Solid Waste Dept cleans commercial business areas in Georgetown

first_imgCommercial businesses throughout several areas in Georgetown had their surrounding areas cleaned on Sunday morning during a six-hour-long cleanup exercise executed by the Mayor and City Council’s (M&CC) Solid Waste Department.The cleanup, which is expected to become a weekly exercise, saw a team from the department clearing out several garbage piles, especially around businesses located in the areas of Regent and Robb Streets.The garbage situation continues to be an issue since the businesses in those areas are still without proper garbage receptacles.According to Solid Waste Director Walter Narine, businesses in the vicinity of Regent and Robb Streets and those around Avenue of the Republic, Wellington Street and Charlotte Streets are presently being run by foreigners who are yet to be sensitised on Guyana’s laws.As such, the businesses are failing to adhere to requirements as a result of being ignorant of same.This, however, is expected to be soon rectified in a sensitisation programme which will see enforcement being carried out by the Solid Waste Department.“We have to remember that these businesses that we closed down are now taken over by foreigners who don’t understand the laws of Guyana and they don’t understand the requirements or stuff like that so it’s something that we have to re-sensitise again, so we will speak to them and then enforce after” Narine explained.The Director noted that his Department is presently hoping for a meeting of the relevant Departments to have the matter of receptacle enforcement looked into.“Well it is something that is in the pipeline for the longest while so we are hoping that we can sit together soon so that we can take it one block at a time, I would say first from Avenue of the Republic to Wellington Street and from Charlotte Street to Robb Street and give them some amount of time to have their receptacles in place and then enforcement should happen afterwards” the Director stated.However, in the meanwhile, the Department made the decision to remove the garbage until such time that the businesses can be brought up to date with their relevant requirements.“We have an excess amount of garbage on the streets but we couldn’t have left it until tomorrow so that’s why we went to clean it up…My Department made a decision to remove the garbage until enforcement can happen” Narine explained.The Solid Waste Department has been carrying out various clean up campaigns around central Georgetown in its efforts to “clean up” the capital city.last_img read more

Video Assistant Referee system used for first time in World Cup history

first_img0Shares0000The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) operation room in Moscow © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVKAZAN, Russian Federation, Jun 16 – The Video Assistant Referee system was used for the first time in World Cup history on Saturday, when France were awarded a penalty against Australia in Kazan.Antoine Griezmann went down after a tackle in the penalty box in the second half of the Group C fixture. Referee Andres Cunha from Uruguay did not award a spot-kick but after viewing the VAR footage, ruled it was a penalty and Griezmann gave France a 1-0 lead.Minutes later Australia drew level through a spot-kick of their own although it was awarded by the referee, with Mile Jedinak coolly beating Hugo Lloris.VAR has been used to varying degrees of success in Serie A and the German Bundesliga, while FIFA used the system at the Confederations Cup in Russia last year.But the English Premier League voted in April not to use the system during the 2018/19 Premier League season after controversial trials in English cup competitions.VAR technology is used in what are considered “game-changing” situations, such as a goal, penalty or red card, and can also be used to help referees with cases of mistaken identity.FIFA director of referees Massimo Busacca admits the system has been rushed in for the World Cup, but insists officials are ready and that VAR will help referees make better decisions in Russia.Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the referees committee at FIFA, said it was time for the VAR to prove its worth in the modern game because referees were “humans” and should have a safety net to prevent them making mistakes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more