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Timeline demanded as vendors decry unsatisfactory conditions

first_imgStabroek Wharf vendorsThe Mayor and City Council’s Statutory Meeting on Monday once again focused on the relocated Stabroek Market Wharf vendors but this time, timelines were requested for when their operational conditions would be bettered.Vendors are complaining of the conditions under which they are required operateChairman of Markets and Public Health, Trichia Richards asked the Council via a motion to prioritise merchants who were relocated to Russell Square, Georgetown (west of the Parliament Buildings). This is after numerous complaints surfaced about their current conditions.The vendors were relocated to this site just over one year ago to facilitate the rehabilitation of the deplorable wharf. Richards insisted that while the Council is plagued with financial limitations, the situation needs to be addressed.“The Council has financial constraints and it’s to that, that we have to prioritise what it is that we would like to do. The vendors are complaining and they have asked us to look into this. The wharf is a threat to them but the current conditions at Russell Square is not pleasing also,” she said.The Chairman, who is also a Councillor, said the motion was the last resort after recommendations were made prior, which yielded no results.“Recommendations were made and forwarded to full Council. That is the action that the Markets and Public Health Committee has taken since last year. It has engaged this new Council and still nothing has been done as it relates to these vendors. We have ventilated all possible ways and we’re now looking here to have this motion, to look specifically at timelines and to prioritise the vendors at Russell Square.”However, Councillor Oscar Clarke argued that the Council could not provide better facilities at that time, since the wharf was declared unsafe and vendors had to be relocated immediately.“Council couldn’t do that because [it] has been unable to get all of the resources that it requires to be able to do the work within a specified time…There was an emergency which precipitated the decision of Council to have them moved. That emergency still exists. That is, the state of the wharf. Because of that, emergency measures had to be taken to try to find a way, find a place to put these vendors,” he persisted.Meanwhile, Councillor Bishram Kuppen insisted that the concerns of these vendors are “paramount and should be looked into as soon as possible”.During the relocation, it was decided by City Hall that the vendors would be responsible for the construction of their new stalls; a project which the Council estimated would cost one vendor approximately $400,000 exclusive of electrical lighting. The wooden stalls were of two specified sizes along with concreted section for restroom facilities. For this move, Route 42 bus drivers who occupied this space were moved to another location.However, ever since the arrival of vendors at this location, complaints have surfaced over the prevalence of vagrants, improper garbage disposal and up until recently, the theft of chain-link fencing which barricaded their stalls. Many of them had complained that the new location was uninviting to customers, resulting in incurred losses.Last month, the Council had informed that although 106 stalls were completed at the former bus park to facilitate the vendors, only 27 of the stalls are occupied.last_img read more

Woman shot dead in ‘terrorist incident’ in Derry, police say

first_imgA 29-year-old woman has been killed after shots were fired in Derry, with police treating it as a “terrorist incident”.Assistant chief constable Mark Hamilton, from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, said a murder inquiry had been launched after the death in the Creggan area of the city amid unrest on Thursday evening.Trouble flared in Creggan when police came under attack from crowds. Police said a number of shots were fired.Petrol bombs were also thrown at police Land Rovers.There are reports that the trouble broke out after police raids on houses in the Mulroy Park and Galliagh areas.PSNI superintendent Alan Hutton said: “We are currently responding to reports that a member of the public has been injured and I would appeal for calm.” The unrest comes ahead of the Easter weekend where Republicans mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising and a time when dissidents are traditionally active.The Sinn Fein deputy leader, Michelle O’Neill, said the killing in Derry was a “senseless loss of life”.She said: “I am shocked and saddened at the tragic news that a young woman has been shot dead by so-called dissidents in the Creggan estate tonight.“The murder of this young woman is a human tragedy for her family, but it is also an attack on all the people of this community, an attack on our peace process and an attack on the Good Friday Agreement. I unreservedly condemn those responsible for killing this young woman.“We will remain resolute in our opposition to the pointless actions of these people who care nothing for the people of Derry. We remain united in our determination to building a better and peaceful future for all.” O’Neill added: “Those responsible should listen to the people, they should disband immediately and end their pointless actions against the community which tonight has tragically claimed the life of a young woman.“I am appealing for calm and I urge anyone with any information about this killing to bring it forward immediately to the police and assist their inquiries.”Woman shot dead in ‘terrorist incident’ in Derry, police say was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Derrylast_img read more

