Passengers decry unlawful double-fare hike on Sundays, holidays

first_imgGeorgetown/Vreed-en-Hoop crossingA number of passengers who utilise the services of speedboats to cross alternately from Georgetown to Vreed-en-Hoop have complained of the double-fare being demanded by these speedboat operators on Sundays and holidays; and head of the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) has since denounced this practice.This newspaper has been informed that boat operators also usually demand an increase of an additional $100 when they transport half the number of passengers on this route on a normal day.Harbour Master of the Maritime Administration Department, Michael Tennant, has since told this publication he is aware of the situation. He said the increase is unlawful, and passengers should report those boat operators who engage in the practice. He has advised that passengers should note the name of the boat and time of the incident, so that it can be investigated.When Guyana Times visited the Georgetown Stelling on Friday, some disgruntled passengers opined that the fare increase is quite burdensome and “unfair” to them. An angry passenger said, “I ain’t get raise on my salary, so I ain’t concern with no raise of fare! I won’t go for no raise of fare!”Another frequent boat user told <>, “I think that the fee increase on weekends and holidays is unnecessary and unacceptable. The boat captains and bowmen would have the maximum number of persons on board and still charge the $200 fee. It is a matter that should be looked into by the relevant authorities, because it’s an act of exploiting customers.”“We have no other choice. Sometimes — especially when they (boat operators) know that the bridge is closed — they try to exploit us, and I think that is unfair,” another passenger of the water taxis said.Still another passenger noted that she has experienced the increase predominantly on Sundays and holidays.“The double-fare being charged by boat operators on Sundays and holidays is definitely ridiculous! It’s unethical! This was never approved! I believe only persons who aren’t aware of this are the ones that are being targeted. I pay $100 on those days, especially when the boats travel with a full load,” this passenger said.Agreeing with the statements expressed by most passengers, Trisha Patterson said she has seen cases in which the boat operators come over with full loads and still demand $200 from each passenger. According to her, the situation needs to be investigated, since “a lot of people don’t get money to give them. Is what they feel? They tryin to make a living by exploiting people! If you don’t give them de money, them does try to shame you and buse you”.“It’s not fair! Because salary-wise, payment and so, they are exploiting us on Sundays and so. It should be $100 for the fare per person, because people got family and so to maintain,” another passenger contended.Some passengers have, however, said they usually willingly pay the extra money, and they do not have an issue with the additional fee being charged on selected days.A bowman who spoke to this newspaper said the fares are increased on Sundays and holidays because those are not full working days.“Sundays and holidays is $200 (charged) because we ain’t supposed to be working. So them man does come out because them ain’t got nothing fuh do (and them want) fuh try and help de passengers to get across more fast. $200 a head. Me ain’t know why them (passengers) does row, because this is de cheapest boat fare around here,” he declared.last_img read more

Jagdeo reiterates call for Int’l probe of politicians’ assets

first_imgLeaked ‘Panama Papers’By Edward LayneIn light of the 11.5 million leaked documents, spanning some 40 years, from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, former President and current Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo has reissued an earlier call for there to be an independent international probe of local politicians, including himself, to determine the wealth both in Guyana and overseas.Responding to questions on the leaked ‘Panama Papers’ during a news conference Thursday, Jagdeo declared that he does not have hidden wealth in shell accounts and is willing to declare his holdings, both locally and overseas, if the Government is prepared to follow suit. “No my name ain’t in no Panama report,” Jagdeo said.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo speaking at the press conference on ThursdayHowever, the former President restated an earlier call for the governing A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) to agree with his People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) to have the International Police (Interpol) or any other credible, independent international firm, investigate the local and overseas wealth of all current and former parliamentarians.“We are prepared to do this, ask them if they are prepared to do this; to go with us jointly and make a request of anybody, if not Interpol, an investigative firm, together to look at all of the holdings of everyone. This [proposal] goes beyond my ‘no’ answer,” he added.He however ruled out the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU) which he said is loaded with “political hacks” that is surreptitiously looking to damage people’s reputations.“Let’s do this as a motion in Parliament, so the international organisation won’t treat it as partisan, they will treat it as a national thing,” he said, adding, “Not just the status of all Presidents and ex-Presidents, all Members of Parliament, their holdings abroad,” Jagdeo, who served as President for 12 years said.He reminded that it was the APNU/AFC which had argued that they don’t know what people had stashed abroad.The former Finance Minister recalled that he had discussions during a sitting of the National Assembly with Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo in this regard, but did not elaborate on Nagamootoo’s response.Long before the ‘Panama Papers’ leak, Jagdeo’s PPP/C had proposed a motion to have Ministers’ tax records and statements made available to the Integrity Commission, released to the public, but that was defeated by the Government which holds a one-seat majority in the 65-member National Assembly.He said he has already declared all his assets to the Integrity Commission, but now wants those submissions to be increased to include international possessions.“Yeah… I will declare everything local and overseas. The local money is in my Integrity Commission everything. Everything you have to declare there, you would have seen it there. Now that you have my answer, which is no, I hope that you will ask the same question of several people, including one newspaper owner,” the former President added.Not all the data from the Panama Papers has been released, but there is mention of Guyana with one beneficiary and one shareholder connected to Guyana (by address) among the information that has been made public. The details of this person have not been published.Jagdeo stressed that he was not the shareholder linked to Guyana nor does he have overseas hidden accounts and is ready to prove this.last_img read more

