Chancol grinds out success

first_img Un Beau Roman jumped well in front and soon held a clear advantage, but his stablemate Alelchi Inois, the 11-8 favourite to defend his unbeaten record over fences, made a bad error seven out and though Ruby Walsh did remarkably well to stay in the saddle, he had to be pulled up. At the business end only Chancol (3-1) and Paul Carberry had a real chance of catching Mikey Fogarty’s mount approaching three out, but he too looked to tire coming to the second-last, only to dig deep from the final fence to get up in the last 50 yards. Winning trainer Noel Meade said: “I think he’ll improve because he’s so big. He’s still light and when he fills out he could be anything. Because of that I don’t want to run him too often. Fences are a big help to him, as he jumps so well. “Mags O’Toole spotted him at the sales and said I had to buy him. I’d never heard of his sire, but she said ‘don’t mind that, just look at the horse’ and she was right. He’s very clean winded and doesn’t take a lot (of getting ready).” RaceBets gave Chancol a 20-1 quote for the Arkle at Cheltenham. Liz Doyle’s Pairofbrowneyes (7-1) returned from a lay-off since early March with a gutsy victory in the Go Racing In Kildare 2015 Membership Handicap Hurdle, leading on the run to the last under Mikey Fogarty and holding Pivot Bridge by a length and a quarter. The trainer said: “I thought he’d win and I felt he was my best chance of the weekend. He was on the bridle the last day, but just didn’t get home. He just wanted to be dropped back in trip. “He was spot on today and off a mark of 114 I thought he had to win. He’ll go for something nice after Christmas. It just took the trainer a while to work out his trip.” Davy Russell travelled best on Lite Duties in the closing stages of the Flynn & Lynch Life And Pensions Supporting Longford GAA Handicap Hurdle and when he popped the question, Charles Byrnes’ charge (11-4) went four and a half lengths clear. Byrnes said: “A horse fell in front of him at the second-last the last day at Cork, and only for that he would have been closer. He’ll tip away in those handicaps.” Chancol denied long-time leader Un Beau Roman to take a dramatic Madigans Bars Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Macy’s to furlough most of workers

first_imgMacy’s has announced that it is being forced to furlough most of it’s employees due to the coronavirus keeping it’s brick- and- mortar stores closed.The store made the announcement Monday stating that the brick-and-mortar stores accounted for the majority of it’s business and now they are being forced to implement several changes to bolster their bottomline.Next week, the company which also owns Bloomingdales and Bluemercury , will begin the process of furloughing many of it’s over 120,000 employees.While the workers are being furloughed, the company says it still plans to pay health benefits and cover 100% of employee premiums at least through May.They will also be keeping some of their employees to assist them in their e-commerce operations,  distribution and call centers.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Strength of West Indies team lies in their batting: Darren Ganga

first_img“I always believe that you got to play to your strengths in any competition and I expect the West Indies will exactly do that,” the former right-handed top-order batsman added.According to Ganga, West Indies, with the likes of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell, were a “formidable unit” and he also praised the in-form Shai Hope.Ganga also said that not having a huge expectation could be a blessing in disguise for Jason Holder and his men.Saying West Indies could be a “dark horse”, Ganga said the team would surprise many of their opponents.”It will be a team that will surprise many of the opposition teams in this tournament (I am saying it) not because I’m a West Indian, but from what I have seen from the camaraderie, what I have seen behind the scenes, they potentially can get into the that top fours but they are strong contenders there as well.”(And) I will say top 5 to give myself a buffer, but I think this team will surprise many people,” he signed off. Meanwhile, the first game is set to begin on May 30 with the host-England taking on South Africa at the Oval in London. (With Inputs: PTI) The World Cup is set to begin on May 30. West Indies will play its first game against Pakistan. Chris Gayle will be playing his last World Cup.  highlights New Delhi: Former West Indian batsman Daren Ganga feels the strength of the Jason Holder-led Caribbean team lies in batting. West Indies begin their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31 at Trent Bridge. Ganga, who played 48 Test matches, also felt that the spin option for West Indies, who have won the World Cup in 1975 and 1979, was not as potent as other teams.”A win is always good before going into a main tournament like the World Cup. Jason Holder and the think-tank will be thinking about the combination that they will select for the first game against Pakistan. The strength of this West Indies team lies in its batting,” Ganga told reporters here.Ganga, along with former India speedster Ajit Agarkar, were speaking after ESPN dedicated its second multi-functional sorts space in India at a school in Dharavi, a prominent slum area.”And you can tell from the way in which they have gone about the business of playing that warm-up game New Zealand. What will be the concern will be the bowling and how penetrative that bowling is. You can see that the spin option is not as potent as other teams in this World Cup,” he noted. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Stokes, Moeen rested for T20 but named in ODI squad

