Asia’s big 3 all win SEOUL, South Korea, (AP): Japan, Australia, and South Korea enjoyed comfortable wins in Asia qualifying for the 2018 World Cup yesterday. Son Heung-min came off the bench to provide two assists as South Korea beat Myanmar 4-0. European-based Keisuke Honda and Maya Yoshida scored Japan’s second and third goals in a 3-0 win in Singapore to put them top of Group E, above Syria. Australia bounced back from October’s loss in Jordan to defeat Kyrgyzstan 3-0 in Canberra and move within a point of Jordan. Blatter leaves Swiss hospital ZURICH, (AP): Sepp Blatter’s adviser says that the suspended FIFA president has left a Swiss hospital. The 79-year-old Blatter spent about a week having his health assessed about a month after he was suspended for 90 days by the FIFA ethics committee. Adviser Klaus Stoehlker told The Associated Press that Blatter was discharged on Wednesday. He said that Blatter’s daughter Corinne has taken him to his hometown of Visp to relax before he returns to his private office in Zurich next week. After speaking to Blatter yesterday, Stoehlker said, “He’s very motivated to fight against his suspension.” Blatter is awaiting the full verdict from the FIFA ethics case into a payment to Michel Platini that he authorised in 2011. The UEFA president has also been suspended.
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.
…mechanic points to contaminated smuggled fuel channelled through gas stationsIn just over one week, four vehicles have mysteriously burst in flames; the most recent being on Wednesday, where a father and his child barely managed to escape unhurt.The car that was damaged by flamesThe incident took place at Oronoque and Charlotte Streets, Bourda, Georgetown.Fire Prevention Officer Andrew Holder told Guyana Times that the engine of the red Toyota Allion car which bears registration number HC 8512 was badly damaged.According to him, the owner’s daughter complained of smelling a burning scent. The owner later observed smoke coming from under his bonnet and upon checks, discovered that the engine of the car was engulfed in flames.Holder noted that an investigation has been launched into the recent fiery destruction of vehicles. He noted that the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) is in the process of issuing advisories on the proper maintenance of vehicles as this has been found to be a major area of concern, in light of the recent fires.“So yes we have launched an investigation and I guess at some point in time in summing up the causes of all these vehicular fires, the Fire Chief will make a statement,” he said.Holder also explained that the GFS has not ventured into investigating the fuel being used by the vehicles as preliminary investigations point to poor maintenance of the vehicles.Owner of the car assessing the damageThis option has however not been ruled out, he said, but expressed willingness to explore this area, if other vehicle combust under similar circumstances.He however admitted that the fire department is incapable of running tests to verify the quality of fuel being used by the vehicle owners.“The Fire Service in itself we are not equipped to test the fuel to see if it is something about the fuel causing these fires, but rest assured that if this continues to happen definitely we will have to examine that possibility,” Holder noted. On Thursday last, a minibus in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), mysteriously caught fire. Prior to that on Wednesday last, two vehicles in Georgetown also faced the same fate in separate incidents.Meanwhile, this newspaper contacted several experienced mechanics for an opinion on the recent incidents and was told that it is not normal for vehicles to burst into flames even if servicing is not done on time. One mechanic who works for a major mining company pointed to the possibility of contaminated fuel being the source of the issue. He added that in Guyana’s case, he will not be surprised if contaminated smuggled fuel has been channelled through pump stations.Reports are the first fire occurred at High Street and Brickdam, Georgetown. The driver of that car saw thick smoke emanating from under the bonnet and existed the car. The vehicle subsequently burst into flames.The Guyana Fire Service was called and the situation was brought under control. No one was injured.Minutes later on Sheriff Street, Georgetown, a similar scenario unfolded when a minibus contracted to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) erupted in flames.According to information received, the minibus was crossing David Street, heading in the direction of the Rupert Craig Highway when the driver, Tameshwar Mullin, noticed smoke coming from under his seat. After exiting the vehicle, he lifted the seat and saw flames.Efforts to save the minibus proved futile.