With the impending reactivation of the Kara Kara toll booth in Linden, the Linden Mayor and Town Council has hosted another round of consultations with community stakeholders.Some of the stakeholders at the consultationThe consultations will continue today with members of the Logger’s Association.Speaking with stakeholders last week, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland called for cooperation between different entities on the way forward. One of the pressing issues was whether vehicles belonging to Linden businesses would pay the toll. The Council had said that the vehicles may have to pay an unspecified amount twice a year.However, some stakeholders believe that they should not pay and so the decision remains in limbo. Linden Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Development Chairman Kevin DeJonge, speaking at the consultation, reminded that the toll booth has already been gazetted, despite concerns, but noted that it was time for business owners to voice their concerns.He said the Chamber endorsed any form of income for the Linden community, while establishing that the Council should have consideration for loggers.As such, he recommended that a similar meeting be conducted with members of the Logger’s Association to discuss what they can afford to pay. This was supported by Mayor Holland in an effort to have a general consensus, since he noted that he was confronted by loggers at Wismar who had indicated that they were neither informed nor represented.Banks DIH Limited Branch Manager Shondell Easton expressed her view, noting that she was concerned about the increase in the cost of living, since the toll booth coming on stream may lead to increased prices of goods and commodities and the final consumers might be the ones most affected. She was assured by representatives of the Council that measures would be put in place to cushion the effects.Meanwhile, Councillor Wainwright Bethune said the municipality was seeking to make the Council economically viable, noting that he was appalled to know that there was “so much rejection” of the toll booth initiative since it was an idea which the community had supported in the past.Entrepreneur Norvil Fredericks, in making his contribution, suggested that the Council replace the word “toll” with “revenue”. He said in order to encourage persons to come on board, the right language should be used. He also recommended that the Council generate revenue instead through the issuing of licences for businesses. He also noted that the effects of the toll booth on tourism should be considered.In wrapping up the discourse, Holland hailed it as a fruitful engagement, and promised to have a one-on-one meeting with major companies like Banks DIH. He also asked for full representation by the Logger’s Association.The Mayor further made the call for businesses in Linden to become registered with the Linden Chamber in order to receive strong representation. read more
Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic Chelsea say they are “appalled” and “frustrated” that Nemanja Matic still has to serve a ban after the Football Association reduced the midfielder’s three-game violent conduct suspension to two matches.The Blues midfielder will miss Sunday’s Capital One final against Tottenham and next Wednesday’s Premier League encounter at West Ham.Matic was sent off for pushing Ashley Barnes after the Burnley striker had caught the Serbian high on his shin with a late tackle during Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.The FA’s independent regulatory commission reduced Matic’s three-game ban by one match on appeal on Tuesday evening, but Barnes escaped punishment completely.And Chelsea were unhappy with the outcome, insisting that the 26-year-old had been “unjustly punished”.“The Chelsea Football Club Board is extremely disappointed and frustrated that the FA Regulatory Commission has today decided not to reduce Nemanja Matic’s suspension to the maximum extent permitted under FA rules,” read a statement posted on the Blues’ website, headlined ‘Chelsea FC appalled with the FA’s decision on Matic’.“Chelsea FC challenged the standard three-match suspension which automatically followed the red card issued to Matic by referee Martin Atkinson during Saturday’s Premier League match against Burnley.“There has been universal condemnation of the reckless challenge made by Ashley Barnes on Matic and it is the club’s view that he has been unjustly punished with a two-match ban for his reaction to a career-threatening tackle.“It is Chelsea’s opinion that referees and the football authorities must do more to protect players at all levels of the game from dangerous challenges. This decision also clearly demonstrates a need for consistency and fairness in the disciplinary process.” 1 read more
Tom Rennie is joined by the former Arsenal midfielder, now Premier League journalist, Adrian Clarke, to look ahead to the weekend’s top-flight action at the top of the table.What sort of side will Jose Mourinho put out against Arsenal? Is the Champions League challenge over for the Gunners if they lose on Sunday? We will answer those big questions and plenty more!The former Hull City winger, Craig Fagan, looks at the Tigers match-up with Sunderland, and expects three points and survival for Marco Silva’s side. Craig also looks at the rest of the strugglers… basically, the bottom half!In the extended show, the former Tottenham man Kevin Watson looks at the rest of the weekend, and Producer Dave joins Tom for the Predictor Game.
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