Restoring City Hall

first_imgDear Editor,It has been quite a long time since I have heard something half as ridiculous as the suggestion made by the Mayor of Georgetown, who has publicly reported her intentions to set up a Restoration Fund to begin the process of restoring City Hall.This Fund, she claims, will be managed by a special committee, which will include corporate leaders, investors, and other stakeholders from civil society.The folks at the City Council are just off the chain and have no shame. Could the Mayor of Georgetown, who was a Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor for the last 23 years, a historical feat and record breaker in any supposed democratic society, say to the citizens what maintenance works, remedial initiatives, and rehabilitation were done to that edifice by the Council in the last quarter-century?The most baffling thing about the City Council is that when it comes to maintaining its own buildings, including municipal markets, keeping the doors of its daycare centres open, running a modern hygienic abattoir, fixing roads and maintaining bridges, replacing defective street lights, up keeping the cemetery, etc, a spirit of poverty overcomes them. They become mendicants with a begging bowl in their hands, looking for handouts from the Government, the Private Sector, international funding agencies, etc.But when it comes to paying themselves super salaries, to flying to every corner of the globe first class multiple times a year, to giving out huge contracts without adherence to national tender procedures, to building presidential parks and petting zoos, to creating new and fancy positions, which are filled by friends, relatives and church pals, the municipality seems to be very affluent and resourceful.Why are property rates not being used to maintain City Hall as they are supposed to? Can anyone imagine the City Halls of Belfast, Northern Ireland; Brussels, Belgium or Hamburg, Germany awaiting a donation from civil society to be maintained? Do the folks at City Hall have no pride or dignity? Do they get no feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction from their own achievements?But where exactly does the Mayor expect to find these extreme altruists from in a city where the citizens have been taxed to the max both by the local and central governments?Has she forgotten that the Council has increased property taxes by 10 per cent across the board, increased compliance fees substantially, is charging a container tax, increased fees for barber shops and salons, instituted a steep rise in market stall rents, etc, and is trying to bring back the draconian parking meter system?If the Council is serious about restoring City Hall, why don’t they cut their mammoth payroll by million a month, and use that money to restore the most handsome building in Georgetown?Get real, Madam Mayor, your term is swiftly coming to an end!Best regards,Deodarie Putulalllast_img read more

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Serie A sensation’s agent speaks out on Manchester City interest

first_img1 Felipe Anderson’s agent has confirmed Manchester City’s interest in the Brazilian midfielder, but insisted his client happy to stay at Lazio.The 21-year-old has been sparkling form for the Serie A side this season, scoring 10 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions.That had led to rumours he could be tempted away in the summer, with City linked with a big-money move.But while Anderson’s representative, Stefano Castagna, admits it is a ‘good sign’ City are chasing the player, he has played down talk of an imminent exit.The former Santos starlet recently signed a new contract with Lazio that runs until 2020 and Castagna told Radiosei: “The rapport with the club has always been excellent and in this case our interests coincided with those of the directors.“It was not difficult to reach an agreement for a renewal. The president and his staff deserve praise and we are very happy with the faith shown in us.“It’s a good sign that Manchester City are coming to see him, as that means he is doing very well. He has just signed a new deal and is very happy in Rome.“I see no particular problem in keeping him, even without Champions League qualification. Playing in that tournament would be ideal, but the Europa League is good too.” Felipe Anderson last_img read more

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Briefs From Around the South Bay

first_imgCARSON Gunman sought in vehicle death A gunman who fatally shot a car’s passenger at a stop sign in Carson late Friday remained at large Saturday. The driver was uninjured in the roughly 6 p.m. attack at Alondra Boulevard and McKinley Avenue, said sheriff’s Deputy Rick Pedroza. One person was killed on the first night of the weekend leading up to New Year’s on Los Angeles County roadways, down from the three reported killed by the California Highway Patrol last year. Statewide, the official death toll stands at four fatalities this year, down from last year’s total of eight. In Los Angeles County, CHP officers arrested 94 motorists on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, up from last year’s total of 86. Statewide, for this year there were 362 DUI arrests by state officers, in comparison with 388 last year. Although the fatality totals are for all roads in California, the CHP’s drunken driving totals do not include those arrested by city police departments across the state. WESTCHESTER Volunteers for camp needed The Muscular Dystrophy Association is seeking volunteer counselors for a summer camp at Loyola Marymount University in Westchester. Each counselor becomes a companion to a camper with a neuromuscular disease and helps with daily activities such as eating, bathing and dressing. They also help with recreational activities such as arts and crafts, swimming and horseback riding. Applicants must be at least 16 years old and be able to lift a young person between 6 and 21 years old. The camp will run from July 28 to Aug. 2. To apply, call the local MDA office at 310-450- 9032 or visit www.mda.org/ clinics/camp. – From staff and news services160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe gunman got away on foot, he said. The name of the dead man was withheld pending notification of his family. The victim suffered at least two wounds to the upper body, Pedroza said. AREAWIDE Holiday road deaths down last_img read more

