City Council not listening to concerned citizens

first_imgDear Editor,The PNC controlled City Council of Georgetown for decades now, continues to mismanage the resources of the City and ignoring the voice of the people. They have demonstrated their inability to manage the city roads and regulate orderly motor vehicle parking. They have also demonstrated an inability to consider smarter alternatives to collect more revenue than what is considered by many, including the Movement Against Parking Metres, as an ill-conceived, burdensome and expensive venture for a small return, even if all the meters are fully used.The negotiating brains in the City Council failed to explore other possible options for revenue generation. The Council failed to be transparent and accountable, failed to carry out a careful study of the proposal, or canvassed views of the consuming public, residents and businesses in the city.An option was published the press in February 2017 suggesting that the City Council negotiate with Central Government for a subvention to cover the estimated net income from the parking meters. It was suggested that the “Government can institute a small increase in the price for each gallon of fuel, collected up front from the few distributors for this venture. This small increase in the price for fuel can be extended to the entire country as vehicles use and park in other cities and along public roadways. This can contribute to the subventions for other Municipalities and Regional Councils. This is a more equitable solution. The parking meters should therefore be abandoned along with Smart City Solutions. The same negotiators of the Council should negotiate the scrapping of this venture”.There should also be cost cutting measures such as more prudent execution contracts based on need and value for money. There should also be a comprehensive personnel and organizational audit at what is widely believed to be over staffing and padding in employment at the City Council. A serious audit should be undertaken to justify every single position on the Council’s pay roll.The Auditor General and staff of the Audit Office must be fully supported in the execution of their lawful duties including of a forensic audit, including management audit, and value for money audit with the support from experts in the relevant fields. The Auditor General should not be subject to not subtle threats from politicians.Yours faithfully,Joshua Singhlast_img read more

Premier League farewells: six players who may say goodbye on the final day

first_img Facebook Share on Twitter Premier League Pinterest Peter Crouch 2) Wayne Rooney (Everton)Is only halfway through a two-year contract at his boyhood club, but the return to Merseyside has perhaps not gone as well as expected – what exactly was expected? – and one last move to MLS looks increasingly likely. Rooney could have done that a year ago, but when the opportunity to rejoin Everton presented itself he found it impossible to resist. No one can blame him for that, but Everton have changed managers since, and neither Ronald Koeman nor Sam Allardyce found it particularly easy to identify a role for the former Manchester United player. At 32 he should have a couple of years left, though pace is everything in the Premier League and the lesson seems to be that if you are no longer quick enough to play up front you will not necessarily find it any easier to move back to midfield. Sign up for The Fiver and get our daily football email. Twitter Pinterest Michael Carrick is joining the Manchester United coaching staff. Photograph: Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images Pinterest Topics 3) Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City)With a release clause of £12m and a considerable amount of talent, Stoke’s Swiss winger is already attracting attention from a number of Premier League clubs, so this might not be a permanent loss. He could disappear abroad, however. He has already played for Bayern Munich and Inter, so this is the time to acknowledge one of the best left feet in the business. Not everyone’s idea of a team player but at his best he is brilliant to watch and at 26 he still has the potential to shine if a leading side can offer him a regular place.4) Peter Crouch (Stoke City)Contracted to Stoke until 2019, by which time he will be 38, the well-travelled striker confessed after the Potters were relegated that he did not know what the future held. Because of his age it is hard to see another Premier League destination for one of England’s most easily recognised players, yet he proved surprisingly resilient for Stoke, where he kept coming up with the goals despite advancing years. Crouch is now being linked with Rangers, though so is almost anyone Steven Gerrard has ever played alongside. If Crouch does leave the Premier League, he does so with a proud record of 169 goals and the most headed goals in the competition’s history. Yaya Touré Twitter Facebook Twitter center_img The Observer Yaya Touré is leaving Manchester City but hopes to find another Premier League club. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest 5) Álvaro Morata (Chelsea)Not quite a household name after a single season at Stamford Bridge, though with even Cesc Fàbregas pointing out that Chelsea have not been scoring enough goals it seems the club’s search for an effective replacement for Diego Costa will begin again. The £58m Morata is being linked with Juventus, partly because he played in Turin before joining Real Madrid and partly because he has not exactly embraced English football with both arms, despite scoring 15 goals. Antonio Conte has frequently selected Morata on the bench, but even as an impact substitute he now finds himself in the shadow of Olivier Giroud.6) Michael Carrick (Manchester United)Hanging up his boots at Manchester United to join the coaching staff, and according to José Mourinho the only player who will need replacing this summer. A reliable midfielder with over 650 Premier League appearances for West Ham, Tottenham and United, Carrick is also the only English player besides Wayne Rooney to achieve all six of the honours possible in club football. Despite Mourinho’s flattering comments about the hole he will leave in the side the 36-year-old has been used extremely sparingly this season, his defensive duties having been largely taken over by Nemanja Matic. Carrick was a midfielder of similar discipline, willing to stay back and protect the back four, and if anything his distribution and ball retention were superior. Facebook features Peter Crouch (top) says his Stoke future is uncertain, while Xherdan Shaqiri (bottom) seems certain to leave. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Reuse this content Wayne Rooney Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger It is the end of the Premier League season and inevitably it will be goodbye from some of the game’s big names, whether or not they realise it just yet. Not everyone gets to know when the curtain will fall on a top-flight career; some have everything planned, others are overtaken by events, while a few will rage against the dying of the light by seeking new contracts elsewhere. But when the 27th edition of the Premier League commences in August it is likely one or two familiar faces will be missing. Here are some of the high-profile performers whose Match of the Day days are in danger of drawing to a close – or already have done. whose Match of the Day days are in danger of drawing to a close – or already have done.1) Yaya Touré (Manchester City)Definitely leaving Manchester City at the moment and hopeful of signing a short contract with another Premier League club in order to see out the last two years of his career in England. Two years is the 34-year-old’s own estimate and he is even advertising the fact that he will be fresh for next season as Ivory Coast will not be competing at the World Cup. Found it difficult to get a look-in with City this season, though not every up-and-coming Premier League side are as well stocked with bright young talent as Pep Guardiola’s City. There is no doubt Touré did the job he was brought in to do in his eight years in Manchester – the club wanted a Champions League winner in their midst to add gravitas and experience to their ambition – and he might yet be picked up by a team looking to boost their Premier League credibility.last_img read more

