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Blueberry Hill residents stop ‘substandard’ road repairs

first_imgBy Utamu BelleResidents of Blueberry Hill, Wismar, Linden, have expressed dissatisfaction over repair work being carriedThe road under repair at Blueberry Hill, Wismar, Linden thatresidents are dissatisfied without on one of the main thoroughfares in the area.On Friday, several disgruntled residents protested by means of blocking the roadway against what they described as an unsatisfactory job by the contractor.According to residents, upon enquiring a few days ago, they were informed that the project is being carried out through the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) at a cost of $14 million.They noted that repairs are only being done to the mid-section of the roadway, leaving the corners in a deplorable state. The residents have also voiced concerns over the construction of drains along the said road and numerous others within the community.Speaking with this newspaper, residents in the area vented frustration over the issue, complaining that the area’s infrastructure has been neglected for years by the regional authorities; and it is time they demand better treatment. They noted that by protesting, they were exercising their rights, indicating that they were “fed up” with the situation.“They said to us they are patching our road…They are not doing the road shoulder to shoulder, and our contention is you have to do the parapets. Where the pedestrians gonna walk? They’re claiming as though the road is 17 feet in width, it seems as though two vehicles can’t pass at the same time. Then the vehicles gonna end up driving in the corner of the road. Which means it will break up the end of the road. They just do the road and left the edges,” an irate resident pointed out.“They are saying to us, allow them to do the road and if anything (materials) left back, they’re going to spread it out to the edges. Then after we started making more noise they come to an agreement saying that they’re going to do like three feet, off of the part of the road with the asphalt and the two ends, that is where they gonna put the stones and they would throw some stuff on it. But we would not get it shoulder to shoulder,” Lisa James, a resident stated.The road, which the residents are protesting against, is situated adjacent the Upper Demerara Hospital (UDH). They have also highlighted several other deplorable roads in the community.Residents who spoke to this newspaper said the REO of Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) Gavin Clarke paid a visit to the site during the protest action and enquired what they would like to see happen regarding the situation.“He’s saying to us this $14 million is for the road. We’re saying that we want the shoulders, so he’s saying that he got to negotiate with the contractor now…so the road got to cut short. They can’t do the length of the road and give us shoulders. If the shoulders gonna come in now, is more money. So the road wouldn’t complete and we’re not satisfied with that”, a Blueberry Hill resident pointed out.Another resident stated that should the road remain in that state, the corners would eventually “wash away” when it rains. He pointed out that the area is also subjected to massive erosion during the inclement weather.The residents said they decided to stop the work upon realising that it was being done in a substandard way. They also complained of not being consulted on what works are being executed in the community.“They’re not coming and tell us anything. Just coming in the area and doing a set of stupidness and we must accept whatever they do. We can’t accept this,” another resident declared.They also claimed that it is difficult reaching with Regional officials to voice their concerns, pointing out that Regional Chairman Renis Morian lives in the area but did not meet with them over the issue because he was ‘unavailable’.last_img read more

Five-year guide outfitter licence announced today

first_imgWhile a one-year licence option will remain available, guides wishing to renew for a longer period of time can take advantage of the five-year option.“This ‘red tape’ reduction is a win for government and the guide-outfitting industry,” Executive Director of the guide Outfitters Association of B.C., Scott Ellis said. “It will help foster a healthy business environment for our family-run, guide outfitting businesses, and it is another strep towards improving business confidence and investor certainty for our sector.”The ministry says a five-year licensing plan will also reduce administration cost for governments.- Advertisement -As an incentive, the cost for a five-year licence will be set at $2,000, which is $500 less than purchasing five consecutive one-year licences.A one-year licence remains at $500.The ministry also says these news regulations will eliminate the $25 late payment fee for licences purchased after May 31st. These fees are said to be disproportionately affecting those intending to guide later in the licensing year. For example, guides only working in the fall tend to pay this fee more often than those working in the spring.Advertisement A $25 fee remains in affect for new applicants.“This is the latest of several measures undertaken by the province to increase business certainty for guide outfitters in recent years,” the ministry said.Earlier this year, amendments to the Wildlife Act allow corporations and individuals to hold guiding territory certificates. Also, a new amendment will replace the licensing requirement for assistant guides, giving the employing guide outfitter more flexibility to hire help in unexpected peak periods.These changes are being implemented for the 2015 – 2016 guiding season.Advertisement The ministry says the approximate 245 licensed guide outfitters employ over 2,000 people and roughly 5,000 ‘non-residents’ are hunting in the province each year, bringing an estimated $116,000,000 in economic activity each year.last_img read more