first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) – All-rounder Ben Stokes has been rested for the solitary Twenty20 International against West Indies later this month, scuppering the anticipated renewed rivalry with West Indies star Carlos Brathwaite.The pair locked horns in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup in India last year April, when Brathwaite clobbered four successive sixes off the right-arm seamer in the final over to propel West Indies to a dramatic capture of the title.The contest at Chester-le-Street on September 16 will be the first meeting of the two sides since that final.Off-spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali has also been rested for the contest.However, both he and Stokes have been included in the One-Day International squad, which will clash with the Windies in five matches starting September 19 at Old Trafford.Opener Jason Roy, dropped for England’s Champions Trophy final against Pakistan back in June, has been recalled for the series. His last eight innings have yielded just 51 runs.Both limited overs squads will be led as usual by Eoin Morgan and include Test skipper Joe Root.West Indies will also play matches at Trent Bridge on September 21, at Bristol three days later before wrapping up the series with fixtures at the Oval on September 27 and at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton two days later.SQUADS:T20 – Eoin Morgan (captain), Jonathan Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey.ODI – Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes.last_img read more

Mike Tyson, Buster Douglas and a moment that changed boxing forever

first_img… February 11, 1990 was the day Tyson lost and boxing took the turn it needed. It is not easily forgotten, even if nobody cared at the time.By Steve BunceThe IndependentNOBODY really cared about the heavyweight title fight in Tokyo that early morning when Mike Tyson, after weeks of sleeping with Geisha girls, walked to the ring to massacre Buster Douglas in February 1990.At ringside in the Dome, two wild-haired powerbrokers from vastly different, but equally sordid, business worlds took their seats to watch Mike do what Mike had been doing far too easily, for far too long.Don King and Donald Trump were all smiles as they relaxed to watch the three or four-round destruction. The bookies had Douglas at 40-1 and in Las Vegas just one punter had placed a bet on the roly-poly nice guy from Ohio.It was meant to be so easy. Tyson had a fight planned with Evander Holyfield that would set box-office records.King and Trump started to panic early and were ironing out a deal for a rematch long before the end. There is some confusion – in boxing that means there are several untrue versions – about when exactly the pair shook hands on a second fight.It was probably after Douglas survived a long count in round eight and just before the-still shocking moment when Tyson, groping on the canvas like a midnight drunk for his gumshield, failed to beat the count in round ten. It was over, Tyson was finished. However, luckily for King, he had Douglas under contract.Douglas had simply refused to lose and Tyson had done nothing to prepare for a fight during his crazy stay in Tokyo. His “wilding” is well documented, celebrated to be honest, and in the Douglas fight his legs and not his desire to continue betrayed him.His comic corner had only a condom filled with ice to bring down the brutal and critical swelling to their fighter’s left eye. That was a ring-tool malfunction, but more damning was their combined inability to motivate their boss when Douglas refused to wilt, fold and play the surrender game. Tyson’s corner were shameful under pressure, they deserted him in need.Going in that early morning, Tyson was unbeaten in 37, including ten in world title fights. Douglas had lost four times and, more importantly, his bravery and guts were questioned after his loss in a world title fight to Tony Tucker in 1987. ‘Douglas had no heart’ was meant to be the simple backstory to yet another Tyson walkover while the boxing press – most stayed away from Tokyo – questioned his selection.There was an alternative tale that day. Tyson had a revolving door to his bedroom for sex workers for three weeks in Tokyo. He was depressed, his moods savage and he was knocked down quite heavily in sparring 19 days before the fight.Nobody saw the signs. Douglas was considered a total no-hoper. Many of us repeated a similar act of wilful negligence last year before Anthony Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz in New York. Ruiz had no chance under any circumstances: “He’s not Buster Douglas,” we mused. Joshua never had a revolving door, I should quickly add, but there were many ignored signs.However, Douglas was at the very centre of a perfect storm of emotional unrest, a crushing triple of hurt, the type of chaos that trainers fear, but at the same time relish. Douglas had lost his mother two weeks earlier, had split with his wife and the mother of his child had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. It is safe to say that Douglas was in turmoil as he flew to Tokyo; he landed two weeks after Tyson and his party people.“I knew he would break if I kept on hitting him and what did I have to lose?” Douglas told me one afternoon in Las Vegas a decade after the fight. Tyson did break. He was well and truly broken before he went down heavily for the end.Douglas just kept on throwing the stiff jab, a shot from the history books, finding space for the big right and not flapping when hurt. Tyson was made poor by Douglas in Tokyo, made to look bad. Douglas should always get credit.King and Trump left ringside that Sunday knowing they had a deal for an Atlantic City rematch at one of Trump’s ailing properties. However, King first had magic to perform at noon in Tokyo as he set about persuading everybody in attendance and involved in the fight that Tyson was the winner, and that Douglas should not be the new world champion. It was utter lunacy, believe me.King needed about six hours to get the WBC and WBA – two of the sanctioning bodies – to withdraw recognition of Douglas as champion. “The count was long – Tyson knocked out Douglas before Douglas knocked out Tyson,” hollered King. It is, even with time, still hard to grasp the fevered insanity of those hours: the desperation, the greed, the vanity.Looking back now it is without doubt one of the most outrageous reversals ever taken in sport, any sport, in any epoch and under any rules.It took a day for sense to return to the boxing madhouse, and by Monday evening, Buster Douglas was reinstated and universally recognised as the world heavyweight champion. Tyson arrived in New York battered, bruised and contrite for a conference: “He won,” he uttered, a capitulation barely audible under the click of cameras.Big Buster’s real achievement was ruining Tyson. It would never get better for Buster, and Tyson would never be the same. Don King lost his hold on the heavyweight championship in Tokyo, his reign was finished.Douglas broke his contract with King, made 24 million dollars for losing to Holyfield, King and Trump received 4.5 million dollars in compensation for not promoting the rematch, Trump is the American president, Tyson still haunts Las Vegas, King is still promoting and Douglas, after one diabetic coma, spends his time fishing. And, spending his money!February 11, 1990 was the day Tyson lost, King lost it, Trump did a deal and boxing took the turn it needed. It is not easily forgotten, even if nobody cared at the time.last_img read more

