its advisors were studying the situation.Hong Kong-listed Rusal is one of the world’s biggest aluminium producers. It says exports to the United States account for over 10 percent of its output.Rusal owns assets in Italy, Ireland, Sweden, Nigeria, Guyana, Guinea. It owns a stake in Australian QAL, the world’s top alumina refinery.last_img read more

Govt should have gone to arbitration – source

first_imgMissing US$5M GTT shares…rather than 6-year pursuit of Hong Kong-based companyWith the confusion that accompanied Guyana’s attempts to collect the outstanding US$5 million from the sale of the State’s 20 per cent stake in GTT, some persons are wondering why recourse was not previously made to an arbitrator or even the courts. According to a source close to the original deal that saw Hong Kong Golden Telecom Company (HKGTC) snagging the shares, Guyana would have been better placed to collect the outstanding money had it gone to arbitration. The source made it clear that the $5 million was never paid at the time Minister of State, Joseph Harmon returned from China and Government said it was.“When [National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited] NICIL first advertised GTT [shares], the highest public tender was $7 million. Through Ambassador David Dabydeen, they were able to get this company to buy the 20 per cent. They pushed a high price; they got US$30 million – US$25 million upfront,” the source said, adding that after two years passed and the outstanding money was not paid, the NICIL Board began discussions on how to get the money.“The money was never paid, so when Harmon went to China and came back, and said it was paid and then they found out it wasn’t paid and then they were negotiating, they should have gone to arbitration. I don’t know what has happened, but nothing NICIL did was improper. And they got very good value, because up to (2016) very little in dividends was being paid (by GTT).”The sharesNICIL had disposed of its 20 per cent shares back in 2012. The outstanding US$5 million was to be paid by October 22, 2014, but it was never paid despite several written requests from NICIL.Minister Harmon and NICIL legal counsel Natalia Seepersaud had subsequently travelled to China with the intention of collecting the money, but were informed that the money was already paid.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had later announced that Harmon was able to retrieve some documents which showed that the monies were paid. But following the controversy this revelation sparked, NICIL had refuted that the monies were ever paid.To make matters worse, it was reported that former Ambassador to China, David Dabydeen, had arranged a waiver of the payment with the Chinese company. This claim was promptly denied by former President Donald Ramotar.The dealIn January of this year, NICIL Chairman, Dr Maurice Odle had told Guyana Times that an interim agreement between the State and Hong Kong Golden Telecom Company was in full force.“An interim agreement has been made to accept three million in the first instance, of the $5 million [US] that is owed,” Dr Odle had explained. “Negotiations had been continuing with respect to the remaining $2 million. The situation remains that negotiations are in place, (so) those negotiations are (still) ongoing.”The next month, NICIL CEO Horace James had said that talks were wrapping up. He had also been optimistic of a March deadline for the negotiations to end.last_img read more

Fort St. John gets thousands for social housing

first_imgPeace River North MLA Pat Pimm has confirmed that Fort St. John will be the beneficiary of nearly 808 thousand dollars, under terms of a new senior government agreement to renovate and retrofit social housing. Prince George/Peace River MP Jay Hill says Ottawa is working with all the provinces, and injecting one billion dollars into the upgrade program. A news release from Mr. Pimm’s office calls the initiative part of an overall 14 billion dollar capital infrastructure program, launched by the province, that will create up to 88 thousand jobs over three years.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Neighborhood revival?

first_img“Now neighborhood councils have a very loud voice,” says Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who heads the Education and Neighborhoods Committee. A louder one, at least. We just hope that the city’s leaders will be listening.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MARCH could mark the beginning of a revival of Los Angeles’ seven-year-old neighborhood councils system, which has lagged under weak leadership and lack of City Hall support. Or not. It all depends on whether the city’s elected leaders follow through on several recent decisions, and do so with the proper care and feeding the councils need to grow into a legitimate outlet for citizen participation. The first good decision was the launching of a pilot program in which neighborhood councils get to review land-use proposals before they go before the Planning Commission or City Council. This is a major concession, since neighborhood council participants had asked for pre-involvement for years instead of hearing about problem developments when it’s almost too late. New developments greatly affect the city’s already impacted neighborhoods. It makes sense that stakeholders in the community have a say in the proposals. The second decision was the removal of Lisa Sarno as general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. The third was the appointment of Carol Baker Tharp to replace her. Tharp, a scholar of neighborhood participation at the University of Southern California, has been involved in the creation and development of the city’s neighborhood council system since before it appeared on the ballot. Her knowledge of neighborhood participation in Los Angeles and elsewhere makes her uniquely qualified to know what works, and what doesn’t. And what hasn’t worked – for L.A.’s communities, anyway – is the deliberate undermining of neighborhoods by City Hall. This series of changes gives the city the tools to forge a revival of its dysfunctional neighborhood council system, which some have suggested dismantling. last_img read more

