City Hall complains about Sherod Duncan, Andreia Marks

first_imgDear Editor,The Mayor and City Council has received several worrying reports from its senior officers about their dissatisfaction with the behaviour and conduct of certain Councillors. Officers complained that two Councillors, in particular Sherod Duncan and Andreia Marks, have been constantly attacking the chief administrative officer of the Council, Royston King, in very personal ways at statutory meetings and in the media. Officers are of the view that, after more than two decades, the Council, under the leadership of this administration, has been revitalizing several systems necessary to provide municipal services to communities.Over the last two months, it has been observed, both Councillors Sherod Duncan and Andreia Marks have personally attacked the persona of the Town Clerk and other officers. Also, Councillor Sherod Duncan has attempted to impugn the good character of the Mayor of Georgetown.Since 2015, administration has been doing all things possible to improve the condition of the city. It has been doing so with very limited resources in very harsh working conditions.However, the incumbent elective Council has not done much to improve the financial situation at the Mayor and City Council, nor to improve systems. In fact, for nearly two years, the council has not made any policy to assist administration with its work, or to improve the image of the Council.Instead, certain individual Councillors have been critical about almost every action of the administration, without providing alternatives or solutions to existing challenges at the Council.The officers noted that, notwithstanding repeated requests by the Town Clerk, the Council, through its Market/Public Health Committee, has not been able to design a simple policy for vending in the city, to guide administration on how to treat with this aspect of city life. Yet, when the administration takes action to enforce compliance with existing by- laws, it is criticized by the very Councillors who have not provided any guidance in this area.After more than one year, at City Hall, the elective Council has not made one policy on any of Council’s responsibilities or any aspect of the work of the municipality, but has been attacking officers on their work. Instead of making policies, certain Councillors have fallen in to the habit of interfering with the work of the administration. The role of the elective council is to make policy, not to do administrative work.The officers have written to the Mayor of Georgetown, Mrs. Patricia Chase-Green, about their concerns. In their letter to Her Worship, the officers stated that they are professionals, qualified in their respective fields, that they are embarrassed by the behaviour of some Councillors, and that their counterparts in other Ministries and agencies are making fun of them. They have requested that, as Chairman of the Council, the Mayor guide Councillors, in particular Sherod Duncan and Andreia Marks, on their conduct, and encourage them to desist from giving inaccurate information to the general public.The Act, Chapter 28:01 is clear in its guidance on the conduct of officers and Councillors.Also, the officers intend to approach their union — the Guyana Local Government Officers Union — on the behaviour and attitudes of Councillors.The high level of disrespect shown to the Town Clerk and other senior officers, the way the Councillors are sullying the image of the Georgetown Municipality by releasing fake news to the press and generally misleading the public.Officers feel that there is need for collective action by the staff of the municipality to secure their integrity and to go forward with the development of the city.Debra LewisPublic Relations OfficerMayor and City Councillast_img read more

Moroccan World Cup celebrations turn violent in Brussels

first_img0Shares0000Morocco’s players celebrate during their World Cup qualifying match against Ivory Coast; some of the fans celebrating their win clashed with riot police in Brussels later that day © AFP / ISSOUF SANOGOBRUSSELS, Belgium, Nov 12 – Celebrations turned violent in central Brussels on Saturday, minutes after the qualification of the Moroccan national football team for the next World Cup in Russia, police told Belga news agency.Riot police were sent out to control a crowd of about 300 people, at one point firing water canon at revelers. At least one car was burned during the incidents, police said. Videos posted on social media showed tense scenes as riot police tried to block off streets to the fans as other fans chanted joyfully from the steps of the Bourse stock exchange building, a usual spot for sports celebration.An AFP reporter on the scene said that calm had mostly returned by 2030 GMT, about two hours after the end of the match, though with a heavy police presence remaining.Morocco defeated Ivory Coast 2-0 on Saturday night in Abidjan to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, the country’s first appearance at the finals since 1998.Brussels has a big Moroccan population, many living in the nearby Molenbeek district, which came to international prominence as the home and hideout of planners of the terror attacks in Paris in 2015 and in Brussels last year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Quickfire Ajax on verge of Champions League last 16