Monaco powerless to stop Falcao joining Man United, claims vice-president

first_img1 Vadim Vasilyev with Radamel Falcao Monaco’s vice president, Vadim Vasilyev, has revealed the club were powerless to stop Radamel Falcao joining Manchester United.Falcao joined Louis van Gaal’s side on deadline day yesterday on a season-long loan with a view to permanent deal next year.Vasilyev admitted the club were disappointed to lose their star striker, but they couldn’t stand in the way of him after a club as big as Manchester United expressed an interest.“I am sorry to our supporters for the departure of Radamel Falcao,” Vasilyev told the club’s website.“But we felt that once the player had expressed his desire to join Manchester United, we couldn’t stop him.“Our project does not end here and we will continue to progress and give everything to make the best season.“I wish the best to Radamel to Manchester United, but I’m sure we’ll have some results this season.”last_img read more

Exclusive – Calderon hopes Torres can reignite career after ‘returning home’ to Atletico Madrid

first_imgFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon hopes Fernando Torres can rediscover his goalscoring form after “returning home” to Atletico Madrid.The £50million Chelsea flop signed a permanent switch to Italian giants AC Milan in December but immediately moved back to his boyhood club on loan until 2016.He made a winning return too, starting – though not scoring – in Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over fierce rivals Real in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie.Fans flocked to the Vicente Calderon Stadium to get a glimpse of their hero, who captained the side before moving to Anfield for £26.5m in July 2007, and ex-Real chief Calderon hopes the Spain international can now reignite his career.He told Kick Off: “I hope he can [rediscover his form], not only for Atleti but also for the national team.“He played very well as a young player at Atletico Madrid, that’s why he was sold for Liverpool for a lot of money and he did very well during his time there also.“But after that, it is true, he didn’t succeed, and I don’t know why.“Different things can happen to a player when he doesn’t play with a team and other players he knows and is used to.“So I hope that here everything can be different for Fernando.“He is home. He’s in his own country and at his own club, he has everything to be the player he once was again, and I hope he can do it.”last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN BEHIND INVESTMENT SCHEME JAILED FOR 18 MONTHS

first_imgTHE BALLYBOFEY businessman behind a get-rich-scheme which has left Donegal investors more than €20 million out of pocket has been jailed for 18 months.The High Court in Belfast this afternoon sent Francois de Dietrich to prison for 18 months today for failing to disclose his worldwide assets.Judge Deeney slammed the businessman and held him in contempt of an order to reveal his financial affairs in full. Although the Frenchman was not present for the hearing, Mr Justice Deeny issued a warrant for his immediate arrest.He said: “I’m satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that this was a deliberate contempt on the part of the first defendant (de Dietrich) who is seeking to evade his obligation to obey an order of the court and indeed his statutory obligation to respond to legitimate requests for information from the Financial Services Authority.“There are very large sums of money involved. The current freezing order of the court exceeds £20 million.”Dozens of people on both sides of the Irish border fear they may have lost millions of pounds in investments they made in liquidated stock through de Dietrich.Members of the business community, sporting figures and even travellers are thought to have been handed over money.Court proceedings launched by the FSA led to an injunction banning de Dietrich and his company ETIC Solutions from taking any more deposits.The regulatory body also obtained an initial order freezing £6.8m in assets linked to the businessman and later increased in £20.2m.But lawyers for the FSA argued that he had only revealed details of assets held in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Estonia.Mr Justice Deeny found that de Dietrich had acted unlawfully and failed to meet requirements for full disclosure of his assets.“He has taken deposits from persons in the United Kingdom, and quite clearly a neighbouring jurisdiction of the Republic of Ireland as well, when he had no licence to do so.Although he made no ruling on the issue of fraud, the judge stated: “The court has a reasonable apprehension that many people have been defrauded of large sums of money here.”He rejected complaints by the businessman about alleged leaks, adding that even if there had been any disclosures it would not justify his failure to provide the information requested.“He had full opportunity to provide details of his business. It does not seem to be it would have been difficult to do that,” Mr Justice Deeny said.“The claim on his behalf was that he had a bona fide business buying goods from insolvency practitioners on an international basis and then selling them on at a profit.”They held that an earlier injunction against de Dietrich was proper and should not be discharged.“It seems to me whatever about any single request, an overall picture emerges of somebody avoiding their obligations under the Financial Services Act and seeking to avoid compliance with an order of this court.”De Dietrich’s solicitor, Peter Madden, stressed that his client denied any fraudulent activity.He also argued: “If the FSA’s stated obligation is to protect consumers I don’t see how consumers could be protected if Mr de Dietrich is committed to prison.”Following the decision to have him jailed for contempt the lawyer confirmed plans to appeal the ruling.* MORE EXCLUSIVE REVELATIONS LATER THIS EVENINGEndsEXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN BEHIND INVESTMENT SCHEME JAILED FOR 18 MONTHS was last modified: January 28th, 2011 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

