…vendors moved to tears after area barricadedVendors who ply their trade in the dilapidated Stabroek Market Wharf area will be accommodated at minibus parks for at least two years, until the wharf has been rehabilitated.This is according to Town Clerk Royston King, who on Thursday hosted a press conference following a cordoning off exercise undertaken just hours before at the deteriorated wharf.“It (bus parks) is going to be a temporary area, but it (the vendors’ sojourn) is going to be long; because I don’t see the facility, the wharf, being restored and modernised in less than two years. It’s going to take about two years or more (for modernisation of the wharf to be accomplished),” King said.He nevertheless assured that some $25 million will be used by the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) to prepare the bus parks for those vendors; and he declared thisA vendor detailing her woes while displaying her perishablesa worthwhile investment.“The investment is going to be worth it out there for the vendors. That’s going to be worth it, I think, because at least it will give them a chance to continue making a livelihood,” King offered.The relocated vendors will have to face the strong winds for another three to four weeks, until those bus parks are properly prepared for them.The Town Clerk noted that although the vendors would not be permitted to use the wharf to vend, the M&CC is seeking to permit vendors with perishables to use in front of the Stabroek Market to sell off their goods until their newly designated area is ready.Tearful vendorsSeveral vendors who ply their trade in the Stabroek Wharf area were brought to tears on Thursday morning, when they were confronted by City Hall staffers cordoning off the entrances to their vending area.This move came approximately two weeks after the M&CC had issued a notice informing the vendors of their plans to remove them from the deteriorated area in order to facilitate rehabilitation works there.When this publication visited the area, staffers of the M&CC were hard at work installing the barricades, much to the displeasure of the affected vendors. They complained that they have no issue with being removed from the area, especially since it cannot be disputed that the wharf is in a deplorable state. They were, however, dissatisfied with City Hall’s move to displace them without providing an alternative area to accommodate them. This was related by a number of the vendors.A male vendor who said he is the sole breadwinner for his home complained, “AllA blocked entrance to the Stabroek Market Wharfthese things we have here (are) perishables. The boat come Wednesday, they know well they want to close off this market like this, they should at least give de people a chance. Tell we, ‘Well, we putting you out there’, or, ‘We carryin you and put you in the toilet to sell’,” he expressed.Moved to tears, the man explained that he has three children to maintain. “They takin a bread outta we mouth! Where we gun go?! We got to get somewhere!” he lamented.A plantain vendor who is a single mother explained, “I don’t have a problem (because) they move us. The beauty about it is that I want they come and tell we that we moving from Point A to go to Point B. We know we have to move, but they ain’t tellin us where we goin. I am a single parent; I have mortgage (to pay) and I have my daughter going to a secondary school”.Elderly vendor Glasgow (only name given), who has been vending in the wharf area for over 40 years, said: “We glad to find somewhere to go. We need to move because it’s dangerous. Yes, we need to move; but where to go? It will affect my livelihood, because I got a lot of demands when the month come. Ah got bills to pay, ah got mortgage to pay, and I have a lot of things to look after”.A vendor whose only name was given as Jackie, who retails salted fish among other things, told Guyana Times, “We would be happy if we could get somewhere fuh sell. I sellin here over 20 years. They give we a notice for 14 days, but them ain’t relocate we nowhere else as yet”.The Public Infrastructure Ministry (MPI) has reportedly undertaken to rehabilitate the Stabroek Market Wharf, which has been in a deplorable state for many years.Several bus parks have been relocated to facilitate upgrade works to accommodate the vendors, including the Route 42 (Grove/Diamond to Georgetown) Park. A number of other parks were later relocated to facilitate the same venture, specifically to alleviate the traffic congestion in the area.Bus drivers in the various operating zones have since been placed in different areas, but they have strongly condemned this development because of criminal activities and other inconveniences allegedly associated with those new areas.In fact, on Tuesday, the Timehri (Route 42) minibus operators were displaced after their new park was flooded. Due to heavy rainfall experienced on Thursday, the flooded situation remained unchanged when this newspaper visited the area.