Job-specific housing: the new model?

first_imgA New York teacher’s salary starts at about $42,000, and at more than $2,000 a month, the average rent for even a studio apartment in the city eats up over half of it. In the Bronx, the borough north of Manhattan where construction on the complex is expect to start later this fall, rents between $800 to $900 are considered affordable. The buildings will add to the supply of similarly priced apartments. Rents in the two buildings will range from $806 a month for a studio to $1,412 for a three-bedroom apartment. The apartments will be open to teachers in public, private, parochial and charter schools, as well as administrators. To be eligible for a lottery for an apartment, applicants cannot earn more than 110 percent of the area median income, which is $70,900 for a family of four and $49,630 for an individual. “As a prototype of housing for people who are essential to the functioning of a city, it’s quite important,” said Richard Plunz, a Columbia University architecture professor and expert on housing in New York City. Across the nation, finding affordable housing is a challenge for teachers, firefighters, law enforcement officers and other working- and middle-class people who want to live in the communities they serve. In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has offered housing bonuses of up to $14,600 to incoming teachers. In the tradition of unions taking care of their own, Weingarten, the union chief, approached the city’s Housing Development Corp. about a year ago. Under the deal they forged, the pension fund bought the $28 million worth of bonds from the corporation, which also provided $20 million in below-market rate loans for the project. The Atlantic Development Group is building it. The New York-based construction company, which specializes in affordable housing, got a 1 percent mortgage for the project financed with the sale of the bonds to the pension fund. The project “revisits how housing was provided in the city for the working population from the 1920s to the 1960s,” Plunz said. Plunz referred to such huge, union-backed housing complexes as Electchester in the borough of Queens, which was erected in 1949 for electrical workers by Local 3 of their union. The Amalgamated apartments in the Bronx, one of the oldest housing cooperatives in the United States with more than 4,000 apartments, were built by several garments workers’ unions starting in the 1920s. Of course, investing pension fund money in real estate is not new. The nation’s largest pension funds, CalSTRS and CalPERS in California, have real-estate investments worth billions, and are helping teachers buy or build properties for individuals and families. The city’s retirement system, with a $52 billion portfolio, also has tens of millions of dollars of real-estate investments. But none of those investments is profession-specific rental housing like the Bronx apartments. They will be only a drop in the bucket for the nation’s largest school system, whose teacher force of 80,000 serves a student body of 1.1million, but it is a start. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PROJECT: New York City is offering subsidized rent to teachers and other public servants. By Verena Dobnik THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Elementary school teacher Ramona Roman has a master’s degree and earns $70,000 a year, but she’s barely making it in New York City. “I think I make a good salary, but it’s so hard living here – I can’t get a decent apartment with the money I make. You also need to eat. You need to feed your kids,” said the 52-year-old teacher, who supports two children and her mother. Over the years, teachers in Roman’s predicament have fled the city’s red-hot real estate market looking for affordable housing. They may soon have a new option – Roman plans to apply to live in a 234-unit housing project being developed specifically for educators. The project, backed with $28million from the New York City Teachers’ Retirement System, could become a model in other cities where soaring rents are forcing out essential workers like teachers, police and firefighters, observers say. In New York, about 4,000 teachers moved out of the city last year, says Randi Weingarten, president of the United Federation of Teachers, which represent more than 150,000 active and retired city public school educators. “What developer is willing to construct affordable housing?” she said. last_img read more

