By Ramona LuthiThe Regional Vice Chairman of Region Three — Essequibo Islands/West Demerara, Sheik Ayube, is accusing the Regional Executive Officer (REO) of the Local Government Department (LGD), Shameer Shahid, of acting out of his jurisdiction, of intentionally blocking Opposition- run Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) from fulfilling their mandates, and of not paying staff.“…any time that the NDCs attempt to execute their programme or their spending, they find they are being stymied by the Local Government Department. The Head of the Local Government Department (is Shameer Shahid],” Ayube told Guyana Times in a telephone interview.Region Three Regional Vice Chairman Sheik AyubeAyube, Head of the Local Government Committee, explained that according to the law, all of the NDCs countrywide are to be guided by Chapter 28:02 of the Local Government Act, which provides direction and specifications on how the entity should operate.Ayube said that, every year, each NDC would budget “for what they would normally want for the year”; and once that budget is passed, the entity has “all rights to execute that Budget, without any interference (from) the Local Government Department of the RDC [Regional Democratic Council]”.However, he noted, over the past two years, this has been incredibly difficult because of Shahid. The most recent incident, he said, relates to two labourers attached to the Uitvlugt NDC being left unpaid.“I spoke to the REO on Wednesday last, and he showed me vouchers that were prepared to clear these people for January month. Lo and behold, the local Government Department is saying to the Overseer of the Tuschen/Uitvlugt NDC that he cannot find any document as it relates to these payments. I contacted back the REO’s secretary, and she confirmed that the document was sent to the Local Government Department,” Ayube detailed.He highlighted other incidents wherein he accused Shahid of abusing his power: “I would like to give you some examples. The Wakenaam NDC had budgeted to buy long boots for the Council of that specific NDC. They went ahead and purchased the long boots, (and) for a number of months, the Head of the Local Government Department did not pass that voucher,” he explained, while noting that it is protocol for the vouchers to be signed off by the RDC’s Local Government Department.The Regional Vice Chairman relayed that the explanation provided by Shahid for not signing the vouchers was that “long boots is only purchased for the work committee.”“We gotta understand that Wakenaam is an (agricultural) area and each council comes from a respective constituency, so they are expected to perform their duties in an effective way by visiting the area,” Ayube explained.“He [Shahid] is infringing on the rights of the NDC to operate independently,” Ayube sternly asserted.He noted that the REO has not been signing off on vouchers for council members to travel to attend statutory meetings.“The NDC would budget for travelling for their respective councillors (from) Wakenaam and Leguan. Again, over a long period of time, he’s not signing the vouchers for the people to [receive their funds] for travelling. He’s impeding on the attendance of the meeting. Again, he is acting out of his jurisdiction,” Ayube explained.This publication was told that within the regions there is a “CRIP (Community Roads Improvement Project)” programme, employment and supervision of which fall directly under the NDC.The NDC is required to report to the Region on the performance of each staff member on a monthly basis. However, Ayube claims that the REO has again stepped out of his jurisdiction.“What happened in Region 3, the DREO [Deputy REO] within the Local Government Department went into these NDCs and conducted interviews [for] who should be employed and who should not be employed. Now they are acting out of their jurisdiction. They have no right. That is the right of the NDC to employ, (to) interview,” the Regional Vice Chairman said.In addition, Guyana Times was told that as of late, the RDC, at the behest of Shahid, has imposed a condition wherein employees who are attached to the “CRIP” programme within NDCs cannot work elsewhere.“These CRIP people work 4 times a week and their monies are limited, so they seek employment other ways. They [RDC] have no jurisdiction, no right, no authority to impose that (condition) on the NDC.”According to Ayube, the issue has been reported several times at the level of the RDC statutory meeting, but nothing has been done to rectify the situation.Ayube also said he has observed that only the NDCs run by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) are apparently being hassled by Shahid.“I’m of the opinion that this is a planned something, because…in Region 3, most of the NDCs are run by the PPP/C. I think something has been put in place to allow the NDC to look bad where the NDC is not the contributing factor to most of these things that are happening out there… Everything is being stymied, everything is set to make [the PPP NDC] look bad, at the Local Government Department of the RDC,” he posited.Ayube is calling on Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan to intervene and have the matter rectified as soon as possible.“I’m calling on the Minister to put things right!” he declared.Efforts made by this publication to contact Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, and Regional Executive Officer of the Local Government Department, Shameer Shahid, proved futile.