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Arsenal will NOT appeal Xhaka red card, Wenger praise for ‘resilient’ Walcott

first_img 1 Arsene Wenger says Arsenal will not be appealing against Granit Xhaka’s red card in their 3-2 victory over Swansea.The 24-year-old was dismissed after 70 minutes for a challenge on Modou Barrow but despite classing the decision as ‘a little harsh’, Wenger will not be challenging the decision made by referee Jon Moss.Wenger said: “No (we will not appeal the decision). It looked harsh to me but it was a deliberate foul.“It looked a ‘dark yellow’ but the referee went for bright red.”READ MORE Arsenal FC reaction: ‘Reckless’ Granit Xhaka ‘should get fined two weeks’ wages’ for sending off v Swansea CityThe Gunners made it six Premier League wins in a row, with a brace from Theo Walcott and a goal from birthday boy Mesut Ozil proving enough though Swansea twice pulled within one, through Gylfi Sigurdsson in the first half and Borja Baston in the second.Wenger continued: “What looked to be a comfortable afternoon finished in a very uncomfortable way. We just got over the line. “I thought at times we played fantastic football, we lost a bit of our focus and after that, at 3-1, we could have conceded.“We played with spirit but it was difficult in the end.”Walcott’s brace on Saturday made it six goals in five games for the 27-year-old and Wenger believes he is looking stronger as a player this season.The French boss added: “He could have had a hat-trick, maybe even four.“He scored two goals, I make that six now which is very encouraging.“He is much more resilient.”last_img read more

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Sanchez to PSG, Walcott in Southampton return, Liverpool tracking German starlet

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Paris Saint-Germain apparently need to liquidate some assets after blowing £200million on Neymar, with the French side reportedly planning on selling Edinson Cavani and replacing him with Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez – who will be available on a free transfer next summer. (Le Parisien)Uruguay international Cavani could be a target for Real Madrid in January. (Don Balon)Southampton are prepared to bring Theo Walcott’s unhappy spell at Arsenal with a homecoming deal in January. The 28-year-old has started every Premier League game of the season so far on the bench and there are no plans to extend his contract when it expires in 18 months. (Daily Express)PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 22, says he would “love” to play in the Premier League one day, and grew up supporting Liverpool. (ESPN)Tottenham and Liverpool are both interested in 24-year-old Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, who is on loan at Valencia. (Tuttomercatoweb)Liverpool are tracking Germany starlet Kai Havertz. Reds scouts were in attendance as the 18-year-old Bayer Leverkusen attacker scored FOUR goals and bagged an assist in Germany’s Under-19s match against Belarus. (Liverpool Echo)Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, 28, says he is happy at the club, despite not finalising a new contract with the Premier League side. (Sky Sports)Former Chelsea star Oscar has said he “would go back” to the club. The 26-year-old left the Blues for Shanghai SIPG in a mega deal last year, but he thinks he is still young enough to return to England and continue his career at his former club.(London Evening Standard)Brazil forward Lucas Moura has been advised by former Chelsea defender Alex to leave PSG and join Arsenal. (L’Equipe)Turkish side Fenerbahce are planning a January bid for Manchester United defender Delay Blind. The Dutchman, 27, has slipped below Matteo Darmian and Ashley Young in Mourinho’s line-up, prompting speculation he may be on the way out – FULL STORY HEREAdrien Silva has trained with Leicester City for the first time after his move to the club was scuppered due to a registration issue.The Portuguese midfielder is ineligible to play for the club until January after a deadline for registration was missed by 14 seconds. (Leicester Mercury)Arsenal are targeting a move for 18-year-old Trabzonspor midfielder Abdulkadir Omur, but Atletico Madrid are also interested. (Daily Mirror)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:England 1-0 Slovenia: Three Lions stars rated and slatedEngland national football team: Why Gareth Southgate’s troops are Europe’s InvinciblesEXCLUSIVE – Harry Redknapp insists Harry Kane will stay loyal to Tottenham amid Real Madrid linksTottenham and England star Harry Kane reveals secret ingredient to goalscoring successHarry Redknapp tells talkSPORT he will NOT be taking up full-time role with Yeovil Town‘No time to panic’ – Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard plays down club’s recent strugglesLiverpool FC news: Juventus WILL make January move for Emre CanJan Vertonghen’s MUM reveals hopes of Ajax return for Tottenham defenderlast_img read more

