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Protesters stage mock funeral for meters, City Hall & by-laws

first_imgParking meter burdenIt was a mass bereavement of sorts as persistent protesters in Georgetown continued their demonstration against the parking meter project on Thursday.The “Water Street Mourners” have now coined themselves a new designation – “undertakers” – as they once again led the parking meter protest in front of CitySave us from the burdensHall. This is the sixth straight demonstration organised by the Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) in response to the secretive manner in which the contract was signed between City Hall and Mexican company Smart City Solutions Inc (SCSI) and the subsequent rollout which attracted widespread controversy.At Thursday afternoon’s protest, the ‘mourners’ were clad in black and walked around on Regent Street holding replicas of a tombstone decorated in the colours of the parking meters, an open casket carrying the by-laws and another casket with a replica of City Hall inside. All the while, melodrama was on full display as the mourners expressed great melancholy with wailing sounds amid faux tears and screams, noting that “the city has died.”The turnout was sizeable and the protesters reiterated calls for the complete revocation of the parking meter contract. Some protesters, as highlighted on one of the placards, called on President David Granger to embody the traits of his namesake, King David, highlighting that the Head of State could save them from the “burden” of the parking meters.“I would like to ask President David Granger to be like David in the Bible and free the people of Guyana from this oppression; it’s too burdensome…please listen to the people, we are the ones that voted for you and put you in power so you have to listen to us,” protester “Tiffany” told this publication.Businessman Stanley McIntosh told Guyana Times that the demonstrations would continue until the project folded.“I think these people will stay out here until these people pack it up back, put them in the containers they bring it in and send it back to Mexico or wherever it came from,” he expressed.“Guyanese people cannot afford now to pay this type of parking…a car is not a luxury for some people, it’s a necessity,” the businessman added.Another demonstrator, Mohamed Rahaman decried the high cost of living in the country.“A man got three or four children; he got to come to work in Georgetown, [because] there are no jobs or work in the countryside, [but] you got pay to work, pay to eat, pay to shop, what is the reason?” the man queried.As the mock funeral continued, the “undertakers” laid the replicas on the ground and began to re-enact emotional scenes from a funeral. Mourners sprayed perfume around the coffins, which held markings such as “SCS Contract” and “by-laws” and flowers were thrown around the tombstone shaped as a parking meter. Councillor Junior Garrett, who was one of the four that signed the contract, arrived in the midst of the re-enactment. When MAPM protesters attempted to solicit comments from the official, he told them that they should “speak to the court” and calmly walked away into City Hall’s compound.It was Monday that the High Court denied the application for a stay of execution filed by Attorney-at-Law Kamal Ramkarran, who represented Mohendra Arjune, the civilian that challenged the legality of the parking meter project.  This effectively cleared the way for paid parking to continue in the city pending the outcome of the matter. At the hearing, Justice Brassington Reynolds had explained that while the proceedings could act as a ‘stay’, it did not extend to the executive order of the parking meter contract. The stay had been intended to put a pause on the parking meter contract. This would have allowed motorists to park without having to pay.At last week’s protest, retired international commodities dealer Quinn Anderson had called for international donor agencies from the European Union, United States and Canada to withhold their funding until a more transparent project was rolled out. Demonstrators had pranced to the Dave Martins ballad “Postpone”, which highlighted many of the noted burdensome measures meted out to the public. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Mourinho pleased as ‘top striker’ Lukaku opens account

first_img0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United trains at UCLA’s Drake Stadium on July 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, CaliforniaSALT LAKE CITY, United States, Jul 18 – Romelu Lukaku bagged his first goal in a Manchester United shirt on Monday as the 10-man Premier League giants labored to a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake in Utah.Lukaku, who joined the Red Devils from Everton in a reported 75 million pound ($98.2 million) transfer last week, fired United ahead on 38 minutes, latching on to a low cross from Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The 24-year-old Belgian international striker had also been involved in United’s equalizer scored by Mkhitaryan in the 29th minute after Luis Silva had given Salt Lake a shock early lead.Lukaku used his strength and physical presence to hold off the Real defense to feed Jesse Lingard, who provided the pass for Mkhitaryan to score.United manager Jose Mourinho was pleased with Lukaku’s display, saying the former Chelsea player was now a “top striker.”“It’s just nice for him, not important for me,” Mourinho said of Lukaku’s first United goal.“Before he scored the goal I told him I love everything you do on the pitch. Don’t be worried about scoring or not scoring. He gets behind people, works and presses well. Like everything he does.“It’s easy to feel it because he was my player four years ago his evolution has been great. He’s now a top striker. The goal is just a detail, not important.”– Red card woe –United’s win was marred by the second-half dismissal of Antonio Valencia for a reckless lunge on Sebastian Saucedo.Valencia was given his marching orders after a lengthy consultation between the match referee and Mourinho.“The referee asked me to change the player and I didn’t because I don’t agree with the card,” Mourinho said, before appearing to suggest Saucedo was to blame.“(He) was really aggressive in the second half. That’s what happens. Some other actions were a bit dangerous,” Mourinho said.“It’s young people with enthusiasm playing against Manchester United but it’s a friendly match and it’s a different mentality. But it’s preseason so no problem. It is good experience or us to play with one player less.”The United goals were the rare highlights of a disjoined first half performance from Mourinho’s side, who had travelled to Utah earlier Monday from their Los Angeles training camp.For much of the opening half United were second best, with their defense being given a torrid time by a team who are languishing near the foot of Major League Soccer’s Western Conference.The lively attacking trio of Luis Silva, Joao Plata and Jefferson Savarino often left United’s defense scrambling to get into position, with Phil Jones finding the movement of the Salt Lake front two hard to deal with.A surging run from Savarino set up Silva’s opening goal on 23 minutes.United however responded swiftly with Mkhitaryan’s equalizer just before the half hour mark.Real coach Mike Petke, with one eye on his team’s MLS fixture in Portland on Wednesday, withdrew his entire starting line-up at the 30-minute mark, and United capitalized to take the lead through Lukaku.Mourinho also fielded a new starting XI for the second half, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial leading the line for United.United again struggled to impose themselves however, and their frustration boiled over when Antonio Valencia was sent off for a reckless lunge on Sebastian Saucedo midway through the second half.United will face Manchester City in Houston on Thursday in the third game of their US tour.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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