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Shipping Association takes M&CC to court over container fees

first_imgAfter demanding that shipping companies pay a new fee of ,000 for laden containers to leave their wharves, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), after being challenged, haS disclosed that the policy of this implementation will be reviewed.However, even before the announcement of the review, the Shipping Association of Guyana (SAG) moved to the High Court on Tuesday challenging the M&CC’s decision to impose the new fee. The SAG, in its court documents filled, emphasised that the Municipal and Municipal District Councils Act, Ch 28:01 and by-laws does not provide for the imposition of such a tax.A M&CC official seeks a permit from a truck driver on Water Street, Georgetown while a City Constabulary officer stands guardAccording to the Notice of Motion, the SAG through Attorneys Sase Gunraj and Christopher Ram, sought to have an Order or Rule Nisi of Certiorari directed to Royston King, the Town Clerk of the City of Georgetown, quashing the decision made on July 19, 2016 to block and/or impede access of motor vehicles transporting shipping containers on streets within the City of Georgetown unless a fee of $25,000 per container is paid. This application was made on the grounds that the decision is contrary to and in violation of Municipal and Municipal District Councils Act, Ch 28:01 and by-laws made there under, is biased, without jurisdiction, made in bad faith, is unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, mala fide, malicious, vindictive, unlawful, ultra vires, null, void and of no legal effect. The SAG is seeking for Town Clerk Royston King to show some cause as to why the said Order or Rule Nisi of Certiorari should not be made absolute.On Tuesday, the M&CC blocked several streets in Georgetown and its environs, demanding that a $25,000 fee be paid for each container to traverse the city streets.The management staff of John Fernandes Terminal told Guyana Times that they were approached by the Deputy Town Clerk, Sherry Jerrick, on behalf of the M&CC on Tuesday and were informed that all laden container trucks must pay a fee of $25,000 to traverse the city streets or be blocked at the wharves.M&CC officials were also present outside the Muneshwer’s Wharf, where they also prevented container trucks from entering or leaving the location unless the $25,000 fee was paid.While there, Deputy Town Clerk, Sherry Jerrick told media operatives that the City Council was merely invoking Numbers 273 and 274 of its by-laws with respect to the use of its roads by vehicles of a “certain weight”.Meanwhile, in an effort to pacify the situation, which was out rightly rejected by several prominent members of the business community, the M&CC in a statement late Tuesday evening claimed that it conducted a “road assessment” exercise that saw particular thoroughfares being closed to heavy-duty vehicles. (Ramona Luthi)last_img read more

Schuster tips Joachim Low to become Madrids boss

first_imgFormer Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster has tipped current Germany coach Joachim Low to take over this summer.Schuster enjoyed a successful stint at the club as a player and manager where he won League titles in both cases. And has gone further to anoint his German compatriot for the position.Schuster further claimed he recommended Low to club president Florentino Perez. According to quotes cited on Football Espana.“I spoke with him (Perez) at an honorary event and I explicitly mentioned Low.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He reacted by looking at me oddly as if I had surprised him.“Germans are very highly regarded at Real and it would not surprise me if Real tried to sign Low this summer.”The club confirmed Santiago Solari as their new head coach in October, following the departure of Julen Lopetegui, with a contract up until June 2021.However, there are rumours circulating that the club may make moves for another manager if results don’t pan out well, with Jose Mourinho and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino both linked.last_img read more

40 dengue cases in city 38 rise over last week

first_imgAt least 40 cases of dengue have been reported till last week this year, the highest number for the period in the last five years, according to a municipal report on the vector-borne disease released on Monday.Of these, 23 cases were reported in July only, marking a rise of nearly 38 per cent in the number of cases over the last week. Till July 18, at least 29 cases had been reported.The number of cases from January 1 to July 25 for the last four years are 16 (2014), 17 (2013), 9 (2012), 15 (2011). Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreFor the same period in 2010, over 50 cases were reported.In Delhi, out of the total 40 cases, the maximum, 15, were reported from North Delhi while East Delhi recorded the lowest number with eight cases.As many as 12 cases were recorded in South Delhi during the period, the report by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) said.Three cases were reported from areas outside the jurisdiction of the municipal corporations in the city while a case each was reported from Uttar Pradesh and one other state. “While dengue cases are being reported, its number this year is expected to be lower this year by the end of the season, as we have taken all precautionary measures to ward off the vector-borne disease. “Besides, between rains, one dry spell with sunny weather reduces breeding. So, further number of cases will depend on how the weather plays out from here on,” a senior MCD official said. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedAll three corporations — North, South and East have their own anti-dengue drive to create awareness and penalise people and institutions if water stagnation is found in coolers and other areas.Besides, a dengue month is also marked by the civic bodies to intensify the awareness drive.In 2014, the city had reported three deaths and recorded nearly 1,000 cases.In 2013, over 5,500 cases were reported, while six people had died due to the disease.The Capital had witnessed a large number of dengue cases in 2010 with over 6,000 cases reported in the city. In 2008, over 1,300 cases were registered, 1,153 in 2009, over 1,100 cases in 2011 and 2,093 in 2012.last_img read more