Dear Editor,Something has to be considerably wrong at the Georgetown City Council, and it needs to be fixed urgently. Just about two years ago, the Town Clerk and a team descended upon and demolished a premise owned by an elderly gentleman known as ‘Rasta Man’. The premise was popularly known as the “Dread Shop”, situated at ‘A’ Water Street, Russell Square, Stabroek Market.This act of destroying the structure was brutally done, even though the property was the subject of a matter engaging the attention of the court; and consequently, this action was considered by many legal luminaries to be unlawful and a show of complete disrespect and disregard for the Court of Appeal of Guyana.What was most egregious was the fact that the Council had granted permission and leased the said property to ‘Rasta Man’ for more than three decades, and had continuously levied rates and taxes and charged cleansing fees for the occupation of this location, even though the Ministry of Public Infrastructure had claimed jurisdiction over the area upon which the Dread Shop sat. Yet still, without warning, they demolished the property.Having committed this act of unnecessary savagery, one expected that the area would have been kept clear and clean, or the Dread Shop’s replacement would have been some aesthetically pleasing edifice. But alas! No such thing.Instead, what we have now in its place is an ugly, unhealthy, unsafe, unkempt tent city. Sprung up there over the last two years has been a squalid, shanty facility that is teeming with illegal activities and is a complete eyesore to foreign and local visitors to the downtown area. As the boys would say, it is just ‘stink and dutty’.When will the Georgetown Municipality understand what it takes to develop the tourism industry in Guyana? Is this how they are preparing for Guyana’s Carnival? Is this what they mean by serving the city and advancing the nation?The downtown area of Georgetown, particularly at night, must be one of the grimiest, unsafest, disordered and lawless places in the Caribbean.Why doesn’t this present group of councillors, who will be demitting office in another few months, not understand that all good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine? Are they going to allow a few venal municipal administrators to destroy their legacy?Sincerely,Laquisha Kaftans
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A story Tuesday incorrectly characterized Michelle Delgadillo’s consulting and business development corporation. In fact, CRD Inc. does not have contracts with city departments, but has consulted for firms that have worked with the city.
There will be low clouds and fog in the morning, then it will be sunny. Highs will be in the upper-60s to mid-70s at the beaches, the lower-80s inland, the 80s to lower-90s in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, the 80s in the Santa Clarita Valley and the upper-80s to mid-90s in the Antelope Valley. Air quality will be in the moderate to unhealthful for sensitive groups range for tomorrow. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
IT’S not the sexiest issue in national politics, but ending the practice of secret earmarks in congressional spending is, like state redistricting, one of those wonky issues that could have a profoundly beneficial effect on representative politics. An earmark is a line-item request for funding of pet projects that members of Congress insert into major appropriations bills. The best part (for them) is they don’t have to disclose who stuck the request in. This practice is directly responsible for fiascoes such as the “Bridge to Nowhere” in Alaska, which had no practical value other than sending more than $300 million in federal funds into the state’s economy. (Thankfully, that project has been dropped.) And, as with redistricting, all the politicians say they are for ending this practice. But what they do is another story. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Indeed, eight of 15 Southern California members of Congress refused a recent request by the Daily News to reveal their list of earmarks. Republican Reps. Elton Gallegly of Thousand Oaks, Howard “Buck” McKeon of Santa Clarita, Gary Miller of Brea and Jerry Lewis of Redlands would not share. Nor would Democrat Reps. Hilda Solis of El Monte, Adam Schiff of Pasadena, Linda Sanchez of Cerritos and Jane Harmon of El Segundo. Shame on them. Only a light on the proceedings can stop outrageous pork-barrel spending and allow federal funds to pay for things that make sense.
