Chase Green, King could face another no-confidence motion

first_imgBy Michael YoungeA group of Councillors from the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is working on bringing another no-confidence motion against Mayor Patricia Chase Green and Town Clerk Royston King as there continues to be growing concern over the manner in which the Georgetown municipality is being run.One of the Councillors who spoke with  Guyana Times on Thursday morning said the motion was being carefully drafted and a strategic plan was being worked out to ensure that the “infamous duo” could not use their “political manoeuvres” to kill or block the motion as was the case on previous occasions.City Mayor Patricia Chase-Greene“We know that they will try very hard to fight the motion, but to tell the truth: these two officials are running the Council and City Hall as if it is a cake shop or their own personal business. They do not understand what good governance, democracy or integrity mean,” the Councillor who chose to remain anonymous until the motion is fully prepared and ready to be tabled.The Councillor insisted that his colleagues and others have tried diligently to work with the Town Clerk and the Mayor, but it appeared as though they were a law unto themselves.“There is massive corruption … fraud at the Council and the continued mismanagement of the Council’s resources, but little or no serious focus and introspection is being done. We cannot allow these two personalities to stand any longer without stepping aside so that the Council and Georgetown could be restored to their former glory. This is not the change residents of Georgetown voted for,” the Councillor alleged.The City Councillor also told <<>> that at least two members of the ruling A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition were willing to deflect if the motion is tabled, debated and voted on secretly.“They are fearful. These two are seen as tyrants who in the end get their way. But we are going to strike at the right time and just when the situation is convenient. There are scores of complaints against King at the level of the Local Government Commission, but I feel it’s powerless because of politics,” the Councillor remarked.Back in March, City Councillor Sherod Duncan failed in his quest to have the Council argue a motion of no-confidence against Town Clerk King.Duncan’s motion was disallowed when a majority of Councillors voted to accept legal advice which declared that the policy-making body had no right to declare a lack of confidence in its chief administrative officer.The decision was made after Mayor Chase Green read the advice procured by King from former Magistrate Maxwell Edwards. The motion was thrown out despite the fact that previous Councils that Chas -Green sat on had moved six motions of no confidence against former Town Clerk Carol Sooba.Edwards argued that a vote of no confidence amounted to disciplinary action against the Town Clerk, a function which is outside the powers of the Council.Another legal mind explained that his reading of the Municipal and District Councils Act leads him to, “off the top of [his] head”, opine that “he can’t see that the Council has no power to express its opinion on the conduct of the Town Clerk, which is what it seems to be trying to do.”Further, a clear precedent exists with the previous Council having moved six no-confidence motions against former Town Clerk Sooba.Sooba, who was installed as Town Clerk in 2012 by former Local Government Minister Norman Whittaker, consistently clashed with the Hamilton Green-led Council which tabled and passed motion after motion. Each motion was forwarded to the Minister of Local Government, since the Council did not have disciplinary powers but at no time did the Council declare itself unable to complain.last_img read more

QPR blow as Napoli confirm deal for Dutch midfielder

first_img1 Jonathan de Guzman in action for Swansea Napoli have beaten QPR to the signing of Jonathan de Guzman.Harry Redknapp had been battling the Serie A side for the Dutch international, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Swansea from Villarreal.Redknapp said over the weekend that he was hopeful of clinching a deal for the 26-year-old midfielder, despite Napoli’s interest.However, the Hoops have missed out on securing his signature, with De Guzman opting to link up with Rafa Benitez at the Italian club.De Guzman, capped 13 times for the Netherlands, has cost the Serie A side around £5million and has penned a four-year contract.“I am happy to have come to Napoli,” he told the club’s official website. “I can’t wait to start.”last_img read more

