Region 2 RDC appeals for Government to address issues

first_imgThe Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) is appealing to Government to be facilitated an urgent meeting to address a number of issues which have become a burden to the region.Region Two ChairmanDevanand RamdattFrustrated Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt has claimed to have written a number of letters to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson several weeks ago in an attempt to address numerous urgent matters within the region, and on Monday, Ramdatt disclosed that none of his letters has received a response.According to a letter sent to the minister, a copy of which was received by this newspaper, Chairman Ramdatt requested a completion date for the Onderneeming Sand Pit Road, repairs to which commenced since last year and are still incomplete. This letter also sought insight on several other projects which were promised, such as the sea defence project to address the rapid erosion between Zorg and Johanna, and the installation of new generators at the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) station in Anna Regina to prevent the far-too-frequent power failures which continue to affect the entire region, especially the business community.Plans to strengthen the river and sea defences in Region Two were announced by Government in April of last year, while the Region was reportedly promised more generators to tackle the issue of power outages.Chairman Ramdatt has also complained that the Region Two Administration has not yet been made aware of the villages which will receive street lights, nor has a date for the commencement of installation works been communicated, although the Infrastructure Ministry (MoPI) had announced plans to install the much needed street lights since last month.Additionally, residents are asking for the only public airstrip in the region, located in Mainstay, to be given priority treatment in 2019, and that the ferry service which links the region to other parts of the country be reviewed.Residents of Onderneeming Sand Pit, Essequibo Coast have recently voiced their concerns over the poor quality work done on the community’s main access road. According to residents, part of the road, completed only a few months ago, has already begun to show deterioration of the surface, and there are potholes appearing. Residents, especially vehicle owners, are questioning the quality of work done, and the poor design.Guyana Times was told that the access road is the gateway to the backlands, and on a daily basis is being used by heavy-duty vehicles transporting logs, sand, and other materials.This publication understands that, owing to heavy rainfall, works on the road were put on hold, to be continued as early as weather conditions permit. The contract was awarded through Central Government by the Public Infrastructure Ministry.The Department of Public Information (DPI) had reported since last October that plans were underway for the rehabilitation of the Mainstay airstrip, but no work has commenced there.last_img read more

Migrant license bill is vetoed

first_img “This bill is premature and could undermine national security efforts to identify individuals who pose enormous risk to the safety of Californians,” Schwarzenegger said in a written statement explaining his veto. “I have repeatedly stated that the ability to verify documents used to establish an identity must include a way to determine whether an individual is who he or she purports to be and must include a criminal background check.” During the recall campaign and in the early part of his term, Schwarzenegger successfully sought a repeal of a law granting licenses to illegal immigrants. However, he said he would support such a measure if it had more provisions to ensure the security of the document, such as conducting a background check on undocumented immigrants who applied for a California license. He also wanted to establish a separate license with a different physical appearance for illegal immigrants. Cedillo tried to incorporate the governor’s requirements into the latest version of a bill he has been working on for years. He and other supporters argued that the bill was necessary to ensure that an estimated 2 million illegal immigrants driving in California are tested, licensed and insured, for the safety of other drivers. Cedillo pitched his bill as the state’s proposed method of implementing the federal Real ID Act, a new law that establishes a national system of driver’s licenses. The act does not allow the national license to be granted to undocumented immigrants, but does allow states to establish a separate license document for that purpose. Conservative groups were happy with the governor’s action, but worried that the issue was unresolved. “I have no doubt that Gil Cedillo will be back next year to try again,” said Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, a conservative political group. “The argument is they’re already breaking several other laws so we should go ahead and reward them by allowing them to do this one thing legally? That argument flies in the face of enforcing our immigration laws and encourages illegal aliens to come here.” — Harrison Sheppard can be reached at (916) 446-6723, or by e-mail at harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com.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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “He’s being extremely political,” said Nativo Lopez, president of the Mexican American Political Association. “He’s dissipated all of his political capital after the recall election. His popularity is significantly down among Latinos. “This requires him to shore up his political base — that’s the base that is most vociferously opposed to driver’s licenses.” Cedillo said one legal option could be looking at whether the state will be in violation of the Real ID Act, a new federal law that establishes a national system of driver licenses. Cedillo had argued that his bill was written to implement the federal law in California. But Schwarzenegger said the state needs to wait for the federal government to write regulations based on the new law before implementing it here. He said the state could wind up spending millions of dollars to implement the bill only to see it conflict with federal regulations. The governor also said the bill lacked sufficient security measures to ensure undocumented immigrants who apply for licenses are who they say they are. SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill Friday that would have granted driver licenses to illegal immigrants in California –a move that had been expected but still disappointed Latino activists who have been working on the issue for years. Supporters of the bill said they will likely reintroduce it in the next legislative session and are exploring whether they have any legal options. “We will not be discouraged nor deterred,” said Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, author of the bill. Supporters said they believe Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill, at least in part, to please his conservative base as he faces plunging popularity among voters and heads into tough special-election and re-election battles.last_img read more

Internet fraud suspect arrested

first_imgPICO RIVERA — A man wanted by the FBI for Internet fraud was arrested Saturday at the Angels Motel by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies. Stewart Carlyle Richardson, 64, of White Lake Township, Mich., was arrested after an unidentified woman contacted the sheriff’s station and reported that her boyfriend may be wanted by the FBI, Sgt. Scott Craig said. “She said her boyfriend even showed her a flier of himself,” he said. Richardson has been a fugitive for almost four years stemming from charges he defrauded buyers on a major auction Web site, Scott said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Richardson allegedly failed to deliver collectibles that had been paid for by about 100 individuals, according to an FBI “Wanted” flier posted on the FBI’s Web site. Craig said deputies contacted Richardson at the motel, where he had been staying for about three weeks, and verified his identity. “He was arrested and brought to the station without incident,” Craig said. The FBI was unable to provide additional information concerning Richardson. — Bridget Schinnerer 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more