GAA SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: CHAMPIONS GLENSWILLY EASE INTO SEMI-FINAL

first_imgMichael Murphy: His Glenswllly team are through to the county semi-finalCOUNTY champions Glenswilly have eased their way into this year’s semi-final with an easy win over Termon at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny this afternoon.The game was effectively over as a contest by half time, Glenswilly eventually winning by 3-09 to 0-04.Report to follow… GAA SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: CHAMPIONS GLENSWILLY EASE INTO SEMI-FINAL was last modified: October 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

Men’s Tennis Advances To MVC Tournament Championship

first_imgWICHITA, Kan. – The 51st-ranked Drake men’s tennis team rolled past Southern Illinois, winning 4-0, in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Saturday.The Bulldogs didn’t waste any time, taking a lead by winning the doubles point. Ben Lott and Ben Stride blanked Wilder Pimentel and Alex Wilder, 6-0 at the No. 2 spot as Bayo Philips and Ben Wood clinched the point with 6-3 at No. 1.Drake went on to dominate singles with all six courts winning the first set. Freshman Tom Hands was the first one off, cruising past Pozo, 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 5 spot. Stride defeated Daniel Martinez, 7-5, 6-0 at the No. 6 spot to put Drake up 3-0. Freshman Vinny Gillespie clinched the match for the Bulldogs with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Piotr Barnski.The Bulldogs advance to the MVC championship match and will square off against host Wichita State at 10 a.m. on Sunday.Drake 4, Southern Illinois 0Apr 30, 2016 at Wichita, Kan. (Sheldon Coleman Tennis Complex)  Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,6,2) 2. Lott, Ben/Stride, Ben (DU) def. Pimentel, Wilder/Pozo, Alex (SIU) 6-0 Southern Illinois 14-5 5. Hands, Tom (DU) def. Pozo, Alex (SIU) 6-1, 6-1 Drake 17-11 4. Molloy, Peter (SIU) vs. Bayo Phillips (DU) 3-6, 4-3, unfinished Doubles competition 1. Rigby, Jonny (SIU) vs. Lott, Ben (DU) 1-6, 3-5, unfinished 1. Bayo Phillips/Wood, Ben (DU) def. Rigby, Jonny/Baranski, Piotr (SIU) 6-3 Drake advances to championship match MVC Tournament – Semifinals Match Notes 3. Molloy, Peter/Martinez, Daniel (SIU) def. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 6-4 3. Pimentel, Wilder (SIU) vs. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 4-6, 4-2, unfinished Singles competition 6. Stride, Ben (DU) def. Martinez, Daniel (SIU) 7-5, 6-0 2. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Baranski, Piotr (SIU) 6-3, 6-4  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

PRINGLE SAYS HE WILL NOT PAY WATER CHARGES

first_imgDonegal TD Thomas Pringle has said he will NOT pay the water charges.The Killybegs-based politician has said he was always against water charges and sees the setting up of Irish Water as the first move to privatisation.He told a meeting of residents against the water charges at the weekend that he will not pay the charges in any form.  PRINGLE SAYS HE WILL NOT PAY WATER CHARGES was last modified: October 13th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:TDThomas Pringlewater chargeslast_img read more

