LGE 2018With Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan promising countrywide property valuation to assist Local Government Organs improve their rates and taxes collection, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) candidates contesting the November 12 Local Government Elections for the La Grange/Nismes, West Bank Demerara, Local Authority Area (LAA) promise to strongly oppose this move when it is rolled out.They are of the view that the valuation process would mean increased rates and taxes for their constituents in an already burdening economy. The Party is contesting six of the seven constituencies with the LAA. It is the first time that they are contesting the Nismes Constituency, a seat which has always been held by the People’s National Congress and now the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).Dr Erica ForteLeading the charge for that Constituency is 30-year-old Dr Erica Forte. She said she has been living there all her life and many of the residents there are unaware of the level of representation they get as well as who their representative is. Her vision for the growing constituency includes tackling the social ills that plague the community as well as focus on the development of proper health care systems for her constituents.Within the LAA there is just one health-care facility which is the La Grange Health Centre and that provides limited services to residents. The Nismes community was so small when the health centre was constructed that the community was also included to be serviced. However, over the years the community drastically improved with no improvements to the healthcare system.According to Dr Forte the entire feels neglected and is looking for development. She said that the residents are gravely uninformed and aims to have sensitization campaigns since that would better inform them as to what the NDC is capable of and how they as residents should pitch in and assist. Within her constituency, the roads have never being maintained and with the opening of a new housing settlement in the area the deterioration of the roads have increased.“Whatever is done we do it ourselves and like many constituencies I feel like the people of Nismes are not involved as much. Involved in terms of playing a role in their community’s development because there are no real programmes set up for community services. How can you move forward when you don’t know where you are?” she questioned.“I can bring a whole new view on the issues and I can resonate more with both the youths and elders because of my age. Apart from that, characteristically speaking, I have always been a go-getter type personality so I am not prepared to sit down and just wait… I am not doing this for the fame or praise… I want to get things done for the community. Everything has gotten worse in my opinion. No lights in the area. Garbage disposal is a problem. Wayward youths is increasing because they have nothing to do. There is no community anything and a sense of community in the area,” Dr Forte added.Meanwhile, the other members on the PPP’s slate expressed similar sentiments. However, one of the major concerns for them is the drainage situation that plagues the partially farming community.Constituency One – Palmer Street-North Independence Street – candidate, Krishna Codrington, said a number of redundant Wales Estate employees live within his constituency and they have resorted to cash-crop farming, hence the reason drainage is a major issue. He notes that although there is so much the candidates have planned to do, nothing is achieved without teamwork. He also indicated that they are prepared to withstand the pressure of not having any valuation of property done in order to raise rates and taxes.Additionally, Constituency Two Councillor Anjanie Narine – who is seeking re-election said her first term as a Councillor was marred by a lot of resistance from the Overseer, Lemar Roberts, at the La Grange/Nismes Neighbourhood Democratic Council. She notes that the Overseer would blatantly refuse to act on orders which quite often results in residents breaking the law and the NDC receiving substandard works.Narine further stated that the NDC does not have its own machinery and other equipment which makes it tougher to get the job done.“When you have to do work and it costs more than $100,000 you have to take that to the RDC (Regional Democratic Council, Vreed-en-Hoop) for them to take to tender and sometimes, you don’t even get a response. That affects the work a lot because there is so much we want to do and so little we can do,” she explained.“We thought that we were going to be an independent body when we were seeking election, but Central Government is controlling our every move and we cannot develop in that way,” Narine added.On the issue of finances, Narine indicated that there are some defaulters when it comes to paying rates and taxes but noted that Council is advising them to pay up. She noted that whenever they receive subventions, there is always an issue as to where it would go and to what projects and quite often they are forced to focus on a particular constituency while the others do not receive as much attention.The other candidates contesting the constituencies are Carlos DeFreitas, Rahman Alladin and Rafi Khan. The group already started their campaigning and is hoping for a clean sweep.This publication reached out to the APNU campaign representatives for an interview but until press time, they had not responded.^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^PhotoErica Forte1-Angie- Anjanie NarineRep