NEW YORK – Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was hailed by her husband Saturday as the best Democratic choice for the White House at a rally just uptown from his Harlem office where they were greeted by the sweet sounds of the Abyssinian Baptist Church choir and the hand claps of its congregation. “I would be campaigning for Hillary even if I was not married to her,” former President Clinton said from the altar of the historic church on West 138th Street. “I believe she is the best qualified, best suited nonincumbent ever.” The Clintons appeared before the near-capacity crowd with the senator walking out first, followed by her husband. The church echoed with cheers as Bill Clinton saluted the crowd, which responded with chants of “Hillary! Hillary!” The choir sang “Victory Is Mine” as the couple clapped along with their supporters. Clinton supporters lined up in a driving rain to get inside the church, where they were joined by virtually all the city’s top Democrats, from congressional delegation dean Rep. Charles Rangel to City Council speaker Christine Quinn. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After she was introduced by her husband, Sen. Clinton told the crowd it was time to return America “on the path to goodness and greatness again.” She attacked the Bush administration for marginalizing the middle class, children and other groups. “We’re going to make it clear there are no invisible people in America,” the senator said. The rally in the city’s most famous black neighborhood was another indication of the battle between Clinton and Barack Obama for the black vote in the Democratic primary. Last month in California, Clinton appeared in Watts and at a Beverly Hills fundraiser with hoops star Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Obama’s name received a loud cheer from the audience when he was mentioned by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion. The latest AP-Ipsos poll shows Clinton leading Obama, her closest rival, 46percent to 25percent. As evidenced at the Harlem rally, Sen. Clinton benefits from the strong relationship her husband has enjoyed for years with black voters. Bill Clinton was cheered for mentioning that the couple had just celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary, and he joined them in singing “Happy Birthday” to his wife, who just turned 60.
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny wants Arsene Wenger to extend his stay at the club.The Frenchman’s current contract with the Gunners expires at the end of the season and there have been growing reports that he may walk away at the end of the season.But Koscielny, who has played under Wenger since 2010, is hopefully his manager will put pen to paper on a new deal.“I would wish that he will prolong it [his stay],” Koscielny told RMC.“It has been seven years I have been under his command, and I am very respectful of him.“It is him who gave me that chance to come here. He helped me grow as a player and as a man. I owe him a lot for my career.” Laurent Koscielny and Arsene Wenger 1
The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 1 moving on Latest Transfer News Jason Puncheon is set to complete a move from Crystal Palace and join Huddersfield Town.The 32-year-old has fallen out of favour at Palace this season and has only featured five times under Roy Hodgson. A deal is set to be struck for the midfielder to join for the remainder of the campaign and, with his Palace contract expiring, could earn himself a permanent move.Puncheon will replace Rajiv van la Parra who left for Middlesbrough on loan having not played since October.During the summer, Boro had themselves been linked with Puncheon, who had hoped to revive his career following eight months on the sideline with a knee injury. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Jason Puncheon is set to join Huddersfield Town Puncheon suffered cruciate ligament damage in December 2017 and struggled to regain his place in the Palace team.David Wagner’s side sit bottom of the Premier League, having lost 14 of their 20 games so far and only winning twice. targets targets RANKED REVEALED IN DEMAND
Consecutive double faults then gave Murray three more break points in the sixth game and, although Ferrer saved two, a backhand which drifted over the baseline gave Murray a 4-2 lead.Another break of serve saw Murray take the opening set after 48 minutes and the double Olympic champion raced into a 3-1 lead in the second before surprisingly losing his serve.However, that proved to be a momentary lapse in concentration and Murray immediately broke Ferrer’s serve once more before wrapping up a seventh straight win against the 34-year-old. World number two Andy Murray recovered from a slow start to surge into the final of the China Open with victory over Spain’s David Ferrer on Saturday.Murray was a break down in the opening set before hitting back to win the next five games in a row on his way to a 6-2 6-3 win in exactly 90 minutes in Beijing.The 29-year-old will face Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday’s final after Milos Raonic was unable to start their semi-final due to an ankle injury.Ferrer, who lost to Murray in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January, broke for a 2-1 lead in the first set but was immediately broken back to love.