Ritchie strikes to stun lacklustre United

first_img0Shares0000Matt Ritchie and the Newcastle fans were elated after he scored the only goal of the game against Manchester United © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYNEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Feb 11 – Jose Mourinho is still waiting to win a Premier League game at Newcastle after Matt Ritchie’s goal sentenced Manchester United to a shock 1-0 defeat on Sunday.This was Mourinho’s seventh attempt to steer a team to victory on Tyneside and the United manager was destined for more misery at St James’ Park thanks Ritchie’s second-half goal. Adding to Mourinho’s frustration, the goal stemmed from a free-kick awarded for a needless dive by United defender Chris Smalling.But Mourinho could have no complaints about second placed United’s second defeat in their last three league games.This was an unimaginative performance lacking drive and desire and leaves them 16 points behind leaders Manchester City.United couldn’t match the aggression of a Newcastle team fighting for survival and there were wild celebrations at full-time as the hosts moved out of the relegation zone.Mourinho must have feared the worst early on.United arrived with seven clean sheets in their last eight games, but proved to be surprisingly vulnerable.After only five minutes, David De Gea made an excellent save from Jonjo Shelvey after Dwight Gayle’s free-kick rebounded to the midfielder off the United wall.Ayoze Perez drove a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the area and a superb clearance from Smalling snuffed out another Newcastle threat as United struggled to retain possession.It all added up to a hugely encouraging start for Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who gave a debut to Slovak goalkeeper Martin Dubravka following his arrival on loan last month.In his first half-hour of Premier League football, Dubravka was only required to make two routine clearances from the edge of his area.At the other end, De Gea had made another save from Kenedy by the time the visitors finally tested Dubravka as he turned away a 32nd minute shot from Jesse Lingard.– Clumsy challenge –Pogba was ineffectual as United lost at Newcastle to slip back towards their fellow top-four hopefulsFour minutes later Dubravka showed why Benitez was so eager to sign him.Anthony Martial appeared certain to score when Nemanja Matic’s measured pass sent him clear, but the keeper narrowed the angle and kicked away the shot.United might have gone in behind if referee Craig Pawson had not rejected justifiable penalty claims when Gayle went down under a clumsy challenge from Smalling in the 40th minute.Benitez’s furious reaction on the touchline mixed anger with disbelief.The Spaniard was more impressed by Pawson’s judgement eight minutes into the second-half when the official decided – correctly – that Romelu Lukaku had pushed a defender as he rose to head past Dubravka.Lukaku, like the majority of his teammates, had been anonymous.One exception was Alexis Sanchez and he almost put them ahead in the 57th minute when he rounded Dubravka before his goal-bound shot was blocked by Florian Lejeune.Mourinho was already preparing to send on substitutes Michael Carrick and Juan Mata in place of the ineffectual Paul Pogba and Lingard when his side went behind from a free-kick awarded for Smalling’s dive.The defender was cautioned and further punishment was to follow when Shelvey delivered the free-kick.Lejeune headed it towards goal, Gayle touched it back into the path of Ritchie and he stroked his shot inside the post from 10 yards.It proved to be enough to earn Newcastle three invaluable points, but only after two goalline clearances from Gayle denied Martial in the closing moments.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tottenham target summer swoop for France midfield star

first_img1 Lassana Diarra in action for France Tottenham are keeping tabs on Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra.?The 31-year-old has rediscovered his best form this season and earned a recall to Didier Deschamps’ France squad.Inter Milan have scouted the former Arsenal and Chelsea man, as have Italian champions Juventus.However, according to France Football, Tottenham are now weighing up a summer swoop for Diarra.Spurs are in the market for a central midfielder at the end of the season and have already been linked with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.A move for Diarra would be significantly cheaper, though, and Tottenham may move for the Frenchman instead.last_img read more