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Liverpool open up four-point lead over Man City after comfortable win at Wolves

first_img 3 The Reds are rocking around the Christmas table Salah celebrates scoring his 11th Premier League goal of the season Van Dijk celebrates scoring Liverpool’s second The Reds took the lead in the first half when Fabinho and Sadio Mane combined well down the right-hand side to allow the Brazilian to pull back a cross for Mohamed Salah to nonchalantly flick home.And the ‘Egyptian King’ turned provider in the second half when he collected a weak clearance from the edge of the box to whip in a delightful ball for Virgil van Dijk to prod home.The result means Jurgen Klopp‘s men are four points clear of Manchester City, who face Crystal Palace on Saturday at the Etihad.Star Man – Mohamed SalahDespite coming up against five fearsome defenders, Salah was insatiable at Molineux and genuinely looked a class above. 3center_img Liverpool will definitely be top of the Premier League table on Christmas Day after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0.A wet and windy Molineux could not dampen the spirits of the travelling Kopites, who witnessed their side carve open a normally frugal Wolves defence. His blistering pace and intelligent movement meant he often found himself popping up behind left wing-back Jonny and isolating either Willy Boly or Conor Coady.When Wolves switched to four at the back, Salah still managed to get in behind by dropping deep like a false nine before using his blistering pace to spin in behind to the right.His finish epitomised confidence and composure in equal measure as he used the outside of his trusty left boot to prod the ball past the despairing dive of Rui Patricio.Premier League Table 3 Next Premier League FixturesWolves – Fulham (A), 26/12Liverpool – Newcastle (H), 26/12last_img read more

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Rooney and McGinn’s late goals give Aberdeen 3-1 lead over Fola

first_imgThe home side thought they had taken the lead in the 28th minute when Ash Taylor volleyed the ball into the net from close range. But the goal was ruled out as Jonny Hayes’ cross had carried out of play before Jayden Stockley directed a header back to Taylor. Taylor continued to be a threat from set-pieces and just after the half-hour mark the defender powered a header wide having got on the end of a cross from McGinn, following a short corner by Hayes. Fola keeper Thomas Hym was called into action early in the second period when he made a superb stop from a header by Taylor, after a corner from McGinn.  Niall McGinn and Adam Rooney hit dramatic late goals for Aberdeen against Fola Esch in their Europa League first qualifying round first leg match at Pittodrie. Shay Logan’s second-half opener was immediately cancelled out by Julien Klein but Aberdeen remained the dominant side. And their strikers’ late goals handed the Dons a healthy advantage to take to Luxembourg for next Thursday’s return match. Fola nearly scored as early as the fifth minute. Stefano Bensi exchanged passes with Samir Hadji and clipped a low shot off the outside of Aberdeen’s far post.  The Dons continued to ramp up the pressure. A goal-bound shot from Stockley was cleared by visiting defender Massimo Martino, Hym saved a free-kick from McGinn and the Northern Ireland forward then turned a shot just wide.Aberdeen came close to scoring in the 67th minute when Hayes lashed the ball across goal and substitute Rooney slid in to knock an effort against a post. The home side then broke the deadlock 60 seconds later as a corner from McGinn caused chaos in the Fola penalty area and Logan blasted in an acrobatic volley from six yards out. However, Aberdeen were pegged back within three minutes when Klein scored from close range following a cut-back by Emmanuel Francoise. The Dons tried to quickly recover from that setback but were once again denied by a great save from Hym, this time to keep out an overhead kick from Stockley. Taylor then had another goal ruled out, due to a foul on Hym, following a corner by McGinn. However, the Dons scored twice late on to earn a deserved victory. In the 90th minute, McGinn’s shot from 10 yards out squirmed into the net as it proved too hot to handle for Hym. Then in the seventh minute of added time, Rooney converted a spot-kick after Bensi was penalised for handball.last_img read more