Share This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Reasons We LOVE Universal’s Sapphire Falls Resort! Currently, the Universal Orlando Resort has five on-site hotels, with a sixth (Aventura) opening next summer. Universal separates its hotels into three categories: Prime Value (Cabana Bay Beach Resort), Preferred (Royal Pacific Resort), and Premier (Hard Rock and Portofino Bay.) Sapphire Falls falls under the Preferred category.Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. (photo by Brandon Glover)–Sapphire Falls is located directly next to Royal Pacific, and the two hotels actually connect in their convention space area. As part of the Loews brand, Sapphire Falls has the type of service you receive at a higher end hotel, and stays at Sapphire count towards the Loews YouFirst Loyalty Program. Today we’re going to take a look at some of our favorite parts of Sapphire Falls, and let’s kickoff the countdown with…# 6 – The LobbyThe lobby at Sapphire Falls is the most guest friendly of any Universal hotel. Similar to the lobbies at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and the newly renovated Polynesian Village Resort, guests walk into a wide open lobby with a huge window on the opposite end overlooking the property. One of the most oft-talked about features of the lobby is the striking “beach ball” chandelier. Pictures do not do this chandelier justice and, when lit up at night, the fixture looks absolutely fantastic.There is plenty of unique seating in the lobby, including one area with a huge TV. There are outlets all over the place to plug in your electronic devices, including a large wooden table which has enough space for at least ten people to work from their laptops. If you need to spend time in a hotel lobby, this is the exact type of one you want to be in.Sapphire Falls lobby. (photo by Mike Sperduto)Lobby chandelier. (photo by Mike Sperduto)Lobby. (photo by Mike Sperduto)Outlets.–# 5 – New Dutch Trading Co.Connecting right off the lobby is possibly the biggest surprise of the entire resort, the New Dutch Trading Co. is the “grab and go” that we’ve always wanted in a theme park hotel. Aside from the typical sodas, cereals. and snacks, there are stations for freshly made sandwiches and ice cream. Here is where you can get the incredible Sapphire Falls refillable cup, which works at all the Coke Freestyle machines in the resort. Along with New Dutch Trading Co. merchandise, you can also find merchandise for the other dining venues on property, including hot sauce from the Dhrum Club Kantine pool bar, and seasoning from Amatista Cookhouse table service restaurant. As someone who loves buying a bottle of the Flame Tree Barbecue sauce at Animal Kingdom Lodge, this was greatly appreciated.New Dutch Trading Co. (photo by Brandon Glover)New Dutch Trading Co. (photo by Mike Sperduto)Dutch Trading Co. (photo by Brandon Glover)Dutch Trading Co. (photo by Brandon Glover)Man’s greatest achievement, Coke Freestyle machine. (photo by Brandon Glover)One of the all-time greatest resort specific souvenir refillable mug. (photo by Brandon Glover)Croky chips.Dutch Trading Co. (photo by Brandon Glover)New Dutch Trading Co. (photo by Brandon Glover)New Dutch Trading Co. branded merchandise.–# 4 – Amatista CookhouseUniversal has set a high standard when it comes to on-site dining at its resorts. Portofino’s Bice Ristorante, Hard Rock’s The Kitchen, and both the Wok Experience and Emeril’s Tchoup Chop at the Royal Pacific should be on any theme park foodie’s bucket list. Amatista Cookhouse at Sapphire Falls continues the tradition of solid table service with a Caribbean themed menu, an open kitchen, and a great view. With high ceilings and large windows, natural light fills the restaurant and provides great atmosphere for a meal. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Amatista has a surprisingly limited menu. However, the items are all Latin themed and the service is consistently good.Amatista Cookhouse. (photo by Brian Carey)Some of the indoor seating at Amatista. (photo by Brandon Glover)The outdoor seating at Amatista overlooks the waterfall feature and the gorgeous lagoon. (photo by Brandon Glover)Empanadas – chicken and queso blanco or black bean, corn and vegetables. (photo by Brian Carey)Island Fish Sandwich – fresh catch of the day, lettuce, tomatoes, mango-papaya salsa, coconut-pineapple bread. (photo by Brian Carey)Jerk Spiced Chicken Flatbread – onions, tomatoes, sweet plantain, peppers, scallions, queso blanco, aged cheddar, jerk sauce. (photo by Brandon Glover)Grilled Pineapple Salad –frisée lettuce, arugula, grilled pineapple, quinoa, tomatoes, avocado, roasted red pepper, plantain chips, citrus vinaigrette. (photo by Brian Carey)Grilled Portobello Mushroom Sandwich – roasted tomato, caramelized onions, sweet plantain butter, sofrito sauce, queso blanco, cuban roll. (photo by Brandon Glover)Amatista Caribbean Burger – Angus beef burger topped with roast pork lettuce, tomato, caramelized onion, sweet plantain butter, cuban roll. (photo by Brian Carey)Havana Colada. (photo