Newcastle defeat could spell the end for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Jose Mourinho looks to be heading for the exit at Manchester United shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REAL DEAL Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury gameday cracker 1 silverware REVEALED tense deals no dice Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January center_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Jose Mourinho is facing the sack at Manchester United after losing the backing of his Old Trafford bosses.That’s according to an exclusive report in The Sun, with the newspaper claiming a defeat to Newcastle this weekend would likely see his reign brought to an end. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Premier League News REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City United have gone four games without a win and are sitting tenth in the Premier League table after seven games.The Sun say that the woeful run of form has ‘startled’ Ed Woodward and the United hierarchy and if things don’t improve immediately – with Newcastle up next at home on Saturday – then it is likely to spell the end for Mourinho.The only thing that could save the self-styled Special One is the lack of a viable alternative, with former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said to be distancing himself from the job.Since taking over from Louis van Gaal in 2016, Mourinho has won the Europa League and EFL Cup.But his style of play has often been criticised and United have been unable to mount a serious title challenge since the Portuguese’s arrival.They finished second in the Premier League last season – after finishing sixth the year before – but were a massive 19 points behind the champions, their near neighbours Manchester City. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow Eric Bailly from Villarreal: £30m (2016)Zlatan Ibrahimovic from PSG: free transfer (2016)Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund: £27m (2016)Paul Pogba from Juventus: £89m (2016)Victor Lindelof from Benfica: £31m (2017)Romelu Lukaku from Everton: £75m (2017)Nemanja Matic from Chelsea: £40m (2017)Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal: swap deal (2018)Diogo Dalot from Porto: £19m (2018)Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk: £52m (2018)Lee Grant from Stoke: £1.5m (2018) Mourinho’s recruitment at United has come under fire, with a number of his signings having failed to impress.His relationship with Paul Pogba, an £89million buy from Juventus, has become increasingly strained, while other big-name arrivals such as Alexis Sanchez have not made the impact expected of them.Mourinho has been criticised by a number of former players, including 11-time Premier League title winner Paul Scholes.Speaking on Tuesday night, Scholes said:  “He’s coming out in press conferences and constantly having a go at players, he’s having a go at people above him because he’s not getting what he wants.“I think his mouth is out of control and he’s embarrassing the club.” Man United signings under Mourinho Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star last_img read more

Moorpark cuts off Agoura at pass

first_imgAGOURA HILLS – Here in the land of the Marmonte League, where big beefy linemen protect pass-happy quarterbacks, anything can happen. Case in point, Friday night at Agoura: Moorpark’s defensive backs demonstrated they can catch as well as Agoura’s receivers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Chargers got the ball back, but Zach Trottier intercepted Huerta on the third play of that series at the Agoura 32-yard line. Four plays later, Darrell Scott ran it in from 4 yards out for a 33-31 lead. Dakota Hunter picked off Huerta on the next play, giving Moorpark (3-2, 2-0) three interceptions in four Huerta pass attempts. It took Scott eight plays to cover the 35 needed yards for the touchdown, but when he ran in from 1 yard out with 45 seconds to play, he had rushed 30 times for 144 yards. And Moorpark was in first place in the league, having blown out Thousand Oaks last week. “At the beginning of practice, we do a lot of catching drills,” Hunter said. Three Musketeer defensive backs intercepted Agoura quarterback Dominick Huerta in the fourth quarter and turned those into three touchdowns as Moorpark scored 25 points in 7 minutes, 6 seconds to win 41-31. Agoura (3-2, 0-2) led 31-19 in the fourth and appeared on its way to a victory when Ryne Intlekofer leaped high and picked off Huerta. One play later, Moorpark quarterback Adam Barry threw deep and found Daniel Vass-Goosby for a 58-yard touchdown. center_img “Just for stuff like that,” Intlekofer said. “You never know when you’re going to have to make a jump play.” Barry completed 14 of 25 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a touchdown from 9 yards out for the first of four Musketeer touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Agoura dominated in the first half en route to a 28-13 halftime lead. Huerta threw for 207 of his 277 yards in the first half. He completed touchdown passes of 80 and 21 yards to J.T. Wright and also threw an 11-yarder to running back Josh Irvin. Irvin rushed 13 times for 94 yards and the game’s first score, a 1-yard run. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gabrielle’s Diary Ball to take place this March

first_imgGabrielle’s 10th Diary Charity Ball will take place in the Clanree Hotel on March 23 in aid of Donegal Down Syndrome at 7.30pm. The night will start with a drink’s reception followed by a five-course dinner in the Shellbridge Suite, while the David Craig band will provide entertainment after the dinner followed by DJ Tubsy.Gabrielle’s special guest this year will be Sinead McDevitt, who interviewed Gabrielle last year for World Down Syndrome Day and she decided to have her this year as her special guest. Compere for the night will be Highland Radio’s Lee Gooch.A group of Down Syndrome dancers will take to the floor along with their partners and put on a display of dancing for the guests.Gina Grant from Donegal Down Syndrome will say a few words as well as Martin McGettigan on behalf of the McGettigan family.They have kindly given the top prize of a trip for two to Dubai including flights and accommodation to their five-star Bonnington Jumeriah Lakes Hotel. To enter just put €20 into the envelope on your table to be in with a chance of winning.There are also nine other amazing prizes kindly sponsored by local businesses.Tickets (€60) are available from the Clanree Hotel. Phone: 074 9124369Gabrielle’s Diary Ball to take place this March was last modified: March 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gabrielle McMonagleGABRIELLE’S DIARYlast_img read more