Parliament View Mall relocation– relocated to disputed “Dread Shop” siteBy ShemuelFanfairDays after the owner of the plot of land South of Parliament Building ordered the removal of vendors using the location to ply their trade, the former Stabroek Market Square vendors have been relocated yet again, this time to another plot opposite the Island Snackette in Stabroek, Georgetown. This plot of land had“Dread Shop” was dismantled on May 19, 2016housed the former “Dread Shop” which was demolished last year by City Hall in the midst of an ongoing dispute. Over the past few years, there has been a tussle between City Hall and the Public Infrastructure Ministry over the land’s ownership.Nevertheless, when Guyana Times visited the soon to be defunct Parliament View Mall on Saturday, the final vendors were seen packing up their belongings to obtain places at their latest relocated spot. However, one seller in the vicinity, whose move was also ordered by City Hall, alleged that earlier this week, one City Constabulary staff obtained the $1500 fee for plying her trade. The frustrated vendor decried this move, as another staff attached to City Hall would have later informed her of the order to vacate the premises.Aside from the former “Dread Shop” premises, some vendors have also occupied a small space on the opposite side of the road, in the vicinity of Demico House. It was only Thursday that owner of the Parliament View Mall’s land, Hareshnarine “Chiney” Sugrim, had noted his disdain overCity Hall’s supposed violation of a verbal agreement for the vendors to vacate the premises.Speaking publicly on the matter, Sugrim had disclosed that the first agreement with the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) was that the vendors – who were removed from the Stabroek Market Square – would be allowed to ply their trade on the plot of land until August of 2016, giving the M&CC enough time to find a permanent location for the vendors. However, by August, this situation was unresolved and as such Sugrim stated that he had a verbal agreement with the Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase-Green that he would allow the vendors to stay no later than December 31, 2016.Sugrim asserted that the M&CC had been utilising his plot of land, and did not have “to pay a dime”. He had noted his intentions to transform the facility into a seven storied parking lot with a food court on the ground floor.“We want to build a seven storied car park right there. They (M&CC) humbugging the development!” he had noted.It was during the lead up to Guyana’s Jubilee celebrations that the M&CC initiated its clean-up campaign around the Stabroek Market Square, which included removing vendors from their location, as well as many minibuses from their parking lots. After being ordered out of their spots, many vendors voiced strong complaints to the move. A temporary agreement was then made with Sugrim to loan the City his plot of land to allow the vendors to ply their trade until the M&CC could select a permanent location for them.As the deadline for their stay on the plot of land closed in, extensions were granted and finally the vendors had until midnight (Saturday, January 7) to relocate.However, Chairman of the Market Committee and future Deputy Mayor, Lionel Jaikarran told Guyana Times last week that three areas were suggested to the M&CC during the late October period of last year. However, little or no discussions were made as to which location was selected for the permanent placement of the vendors.The locations suggested were the old Ferry Stelling, near the Stabroek Market area, Stelling View Mall, known as “Donkey City”, and the parking lot of Social Protection Ministry. Last year, despite an injunction, the M&CC in the wee morning hours of May 19 moved in and dismantled “Dread Shop”, which was located at Russell Square, Stabroek, Georgetown, a business which had existed for some 48 years. The Council had decried the “unsavoury practices” that occurred there.
shining Latest Football News “We’re all just passing through in this profession, everything goes very quickly. The important thing is the day-to-day, and the excitement we approach it with.”Santiago Solari’s words at his debut press conference in charge of the Real Madrid first team suggest he has no illusions about his position. The interim coach of Los Blancos is not Florentino Perez’s choice for the long-term and, unless something unexpected happens, his stay in the Santiago Bernabéu hotseat will be a temporary one. Always in the background are murmurs of Jose Mourinho, still a favourite of president Perez, but the Manchester United boss won’t walk away from the payday he would be owed at Old Trafford should they decide to relieve him of his duties at some point down the line. And who is to say they will do so anyway?Then there is Mauricio Pochettino. Rumours linking the Argentine with Madrid continue to surface, though they tend to originate in England. Regardless, it is no secret the Spanish giants have long coveted his services, and for good reason: the Spurs man ticks more boxes than any other coach linked with the job. Unlike Conte, he would be welcomed by the dressing room, a stumbling block for the Italian which is an even bigger problem for Mourinho, who fell out with senior players by the time of his departure in 2013. 3 REPLY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars RANKED Pochettino, a former Argentine international, shows off his skills on the touchline. 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The dust had barely settled on the 5-1 thumping Barcelona dished out to Los Blancos on Thursday when the word started to go around the Camp Nou that Antonio Conte would arrive in the morning.By the time Julen Lopetegui left his final media conference in the Catalan ground, sullen-looking in defeat, several well-positioned Spanish journalists were reporting that Conte would replace him the next day. Word travelled so quick that it arrived on time to be put to Sergio Ramos in the post-match mixed zone.The Madrid captain’s response wasn’t exactly a glowing endorsement. “Respect is won, not imposed.” Whether his thinly veiled message was enough to divert Florentino Perez’s hand is not clear, but in any case, Conte has yet to arrive, four days later, and now Madrid are reportedly unprepared to meet his contract demands. Which leaves the European giants in search of a new option. The big problem is that there aren’t many available. huge blow 3 3 The problem, however, is the timing. Madrid need a coach now, not next year, and as testing as things have been for Pochettino at Spurs as of late, it is hard to imagine him walking away mid-season from a job into which he has poured so much energy.Football is a ruthless game but we have seen enough consistency to afford him the benefit of the doubt: if he wanted to go to Madrid last summer he could have. Instead, he penned a new deal in north London. Murmurs in Spain that Perez may have to look for a stop-gap alternative until next year suggest there isn’t a great deal of optimism the Tottenham man will have a drastic change of heart.Which brings us back to Solari, the only coach Los Blancos are certain to have on the books at the moment, regardless of who they desire. The former Real Madrid player started off by delivering what was expected of him on Wednesday, comfortably winning a Copa del Rey fixture against third division UD Melilla.Next up, a much tougher test: Valladolid, owned by his former teammate Ronaldo, who are currently placed three positions above Madrid in the Liga table. If he can win that and start to turn things around, perhaps Solari’s stay in charge of the seniors will be longer than planned. Or at least long enough to buy Perez the time he needs. Pochettino’s natural ability to inject energy into a squad is another factor the other two cannot summon, and one that is not without importance considering the flagging, aged-looking performances several key Madrid players have produced this season. Potentially, he could help entice Harry Kane, a player who not only fits the bill as a Galactico-style signing that Madrid have lacked for some years now, but would also provide new talent in the desperately sparse centre forward position.The cherry on top? The Tottenham coach also happens to detest Barcelona more than most, and has never hidden his admiration for Real Madrid – “one of the best teams in the history of football,” as he described them. The fit couldn’t be better. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won