Jon Flanagan edges closer to new Liverpool contract

first_img Jon Flanagan – the Scouse Cafu – with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp Liverpool are in advanced talks with Jon Flanagan over a new contract for homegrown defender.The 23-year-old academy graduate’s current deal expires at the end of the season.Flanagan – christened ‘the Scouse Cafu’ by Reds fans – was only given only a one-year extension to his deal following 20 months out with a serious knee injury.However, manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed his desire to keep the full-back following his return to fitness, and it is understood Flanagan’s agent and chief executive Ian Ayre had positive negotiations this week.It is suggested the starlet could sign a three-year contract before the end of the week.Earlier this month Klopp said: “Of course, ‘Flanno’ is our boy and we’ll do everything we can to come together, and hopefully in the end it’s a positive solution for both sides.” 1last_img read more

Dreier gets message on bill

first_imgyear immigration legislation. sparked a wave of protests nationwide. “We are very concerned because we all have people in our congregations and communities who live in the shadows, who are working hard and contributing to society but don’t have documentation due to our really dysfunctional immigration system,” said Alexia Salvatierra, executive director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice. Salvatierra, along with representatives from the San Gabriel Valley and Pomona Valley Latino and Latina Roundtable, the First Christian Church of Pomona, the United Farm Workers Union, CLUE, and others are fighting the proposed immigration bill. A bill introduced last December by Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., R-Wis., that would make it a felony to be in the United States illegally ambrosia.sarabia@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2303160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDORA – A coalition of unions, activist groups and churches on Wednesday called for Congress to pass a humane and comprehensive immigration initiative. About 25 people gathered at the Glendora office of Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, to deliver thousands of signatures to the congressman. “We are asking that they don’t pass a bill that would criminalize” illegal immigrants, said Jose Calderon, president of the San Gabriel Valley Latino and Latina Roundtable. Dreier, who has supported the president’s proposed reforms, has recently spoken out against amnesty for illegal immigrants. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Mr. Dreier stands by his vote and is opposed to illegal immigration and amnesty,” said Dreier spokeswoman Jo Maney. But Calderon warned Dreier’s stance could bring a political backlash. “We are telling him we are a political force and we want to be listened to, and if we’re not then we will get people out to vote during election time and influence who will represent our interests,” he said. Nationwide, coalitions, volunteers and organizations took part Wednesday in National Lobby Day, calling for Congress to find a path to legalization, and not criminalization, of immigrants, Calderon said. The Senate endorsed giving a chance at citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants Wednesday, but also voted to build 370 miles of triple-layered fencing along the Mexican border in an increasingly emotional debate over election- last_img read more

ALL TICKET AT O’DONNELL PARK FOR DONEGAL DOUBLE HEADER

first_imgThe National League game DONEGAL V Roscommon in O’Donnell Park this Sunday 13th March at 3pm is an all ticket game – and no tickets will be on sale on the day.Donegal’s hurlers take on Down in the double-header.It is €10 for a ticket – and it’s €5 for children. The game is expected to sell out. Fans unable to gain entry to the ground will be accommodated – as far as possible – in the newly refurbished club house at St Eunan’s.Tickets can be purchased in the usual outlets and in the County Board office.  Clubs wishing to purchase tickets through the county office can do so up until Thursday afternoon. Payment to be made at the time of purchase.Ticket pricesAdult €10 Under 16 €5, please note under 16′ need tickets.OAP/Students €10 no concessions.No tickets available on the day of match at the ground.Season ticket holders will get their relevant information from Croke Park. ALL TICKET AT O’DONNELL PARK FOR DONEGAL DOUBLE HEADER was last modified: March 7th, 2016 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

2019 Ohio State Fair Jr. Dairy Goat Show

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Seth Blake, Licking Co., 18, was the Youth Toggenburg Grand Champion. Hope Mann, Mercer County, 14, had the Champion AOB dairy goat. Hope Mann, Mercer County Alexandrea Stewart, Ross Co., 19, won her division in showmanship.Judge: Yvonne Blosser, Ohio Senior Showmanship (15-18 yrs)Alexandrea Stewart, ChillicotheSeth Blake, Newark Intermediate Showmanship (12-14 yrs)Hope Mann, CelinaRyan Shoemaker, WinchesterJunior Showmanship (8-11 yrs)William Dearing, FrazeysburgAddyson Stewart, ChillicotheGrand Champion AlpineWyatt Baer, KinsmanReserve Champion AlpineWyatt Baer, KinsmanGrand Champion LaManchaKeagan Stewart, ChillicotheReserve Champion LaManchaMargaret Donkin, New WaterfordGrand Champion AOBHope Mann, CelinaReserve Champion AOBHope Mann, CelinaGrand Champion NubianCourtney Hubbard, CortlandReserve Champion NubianCourtney Hubbard, CortlandGrand Champion Recorded GradeLogan Lucas, JohnstownReserve Champion Recorded GradeWyatt Baer, KinsmanGrand Champion SaanenLauren Gottfried, TiffinReserve Champion SaanenTaylor Gottfried, TiffinGrand Champion ToggenburgSeth Blake, NewarkReserve Champion ToggenburgLogan Lucas, Johnstownlast_img read more