Trump tweet, NFL response escalate drama of Sunday games

first_img“I know our players who kneeled for the anthem, and these are smart young men of character who want to make our world a better place for everyone,” Ross said. “They wanted to start a conversation and are making a difference in our community, including working with law enforcement to bring people together. We all can benefit from learning, listening and respecting each other.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Baltimore Ravens players kneel down during the playing of the US national anthem before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo by MATT DUNHAM / AP)The owners of the Baltimore Ravens, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and other teams on Sunday joined a chorus of NFL executives criticizing President Donald Trump’s suggestion that they fire players who kneel for the national anthem.The statements, including those from Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, contrasted a morning tweet from Trump and further escalated the political drama of the league’s game day, which was expected to be one of the most-watched for non-sporting reasons in years.ADVERTISEMENT Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Bisciotti said he “100 percent” supports his players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem. At least seven of them did, joined by more than a dozen Jacksonville Jaguars, before the teams played at Wembley Stadium in London.Other players linked arms – and Jaguars owner Shad Khan joined them, standing between tight end Marcedes Lewis and linebacker Telvin Smith. He called it a privilege to do so.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKraft, who has been a strong backer of the president, expressed “deep disappointment” with Trump and said politicians could learn much from the unifying spirit of a competitive, team-oriented enterprise like football.“Our players are intelligent, thoughtful, and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful,” Kraft said in a statement. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired’,” he said to loud applause.Again in a Sunday morning tweet, Trump urged his supporters to take action: “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!”Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin followed up Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” defending Trump, saying the NFL has many rules governing what players can and cannot do.“I think what the president is saying is that the owners should have a rule that players should have to stand in respect for the national anthem,” Mnuchin said. “They can do free speech on their own time.”Trump’s remarks provoked team owners and the NFL to stridently defend the sport and its players. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has taken heat for Kaepernick’s struggle to find a team, quickly condemned Trump’s comments.“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month,” Goodell said. “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”At least seven team owners donated $1 million each to Trump’s inaugural committee. But Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos , Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank , New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, Tennessee Titans’ controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk and San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York were among the league power brokers who issued condemning statements through their clubs.“The callous and offensive comments made by the president are contradictory to what this great country stands for,” York said. “Our players have exercised their rights as United States citizens in order to spark conversation and action to address social injustice. We will continue to support them in their peaceful pursuit of positive change in our country and around the world.”Added Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy: “We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.”This weekend’s games were sure to bring more protests, with Tampa Bay receiver Desean Jackson promising to make “a statement.” View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Read Next Wozniacki beats Pavlyuchenkova to retain Pan Pacific title Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Cleveland Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam wrote that they didn’t want to let “misguided, uninformed and divisive comments from the President or anyone else deter us from our efforts to unify,” and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told CBS his team wouldn’t be on the field when the anthem plays before the Steelers game in Chicago.He doesn’t want his players to be divided between those who kneel and those who stand, he said.“We’re not going to be divided by anything said by anyone,” Tomlin said. “We’re not going to let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda.”Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling movement last year when he played for the San Francisco 49ers, refusing to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest the treatment of black people by police. Kaepernick became a free agent and has not been signed by a new team for this season.Without identifying Kaepernick, Trump aimed a Friday talk at a Huntsville, Alabama, rally at those players who have knelt for the anthem.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Samsung to introduce Tizen based smartphone soon in November

first_imgSouth Korean giant Samsung is reportedly planning to launch its first Tizen smartphone in India. The launch is expected to happen soon after Diwali in the month of November. Tizen is Samsung’s own Operating System based on the Linux, which has been already showcased in its smartwatches.The news was reportedly confirmed by Tarun Malik, Director Media Solutions, South West Asia at company’s official meeting. Malik is expected to spearhead the promotions of Tizen OS along with his team in India. Contrary to the previous reports published in June, Samsung will not unveil Tizen flagship smartphone Samsung Z in India. The company is planning to start off with the budget smarthpones in India.It is being speculated that Samsung might launch SM-Z130E or SM-Z130H Tizen based budget smartphones initially.Reportedly Samsung Z is the first device to run on Tizen OS. It sports a 4.8 inch   (720×1280 pixels) HD Super AMOLED display, single SIM connectivity, 2.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM packed with 2600mAh battery. The device offers 16GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable via microSD card to up to 64GB. The smartphone comes with 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera accompanied by an LED flash and a 2.1-megapixel front camera.last_img read more

Set of Six: What we learned at National Youth Championships

first_imgBy BEN HARRIS1. Modern technology is wonderful:In July, promising touch football player Cody Gray was involved in a terrible ski accident and as a result, she is now a quadriplegic. She was to captain the South Australia Heat in the girls’ division on the Sunshine Coast. Although she was in Adelaide, she was able to watch the Heat go around through the wonders of technology. Gray was watching the Heat’s matches on Facetime. As Touch Football South Australia’s Tim Wyld said: “Modern technology allows us to get her up on Facetime and almost be in the sub box and she was barking instructions to the girls from Adelaide.”2. The emergence of the New South Wales Touch Association Development Squad:In 2012, NSW Touch introduced their Development Teams into the National Youth Championships. The boys finished 13th and 10th in 2012 and 2013 respectively, and the girls came eighth and seventh in each of those years. In 2014 both teams made the quarter-finals for the first time. The highlight would have been the boys’ 6-all draw with New South Wales Combined High Schools on day one.3. Developing states are getting there:It is always tough coming up against sides from New South Wales and Queensland considering how strong those states are at touch football. But the other states are closing the gap, and fast. Victoria finished second in their pool in the girls’ division, South Australia missed out on the quarter-finals on for and against, and Western Tigers came third in their group in the boys’ division. Sure other states were on the wrong end of some lopsided score lines, but with time, they too will be pushing for finals spots.4. The four-referee system:For the first time in National Youth Championships history there were four referees officiating selected games in a trial that could change the way the game of touch is refereed forever. The concept was to reduce fatigue among the referees, which ultimately could reduce the number of errors referees can make. From all reports it was a success and only time will tell if the innovation will become a regular occurrence at tournaments.5. Quality players on show:It’s no surprise but touch football produces some stellar athletes. The skills on show this week were second to none, and no doubt we will be seeing a few of the players from this year’s tournament representing their state or country in the future. Shannon Rose in particular – playing in her third National Youth Championships, she became the first player to score 50 touchdowns in the tournament’s history.6. NYC is a fantastic tournament:Touch football is in safe hands. The sport just keeps going from strength to strength and much has got to do with the superb efforts by players, coaches, managers, referees, administrators and spectators. Although some regions were not represented at this year’s event, it did not take away the spirit and value of the tournament.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – LinksNYC’s set of sixlast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: Record price-tag never affected me

