Court denies stay on parking project

first_imgParking meter burden…penalties continue from todayThe High Court has denied the application for a stay of execution filed by Attorney-at-law Kamal Ramkarran in representation of Mohendra Arjune, the civilian who has challenged the legality of the parking meter project.  This now clears the way for paid parking to continue in the city pending the outcome of the matter.At Monday’s hearing, Justice Brassington Reynolds explained that while the proceedings could act as a ‘stay’, it did not extend to the executive order of the parking meter contract. The stay was intended to put a pause on the parking meter contract. This would have allowed for motorists to park without having to pay.The court heard last week that in the case pertaining to the challenge brought on behalf of Arjune against the legality of the parking meter project, Attorney Ramkarran attempted to have paid parking placed on hold while the project is under judicial review. Ramkarran explained that the Order Nisi granted by then acting Chief Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards had stated that the project be halted unless the Mayor or Town Clerk presents a reason stating otherwise.However, Attorney Roger Yearwood, representing City Council and the Town Clerk, contended that the Order Nisi does not facilitate interim or interlocutory relief, because the case was crown-side proceedings and not civil proceedings.At Monday’s session, Justice Reynolds said the Order Nisi which was granted did not extend or operate as a ‘stay’ of the operations of the Mayor and City Council. The case against the Parking Meter Project will continue on March 20. However, until the case is resolved, complainant Mohendra Arjune will be exempted from paid parking in Georgetown.Justice Reynolds ruled last week that the court has jurisdiction to rule over prerogative writs. The Order Nisi as granted by then acting Chief Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards on February 16 had stated that the project must be halted until the Mayor or Town Clerk provide the requisite response. The order also revoked “the decision of the Mayor and councillors and anyone acting by or through them, or under their directions or instructions, or on their behalf, to exempt persons or categories of persons from paying fees for parking in the City of Georgetown and being subject to penalties for parking in Georgetown.”However, parking meter operatives continue to boot the motor vehicles of some operators who opt against paying the parking meter fees. Hours before Thursday’s protest, some 60 parking meter attendants were sworn in before the Town Clerk.Some legal minds had contended that if the City continues to boot vehicles, this would be contempt of court. However, Attorney for City Council has argued that City Council must not be given less than 30 days prior to the institution of proceedings.Meanwhile, a series of protests have erupted since the project’s implementation in late January. The demonstrators are calling for City Hall to rescind the contract, which has attracted widespread criticism for its signing and rollout process. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

The 15 biggest transfer targets you must watch this summer at Euro 2016

first_img 15 15 15. Christian Benteke (Belgium and Liverpool) – Benteke endured a fairly miserable debut campaign at Anfield, leaving his future on Merseyside unclear. The striker has previously been linked with a move to West Ham, but shock reports from The Times now claim Chelsea are considering a bid. It’s stated Conte could turn to Benteke if a deal to bring Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge fails. 15 8. André Gomes (Portugal and Valencia) – Gomes’ stock has risen tremendously after an influential season for Valencia, and Manchester United have been impressed. New Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly planning a bid for the Portugal midfielder, and the Express claim Juan Mata could be involved in a swap deal. 14. Antoine Griezmann (France and Atletico Madrid) – It’s been another superb season from the Frenchman, whose value continues to rise. Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move over the past year, but it’s now being reported that Manchester United are interested. Jose Mourinho, according to ESPN, has his eyes on Griezmann. 13. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) – Zlatan is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain from July 1 and his future hasn’t yet been confirmed. The Guardian have claimed Manchester United have agreed personal terms with the striker, while the Daily Mail report he will be allowed to leave Sweden’s training camp to complete his move to Old Trafford. 10. Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland and Sevilla) – Krychowiak is another player reportedly on Jose Mourinho’s transfer wish list. The Sun claimed at the end of May that United had set aside £30m for the Sevilla midfielder. They could, though, face competition from Barcelona. 4. Radja Nainggolan (Belgium and Roma) – Nainggolan is expected to play a key role for Belgium this summer and one club whose scouts could be keeping a close eye on his performances is Chelsea. The player himself recently said, “Chelsea are keen to strengthen their squad and Conte is a manager who wanted to sign me before.” 15 1. Alvaro Morata (Spain and Juventus) – read all about the speculation on the striker’s future below, then click the arrow above to see the top 15 transfer targets on display at the Euro 2016 finals – Morata has been linked with a return to former club Real Madrid, with the La Liga giants reportedly considering activating the £23.6m buy-back clause written into his contract and selling him on for a higher fee. Arsenal have been credited with interest. 9. Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine and Dynamo Kyiv) – Yarmolenko is Ukraine’s star player and could be one to watch at the tournament. Arsenal were previously credited with interest but it seems Everton, according to ESPN, are leading the chase. AC Milan are understood to be considering a bid, too. 15 6. Paul Pogba (France and Juventus) – It wouldn’t be a transfer window without speculation over Pogba. The Frenchman has been linked to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and former club United over the past two seasons, and interest remains high. United have allegedly tabled a £60m bid for his signature, The Sun reported, while City have too been linked with a move. 7. Leroy Sane (Germany and Schalke) – Sane was linked with a move to Manchester City and Liverpool in the winter window and reports have claimed both have continued to scout his performances. The 20-year-old is one of the most highly-rated young players in Europe and an impressive Euro 2016 campaign would only increase his value further. 15 15 5. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium and Everton) – Lukaku is said to want out of Goodison Park this summer and isn’t short of options. Chelsea and Manchester United are being credited with interest, though there could be problems over his reported £65m price tag. 15 3. N’Golo Kante (France and Leicester City) – Kante, the Daily Mirror claim, has a £20m release-clause written into his contract at Leicester, which has reportedly alerted Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain. His future remains unclear; particularly after the player himself said this: ‘For now, I have not taken a decision even if I have been made offers. It will be great to play in the Champions League. I will decide my future after the Euros.’ 2. Mario Gotze (Germany and Bayern Munich) – Gotze appeared to commit his future to Bayern at the end of May, voicing his excitement over playing under Carlo Ancelotti next season. This isn’t, however, likely to end speculation over his future and Liverpool continue to be linked with a move. It’s not all about the 2016 European Championship this summer.Transfer season is approaching and the tournament in France is the perfect platform for many to impress potential suitors.And with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all employing new managers, along with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain looking to strengthen, plenty of players could catch the eye.But who are the most high-profile transfer targets that’ll be on show? talkSPORT has taken a look at 15 of the most in-demand players for England’s top flight – so check them out by viewing the slideshow above. 15 15 15 12. Robert Lewandowski (Poland and Bayern Munich) – Having scored 42 goals in all competitions last season, it’s inevitable interest in Lewandowski’s signature would be high. Real Madrid have been linked with a move in recent weeks, and despite any such move being rubbished by Bayern’s technical director Michael Reschke, a record bid isn’t beyond the realm of possibility. 11. Leonardo Bonucci (Italy and Juventus) – At the end of March, the defender rubbished interest from Chelsea, seemingly committing his future to Juve. This, though, hasn’t deterred speculation that Conte – also his international coach – will make a move for his signature this summer. 15 15 15 15last_img read more