Minister within the Communities Ministry Valerie Sharpe-Patterson has come in for shape criticisms from employees, who have accused her of acting without discretion.In a letter to the editor, staff of the Central Housing and Planning Authority has accused Sharpe-Patterson ofMinister within the Ministry of CommunitiesValerie Sharpe-Pattersonoperating solely out of her office and bypassing the land allocation department.The authoritarian handling of the agency by the Minister was allegedly identified in a number of matters. These matters included the allocation $300,000 to fix 50 homes as an act in relation to the jubilee celebrations. It was alleged that the Board had rejected the proposal, but the Minister went ahead with her plans.In addition to that, the employees are claiming that they were not notified of the plans for the 50 per cent discount plan until it was reported in the media.The deal offered a 50 per cent discount on the outstanding balance for persons who had completed paying at least 50 per cent of the cost of their house lots by May 1.The immediate implication of the action of the Minister resulted in the deal being cancelled by Chairman of the Board, Hamilton Green.Green had confirmed that the deal was off. He said there were some lapses in the arrangement, including the fact that the Minister failed to consult with the Board before making the announcement. He said the Board was now examining the deal, giving consideration to all possible financial implications.This publication’s efforts to contact the Minister on the issue proved futile.However, when Guyana times asked the Chairman for his take on the issue, he indicated that it was a matter discussed at the Board meeting on Wednesday and it will be dealt with in house.Meanwhile, former Housing Minister Irfaan Ali in a letter to the editor stated that the management and staff in the post had an input in the decision-making processes within the sector. He pointed out that housing is too important to the structure of Guyana’s economy for the Minister not to get involved meaningfully in the decision-making process of the sector.
Andy Robertsoncristiano ronaldofootballlionel messi First Published: September 26, 2019, 12:58 PM IST While the eternal debate of ‘ who is better’ between Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus, has divided players for years, Liverpool star Andy Robertson has an answer, which to him, is clear as day.A recent interview with ESPN saw Roberston reveal that Lionel Messi was not only the greatest player in world football today, but was also the greatest footballer of all time. In the interview, Roberston was faced with a rapid-fire on several topics in sixty seconds, during which he replied Messi to questions like “the best footballer in the world now?” and “best footballer ever?”Robertson also acknowledged that Kylian Mbappe is the hardest player he has played against. On being asked who is the best left-back in the world now, Roberston was quick to reply that it is Jordi Alba.When he was asked which was the proudest moment for him in football, Robertson replied that it was “Winning the Champions League”.The Liverpool footballer also recounted Jurgen Klopp’s team talk before the UEFA Champions League (UCL) final win over Tottenham Hotspur. Furthermore, he revealed that Selhurst Park (home of Crystal Palace) was his favourite away game in the Premier League.Notably, even though Messi won the best player in the world trophy at the Best FIFA Football Awards 2019, he voted for Sadio Mane as the best player in the world, rounding off his top three choices with Cristiano Ronaldo and Frenkie De Jong.Cristiano Ronaldo on his part voted his Juventus team-mate Matthijs De Ligt as the best player over the course of the year, completely snubbing Messi from his top three. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.