first_imgFour-time European champions Ajax have 10 points from five games, two more than Valencia and Chelsea who fought out a 2-2 draw in Spain earlier in the day.Ajax host Valencia, who they have already defeated 3-0, in their concluding fixture next month.“We know each other so well. We don’t even need to talk to each other on the pitch. We’ll go out to win the final game, that’s why we play football,” said Ziyech.Coach Erik ten Hag added: “The victory is well deserved. Tactically we were almost perfect and we managed the game very well.”Ajax were in front after just 94 seconds on Wednesday with a goal created and finished by a pair of Moroccan internationals.Midfielder Zakaria found Donny Van de Beek who in turn picked out Dusan Tadic. The ball was then slipped to Ziyech to finish with a left-foot shot past Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan who had no chance.Ajax had drawn 4-4 with Chelsea last time out despite having led 4-1 but they were rarely troubled by a Lille side who have just one point to show for from their five games.Jonathan Bamba ballooned a shot over the top for the French side before Jonathan Ikone missed from only six yards early in the second half after impressive work from Nigeria star Victor Osimhen.Ajax made them pay on the hour mark when Promes cooly converted a pass from the stylish Ziyech.It was Promes’s fourth goal of the competition, becoming the first Ajax player to hit that mark since Patrick Kluivert scored five in the 1995-1996 group stages.Ziyech had the ball in the net again on 77 minutes but the goal was ruled out for a handball after a VAR review.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fast show: Ajax’s Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech scored after 94 seconds © AFP / DENIS CHARLETLILLE, France, Nov 28 – Ajax closed in on a Champions League last 16 spot on Wednesday when the Dutch giants won 2-0 at Lille to open a two-point lead at the top of Group H with just one round of games to play.Hakim Ziyech scored the fastest goal of this year’s competition inside two minutes at the French strugglers with Quincy Promes hitting his fourth of the tournament on the hour mark.last_img read more

Serie A striker snubs Spurs interest

first_img1 Duvan Zapata in action for Napoli Tottenham target Duvan Zapata is still happy at Napoli despite not being a first-team regular.The Colombian striker got a rare start in his side’s La Liga match with Sassuolo on Monday night and grabbed the opportunity with a goal on 61 minutes.It was the 23-year-old’s fourth league start of the season and he faces a tough fight to convince manager Rafael Benitez to pick him every week.But agent Fernando Schena told Tuttomercatoweb that his client is ready for the challenge.“Duvan is very happy with what he’s doing at Napoli,” Schena said. “He’s trying to make the most of the opportunities Benitez gives him. That said, he’s not satisfied, he wants to score again.“Targets? That’s simple, to score more and give Benitez a headache in selecting the starting striker.“He still has three years on his contract, it’s down to the club to make a decision.”last_img read more

Are sin bins in football a good idea? Top rugby referee Nigel Owens has his say!

first_imgTop Rugby Union referee Nigel Owens joined talkSPORT on Wednesday to have his say on plans to trial ‘sin bins’ in English football.The Football Association has revealed plans to introduce what it calls “temporary dismissals” in the lower leagues – six tiers below the National League and below – from next season.The new rules, like those seen in rugby union, rugby league and a number of other sports, will see players shown yellow cards for dissent leave the field for ten minutes.Owens is one of the world’s top international rugby officials, having refereed over 13 World cup matches including the 2015 final.And he joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to share his thoughts on the plans to introduce the rugby-style rule into football.Listen to the interview IN FULL above!last_img read more

Paul Cook leaves Portsmouth to take charge of League One rivals Wigan

first_img Paul Cook Wigan Athletic have confirmed the appointment of Paul Cook as their new manager.The 50-year-old has left Portsmouth to take charge of the Latics after a compensation package was agreed between the League One clubs.Cook had been in charge of Pompey since May 2015 and led them to the League Two title in his second season in charge.He had one year left on his contract at Fratton Park and was offered a new deal to remain at the club.But he has found the lure of Wigan, where he spent two spells as a player, too strong to resist.Cook replaces interim manager Graham Barrow, who left the club on Monday alongside backroom staff Mick Rathbone, John Doolan and Jimmy Barrow following the Latics’ relegation from the Championship.Cook will be joined at the DW Stadium by assistant Leam Richardson.Wigan chairman David Sharpe said on the club website: “He has a winning CV, a track record of success.”Cook began his reign as Portsmouth boss in 2015, missing out on promotion from League Two in his first season before helping the club win the League Two title on the final day on the 2016/17 campaign. Prior to Portsmouth, Cook led Chesterfield to the League One title in the 2013/14 season, while he has also managed Accrington. 1last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal golfer is celebrating after recording one of the most amazing sporting achievements ever.Gerry Guckian hit an astounding two holes-in-one – in the same round!Gerry was playing at Greencastle Golf Club on Sunday when he achieved the amazing feat. The 49-year-old was playing a competition on the last day of the club’s open week when he hit his first record shot at the ninth hole.He had barely recovered from the shock when just two holes later he shot his second hole-in-one.The chances of hitting two aces in a single game is said to be about 64 million to one.Winning the Lotto is only about eight million to one. A spokesman for Greencastle Golf Club said “Gerry is quite the toast of the place at the moment. Hitting a hole in one is a rare thing but it is done occasionally.“But hitting two and in the same round of golf is unheard of.“Everyone was telling him it would have been easier to pick the winning lotto numbers.” DONEGAL GOLFER BEATS ODDS OF 64 MILLION TO ONE WITH TWO HOLES IN ONE! was last modified: June 12th, 2012 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:Gerry GuckianGreencastle Golf Clubhole in onelast_img read more

