No bailout for City Hall – Bulkan

first_imgGovernment has nixed the idea of providing a 0 million bailout as requested by the Georgetown Mayor and City Council.This was disclosed by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan in Berbice on Friday during a meeting that he held with Mayors and Councillors of the three municipalities – Rose Hall, Corriverton and New Amsterdam.Bulkan is quoted by the Government Information Agency (GINA) as saying that the Government was not in favour of the bailout.“This 0 million bailout that we all have read about in the newspapers, where that particular council is looking for that support, what I can say…and from my own understanding and the limited current engagement that I have had with colleagues in the Administration, is that, I do not think that there is any appetite on the part of the Central Government to be favourably disposed towards that request,” Bulkan asserted.Communities MinisterRonald BulkanHe, however, opined that the alternative of seeking commercial sources of financing would be suggested to the municipality.“The response of Central Government may very well be along the lines of telling the Municipality to think like a corporation, so I believe the Georgetown Council would be encouraged that there are commercial sources that they can approach,” Bulkan pointed out.It was during a statutory meeting held on November 14, 2016, at City Hall, that the Mayor and City Council indicated that the Council would have approached Central Government through the Communities Minister for a $600 million “bailout” to assist in the payment of outstanding debt and salaries.However, during the meeting in Berbice on Friday, the Councillors voiced concerns, emphasising that Georgetown seemed to be the only Council that enjoyed the support of Central Government.New Amsterdam Mayor Kurt Wynter was quoted as saying that City Hall would have received from Central Government $300 million, just after the General and Regional Election of May 2015, and would soon be asking for $600 million more. Wynter noted that his municipality has not heard word from Government on a $137 million proposal it had submitted to assist in the restoration and drainage infrastructure of New Amsterdam.Bulkan told the Region Six Councillors that the municipalities were now being advised to start functioning like corporations that generate the wealth needed to meet their operational cost.“I think that business consideration that our councils are being urged to bring, that business mindset, beginning in Georgetown would do a lot to drive efficiency and improvement within the management of councils,” Bulkan opined.“I do not want you to feel that Central Government is just going to push their hands in the kitty and keep bailing out Georgetown, and you are going to be left on your own, we are going to try to be consistent with the message and not discriminate,” he stressed.The disapproval of the $600 million proposed bailout comes nearly one month after reports surfaced that Bulkan’s Ministry was conducting an audit into spending operations at City Hall. In late October, however, the Ministry had insisted that it was only conducting the audit into City Hall’s spending of two subventions it received from Government. It was after discrepancies were highlighted in the Auditor General’s 2015 Report, that the Ministry had launched a review of the M&CC’s spending of its $300 million Government subvention and reports surfaced that City Mayor Patricia Chase Green was upset by the review.last_img read more

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Robbie Keane compares himself to Firmino and says he’d be ‘perfect’ for Klopp’s side

first_imgFormer Liverpool striker Robbie Keane has likened himself to Roberto Firmino and says he would have been the ‘perfect fit’ for Jurgen Klopp’s front-three. 3 He appeared to struggle to fit in with then-Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez’s system, but Keane has said he would have loved to play for the Reds under current boss Klopp.“I’d love to play in their front three, I’d fit in perfect,” Keane told Paddy Power in Dublin.“The way Firmino plays is very similar to my game.“I like to drop off, in that number ten role, and if you’ve got two players who are that quick to play in on either side of you, it’s a striker’s dream.“The problem that other teams have is that, already when you play against them, you’re on the back foot straight away, because of how quick they are and how direct they are when they’re getting in behind with balls in-between the lines.“We’ve seen it against top teams this week in Tottenham and PSG, they couldn’t deal with it. They create so many chances, they’re a horrible team to play against.” The Republic of Ireland star spent just six months as a player at Anfield.He arrived from Tottenham in July 2008 for £19m and scored seven goals for the Reds, before the club decided to sell him back to Spurs for a cut-price £12m the following February.But while he might not be remembered for an outstanding record in his short-lived spell at Liverpool, he was prolific in his pomp for Spurs and netted 126 career goals in the Premier League – putting him 14th in the all-time list of top flight goalscorers.Keane’s move was a puzzling one. Liverpool of course already had Fernando Torres, and after the Irishman completed his hero’s return to White Hart Lane he immediately started banging in the goals again. 3 Robbie Keane says he would be perfect for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side center_img 3 Liverpool ran out 2-1 winners against Tottenham in the league last weekend Keane joined Liverpool for £19million, at a time when Fernando Torres was the club’s record signing at £26m Keane has also backed Liverpool to end their trophy drought after losing three cup finals under Klopp.The Reds host Southampton at Anfield on Saturday – with LIVE AND EXCLUSIVE commentary on talkSPORT – looking to continue their 100 per cent start to the season.It’s been 28 years since they last lifted the league title, back when it was still the First Devision, but Keane believes this Liverpool can team can finally bring the Premier League trophy home.“There’s no doubt in my mind that, in the next year or so, with the manager that they have, the players that they have and how they play the game, they will win trophies and they need that now,” he added.“People ask me what they need and I say that, like Tottenham, they need to win a trophy. That would give them momentum to carry on and push on.“They were within touching distance last year, with the Champions League, but I can definitely see them pushing for the Premier League this year.“For me, this season is the most realistic chance Liverpool have had of winning the title for a long while. Anybody finishing above Liverpool this year are doing well.”last_img read more

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