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What is the Most Desirable Trait for Millennial Employees?

first_imgby Roger Custer, executive director of America’s Future Foundation I am sometimes asked what the most desirable trait is for new hires, especially those in the Millennial generation (born roughly 1980-2000).  While there are many desirable traits in employees and they need to know specific skills, the most important trait is a positive attitude toward taking initiative.  Employees who take initiative become the most valuable members of any team and are often sought by competitors.Unfortunately, this way of thinking does not align with our education system.  Memorization and test-taking on specific subjects does not foster an entrepreneurial attitude.  It actually stiflles it.  David and Tom Kelley, in their book Creative Confidence, note how we are taught that the only creative people are found in the arts.  Taking initiative is not a hard skill that can be learned in a university, but an attitude that permeates all responsibilities. You are creative and can find creative solutions to everyday problems.  Ask yourself if you are working to serve your employer, or if you are looking for your employer to serve you.  Here are some ways of thinking that will help you cultivate this attitude.Constantly learn.  You do not stop learning when you graduate from high school or college.  The best employees take time to learn the best practices in their field, attend networking and industry conferences, and pay attention to what competitors are doing.  The best employees use their limited free time to improve themselves by learning new skills, reading about their industry, and always seeking new knowledge.  This adds value for your employer because you can implement best practices and stay up to date on the latest technology and trends in your field.  Ask your boss if you can use company resources to purchase books, attend conferences, and improve yourself.Ask for new challenges.  Most employees have some time available between projects, during slow times of year, or at some point.  The best employees acknowledge this with their boss and ask to help with new challenges.  Perhaps you ask a colleague to help with his or her work so you can learn a different part of the firm.  Perhaps you want to try a new project you’ve never done before.  Or maybe you want to attend a conference on best practices in your industry.  Your goal should be to become so productive and essential to the firm that you are invaluable and your colleagues would suffer if you left since you add so much to the team.Find gaps and fix them.  There are always areas that need improvement.  If not, consultants would be out of business in a hurry!  It is easy to point out the problem and wait for someone else to fix it.  The best employees point out the problem and find solutions.  Even better employees implement solutions and find it better to beg forgiveness than ask permission and wait around.You will be the most desirable employee as a Millennial if you have an attitude and a drive to take initiative.  Unfortunately, most Millennials do not follow this advice which might be why the generation has a reputation for being narcissistic, needy, and difficult to manage.  Let’s work to change that stereotype!Roger Custer is executive director of America’s Future Foundationlast_img read more

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Footballer Peter Crouch and model wife Abbey Clancy have no time for romance

first_imgFormer England football star Peter Crouch’s wife Abbey Clancy has said that the very-much-in-love couple are finding it tough to make time for each other now – with their three children always around them. Clancy, 32, also juggles with her modelling work, TV career and fashion line. In an interview with Britain’s MailOnline, she confessed it’s all rather tedious but manageable.Related News Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world Clancy and Peter are proud parents to Sophia, seven, Liberty, three, and 10-month-old Johnny. A typical day is almost fully dedicated to the kids. “We get up around six, go down, have breakfast. I make three different types because no one will eat the same thing. Then it’s homework for Sophia. In between, I give Johnny his porridge and off to school. Then, we must eat all the kids’ left overs and clean the kitchen,” explained Clancy. It’s obviously tough to keep the romance alive. “We book to go to the cinema or dinner but once we have put the kids to bed, we are so tired, we just go to bed,” she said. Clancy revealed that the couple have reduced partying too because, “hangovers with three babies is not an ideal combination.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as managerlast_img read more

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Mariah Carey steps out with backup dancer sans engagement ring

first_imgLos Angeles, Oct 31 (PTI) Singer Mariah Carey was spotted with her backup dancer Bryan Tanaka at a restaurant following her split from fiance James Packer.The 46-year-old star and Tanaka were joined by her manager Stella Bulochnikov at celeb hot spot Catch, reported AceShowbiz.The singer replaced her engagement band with her trademark butterfly ring. She donned a black outfit with sunglasses and diamond accessories, while Tanaka sported a long-sleeved white t-shirt and jeans. They were all smiles during the outing.”Mariah was in a very good mood. She seemed like she wanted to be seen with Bryan Tanaka,” a source said. PTI SSN SHDlast_img

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