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With the matter of squatting being a topical issue for many years at the level of City Hall, the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is yet to decide what methods will be used to eradicate squatting across Georgetown.Although a feasible approach has not yet been confirmed, the entity is looking to have the situation addressed in the near future so that squatting is reduced.Even as the Councillors are presently mulling an advantageous solution for both the city and the squatters, they have not yet affirmed whether or not squatters’ houses will be dismantled.This was according to recently-elected Councillor of Constituency Five, Akeem Peters, who has responsibility for Sophia, Liliendaal North and South, Pattensen/Turkeyen, North/South and Central Sophia.During an interview with Guyana Times on Monday, Peter noted that while the Councillors were definitely seeking to regularise squatting in general, a definite solution has not yet been derived, but City Hall is currently holding discussions on this.He disclosed that these discussions would not only be held at the level of City Hall, but would expand to include the squatters themselves.According to Peters, knowing that there is an evident land shortage across the city specifically and how difficult it is to acquire housing lots, the Council is taking time to consider the way forward.In this way, he noted, the decision to regularise the situation will not only be favourable to the country’s aesthetics but also for the squatters.The Council is taking time to consider the way forward on squatting within the city environsReiterating that the squatters will not be left out of the decision-making process, Peters related that subsequent to meetings at City Hall, further consultations will be made with these persons to have their input. It is unclear when these consultations with the squatters will be held.Prompted to pronounce on whether there is consideration to dismantle the squatters’ houses, Peters explained that it was not up to one Councillor to decide and it would be a collective decision.Nonetheless, it was assured by Peters that the Council, after making its assessments, would be looking to initiate the best solution to address the issue and the concerns of the squatters.Prior to the Local Government Elections this year which saw a new Council being sworn into City Hall, the previous Administration had announced that it would be doing all in its power to stamp out squatting.It had been made clear that there was no tolerance for squatting and City Hall would immediately begin to consider ways in which this could be eliminated.However, there had been no update on what decisions had been made to curb the situation even though squatting was still illegal in Guyana. read more
SNC-Lavalin delays ‘important’ decision on jury or judge in corruption trial The Montreal-based firm is accused of paying $47.7 million in bribes to public officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011 MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is pushing back its decision on whether to opt for a trial by jury or by judge alone in a corruption case that has tripped up the engineering giant and ensnared it in a political controversy for months.“I need more time to make the choice. It has to be decided by several people in the company,” defence lawyer Francois Fontaine told the Court of Quebec on Friday.“Because it’s an important decision,” he told reporters after the morning hearing. “It’s a big company. It’s necessary to take the time to analyze it carefully.”Last week a Quebec judge ruled there is enough evidence to send SNC-Lavalin to trial over charges of fraud and corruption, prompting a further tumble in the beleaguered firm’s share price.The company has previously pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges.SNC-Lavalin is due back in court June 28.Related Stories:SNC-Lavalin opts for corruption trial before judge aloneThe Montreal-based firm is accused of paying $47.7 million in bribes to public officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011. SNC-Lavalin, its construction division and a subsidiary also face one charge each of fraud and corruption for allegedly defrauding various Libyan organizations of $129.8 million.The court hearing in Montreal on Friday was the latest step in criminal proceedings that began last fall after SNC-Lavalin failed to secure a deferred prosecution agreement, a kind of plea deal that would have seen the firm agree to pay a fine rather than face prosecution.Since early February, SNC-Lavalin has been at the centre of a political controversy following accusations from former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould that top government officials pressured her to overrule federal prosecutors and negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement with the company. Facebook Christopher Reynolds June 7, 201911:28 AM EDTLast UpdatedJune 7, 201912:20 PM EDT Filed under News FP Street Sponsored By: Recommended For YouMDA Awarded Canadian Government Contract to Deliver Search and Rescue Repeaters for SatellitesSingapore-based company is buying the biggest shipping container terminal in eastern CanadaInagene Diagnostics Inc. Announces New CEOPRECIOUS-Gold drops as bets fade for big Fed rate cut fade; eyes on trade talks’John Wick 3′ dethrones ‘Avengers: Endgame’ with $57 million What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Reddit More advertisement Last week a Quebec judge ruled there is enough evidence to send SNC-Lavalin to trial over charges of fraud and corruption, prompting a further tumble in the beleaguered firm’s share price.Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg The Canadian Press Join the conversation → 0 Comments Comment Email Featured Stories Share this storySNC-Lavalin delays ‘important’ decision on jury or judge in corruption trial Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Twitter ← Previous Next → read more