Over 100 city businesses proprietors have failed to pay taxes and according to Mayor Ubraj Narine, this results in the build-up of garbage in Georgetown.Several photos began circulating on social media on Friday morning of overflowing bins throughout the capital city which saw City Hall coming in for a massive backlash.However, at a press conference later on Friday, Mayor Narine revealed that the overflow was as a result of damages to the tyres of the lone tractor owned by the City Council.A replacement of the tyres is difficult to obtain locally, he said, which saw the garbage bins throughout Georgetown being left unattended for the past three days. Further, it is expensive to buy new tractors, the Mayor said.The Mayor then lambasted some 144 “high-end businesses” in Georgetown which have failed to pay their taxes and who owes City Hall billions.According to Narine, City Hall is willing to procure two additional tractors, however, this is difficult since the finances are unavailable.“There is only one tractor we have at this moment to remove all those skip bins and that tractor is currently down…however, we can do better but only if we get the resources from the taxpayers then we would be able to have two more tractors. There is a list with 144 business entities that due us tax and if these taxes can be paid up to the City Council we will get the additional tractors so that we will be able to do a better job…they owe us billions, these high-end businesses,” Narine revealed.The Mayor is urging the businesses to pay up monies owed, which will make the work of City Hall less strenuous, since according to Deputy Mayor Alfred Mentor, the monies for the tractor cannot be obtained from the Communities Ministry.“This is a teamwork, this is a job that the ratepayers themselves, especially those in the commercial community, has to do…we just can’t be going to the religious communities and tapping the Central Government resources to be able to get these other machineries There are allocation of funds in the subvention that we will use to buy some other machineries but there are other departments that also have needs and we have already allocated funds for those things so it is very important for the business community to play their part,” Mentor urged.Director of Solid Waste, Walter Narine, however, said efforts were being made to have the skip bins cleared.He reiterated the Mayor and Deputy Mayor’s call, noting that the City Council is doing its part and as such, he implored businesses to do theirs.“These waste primarily comes from the business community and we are expending a lot of resources and time to clean up waste in the business communities. We have a business truck that traverse the business community every morning, we have street orderly that walks the street to clean up garbage, we put those bins at those locations because before those bins, you had mountains of garbage every single day in front of those businesses.”He added that the businesses which are not paying their taxes are putting tremendous pressure on the municipality’s finances.
Arsene Wenger heaped more praise on star playmaker Mesut Ozil after the German’s glittering performance in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth.Ozil, 27, set up Gabriel Paulista for their first goal before combining well with Olivier Giroud to grab a goal himself as the Gunners went to the top of the Premier League, for 24 hours at least.Only two weeks ago Wenger described his attacker as ‘an absolutely unbelievable player’ and, in the absence of Alexis Sanchez, he has stepped up to the plate by registering 16 assists this term.When asked about Ozil, Wenger said: “My English vocabulary is not rich enough to say how good he is!“What is even better is to watch him play, he’s a pleasure to watch and look at the numbers and see assists to assists and he’s started to score goals.“I am very happy and very proud we have such a player in our squad.”Arsenal were comprehensively beaten 4-0 by Southampton on Boxing Day but they could enter 2016 as Premier League leaders, if Leicester fail to beat Man City tomorrow.But Wenger played down his side’s chances with 19 games remaining, insisting the aim is to stay with the pack and remain consistent.“At the moment, for me what is more important is to be up there and being one point in front or behind is not so important.“But what is more important is to show consistency with our results and to show we are a real team after disappointment.“Until the end of the season you go through disappointments and your success will be decided by how well you respond. And that’s what we showed today.“We had a hesitant start after the hiding we got on Saturday, but overall we got slowly into the game and after that we dominated the game, we played with pace high up and gave Bournemouth problems.“It was a very strong response in a very convincing way to get us three very important points.”The clean sheet means Petr Cech set a new Premier League record, weeks after equalling David James’ tally, and the French manager was delighted for his summer signing from Chelsea.He now has 170 clean sheets and Wenger said: “Records are never a coincidence and we just witnessed the exceptional quality of the player because there are so many goalkeepers in the world who play so many games.“We know how exceptional he is but had he not beaten the record he would have stayed an exceptional goalkeeper. I hope it gives him hunger to do much more.”Meanwhile defender Gabriel scored his first Arsenal goal and his boss believes he has all the qualities to be a ‘great defender’.He added: “I brought him in last Christmas and I think what he has shown tonight is that he’ll be a great defender for Arsenal Football Club.“Not only because he scored the goal but because of his concentration, quality of physical ability, his agility, his mental strength, makes him a very promising centre back.”