It’s no coincidence the Cardinals are thin at both of those positions Wilks mentioned. It doesn’t hurt to flood both with possibilities.With all players wearing T-shirts and shorts and only one day behind them, Wilks was hesitant to form any judgments, but the highlights of the day included a long pass from first-round pick Josh Rosen to second-round pick Christian Kirk, and an interception by sixth-round pick Chris Campbell.Rookie mini-camp runs Friday through Sunday at the team’s Tempe headquarters.NON-ROOKIE IN ROOKIE CAMPWide receiver Greg Little was among the players on tryouts at rookie mini-camp on Friday. The Cleveland Browns selected Little in the second round (No. 59) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Little caught 155 passes in three seasons for Cleveland and scored eight touchdowns.He caught six passes for Cincinnati in 2014. He was released by the Bengals on Oct. 31, 2015, signed a future contract with Buffalo on Aug. 30, 2016 and was later released by the Bills. He was out of the NFL the past two seasons and hasn’t played a game in three seasons.“He was out there making some plays and he stood out a little bit,” Wilks said. “It was good to be able to get him out here. I know he’s excited about the opportunity that he has. Hopefully, he’ll continue to make the best of it throughout the weekend and we’ll see exactly what happens on Sunday.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories COLEMAN SIGNINGThe Cardinals signed fullback Derrick Coleman to a one-year contract on Wednesday. Former coach Bruce Arians didn’t use a traditional fullback. Coleman spent last season with the Atlanta Falcons. He was with the Seattle Seahawks from 2012-15.“Going against him in that division, in the (NFC) South, the guy has proven himself,” said Wilks, who was a Carolina assistant from 2012-17. “Within our system, a fullback is a part of that offense … that’s a major part of what we are doing.”Coleman, who lost most of his hearing at age 3, is the first legally deaf offensive player in NFL history. Cardinals Senior Vice President of Media Relations Mark Dalton was asked Friday how the team would conduct interviews with Coleman. Dalton said Coleman reads lips so well that you can’t even tell he has a hearing disability.CAMPBELL’S VERSATILITYChris Campbell played safety in high school. He believes he can help the Cardinals with his versatility but for the moment, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Penn State product is competing in a crowded house at the cornerback spot.“If you follow my history you know I like corners with a lot of length; guys that are long, physical, that can use those attributes, particularly at the line of scrimmage in bump and run,” Wilks said. “We can’t really do in this particular setting but he made a nice play today on the ball, the interception at the end of one-on-one period.” TEMPE, Ariz. – Including defensive lineman Moubarak Djeri of the German Football League, the Cardinals brought 25 NFL rookie free agents to their rookie mini-camp, along with players on rookie tryouts.That’s an unusually high number.“We had high grades on a lot of these guys and they were sitting there,” coach Steve Wilks explained. “When you look at some of the depth at certain positions, particularly at wide receiver, that was one of the reasons why we brought some guys in, probably more than usual, and the same thing probably at the safety position.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling After the interception, the coaches had to yell at Campbell to return the ball all the way to the end zone, which he subsequently did.EXTRA POINTS— Third-round pick Mason Cole lined up at center a lot on Friday, but Wilks said the Cardinals still view him as both a center and a guard. “That was the one thing that attracted us to him was just that position flexibility,” Wilks said.— The Cardinals released Harlan Miller on Thursday, leaving little experience behind starters Budda Baker and Antoine Bethea. Wilks was asked if the team plans to add another veteran safety.“I think right now, what we have on the roster is appealing to us as a staff,” Wilks said. “But I will say this: We’re going to continue to evolve and be aggressive in always trying to get the right mix. I told the guys today, ‘Nobody’s going to get complacent around here. It’s not a free lunch.’“So we’re going to continue to work hard and we’re going to continue to find guys that are going to make us better. If that means bringing guys in and out, that’s what we’re going to continue to do.” – / 12 Arizona Cardinals’ first-round draft pick Josh Rosen (3) stands with his teammates during NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 11, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 2 Comments Share