NOT ALWAYS GREEN The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and Wenger reminded Arsenal fans of that. “Even if I go, Arsenal will not win every single game in the future,” Wenger said, facing up to elimination for the seventh successive year in the round of 16 of the Champions League. The Champions League now often determines the fates of the elite managers in a way it didn’t in the pre-1992 format where only the national champions made the European Cup. Louis van Gaal was fired by Manchester United after two seasons despite lifting the FA Cup in May because he failed to secure a top-four finish to make the Champions League. Successor Jose Mourinho will survive in the job if his sixth-place side misses out again but patience will eventually wear thin at Old Trafford where Alex Ferguson ruled for more than 26 years until his retirement in 2013. LONDON (AP): Arsene Wenger is the last of a dying breed, the football coach who can establish a long-standing dynasty at a club and seems to be able to decide for himself whether or not he leaves. In the 21st year of his Arsenal reign, Wenger is the longest-serving manager in a leading European league. Whatever pressures counterparts face, Wenger seems to emerge largely unscathed within the hierarchy regardless of the setbacks on the pitch, of which there have been many during his second decade. The succession of silverware – which peaked when the “Invincibles” side went unbeaten throughout the whole season in the 2003/04 campaign – has been replaced by a cycle of capitulations, the latest a 5-1 humiliation in the Champions League at Bayern Munich. The ownership is more forgiving than the fans, rigidly standing by the Frenchman who was once a trailblazer but who has now been overtaken by a new generation of more tactically-flexible, innovative coaches. “We are all very high on Arsene,” Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke said in a rare interview with The Associated Press recently. And for all Wenger’s shortcomings he has delivered Champions League qualification in every season in charge, guaranteeing the comfort blanket of the UEFA windfall for Kroenke by finishing in the Premier League’s top four. But how healthy is it for any business when an employee appears able to set his own departure terms rather than his bosses calling the shots? “No matter what happens I will manage next season … is it here or somewhere else?” Wenger said yesterday, toying with Arsenal and asserting his power. Perhaps he’s just waiting to be begged to stay. There’s often a convenient array of stories linking Wenger with leading jobs, including Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in recent years, whenever the pressure from fans starts to intensify, showing he’s a man in demand.
Months after the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) announced it will purchase two garbage trucks to minimise its expenditures and improve efficiency in the area of garbage collection, those vehicles are yet to be secured.Director of Solid Waste, Walter Narine, during an interview with Guyana Times explained that the project was sent to tender in March and is awaiting selection.In addition to the garbage trucks, City Hall also intends to purchase a tractor and two trailers to aid in the area of garbage collection, Narine posited.“Ministry of Communities of course is doing all the tendering from Government and also on our behalf. Ministry of Communities would have advertised for tender in the newspapers and interested suppliers would have sent in their tender documents. They are in the process of evaluating and awarding the contracts forDirector of Solid Waste, Walter Narinethese vehicles that we requested,” the Solid Waste Director explained.He said during a previous statutory meeting, the Council decided that $75 million will be allocated to his department, which will be entirely used to fund the purchase of the vehicles.The two trucks the M&CC intend to purchase will be financed using the $200 million subvention from the Communities Ministry, which was granted in this year’s budget.Currently, City Hall pays approximately $90 million per month in garbage collection fees to its two major contractors, Puran Bros Disposal Service and Cevons Waste Management Inc.“In our 2018 Budget, the $200 million that was given to us by the Government will be busted to purchase two new garbage trucks. Until those trucks are here, I don’t think we have the capacity to clear effectively the areas that the Council controls and we are still looking at that,” Mayor Patricia Chase Green has stated.The two waste management firms had withdrawn their services on July 30, 2017, as City Hall’s debts had risen to the multimillion-dollar range.According to the companies, the issue of non-payment has been a long-standing one, with many debts going as far back as 2015. However, they have since resumed collection after the municipality approached Central Government through the Communities Ministry for a bailout of $475,635, 245 to settle the city’s debt to Puran Brothers, Cevons, and another company after they would have pulled their services owing to non-payment.The bailout was granted and Central Government decided to pick up the tab until December 31, 2018, after which the M&CC would step in.On September 1 last year, the M&CC implemented fees for commercial waste collection. Small business operators are required to pay $5000 per month while medium businesses will contend with $8000 per month.However, large business operators across Georgetown are required to pay the most significant figure of $12,000 per month for their waste collection.The Solid Waste Director had told the Council that while the originally approved fees for commercial garbage collection were $5000, $10,000 and $15,000 – the last two were reduced to $8000 and $12,000 after consultations.