Former Deputy Mayor and Alliance For Change Councillor Lionel Jaikarran has confirmed that he resigned his post as Chairman of the Georgetown City Council’s Market Committee on Monday amid what he referred to as a “lack of cooperation” from Town Clerk Royston King to properly implement a proposal for the relocation of vendors across the municipality.Jaikarran, speaking with Guyana Times on Thursday, said that he has already handed in his formal resignation which took immediate effect after he was unable to deal with the frustration of having to deal with an inept and non-cooperative Town Clerk.He particularly became frustrated with what he referred to as the “run-around” from the city’s administration whenever time sensitive and critical decisions had to be made with respect to the work of the Committee.Jaikarran said over the past few months, the Committee was making attempts to relocate vendors from the Stabroek Market Wharf, after the Public Infrastructure Ministry had indicated its intention of beginning rehabilitation works at the vending site in the coming months.“I was Head of the Market’s Committee and we were trying to reposition vendors from the Stabroek Market Wharf because the Ministry of Public Infrastructure is going to start renovating that area, shortly. For the last three to four months, five months, the Town Clerk is not cooperating with us. The administration is not cooperating,” he explained.He explained that the Market Committee was tasked with providing a list of places to the Council for the merchants to be relocated. However, without the administration’s assistance, the task proved futile.“They asked us to come up with a list of places to put these vendors but they’re not giving us any suggestions. Now we’re not admin so we don’t know what the Council owns and what the Council doesn’t own. So it got to the stage where we were doing site visits and we kept going around in circles and I got very frustrated with that. That’s not my way of doing things,” he explained.Back in 2017, Jaikarran was elected Deputy Mayor over his predecessor, Sherod Duncan who had often been very outspoken against the actions of the Mayor, Patricia Chase Green and Town Clerk Royston King.However, when Jaikarran continued down the same path as Duncan – being critical of City Hall – the AFC Councillor was “blocked” from being re-elected in 2018.Following the Mayoral election earlier this year, Chase Green had taken her place at the head of the horseshoe table and opened the floor for nominations for the position of Deputy Mayor and both Duncan and Chase Green’s PNC colleague, Councillor Oscar Clarke, rose to nominate their candidates.However, Clarke was allowed to nominate his choice, which was Councillor Peter, and Duncan, who intended to nominate Jaikarran, had to take his seat.Immediately Councillor Ivelaw Henry rose to second the nomination after which both Duncan and Councillor Tricia Richards both stood up resulting in the Mayor asking one of them to be seated.When they both remained standing, she was asked to recognise one Councillor and she chose to listen to her other PNC colleague, Richards, who then successfully moved a motion for nominations to be closed resulting in Duncan being denied the opportunity to speak.It was that scenario that initially signalled some amount of bad blood between the coalition partners.
1 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey in action for Bolton on his return to Anfield Liverpool avoided falling victim to a day of FA Cup giant slayings but failed to overcome Championship outfit Bolton, with the Reds facing a fourth-round replay following a 0-0 draw at Anfield.With Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham all dumped out against lesser opposition earlier in the day – Jose Mourinho’s Blues suffering the biggest shock against League One Bradford – Brendan Rodgers’ men were hoping to come through unscathed against the Trotters.And while they were rarely troubled at the back, with veteran goalscorer Eidur Gudjohnsen twice firing wide from the visitors’ best chances, Liverpool were repeatedly felled by in-form goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.The Hungarian pulled off a string of fine saves in the second-half, denying Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Fabio Borini, and his heroics between the sticks saw a battling Bolton hold on.It was goalless at the break after a cagey first 45 minutes, with Liverpool dominating possession but struggling to break down the stubborn defences of Bolton, who began to withdraw into their own half after an impressive start.The Reds were unconvincing in the opening stages but soon began to look more comfortable, with Jordan Henderson seeing a Steven Gerrard – who was rested by Rodgers – style volley well saved by the impressive Adam Bogdan, who was a constant thorn in Liverpool’s side.The game began to peter out before the break, but there was a heart-on-mouth moment for home fans when Bolton’s Dean Moxey hammered a volley from 20 yards which beat the flailing Simon Mignolet but drifted narrowly wide of the post.Liverpool stepped up the pressure after the re-start, with half-time substitute Lazar Markovic causing problems on the left flank while Bogdan was brought into action again, rushing off his line to prevent Sterling running through on goal.The shot-stopper was in the thick of it moments later, getting down low to tip away another Coutinho effort, with on-loan full-back Javier Manquillo slicing the rebound inexplicably wide with the goal at his mercy.Bolton forward Gudjohnsen then had two great chances in as many minutes, first sidefooting wide after great wide play from Tim Ream, and then volleying over the bar from close-range from an unmarked position in the box.Liverpool carried more attacking threat following the introduction of Borini off the bench, with the Italian making an immediate impact and forcing another excellent save from the full-stretch Bogan, who did well to tip away the striker’s arrowed drive.Adam Lallana was next to go close for the Merseysiders, though the England international really should have done better as he headed over following brilliant link-up play between the hosts’ brightest players, Coutinho and Sterling.Chances kept flowing as the Reds piled on the pressure in four minutes of added-time, a closely-marked Borini heading wide and Lucas seeing a long-range effort blocked, but Bolton managed to hold on, with the away stand erupting in celebration at the full-time whistle.They host Liverpool at the Macron Stadium in ten days time.
As protesters turned violent over amended motor vehicles Act, the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Commissionerate launched an awareness campaign. The people and police had fought a pitched battle over the enforcement of the Act on September 7.The protesters’ resentment was primarily against steep penalties. The information regarding the amended rules will be spread through loudspeakers attached to a four-wheeler with photographs and posters displayed on it, DCP (Traffic) Sagarika Nath told the media.On the other hand, the demonstrators also demanded unconditional release of the people who were arrested following a clash with police in Bhubaneswar on September 7. Two days after the authorities faced opposition from the people, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had given three months to people to get their papers ready.The Police Commissionerate on September 10 distributed helmets to motorists who were penalised. They also distributed ‘Thank You’ notes to motorists who were following traffic rules.Meanwhile, the Transport Department offices have been witnessing a huge rush of people to apply for and renew driving licences and updating vehicle documents. The department’s offices across the State are also open on holidays to cope with the rush.State Transport Secretary G. Srinivas, who went on a surprise visit to a Regional Transport Office on September 11, said that the State government will decide about reducing the penalty rates after studying notifications issued by other States that had implemented the amended Act.During the window period of three months for people to prepare the papers, the police are focusing on drunken driving, use of mobile phones while driving, driving on the wrong side of roads, triple riding and non-usage of helmets and seat belts.