10 mistakes to avoid while geocaching

first_imgGeocaching should always be fun, so make sure to avoid the following ten mistakes, that way you can focus on the most important part—finding geocaches!Mistake #1: Forgetting to bring a penA classic mistake that still gets the best of us! Keep an extra pen in your car, your jacket, or near your phone so you’ll always have one handy.Mistake #2: Not reading the cache descriptionGeocache descriptions can contain important information about the hide. They may describe the area, share pertinent details, list any TOTT (tools of the trade), or drop subtle hints to help make the find more fun. Mistake #3: Not checking the latest activityTake a look at the activity log on the cache page before heading out. It’s helpful to know if a cache was recently found or has a string of DNFs. The Geocaching® app and new search map both share the last found date without needing to click into full cache details.Mistake #4: Not using your geo-sensesGeo-senses are honed over time but they’re key to geocaching! Just like trusting your intuition, geo-senses guide you to the cache. For example, you’re getting close to the cache and spot a small side trail heading in the right direction, or perhaps you spot a small stack of unnaturally parallel branches and…sure enough, the geocache you’re  looking for is right underneath! Mistake #5: Forgetting to make a List*Lists keep your geocaching life organized, so before you head out for an adventure remember to make a List! Additionally, Lists sync automatically with the Geocaching® app so you can either make changes on the website or on the go through your phone.Mistake #6: Not CITO-ing (Cache In Trash Out®)Always leave the trail better than you found it. Quality geocaching extends beyond the cache itself and we all play a part in making geocaching better for everyone.Mistake #7: Not being safeBe sure to tell someone—a friend, partner, or family member—where you are going, how to get in touch, and about what time you expect to return. Set a turnaround time and make sure you check back in upon your return so they don’t worry!Mistake #8: Not staying aware of your surroundingsThere are many reasons to stay aware: keeping an eye out for muggles, ensuring you have enough daylight, and not trampling plant life. However, one of the most important reasons to stay sharp is that trails look different when you turn around. Make sure you know which way you’ve come so you can make it back safely.Mistake #9: Not wearing the right shoesYou might be tempted to wear your flip flops or sandals—especially in the warmer months, but these won’t do you much good once you’re hitting the trail. You never know when that perfectly level path is going to change to mud, get steep, or become slippery.Mistake #10: Letting mistakes ruin your geocaching outing Now that you have seen all the ways to avoid making mistakes while geocaching, it’s time to let you in on a secret—there will probably be mistakes anyway. The trick is not to let this get you down. Embrace the fact that you can’t always control everything and have a great time anyway!What else would you add to this list? How do you prepare for geocaching adventures? Share in the comments!*Lists are a Premium member feature. Learn more about Lists.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedSix geocache outing planning mistakes you don’t know you are makingApril 30, 2019In “News”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”How to host the best New Year’s event for Last/FirstNovember 28, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