Fellaini: ‘It’s difficult for my family but not for me – it’s not all fans’

first_img3 This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine, the brilliant FREE weekly publication packed full of a variety of sport. Download the free iPad app here and follow them on Twitter @SportMagUK.Marouane Fellaini has spent the morning defending himself. It’s nothing unusual. Fending off criticism has become an almost daily task for the Manchester United midfielder in recent months. But this time, the slurs are different. They’re not aimed at his footballing ability or performances on the pitch, but at his character.The previous evening, the 28-year-old was labelled a “thug” on national television for the second time in the space of a week by former Premier League referee Howard Webb. Summarising the second leg of Manchester United’s Europa League tie against Liverpool for BT Sport, Webb accused Fellaini of deliberately throwing an elbow at the head of Reds midfielder Emre Can. “It’s one thing imposing yourself on the game, but another thing being a thug on the pitch,” pronounced Webb.“In football you will always have some people with you and some against you… this is football,” shrugs Fellaini when we meet him at a Manchester hotel. He’s softly spoken and shy in his manner, making it difficult to tally the man in front of us with the one accused of “violently throwing his arms into people’s faces” (another Webb line) on a weekly basis.He appears unaffected by the furore swirling around him, smiling as he poses for our shoot and laughing sheepishly when a yawn escapes in front of the camera. But when we start to discuss a season during which he has so often borne the brunt of fans’ frustrations with an underperforming United team, the happy exterior fades.“Not all the fans can love you,” he says. “But I do my job. I try to do my best on the pitch, I work hard, I give everything for more than 90 minutes, and for me these are the most important things. I try to do everything for the manager and for the club. And the rest? I don’t listen. I don’t look. I just try to do my job.” ALL CHANGEIt’s all so far removed from Fellaini’s experiences at Everton, where his hardworking, fiery persona won the respect of the fans, his teammates and even the press. In a Daily Mail article written ahead of an England v Belgium friendly in 2012, Fellaini is described as “the perfect modern midfielder” – one who brings “athleticism and power to Everton’s engine room, versatility and, as a record of 20 goals in 137 appearances shows, an attacking threat”.Asked now what he feels he brings to United, it’s clear that Fellaini doesn’t consider himself any different to the player who won these plaudits just four years ago: “My mentality and my hard work. And I know I can be dangerous. I try to do everything to win the game.”But away from the club that gave him his first home in England, those qualities aren’t winning him anything apart from insults, abuse and the occasional bout of booing from his own team’s fans.Fellaini’s move across the Pennines was difficult from the start. Joining a club reeling from Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, he was under pressure to prove David Moyes’ faith in him was founded on more than familiarity. “He said they needed someone like me, but he only did nine months and after that he was sacked,” says Fellaini of Ferguson’s successor, who he played under for five years at Everton. 3 3 TUNING OUTThere’s no sense of anger from Fellaini, just a touch of prickliness about the sections of the United crowd who react to his place in any Louis van Gaal starting XI with outrage. Take a look at his Twitter mentions the next time he steps on the pitch and you’ll find an ugly stream of close-to-the-bone ‘banter’ and venom.“It’s difficult for my family because they read what people write and hear what’s said,” says Fellaini, whose brother is alongside him when we speak, rocking the same haircut and a similarly long and lean physique. “But for me, it’s not hard because I’m a professional and I love my job. I do everything for my job.“And it’s not all of the fans. I go out around Manchester; I go to dinner and to work and the supporters are always great towards me. I don’t know, maybe some, they don’t watch all the games? So I don’t read [what’s written] and I don’t listen to it.”When the team as a whole has so often failed to deliver on the pitch this season, why is it Fellaini who is singled out for such criticism?“Sometimes I don’t understand it,” he says. “But I have to deal with it. I have to get past it and do my job. If the manager puts me in the team, he knows why – it’s for a reason.“Yes, this is the first time I have been through a time like this, but it’s also an important experience to have because it’s not every year you can have good times, you know? And the most important things are that I am happy, my health is good, my family is good and I enjoy playing football.”Asked whether he believes he can win over those fans for whom he has become a symbol of United’s troubled campaign, Fellaini lets out a long breath: “What can I do? Just play my game, work hard and that’s it. I don’t cheat, you know? I work hard on the pitch and give everything to try and win the game. The rest? It’s not important. That’s it.” Marouane Fellaini talks to Sport magazine – download the iPad app below last_img read more