Stabroek WharfOver 500 vendors, minibus operators to be relocatedPlans are moving apace to determine the best strategy to have hundreds of vendors and minibus operators in the Stabroek Wharf area relocated to facilitate construction on the wharf.A section of the Stabroek WharfA meeting was held on Wednesday between Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) members and representatives from the Finance and Public Infrastructure Ministry. This is according to Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green.Commenting on the meeting, Mayor Chase Green stated that its purpose was to bring Councillors up to date with plans for the Stabroek Wharf, on which construction was expected to begin in early 2018.“We were written by the Ministry of Infrastructure, saying to us that they will be starting to do construction of the Stabroek Market wharf in the first quarter of 2018. And they’re asking us to relocate all of those vendors,” she said.She noted that there were 318 stalls on the wharf, while on the southern side of the Market 200 persons plied their trade. She stated that immediately outside the Stabroek Market, there were more vendors as well.“So, we have to start identifying areas that can house those people when construction on that wharf begins; because they are going to be using that entire area to store the material for heavy trucks to be going in there. So, you couldn’t have vending anywhere.”“We also have to look at the relocation of all those minibuses. And so they’re asking us to start now. And that’s what (Wednesday’s) meeting was about. Because our Councillors expressed concern about what is going to happen.”“While the consultations would have started, we would have heard that most likely the vendors would not go back there, but who made that decision?” Chase Green queried. “We didn’t make that decision. So, we have to consult more as to the way forward.”When contacted on Friday, a representative of the Public Infrastructure Ministry noted that while the Ministry would be doing infrastructural works, responsibility for the vendors rested with the Mayor and City Council.The Wharf has been in a state of deterioration for some time, with vendors expressing fear for their safety on several occasions.Sections of the Wharf caved in during September 2014 and March 2015. In June, Town Clerk Royston King had declared that the Mayor and City Council had solicited assistance from the Public Infrastructure Ministry.The modernised, new Wharf plans were designed by Civil Engineer Kabila Hollingsworth. The design includes a two-storey building with a terrace and stelling. Some $400 million is expected to be spent on the Wharf.
The Guyana Karate Federation (GKF) concluded a successful Senior National Championships this past Sunday as Keith Beaton, Roger Peroune and others shined during the day-long competition.Karatekas of the 2018 National Senior Championships pose following a successful tournamentThe Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) came alive with top perfromances by the fighters in the two categories – Kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring). The competition commenced with the Kata, which saw exceptional performances as Jayanti Ram emerged winner in the Female 14-17 Kata, earning herself the first place, with Jessica Callender and Rehuma Holder placing second and third respectively.In the Male 14-17 Kata, John McGrath copped the first place as Roy De Younge and Trevon Miller came in second and third. In the Female 18 and Over Kata, Wanda Agdomar came out on top, while Kristine Ramkissoon and Aolione Griffith placed second and third respectively.The Male 18 and Over Kata saw the match for the coveted first place between last year’s finalist and 2017 champ Peroune and Malcolm Francis (2017 runner-up). Peroune brought his A-game and earned the first-place spot once again, Francis placed second and Otho Harris placed third.First place in the Female Team Kata went to Team Association do Shotokan Karate-Guyana (ASK-G) comprising Agdomar, Ramkissoon and Griffith. Second place was taken by Team Guyana Karate College (GKC) – Genoveva Buelna, Ram and Nalini Rampersaud.Male Team Kata saw Team ASK-G comprising Peroune, Francis and Avinash Ramgolam coming out victorious; earning second was National Martial Arts Association (NMAA) with members Rodwell Alleyne, Ryan Alleyne and Dillon Hyman and Team Berbice Shotokan Karate Dojo (BSKD) with members Mahadeo Ramotar, Shemar Parkinson and D’Andre DaSilva placed third.The Female 14-17 Kumite saw Callender gaining first place and Reheima Holder placing second. In the Male 14-17 Under 68kg Kumite, Shakeem Walcott earned first place, Kevin Bradford second and Roy DeYounge third.The Male 14-17 68kg and Over category saw Mark Wong placing first, Trevon Miller and Jerral Barker earning the second and third positions respectively. The Female 18 and Over minus 61kg Kumite saw Ram placing first in this division and Buelna earning the second place. The Female 18 and Over minus 76kg Kumite saw Griffith placing and Agdomar earning second.In the Female 18 and Over, 76kg and Over Kumite, Ramkissoon earned first place and Rampersaud second. In the Male 18 and Over, Under 67kg category, Ryan Alleyne won first place, Ramgolam second and Harris third.The Male 18 and Over, Under 84kg Kumite saw Parkinson win first place, Angelo Harris second and Rodwell Alleyne third. In the Male 18 and Over, 84kg and Over contest, Beaton won first place against Dillon Hyman who came in second (the two athletes have met in the finals of the senior nationals on numerous occasions) with Samuel Monroe earning third.In Female Team Kumite, first place went to Team ASK-G comprising Agdomar, Ramkissoon and Griffith, and second place was taken by Team GKC – Buelna, Ram and Rampersaud.Male Team Kumite saw Team NMAA featuring Rodwell Alleyne, Ryan Alleyne and Hyman came out victorious, earning second was Team ASK-G, with Beaton, Parkinson and Ramgolam.Meanwhile, the organisers extended gracious and heartfelt thanks to the National Sports Commission (NSC) for all the assistance it offered leading up to this exceptional competition and thanked the volunteers, athletes, and the public as well.
———————————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PANORAMA CITY – A reputed member of a Van Nuys tagging crew called Notorious Criminals tried to flee police on a Razr Scooter the other day after he and an accomplice allegedly held up a man for his beer, police said. Jose Murillo, 18, of Van Nuys, hopped on his metal scooter Monday night after allegedly using a knife and handcuffs to stick up and detain a 22-year-old man while he and his partner in crime, David Flores, 19, of Sun Valley, took two 24-ounce Icehouse beers and went through his pockets in the 14600 block of Roscoe Boulevard, police said. A witness called the cops, and when they arrived they saw the two suspects try to hide behind a wall. When cops got closer, Murillo took off on a scooter but didn’t get very far, said Los Angeles Police Detective Marc Martinez. Both men were being held at the Los Angeles County Jail on robbery charges. Bail for both was set at $1 million.