Here Come the Megacities

first_imgCan Rural Living Be As Green As Urban Living?Rust Belt Cities Go Green to Aid Urban RevivalRingside Seats on an Urban Planning RivalryBoston Mulls a New Template for Urban HousingCities Think Small to Ease the Housing Crunch A projected decline for Europe and the AmericasUnder the researchers’ extreme scenario, where fertility rates remain high and urbanization continues apace, within 35 years over 100 world cities will have populations larger than 5.5 million people. By 2100, say the authors, the world’s population centers will have shifted to Asia and Africa with only 14 of the 101 largest cities then in Europe or the Americas.Cities in the Global South are growing much faster than they did in industrialized countries 100 or more years ago for several reasons. Fewer children now die young. Migration from rural areas is speeding up because there’s less new farmland to be opened up. Many countries encourage urbanization to grow their economies. As a result, cities today are being challenged to keep pace with the largest wave of urban growth in history and the need to provide water, sanitation, and power to all those people.It’s impossible to know how cities will grow, but the stark fact, according to the United Nations, is that humanity is young, fertile, and increasingly urban. The median age of Nigeria is just 18, and in of all Africa’s 54 countries is under 20. The fertility rate of the continent’s 500 million women is 4.4 births; meanwhile, 50% of India’s population is under age 25, and Latin America’s average age is just 29. Recent U.N. projections expect the world’s population to grow by 2.9 billion — nearly that of China and India today — in the next 33 years and possibly by a further 3 billion by the end of the century. By then, says the U.N., humanity is expected to have developed into an almost exclusively urban species with 80% to 90% percent of people living in urban areas. John Vidal was environment editor of The Guardian for 27 years. He is based mainly in London and has reported on climate change and international environmental issues from more than 100 countries. He is the author of McDonald’s, Burger Culture on Trial. RELATED ARTICLES Note: This post originally appeared at Ensia.center_img The 1960 street map of Lagos, Nigeria, shows a small coastal city surrounded by a few semi-rural African villages. Paved roads quickly turn to dirt, and fields to forest. There are few buildings over six floors high and not many cars.It’s likely no one foresaw what would happen between 1960 and today. In just two generations Lagos grew 100-fold, from fewer than 200,000 people to nearly 20 million. Today it is one of the world’s largest cities, sprawling over nearly 1,000 square kilometers (400 square miles). Vastly wealthy in parts, it is largely chaotic and impoverished. Most residents live in informal settlements or slums. The great majority of them are not connected to piped water or sanitation. The city’s streets are choked with traffic, its air is full of fumes, and it produces more than 10,000 metric tons (11,000 tons) of waste a day.But new research from Canadian academics, though replete with caveats, suggests that the changes Lagos has seen in the last 60 years may be nothing to what may take place in the next 60 years. If Nigeria’s population continues to grow and people move to cities at the same rate as they are moving today, Lagos could be the largest metropolis the world has ever known, home to up to 100 million people. By 2100 it is projected to have more people than California or Britain today, and to stretch hundreds of miles with enormous environmental effects. Rapid growth can bring problemsThe Canadian researchers observe that urbanization can have environmental benefits in the form of economies of scale; that it is associated with better access to education and health care; and that it can boost the economy. But they also note that cities can become more vulnerable as they grow. And, says Robert Muggah, research director of the Igarapé Institute in Rio de Janeiro, a global think tank, urbanization can rapidly outpace society’s capacity to accommodate it.“Many fast-growing cities urbanize before they industrialize,” Muggah says. “It took centuries for cities in the Global North to do this. In the south we are seeing a doubling of population in 25 years. Most cities [today] don’t have the infrastructure, employment base, or productivity to manage this growth. You see a maze of informal settlements, completely overloaded infrastructure. Cities are generating a challenge on a resource level never seen before. The fastest-growing cities may be hit the hardest.Whether the world’s major cities develop into endless, chaotic slums, with unbreathable air, uncontrolled emissions, and impoverished populations starved of food and water, or become truly sustainable depends on economies, technology, and how they respond to population growth and environmental risk.While many economists argue that population growth is needed to create wealth and that urbanization reduces environmental impact, others fear cities are becoming ungovernable and too unwieldy to adapt fast enough to rising temperatures and sea levels, pollution, water shortages, and ill health of inhabitants.Will mega-cities be part of the problem — or the solution? What can they do to maximize the benefits of urbanization while minimizing the downsides? This look at seven cities on five continents, each at a different stage of development, can shed valuable light on what it might take to do it right. Hundreds of far smaller cities across Asia and Africa also could grow exponentially, say the Canadian demographers Daniel Hoornweg and Kevin Pope at the Ontario Institute of Technology. They suggest that Niamey, the barely known capital of Niger — a west African country with the highest birth rate in the world — could explode from a city of around 1 million people today to be the world’s seventh largest city with 56 million people in 2100. Sleepy Blantyre in southern Malawi could mushroom to the size of New York City today.last_img read more

Man Acquitted After 14 Years on Run in UK

first_imgSamir Vinu Patel, an accused in the 2002 Ode massacre case who fled to the UK and absconded from the trial for 14 years, has been acquitted by a special court in Anand.The SIT judge R M Sarin granted Patel the benefit of doubt, because the Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team (SIT) could not furnish substantial evidence to prove his involvement in the communal violence in Malav Bhagol area of Ode town on March 1, 2002, in which three persons were killed.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img read more