Mon Repos Market closed for “cleaning only” not repairs – Communities Ministry

first_imgmon Repos Market vendors are complaining that one week after the facility was shut down to facilitate repairs, there were no visible signs of any restoration done.However, Guyana Times was informed by the Communities Ministry that the Market was closed only to facilitate cleaning and sanitation of the premises and not repairs.It was reported that the Mon Repos Market was shut down for one week to allow repairs to be done and merchants were asked to remove themselves from the retail section. While some persons relocated across the Market, independently, to continue their vending, others waited for the restoration to be completed.However, when this publication visited the Mon Repos Market on Wednesday last, to view the repairs done, there was no discernible improvement. According to vendors, upon resuming their vending on Saturday, the employees of the Market Office were unable to answer questions that were posed to them as to why there was no significant change within the Market after so many days.Numerous vendors voiced that losses were incurred during the one week that they were not allowed to vend in their normal area. They highlighted that they were awaiting a response about the Market being shut down for ‘’insignificant reasons.’’‘’Look, you see anything in this market change? Is the same shabby conditions. Why they shut down the market last week? I suffer a huge loss last week ,man. Over the road barely gat space for couple people so the rest ah we had to sit and wait. You know how much customers I lose already because of this? Them locking down the market for some real stupid, stupid and insignificant reasons,’’ one angry merchant said.Another vendor said that after persons began questioning the actual reason for the Market being inactive for a week, the supervisor of the Market Office highlighted to them that they were given that time to sanitise and mend within their stalls. The merchant indicated that this was ‘’news’’ to them, since no one had so informedThe Mon Repos Market fencethem.‘’So after we start asking the supervisor why the Market shut down if they didn’t intend to do anything to it, she turn and said that the Market was shut down, so we could go in and clean and repair we stalls. This was news to all ah we ‘cause they never told us that. They said that we got to remove from the Market for a week cause they got to do repairs. And is not me alone hear that, is majority ah the Market.’’Meanwhile, when this publication met with an employee of the Mon Repos Market Office, she indicated that she was not allowed to speak to the media and refused to give any comment on the matter. The supervisor of this office is said to be on ‘’medical’’ leave.On Monday, it was highlighted by the Assistant of Minister of Communities, Raphael Hazel who spoke on behalf of the Minister, Ronald Bulkan, that according to the Works Committee Chairman of the Mon Repos Neighbourhood Democratic Council, Raghoo, the market was shut down to only facilitate cleaning.Hazel said that Raghoo relayed that no repairs were intended to be done at the Market during that time. He added that complaints were made by Raghoo that some vendors who had relocated across the road, refused to comply; hence, parts of the drains were not cleaned.“I spoke to the Works Committee Chairman of the NDC, Raghoo, and he said that it was a project undertaken by them from the 8th May to the 13th and it was just to clean the market. His exact words were “it was stink”. So they basically asked the vendors to be away from that Sunday to Friday just to clean it, wash it out and so,” the Business Minister’s Assistant said.last_img read more

‘3:10 to Yuma,’ ‘American Gangster,’ ‘Hairspray’ among nominees in SAG Awards

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ — “Hairspray” — “Into the Wild” — “No Country for Old Men” Lead Actor in a Motion Picture — George Clooney, “Michael Clayton” — Daniel Day-Lewis, “There Will Be Blood” — Ryan Gosling, “Lars and the Real Girl” — Emile Hirsch, “Into the Wild” — Viggo Mortensen, “Eastern Promises” Lead Actress in a Motion Picture — Cate Blanchett, “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” — Julie Christie, “Away From Here” — Marion Cotillard, “La Vie en Rose” — Angelina Jolie, “A Mighty Heart” — Ellen Page, “Juno” Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture — Casey Affleck, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” — Javier Bardem, “No Country for Old Men” — Hal Holbrook, “Into the Wild” — Tommy Lee Jones, “No Country for Old Men” — Tom Wilkinson, “Michael Clayton” Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture — Cate Blanchett, “I’m not There” — Ruby Dee, “American Gangster” — Catherine Keener, “Into the Wild” — Amy Ryan, “Gone Baby Gone” — Tilda Swinton, “Michael Clayton” TELEVISION CATEGORIES Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series — “Boston Legal” — “The Closer” — “Grey’s Anatomy” — “Mad Men” — “The Sopranos” Actor in a Drama Series — James Gandolfini, “The Sopranos” — Michael C. Hall, “Dexter” — Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” — Hugh Laurie, “House” — James Spader, “Boston Legal” Actress in a Drama Series — Glenn Close, “Damages” — Edie Falco, “The Sopranos” — Sally Field, “Brothers and Sisters” — Holly Hunter, “Saving Grace” — Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer” Ensemble Cast in a Comedy Series — “30 Rock” — “Desperate Housewives” — “Entourage — “The Office” — “Ugly Betty” Actor in a Comedy Series — Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock” — Steve Carell, “The Office” — Ricky Gervais, “Extras” — Jeremy Piven, “Entourage” — Tony Shaloub, “Monk” Actress in a Comedy Series — Christina Applegate, “Samantha Who?” — America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty” — Tina Fey, “30 Rock” — Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds” — Vanessa Williams, “Ugly Betty” Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries — Micheal Keaton, “The Company” — Kevin Kline, “As You Like It.” — Oliver Platt, “The Bronx is Burning” — Sam Shepard, “Ruffian” — Jon Turturro, “The Bronx is Burning” Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries — Ellen Burstyn, “Mitch Albom’s For One More Day” — Debra Messing, “The Starter Wife” — Anna Paquin, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” — Queen Latifah, “Life Support” — Vanessa Redgrave, “The Fever” — Gena Rowlands, “What if God were the Sun?”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST HOLLYWOOD – Here is a list of nominees announced in West Hollywood today for the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be presented Jan. 27. Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture — “3:10 to Yuma” — “American Gangster”last_img read more