Banks must lower charges: Gordhan

first_img2 June 2010South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has called for some banking fees to be reduced, for greater transparency in how banks calculate their fees, as well as for the formation of consumer groups to pressure banks to improve their services.“What we are saying is that fees charged for debit orders must be lower than what they are for all customers, whether they’re high income earners or low income earners,” Gordhan told journalists in Pretoria on Tuesday.His comments follow a meeting between the National Treasury and banking sector CEOs held to discuss the responses of the retail banks to recommendations made by the Banking Inquiry Panel that was appointed by the Competition Commission.Commission of enquiryThe commission launched an inquiry into the retail banking and national payment system in the country in 2006. This led to a total of 28 recommendations being made. On Tuesday, the Treasury said that 19 of the recommendations had been agreed to.The lowering of penalty fees on dishonoured debit orders, greater transparency of ATM fees and charges, as well as improved customer education were some of the recommendations agreed to.“Many of them had noted they had been charging relatively high fees. Most had indicated that they had lowered [the fees] quite significantly for their low income accounts,” said Ismail Momoniat, deputy director general for tax and financial sector policy in the Treasury.“Some still have what they consider high income accounts, but it is clear that we feel that across all categories the fees need to come down.”Calling for transparencyThe Treasury said the recommendations were aimed at improving the quality of banking services to customers as well as improving the retail banking environment as well as transparency.Gordhan described the talks between the banking sectors as “an important milestone”.“The theme running through all of these recommendations is transparency. There must be transparency of all of the charges, they must be written in an understandable language and communicated in way that people can compare A, B and C – and then linked with this is the ability by consumers to make choices,” explained Gordhan.Regarding other outstanding recommendations, the Treasury said discussions were to continue. Gordhan added that there was a need for more active consumer groups who would put pressure on banks to lower their fees.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Fighting gender violence ‘everyone’s duty’

first_imgIt is the duty of all South Africans to play their part in the fight against the abuse of women and children, Brand South Africa said as this year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign got under way on Monday.“It is a basic human right to have a sense of safety and security,” Brand South Africa marketing and communications director Wendy Tlou said in a statement.“It is our duty as citizens of our country, young or old, men or women to play our part to build a non-violent and secure nation and make this a 365 day campaign in our country. “We call on you to speak out and encourage victims to seek help,” Tlou said. “We urge all men to support women and children, and play their part through active opposition of abuse.“As South Africa prepares to mark 20 years of democracy, there are many achievements and milestones that we can celebrate as a nation. We must begin to count as a success the way in which we treat women and children.”ABUSE ‘THREATENS OUR HARD-WON FREEDOM’‘It is the duty of all South Africans to play their part in the fight against the abuse of women and children’, says Brand South Africa at the launch of this year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign (Image: GovernmentZA flickrstream)Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana echoed these sentiments during the launch of the 16 Days campaign in Mafikeng, North West province on Sunday.Xingwana said abuse threatened to erode many of the hard-earned gains of South Africa’s liberation struggle by condemning women and children to a life of fear and preventing them from being productive members of society.“We believe that the unacceptably high levels of gender-based violence require the collective efforts of all South Africans,” Xingwana said. “We remain convinced that empowering women will help us win the war against poverty, inequality, unemployment and abuse.”The 16 days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is a worldwide campaign that raises awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children and encourages people to act against abuse.The campaign runs worldwide from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day), with the government, business, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations and the media all participating in the awareness drive.MEASURES TO COMBAT GENDER VIOLENCESouth Africa is still home to high levels of violence against its women and children, despite a world-renowned Constitution and a legislative overhaul that safeguards women’s and children’s rights.In the last year, the government has established a National Council against Gender Based Violence as well as an inter-ministerial committee to look into the root causes of violence against women and children in the country.The reinstatement of sexual offences courts across the country over the next three years will also boost South Africa’s efforts to combat gender-based violence. The courts will feature specially trained officials, procedures and equipment to reduce the chance of secondary trauma for victims.And earlier this month, Xingwana said the government would be working to implement the National Action Plan for Children. The plan, approved by the Cabinet in May, is a comprehensive guide for all government departments and agencies for realising children’s rights.It takes into account the Constitution‚ international and regional treaties‚ South African legislation‚ the UN Millennium Development Goals and the National Development Plan.“It is crucial that we invest more time and effort and exercise more vigilance to ensure that all our children are safe and protected,” Xingwana said. “Twenty years into our democracy, our democratic government has done a lot for our children, but we acknowledge that a lot more still needs to be done.“We must continue to build a South Africa where our children feel safe and secure, and that responsibility falls on us as government and also on families, parents and communities. Our children need support from all of us.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more