Alexis Peterson leads Syracuse to blowout win over Army in NCAA tournament

first_imgTammi Reiss bounced off Syracuse’s bench after Alexis Peterson nailed a 3 from the right corner. The Syracuse assistant coach pointed at Peterson while turning back to the Orange’s subs. “Go! Go get her!” Reiss urged to the backups as Peterson trotted, three fingers hanging in the air. Peterson had eight of SU’s first 11 points. Less than four minutes in, Syracuse had a nine-point lead.And having a reason to celebrate Peterson continued throughout the entire game.The No. 4 seed Orange’s (26-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) point guard dazzled once again, commanding an offense that never trailed in a 73-56 win over 13th-seeded Army (29-3, 17-1 Patriot).“She’s really one of the best point guards I’ve gone up against in my career. I’ve been doing it 10 years,” Black Knights head coach Dave Magarity said. “She’s that good with the ball, she’s that good handling the pressure.”Peterson finished with 24 points, matching a single-game school record in the NCAA tournament, in the first-ever tournament game hosted in the Carrier Dome. She went 13-for-13 from the free-throw line, another school tournament record, and a testament to her ability to drive inside and force Army to foul. For the third straight NCAA tournament game, Peterson scored at least 23 points. And for the third straight year, SU advanced to the Round of 32, where it will face No. 12 seed Albany on Sunday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs Army switched on all ball screens, Peterson often got matched up against the Black Knights’ center. Then she used her speed and quickness to attack the basket.“I just wanted to keep taking advantage of that and keep playing aggressively at the rim,” Peterson said.The Black Knights, when they had the chance to, used a full-court press against Syracuse. But on multiple occasions in the first quarter, Peterson single-handedly dribbled through it by herself. At one point in the first quarter, she avoided getting trapped by two players by dribbling from one sideline to the other and back to the side she came from. Peterson still got it over half court all on her own.And after that, Peterson directed the offense all game against Army’s halfcourt 2-3 zone defense, which usually makes it challenging for point guards to drive. But Peterson’s quickness allowed her to split the two guards at the top, making it a challenge to defend her, Army point guard Kelsey Minato said.On Saturday, Magarity said watching Peterson play on film was “scary.” On Sunday, everything he felt while prepping for Syracuse was validated.For the fourth straight game, Peterson scored at least 18 points, marking her best scoring stretch of the season, after developing as a distributor earlier in the year.“I give her a lot of credit for staying tough and doing what she does night in and night out,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “… she was phenomenal.”Time after time, Peterson got to the free-throw line, which became a “major, major issue,” for Army, Magarity said. When she drove lefty and threw a shot that bounced off the rim in the fourth quarter, Magarity yelled “If you’re not going to block a shot, take a charge!” Too often Army did neither.A minute later, Peterson dribbled in front of two defenders near the low block with her back hunched over to protect the ball. Even in traffic, she executed a cross-over dribble mere inches from the ground. As one of the defenders fell down in front of her, Peterson brought the ball back to the top and reset the play.Just another impressive play in a game filled with them.“I just want to do my part basically,” Peterson said. “And if that means scoring 24 points or 25, however many, or 10, that’s just what I want to do. I want to stay aggressive.” Comments Published on March 18, 2016 at 7:39 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Betsson targets UK expansion with NetPlay TV £26 million acquisition