Aguero & Hazard lead PL Team of the Week

first_imgPremier League Premier League Team of the Week: Aguero, Salah and Hazard lead the way Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:45 2/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Sergio Aguero PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images Premier League Sergio Agüero Liverpool Manchester City Mohamed Salah The star trio lead the line after another productive weekend, with the Manchester City and Liverpool forwards closing in on the league scoring leadlast_img read more

Wenger backs Henry to have a successful managerial career

first_imgThierry Henry has the required “qualities” to become an outstanding manager, says his former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.The Arsenal and France legend’s spell in charge of boyhood club AS Monaco came to an early end in January after just three months in charge.At the time of Henry’s appointment, Monaco were down in 18th-place in Ligue 1 with just one win in nine games and turned to their former player in a desperate bid to turn things around.But Henry fared no better than his predecessor Leonardo Jardim with 11 defeats and five wins in his 20 games in charge of Les Monégasques before being fired in January. Monaco then controversially reappointed Jardim.Meanwhile, Henry’s former team-mate Patrick Vieira has got off to a much smoother start in his managerial career with OGC Nice currently up in eighth-place in Ligue 1.But Wenger is certain that Henry will be a success in football management just like Vieira is set to be.“Both have the qualities to be outstanding managers,” said Wenger, according to Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“If you arrive in October, and the team is in a very bad position, you have three months. Because in January everybody starts to become nervous that things could go very badly.“You have less time when you arrive in the middle of the season. That is what happened to Thierry.“How he bounces back will be very important. I think he has the quality and desire to make a career, and a career is judged on the longer period.”“I started my job [with Nancy] at 33 years of age, I had very promising people around me, and many of them disappeared while some survived. Why? You need luck and to work hard.“It’s always very difficult to predict a career of a manager. It depends on the quality of the players and the confidence we get. But both have the qualities and I wish they make it a great career.“It’s very good for me to see that players I had continue to share our game with people and develop young players.”Thierry HenryMONACO – NOVEMBER 06: Thierry Henry, Manager of Monaco applauds fans following his team’s defeat in the the Group A match of the UEFA Champions League between AS Monaco and Club Brugge at Stade Louis II on November 6, 2018 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)last_img read more

SDPD Officers raid unlicensed marijuana dispensary

first_imgSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — At around 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, San Diego Police Department officers conducted a raid on an unlicensed marijuana dispensary nestled between a liquor store and a smoke shop.The front of the business has no signage and customers entered through the back parking lot door.At least one male was detained by police. Several protesters showed up and were trying to inform whoever might be getting detained to not speak to police.Video Player error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. February 9, 2018 John Soderman, SDPD Officers raid unlicensed marijuana dispensary Updated: 3:56 PMcenter_img Posted: February 9, 2018 John Soderman Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Marijuana FacebookTwitterlast_img read more