The community of Waiakabra, Soesdyke-Linden Highway, is being plagued by noise nuisance as a result of a number of illegal liquor shops operating in the area. Residents told Guyana Times on Tuesday that these shops are selling alcoholic beverages and are in the habit of playing loud music all day and into the wee hours of the morning, thereby causing a disturbance.Aliya De Abreu told this publication that she was forced to move out of the community and stay with a relative during her son’s CSEC examination period in order for him to be able to study undisturbed.“I had to stay at my sister in Soesdyke when my son was preparing for his exams. The noise is too much…the music wakes you up in the mornings and after midnight they music still on top. It’s terrible here. And nobody doing anything about them. We fed up calling police on them and they never show up,” she said.Another resident claimed that these shops are operating without a license and in addition to the noise nuisance, they create a haven for unlawful activities and disorderly behaviour in their community.“The noise is really affecting us. The loud music would run anybody mad, and no matter how much we try to talk to these people and ask them to show some consideration for us, they just don’t care. They have people drinking and carrying on there making noise, fighting up and all kinds of nonsense going on there. We fed up and we want someone to look into this,” Adesie James related to this publication.They are calling on the relevant authorities to intervene and set some stipulations on those operators and a few residents who want to follow suit and compete with those shops in playing loud music.Leah Persaud, a resident for over 15 years, told this newspaper that as of recent, some residents are now in the habit of playing their music at loud volumes. “What’s going on here is that some residents want to compete with these shops. They saying that nobody ain’t doing anything about those people so they gonna play their music equally as loud trying to start a problem and that isn’t right. This used to be a peaceful area and now a set of lawlessness and madness going on here. The music is enough to send anybody mad in this place…you can take a drive in here any afternoon into night and you will hear the music by the time you turn off the highway,” she said.She noted that on several occasions, she personally went to the Kuru Kuru Police Outpost and made numerous calls to the Timehri Police Station in an effort to have a patrol visit the area and offer a warning to those persons, however, her efforts were always unsuccessful. “I went plenty times to the outpost but they always saying they don’t have vehicle available. I stop going there and I started calling Timehri police and reporting over and over. All they say is that they hear about the problem and they will look into it soon and to date nothing. We asking that the police come in here and look into this problem because it affecting us a very long time now. We pleading with them to maintain a presence here,” she added.The residents urged the police to conduct regular patrols in the community to ensure peace and order is restored and operators abide by the law.
1 El-Hadji Diouf has reopened his long-running feud with former captain Steven Gerrard El-Hadji Diouf has reopened his long-running feud with former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard after claiming the midfielder “did nothing for his country”.The ex-Senegal international, whose dire spell at Anfield saw him score just six goals in 80 appearances, has history with Gerrard stretching back to 2007 when the Reds skipper criticised him in his autobiography.Diouf has since launched regular attacks, with his latest claiming he is “bigger” than his former captain.“I have no problem with him. He is a strong character and I am a strong character,” the 36-year-old told the BBC.“‘Stevie G was a very good player. People like him in Liverpool, but he never did anything for his country.“I am Mr El Hadji Diouf, Mr Senegal, but he is Mr Liverpool and Senegal is bigger than Liverpool and he has to know that.”Diouf is not fondly remembered for his time in British football – he had spells at Bolton, Sunderland, Blackburn, Rangers, Doncaster and Leeds – and is best known for spitting at opponents and, on one occasion, a Celtic fan.Asked about those incidents he said: “Maybe they used to tell me something I didn’t want to hear. I did that, I paid and now it’s finished.”The feud between Diouf and Gerrard began a decade ago when Gerrard wrote that he “wasn’t Diouf’s number 1 fan”.“I knew which players were hungry, which players had Liverpool at heart. Diouf was just interested in himself. His attitude was all wrong,” said Gerrard.