first_img Share Stockholm-listed European sports betting operator Betsson AB continues its aggressive M&A growth strategy in 2017, by confirming the acquisition of London AIM-listed interactive gaming operator NetPlay TV.Updating the market this morning, Betsson governance detailed that it had acquired all-equity in NetPlay TV for a total consideration of £26.4 million, purchasing all NetPlay assets outright, with a view of increasing its presence within the saturated UK online gambling market.Yet to be finalised, Betsson governance will offer a ‘9p cash’ incentive per ordinary share to NetPlay investors. UK business sources have reported that main shareholder ‘Directforce Trading’ which holds 27% equity in the company, has accepted Betsson’s offer.Betsson’s planned acquisition requires 75% acceptance to go through, nevertheless,  the firm’s governance  is confident of clearing a further corporate buyout.Issuing a short statement Ulrik Bengtsson CEO of Betsson Group stated that his firm was acquiring three established UK betting brands (Jackpot24/7, SuperCasino and Vernons) and furthermore, that NetPlay assets would see further growth and efficiency in scalability once integrated with its Techsson platform. The acquisition sees Betsson group further its multi-brand strategy within regulated European online gambling markets.“Betsson’s experience of operating successful casino brands will add to NetPlay’s earnings and growth. We have a long-term view on NetPlay and will achieve significant cost synergies and operational improvements over time. Part of Betsson’s acquisition strategy is to add volume to its scalable Techsson platform and to increase the share of regulated revenue,” Bengtsson commented on the acquisition.Bjarke Larsen, CEO of NetPlay has backed Besson’s approach to investors, commenting on the deal “With the changing market dynamics and as the market continues to consolidate, we believe now is the right time to take advantage of this opportunity to realise value for all of our shareholders.” Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Betsson rolls out new Group Affiliates site August 7, 2020last_img read more

Los Angeles Lakers’ Jeremy Lin hopes to morph into complete player

first_imgThe hordes of fans waited patiently outside the store, hoping they could either scream Jeremy Lin’s name or touch his hand. But instead of further inciting a mob scene near the Foot Locker at Westfield Mall in Culver City on Thursday, Lin slipped through the back entrance. Will Lin navigate his first season with the Lakers just as easily? “I just got to by myself and play my game. Everything else will take care of itself,” Lin said shortly before promoting his Adidas shoes and signing autographs for fans. “Going into my fifth year in the league, I’m not too worried about all the unknowns and uncertainties. I’m just focused on my own performance.”Lin’s shoe unveiling attracted both heavy turnout among fans and Asian media outlets and reinforced his following stays strong after sparking “Linsanity” amid a breakout season with the New York Knicks three years ago. As the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, Lin’s global appeal only heightened his breakout season. Yet, Lin dismissed any ensuing hype, including whether he could win the starting point guard spot over Steve Nash. That’s why Lin spent the majority of his offseason working on his defense, footwork and explosiveness in the hopes of becoming what he calls an “elite defender.” Lin also believes his various starting and bench roles the past two seasons with the Rockets will help him adapt to any plan the Lakers take in limiting Nash’s minutes. “It gives me versatility,” Lin said. “I pretty much have seen it all, a lot of highs and lows in my career. I’ve been through it all. I feel like barring a devastating injury, I don’t think there is anything I haven’t seen or experienced.” That included receiving a warm reception in his first public appearance in Los Angeles, something Lin hopes he can replicate this season with a basketball in his hand. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I’d be just as excited as if I didn’t (start),” Lin said. “I honestly believe it’s more about what my role looks like in the grand scheme of things. I’ve started and not played in the fourth quarter. Then I haven’t started and I played the last 16-18 minutes of the game. For me, starting is pretty irrelevant.”That’s partly because Lin reported positive assessments of both Kobe Bryant and Nash after playing in a handful of pickup games with them this offseason. Bryant and Nash appeared in only a combined 21 games amid persisting knee and back injuries, respectively.“They both look really good and really healthy,” Lin said of Bryant and Nash. “That’s the biggest thing for us. Health is going to be a huge factor for us this upcoming season. They were moving well and looked much better than they did last year.”Still, the Lakers acquired Lin this offseason from Houston partly to provide a reinforcement for a possibly ailing Nash. Lakers coach Byron Scott also gushed about Lin’s foot speed and aggressiveness, mentioning that he shot 57.8 percent off drives last season, a mark that only trailed LeBron James (63.8 percent).“Maybe I should just keep attacking the basket more,” Lin joked. “In the NBA, you have to be great at something. For me it’s attacking the basket. I’ll just continue to work on that and shore up other areas of my game.”last_img read more