A plethora of stars are backing the campaign to catch the person behind a number of horrific cat deaths and mutilations in London.Since more than 30 cats have reportedly died at the hands of the so-called “Cat Ripper of Croydon” over the last two years and at least seven have been found disembowelled or decapitated in the area in recent months, PETA has offered a staggering £5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.Now, X Factor presenters Dermot O’Leary and Caroline Flack, along with You Me At Six frontman Josh Franceschi, have alerted their more than 4 million combined Twitter followers about PETA’s offer, in the hope that getting the word out will lead to an arrest. The Vamps’ lead guitarist, James McVey, has also stepped in to sweeten the pot even more – offering free tour tickets to anyone who can help find the killer.PETA urges residents to keep a watchful eye on their animal companions and to keep them indoors. Because animals cannot report being abused and can do little to fight back, violent people sometimes use them as “practice” victims.“We’re grateful to these compassionate stars for alerting their millions of fans about this sickening case”, says PETA Associate Director Elisa Allen. “Someone in South London must know something about the cruel individual who committed these callous acts, and we’re calling on anyone with information to come forward. A person capable of deliberately causing this kind of suffering to helpless animals demonstrates a very worrying psychological state and must be found.”Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPhoto: RO Plant in Grand Turk commissioned in August 2013 with former Governor, Ric ToddProvidenciales, 11 Jun 2015 – Huge demands for water in Grand Turk have led to a shortage and so called, ‘incorrect’ reports that the reverse osmosis plant is not working. In a late day statement the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning aimed today to quell overheated residents who believe the plant is out of whack completely as Northridge residents in GT are not getting ‘pipe’ water. According to the statement there are 218,000 gallons of potable water produced per day in the capital, but with the rain shortage and the increased demand, that amount has now become insufficient. What the Ministry says it is doing to mitigate the water crisis is working to get another motor to boost production. Add to the dilemma of the surge in demand, and lack of supply is the fact that the hospital’s RO plant is also not in operation. The Ministry explained: “We are prioritizing the delivery of 10,000 gallons a day to the hospital whose RO plant is current undergoing repairs and we hope will be back on stream in the next few weeks.” The government will also have to tap into the contingency fund to fix the old RO plant in Grand Turk at a quarter of a million dollars. The new motor will boost daily water production to 240,000 gallons per day; and Salt Cay will soon have its plant as the system is in country awaiting set up. Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:grand turk, water shortage RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has told his players to expect a similar physical battle to Burnley when they face Brighton on Wednesday.The Gunners defeated Burnley 3-1 on Saturday with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored a brace, claiming he had never played in a game that was so physical.There were a number of incidents involving physical challenges and Clarets manager Sean Dyche afterwards accused Arsenal players of diving.The win was enough to take Arsenal level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea and Emery expects Brighton to offer a similar challenge to his players.“Brighton is the same, a very tough match physically, very organised and, like with Burnley, a very good coach who is working very well.” Emery said, according to BTSport.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It is a challenge and I respect those teams a lot because they also have good players. They decide to do a line-up with physical players with a lot of crosses for the strikers for heading in our box.”“We need to defend very far in our box to defend better against that.”The challenge for Unai Emery’s men, who lost to Brighton last season, is made more difficult due to a defensive injury crisis, with Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal all out with injuries.
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KOLKATA: It has been two years since the Supreme Court made a landmark judgment on the return of acquired land in Singur in Bengal, that gained momentum and reached its logical culmination under Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee.Tweets in Hindi, dedicating her anti-land acquisition movement victory as a “victory of the farmers of India”, showed her passion and dedication for the same. According to sources, Banerjee is also keen to organise a national farmers’ rally where she would address the farmers, raise the issues of farmer distress under the Modi government and highlight the schemes she has implemented in Bengal for them. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHailed as the champion of the farmers’ cause, she is the only politician who had spoken about the adverse effects of demonetisation on farmers within half-an-hour of the announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. From implementing loan waiver schemes to criticising farmer suicides, the Chief Minister has been extremely vocal about landless labourers and their plight throughout the country. Time and again, she has taken up measures to provide relief to the farmers, introduced schemes for them to be covered under Kisan credit cards and directed average loans to be given to credit card holders, starting from Rs 2 lakh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”On August 31, 2016, the SC, in a historic judgment declared that the land acquisition made by the erstwhile Left government in Singur was illegal. On the second anniversary of the historic judgment, (I extend) my best wishes to all the farmers of the country. We are always committed to their struggle and cause,” she tweeted on Friday. Sources added that Banerjee is likely to address a mass meeting with “Hindi-speaking people” at Netaji Indoor Stadium on September 7.