by Brandon Glover)–# 3 – Location, Location, LocationSapphire Falls is a quick water taxi (complimentary) and walk about from the rest of the Universal Orlando Resort. That means you are always about 10 minutes away from enjoying a meal at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, taking a ride aboard the Hogwarts Express, or even heading over to Cabana Bay for a set of bowling. There is no better way to get to the parks than a relaxing boat ride, but the short walk also allows you to burn off some of the calories you are surely about to take in with a Lard Lad D’oh-nut or Cauldron Cake.A Sapphire Falls water taxi makes its way from the resort to the parks – note Dr. Doom’s Fear Fall in the distance. (photo by Brian Carey)Sapphire Falls boat. (photo by Mike Sperduto) # 2 – Strong Water TavernReaders of the SATURDAY SIX know how much we appreciate a good hotel bar, and Sapphire Falls’ Strong Water Tavern takes it up a notch. Like Amatista, Strong Water Tavern has both indoor and outdoor seating, along with seats along the actual bar. Aside from a full bar there is an incredible food menu featuring various types of ceviche, as well as items from Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. That’s right, a bar menu where you can get Curry Chicken, Lamb Pelau, and Fish Tacos. Amazing.Strong Water Tavern specializes in rum (over 60 varieties are available), and a “Rum Captain” will help guide you through the large drink menu.Strong Water Tavern. (photo by Mike Sperduto)Rum flight at Strong Water. (photo by Brandon Glover)Rum Captain. (photo by Brandon Glover)The rum captain HAND CUTS ice out of a larger block. (photo by Brandon Glover)Ice. (photo by Brandon Glover)Rum flights. (photo by Brandon Glover)Privateer Punch (serves 6-8) Rum Old Fashioned. (photo by Brandon Glover)Last Typhoon. (photo by Brandon Glover)Arroz con Pollo from the “Little Havana” section of the menu. (photo by Brandon Glover)Cuban Shrimp Creole. (photo by Brandon Glover)Lamb Pelau from the “Jamaica Mon” section of the menu. (photo by Brandon Glover)–# 1 – The PoolSapphire Falls is now home to the largest pool on Universal property. A 16,000 square foot pool that includes a water slide, a sandy beach area, and a top notch pool bar in the Drhum Club Kantine. For our family, pools have become a determining factor in where we choose to vacation and Sapphire Falls has something for all of us. The older kids love doing the slide, the two year old builds sand castles, and we adults sip on Drhum Club Punch trying to take every last minute in.Sapphire Falls Resort pool area. (photo by Brandon Glover)Sandy Beach. (photo by Mike Sperduto)Slide at Sapphire Falls Resort. (photo by Travis Terrell)Drhum Club Kantine pool bar. (photo by Mike Sperduto)Dhrum Club Punch – Strong Water Rum, Rum Haven Coconut Rum, Pineapple, OJ, Grenadine. (photo by Mike Sperduto)Creamsicle – Blue Chair Vanilla Rum, Strong Water Rum, Pina Colada, Mango. (photo by Mike Sperduto)We wanted to see how the pool bar would do with special requests, and here is an off-menu grilled chicken breast sandwich with cheddar cheese and bacon. (photo by Mike Sperduto)–HONORABLE MENTION – Unique Lighting FeaturesStarting with the gorgeous chandelier in the lobby, Sapphire Falls has unique lighting throughout the resort, including the guest rooms. Little touches like this help make theme park vacations more memorable.Now that’s a light!Lighting with an “old school” feel.Lighting fixture in the kid’s suite.–DOUBLE SECRET HONORABLE MENTION – Stone StairwellFor us, this stone stairwell located next to strong Water Tavern reminded us of Harry Potter. We actually used it many times instead of taking an elevator because the vibe is so cool once inside it.Stone stairwell. (photo by Mike Sperduto)Stone stairwell. (photo by Brandon Glover)So there you have it: Six Reasons We LOVE Universal’s Sapphire Falls Resort! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).Well you know I had to buy any bag of chips that promises to be “100% LOUD.” It’s like the spirit animal of the SATURDAY SIX.If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:Six Reasons We LOVE Universal’s Royal Pacific ResortSix Reasons We LOVE Universal’s Portofino Bay HotelSix More Surprises of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach ResortSix “Secrets” of Disney’s Art of Animation ResortSix Reasons We Love Universal’s Toothsome Chocolate EmporiumSapphire Falls Resort: The Good, the Bad, and the UglySpecial Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, the sommelier of Tony’s Town Square Brian Carey, photo wunderkind Mike Sperduto, co-host of the Grim Grinning Hosts podcast Travis Terrell, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with goofballs co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde , while fellow Potterheads may enjoy Meg’s work on the Central Florida Slug Club.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2017 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now and support SIX NATION (boy do we need a better name than that.)“Indescribably beautiful.“