Sophia, Ruimveldt squatters’ relocation looming – CH&PA

first_imgThe Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) is confident that it will be able to successfully remove squatters both in Ruimveldt and Sophia, Georgetown and will have them relocated to suitable areas.Government has still not managed to remove squatters at Broad and Lombard Streets, GeorgetownChief Executive Officer (CEO) Lelon Saul said work in this regard has started. According to him, lands have been identified in Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara for this project.“Some of the persons that are living in informal settlements that are not suitable, some of those persons are earmarked to be relocated there (Cummings Lodge),” he explained.The CEO reiterated that his agency has an overall plan to have all squatters relocated and reminded that they have been successful in some areas, but admitted that it will take some time.“The agency is currently working on a plan to develop additional areas and over a period of time, in the medium to long-term, we hope that we would be in a position to address the issue of squatting,” he said.But when questioned as to whether the relocation of squatters in areas which have proven to be difficult in past circumstances, particularly under the previous Governments, Saul said it will not deter them from trying.Saul told Guyana Times on Tuesday, “Once there is a will, there is a way.”But since February, the relocation process for the squatters at Broad and Lombard Streets, Georgetown has been put on hold as a result of resistance from Mocha Arcadia residents, among other issues.This is not the first time that squatters in that particular area have been presented with the option to relocate. In fact, previous attempts to have them removed from the area have proven unsuccessful.President David Granger had asked for the project to be placed on hold pending the outcome of the Commission of Inquiry into ancestral lands. Notwithstanding the request of the resident, the location was deemed inappropriate due to the unsuitable soil content at the relocation site.Some 68 adults and 100 children are living in the area under severe poverty and the land belongs to a private individual, who has been granted a judgement against the squatters in the High Court. They were supposed to be relocated to Barnwell North, but the residents of Mocha Arcadia, East Caost Demerara held protests over it.The Department of Housing, in collaboration with the Food For The Poor (FFTP) organisation, was expected to construct 72 homes for the squatters. Government said it will match the $42 million contribution by FFTP, but President Granger was not pleased with the current house model.Taking that into consideration, the CH&PA would be making slight alterations to create more space by adding a back patio and a shaded veranda to the house design. Each home was expected to cost $1.2 million and minister with responsibility for housing, Valerie Patterson-Yearwood said they were working out a plan with the prospective owners for them to stand the cost of water meters, among other.Despite these arrangements, some of the squatters are still opposed to relocating.Persons squatting along the embankment of the East and West Front Road were also earmarked for relocation. When the idea was presented to the squatters in 2017 by the new Government, they out rightly opposed it and had asked for their present location to be regularised.However the Communities Ministry along with the CH&PA said this move would have serious environmental implications and other issues. The previous Government had discussed plans to have these squatters relocated at La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara and on the East Bank Demerara.Government through the CH&PA has been working aggressively to either remove squatters or regularise areas that can be regularised. These exercises are being carried out across the country and in communities including Sophia, Plantation Great Diamond, and Angoy’s Avenue, among others. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

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Chelsea transfer report – Blues make enquiry for Real Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal

first_imgChelsea have made contact with Real Madrid over the availability of defender Dani Carvajal, according to reports in Spain.The right-back has made just 14 appearances for Los Blancos this season, with summer signing Danilo emerging as the preferred choice for new manager Zinedine Zidane.According to Fichajes, Chelsea have been monitoring Carvajal’s situation at the Bernabeu and want to step up talks with Real before the transfer window shuts.However, with just four days remaining until the window slams shut, Chelsea are content on waiting until the summer to land the 24-year-old if their negotiations with Real stall this month.Carvajal returned to Real in 2013 after a short spell at Bayer Leverkusen and was a regular under Carlo Ancelotti.But he was often rotated by Rafael Benitez and it appears Zidane is also keen to see whether Danilo can hold down a starting berth for the remainder of the campaign. 1 Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal last_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories After soaking in the release of the NFL schedules on Thursday, we took a few in-depth looks at the appealing and the problematic of the Arizona Cardinals’ 2016 season.But what about some of the Cardinals’ biggest rivals?Here’s the weird, the wacky and the curious quirks of the NFC West schedules.Take it easy on ’emThe Seahawks may have a tough schedule overall, but the first month couldn’t be much better with just one playoff opponent from a year ago in the first nine games — a Week 7 matchup against the Cardinals is the only one. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) passes as center Patrick Lewis (65) blocks Arizona Cardinals’ Calais Campbell (93) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) A cupcake schedule, indeed.2016 Seahawks schedule#NFLSchedulehttps://t.co/9N3peDOo7m— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) April 15, 2016Most difficult stretchUnder first-year coach Chip Kelly, the poor San Francisco 49ers rank in the top-5 in worst three-week, four-week and five-week stretches, according to Sharp Football Analysis.They have the second-worst first month with a home game in Los Angeles followed by road games in Carolina and Seattle, then a home game against Dallas.Who needs to ring up the airline miles?San Francisco will travel 25,328 miles. It didn’t help that the non-division away games ship the 49ers to Carolina, Buffalo, Miami, Chicago and Atlanta.Visits to Miami and Chicago come in back-to-back weeks, leading Kelly to consider keeping his team’s circadian rhythms in sync out east a la the Cardinals at Greenbrier last season.“There’s a lot of studies done on your circadian rhythms, and how to get your clock set and all those other things,” he said. “It’s easy if you’re there for an extended period of time to get acclimated to that time.”For comparison, the Cardinals will travel 23,966 miles, which is 2,044 fewer than last season.Strength of scheduleThe weight of the NFC West put every team in the top-7 for the NFL’s toughest 2016 schedule based on last year’s winning percentage.Tied for the seventh-toughest schedule, the Cardinals have the easiest schedule in the division by playing teams with a winning percentage of 53.1. The Seahawks are tied for the fifth-toughest (54.3 percent), the Rams have the third most difficult (55.1 percent) and the 49ers are tied with the Falcons with the toughest regular season (55.5 percent).Prime-time kingsSeattle will get the most prime-time coverage of the NFC West squads with five prime-time games.The Seahawks play the Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Week 7 on NBC’s Sunday Night show. They host the Bills on Week 9’s Monday Night Football before another Sunday prime-time game at New England.Pete Carroll’s squad plays a Week 13 home game against the Panthers and in Week 15 hosts the Rams on Thursday night.Good byes?Arizona’s bye week comes comfortably in Week 9, after a tough stretch against Todd Bowles’ Jets, the Seahawks and in Carolina. The 49ers’ bye falls in Week 8 as does the Rams’, but Seattle’s comes early in Week 5.Worst opponent byesFor a rematch of the NFC title game, the Carolina Panthers host Arizona coming off their Week 7 bye while the Cardinals head into the Sunday showdown on a week’s rest.Similarly, the Seahawks head to Foxboro in Week 10 to face the Patriots after New England’s bye week and on short rest after a Monday night showdown against the Bills. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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