“People love him because he has proved that it is possible to succeed even from this country as it is,” his friend Jasmin Ligata, 32, told AFP.“Because he always stayed there with his heart and with his soul.”Dzeko is one of Sarajevo’s ‘war children’.The day after scoring what would prove to be a crucial away goal at Barcelona in the quarter-finals, Dzeko posted on Facebook, not about the match but about the anniversary of the start of the siege of his home town, which began on April 5, 1992, when he had just turned six.The siege lasted almost four years.“In a city where you didn’t know if you were going to see your best friend tomorrow, whether you’d hug your father or your mother again, whether you’d open your eyes or even go out to play with your friends, I spent every one of those 1,425 days under siege,” Dzeko wrote.Bombs rained down, Serbian snipers spared no-one. Of the estimated 11,000 deaths, between 1,500 and 1,600 were children.– ‘I survived’ –“I was lucky and I survived, while many of my peers were wounded or are no longer with us,” he added. “To them in remembrance, I dedicate my goal against Barcelona in the Champions League.”Dzeko’s parents still live in Sarajevo, a city even now dealing with the shadow of the siege.The Sarajevo Memorial for Children Killed during Siege opened in a city park in 2010 carrying the engraved names of victims that relatives come and touch. The War Childhood Museum opened in the town last year.Even amid the violence, the young Dzeko went out to play in their neighbourhood of Otoka.“When he went out to play football,” his mother Belma recalled in 2010, “I was very scared.“I did not forbid him to go out to play, even if it was crazy. He was playing all the time, the war meant nothing to him.”One day, she did say no.“He was crying, it hurt me.” But, she said, “a shell fell exactly where Edin played with other children, there were dead, wounded”.Although he’s gone on to play in some of Europe’s biggest football league’s, Dzeko has never forgotten his humble beginnings.“Edin was often there when we needed him the most,” said Ligata, a Bosnian sports press advisor who ran through a list of the times when Dzeko showed an uncanny ability to make unlikely triumphs possible.There was the 92nd minute equaliser against Queens Park Rangers in 2012 that made possible the 3-2 victory that won Manchester City’s first English title since 1968. There were the 26 goals in 2008/09 that propelled Wolfsburg to their only Bundesliga title.– ‘Great moments’ –Even though Sergio Aguero and Grafite might have caught the eye in those teams, Ligata says Dzeko “is somehow predestined for great moments”.Few moments have been greater than Roma’s quarter-final comeback against Lionel Messi’s Barcelona at the start of April, when the Italians kicked off at the Stadio Olimpico trailing by three goals on aggregate, as they will against Liverpool on Wednesday.Dzeko had given his team hope by scoring an 80th minute away goal at the Camp Nou before fanning the flames of an unlikely comeback with a sixth-minute opener in the second leg.He won a penalty converted by Danielo De Rossi on 58 minutes before Kostas Manolas completed the remarkable turnaround eight minutes from time.Dzeko also started Roma’s fightback from five goals down at Anfield last week with an 81st minute strike.At Zeljeznicar, the Sarajevo club where Dzeko started, his signature is on a wall and his name on a seat plaque, recognitions of donations to the renovation of a stadium which, during the war, was on the front line.His first coach at Zeljeznicar, Jusuf Sehovic, remembers a little boy “interested only in going for goal… who kept calling for the ball” and was driven by “the will to work and the ambition to succeed”.An old friend, Mirza Trbonja, 32, remembers the day in 2005 when he drove Dzeko to the airport to leave for Czech club Teplice.“He was the same man then that he is today,” said Trbonja.These days, though, when Dzeko flies back to his home town, he returns as a star.Edin Dzeko scored twice and won a crucial penalty in the Champions League against Barcelona © AFP/File / Isabella BONOTTO“When he comes, you need a lasoo to catch 10 minutes with him,” added Trbonja. “When someone asks him for a photo or autograph, he never refuses.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Edin Dzeko gave Roma some hope when he scored at Anfield © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFSARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 1 – Roma supporters may harbour only slim hopes their team can once again overturn a three-goal Champions League deficit, but Bosnian fans of Edin Dzeko are convinced their hero will once again rise to the challenge.In Bosnia, Roma striker Dzeko is known as the “Dijamant” — diamond.
Champions: Magh ÉneBUNDORAN’S Magh Éne College has brought another Ulster gaelic football title back to Donegal tonight.They swept aside Largy College, Clones, to lift the Corn Chuchulainn U-16B title on a scoreline of 3-12 to 0-08.Declan Clancy, Conor Colreavy and Luke Towey got the vital scores. Keeper Kevin Mulhearn even saved a penalty towards the end to crown a glorious day out for the college at the Athletics Grounds in Armagh.In this year’s under 16 competition, the team came top of their section in the league before defeating Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana in the semi-final and then overcoming Moville Community College in a tightly contested county final.In the Ulster competition they defeated St Patrick’s Ballymena and St Brigid’s, Derry en route to the final.A number of past pupils have played intercounty football at Senior and Under 21 level. Some of these include James Keaney, Christy Keaney, Shane Mc Gowan, Michael McEniff and Peter McGonigle (Donegal), Paul Brennan, Stephen McGurran, Shane Ryan, Donal Clancy and Peter McGowan (Leitrim) as well as Gavin Gilsenan and Darren Gilsenan (Sligo). THE HISTORY BOYS AS MAGH ÉNE LIFT ULSTER TITLE was last modified: March 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:armaghbundoranClonesMagh Ene College