first_imgLiverpool defender Van Dijk: Record price-tag never affected meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says his world record transfer fee has never weighed on him.Van Dijk left Southampton a year ago for Liverpool in a £75m deal – a record for a defender.The Dutchman told AD: “Quite frankly, it does not do much for me. I can also do very little with it. It is, at most, something that people will start with when you play a lesser game. “But that amount … I know it works like that in football.”De Vrij also said: “I am the proud captain of my country. I play everything at Liverpool, in the international matches with the Oranje squad we all have an excellent feeling. But it goes on and on. We play football in England every three or four days. There is little time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoHowe admits Bournemouth defending not good enough for Man Utd defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Howe admits Bournemouth defending not good enough for Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits their defending wasn’t good enough for defeat at Manchester United.The hosts, as expected under new caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, looked to attack from the off and Howe’s side were powerless to prevent the goal in the 4-1 defeat.Howe said, “It’s a tough day and a disappointing performance.”Defensively we weren’t great, with the ball we weren’t great and that’s a bad mix coming to Old Trafford.”They played in the way we expected but we didn’t with them well, we didn’t defend crosses well and allowed them too much time.”They have players in every position that can hurt you, but we have to learn from this game.”The manager continued, “We’ve been through a tough period, the fixture list has been extremely unkind to us.”We’ve had a real run of successive games and the injury situation is very difficult as we have stretched resources.”Those injuries maybe meant that I had to play a system I wouldn’t have played ideally.”That’s combined with confidence but the main focus for me is that we can control our destiny, we have to change this moment and that’s where the focus lies.” last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Kids no longer need traditional TV to entertain themselves: There’s Netflix, Hulu and plenty of other streaming options. But none reign as supreme as YouTube, where video creators such as Logan Paul — a 22-year-old comedian and entertainer boasting 17.5 million subscribers — have transformed into superstars through their wildly popular channels that appeal to younger viewers.“There’s a culture of celebrity on YouTube that makes it pretty powerful for kids,” said Devorah Heitner, author of the book Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World. “There’s a lot of YouTubers that are making some really compelling content kids like and follow.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementcenter_img If you haven’t heard of JoJo Siwa, your kids  probably have. The 15-year-old singer and dancer has carved out a huge fan base online. She counts more than 6 million subscribers to her YouTube channel and nearly 7 million followers on Instagram.As teens like JoJo and those younger achieve social media celebrity, their parents juggle the newfound fame and opportunities while making sure their children get a chance to just be kids.“The greatest thing about it is she literally was doing it all herself, from filming to editing to thumbnails to producing,” said her mother, Jessalynn Siwa of Los Angeles. “To see her have the success is really just the cherry on top.” Facebook Princeton Cannon – Instagram account @princeandthebaker Advertisementlast_img read more

Playtex plastic plates bowls pose choking hazard for children recall announced

first_imgTORONTO – Playtex-branded plastic plates and bowls for children are being recalled after the distributor received four reports of choking in Canada.No serious injury has been reported but Health Canada and Edgewell Personal Care Canada say consumers should stop using the products and return them for a refund.They say the choking risk comes from a clear plastic coating that can peel or bubble from the surface of the plates or bowls.The products feature brightly coloured designs and are sold separately or in sets with plastic cups and cutlery.Further information is available through Health Canada at products had been on the market in Canada since January 2010, with about 1.9 million units sold here and 3.6 million units distributed in the United States.No incidents or injuries in the United States have been reportedlast_img read more

Trader Joes store loses power donates 10K pounds of food

first_imgMETAIRIE, La. — Severe storms caused a New Orleans area Trader Joe’s store to lose power, prompting the chain to donate more than 10,000 pounds (4,500 kilograms) of perishable groceries to a food bank.News outlets report the Metairie store lost power for most of the day Thursday and contacted Second Harvest Food Bank about donating the food.Food bank spokesman Jay Vise says the donation included refrigerated and frozen items and will be distributed across 23 parishes. The food bank’s chief impact officer, Melanie McGuire, says it’s often hard to come by highly nutritious and perishable food donations.The Associated Presslast_img