Wellington Council says no to purchase of electronic sign in front of Memorial Auditorium

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (13) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +9 Vote up Vote down Guest · 284 weeks ago I though the conversation from the last meeting was to table the armory flooring, pending written agreement with rec commission on timing of reimbursement. Is that not the case? Is it not happening? Report Reply 0 replies · active 284 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 284 weeks ago Haha. Good job saying “no” to something we do not need and cannot afford. Kudos to the council ! Report Reply 0 replies · active 284 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Reality Check · 284 weeks ago Attaboy Wellington. Think small! Report Reply 0 replies · active 284 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Pay Up Hospital · 284 weeks ago So will the hospital now pay it’s deliquent electric bill? Report Reply 0 replies · active 284 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down notlla · 284 weeks ago Why would anybody ,want to appoint someone to advisory board of any kind ,who might not qualify for the job, just because they were the only applicant . They all should be interviewed, and if they didn`t show up for the interview , they must not want the job. Report Reply 0 replies · active 284 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 284 weeks ago Am I the only one that finds it odd that some company would come down, unsolicited, and offer a sign for “cheaper” than it would typically go for, on a rushed basis? Why would they do that if someone is already interested in the SAME SIGN? Smells of typically “good old boy” shenanigans. Report Reply 2 replies · active 284 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 284 weeks ago So if the hospital has brought in over $1.6 million in Jan. and Feb., are they going to pay off their utility bill???????????? or does the CEO get a bonus? Report Reply 0 replies · active 284 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Harold Gaines · 284 weeks ago Is one of those LED signs even necessary? Or prudent? Wouldn’t it look kind of stupid in a historic district? I can read the old fashioned sign just fine. In fact, better since the germane messages are always where I can read them as opposed to flashing on for a short time every few minutes as they are on those annoying electronic distractions. What next? A monorail? Report Reply 1 reply · active 284 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down notlla · 284 weeks ago If Gus, was still here we would sure have gotten it. Report Reply 1 reply · active 284 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council was asked whether or not it wished to purchase an electronic LED sign at a reduced rate at Heritage Park next to Memorial Auditorium which would look similar to the ones in front of Panhandle Federal Savings and Erickson/Gill Dentistry. But the council said no.Wellington City Public Works Director Jeremy Jones said a sales representative from a Wichita company, whose name was not specified at Tuesday’s meeting, approached him about selling a double-sided electronic sign that would feature random community events and sponsorships for $12,500.He said the sales person told him another individual was looking at the same sign and needed an answer by Wednesday.The Memorial Auditorium Board has been looking into replacing the white with black lettered sign at Heritage for sometime with an LED sign. Jones said this proposed sign would be $2,000 less than what a normal 3-foot wide by 7-foot high sign would run.After a lengthy discussion, the council, said “no thanks,” citing that is wasn’t in the budget and with state aid cuts coming down the pike, it wouldn’t be prudent to do make such a purchase at this time. “You realize, Jeremy, if we buy this sign, you aren’t getting a tractor,” said Vince Wetta, Wellington City Council member.Wetta later said, “if I wasn’t on the city council and I’ve been hearing about how things are tight and about all these state budget cuts, and then I hear the council is buying an electronic sign for $12,500, it just wouldn’t look good.”No motion was made for Jones to move forward, effectively killing negotiations with the sign company.While this proposal was rejected, the idea of having a sign at Memorial Auditorium is an idea worth pursuing at a later date, Wetta said. Wellington council member Jan Korte said there isn’t a lot of options for people to learn about specific community events.The sign rejection came on the heals of another rejection last month at a work session in which the council turned down all bids to replace the floor at the Wellington Armory – even though it was budgeted, because of the costs involved.“A month ago, we wouldn’t help the rec with the floor even though that came with full reimbursement,” said John Brand, Wellington city council member. “To me that made much more sense than this sign.”Jones said selling advertisements could offset the cost of the sign. He said the computer could generate about 10 to 20 different messages at a time, and a sign like this could pay for itself in one or two years.Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert cautioned the council about spending outside the budget.“Signs are very good things, and if we have the money that’s fine,” Eckert said. “But I am not one to be rushed into things and personally, I feel this is something that we are being rushed into. We have other projects that need the money. I know if I don’t have the money I know what I can’t do at my house and this is our house.”•••••In other business:•The council discussed whether or not to interview candidates who have applied for various city authority and advisory boards, or to continue with the practice of taking applications and making appointments. The council decided to discuss this in depth at the next work session scheduled for Monday, March 9.•Two executive sessions were held for 10 minutes involving non-elected personnel. No action was taken thereafter.•Wellington Council member B.J. Tracy warned citizens of Senate Bill 261 which would place sales tax on gas, electricity, heat and other fuel sources. He said he personally figured it would add $50 to his fuel bill a month if this becomes law.•Sumner Regional Medical Center Leonard Hernandez reported that the hospital took in $965,000 in January and $704,000 in February which is the most the hospital has collected in a significant amount of time.•Mayor Roger Stallbaumer proclaimed March Fair Housing Month.Follow us on Twitter.last_img