Thibaut Courtois issues Chelsea ultimatum: Sell me now, or lose me on a free

first_img 2 According to the Sun, the Blues are trying to persuade Courtois to reject Real’s advances, however he has now issued them with a definitive ultimatum.The 26-year-old is understood to have decided once and for all that he has no intention of signing a new deal and wants a Bernabeu switch.Chelsea’s issue is that they are apparently reluctant to spend more than £20m on Courtois’ replacement, despite the fact they could likely sell him now for £35m.This limited budget would leave them searching for a cut-price ‘keeper, as the world’s highest rated glovesmen, such as Alisson Becker – who recently signed for Liverpool for £67m, are now far out of their price range. 2 With one year left on his contract, Courtois is rated at £35m Thibaut Courtois has reportedly told Chelsea to sell him now, or they will lose him on a free next summer.The Belgian stopper became the subject of serious Real Madrid interest this summer after initial contract negotiations broke down at Stamford Bridge. Belgium lost to France in the World Cup semi-final New boss Maurizio Sarri has previously declared he wants to speak to Thibaut Courtois face-to-face, in order to try and convince him to be part of his plans.However, as Belgium featured in the third-place play-off at the World Cup, he is not due back at the club’s Cobham training base until next week, with just two days left of the transfer window.last_img read more


first_imgA judge has described the case of a man who reached speeds of up to 190kph in a bid to escape Gardai as the most horrendous case of dangerous driving he has ever heard.Martin Coyle led Gardai on a chase and crossed continuous white lines with his hysterical pregnant girlfriend and her friend in the back seat.Coyle, 23, of Main Street Carrigans, Co Donegal, was spotted by Gardai in a silver Honda Accord car at 3.35am on August 6th last in Letterkenny. Gardai recognised Coyle, who had already been disqualified from driving, and activated their siren and flashing lights.Coyle, who had been drinking, immediately took off and drove from Letterkenny out to the dual carriageway towards Derry reaching horrific speeds of up to 190kph.He was eventually caught and apprehended by Gardai at Drumardagh near the Derry roundabout.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher pleaded for his client saying he panicked when he saw the Gardai.He asked Judge Paul Kelly to consider imposing a community service order considering Coyle was due to become a dad soon and also had the chance of employment.However Inspector David Kelly objected saying the accused had already been banned from driving and such a sentence would send out all the wrong messages.In reply Mr Gallagher said this was not a court of vengeance and pleaded for his client.However Judge Kelly said he had a duty to protect Gardai and the public.“This was a ferocious piece of driving in which he showed complete disregard for the lives of people around him.“It is one of the most serious cases I have come across and it is the highest speed I have heard of.“I am not surprised his girlfriend was hysterical because he drove in an appalling manner,” he said.He found Coyle guilty of drink driving, dangerous driving and driving without insurance and sentenced him to a total of six months in prison.He also fined him €500 and disqualified him from driving for fourteen years.At hearing. This story is strictly copyright SLAMS MAN WHO DROVE AT 190KPH WITH PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND TO ESCAPE GARDAI was last modified: November 3rd, 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


first_imgSenator O’DomhnaillDONEGAL Senator Brian O Domhnaill has been charged with drink-driving.The Irish Independent reports that Mr O Domhnaill, 36, from Killult, Falcarragh, is charged with begin drunk in charge of a vehicle in Tullygay, Letterkenny, on September 2, 2013. He is also charged with failing to report an occurrence, failing to remain at the scene and failing to give appropriate information to Gardaí.His solicitor Sean Cannon, who addressed the court in Irish, asked for the case to be adjourned pending a case at a higher court involving the Senator and the Irish language.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until September for mention.DONEGAL SENATOR ON DRINK-DRIVING CHARGE was last modified: July 8th, 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) Tags:alleged drink drivingFalcarraghletterkennySENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLTullygaylast_img read more