…as Govt announces toll hikeJunior Public Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson on Wednesday disclosed that Demerara Harbour Bridge tolls would be increased from next year, a move the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has condemned, calling for its withdrawal.PPP/C MP Irfaan AliJunior Public Infrastructure Minister Annette FergusonThe issue rose in the Committee of Supply during the consideration of the 2017 Estimates for the Public Infrastructure Ministry when Opposition Member of Parliament Komal Chand enquired whether the Demerara Harbour Bridge would be self-financing, since the subsidy has been reduced from $150 million last year to a mere $2 million this year. In response, Minister Ferguson revealed the intention to hike the tolls. She further disclosed the new fees, and the increases ranged from 50 to 200 per cent.The tolls will increase as follows: motorcycles – from $20 to $40; motor cars – from $100 to $200; motor cars (hire) – from $100 to $200; motor tractors – from $200 to $300; one-axle trailers – from $200 to $300; hearses – from $100 to $300; motor lorries (class 1) – from $500 to $700; motor lorries (class 3) – from $600 to $700; goods vehicles (up to 2200 pounds) – from $100 to $400, and goods vehicles (up to 4400 pounds) – from $200 to $400.However, there will be no increases for four-wheel drive jeeps and minibuses, which are currently tolled at $200 as well as for vehicles with double-axle trailers, which cost $300 to cross the bridge.The Demerara harbour BridgeAsked by PPP/C parliamentarian Juan Edghill when the announcement of the toll hikes would have been made since nothing had been said to date, the Junior Minister said that the public would have been informed later this week. The increases will take effect from January 1, 2017.The Opposition has kicked up a storm on these increases, which it called “another broadside from the Government” even as the Guyanese populace was overcoming the “shock and horror” of the 2017 Budget.“The Office of the Leader of the Opposition views the astronomical increases in the tolls to cross the Demerara Harbour Bridge as most cruel, crass and insensitive. This measure will add to the nearly 200-odd measures, which have been imposed upon the backs of the Guyanese people in the year 2016,” a statement on Wednesday evening detailed.The release went on to outline that this increase would no doubt multiply the hardships and sufferings, which the Guyanese population would have to endure in 2017 and beyond. It further stated that the manner in which the Government concealed this measure from the public was equally reprehensible, as it noted that the information was reluctantly disclosed only after intense scrutiny and questioning by the Opposition Party’s MPs.“We call upon the Government to immediately rescind these proposed increases in tolls for the Demerara Harbour Bridge and we say to the Government, that you have taxed the people of Guyana enough for the year,” the parliamentary Opposition declared.PPP/C Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) representative Irfaan Ali also issued a statement on the “covert decision” to increase the tolls, saying that such a move would negatively affect the Region’s economy and result in additional hardships for its residents.“It is also my view that these increases will adversely affect businesses in the Region which are already struggling to survive given the Government’s mismanagement of the economy… This move by the Government is harsh, spiteful and repressive. It also presents a new wave of “jumbie economics” which is being practised by a very secretive and corrupt coalition Government,” Ali remarked.He further called on the Administration to abandon plans to increase the Demerara Harbour Bridge tolls.
Arizona Cardinals’ Brittan Golden looks at the scoreboard during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires #AZCardinals awarded no waiver claims. I don’t know if they filed any. Pretty far down in the order.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 4, 2016Arizona, however, did have some success retaining players who stood out in camp but were casualties of deep position groups.Golden will return to the Cardinals’ practice squad after not being claimed by any other teams, which may be surprising considering his success this preseason and his big special teams plays in the past.Riddick was a fifth-round pick of the team in 2015, and as a pass-rusher on a team that needed them, it appears he has yet to take advantage of that opportunity. God is so good! Colts Nation WHATS GOOD!!!!!!— Matthias Farley (@MatthiasFarley) September 4, 2016The Cardinals did not pick up any players on the waiver wire Sunday, according to The Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers. The Arizona Cardinals knew their cuts to reach a 53-man roster would make them vulnerable of losing talent, but they were able to retain some of that Sunday.Wide receiver Brittan Golden, cornerback Harlan Miller, tight end Ifeanyi Momah, linebacker Shaq Riddick, tight end Hakeem Valles and tackle Givens Price were officially added to the practice squad Sunday.Not all the talent stayed with the team, though.Safety Matthias Farley, an undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame, was cut Saturday only to be claimed by the Indianapolis Colts off the waiver wire, according to reports. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
The BBC reported its “best March ever” for the iPlayer, with viewing figures helping the catch-up service to reach its third-best month on record.The Assassination of Gianni VersaceCommenting on the stats, Dan McGolpin, controller of programming and daytime for the BBC, said that Q1 2018 was the BBC’s “strongest first quarter ever” for the iPlayer.Drama was the big draw in March with 19 of the top 20 most popular iPlayer episodes fitting this genre.“Drama continues to have an extraordinary year on BBC iPlayer,” said McGolphin. “Building on a brilliant January and February, this month drama fans were treated to captivating US drama like The Assassination of Gianni Versace as well as world-class British programmes like Collateral, Strike and the ever-brilliant Call the Midwife.”Episode one of The Assassination of Gianni Versace was the most-watched programme of the month with 1.62 million requests, while episodes of Collateral, Eastenders and Strike: Career of Evil made up the rest of the top-five most-requested shows.Overall, 315 million programmes were viewed in March, up 15% on the same month last year, with 10.2 million daily requests.The BBC said that March 2018 sits just behind January 2018 and December 2017 as one of the best BBC iPlayer has ever seen. According to company stats the iPlayer had 328 million programme requests in January and 327 million in December.
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