Businesses cautiously optimistic over 50th jubilee celebrations

first_imgBy Romario SamarooAcross the city of Georgetown business-owners are having mixed opinions on the outlook of sales for Guyana’s 50th jubilee celebrations.Minister of State Joseph Harmon, had said that as Guyana looks to celebrate its 50th year as an independent nation, the economy is expected to experience a boost due to the mass number of overseas-based Guyanese and tourists expected for the event.From an economic standpoint, the expected chain-reaction of these foreigners in the country will lead to a surge in spending across hotels, craft shops, entertainment facilities and all other business entities. The locally economy will benefit tremendously. However, as it stands presently, a lot of businesses are complaining of the slow turnover of money nationwide.Market vendors are already crying out that their produce aren’t selling as before, while store-owners are not having the best of times either. Samantha Kamal complains “business is a little slow in general.”Stephanie, a local craft shop operator in City Mall is also not too pleased with how business is going but is hopeful the upcoming celebrations can influence a positive change.But not all businesses are crying, Sookraj, a Regent Street store-owner, is accepting of the state of business, nevertheless he would welcome an increase in business.Margret Jones who sells clothes on Wellington Street is also hopeful the upcoming celebrations will bring a change in fortune to her business as “it has its ups and downs but it’s been down a while”Craftsmen selling tokens and souvenirs of Guyana are patiently awaiting the foreigners as they are the ones who usually purchase these products.The Chinese business community are not too pleased with the state of business either. A Chinese trader operating in the Sino Mall recalled the terrible state of business that resulted in her closing down her fast food restaurant. She is now wholly dependent on her commodities store to earn a living.This dilemma “slow business” is not only affecting the Georgetown area but also in Berbice and Region Three. Jamal Braithwaite, who rents a shop around the Skeldon market cried out “this is one of the worst patches” he has seen.One commonality among every store operator apart from their concerns of economic stagnation are their concerns over security. These traders noted that the crime rate is one of the main deterrents of doing business now.A lot of them are also seriously inquiring about the government’s approach in tackling crime, saying it is too often they hear and/or see robberies and murder.Sophie Mohan pointed out, “this looks terrible on our country, especially with outsiders coming.” She is hoping the police force can “step up and tackle crime—and do it fast.”The parliamentary opposition PPP/C has already openly blasted the administration on their “poor strategies” in tackling crime, as well as putting mechanisms in place that would facilitate conomic growth.last_img read more